Provence & Burgundy 2021 APT River Cruise
Ease into the relaxed rhythm of the Rhône as it transports you between the medieval villages and lyrical landscapes of Provence, and into the food and wine mecca of Burgundy.
Fly from the UK to Marseilles. You will be met at the airport when you arrive and then transferred to your river ship, docked on the Rhône River. Settle in and unwind. Afterwards, you can enjoy getting to know your fellow travellers and your APT Cruise Director at a Welcome Reception.
This morning, set out on a guided tour of Arles and its Roman ruins. This charming French town was once a thriving Roman metropolis, and its history can be seen in the surviving ancient monuments scattered throughout. Later, cruise towards Avignon and enjoy a choice of experiences.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Opt to tour the city and its Palace of the Popes, a nod to the city’s significance as the capital of the papacy in the 14th century. This grand complex symbolises the church’s strong influence on the western Christian world and has over 20 rooms open for public viewing. Alternatively, if you do not feel like exploring this afternoon, you may wish to brush up on your French skills with a language lesson on board.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE: You may choose take a ride on the Ardèche Steam Train, winding through the verdant Doux gorge. For wine lovers, a visit to the historic Maison M. Chapoutier winery for a tasting is on offer. Otherwise, you can enjoy a guided bike ride with a stop at the Valrhona Chocolate Factory, a great experience for chocolate enthusiasts.
Choose your activity in Vienne. Later, set sail for Lyon. Upon arrival you can enjoy an orientation tour of the city and its main sites.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Today, embark on a city tour of Vienne, a historic town that lies just south of Lyon. Here the rich collection of Roman and medieval buildings serve as a reminder of Vienne’s cultural heritage. Or, if you’re feeling active, a hike up to Mount Pipet is in order, rewarding your efforts with magnificent views of the town below.
Spend the morning on your chosen sightseeing activity. The evening has been reserved for a culinary themed Signature Experience.
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: Tonight, dinner is served at the L’Abbaye de Collonges. Founded by acclaimed French chef, the late Paul Bocuse, this restaurant has gained legendary status and is sure to please your palate.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Lyon is renowned as a culinary capital, and while exploring this old French city you will have the chance to discover its best gourmet delights on a culinary walking tour. Alternatively, soak in the surrounds on a leisurely bike ride or take an excursion to the Beaujolais wine region, famed for its fruity reds.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Perhaps wander the narrow, picturesque streets of Tournus on a guided walking tour of the city, stopping at its famous Romanesque church, the Abbey of Saint Philibert. Otherwise, journey to Château de Cormatin. This rustic-style château was built onwards from the early 17th century and is surrounded by wide moats. Enjoy a tour of the building and its grounds, which sprawl over ten hectares.
Explore Beaune, an ancient town encircled by medieval ramparts. With its surrounding landscapes blanketed in grapevines, it comes as no surprise that Beaune is renowned for its production of fine Burgundy wines.
Today, your journey through Provence and Burgundy draws to a conclusion. Farewell your wonderful crew this morning as you disembark your ship after breakfast and are then transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
|Date||Fares from (pp)|
|9 September 2021||£4,295|
- Savings of up to £1,000pp - book by 31st October 2021
- Home-to-airport transfers by Private Car†
- Return scheduled flights from the UK
- Seven nights on an all-inclusive Concerto River Ship
- Experiences in six destinations
- Freedom of Choice Inclusions in three locations
- Luxury dining - a total of 20 meals
- Complimentary beverages served at your discretion on board, as well as premium wine with dinner+
- APT Cruise Director and expert local guides
- Overseas transfers, port charges and tipping