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Lyon - Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Avignon (overnight) - Arles - Viviers - Lyon - Chalon-sur-Saône - Tournus - Mâcon (overnight) - Lyon
  • 7 Nights
  • VIVA All-Inclusive
  • June - October 2021
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UP AND DOWN THE RHÔNE

Lyon – Lyon

The most beautiful regions of France lie to the left and right of Lyon: upstream, the vineyards of Côtes-du-Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape spread out. Downstream, you can relive the spirit of the epochs with Avignon and Arles. Enjoy the ensemble of culinary delights and history in Provence and travel along the Camargue to Viviers in the Gorges of the Ardèche. Another short detour in the winding Saône to the historic towns of Burgundy. Santé!

Please note that there may be changes in the order of ports of call on this route.

day 127.11.2021
  • Lyon
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    18:00

    Sitting in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France, where the Rhône and Saône rivers converge, Lyon boasts a proud 2,000 year history. From its magnificent Roman Amphitheatre of Fourvière, to Renaissance architecture in Lyon’s old town, to the Presqu’ile peninsula, where impressive 19th century buildings house banks, cultural centres, and government buildings, alongside designer stores, independent retailers, restaurants, bars, cafes, and nightclubs.

    Check out the Vieux area of the city, and its grand houses of the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, built by the city’s wealthy silk merchants. Walk the Traboules, underground passageways that linked the weaving houses to the river. Visit the impressive Fourvière Basilica, and Lyon’s gothic cathedral. Seek out the Musée des Beaux-Arts, the largest fine-arts museum outside of Paris. Or choose to relax, stroll the Parc de la Tête d’Or, one of France’s largest botanical gardens, and stop off at a Bouchon, to enjoy some local Lyon cuisine.

    Excursions Lyon

    Lyon: ''Vieux Lyon'', city walk with tasting incl. metro ticket

    From the boat, you and your guide will take the metro to the old town of ''Vieux Lyon''. The former economic centre of the city impresses with its picturesque, cobbled streets. There you will also get a glimpse of the famous ''traboules'', which mark passages that lead from one street to another through houses and courtyards. On the way you will have the opportunity to taste French specialities like ''Praline brioche''! Let us surprise you.

    You can keep the tickets and use them all day long!

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 2,5 h
    • Tram - walking
    • per person: 32 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 227.11.2021
  • Chalon-sur-Saône
    08:00
    13:30

    Chalon-sur-Saône is a French city located directly on the Saône with a population of about 45,000. This makes it the largest city in the department of Saône-et-Loire in terms of population and the second largest city in Burgundy. The town of Chalon-sur-Saône is famous as the birthplace of photography. The most famous citizen of Chalon-sur-Saône - Joseph Nicéphore Nièpce - is also associated with it. Because of his inventions in the field of photography, there is a museum on the "Quai des Messageries". In this museum you can see over two million photographs, numerous artefacts, cameras and other photographic equipment from the past of photography.
    The city is an ideal stop for a river cruise. Chalon-sur-Saône is located directly on the banks of the river Saône, at the end of the Canal du Centre. The town's river port is home to the market for western Bresse, cereals and regional wines.
    The city's main attraction is the Cathedral of St Vincent, the main part of which dates from the 12th to 15th centuries, with other elements dating back to the 8th century. Another highlight is the well-preserved old town around the Cathedral of St. Vincent.
    Chalon-sur-Saône is famous throughout the country for the theatre festival "Chalon dans la rue". This street festival has been held annually since 1986 in mid-July in the historic old town with street artists from home and abroad.

