The gateway to Provence, the Camargue, the Rhone valley and the Saone

6-Night Cruise from Martigues to Chalon-sur-Saône
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Martigues to Chalon-sur-Saône (CHA) - 7 days

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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Martigues* (Embarkation Day)

Passengers are welcome to board the ship in Martigues* at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, enjoy a welcome cocktail with the crew before dinner. Enjoy dinner followed by free time in this typically Mediterranean town. We'll remain in port overnight.

*Depending on mooring's availabilities, the stopover in Martigues may be replaced by Port Saint Louis du Rhône.

DAY 2: PORT SAINT LOUIS - ARLES - AVIGNON

We'll begin to cruise in the morning for Port-Saint-Louis. Excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Excursion to the Camargue—an immense plain where the sea, wetlands and pools are inhabited by an extraordinary variety of water fowl. Sit back and admire the rivers, marshes, ponds, pink flamencos, black bulls and the famous, indigenous Camargue horses.
DISCOVERY (additional fee): Safari in the Camargue. Far from the tourist traps, discover the Petite and Grande Camargue from the back of a jeep with local guides who will share their enthusiasm for this legendary area. You'll cross the Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue.
Afternoon excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Walking tour of Arles.
DISCOVERY (additional fee): You'll be taken by coach to the starting point of a hike in the Alpilles Mountains to the village of Baux-de-Provence. You'll have a great view of the legendary village and the surrounding valley.
After our tours, we'll continue to cruise to Avignon, arriving at 8:30 p.m. We'll remain in port overnight.

DAY 3: AVIGNON - VIVIERS

Excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Avignon and the Papal Palace, one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe.
DISCOVERY (additional fee): You'll leave by coach for the Pont du Gard, a true masterpiece of ancient architecture. We'll hike along the aqueduct trail, a 2-mile walk through the site with numerous viewing points. At the end of our trek, we'll visit the museum.

The afternoon will be spent cruising, arriving in Viviers at 7:30 p.m. Excursion for both classic and discovery excursions packages: Guided tour on foot of the city. We'll remain in port overnight.

DAY 4: VIVIERS - TAIN L’HERMITAGE

Excursion for both packages: Enjoy a panoramic view of the impressive deep valleys, dense vegetation and granite and volcanic rocks that line the Gorges de l’Ardèche. We'll return to the ship in La Voulte.

In the afternoon, excursion for both classic and discovery excursions packages: excursion to the Vercors Massif. We'll leave by coach towards Loriol-sur-Drôme and Die, where you will visit a wine cellar and taste the famous Clairette de Die. Return on board in Tain-l'Hermitage. We'll remain in port overnight.

DAY 5: TAIN L'HERMITAGE - VIENNE - LYON

We'll cruise towards Vienne this morning. Excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour on foot of Vienne—once the capital of a Roman province. Numerous Roman vestiges are still visible in modern Vienne.
DISCOVERY (additional fee): Explore Vienne on a Segway! After familiarizing yourself with your Segway, you'll set off on an original tour of this charming “Gallo-Roman” city known for its art and history.

We'll then cruise towards Lyon. Excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of the city. You will discover the second largest city in France, situated at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône.
DISCOVERY (additional fee): Discover all of Lyon's touristic highlights in only 2.5 hours and with little effort! Enjoy a leisurely bike ride around the lake in the Parc de la Tête d'Or and on the banks of the Rhône River. Don't miss the tasting of local products and delicacies in the heart of Vieux Lyon!

We'll return on board, and depart at nightfall to admire the city lights at night. We'll arrive in Trevoux and remain in port overnight.

DAY 6: TOURNUS - CHALON-SUR-SAONE

We'll begin to cruise early in the morning towards Tournus. Excursion for both classic and discovery excursions packages: Excursion to Beaune to visit the famous Hospices de Beaune, whose facade is today regarded as a superior example of Northern Renaissance civic architecture. We'll continue along the Burgundy Wine Route and through villages with names that evoke the great French wines. We'll then return on board in Chalon-sur-Saône at the end of the afternoon. Tonight is our gala evening. We'll remain in port overnight.

DAY 7: CHALON-SUR-SAONE (Disembarkation Day)

Enjoy breakfast on board before disembarking in Chalon-sur-Saône. End of our services.

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise .
  • Until further notice, it is only possible to select one of the 2 excursions packages on offer. You will thus only be able to book the Classic Package (included in the cruise price), OR the Dynamic Package (requires an additional fee) . Please advise at the time of booking the excursion package you wish to choose.

2017 Departure Dates

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Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin and the SINGLE TRAVELER rate.
From Martigues
Cruise Embarkation Date
Ship
Lower Deck Cabin w/ picture window - 2 twin beds
Upper Deck Cabin w/ picture window - 2 twin beds
Lower Deck Suite w/ picture window - 1 double bed
Lower Deck Cabin w/ picture window - Single Passenger Rate
Upper Deck Cabin w/ picture window - Single Passenger Rate
Lower Deck Suite w/ picture window - 1 double bed Single Passenger Rate
May 15, 2017
Van Gogh
$1,868
$2,068
$2,095
$2.274
$2,474
$2,501
Jun 8,2017
Van Gogh
$2,118
$2,318
$2,346
$2,524
$2,724
$2,752
Jul 16, 2017
Van Gogh
$1,968
$2,168
$2,195
$2,374
$2,574
$2,601
Aug 1, 2017
Van Gogh
$1,968
$2,168
$2,195
$2,374
$2,574
$2,601
Sep 18, 2017
Mistral
$2,118
$2,318
$2,346
$2,524
$2,724
$2,752
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

Prices Include:

Accommodation in a double air-conditioned cabin with shower and WC • Full board cruise from dinner of the first day to the breakfast of  the last day • Drinks included with onboard meals (wine, water, beer, fruit juices, one coffee) • Drinks consumed at the bar (excluding champagne & drinks from the wine list) • Welcome cocktail • Entertaiment onboard • The Gala Evening • The assistance of our hostess on board • The Classic Excursions Package • Port charges

Prices Do Not Include:

Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers) • Champagne at the bar and drinks on the wine list • The Discovery Excursions Package • Travel Cancellation Insurance • Gratuities • Personal expenses

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