Cruising along the Rhône, a river with a thousand facets

Stopovers combining cultural and culinary discoveries
Sail the Rhône from Lyon to Provence
Departure Lyon (France)
Full board
7 days, 6 nights
You will love:
  • • The spectacular Ardèche gorges
  • • Avignon and the Palace of the Popes
  • • Lyon and tasting in the Halles Paul Bocuse
Price available on request
Embark on a calm and relaxing cruise on the Rhône River. The banks of this majestic river will reveal each day landscapes as beautiful as they are enchanting. You will discover cities and regions full of charm such as the Camargue, Avignon, Vienne and the Gorges de l'Ardèche. To learn more about these destinations and visit them, let yourself be tempted by our (optional) excursions. Departing from Lyon, you will sail for 1 week, with full board on board a comfortable boat and will be pampered by a crew who will take great care of you.

Your Boat

Boat
Take a seat aboard the MS Rhône Princess, a pleasant 110-metre long ship with 3 decks. The main deck is only equipped with cabins. On the upper deck you will find the reception (meeting point for excursions), the restaurant (where you will be served tasty food every day) and the lounge bar with its dance floor. Finally, you can relax in the sun while admiring the banks of the Rhone River from the comfortable sun deck chairs. It is also the perfect place to take sublime pictures of the region.
Specifications
Boat Model:MS Rhône Princess
Type:Motor boat
Number of Cabins:69
Maximum Capacity:138
Crew Members:26
Comfort onboard:

Reception
Deckchairs
Restaurant
Lounge/bar
Bar with dance floor
Souvenir shop
Layout
The owner reserves the right to replace with a different boat model of the same quality and performance

Your Cabin

The ship has 68 twin cabins and 1 suite (43 on the main deck and 26 on the upper deck). It can thus accommodate up to 138 passengers.
All cabins (about 13m² except for the suite about 20m²) are air-conditioned and equipped with two single beds, a television, a telephone (for internal use only), a safe, a wifi connection, bathroom linen, a hairdryer, a shower room with shower and private toilets.
Cabin - main deck
Cabin - main deck
Cabin - upper deck
Cabin - upper deck
Suite - main deck
Suite - main deck

Itinerary

Map
This original itinerary takes you through magnificent landscapes. Our excursions (optional) will be the perfect opportunity to explore exceptional cities and natural sites, alongside passionate guides!
DAY 1: Lyon - Arles (night sailing)
Meet at 4pm for boarding. You leave your luggage in your cabin before going to the welcome cocktail. The crew will be introduced to you at the same time and you will also get to know the other passengers. A little later, the captain will cast off and set sail for the largest town in France, Arles. You will sit down at the table in the early evening and taste the delicious dishes prepared by the chef.

DAY 2 : Arles - The Camargue
You wake up while the boat continues its route on the Rhône. From the sun deck, you will see Valence and its immense cathedral Saint-Apollinaire, but also Montélimar, the capital of nougat. You will arrive in Arles in the early afternoon and will be invited to take part in an optional excursion (about 4 hours) :
  • Discovery of the Camargue and visit of a manade : you will explore a natural and preserved region of more than 150 000 hectares. It is covered with marshes and ponds where hundreds of species of birds evolve freely (pink flamingos, warblers, herons...). It is also a land suitable for rice cultivation and salt production. You will then visit a manade, breeding horses or bulls in semi-liberty. You will thus discover the daily life of the manadiers and their work. This visit will end with a drink.
Return to the boat by coach. Night on board.