    Excursions Chalon-sur-Saône

    Chalon-sur-Saône: Beaune & Hotel Dieu

    After a bus ride through the Burgundy wine region, you will arrive in Beaune, its most popular city. The medieval center of Beaune and the city walls are still very well preserved. During the visit, you will discover the treasures of this medieval city. Admire old palaces from different eras such as the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque. The contrast will surprise you. The Hôtel-Dieu, an architectural monument, was founded in 1443 and served as a hospital for the poor until 1971. It is considered a model of the Burgundian-Flemish Gothic style of the 15th century with the simple facade, the elegant inner courtyard and the building crowned with towers and bay windows, which is known for its colorful and glazed tile roof.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 4 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 58 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 227.11.2021
  • Tournus
    16:00
    19:00

    The town of Tournus is located in the department of Saône-et-Loire and has a population of around 5,500. The commune is situated on the banks of the Saône and is therefore ideal for a stopover on a river cruise. The area is characterised by viticulture and beautiful river landscapes.
    Tournus, the starting point of a stage of the Tour de France in 2010, has, for example, a museum on the history of the development of the bicycle.
    Other highlights are the four restaurants, each with a Michelin star. Tournus is the city with the highest density of star restaurants per inhabitant in the world.
    Another tourist attraction is the church of Saint Philibert, which has more than a thousand years of history. This makes it the oldest preserved Romanesque building in France.
    With the "Hôtel-Dieu" there is an old hospital in the town, which still has a complete preserved historical interior and a pharmacy from the 17th century. The complex also houses the city's museum of archaeology and art history.

    Excursions Tournus

    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 227.11.2021
  • Macon
    21:30
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    The French city of Mâcon is located about 60 kilometres north of Lyon in the department of Saône-et-Loire and has a population of about 34,000. Situated directly on the Saoône, Mâcon is a wonderful destination for a river cruise through the unique river landscape of France.
    Already in the Middle Ages the city had historical importance due to its good strategic location, e.g. as the capital of Burgundy.
    Tourist highlights are the historic buildings. These include several palaces worth seeing, such as the town hall or the prefecture building (former bishop's residence). The old St. Vincent Cathedral, first built in the 6th century, was destroyed during the revolution and rebuilt between 1810 and 1816 on Place St. Vincent.
    Another special feature and a worthwhile destination is a wooden residence built between 1490-1510. A multitude of carved wooden figures make this building a rarity worth seeing.
    The museum "Musée Municipal des Ursulines" is located in the Rue des Ursulines 5th The former 17th century town museum contains archaeological finds of medieval paintings, sculptures as well as paintings from different epochs such as the Renaissance up to modern times.
    With the Musée Lamartine, Mâcon has another museum dedicated to the "Alphonse de Lamartine", born in Mâcon in 1790 and located in the former Hotel Senecé.


    Excursions Macon

    Mâcon: Cluny Abbey and tasting

    The Abbey of Cluny was the largest Christian church in the world until the construction of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The French Revolution unfortunately left only a few remains, but it is still very impressive. During your visit, take a trip back in time to the Middle Ages. With a little imagination you can get a feeling of the initial size of this extraordinary monument and how it looked in its heyday. Then continue to Pierreclos Castle. Continue your immersion into the Middle Ages with a guided tour and enjoy wine tasting in the castle's Romanesque cellar .

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 4,5 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 69 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 327.11.2021
  • Macon
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    18:30

    The French city of Mâcon is located about 60 kilometres north of Lyon in the department of Saône-et-Loire and has a population of about 34,000. Situated directly on the Saoône, Mâcon is a wonderful destination for a river cruise through the unique river landscape of France.
    Already in the Middle Ages the city had historical importance due to its good strategic location, e.g. as the capital of Burgundy.
    Tourist highlights are the historic buildings. These include several palaces worth seeing, such as the town hall or the prefecture building (former bishop's residence). The old St. Vincent Cathedral, first built in the 6th century, was destroyed during the revolution and rebuilt between 1810 and 1816 on Place St. Vincent.
    Another special feature and a worthwhile destination is a wooden residence built between 1490-1510. A multitude of carved wooden figures make this building a rarity worth seeing.
    The museum "Musée Municipal des Ursulines" is located in the Rue des Ursulines 5th The former 17th century town museum contains archaeological finds of medieval paintings, sculptures as well as paintings from different epochs such as the Renaissance up to modern times.
    With the Musée Lamartine, Mâcon has another museum dedicated to the "Alphonse de Lamartine", born in Mâcon in 1790 and located in the former Hotel Senecé.


