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European Canal Barge Cruises

'Napoléon' - Rhône River 2020


7 days

Limited to 12 guests

Spacious, comfortable 'Napoléon' offers guests three decks, with a hot tub for watching sun-drenched life along the sparkling Rhône River. Enjoy views of sleepy vineyards and experience a truffle farm; a tasting of Côtes du Rhône vintages; and Pont du Gard, a true masterpiece of ancient architecture. After every excursion, return to your richly appointed home away from home for a gourmet dinner.

 

Vessel Information

129 feet long and 16.5 feet wide with air conditioning throughout

Capacity for 12 guests in 6 queen/twin cabins, each outward facing with en suite bathroom

Salon with stereo system, television, assortment of CDs/DVDs and piano keyboard

Sun deck, partially shaded for al fresco dining, with spa tub

Bicycles provided

Internet access (limited in some areas)

All meals and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) included

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Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
SUNDAY
Day 2
MONDAY
Day 3
TUESDAY
Day 4
WEDNESDAY
Day 5
THURSDAY
Day 6
FRIDAY
Day 7
SATURDAY

Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.

Day 1
SUNDAY

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.

'Napoléon'
Meals: Dinner
Day 2
MONDAY

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.

'Napoléon'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
TUESDAY

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.

'Napoléon'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
WEDNESDAY

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.

'Napoléon'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
THURSDAY

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.

'Napoléon'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
FRIDAY

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.

'Napoléon'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
SATURDAY

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Avignon’s TGV station for the high-speed train to Paris, where your journey ends on arrival.

Meals: Breakfast


 

Priced from $66,705 to $104,820 per charter

Prices are for a twelve guest Private Charter, with reduced pricing available for Private Charters from eight to eleven guests.  Departures operate weekly from Sunday to Saturday between March 22 and October 18, and pricing varies by departure date and time of booking.  Price includes TGV high-speed train from Paris to barge embarkation and return. Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.

NOTE:This barge is also sold on a cabin basis at one price of $8,435 per person

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