Lyon & Provence 2019 (Avignon to Lyon)
8 days with Viking River Cruises Rating:
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 cobbled streets are dominated by the 12th-century St. Vincent Cathedral. This afternoon, we set sail to Tournon. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Tournon, France
This afternoon, board the Train de l’Ardèche for a locomotive ride through the deep gorges of the Ardèche plateau, cut by the Doux River. Return to your ship and enjoy dinner on board as we cruise to Vienne, an engaging little town surrounded by steep hills between France’s Burgundy and Beaujolais regions. (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 cobbled 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, France
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 the Beaujolais’s famous cellars. Return to your ship for lunch. 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, France
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Lyon airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your time in France with three exciting nights in Paris, one of the world’s most romantic cities. (B)
All This Included
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.
Your included features and services:
Cruising: Cabin onboard Viking longship
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre-Extension: French Riviera
From $799 per person / 3-night pre-extension
Discover even more of southern France on the French Riviera; relax on the famous beaches of the Côte d’Azur or visit legendary Monaco. Three nights in the First-Class Le Méridien Nice (or similar), daily breakfasts, guided walking tour of Nice and all transfers between your hotel and ship are included, along with the services of a Viking host.
From $699 per person / 3-night post-extension
Become enchanted by the romance of France’s capital. Browse the art in the Louvre or stroll along the famed Champs-Élysées. Ascend the Eiffel Tower for a breathtaking view of the “City of Light,” dine at a Parisian bistro or enjoy an evening at a cabaret. Three nights in the First-Class Le Méridien Etoile, Paris (or similar), daily breakfasts, guided walking tour and all transfers between your hotel and ship are included, along with the services of a Viking host.
Post-Extension: Burgundy's Vineyards
From 1,249 per person / 3-night post-extension
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.
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