Rhône & Saône Cruise through Burgundy & Provence 2018

River Rhône | France, Europe

8 days
per person
  • Avignon
  • Lavender Field Provence
  • Avignon
  • Lyon
  • Lyon
  • Rhone River
  • Lavender Field Provence
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Note that there may be small differences between our general Itinerary for this cruise and a specific departure. To view departure specific itineraries please go to the Dates and Prices tab and click "View Itinerary" on a specific departure.


Rhône & Saône Cruise through Burgundy & Provence Itinerary

Winding through the sun-kissed vineyards of Burgundy and the lavender scented countryside of Provence, this relaxing cruise reveals a melting pot of scenery and culture made easily accessible by the MS Amadeus Provence, a brand new premier ship. When you’re not enjoying life on the water, with the professional crew taking care of everything, you can step ashore to explore our ports of call or join a variety of optional excursions that ensure you get the most out of your cruise experience: follow one of the most scenic wine routes in France, explore the world capital of gastronomy, enter the walls of the magical kingdom known as the ‘city of the popes’, discover the wild beauty of the Camargue as we go in search of white horses and pink flamingos – there is so much to see along the banks of these fabled rivers.

Day 1: London – Lyon
We travel to Lyon and board our ship for a relaxing evening, as we begin cruising along the Saône river towards Mâcon.

Day 2: Mâcon
Today you have the option of joining three different excursions which explore the beautiful region of Burgundy. The first visits Cluny Abbey, which was once the seat of the greatest medieval monastic order in the west. Next you can join a walking tour of Mâcon and enjoy the distinctly Mediterranean feel of this little town with its colourful buildings. You can then end the day with a scenic tour along the Beaujolais wine route, which is lined with endless rows of vineyards and estates.

Day 3: Chalon sur Saône
Wake up in Chalon sur Saône in the middle of wine country and join an optional walking tour which reveals the highlights of this lively market town. You can then join another optional excursion visiting the town of Beaune, one of the best places in France to taste wine. We return to our ship in Tournus, where you can join an optional stroll through the town.

Day 4: Lyon – Vienne
We cruise back to Lyon where you can join an optional city tour to see the main sights of this beautiful destination. Around midday we join the Rhône river and cruise to Vienne, one of the oldest cities in the Rhône-Alpes region, where you can join an optional walk through the town centre. Later in the day we continue along the Rhône on our way to Avignon.

Day 5: Avignon
Enjoy a relaxing morning onboard our ship before we reach Avignon. This graceful city is best known for the Palais des Papes, the largest gothic palace in the world where Pope Clement V took up permanent residence in the 14th century. The city walls are accessed by one of seven doors, which lead you into a beautiful web of papal architecture, charming streets and attractive courtyards. You can spend your time here at leisure or join an optional city tour to ensure you miss none of the highlights.

Day 6: Avignon
Today you can join an optional excursion which takes you by coach through the vast and beautiful Camargue nature reserve in search of the iconic wildlife, which includes white horses, black bulls and pink flamingos. After lunch you can join another optional excursion which takes you around Arles. This quaint little city is widely regarded as the heart of Provence and was where Vincent van Gogh produced some of his most famous paintings. Later in the day we continue cruising towards Viviers.

Day 7: Viviers – La Pouzin
We reach the town of Viviers where you can join an optional excursion to see the spectacular Ardèche gorges, hailed as the Grand Canyon of Europe with cliffs towering up to 1,000 feet above the meandering river. The most striking feature is the Pont d’Arc, a natural stone arch standing over 200 feet high with a span of 110 feet. We return to our ship in Le Pouzin, where the afternoon is free to relax onboard as we cruise back to Lyon.

Day 8: Lyon – London
After breakfast we bid farewell to our hosts and set off on the return journey to London.

Rhône & Saône Cruise through Burgundy & Provence


• Enjoy the facilities onboard the brand new 4 star ship ms Amadeus Provence

• Follow the Saône through the renowned wine region of Burgundy

• Cruise along the Rhône in Provence from Lyon to Avignon

• Free time in the city of Lyon, which is widely regarded as the gastronomic capital of the world

• See the largest gothic palace in the world at Avignon

• Admire the vast plains of the Camargue as we go in search of its famous wildlife on our optional excursion

•  Opportunity to see the spectacular Ardèche gorges, hailed as the Grand Canyon of Europe


We offer a number of flexible travel options for you to join your cruise, whether you want to travel to the port of departure or directly to the ship. Please see below:

Eurostar from London St Pancras

Enjoy the benefits of rail travel – boarding at London St Pancras International, you will be whisked effortlessly along by Eurostar whilst relaxing in your reserved seat. You have the freedom to stretch your legs whenever the mood takes you and purchase drinks and snacks from the buffet carriage.

