Avignon to Lyon (7 Days)

Cruise Line: Belmond Cruises
Avignon, France to Lyon, France
Avignon, France
Roquemaure, France

Board the barge in Avignon for your cruise through the Rhône Valley. Meet your crew over a champagne reception and begin sailing towards Roquemaure. In the evening, savour your first dinner onboard.

Avignon, France
Viviers, France

Begin the day with a short drive to Avignon for a walking tour of the city, including the Palace of the Popes. Return to the barge for lunch and continue your cruise to Viviers, a charming medieval town. Take the opportunity to walk to the top of the hill and admire the views of the cathedral and down the Rhône Valley.

La Voulte, France

Take a drive through the countryside to Grignan, visiting the town's medieval chateau. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a restaurant in the village, before touring a local truffle farm where you will be spoilt with a unique tasting session. Back on board, relax and take in the scenery as you continue on to La Voulte.

Tain-l'hermitage, France

This morning's cruise takes you to Tain-l'Hermitage, mooring beneath the famous sloping hills teaming with vines. After lunch visit a local winery, sampling the delightful vintages of the northern Rhône Valley. Visit the celebrated Valrhona chocolate shop, and explore the towns of Tain and Tournon at your leisure.

Condrieu, France

Admire the scenery as your cruise continues through the Vallée du Rhône. Take a walking tour of Vienne, a riverside town brimming with Roman history. Return to Condrieu for a tasting of the wines produced there.

Lyon, France

A final cruise brings us to our end destination of Lyon. After lunch, take a walking tour of the city to discover the hidden 'traboules', the old town and the various roman remains. Back on board, the chef is busy preparing a feast for your farewell dinner.

Lyon, France

Enjoy a delicious breakfast before bidding farewell to the crew and continuing with your onward travel arrangements.

Avignon to Lyon map

About the Ship

Belmond Afloat in France - Hirondelle
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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