No Fly Provence & The Elegant Rhone Cruise 2021 Great Rail Journeys

Discover the timeless elegance of France's beautiful Rhone on board the MS Amadeus Provence. Experience a memorable cruise, enchanting cities, natural wonders and more.
Visit quaint Lyon, holy Avignon and charming Beaune, and admire the magnificent Ardeche Gorge as you drift down this peaceful river.

Great Rail Journeys
Lyon

Itinerary

Discover the timeless elegance of France's beautiful Rhone on board the MS Amadeus Provence. Experience a memorable cruise, enchanting cities, natural wonders and more. Visit quaint Lyon, holy Avignon and charming Beaune, and admire the magnificent Ardeche Gorge as you drift down this peaceful river.

We arrive into Beaune this morning. Deep in the heart of the wine region of Burgundy, Beaune is a classic French medieval town with impressive town walls, terracotta roofs and fascinating historical buildings. We embark on a sightseeing tour, discovering the sights as we wander the enchanting streets. We enjoy a tasting of some delectable wines which make this town, and the Burgundy region so famous. Back on board later, we enjoy a leisurely afternoon cruising back to Lyon.

Arriving in Lyon this morning, we disembark for a guided tour. One of France's iconic cities, Lyon sits on the meeting point of the Rhone and the Saone rivers. The beautiful pinks, oranges, reds and whites of the buildings populating Lyon's riverfront give some indication of the city's elegance. Our tour takes us along the streets and over the bridges to explore some of the fantastic highlights and the extensive history here. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and many of the small shops and traditional businesses lend a truly French fl air to our surroundings.
After returning to the ship for lunch, we enjoy an afternoon at leisure as we cruise to Tournon sur Rhone. This is one of the most scenic and panoramic sections of the river, and it's well worth taking the time to admire the scenery from the spacious sun deck. Rolling hills, dotted with verdant vineyards rise and fall away under the gaze of various chateaux and stately homes.

Early this morning, we travel by coach to Tournon sur Rhone's railway station to board the Train de l'Ardeche. Offering a memorable journey through the stunning environs of the spectacular Gorges du Doux region, this railway winds up the various foothills and valleys which populate the landscape. Several stone bridges criss-cross the brooks and rivers which snake under the trees, and our charming little locomotive takes us to sections of the gorges which no other form of transport can access. Later, our ship continues its course to the 'White City' of Avignon.

In Avignon today, we head out on a guided tour of this city famous for being seat of the Pope for a brief period in the 14th century. Its striking white papal palaces and majestic cathedral are just some of the highlights we see walking through the boulevards and squares of Avignon's historic centre, which earned UNESCO World Heritage status in 1995. Afterwards we enter the Pope's Palace, admiring its spectacular interiors and the range of holy and religious artefacts collected here. You are then free until early evening to discover the city at your own pace. After dinner tonight, our ship sets sail for Arles.

We begin the day with a guided tour of pretty Arles, whose enchanting streets provided the inspiration for many of Vincent Van Gogh's most famous paintings. In the afternoon, you have the choice of 2 excursions. Your first option is a visit to the beautiful Camargue Delta, where the Rhone opens out into the Mediterranean. This is a true treat for nature lovers, as the wetlands and park area are home to nearly 400 species of bird species, including an instantly- recognisable flock of pink flamingos. Also of note are the wild horses which roam freely, including a breed which can only be found in this part of the world - the famous Camarguais. Your second option takes you to the iconic arches of the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct of astonishing size which spans the Gardon river. Another UNESCO World Heritage site, the Pont du Gard is a sight to behold, measuring at least 160 feet, a real feat of engineering considering its age. Later, we return to the ship which sets sail for Chateauneuf du Rhone.

Today we pay a visit to the stunning Ardeche Gorge, widely regarded as the Grand Canyon of Europe. Nearly 19 miles in length and made up of snaking rivers and gorges, this natural monument is a striking reminder of the enormity of the natural world. Sheer cliff faces rise over waterways of striking emerald and forests of deep green. Our tour takes us to some of the most impressive sights here, including the Pont d'Arc. Afterwards, we rejoin the ship at Le Pouzin, beginning our return sailing to Lyon. We sit down to the captain's gala dinner this evening.

We travel by rail to Paris. On arrival in the French capital, we board the Eurostar service back to London.

Price Guide

Date Standard Class (pp) First Class (pp)
22 April 2021 £1,295 £1,495
24 June 2021 £1,995 £2,195
26 August 2021 £1,995 £2,395

What's Included

  • Savings of up to £100pp - book by 31st October 2020
  • First and Standard Class rail options available
  • UK Tour Manager from London St Pancras to embarkation, and from disembarkation back to London St Pancras.
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour and a fully escorted return journey by rail back to London
  • 7-night cruise on board the Amadeus Provence
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of your cruise with a 5-star dining experience held in a panoramic restaurants
  • Drinks included with every evening meal on board
  • Tea & Coffee facilities in your cabin
  • Unique flexible excursions allowing you to choose how you spend your day