Avignon to Tain-L'Hermitage (7 Days)

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

Step aboard and meet your crew and guide for a champagne reception. Enjoy an early evening cruise to this evening's rural mooring location of Aramon.

Arles, France
Avignon, France

After breakfast tour Arles, famous for its Roman ruins. Van Gogh also stayed here from 1888 to 1889. Return to the the barge for lunch, relax as you cruise to Avignon past the famous Pont Saint-Bénézet. Moor opposite the city gates then visit the spectacular Roman Pont du Gard aqueduct. Enjoy drinks on deck and a sumptuous dinner.

Avignon, France
Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France
Avignon, France
Roquemaure, France

Tour Avignon, home to the Popes of Avignon in the 1300s. Enjoy a guided walk around this magnificent city and the Palace of the Popes. Take time to peruse the shops or sample French café culture at your leisure. Return to the barge for lunch, then visit the world-famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyard. Enjoy a wine tasting here before continuing your cruise to Roquemaure.

Bollène, France
Viviers, France
Nyons, France
Viviers, France

Cruise to Viviers, passing through the Bollène Lock, with its dramatic 75-foot drop. After lunch take a leisurely stroll around this medieval town with your guide. This afternoon visit Nyons, a typical Provençal village, and visit a lavender distillery.

Grignan, France

This morning is spent at the picturesque village of Grignan, famed for its medieval château. Continue to a truffle farm to learn about and taste this world-renowned delicacy before lunch at a local restaurant. Rejoin the barge for dinner.

La Voulte, France

Visit a colourful market in La Voulte with your chef. Pick out ingredients for lunch, which will be prepared for you back on board. Cruise past the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône to Tain or Tournon. Visit Chez Ferraton, whose winery is a stroll away, and enjoy a tasting and tour. Back on board dine on a wonderful farewell gala dinner.

Tain-l'hermitage, France

Have breakfast onboard Belmond Napoleon before the crew bids you farewell and you disembark.

Avignon to Tain-L'Hermitage 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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