Rhône & Saône through Burgundy & Provence 2020

River Rhône | France, Europe

7 days
per person
  • Avignon
  • Beaujolais Vineyards
  • Beaujolais
  • Camargue
  • Lyon
  • Martigues
AvignonBeaujolais VineyardsBeaujolaisCamargueLyonMartigues
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Cruising the Rhône & Saône through Burgundy & Provence

Winding through the sun-kissed vineyards of Burgundy and the lavender scented countryside of Provence, this relaxing cruise reveals an abundance of scenery and culture easily accessible by the MS Van Gogh II. 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, enter the walls of the magical kingdom known as the ‘city of the popes’ or discover the wild beauty of the Camargue as we go in search of white horses and pink flamingos – there is so much waiting to be discovered on this wonderful cruise.

Day 1: UK – Chalon Sur Saône – Mâcon
We travel to Dijon, where we are transferred by coach to Chalon Sur Saône to board our ship. After settling into your cabin, you’ll meet the crew and enjoy a welcome cocktail. This evening, we set sail and cruise along the Saône river towards Mâcon.

Day 2: Mâcon – Beaujolais – Lyon
This morning you have the opportunity to join our optional excursion to the Beaujolais vineyards. En route we journey through some of France’s prettiest wine-growing villages before reaching Romanèche-Thorins for a visit to the ‘Hameau Duboeuf ‘, a unique museum containing a collection of old and rare objects from over 2000 years of wine-growing history, where we'll learn about the current wine-making and vine-growing processes. In the midst of the Beaujolais vineyards, we will discover the skills of the winemakers and enjoy a tasting of some of the region's wines before returning to our ship. Enjoy a relaxing evening on board as we cruise through Lyon by night and admire the city lights.

Day 3: Lyon – Tain-l'Hermitage
After breakfast you can take advantage of our optional excursion to Lyon, where the Sâone and Rhône rivers join. Here we will discover the Fourvière Basilica where you can stop and admire the breathtaking views over the city. We then continue to Lyon's Old Town for a guided walking tour to explore the ‘traboules’, hidden passageways unique to the city of Lyon. Enjoy some free time in the Saint Jean district in the heart of the Old Town before we return to the ship for lunch. Relax onboard this afternoon as we cruise towards Tain-l'Hermitage, where we arrive this evening.

Day 4: Tain-l'Hermitage – The Ardeche – Avignon
Enjoy a morning at leisure as we cruise towards The Ardeche. This afternoon you can join our optional excursion to the Pont d'Arc Cavern, the largest decorated cave replica in the world. The nearby enormous Chauvet Cave houses the original collections of cave paintings, reproduced painstakingly by engineers and artists. In the midst of the stalagmites and stalactites, you will discover the world as it was seen by men and women 36,000 years ago and witness where the first artists in the history of humanity painted their masterpieces. This evening we set sail to Avignon.

Day 5: Avignon – Arles
The graceful city of Avignon 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. Later today we return to our ship and set sail for Arles, where on arrival you will have some free time to discover the old part of this quaint city, widely regarded as the heart of Provence.

Day 6: Arles – The Camargue – Martigues
This morning you can join another optional excursion which takes you by coach for a panoramic tour through the vast and beautiful Camargue nature reserve in search of the iconic wildlife, which includes white horses, black bulls and pink flamingos. We’ll also visit a manade (bull breeding farm) and learn about the work of a manadier, as they demonstrate their skills. Our visit will also include a cocktail on the patio. We return to the ship in Arles for our final night onboard. This evening we cruise towards Martigues and enjoy a delicious gala dinner.

Day 7: Martigues – UK
After breakfast we bid farewell to our hosts and set off on the return journey to London.


Follow the Saône through the renowned wine region of Burgundy

Cruise along the Rhône in Provence from Lyon to Avignon

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

Enjoy the facilities onboard the MS Van Gogh

Discover the city of Lyon, which is widely regarded as the gastronomic capital of the world


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.

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Dates and pricing

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Join ship at Chalon Sur Saone
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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!

Beaujolais Wine Tasting

Beaujolais Vineyards & Hameau Duboeuf

Journey through some of France's prettiest wine-growing villages before reaching the Romanèche-Thorins for a visit to 'Hameau Duboeuf', a unique museum containing a collection of old a rare objects from over 2000 years of wine-growing history. In the midst of beautiful Beaujolais, we'll learn about the current wine-making and vine-growing processes, whilst enjoying some of the regions finest wines.


Guided Tour of Lyon

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.

Pont d'Arc Cavern

Pont d'Arc Cavern

The Vallon Pont d’Arc is a magnificent natural arch that sits at the entrance to the Ardèche gorge. Hailed as the Grand Canyon of Europe, the Ardèche river has, over a period of millions of years, carved through a high plateau to form a magnificent 30 kilometre canyon. Each year this protected region serves as a magnet to walkers and canoeists who come to enjoy the spectacular views and rich wildlife.

Avignon & the Pope's Palace

Avignon & the Pope's Palace

From our ship you will have a great view of the fortress wall surrounding Avignon and the world famous Pont d'Avignon. We take a walk from here to the Place de l'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 & Bull Breeding Farm

The Camargue & Bull Breeding Farm

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 or the stunning white horses, black bulls and pink flamingos. On this tour we'll also visit a bull breeding farm, or 'manade', where we will learn about the skills of a manadier.

Package Price

Package Price

£229 per person

Excursions aboard the MS Van Gogh are only available if pre-booked in advance. Individual excursions booked once aboard MS Van Gogh are subject to availability.

At a glance

Length: 7 days

From: Chalon Sur Saône

Ends: Martigues

Travel options available:

  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • Join at Ship
7 days
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Six nights' cruise on a full board basis
  • Visits to Lyon, Mâcon, Tain l’Hermitage, Arles, Avignon and Martigues
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Services of a Cruise Manager


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