From the sleepy riverside villages and rolling vineyards of Burgundy to Arles, outpost of the Roman Empire.
This cruise on the French rivers Saône and Rhône aboard the luxury river vessel MS Amadeus Provence, is the perfect way to explore some of France’s most beautiful countryside and historic sights. The cruise encompasses not only the history, culture, food, wine and tradition, but also attractive villages, proud castles, impressive churches and some of the most picturesque scenery imaginable in Provence.
Our voyage begins as we sail north from Lyon up the Saône to the small city of Mâcon from where we explore the famed vineyards of the Mâcon and Beaujolais wine regions and visit the ruins of the Benedictine Cluny Abbey. Continuing to Chalon-sur-Saône, we drive along the Burgundy ‘wine route’ to Beaune to visit the magnificent 15th-century Hospices de Beaune and enjoy a wine tasting. We then sail back to the historic city of Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France, and, after a tour of Vieux Lyon and the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, we re-join the Rhône and sail south to Avignon – the ‘City of Popes’.
Here we explore the city with its narrow streets and grandiose Palais des Papes. We also venture into the Provençal countryside to see the magnificent Roman aqueduct – Pont du Gard; the historic hilltop town of Uzès; the beautiful city of Arles, a treasure trove of Roman antiquity with its magnificent amphitheatre and the epitome of Provence; as well as the Camargue nature reserve. Our voyage continues sailing north again, where we will enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Ardèche Gorges before the journey ends back in Lyon.
It promises to be a delightful journey, complimented by an inspiring array of shore excursions and captivating lectures from Douglas Skeggs.
17th October 2019
- Price includes economy class flights & airport taxes.