    Excursions Macon

    Mâcon: Cluny Abbey and tasting

    The Abbey of Cluny was the largest Christian church in the world until the construction of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The French Revolution unfortunately left only a few remains, but it is still very impressive. During your visit, take a trip back in time to the Middle Ages. With a little imagination you can get a feeling of the initial size of this extraordinary monument and how it looked in its heyday. Then continue to Pierreclos Castle. Continue your immersion into the Middle Ages with a guided tour and enjoy wine tasting in the castle's Romanesque cellar .

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 4,5 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 69 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 427.11.2021
  • Lyon
    02:00
    18:30

    Sitting in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France, where the Rhône and Saône rivers converge, Lyon boasts a proud 2,000 year history. From its magnificent Roman Amphitheatre of Fourvière, to Renaissance architecture in Lyon’s old town, to the Presqu’ile peninsula, where impressive 19th century buildings house banks, cultural centres, and government buildings, alongside designer stores, independent retailers, restaurants, bars, cafes, and nightclubs.

    Check out the Vieux area of the city, and its grand houses of the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, built by the city’s wealthy silk merchants. Walk the Traboules, underground passageways that linked the weaving houses to the river. Visit the impressive Fourvière Basilica, and Lyon’s gothic cathedral. Seek out the Musée des Beaux-Arts, the largest fine-arts museum outside of Paris. Or choose to relax, stroll the Parc de la Tête d’Or, one of France’s largest botanical gardens, and stop off at a Bouchon, to enjoy some local Lyon cuisine.

    Excursions Lyon

    Lyon: ''Vieux Lyon'', city walk with tasting incl. metro ticket

    From the boat, you and your guide will take the metro to the old town of ''Vieux Lyon''. The former economic centre of the city impresses with its picturesque, cobbled streets. There you will also get a glimpse of the famous ''traboules'', which mark passages that lead from one street to another through houses and courtyards. On the way you will have the opportunity to taste French specialities like ''Praline brioche''! Let us surprise you.

    You can keep the tickets and use them all day long!

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 2,5 h
    • Tram - walking
    • per person: 32 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 527.11.2021
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape
    13:30
    14:00

    The small village of Châteauneuf-du Pape, which is visited today, is situated about 2 km from the Rhône at an altitude of about 120 m. The region is known for its excellent wine and the landscape is characterised by vineyards. The highlight of the little town, which was first mentioned in a document in 1094, is the ruins of the castle which the Popes of Avignon had built here in the 14th century as their summer residence. After being destroyed several times during the Wars of Religion, the archbishops finally left the château in the 18th century. While strolling through the picturesque village centre with its enchanting historic buildings, the 12th century church Église Notre-Dame-de-l`Assomption stands out. The simple furnishings are rather unusual for Catholic churches and it is worth taking a look inside. During your walk you will often come across small picturesque shops where you can buy the wine produced in the area.

    Excursions Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Avignon: Pont du Gard

    In Châteauneuf-du-Pape you will leave your cruise  and discover the Pont du Gard, an aqueduct built by the Romans in the 1st century AD. This masterpiece is the highest Roman aqueduct bridge in the world at 49 metres. Pont du Gard is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Afterwards you will enjoy a walk and free time in Uzès, a charming small town and municipality near Nîmes and Avignon and rich in ancient remains. You will stroll through the beautiful narrow streets and admire the inescapable places of the then first Duché de France, such as Place aux Herbes, the Gothic chapel, the medieval garden, the Fenestrelle tower, the private villas and much more.
    Afterwards, you will return to your cruise in Avignon.


    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 4 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 63 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 527.11.2021
  • Avignon
    16:30
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    As you stroll the squares and cobbled streets of Avignon, in south-eastern France, you can’t help but be impressed by the architectural influence of 400 years of papal rule. From its 800 year old ramparts that tower majestically over the Rhône River, to the UNESCO listed Pope’s Palace and city centre, the area is steeped in cultural history. However, to contrast the spectacular ancient architecture, the city has a young energetic population. With many attending the University of Avignon, they add a dynamic energy to the many cafes and bistros dotted around the town squares and alleyways.

