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Lyon & Provence

France Rhone
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Cruising through France

Tap into your inner van Gogh at an Arles painting class. Discover Roman Provence at Les Arènes amphitheater and the Pont du Gard. Explore Avignon’s Palace of the Popes. Excite your palate in Lyon, capital of French gastronomy. Savor Beaujolais wines. Hunt for truffles and see how chèvre cheese is made. Come witness the beauty that inspired artists like Cézanne and Chagall on this 8-day Rhône cruise.


About this UnTour Cruise

Itinerary Highlights Avignon, France; Arles; Viviers; Tournon, Lyon

Included:

  • 8-day cruise with river-view stateroom
  • 7 guided tours with audio headset
  • All meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
  • Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • All port charges
  • Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary

Air Options

  • Special airfares may be available. Please inquire for details.

Not included:

  • Airfare
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance

Itinerary

Note: Itinerary is reversed on certain dates.

Day 1: Avignon, France

Fly to Marseille. Transfer from the airport to your ship, docked in Avignon.* After boarding, take free time to explore this quaint town on the scenic Rhône River, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented. (D)

Day 2: Avignon, France

This morning, set out on a guided walk of Avignon, nicknamed “City of Popes” because it was home to seven popes from 1309 to 1377. Stroll through the historic center, stop at the picturesque Pont d’Avignon and walk the Place de l’Horloge. Continue to the renowned Palace of the Popes for a guided tour through this rambling maze of Gothic architecture that served as papal residence, fortress, church and palace. After the tour, enjoy an afternoon at leisure exploring Avignon. You can join the optional tour to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, visiting the vineyards and tasting the famous wine. Lunch and dinner are served on board your ship. We depart for Arles this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Arles, France

Disembark after breakfast and take a walking tour of Arles with its diverse architectural highlights. Experience the city’s vibrant colors and striking quality of light that have inspired artists. Arles is also the site of some impressive Roman ruins, including Les Arènes, an arena that seats 20,000 and is still in use, as well as Romanesque monuments such as the Church of Saint-Trôphime, completed in the 15th century. Enjoy free time to explore Arles on your own, then transfer to your ship in Avignon. Alternatively, relax on board this morning and over lunch enjoy scenic cruising along the Rhône. Dinner is served as you depart for Viviers. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Viviers, France

This morning join a walking tour of Viviers’ Old Town with its medieval and Renaissance buildings. Once a 5th-century Roman settlement, today the cobblestone streets are dominated by the 12th-century St. Vincent Cathedral. This afternoon, we set sail to Tournon. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Tournon & Vienne, France

Board the Train de l’Ardèche this morning for a locomotive ride through the deep gorges of the Ardèche plateau, cut by the Doux River. Return to your ship and enjoy lunch on board as we cruise past dramatic landscapes. Arrive in Vienne this afternoon, a beautiful town with an ancient Roman past. Visit the Temple of Augustus and Livia, the Roman amphitheater and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Maurice on a walking tour before dinner on board the ship. We remain docked in Vienne this evening.(B, L, D)

Day 6: Lyon, France

After breakfast, disembark in Lyon for a tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin with a drive to the top of Fourvière Hill for amazing views of the city. Continue with a guided visit to the Basilica of Notre Dame and drive through town past the magnificent St. Jean Cathedral and the Palace of Justice. Then take a walking tour through the cobblestone streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Town), with free time to shop for souvenirs or sample some of the fine French cuisine for which Lyon is world-famous. Your ship remains docked overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Lyon

After breakfast, take a scenic drive through the rolling hills of Beaujolais, where viticultural tradition runs deep. See the legendary Moulin-à-Vent, the windmill that gives its name to one of the most prestigious wines of the region, learn about the art of winemaking in a small museum and enjoy a tasting in one of Beaujolais’s famous cellars. Return to your ship for lunch and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Lyon

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Lyon airport for your return flight. (B)


Excursions

Included. Please see itinerary.


Post Trip Options

More days means more to discover - with packages you can add before or after your Viking journey. Wherever your journey takes you, we offer exciting ways to see even more of the region.

Pre-Extension: French Riviera

Discover even more of southern France on the French Riviera; relax on the famous beaches of the Côte d’Azur, or visit legendary Monaco.

