Verdant vineyards, fragrant fields of lavender, honey-stone towns glowing in the sun - summertime in the South of France is glorious. This delightful week-long cruise takes us along the Saône and Rhône rivers, through Burgundy’s wine country and the lavender-scented hills of Provence. Along the way, we’ll stop off to explore Mâcon’s café-lined squares, Avignon’s city palaces and Arles’ Roman remains. We’ll finish with an optional trip to the Valley of the Ardèche, where limestone cliffs tower hundreds of feet above the river.
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Lyon. On arrival, our coach will transfer you to embark A-ROSA STELLA (4T). Enjoy dinner this evening as we set sail through Lyon’s Old Town and on to Mâcon.
Day 2 - Mâcon
Arrive early in Mâcon, located on a beautiful landscape on the river Saône in the south of Burgundy. Disembark for an included walking tour of this vibrant town. The oldest building in Mâcon, located on the Place aux Herbes, is a house almost entirely covered by unique woodland sceneries. After your walking tour, perhaps enjoy some shopping or relax in one of the many cafés.
Day 3 - Chalon-sur-Saône - Tournus
We arrive early morning in Chalon-sur-Saône, where there is an included walking tour through the old town and the city, considered the birthplace of photography. From Chalon-sur-Saône there is an optional visit available to Dijon ‘City of Dukes’, taking you through vineyards and over the ‘Route des Grands Crus’ to the Renaissance Palace ‘Clos du Vougeot’, before arriving in Dijon, the historic city and capital of Burgundy. We sail south on the Saône to Tournus.
Day 4 - Lyon
We arrive into Lyon early today and there will be an included tour of this stunning city, located at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône. Take a walk through the old town, the so-called Vieux Lyon, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. View the houses built in Italian Renaissance style, the Roman theatre and the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière.
Day 5 - Avignon
We continue our journey to Avignon, one of the greatest surviving walled cities in the world. Optional excursions will be available to facilitate your discoveries.
Day 6 - Avignon - Arles
Our morning in Avignon is filled with a city walking tour. Through small alleys, passing numerous small city palaces, chapels and churches, this excursion will lead you to the famous Palais des Papes, which can be explored. Continue your walk to the viewing point of Rocher des Domes, from where you can enjoy an excellent panoramic view of the Rhône valley. Afterwards, we sail into Arles for an included walking tour. Even if you haven’t yet paid the ancient Roman town a visit, you’re sure to recognise pictures of it. Vincent van Gogh painted Arles in 187 of his works and a few of his motifs have today been restored to their original state.
Day 7 - Viviers - La Voulte
During breakfast, we arrive in Viviers and have an optional morning visit to the Valley of the Ardèche. The Ardèche Gorges are often referred to as the Grand Canyon of Europe with spectacular limestone cliffs towering up to 1,000ft over the river far below. Drive to one of the numerous grottos of the area, such as the Grottes des Madeleines, which consists of more than 25 subterranean halls. Continue to one of the lavender producers in the Ardèche area. We embark for lunch and our final voyage to Lyon, with a brief stop in La Voulte. We enjoy our final dinner on board this evening.
Day 8 Lyon - UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.