    Visit the three magnificent Gothic churches, the old papal mint, Collection Lambert, and the Renaissance artwork in the Musee du Petit. Wander through the Rochers des Doms gardens. Take in the spectacular view across the city skyline, and relax with a liqueur coffee and pastries, in one of the many pavement cafes.

    Excursions Avignon

    Avignon: City walk with papal palace

    The excursion starts directly at the landing stage. Today you will visit Avignon, the city of the popes. The old town with its magnificent medieval houses is surrounded by a long fortification wall and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, together with the 14th century Pope's Palace, the Bishop's Palace, Rocher-des-Dome and the famous Pont St. Bénézet bridge. You will visit the Pope's Palace, one of the most unique and imposing Gothic buildings. During the walk you will pass the church of St. Agricole, the Roman excavations and the town hall. From the Rocher of the cathedral you can enjoy the beautiful terraces of the garden with an impressive view over the Rhône valley and the famous bridge. There is enough free time to explore the lively city centre of Avignon and to go in search of specialities such as papalines, almond cake or pear liqueur.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 3 h
    • walking
    • per person: 24 €
    Avignon: Les-Baux-de-Provence --- Carriéres de Lumiére & Olivenölmühle

    Today's excursion takes you to the Alpilles, a limestone chain in the southwest of Provence. On the southern side of the Alpilles is one of the largest olive growing areas in France. First you will visit the medieval village of Les-Baux-de-Provence, whose small alleys and houses seem to grow out of the rocks. The village will enchant you and from the citadel you will have a breathtaking view over the so-called valley of hell. Afterwards you will have the opportunity to visit one of the olive oil mills and learn about the production of one of the world's best olive oils. The secret of the production will surprise you as well as the colour and taste of the oil. On the way back, you will pass Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, which is the ideal of a typical southern French village.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 4 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 69 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 627.11.2021
  • Avignon
    ---
    12:00

    As you stroll the squares and cobbled streets of Avignon, in south-eastern France, you can’t help but be impressed by the architectural influence of 400 years of papal rule. From its 800 year old ramparts that tower majestically over the Rhône River, to the UNESCO listed Pope’s Palace and city centre, the area is steeped in cultural history. However, to contrast the spectacular ancient architecture, the city has a young energetic population. With many attending the University of Avignon, they add a dynamic energy to the many cafes and bistros dotted around the town squares and alleyways.

    Visit the three magnificent Gothic churches, the old papal mint, Collection Lambert, and the Renaissance artwork in the Musee du Petit. Wander through the Rochers des Doms gardens. Take in the spectacular view across the city skyline, and relax with a liqueur coffee and pastries, in one of the many pavement cafes.

    Excursions Avignon

    Avignon: City walk with papal palace

    The excursion starts directly at the landing stage. Today you will visit Avignon, the city of the popes. The old town with its magnificent medieval houses is surrounded by a long fortification wall and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, together with the 14th century Pope's Palace, the Bishop's Palace, Rocher-des-Dome and the famous Pont St. Bénézet bridge. You will visit the Pope's Palace, one of the most unique and imposing Gothic buildings. During the walk you will pass the church of St. Agricole, the Roman excavations and the town hall. From the Rocher of the cathedral you can enjoy the beautiful terraces of the garden with an impressive view over the Rhône valley and the famous bridge. There is enough free time to explore the lively city centre of Avignon and to go in search of specialities such as papalines, almond cake or pear liqueur.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 3 h
    • walking
    • per person: 24 €
    Avignon: Les-Baux-de-Provence --- Carriéres de Lumiére & Olivenölmühle

    Today's excursion takes you to the Alpilles, a limestone chain in the southwest of Provence. On the southern side of the Alpilles is one of the largest olive growing areas in France. First you will visit the medieval village of Les-Baux-de-Provence, whose small alleys and houses seem to grow out of the rocks. The village will enchant you and from the citadel you will have a breathtaking view over the so-called valley of hell. Afterwards you will have the opportunity to visit one of the olive oil mills and learn about the production of one of the world's best olive oils. The secret of the production will surprise you as well as the colour and taste of the oil. On the way back, you will pass Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, which is the ideal of a typical southern French village.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 4 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 69 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 627.11.2021
  • Arles
    16:00
    21:00

    If you have a love of Roman history, then Arles should be on the visiting itinerary. Situated on the Rhône River, in Southern France, the city was at one time a provincial capital of ancient Rome. The Roman influence can still be seen to this day in its historical sites.