DAY 3 : Arles - Avignon - Viviers
This morning, the ship sails towards Avignon, a city full of riches. As you disembark, you will have the choice between two optional excursions :
  • Guided tour of Avignon and the Popes' Palace (about 3 hours): you will leave the boat on foot to reach the city centre. You will pass by the unmissable Place de l'horloge where you can admire the town hall and its belfry surmounted by the famous clock, but also the 19th century municipal theatre preciously guarded by the statutes of Molière and Corneille. You will then visit the famous Palace of the Popes, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This building, built from the 14th century onwards, is the largest Gothic palace in the world. During the visit, you will discover the pope's private flats, the large ceremonial rooms, the terraces overlooking the city...
  • Visit of Gordes and the abbey of Sénanque (about 4 hours): you will cross the splendid landscapes of the Luberon by bus before arriving in the village of Gordes, classified among the most beautiful villages of France. Perched above the valley, Gordes is made up of stone houses and cobbled streets making it very welcoming. Its medieval castle dates back to the Middle Ages and has been rebuilt and renovated over the centuries. Today it is used as a cultural space for temporary exhibitions. You will continue on to the unmissable Sénanque Abbey built in the 12th century and inhabited by Cistercian monks. They cultivate lavender which is then worked in a distillery to harvest its essence and transform it into different products (perfumes, soaps...).
  • Back on board, your journey continues in the Ardèche with a stopover in the pretty town of Viviers. We propose you to discover this medieval city during an optional excursion (about 2 hours) :
    • Guided visit of Viviers : during a walk, this city will reveal a rich heritage retracing nearly 2000 years of history. You will discover the Saint-Vincent cathedral, the smallest cathedral in France, the very famous Maison des Chevaliers with its Renaissance façade and the Saint-Michel Tower. You will end with a stop at the belvedere to enjoy a splendid 360° view of Viviers and the Rhône.
    Night on board.

    DAY 4 : Fish ponds - The Ardèche gorges - Tain l'Hermitage
    Today we offer you an optional excursion (approx. 4 hours) in:
    • Les Gorges de l'Ardèche: you will start with a panoramic bus tour (with guide) along this natural site of exceptional beauty. You will pass through Vallon-Pont-d'Arc and its incredible natural arch of 54 meters high. You then take a break near the Grotte de la Madeleine, which offers a splendid view of the gorges. The bus drops you off at La Voulte where the boat is waiting for you. You then sail towards Tain l'Hermitage. You will have the opportunity to take part in a new optional excursion (about 2 hours) to visit :
      • The city of chocolate Valrhona : you reach the museum on foot and enter the chocolate cave! The interactive and multi-sensory trail reveals all the secrets of the making of this food consumed all over the world. At the end of the visit, you will of course enjoy a tasting...
      Dinner and then a gala evening around the dance floor!

      DAY 5 : Tain l'Hermitage - Vienne - Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or
      You go up the Rhône and make a stopover at Vienna. You will have free time to explore this ancient city with 2,60,500 years of history. Don't miss the numerous Gallo-Roman remains such as: the temple of Augustus and Livia (erected around 20-10 BC), the ancient theatre of Vienne and the archaeological garden of Cybèle.
      Your cruise continues in the direction of Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or. As you reach Lyon, you will see the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, the Musée des Confluences, the statue of the Man of the Rock... You will then take the Saône to Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or for the evening and enjoy a delicious dinner at Paul Bocuse's (optional).
      • Gastronomic dinner in the Abbey of Collonges - Paul Bocuse (pre-reservation required before departure): the kitchens of this prestigious establishment have seen the man who was elected the cook of the century, Paul Bocuse, busy for more than 50 years. This passionate man, who has now passed away, was able to transmit all his knowledge and values to a team that was both talented and rigorous. The crew, as he liked to call it, will offer you a cuisine as delicate as it is tasty.
      Night on board.

      DAY 6 : Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or - Lyon
      Morning sail to Lyon. On arrival, free time to relax on the boat or stroll around Lyon city centre. In the early afternoon, we will propose an optional excursion (approx. 4 hours):
      • Guided tour of Lyon and wine tasting at the Halles Paul Bocuse: your excursion will start with a panoramic tour of the city by coach with a stop near the Fourvière basilica. Perched at the top of a hill, it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the different districts of Lyon. You then head towards the old town of Lyon where you will discover the famous "traboules", a kind of shortcut that allows you to go from one street to another. Your visit will end in the Halles Paul Bocuse, a true temple of gastronomy of more than 13,000 m²! You will be invited to a sausage and cheese tasting accompanied by a glass of wine*.
      Night on board.

      DAY 7 : Lyon
      Your disembarkation is scheduled after breakfast at 9:00 am.

      To be noted:
      • Depending on the passage of the locks, the stopover in Arles may be replaced by Avignon.
      • In case of unavailability, the visit in the Abbey of Sénanque will be replaced by the visit of the lavender museum.
      • Dinner at the Abbey or in Paul Bocuse's restaurant, depending on the number of people.
      • The Halles Bocuse are closed on Sundays and Mondays. An alternative will be organised to maintain the tasting of local products.

