Rhône Treasures 2020 APT River Cruise

Discover a world of fascinating French towns, inspiring culture, wistful countryside and memorable cuisine while cruising in luxury between Arles and Lyon.

Pont du Gard, France

Itinerary

Fly from the UK to Marseilles. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your ship. Board your luxurious river ship and enjoy a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Head to Les Baux-de-Provence for a tour of the castle ruins. Then visit an olive mill and farm in Saint Rémy de Provence to discover the Provençal tradition of olive growing. Alternatively, travel to nearby Camargue National Reserve, known for its wetlands and birdlife.
After your preferred activity, enjoy Arles on a guided walking tour.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: A local guide will take you on a discovery of Avignon, a city surrounded by impressive stone ramparts. Pay a visit to the Palace of the Popes, the world’s largest Gothic palace which served as a fortress, a church and a residence to the Popes that once governed the Christian world. Otherwise, take in a round of golf. Or, visit the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that stands 50 metres above the Gardon River.
Enjoy your preferred activity before an afternoon at leisure.

Maybe join a local truffle farmer and his dogs to sniff out, then taste the rare and prized truffles before visiting Grignan Castle. Alternatively, visit a family-owned nougat factory, or take an onboard French lesson.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Perhaps ride aboard the historic Ardèche Steam Train through the Ardèche Mountains. The scenery here in the Gorges du Doux region is spectacular, punctuated by rolling hills, forests and towering cliffs. Alternatively, visit Maison Chapoutier for a wine tasting. You may also choose to take a guided bike ride, including a stop at Cite du Chocolat Valrhona –an interactive chocolate factory.
Tucked between the vine-covered hills of the Rhône Valley, Tournon sits on the banks of the Rhône opposite its twin town, Tain-l’Hermitage. After your selected activity, re-board your ship and cruise to Belleville.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Perhaps ride aboard the historic Ardèche Steam Train through the Ardèche Mountains. The scenery here in the Gorges du Doux region is spectacular, punctuated by rolling hills, forests and towering cliffs. Alternatively, visit Maison Chapoutier for a wine tasting. You may also choose to take a guided bike ride, including a stop at Cite du Chocolat Valrhona –an interactive chocolate factory.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE This evening, experience French cuisine at its finest during dinner at L’Abbaye de Collonges, a famous restaurant owned by acclaimed Michelin-starred French chef, the late Paul Bocuse. Operating for more than 50 years, the main dining room ‘La salle du Grand Limonaire’, features an organ equivalent of a 110-musician orchestra.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Perhaps learn about the city’s historic areas, much of which are World Heritage-listed, on a guided tour, then visit a silk workshop. Alternatively, learn why Lyon is considered the gastronomic centre of France on a culinary tour, visiting a fresh food market and enjoying tastings. Or, perhaps enjoy a guided bike ride.
Discover Lyon, a dynamic French city shaped by the two rivers that run through its centre, the Rhône and the Saône. Tonight, enjoy your final delightful dinner with new-found friends.

Disembark your ship and transfer to the airport in Lyon for your return flight to the UK.

Price Guide

Date Fares from (pp)
10 September 2020 £3,845

What's Included

  • 8-Day All Inclusive 5* River Cruise on board one of APT’s luxurious Aria River Ships
  • Return scheduled flights from the UK
  • Home-to-airport transfers by private car†
  • Unique cultural experiences in up to 8 towns, villages & cities
  • 20 Meals included: 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners
  • APT Cruise Director and expert local guides
  • Signature Experiences plus Freedom of Choice Sightseeing
  • Complimentary beverages served at your discretion on board. Complimentary beverages exclude French Champagne, premium spirits and selected wines - these are available at an additional charge
  • Room service, complimentary laundry service and champagne on arrival for select suites