    Its semi-circular Roman theatre still stands on a hilltop. Its Amphitheatre, built between the 1st and 2nd century, and capable of accommodating over 20,000 spectators, is used today for plays, festivals and bullfights. While the Alyscamps, or Roman Necropolis, built by the Romans and Greeks, is the most famous burial site in the western world. Another site worthy of mention is the Constantine Thermes, built between the 3rd and 4th centuries during the reign of the Emperor Constantine. Arles is also said to have influenced Van Gough’s paintings, and the contemporary art on show at the Vincent Van Gough Foundation.

    Excursions Arles

    Arles: --- and its artists

    Arles, the gateway to the Camargue, is a small town in Provence, rich in culture and tradition. Numerous magnificent buildings such as the mighty Arena still remind us of the glorious Roman history. Arles captivates with a mixture of Roman, Romanesque, Provençal and gypsy culture. Emperor Constantine once called it ''Little Rome in Gaul'' and the amphitheatre dating from the 1st century AD still bears witness to the city's Roman past. During your walk through this beautiful city you will meet artists such as Vincent van Gogh and experience the typical South-Provencal charm. Vincent van Gogh spent the last years of his life in Arles and painted many of his most famous works.

    With admission to the Van Gogh Fondation

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 2,5 h
    • walking
    • per person: 24 €
    Arles - Port St-Louis: Aix-en Provence & Marseille

    Leaving the ship in Arles, your tour leads you to the well-preserved Aix-en-Provence. The city keeps alive its traditions, boasting a colorful heritage of Roman and Provencal culture. On the way, you will admire the emblematic Montagne Saint Victoire, made famous by the postimpressionist movement precursor: Paul Cezanne.
    You will follow in the footsteps of the renowned painter, born in Aix in 1839, discovering the beautiful paved historic streets and squares of the old town.
    The tour includes the façade of the most emblematic buildings like: Quartier Mazarin, hôtels particuliers du Cours Mirabeau , cathédrale Saint Sauveur, fontaine Moussue and so on.
    Afterwards, enjoy your free time to discover local shops and specialties.

    After your lunch break you will continue to Marseille. With 3000 years of history, the second largest city in France and capital of the Provence Alpes-Côte-d'Azur (PACA) region, Marseille is the most important port city in France. Ideally located in a beautiful natural setting between the hills of Provence and the Mediterranean Sea. The area around the old port and La Canebière, a cosmopolitan and lively street, are well worth a detour. The "Notre Dame" basilica is located on a hill at a height of 162 m. From there you have the best panoramic view of the city.

    In the late afternoon the Bus will take you back to the ship in Port St. Louis. Enjoy your bus ride and the beautiful landscapes of the Provence.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 10 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 89 €
    Arles: Carmague & Aigues-Mortes

    Take a tour out to the wetlands of the Mediterranean known as the Camargue, home to the Camargue horses and rice paddies.
    You will visit the Ornithologigue park of Pont de Gau to discover and observe colonies of bird species, including the pink flamingos in their natural habitat.
    Then drive to Aigues-Mortes, for a guided tour of this medieval city with its defensive walls and towers.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.

    • Duration: 4 h
    • Bus - walking
    • per person: 51 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 727.11.2021
  • Viviers
    08:00
    13:00

    Viviers is a small and sleepy town in south-central France, in the province of Ardeche. This medieval town has retained a lot of its original appeal. A cruise through the city will be significantly different compared to a walk. The cruise trip on the Rhine river will typically run through the evening and will wind through the cobblestone streets of the city. The city has Medieval stone houses which will quickly give you an idea of how life was back in the 15th and 16th centuries. You will also notice that the place is very quiet, having about 3,000 inhabitants at the time.