Post-Extension: 3 nights Paris

Become enchanted by the romance of France’s capital. Browse the art collections in the Louvre or stroll along the Champs-Élysées. Ascend the Eiffel Tower for a breathtaking view of the “City of Light.” Nov $699

Post-Extension: 3 nights Dijon

Explore the grandeur of Dijon and discover the world-renowned wine country of Burgundy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with visits to the impressive Ducal Palace, the local market designed by Eiffel and the beautiful Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune.

Combine Your Cruise with an UnTour!

The Lyon and Provence Cruise links well with our UnTours in Paris.

There may be a few gap days between cruise and UnTour. Inquire for details.


Ship

Viking Longships

Designed by legendary naval architects Yran & Storbraaten, the team behind The Yachts of Seabourn, these new vessels offer state-of-the-art engineering, patent pending design and luxury. The Viking Longships provide guests with more ways to personalize their trip. Choose from a variety of stateroom classes, onboard entertainment options and ship locations from which you can enjoy sailing through the scenery, all the while enriching your time in some of Europe's most remarkable destinations.

Two Explorer Suites feature spectacular 270° views with a private wraparound veranda. Veranda Suites feature two full rooms with a veranda off the living room and a French balcony in the bedroom. Enjoy the indoor-outdoor Aquavit Terrace at the bow of the ship, or relax on the Sun Deck. These "green" ships, featuring energy-efficient hybrid engines, solar panels and an organic herb garden, were named to honor prominent members of the Norse pantheon. Each ship carries 190 guests in comfortable, understated elegance, with hotel-style beds and amenities like 26-inch flat-panel TVs and in-room refrigerators.

Ship Features

  • 95 comfortable outside staterooms (2 Explorer Suites, 7 Veranda Suites, 39 Veranda Staterooms, 22 French Balcony Staterooms, 25 Standard Staterooms)
  • All suites feature two rooms with a veranda off the living room and a French balcony in the bedroom
  • Sun deck with 360-degree views and shaded sitting area; organic herb garden and solar panels; putting green, chess and walking track
  • Aquavit Terrace with a revolutionary indoor/outdoor viewing area at the bow of the ship and grills for al fresco dining
  • Observation lounge and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views
  • Library corner and onboard boutique
  • Elevator
  • Free shipwide wireless internet service
  • Laundry service
  • Ecologically friendly hybrid engines producing less vibrations for a smoother ride
  • 40" flat-panel TV with infotainment system featuring movies on demand plus CNBC, CNN, ESPN, FOX, National Geographic and more

Stateroom Amenities

  • Hotel-style beds 79" x 63" (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Bathrobe and slippers available upon request
  • Individual climate control
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Voltage: 220V and 110V in stateroom
  • Sony 40-inch flat-panel TV with premium entertainment package including: CNBC, CNN, FOX, ESPN, National Geographic, MGM Movies, Sky Cinema, videos on demand and "View From the Bridge"

Cabins:

  • Explorer Suite: Private wraparound veranda off the spacious living room offers 270-degree views, Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, known as a French balcony, in the bedroom, Large bathroom with double sinks, shower, heated mirror & floor, premium bath products, 445 sq. ft.
  • Veranda Suite: Full-size veranda off the spacious living room, Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, known as a French balcony, in the bedroom, Large private bathroom with shower and premium bath products, 275 sq. ft.
  • Veranda Stateroom (A & B): Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open to a full-size veranda, Private bathroom with shower and premium bath products, 205 sq. ft.
  • French Balcony Stateroom (C & D): Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open to create a French balcony, Private bathroom with shower and premium bath products, 135 sq. ft.
  • Standard Stateroom (E & F): Half-height picture window, Private bathroom with shower and premium bath products, 150 sq. ft.

Disclaimer

Our staff have inspected this cruise and the above description and photographs reflect what they saw at that time. It is possible that the supplier has made changes to the cruise without our knowledge. While we do our best to keep up with any changes or improvements made to our cruises, we cannot guarantee that everything in the above description will be accurate.

Starting at $2499
Package includes

  • 8-day cruise with river-view stateroom
  • 7 guided tours with audio headset
  • All meals
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks
  • Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • All port charges
  • Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary