7 Night Cruise sailing from Arles to Lyon aboard AmaDagio.
Day 1. Arrive Arles
Embark your luxury ship docked in Arles. Enjoy the Captain’s Gala Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Seven nights: one of APT’s luxurious Aria River Ships
Day 2. Arles, Freedom of Choice, Avignon
This morning, select your freedom of choice sightseeing activity. From Arles, perhaps head to Les Baux de Provence for a tour of the castle and free time. Then visit Moulin du Calanquet, an olive mill and farm in Saint-Rémy de Provence. Discover the Provençal tradition of olive growing during a tour and tasting. Alternatively, tour the olive farm first then visit Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Van Gogh spent many of his later years. Later, embark on a tour taking you to the ancient sites of Arles.
Day 3. Avignon, Freedom of Choice
Arrive in Avignon today, once an important centre of the Catholic Church. Take a sightseeing tour upon arrival, then enjoy free time to explore this medieval city at your own pace. Later this afternoon, you may like to join a tour of the Palace of the Popes. Alternatively, visit the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct, before time at leisure in Uzčs.
Day 4. Viviers, Grignan, Tournon
Disembark in Viviers today and take a trip to Grignan, perched upon a hill and surrounded by lavender fields. Here, visit a truffle farm for an insight into this unique industry. Head out with the dogs in search of truffles. Later, enjoy a tasting of these rare delicacies. Later, cruise to Tournon and Tain L’Hermitage.
Day 5. Tournon, Freedom of Choice, Vienne
This morning, select your freedom of choice activity. Perhaps visit Eden Parc Garden. Nestled in the heart of Tournon, this idyllic garden boasts superb views, with the river stretched out below. Alternatively, you may like to travel by coach to the stunning Ardčche Mountains and on to Boucieu-le-Roi, where you’ll visit its quaint local market of handmade crafts and enjoy local entertainment. Later, cruise to Vienne.
Day 6. Belleville, Beaujolais Region, Lyon
Disembark in Belleville, where this morning’s tour will take you through the Beaujolais wine region, the Pays d’Or or ‘land of the golden stones’ – named for the ochre limestone of its homes and castles. After visiting the medieval hilltop village of Oingt, head to a family-owned and run winery. Here, a member of the family will take you on a tour, explaining the history of the winery. They will introduce you to their age-old traditions, then host a wine tasting. Continue to Lyon.
Day 7. Lyon, Freedom of Choice
Today presents you with the opportunity to experience World Heritage-listed Lyon, considered to be the gastronomic centre of France. Perhaps take a city tour and visit Lyon’s major sights, including the impressive Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvičre. Alternatively, embark on a guided bicycle tour along the banks of the Rhône River to the pretty botanical gardens, Parc de la Tête d’Or. Another option is a guided culinary walk, exploring Lyon’s exceptional fresh food markets.
Day 8. Lyon
This morning after breakfast disembark your ship.