    A key attraction you will see in the city is the famous Renaissance Maison des Chevaliers or House of Knights. This Renaissance-style house has a long and interesting history, having originally been the house of a rich merchant known as Noel Alberta. You will also see the famous Cathedral of St. Vincent which is even much older than the House of Knights. The cathedral was constructed in the 12th century and is currently protected as a historical monument.

    Excursions Viviers

    Viviers: Ardèche Gorges and Lavender Museum

    Over thousands of years the limestone cliffs have been hollowed out by the turquoise green 120 km long Ardèche. This natural phenomenon has created one of the most beautiful landscapes in the South of France. Before you reach the impressive natural limestone arch Pont d'Arc, which links the two banks of the river like an arch, visit the Lavender Museum of St. Remèze, where you will learn a lot about the production and use of this versatile plant. Along the way there are many opportunities to take photos of this beautiful landscape from different perspectives. Very close to the La Madelein cave, you will enjoy the fantastic view over the so-called cathedral, an impressive rock formation in the gorges of the Ardèche.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 4,5 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 65 €
    Viviers: Grignan with truffle farm & tasting

    The castle towers majestically over Grignan and offers a breathtaking view over the Drôme region. It is known for the most famous letters of French literature between the Marquise Marie de Sévigné, who lives in Versailles, and her daughter in Grignan. After her death, the Marquise found her final resting place in the collegiate church of Saint-Sauveur below the castle terrace.

    You will then drive to a truffle farm where you will learn all about the cultivation of the precious truffle. The "black diamond", a mushroom, is used in many exquisite recipes and is one of the specialties of the area.
    Afterwards you go back to the ship.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 4 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 69 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 827.11.2021
  • Lyon
    07:00
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    Sitting in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France, where the Rhône and Saône rivers converge, Lyon boasts a proud 2,000 year history. From its magnificent Roman Amphitheatre of Fourvière, to Renaissance architecture in Lyon’s old town, to the Presqu’ile peninsula, where impressive 19th century buildings house banks, cultural centres, and government buildings, alongside designer stores, independent retailers, restaurants, bars, cafes, and nightclubs.

    Check out the Vieux area of the city, and its grand houses of the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, built by the city’s wealthy silk merchants. Walk the Traboules, underground passageways that linked the weaving houses to the river. Visit the impressive Fourvière Basilica, and Lyon’s gothic cathedral. Seek out the Musée des Beaux-Arts, the largest fine-arts museum outside of Paris. Or choose to relax, stroll the Parc de la Tête d’Or, one of France’s largest botanical gardens, and stop off at a Bouchon, to enjoy some local Lyon cuisine.

    Excursions Lyon

    Lyon: ''Vieux Lyon'', city walk with tasting incl. metro ticket

    From the boat, you and your guide will take the metro to the old town of ''Vieux Lyon''. The former economic centre of the city impresses with its picturesque, cobbled streets. There you will also get a glimpse of the famous ''traboules'', which mark passages that lead from one street to another through houses and courtyards. On the way you will have the opportunity to taste French specialities like ''Praline brioche''! Let us surprise you.

    You can keep the tickets and use them all day long!

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 2,5 h
    • Tram - walking
    • per person: 32 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.

City overview

Inspiration

Let us inspire you. Here you will find some pictures and information about the cities on this route.

Lyon

Sitting in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France, where the Rhône and Saône rivers converge, Lyon boasts a proud 2,000 year history. From its magnificent Roman Amphitheatre of Fourvière, to Renaissance architecture in Lyon’s old town, to the Presqu’ile peninsula, where impressive 19th century buildings house banks, cultural centres, and government buildings, alongside designer stores, independent retailers, restaurants, bars, cafes, and nightclubs.

Check out the Vieux area of the city, and its grand houses of the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, built by the city’s wealthy silk merchants. Walk the Traboules, underground passageways that linked the weaving houses to the river. Visit the impressive Fourvière Basilica, and Lyon’s gothic cathedral. Seek out the Musée des Beaux-Arts, the largest fine-arts museum outside of Paris. Or choose to relax, stroll the Parc de la Tête d’Or, one of France’s largest botanical gardens, and stop off at a Bouchon, to enjoy some local Lyon cuisine.