Dates and pricing

The details below show the travel options, pricing and the available departure dates for this itinerary. If you have any questions about this cruise please do not hesitate to call our Holiday Advisors.


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Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Cluny Abbey

Cluny Abbey

The Abbey of Cluny was founded by Benedictine monks in AD910. The height of its influence was in the 12th century when it was one of the greatest powers in Europe, with around 10,000 monks, the largest church in the world and the most important library in Europe. The war of religions and the French Revolution destroyed most of the Abbey in 1798 but the remains still suggest its size and glory and the site offers prestigious heritage, with pleasant gardens and a museum.


Mâcon walking tour

With its canal tile rooves and pastel coloured buildings, the town of Mâcon, the most southerly town in Burgundy, has a distinct Mediterranean air about it. Once home to the poet Lamartine, it’s a pleasant place to pass some time and our walking tour will show you the best views and the main sights.


Beaujolais wine route scenic tour

The Beaujolais region is known as le pays des pierres dorées (land of the golden stones) because of its beautifully coloured sandstone which glows in the sun. It gives the villages a Tuscan flair and is a delightful place to pass through.

Chalon sur Saône walking tour

Chalon sur Saône walking tour

This lively town nestles on the banks of the Saône, from which it takes its name, and was where Joseph Nicéphore Niépce (who invented the first photograph) was born in 1765. It was once a distribution point for local wines which were sent up and down the river; today it is an interesting place to explore with a beautiful cathedral and a bustling square.



Known as the capital of burgundy wines and a city of art, Beaune is a charming town with an exceptional heritage. Within its ramparts are historical mansions, medieval half-timbered houses and flower filled squares. Beneath the cobbled streets you can discover the cellars of local wine growers and merchants, where you can purchase that extra special bottle.


Tournus walking tour

Tucked away in the southeast corner of Burgundy, this delightful town is filled with alleyways and ancient buildings that are great for exploring. Highlights include a superb abbey which dates back to the 10th century, and Hôtel Dieu, the old hospital and apothecary.


Lyon city tour

The city of Lyon is shaped by two great rivers, the Saône and the Rhône, and watched over by the Fourvière – the hill that prays. Between these two rivers we discover the heart of the city, celebrated as the French capital of gastronomy, with an exhaustive list of sights to see and some beautifully preserved historic areas recognised by Unesco world heritage.


Vienne walking tour

The town of Vienne made its mark in Roman times when it became an important city; it is still home to some beautifully preserved remains, including an obelisk and an amphitheatre, which you can see on our walking tour, along with a number of medieval buildings and important religious monuments.


Avignon city tour

From our ship you have a nice view of the fortress wall surrounding Avignon and the world famous Pont d’Avignon. We take a walk from here to the Place de Horloge, in the centre of town and just a few steps from the Palais des Papes. This imposing fortress is built on a cliff above the Rhône and shows how much power on earth the supreme servants of Christianity had for almost 70 years.

The Camargue

The Camargue

This coach trip winds through the romantic wetlands of the Camargue, which extend between the Grand and the Petit Rhône. One of the last quiet oases in France, it is famed throughout the world for the stunning white horses, black bulls and pink flamingos.


Arles city tour

Arles is a beautiful place to explore on foot. It was an important city during the Roman Empire and there are a number of preserved sites in and around the town, including a huge amphitheatre that is still used for entertainment and can hold 12,000 people. Vincent van Gogh produced some of his most famous paintings while living here, including Cafe Terrace at Night which depicts the warmth of a café in Arles.

Ardèche gorges

Ardèche gorges

Over millions of years, the Ardèche river has carved through a high plateau to form a magnificent 30 kilometre canyon, hailed as the Grand Canyon of Europe. The triumphal entrance to this geological piece of perfection is a magnificent natural arch, the Vallon Pont d’Arc, which stands around 66 metres tall. Each year this protected region serves as a magnet to walkers and canoeists who come to enjoy the spectacular views and rich wildlife.

Excursion Package

Excursion Price £349

Don't miss a thing by booking our special excursion package which includes all the listed excursions for this cruise. Not only can you take part in all the exciting trips we have organised, you can enjoy all this at a reduced cost!

At a glance

Length: 8 days

From: Lyon

Ends: Lyon

Travel options available:

  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
8 days
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Return Eurostar from London to Lille
  • Connecting rail journeys
  • Coach transfers to and from the ship
  • Welcome drink
  • En suite cabin accommodation aboard the MS Amadeus Provence
  • Full board during your cruise
  • Captain’s dinner
  • Entertainment every night of your cruise
  • Visits to Lyon, Mâcon, Chalon-sur-Saône, Vienne, Avignon, Viviers & La Pouzin
  • Services of our Tour Manager


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