Optional tour of the wild and unspoilt Camargue - Arles and its exceptional heritage - Viviers, a medieval town – The Ardeche Gorges, an unspoilt nature – The Vercors Plateau
DRINKS INCLUDED WITH ON BOARD MEALS*
Wine, water, beer, fruit juice and 1 coffee
DAY 1 - LYON
Boarding at 16h in Lyon, Quai Claude Bernard. Departure of the boat at 17h. We will be sailing in a southerly direction. Settling into your cabin. Presentation of the crew, welcome cocktail. Dinner followed by an evening of entertainment. Sailing at night.
DAY 2 - ARLES
Buffet breakfast during the cruise. Morning cruising through the landscapes of the south of France: Valence, overlooked by Saint Apollinaire cathedral, Montélimar famous for its nougat. We will pass through the great lock in Bollène which, with a variation in height of 20 metres, was one of the major civil engineering project of the 1950s. Lunch on board. Stop in Arles around 14h(could be replaced by a stop in Avignon, depending on the Lock schedule) and departure by coach for the optional excursion to the Camargue. An immense exceptional plain where sea, wetlands and pools are inhabited by an extraordinary variety of water fowl. Free time in the village of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, famed for its gypsy gatherings. Boarding in Arles around 19h. Dinner on board. After dinner, optional guided tour of the town. Arles has conserved its exceptional monumental heritage which is tantamount to an open air museum, as well as being a mecca for tourism and culture. Back on board, accommodation. Overnight stopover.
DAY 3 - AVIGNON – VIVIERS
Arrival in Avignon after breakfast. Optional guided tour of the City of the Popes, a veritable citadel perched on a rocky pinnacle, surrounded by its imposing ramparts. The Palace was once home to a sumptuous court where artists and scholars rubbed shoulders with each other. At its feet, the Pont d’Avignon seems a little on the narrow side “to be dancing round in circles”. Back on board. Departure of the boat at noon for Viviers. Lunch on board. Afternoon sailing and time to relax on board. Listen to the song of the cicadas from the sun deck. Arrival in Viviers around 19h. Dinner on board. Followed by an optional guided tour on foot to explore this medieval town classed as a protected area and the seat of bishops since the 5th century. Overnight stopover.
DAY 4 - VIVIERS – LA VOULTE - TAIN L’HERMITAGE
Buffet breakfast. Departure for the optional excursion by coach to visit the Ardèche Gorge. Heading towards Bourg Saint Andéol across the Plateau des Gras to reach Vallon Pont d’Arc. Here, the Ardèche has hewn through the cliff, to construct a grandiose natural arch. “The Pont d’Arc”, 34 metres high. From here, the itinerary follows the famous Route des Gorges where you can explore the harmonious meanderings of the river. Numerous panoramic viewpoints mark the way. We will stop at one of them. They are situated on the high corniche and offer breathtaking views over the Gorge. Back on board in La Voulte for lunch. In the afternoon, optional excursion in the Vercors. Departure by coach toward Loriol, Die where you will get the chance to visit a wine cellar and taste** the famous Clairette de Die. Then, we will follow the road of the Rousset mountain pass, from where you will enjoy a wonderful panoramic view over the Vercors Plateau. On toward Vassieux en Vercors, la Chapelle en Vercors and Pont en Royans, famous for its suspension houses. Back on board in Tain l’Hermitage. Dinner and gala evening on board. Departure of the boat for Lyon.
DAY 5 - TAIN L’HERMITAGE – LYON
Breakfast on board. Disembarkation around 09h in Lyon. End of our journey.
Formalities: valid national identity card or passport compulsory. Non-EU nationals are requested to consult their embassy or consulate.
For reasons of navigational safety, the captain and crew of the boat alone may decide to modify the cruise itinerary.
** Alcohol abuse can damage your health. Drink in moderation. (1) Our coach transfers can be guaranteed for a minimum of 20 people. DRINKS INCLUDED WITH ON BOARD MEALS*
The following drinks are included with on board meals: mineral water, house wine, beer, fruit juice, and tea or coffee.
The following drinks are not included: all drinks in the lounge/bar, wine selected from the wine list, drinks purchased during on-shore excursions or during transfers.