Chalon-sur-Saône

Chalon-sur-Saône is a French city located directly on the Saône with a population of about 45,000. This makes it the largest city in the department of Saône-et-Loire in terms of population and the second largest city in Burgundy. The town of Chalon-sur-Saône is famous as the birthplace of photography. The most famous citizen of Chalon-sur-Saône - Joseph Nicéphore Nièpce - is also associated with it. Because of his inventions in the field of photography, there is a museum on the "Quai des Messageries". In this museum you can see over two million photographs, numerous artefacts, cameras and other photographic equipment from the past of photography.
The city is an ideal stop for a river cruise. Chalon-sur-Saône is located directly on the banks of the river Saône, at the end of the Canal du Centre. The town's river port is home to the market for western Bresse, cereals and regional wines.
The city's main attraction is the Cathedral of St Vincent, the main part of which dates from the 12th to 15th centuries, with other elements dating back to the 8th century. Another highlight is the well-preserved old town around the Cathedral of St. Vincent.
Chalon-sur-Saône is famous throughout the country for the theatre festival "Chalon dans la rue". This street festival has been held annually since 1986 in mid-July in the historic old town with street artists from home and abroad.

Tournus

The town of Tournus is located in the department of Saône-et-Loire and has a population of around 5,500. The commune is situated on the banks of the Saône and is therefore ideal for a stopover on a river cruise. The area is characterised by viticulture and beautiful river landscapes.
Tournus, the starting point of a stage of the Tour de France in 2010, has, for example, a museum on the history of the development of the bicycle.
Other highlights are the four restaurants, each with a Michelin star. Tournus is the city with the highest density of star restaurants per inhabitant in the world.
Another tourist attraction is the church of Saint Philibert, which has more than a thousand years of history. This makes it the oldest preserved Romanesque building in France.
With the "Hôtel-Dieu" there is an old hospital in the town, which still has a complete preserved historical interior and a pharmacy from the 17th century. The complex also houses the city's museum of archaeology and art history.

Mâcon

The French city of Mâcon is located about 60 kilometres north of Lyon in the department of Saône-et-Loire and has a population of about 34,000. Situated directly on the Saoône, Mâcon is a wonderful destination for a river cruise through the unique river landscape of France.
Already in the Middle Ages the city had historical importance due to its good strategic location, e.g. as the capital of Burgundy.
Tourist highlights are the historic buildings. These include several palaces worth seeing, such as the town hall or the prefecture building (former bishop's residence). The old St. Vincent Cathedral, first built in the 6th century, was destroyed during the revolution and rebuilt between 1810 and 1816 on Place St. Vincent.
Another special feature and a worthwhile destination is a wooden residence built between 1490-1510. A multitude of carved wooden figures make this building a rarity worth seeing.
The museum "Musée Municipal des Ursulines" is located in the Rue des Ursulines 5th The former 17th century town museum contains archaeological finds of medieval paintings, sculptures as well as paintings from different epochs such as the Renaissance up to modern times.
With the Musée Lamartine, Mâcon has another museum dedicated to the "Alphonse de Lamartine", born in Mâcon in 1790 and located in the former Hotel Senecé.


Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The small village of Châteauneuf-du Pape, which is visited today, is situated about 2 km from the Rhône at an altitude of about 120 m. The region is known for its excellent wine and the landscape is characterised by vineyards. The highlight of the little town, which was first mentioned in a document in 1094, is the ruins of the castle which the Popes of Avignon had built here in the 14th century as their summer residence. After being destroyed several times during the Wars of Religion, the archbishops finally left the château in the 18th century. While strolling through the picturesque village centre with its enchanting historic buildings, the 12th century church Église Notre-Dame-de-l`Assomption stands out. The simple furnishings are rather unusual for Catholic churches and it is worth taking a look inside. During your walk you will often come across small picturesque shops where you can buy the wine produced in the area.