      *Alcohol abuse is dangerous for your health, consume in moderation.
    Your stops:
    Lyon > Arles > Avignon > Viviers > Tain l'Hermitage > Vienne > Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or > Lyon
    The itinerary may be changed without prior notice due to technical or weather conditions

    Prices

    Contact us to receive the availabilities and prices for this offer
    Price includes• Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private bathroom and toilet (deck according to selection).
    • Crew services
    • Full board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 7
    • Drinks at meals and bar (excluding "special menus")
    • Welcome cocktail
    • Gala evening
    • Animation
    • Free wifi zone available in the lounge/bar
    • Port taxes
    • Assistance/repatriation insurance
    Price does not include• Routing to the boat
    • Optional dinner at the Abbey of Collonges Paul Bocuse (only on pre-booking before departure)
    • Beverages on "special menus".
    • Drinks consumed during excursions or transfers
    • Optional excursions (refer to FAQs)
    • Personal expenses
    • Cancellation/baggage insurance
    • Single supplement

    FAQ

    In case of cancellation, you must notify your GlobeSailor advisor as soon as possible. Whatever the cause, the following cancellation fees will be due: up to 90 days before departure: 25% /// from 89 to 60 days: 50% /// from 59 to 30 days: 75% /// from 29 days until departure: 100% of the amount of your reservation.
    We advise our clients to take out cancellation insurance with Ouest Assurance: http://www.ouest-assurances.fr
    To confirm your booking, you must inform your GlobeSailor advisor who will make an option for you while you collect your deposit. The reservation will only be considered final once we have received your deposit (by bank transfer, Paypal or credit card) of 50% of the amount of the reservation. A deposit of 100% will be required for all bookings made less than one month before departure. The balance will be due no later than 45 days before departure.
    A minimum number of 80 passengers is required for your cruise. If this minimum is not reached, your Globe Sailor consultant will contact you at least 60 days before your departure date to propose a postponement.
    The excursions presented in the itinerary are optional (unless otherwise stated). They can be booked at the same time as the cruise. In this case, you will receive a 5% discount (applicable only at the time of booking).

    Important : the excursions are guaranteed for a minimum of 25 participants, below this base a price adjustment can be made on board.

    You will find below the details of each excursion proposed during your cruise.
    You will also have the choice to buy them in packages:

    Classic Package 1 :
    Visit of the Camargue and a manade
  • Avignon and the city of the Popes
  • Guided visit of Viviers
  • Les Gorges de l'Ardèche
  • Tain l'Hermitage and the city of chocolate
  • Lyon and tasting at the Halles Pau Bocuse
  • Prices :.
    196 € /person before leaving
    274 € /person on board

    Classic Package 2 :
    • Visit of the Camargue and a manade
    • Avignon and the city of the Popes
    • Guided visit of Viviers
    • Les Gorges de l'Ardèche
    • Tain l'Hermitage and the city of chocolate
    • Gastronomic dinner at the Abbaye de Collonges - Paul Bocuse
    • Lyon and tasting at the Halles Pau Bocuse
    Prices :
    338 € /person before leaving
    474 € /person on board

    Classical Package 3 :
  • Visit of the Camargue and a manade
  • Gordes and the Abbey of Sénanque
  • Guided visit of Viviers
  • Les Gorges de l'Ardèche
  • Tain l'Hermitage and the city of chocolate
  • Lyon and tasting at the Halles Pau Bocuse
  • Prices :
    219 € /person before leaving
    307 € /person on board

    Classic Package 4 :
    • Visit of the Camargue and a manade
    • Gordes and the Abbey of Sénanque
    • Guided visit of Viviers
    • Les Gorges de l'Ardèche
    • Tain l'Hermitage and the city of chocolate
    • Gastronomic dinner at the Abbey of Collonges - Paul Bocuse
    • Lyon and tasting at the Halles Pau Bocuse
    Prices :
    361 € /person before leaving
    507 € /person on board


      ♦ Visit of the Camargue and a manade (about 4h) :
    Guided panoramic tour of the Camargue. Admire along the rivers, marshes and ponds of this landscape, the pink flamingos, bulls and famous Camargue horses, but also the numerous saltworks and rice fields, a production known to all. You will visit a manade and discover the life of the Manadiers. Then you will assist to a demonstration of the work on horseback in the heart of a bull farm. This visit is followed by a welcome drink in the patio. Return to the coach to join the boat. Return on board to Arles.

