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 Mr. Ferraton's winery and enjoy dinner on board the barge.
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.
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.
Taste the wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe today, 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.
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.
Embark on a walking tour of Arles, where Vincent van Gogh once lived, and cruise to Avignon during lunch. Later, visit St-Rémy, the birthplace of Nostradamus, and enjoy an olive oil tasting at a traditional 18th-century Provençal bastide (country house). A gala farewell dinner awaits back on board.
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Avignon’s rail station for the train to Paris, where your journey ends.
Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.
Apr 2, Jun 18, Jun 25, Jul 2, Jul 9,Oct 1: Lyon to Avignon or reverse
May 7, May 14: Avignon to Marseillan or reverse
Aug 6, Aug 13, Aug 20, Aug 27: Tain l'Hermitage to Chalon-sur-Saône or reverse
Sep 17, Oct 15: Tain l'Hermitage to St-Jean-de-Losne
Sep 24, Oct 22: St-Jean-de-Losne to Lyon
Contact A&K for details.