Avignon

As you stroll the squares and cobbled streets of Avignon, in south-eastern France, you can’t help but be impressed by the architectural influence of 400 years of papal rule. From its 800 year old ramparts that tower majestically over the Rhône River, to the UNESCO listed Pope’s Palace and city centre, the area is steeped in cultural history. However, to contrast the spectacular ancient architecture, the city has a young energetic population. With many attending the University of Avignon, they add a dynamic energy to the many cafes and bistros dotted around the town squares and alleyways.

Visit the three magnificent Gothic churches, the old papal mint, Collection Lambert, and the Renaissance artwork in the Musee du Petit. Wander through the Rochers des Doms gardens. Take in the spectacular view across the city skyline, and relax with a liqueur coffee and pastries, in one of the many pavement cafes.

Arles

If you have a love of Roman history, then Arles should be on the visiting itinerary. Situated on the Rhône River, in Southern France, the city was at one time a provincial capital of ancient Rome. The Roman influence can still be seen to this day in its historical sites.

Its semi-circular Roman theatre still stands on a hilltop. Its Amphitheatre, built between the 1st and 2nd century, and capable of accommodating over 20,000 spectators, is used today for plays, festivals and bullfights. While the Alyscamps, or Roman Necropolis, built by the Romans and Greeks, is the most famous burial site in the western world. Another site worthy of mention is the Constantine Thermes, built between the 3rd and 4th centuries during the reign of the Emperor Constantine. Arles is also said to have influenced Van Gough’s paintings, and the contemporary art on show at the Vincent Van Gough Foundation.

Viviers

Viviers is a small and sleepy town in south-central France, in the province of Ardeche. This medieval town has retained a lot of its original appeal. A cruise through the city will be significantly different compared to a walk. The cruise trip on the Rhine river will typically run through the evening and will wind through the cobblestone streets of the city. The city has Medieval stone houses which will quickly give you an idea of how life was back in the 15th and 16th centuries. You will also notice that the place is very quiet, having about 3,000 inhabitants at the time.

A key attraction you will see in the city is the famous Renaissance Maison des Chevaliers or House of Knights. This Renaissance-style house has a long and interesting history, having originally been the house of a rich merchant known as Noel Alberta. You will also see the famous Cathedral of St. Vincent which is even much older than the House of Knights. The cathedral was constructed in the 12th century and is currently protected as a historical monument.

MS LORD BYRON

Ship facts
  • Commissioning 2012
  • Length 110m
  • Width 11,45m
  • Number of decks 3
  • Crew 36
  • Passengers 148
  • Flag Switzerland

MS LORD BYRON

The MS LORD BYRON offers space for 148 guests in 74 stylishly furnished cabins. On the Diamond Deck there are four 22 m² suites, which have a French balcony. On both the Diamond Deck and the Ruby Deck there are 19 m² Junior Suites, which also have French balconies from which you can enjoy the beautiful view from your room. The majority of cabins on all three decks are spacious 2-bed cabins. The 2-bed cabins are 15 m² in size and have French balconies on the Diamond and Ruby Decks and non-opening windows on the Emerald Deck. All cabins are perfectly equipped with flat screen TV, included minibar, beauty products by RITUALS®, hairdryer, safe, air conditioning, shower and toilet. A lift connects the lobby with the restaurant, the Ruby Deck and the Diamond Deck. There are 6 steps leading down to the Emerald Deck.

Travel dates

Travelers
Please note that only double and single occupancy are available via our website. For our family rates please contact us by phone or email. If you wish to book several cabins, a separate booking is required for each cabin.
Adults:

Deck plan
Here you can see an overview of the decks.
Diamond Deck
  • Double Cabin
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 15 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Located on the upper passenger deck
  • Junior Suite
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 19 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • Table with two armchairs
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • SPA bathrobes plus slippers
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Located on the upper passenger deck
  • Suite
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 22 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • Table with two armchairs
  • Lounge area
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • SPA bathrobes plus slippers
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Located on the upper passenger deck
Ruby Deck
  • Double Cabin
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 15 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Junior Suite
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 19 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • Table with two armchairs
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • SPA bathrobes plus slippers
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
Emerald Deck
  • Double Cabin
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 15 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Window (cannot be opened)
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Junior Suite
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 19 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • Table with two armchairs
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • SPA bathrobes plus slippers
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage