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Lyon, Provençal Rhône & the Camargue

Discover one of the most beautiful and fascinating regions of southern France. Explore picture book scenery, mediaeval towns, and the wild, unspoiled beauty of the Camargue on this captivating 10-night Saône River Cruise.

Experience the ultimate blend of river views, intriguing tours, heritage, history, and culture accompanied by delicious regional cuisine and world-class wines. The Lyon, Provençal Rhône & the Camargue River Cruise will appeal to all tastes.

One for wine enthusiasts, this Riviera Travel River Cruise is definitely for lovers of fine vintages but also for those who just enjoy the finer things in life. Discover the peace and beauty of southern France with tranquil river views, historic architecture, and gourmet dining.

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  • Cruise Line: Riviera Travel
  • Ship: MS Lord Byron
  • Duration: 10 Nights
  • Departure: April 2024
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Lyon, Provençal Rhône & the Camargue Cruise Itinerary

Discover the wonder of Provence with a 10-night cruise that combines the very best of southern France’s heritage, history, and culture with stunning river views, gourmet cuisine, and fine wines. Luxuriate in the stylish comfort and convenience of your elegant cruiser, the perfect location to socialise, relax, and unwind, with tranquil river scenery always in view.

Day 1


Board your luxury river cruiser moored in the centre of historic Lyon.

Day 2


Awaken in Mâcon, in the Mâconnais region of Burgundy, a famous wine-producing region, with a tour and tasting in a historic chateau. Visit Cluny Abbey, a glorious 12th century Benedictine Abbey and then later, enjoy an on-board cheese tasting.

Day 3

Chalon, Beaune & Burgundy

Enjoy the views of the charming honey-coloured villages around Chalon before a walking tour around picturesque Beaune, Burgundy’s wine capital. Stroll the pretty streets, stop at a pavement café, or visit the museum dedicated to Salvador Dali.

Day 4


Return to Lyon at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône and France’s gastronomic capital. Explore the Roman ruins, discover numerous eateries, and learn about the silk industry, which created the wealth behind such beautiful architecture.

Day 5

Ardèche Gorges

An overnight sailing brings you to Le Pouzin ahead of a drive to the spectacular Ardèche Gorges, a series of incredible rock formations and sculptures. Later, enjoy an on-board performance by an accordionist as you sail into the south of France.

Day 6

Avignon, Pont du Gard & Uzès

Enjoy a guided tour of Avignon, a beautifully preserved city with the largest Gothic palace in the world, a relic from when Avignon was the centre of Christendom. Later, visit the Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct before heading to Uzès.

Day 7

Arles & Les Baux-de-Provence

Arles is a charming Provençal town crammed full of UNESCO World Heritage sites, including impressive Roman ruins, all visible on a guided tour. After lunch, explore the pretty and historic village of Les Baux-de-Provence and visit an olive oil farm.

Day 8

Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, Camargue & Ornithological Park

Explore the unique wilderness of the French Camargue, a protected wetland and marine area famed for its white horses and birdlife. Guests enjoy a visit to the Ornithological Park and the seaside town of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Day 9

Orange & Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Enjoy a tour of the Roman city of Orange before a panoramic road trip takes guests to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a village famous for its vineyards. Enjoy a delicious wine tasting, a perfect aperitif for the sumptuous Captain’s dinner back on board.

Day 10


Spend the final day exploring the historic city of Lyon, with its characterful streets, zoo, and botanical garden, plus a host of excellent museums.

Day 11


Disembark your ship and transfer to airports and train stations to return to the UK.

Lyon, Provençal Rhône & the Camargue 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.

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Explore the Culture and Cuisine of Provence and the Camargue with Crui.se

10 Nights
April 2024

Lyon, Provençal Rhône & the Camargue

  • Lyon
  • Macon
  • Chalon , Beaune & Burgundy
  • Ardèche Gorges
  • Avignon , Pont du Gard & Uzès
  • Arles & Les Baux-de-Provence
  • Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, Camargue & Ornithological Park
  • Orange & Châteauneuf-du-Pape
£2,699pp Est. Price per person
  • MS Lord Byron  

Lyon, Provençal Rhône & the Camargue Cruise Review

“We’re regular cruisers but this was a new voyage for us, to a part of the world we have explored by road but never from the water. I have to say it’s a truly exceptional way to see Provence, and it’s a very varied cruise, probably because of the Camargue, an amazingly remote and unspoiled landscape. Whatever you want from a cruise, scenery, fine wine, great cuisine, super views, history, and heritage, this cruise has it in spades. The ship and staff are amazing, too; it’s super luxurious.”

Adrian and Kate, Edgbaston

Lyon, Provençal Rhône & the Camargue FAQ

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

Is Wi-Fi available on board the cruise ship?

Complementary Wi-Fi is available throughout your luxury cruiser. Sometimes, speeds can vary due to the terrain or weather conditions, but most European cruises enjoy great coverage so that you can stay in touch with family and friends back home.

My husband has restricted mobility after an operation. Is this a suitable cruise for him?

Discuss your travel requirements with one of our friendly booking agents. We can advise on cabin choice, movement around the ship, and shore excursions so you can be confident your cruise will be memorable for all the right reasons.

I am on a restricted diet. Will my menu requirements be a problem for the on-board catering?

All the meals on board the ship are prepared with fresh regional and local ingredients daily, so it’s easy for our gourmet chefs to adjust dishes to reflect different tastes and requirements. Various vegan and vegetarian options are always available at every mealtime. Discuss your dietary needs with our friendly reservations team.

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