Picturesque South of France!

11 days Lyon-Chalon-Arles-Lyon & Burgundy

This cruise covers the colourful countryside in the south of France and the beauty of its historical cities. It’ll take you to the famousCanyons of the Ardèche and into Provence and the Camargue with its incomparable atmosphere, which inspired van Gogh to createsome of his great masterpieces. From Lyon, the cruise heads north on the Saône to Chalon-sur-Saône, with excursion options toBurgundy and then on the Rhône towards the Mediterranean Sea. In cities such as Mâcon and Arles, you can relate to why the Romansfelt so at home there. In Avignon, great buildings await, such as the papal palace. If you want to, you can explore the picturesqueregion of Burgundy with its monasteries and castles, for three more days at the end of your cruise.

Why this river cruise?

  • Travel through the enchanting South of France on the Rhône and the Saône
  • Enjoy your holiday for even longer with our extension programme in Burgundy 
  • Travel in the footsteps of the ancient Romans, e.g. in the arena in Arles or at the former aqueduct, the Pont du Gard
  • Enjoy unique nature in the Camargue with its wild horses and flamingos
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The first impressions of your trip.

Experience the most beautiful countryside on this river cruise!

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The services provided during your trip

  • 8-day cruise in an outside cabin in the booked category
  • nicko cruises full board:
    • Generous breakfast buffet with coffee/tea and juices
    • Lunch and dinner with multi-course menus served at the table
    • Optional light lunch buffet
    • Coffee/tea after lunch and dinner
    • Coffee/cake or late night snack according to daily schedule
    • Festive Gala Dinner
    • Table reservation on board
  • nicko cruise director and local tour guides
  • Comfortable Sennheiser audio system on all excursions
  • Entertainment programme on board
  • Luggage service between landing stage and cabin for embarking and disembarking
  • All port and passenger fees
Additional benefits during the follow-up programme:
  • 3 overnight stays with breakfast in the Océania Le Jura Hotel**** in Burgundy (or comparable hotel)
  • Catering benefit according to the itinerary
  • Excursions marked in bold (see page 157)
  • Local tour guide
  • Comfortable Sennheiser audio system on all excursions
  • All transfers on location

Important travel information

Important travel information: Please note that daily on-board information and excursions will be provided in German language only for individual travellers. Except for the marked dates, that indicate our guaranteed English departures. Different languages are available on request for groups and charterers. Minimum number of participants for this cruise up to 30 days before departure: 135 people. Minimum number of participants for the post cruise land programme: 20 people (see section 8.1. of our travel terms).

Your itinerary

Day

1

Lyon
Casting off 10:30 pm Embarkation from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Day

2

Chalon-sur- Saône
Mooring 11:00 am Casting off 6:00 pm Excursion to Burgundy, with a visit to Beaune, including the Hôtel Dieu Excursion Package

Burgundy is famous not only for its wines, but also for the many religious houses, which played a major role in medieval Christianity. Beaune is located in the centre of this famous wine-growing area of the Cote-d’Or. Its history goes back to prehistoric times and in the Middle Ages the town became the residence of the powerful Dukes of Burgundy. Many of the town’s monuments stem from this period – the 12th Century Church of Notre-Dame, medieval defensive walls, the Ducal Palace. All these are included in our tour, as well as the Hotel Dieu – a 15th Century hospital with the loveliest roof in France.

Trip duration:

04:00 h

Day

2

Mâcon
Mooring 11:30 pm

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Day

3

Mâcon
Casting off 12:00 pm Excursion to the monastery of Cluny

In the early Middle Ages Cluny was Europe’s most influential monastery. Until the completion of St. Peter’s in Rome Cluny was the largest Christian church in the world. Although the French Revolution destroyed much of this, there are still some impressive remains to be seen.

Trip duration:

03:30 h

Day

3

Mâcon
Excursion to the Château Cormatin

Between Tournus and Cluny in the heart of southern Burgundy, the Chateau de Cormatin awaits you in the midst of its gardens and water features. It was built by the Marquises of Huxelles in the early seventeenth century to show their power and prestige: wide moat, turrets, high rusticated basement, gunports and drawbridge, the castle was made to impress. It has succeeded to this day.

