Picturesque Provence & Ardèche

8-days Lyon-Chalon-Arles-Lyon

Fares From £1,855 pp

Single Supplement From 25%

No-fly rail options from the UK are available on this river cruise

Picturesque Provence and Ardèche  – Cruise Summary


Take a journey through the colourful countryside in the south of France and savour the beauty of its historical cities, including the famous Ardèche Gorge, where you will enjoy some of France’s most beautiful natural scenery. Continue into Provence and the Camargue, where the incomparable atmosphere inspired van Gogh. From Lyon, the cruise heads north on the Saône, to Chalon-sur-Saône, with an excursion to Burgundy and a visit to the famous Hôtel-Dieu, then on the Rhône towards the Mediterranean Sea. Learn why the Romans felt so at home in Mâcon and Arles, then see the great buildings of Avignon, such as the magnificent Papal Palace.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Lyon

Fly/rail from London to Lyon and transfer to vessel. Embarkation from 17:00 to 19:00

Day 2: Chalon-sur-Saône

Arrival 11:00 – Departure 18:00

Excursion to Burgundy, with a visit to Beaune and Hôtel-Dieu, known for its strikingly colourful roof, including time to explore by yourself.


Arrival 23:30


Day 3: Mâcon

Departure 12:00

Excursion to the historic Cluny Monastery – or excursion to the wonderful Château Cormatin – or time to make your own discoveries.


Arrival 14:30 – Departure 15:00

Excursion to Beaujolais with a tour of the medieval village of Oingt and a wine-tasting experience at a vineyard (starts Belleville/ends Trévoux).


Arrival 16:30 – Departure 19:00

Day 4: Viviers

Arrival 12:30 – Departure 18:30

Sensational countryside on an excursion to the steep slopes of the imposing Ardèche Canyon and a visit to the lavender museum or canoeing in the Ardèche Canyon. Time to explore by yourself.

Day 5: Arles

Arrival 03:00 – Departure 18:00

Guided tour through Arles, for numerous magnificent buildings from the Roman period, including the mighty arena.

Excursion to the exceptional region of the Camargue and a visit to a bull farm


Arrival 22:30



Day 6: Avignon

Departure 15:30.

Guided tour through Avignon for the famous Pont d’Avignon and papal palace, with time at leisure.

Excursion to the famous Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard (rejoining ship in Châteauneuf-du-Pape).


Arrival 17:30 – Departure 18:15


Day 7: Lyon

Arrival 15:30

City tour/walk through the old town of Lyon, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the impressive basilica. Time to make your own discoveries.

Day 8: Lyon

Disembarkation until 09:00

Transfer to Lyon Airport for return journey home or extend your stay in Lyon with a City Stay package (pricing on request)

The excursions marked in blue are included in your cruise package. The excursions marked in red can only be booked on board. Mooring and casting off times are guidance times. We reserve the right to change itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be travelled due to low/high water or a ship defect, the shipping company reserves the right to take passengers on this route by bus, to accommodate them in hotels and/or change the route. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to change to another ship.


  • Cruise along two great rivers in southern France, the Rhône and the Saône
  • Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans at the arena of Arles and the Pont du Gard aqueduct
  • Walk in the footsteps of Romans in Arles and at the Pont du Gard aqueduct
  • Historic Avignon and the Pont Saint-Bénézet bridge
  • The UNESCO World Heritage old quarter of Lyon
  • Enjoy the wild horses and flamingos of the Camargue region

Sailing Dates

Fares from £1,855pp

Single Supplement From 20%

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  • Economy flight/rail from London and overseas transfers to and from vessel
  • 7-night cruise including all meals
  • Unlimited drinks inc wine, beer, cocktails and all non alcoholic drinks
  • Welcome and farewell reception with the Captain
  • Nightly onboard entertainment
  • 4 Guided Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Services of the Cruise Director and local guides
  • Sennheiser audio headsets on all excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Port fees and taxes
  • Full ATOL financial protection
  • Baggage handling fee
No-fly rail options from the UK are available on this river cruise.

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