Meet in Paris and transfer to the rail station for the TGV high-speed train to Lyon. Join 'Napoléon' for a welcome reception before a gourmet dinner on board.
Tour Lyon, the second city of France, renowned for culture and gastronomy. Visit the hilltop Basilica of Nôtre-Dame de Fourvière, constructed in the 19th century on the ancient site of the Chapel of the Virgin. Admire the magnificent panoramic views from the terrace before taking time to browse the shops or relax in a sunny café.
Cruise past the magnificent vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône this morning, and visit a prestigious local winery for a tasting. In the riverside town of Tain l'Hermitage, shop for premium French chocolate at the famous Valrhona shop.
Admire the beauty of the Rhône Valley this morning as 'Napoléon' cruises to Viviers. Disembark at mid-afternoon for a guided walk around the charming medieval town, returning to the barge to enjoy a traditional game of pétanque.
Take a scenic drive to Grignan, a typical Provençal village known for its wild roses and 12th-century château. After time to explore the cobbled streets, enjoy lunch ashore at a local restaurant. Return to the barge by way of a truffle farm to sample this world-renowned delicacy. Back on board the barge, cruise to Roquemaure.
In Châteauneuf-du-Pape today, enjoy a private tasting of the region's famous wine. After a lunchtime cruise to Avignon, disembark to explore the city. Visit the magnificent Palais des Papes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was a papal residence in the 14th century. A gala farewell dinner awaits back on board to celebrate the cruise week.
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Avignon’s TGV station for the high-speed train to Paris, where your journey ends on arrival.
Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.