Trip duration:

03:30 h

Day

3

Villefranche-sur-Saône
Mooring 3:15 pm Casting off 7:00 pm Beaujolais excursion with a tour through the medieval village of Oingt and wine tasting at a vineyard (dep. Villefranche-sur-Saône / arr. Trévoux).

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Day

3

Termine in 2022: Villefranche-sur- Saône
Mooring 3:15 pm Casting off 7:00 pm Excursion to Beaujolais with wine tasting

Beaujolais is reckoned to be the loveliest part of Burgundy. Beaujolais is located in the southern part of Burgundy, northwest of Lyon. We offer an attractive ride through this lovely landscape, where excellent wines are grown – mainly red wines, before attending a wine-tasting in an authentic and informal atmosphere.

Trip duration:

04:00 h

Day

4

Viviers
Mooring 12:30 pm Casting off 6:30 pm excursion to the Ardèche Gorges and a visit to the Lavender Museum

The Ardeche Gorge in the north of the Provence has an incomparable beauty – steep cliffs, layers of basalt and, far below, the blue of the river. The landscape here is dominated by terraced chestnut woods and orchards, bare hillsides, many small rivers and streams, fortified villages and farmsteads. The tour concludes with a visit to the Museum of Lavender.

Trip duration:

04:30 h

Day

5

Arles
Mooring 3:00 am Casting off 6:00 pm Stadtrundgang durch Arles mit seinen zahlreichen prunkvollen Bauwerken aus der Römerzeit wie der mächtigen Arena. Excursion Package

Walking duration :

ca. 2,5 Stunden

Stairs :

Yes

Slope :

Little

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Day

5

Arles
Mooring 3:00 am Casting off 6:00 pm Guided tour through Arles with its numerous magnificent buildings from the Roman period, e.g. the mighty arena. Excursion Package

Stairs :

Yes

Slope :

Little

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Day

5

Arles
Excursion to the Camargue and visit to a bull farm

This excursion takes you to a traditional bull's farm. The proud "gardians" on their white horses greet you and accompany you to the carriages. These "Chariot Tracté" will lead you through pure nature and you can observe the famous black bulls. Afterwards you will be served a typical and regional lunch.

Trip duration:

06:00 h

Day

5

Avignon
Mooring 10:30 pm

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Day

6

Avignon
Casting off 3:30 pm Stadtrundgang Avignon Excursion Package

Walking duration :

ca. 2 Stunden

Stairs :

Yes

Slope :

Little

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Day

6

Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Excursion to the famous Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard (dep. Avignon/ arr. Châteauneuf-du-Pape).

Stairs :

Yes

Slope :

Little

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Day

7

Lyon
Mooring 3:30 pm Guided city tour by bus and on foot Lyon

A true masterpiece of ancient architecture, the Pont du Gard aqueduct is one of the most beautiful Roman constructions in the region. Discover more about this startling monument as you learn more about its history through the ages.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Day

8

Lyon
Disembarkation, bus transfer to Burgundy. Excursion Package

Stairs :

Yes

Slope :

Little

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Day

8

Burgundy
Visit to the Château Clos de Vougeot. Wine tasting of typical Burgundy wines.

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Day

9

Burgundy
Visit to the Basilica Sainte-Marie-Madeleine in Vézelay. Visit to Fontenay Abbey.

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Day

10

Burgundy
City tour in Dijon. Visit to the Cassissium in Nuits-St.-Georges.

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Day

11

Lyon
Depart.

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Day

11

Lyon
Transfer zum Bahnhof Chalon-sur-Saône und anschließend zum Flughafen Lyon.

Verpflegung: Frühstück

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Arrival and departure times are target times. We reserve the right to change itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be travelled due to low/high tides or a boat 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.

The itinerary of your river cruise on the map

Your ship on its journey: MS BIJOU DU RHÔNE

 

Our precious jewel in Southern France welcomes you - guaranteeing the highest feel-good factor from the first day. The famous "Laissez faire" is everywhere on board the MS BIJOU DU RHÔNE. You can relax everywhere on-board, being in the comfortably stylish furnished cabins, the large panorama saloon or in the inviting sun deck. Naturally, the tasty kitchen along with the one or other drop of wine should not be missing during a trip through the cuisine landscapes of France, our experienced kitchen chef will ensure for that every day.

 

Further details about your ship
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    nicko modern 150 passengers 40 114.30 m 11.40 m 1.50 m 220 volts
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