    Remarks :
    - Provide good walking shoes.
    - The order of the visits can be modified.
    - Times are given as an indication.

    Prices :Prices :
    54 € /person before leaving
    72 € /person on board

      ♦
  • Guided tour of Avignon and the Popes' Palace (about 3h) :

    • Meeting at the boat with the guides for a walk to the centre of Avignon. With the Palace of the Popes, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site and witness to its past as the capital of Christianity in the Middle Ages, the city offers a grandiose monumental ensemble. In the passageway of the oratory, admire (outside) the chapel, classified as a historical monument where many events take place during the famous Avignon festival. Continue along the rue St Agricol. You will also see the church of the diocese, the oldest in the city. Stop at the Place de l'Horloge. The heart of Avignon has always been beating on the Place de l'Horloge. The space where the Roman forum was held is now occupied by the café terraces and restaurants set up in the shade of large plane trees. Opposite, the facades of the Town Hall and the theatre built in the 19th century stand out. Continue to the Palace Square. This square is a vast esplanade measuring 240 by 48 metres. It is dominated to the east by the imposing walls of the Palace of the Popes, facing the Baroque sculptures of the Mint. A large golden virgin is enthroned, as if to watch over the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Doms, while at the end of the perspective the Petit Palais displays its elegant Renaissance-style crenellated façade. Finally, visit the Palais des Papes, the most important monument of Avignon's heritage. It consists of two parts: the old palace built by Benedict XII (Pope from 1334 to 1342), and the new palace built by his successor Clement VI "the magnificent" (Pope from 1342 to 1352), whose facade and Porte des Champeaux overlook the square of the Popes' Palace. The visit allows you to discover: the large ceremonial halls which hosted ceremonies and feasts, the chapels with painted decorations, the Pope's private flats, and the terraces from which you can enjoy a marvellous panorama over the city of Avignon and the Rhône. Return on board on foot.


    Remarks :...
    - Provide good walking shoes.
    - It is forbidden to take photos in the Popes' Palace.
    - There are about 500 steps to climb in the Palace of the Popes.
    - Bags must be left at the cloakroom.
    - The order of visits may be changed.
    - Timetables are given as an indication.

    Prices :
    25 € /person before leaving
    33 € /person on board

      ♦ Visit of Gordes and the Abbey of Sénanque (about 4h) :
    Departure by coach for the visit of Gordes. Situated in the heart of the Vaucluse mountains and the Luberon natural park, Gordes, one of the "Most Beautiful Villages in France", will seduce you with its numerous cobbled streets and dry stone houses, characteristic of the Apt region. Its church and its castle built in 1525 dominate the sumptuous landscape over the Luberon valley. The small town centre and its tall houses clinging to the rocks form a stone labyrinth that invites you to stroll between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It was to protect themselves from the plague and invasions that the Gordians took refuge on the heights, creating fortified villages. Continue to the Abbey of Sénanque, a magnificent illustration of Cistercian art. Notre-Dame de Sénanque was founded in 1148 by Cistercian monks from the Abbey of Mazan in the Ardèche. Thirty years later, the church was the first building to be constructed in an unusual manner. Indeed, the custom was for churches to face east: however, that of the abbey points north. The building of the monastery took about sixty years. The oldest buildings from the monastery at that time were built using local stone. Monastic life in the Abbey of Sénanque is still very hard and is mainly punctuated by alternating offices and working hours. The community of monks gathers seven times a day to pray. Each brother also works and helps in the cultivation of lavender. Indeed, the production of this blue flower is one of the characteristics of the community of Sénanque. It is collected during the flowering season in July/August: the monks then extract its essential oil from it. From this oil, they produce various products (eau de toilette, pillow mist, etc.).

    Notes :
    - Please bring good walking shoes, the village of Gordes is paved and sloping.
    - In case of unavailability, the visit of the abbey will be replaced by a visit to the
    lavender.
    - The order of the visits can be modified.
    - Times are given as an indication.

