Meet in Paris and transfer to the rail station for the TGV high-speed 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, gliding past the beautiful scenery of the Rhône Valley. At Viviers, your overnight mooring, take a walking tour through town and, time permitting, enjoy a game of pétanque with your barge 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-de-Provence, 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 TGV rail station for the high-speed train to Paris, where your journey ends.
Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.
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