No Fly Provence & the Elegant Rhone 2020 Great Rail Journeys

Discover the timeless elegance of France's beautiful Rh\xF4ne 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 Ard\xE8che Gorge as you drift down this peaceful river.

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Itinerary

Your French adventure begins at London St Pancras where you'll meet at your departure office. From here, take the Eurostar to the French capital of Paris, before connecting with the regional service to the pretty city of Lyon. Here you'll board your luxurious ship, the excellent MS Amadeus Provence. Have time to settle into your cabins before enjoying a welcome cocktail, which you might like to enjoy on the sun deck and admire Lyon's colourful townhouses and lively streets. Later, sit down to a splendid 5-course meal before setting sail for Beaune.

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 old buildings. Embark on a sightseeing tour, discovering some of the history and sights as you traverse the enchanting streets. Great Rail Journeys include a tasting of some of the delectable wines which make this town and the Burgundy region so famous. Back on board later, you'll enjoy a leisurely afternoon cruising back to Lyon.

Arriving into Lyon this morning, disembark for a guided tour. One of France's iconic cities, Lyon sits on the meeting point of the Rh\xF4ne and the Sa\xF4ne rivers. The beautiful pinks, oranges, reds and whites of the buildings populating Lyon's riverfront give some indication of the elegance with which the city carries itself. The tour takes you 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 here lend a truly French touch to proceedings as you wander by. After returning to the ship for lunch, enjoy another afternoon at leisure as you cruise to Tournon sur Rh\xF4ne. This is one of the most scenic and panoramic sections of the river and it is well worth taking the time to admire the scenery as you continue on our way. Rolling hills, dotted with verdant vineyards rise and fall away under the gaze of various ch\xE2teaux and stately homes as you continue through pretty towns and villages.

Early this morning, travel by coach to the railway station to board the excellent Train de l'Ard\xE8che. Offering a memorable steam train 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 you to sections of the gorges which no other form of transport can access. Later, the ship continues its course to the 'white city' of Avignon.

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

You'll begin the day with a guided tour pretty Arles, whose enchanting streets provided the inspiration for many of Vincent Van Gogh's most famous paintings. In the afternoon, you are given the choice of two different excursions. Your first option is a visit to the beautiful Camargue Delta where the Rh\xF4ne opens out into the Mediterranean. This is a true treat for nature lovers, as the wetlands and park area here are home to nearly 400 species of diverse bird species, including the instantly-recognisable flock of pink flamingos who reside here. 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 would take you to the iconic arches of the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct of astonishing size which spans the Gardon river, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Later, return to the ship which sets sail for Chateauneuf du Rh\xF4ne.

Today pay a visit to the stunning Ard\xE8che Gorge, which is widely regarded as the Grand Canyon of Europe. Nearly nineteen 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, as cliff faces rise high over waterways of striking emerald and forests of deep green. The tour takes us to some of the most impressive sights here including the Pont d'Arc. Afterwards, rejoin the ship at Le Pouzin beginning our return sailing to Lyon and sitting down to the captain's extravagant gala dinner this evening.

Disembark here and travel by rail to Paris. On arrival in the French capital, board the Eurostar service to London.

Price Guide

Date Standard Class (pp) First Class (pp)
27 August 2020^ £1,995 £2,195

What's Included

  • Escorted throughout your cruise by an on board Tour Manager and Cruise Director
  • The services of a professional 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
  • 7-night cruise on board the MS Amadeus Provence
  • 20 meals, including 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Drinks included with every evening meal on board
  • Tea & Coffee facilities in your cabin
  • Danish Bacon, British Sausage & Yorkshire Tea on board
  • Excursion to the Ard\xE8che Gorge
  • Guided tours of Lyon, Beaune and Avignon
  • Journey on the Train de l'Ard\xE8che
  • Unique flexible excursions allowing you to choose how you spend your day with options including: Visit to the Camargue Delta or a visit to the Pont du Gard
  • Choose your cabin number at no extra cost