    Prices :
    49 € /person before leaving
    66 € /person on board
      ♦ Guided tour of Viviers (about 2h) :
    You will leave the boat on foot to carry out the guided visit of Viviers. The third safeguarded sector of the Rhône Alpes region, residence of the bishops since the 5th century, Viviers, a small town of 3500 inhabitants, is like an open-air architecture museum, where every page of history is written in stone. You will be able to admire the smallest cathedral in France in this sumptuous medieval city. You will see among others: the Maison des Chevaliers with its superb Renaissance facade, the St Michel Tower, the Grand Seminary, the belvedere with a breathtaking view of Viviers at night. Return to the boat on foot.

    Remarks :...
    - Bring good shoes: the streets of Viviers are paved.
    - A physical effort is required to climb up to the belvedere.
    - The order of the visits can be modified.
    - The times are given as an indication.

    Prices :
    18 € /person before leaving
    24 € /person on board

      ♦ Discovery of the Ardèche Gorges (about 4h) :
    Meeting at the boat with your coach and your guide. Departure for a panoramic coach tour through the Gorges de l'Ardèche, an area full of treasures for lovers of authenticity. You will be breathless in front of the reliefs marked by deep valleys, dense vegetation and the permanent presence of granitic and volcanic rocks. As far as Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, the Ardèche is a wild river, resulting in a grandiose natural arch: the 34-metre high Pont d'Arc. After a stop on the heights of a belvedere, continuation of the panoramic tour to the Grotte de la Madeleine where the coach will make a stop. Return to the boat.

    Notes :
    - During the panoramic coach tour the roads are tortuous. Beware of
    transport.
    - Provide good walking shoes.
    - The order of the visits can be modified.
    - Timetables are given for information only.

    Prices :
    41 € /person before leaving
    54 € /person on board

    Visit of Tain l'Hermitage and the Chocolate city (about 2h) :
    Departure on foot towards the city of chocolate in Tain l'Hermitage. This visit will allow you to discover the history and the secrets of the making of the famous Valrhona chocolates. The interactive and multi-sensory tour will take you to the "carré des, sens," the recipe counter, the cocoa plantations, the chocolate factory and the chocolate workshop. And finally you will taste these delicious chocolates. Back on board on foot.

    Notes :
    - To acquire equipment in good condition.
    - The order of visits may be modified.
    - The times are given as an indication.

    Prices :.
    25 € /person before leaving
    33 € /person on board

      ♦ Visit of Lyon and the Halles Paul Bocuse (about 4h) :
    Departure by coach for the guided tour of Lyon. Panoramic tour of the city up to the heights of the Fourvière basilica, an ideal point of view on Lyon and its districts. Then, direction old Lyon, along its historic houses and the famous "bouchons" (traffic jams) which punctuate the alleys. Discover the "traboules", traditional passageways which allowed direct access from the buildings to the Saône. Tasting at the Halles Paul Bocuse. Discover the 13,500m² spread over three floors of this unmissable crossroads for gourmets, where nearly 50 passionate shopkeepers display their culinary talents. A real treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds! Lyonnais snack: sausage and cheese tasting, all accompanied by a glass of wine*. Free time.

    Notes :
    - Provide good walking shoes.
    - Proper attire is required to enter the Basilica of Fourvière.
    - The Halles Bocuse are closed on Sundays and Mondays. An alternative will be organised for
    maintain the tasting of local products.
    - The schedules are given as an indication
    - The order of visits may be changed.

    Prices :
    43 € /person before leaving
    58 € /person on board


    NOTE :.
    - The itineraries of the excursions defined in the programmes are provided as an indication, they may be subject to variations due to external circumstances (e.g. weather conditions, strikes, transport delays...).
    - The order of visits may be modified.
    - The timetables are given for information only.
    - The above-mentioned rates are given as an indication.
    - Audioguides are available in English and German; and according to availability in Spanish and Italian (please contact us for more information).
    *Alcohol abuse is dangerous for your health, consume in moderation.
    All EU nationals must be in possession of a valid national identity card OR passport.
    Non-EU nationals should consult their embassy or consulate.

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