'Belmond Napoléon'- Rhône River

European Canal Barge Cruises: Tranquil voyages along Europe's scenic canals and rivers



Meet in Paris and transfer to the rail station for the train to Valence. Join ‘Belmond Napoléon,’ moored at Tain l’Hermitage, where a welcome reception awaits. Later, attend a wine tasting at Ferraton Père & Fils and enjoy dinner on board the barge.

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After breakfast, relax on deck and watch the beautiful scenery of the Rhône Valley glide by. At Viviers, your overnight mooring, take a walking tour through town and, time permitting, enjoy a game of pétanque with the crew.

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In the fortified medieval market town of Nyons, the olive producing capital of France, visit an 18th-century mill and a lavender distillery. After lunch in Grignan, learn about truffles at a local farm and taste the area’s famous “black diamonds,” the world’s most expensive mushrooms. Rejoin ‘Belmond Napoléon’ and cruise to St-Etienne des Sorts.

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Visit Château de la Nerthe to taste the wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe, followed by a leisurely lunch on board. Cruise to Avignon, where you embark on an excursion to Pont du Gard, part of an ancient Roman aqueduct that is three levels and stands almost 165 feet high.

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A guided walking tour in Avignon includes the Palace of the Popes and the Cathedral of Notre Dame. After lunch on board, ‘Belmond Napoléon’ cruises to Arles during the afternoon for an excursion to the cliff-top village of les Baux-de-Provence.

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Embark on a walking tour of Arles, where Vincent van Gogh once lived, and cruise to Avignon during lunch. Afterward, visit St-Rémy, the birthplace of Nostradamus. Then enjoy an olive oil tasting at a traditional 18th-century Provençal bastide (country house) before a special farewell dinner.

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Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Avignon’s rail station for the train to Paris, where your journey ends.

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Canal Barge Cruising in Europe is a relaxed way of travel that is inherently flexible and subject to change. The above itinerary is an example of the places you may see and visit during your cruise; your actual itinerary may vary.

Cruise itinerary operates in reverse direction on alternate weeks.

2014 Alternate Routes:
Apr 06 & Oct 05: Lyon to Avignon
Aug 10, Aug 24, Sep 21 & Oct 19: Tain l'Hermitage to Chalon-sur-Saône
Aug 17, Aug 31 & Oct 26: Chalon-sur-Saône to Tain l'Hermitage
Sep 28: St-Jean-de-Losne to Lyon