Tain-L'Hermitage to Avignon (7 Days)

Cruise Line: Belmond Cruises
Tain-l'hermitage, France to Avignon, France
Tain-l'hermitage, France

Board the barge at Tain-l'Hermitage or Tournon and get to know your crew over a champagne reception. This evening you are joined by a local sommelier who will introduce you to the Northern Rhone Valley wines. Later, dine on superb cuisine accompanied by France's finest wines.

Viviers, France

Cruise to Viviers while watching the beautiful Rhône Valley glide by. Enjoy a guided walk of this charming medieval town in the mid-afternoon. Return to the barge and play the traditional Provençal game pétanque.

Saint-Étienne-des-sorts, France

Enjoy a scenic drive to the Provençal village of Grignan for a tour of the medieval chateau followed by a visit a local truffle farm to learn about and taste this world-renowned delicacy. Lunch is at a delightful local restaurant. Back on board, cruise south to Saint-Étienne-des-Sorts. Pass through the Bollène lock, with its dramatic 23-metre drop.

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France
Avignon, France

Today visit the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where you'll enjoy a session of wine tasting. Lunch is served on board as you cruise to Avignon, past the famous bridge Pont Saint-Bénézet. Moor opposite the gates to city then visit the spectacular Roman Pont du Gard aqueduct.

Avignon, France

Tour Avignon, which was home to the Popes of Avignon in the 1300s. Enjoy a walk around the walled city, as well as the Palace of the Popes. Take time to peruse the shops or sample French café culture. Lunch is served back on Belmond Napoléon as you cruise to Arles. Explore the village of Les Baux-de-Provence before dining on board.

Arles, France
Avignon, France
Saint-rémy-de-provence, France
Avignon, France

Tour Arles, home of Van Gogh from 1888 to 1889. Enjoy lunch as you cruise back to Avignon. Disembark to visit Saint-Rémy, birthplace of Nostradamus and also home to Van Gogh. In the evening have a magnificent farewell gala dinner and trade stories with your fellow travellers.

Avignon, France

Awake to your final breakfast onboard before the crew bids you farewell and you disembark.

Tain-L'Hermitage to Avignon map

About the Ship

Belmond Napoleon
Belmond Afloat in France - Belmond Napoléon

The largest of the fleet, Belmond Napoléon is a grand and stately barge hosting parties of up to 12 guests in six decadent en-suite cabins. After a day of touring France's most iconic chateaux, feast on gastronomic delights and take a dip in the jacuzzi. Then raise a toast as you sail along the Rhône river to revel in charming views of Provence.

What's Included


  • Sun deck with Jacuzzi, sun loungers and exercise equipment

  • Lounge with piano keyboard

  • Dining room and a shaded alfresco dining area on deck

  • Bose iPod docking station

  • WiFi and computer with internet access

  • Selection of books, games, satellite TV, DVDs and CDs

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