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Burgundy, the River Rhône, and Provence River Cruise with Lake Geneva and Golden Pass Extension

Discover a picturesque corner of southeastern France aboard a luxury Riviera Travel River Cruise ship, plus experience the excitement and culture of a three-night stay in Switzerland, exploring some of the world’s most beautiful Alpine scenery.

Enjoy the landscapes, history, and cuisine of the delightful Rhône and Saône Rivers as they meander through picturesque Provence. Tour Avignon, Arles, Lyon, Vienne, and Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, plus sail the spectacular Ardèche Gorges.

Relax on board a Saône River Cruise vessel, home for seven nights, with spacious suites and award-winning dining. Disembark in Lyon and stay an extra three nights in Switzerland, surrounded by magnificent Alpine landscape and the beautiful Lake Geneva.

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  • Cruise Line: Riviera Travel
  • Ship: MS Lord Byron + 1 more
  • Duration: 10 Nights
  • Departure: May - Oct 2024
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Burgundy, the River Rhône and Provence River Cruise with Lake Geneva and Golden Pass Extension Cruise Itinerary

Explore the stunning scenery of southeastern France aboard a luxury cruise ship on the peaceful waters of the Rivers Rhône and Saône. Enjoy elegant and spacious accommodation and savour regional flavours and tastes every night in the restaurant. This 10-night cruise offers seven days on the water and three additional nights in Switzerland. Discover magnificent Alpine scenery and beautiful Lake Geneva – the perfect post-cruise treat.

Day 1


Embark your luxury river ship moored in the centre of Avignon, a vibrant and historic city in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of southeastern France.

Day 2


Join a guided tour of this fascinating and historic city with a long papal history and immaculately preserved 14th-century architecture, including the Popes’ Palace and the famous Pont d’Avignon. Enjoy a live piano recital on the ship after dinner tonight.

Day 3

Arles & Pont Du Gard

Explore Arles, the inspiration for the famous artist Van Gogh. A guided tour explores historic monuments, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and a remarkable ruined Roman amphitheatre. Later, visit the spectacular Pont du Gard aqueduct.

Day 4

Ardèche Gorges & Tournon

Discover one of France’s most incredible natural landscapes, the Ardèche Gorges, with a series of towering limestone cliffs and a huge natural arch, the Pont d’Arc. Return to the ship moored in Le Pouzin and sail to the pretty town of Tournon.

Day 5


Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Rhône Valley as you sail to Vienne, originally a Celtic and then later a Roman settlement. Enjoy an expert tour by train and a chance to explore Vienne’s historic streets on foot with its 12th-century Romanesque church.

Day 6

Beaune & Burgundy

Berth in Chalon, the gateway to Burgundy, one of the world’s most famous wine-producing regions. Medieval Beaune is the wine capital of Burgundy with its unmissable Hospices de Beaune, plus there’s a visit to some traditional wine cellars.

Day 7


Lyon sits at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers and has a fascinating history. Founded by the Romans, Lyon was a prolific silk centre in medieval times as well as being France’s gastronomic capital. Enjoy the Captain’s Dinner tonight.

Day 8


Say goodbye to your luxury river ship in Lyon and head to Geneva via some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery. Stop for lunch in the picturesque Alpine town of Ammecy before driving to Lausanne on the edge of stunning Lake Geneva.

Day 9

Chillon Castle & Lausanne

Take a guided tour of Chillon Castle, a 12th-century medieval fortress and one of Switzerland’s most historic buildings, before sailing the crystal waters of Lake Geneva. The rest of the day is free to explore Lausanne where you can dine in style.

Day 10

Glacier 3000 & Golden Pass

Take the cable car and scale Glacier 3000, with fantastic views of famous alpine peaks. Enjoy the memorable Peak Walk or travel by toboggan on the Alpine Coaster. Later, embark on the Golden Pass train, one of the world’s most incredible rail journeys.

Day 11

Lausanne or Montreux

Transfer to the airport from your hotel in either Lausanne or Montreux and begin your journey back to the UK.

Burgundy, the River Rhône and Provence River Cruise with Lake Geneva and Golden Pass Extension Cruise Ships

MS Lord Byron

Luxuriate in the classic feel of a grand ocean-going liner aboard the MS Lord Byron, a ship that blends traditional style and elegance with advanced technology and 21st-century comfort. Dine, relax, exercise, or just watch the world go by.

140 Passengers
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Explore Picturesque Southeastern France with an Extension in Switzerland with Crui.se

10 Nights
May - Oct 2024

Burgundy, the River Rhône, and Provence River Cruise with Lake Geneva and Golden Pass Extension

  • Avignon
  • Arles & Ponts du Gard
  • Ardèche Gorges & Tournon
  • Vienne
  • Beaune & Burgundy
  • Lyon
  • Annecy
  • Chillon Castle & Lausanne
  • Glacier 3000 & Golden Pass
  • Lausanne or Montreux
£2,298pp Est. Price per person
  • MS Lord Byron, MS William Shakespeare  

Burgundy, the River Rhône and Provence River Cruise with Lake Geneva and Golden Pass Extension Cruise Review

“The Lord Byron is a beautifully presented boat, and my cabin on Diamond Deck was extremely comfortable and provided everything I could wish for. I liked the French balcony idea with the sliding patio windows; it provided plenty of contact with the world outside without taking space out of the cabin. The crew was, without exception, amazing, friendly, and very efficient. The Riviera tour managers were knowledgeable, personable and thorough in their planning and communicated well with guests. Riviera, do a great job!”


Burgundy, the River Rhône and Provence River Cruise with Lake Geneva and Golden Pass Extension FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

What is the door-to-door service?

For completely hassle-free travel, why not opt for Riviera Travel’s convenient door-to-door service with transport from your front door to a regional train station or airport of your choice. You can add this to your cruise with our friendly bookings team when you make your reservation.

What is the deposit for this holiday?

The deposit for this holiday is £500 per person. The balance is due not later than 101 days before your sailing date.

Will I experience any noise when sailing?

When the ships are moving, you may hear some noise on board. This tends to be louder when the vessel is docking or manoeuvring to leave port. River conditions and the weather can also impact how much noise the ship makes. Cabins at the ship’s rear tend to be more affected by noise than those in the middle or towards the front of the vessel.

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