Lyon to Avignon (7 Days)

Cruise Line: Belmond Cruises
Lyon, France to Avignon, France
DAY
PORT
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Lyon, France

Board the barge and meet your crew over a champagne reception before your journey begins. Later on, enjoy evening cocktails as you cruise through the centre of Lyon. Dine on superb cuisine accompanied by the finest vintages.

DAY 2
Lyon, France

Tour Lyon, a city renowned for its culture and gastronomy. Admire the ornate Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, which dominates the skyline. Browse through the chic boutiques or relax in a sunny sidewalk café. Return to the barge and enjoy time at leisure. Recline on the deck as you cruise the Rhône Valley to Condrieu.

DAY 3
Tain-l'hermitage, France

Pass through the magnificent vineyards of the Côtes Rôties and the Côtes du Rhône that almost reach the river's edge. In the afternoon, enjoy a tasting at a local winery. Later on, disembark and explore the delights of Tain-l'Hermitage, which include the famous Valrhona chocolate shop. As evening descends, enjoy an exceptional dinner onboard.

DAY 4
Viviers, France

Cruise to Viviers and admire the beauty of the Rhône Valley from the deck. Disembark mid-afternoon for a guided walk around this charming medieval town. Return to Belmond Alouette to play pétanque, the traditional Provençal game.

DAY 5
Viviers, France
Nyons, France
Grignan, France
Viviers, France
Bollène, France
Saint-Étienne-des-sorts, France

Take a scenic drive to Nyons, a typical Provençal village with a lavender distillery and 18th-century olive mill. Then, you'll savour a lunch at Grignan. Visit a truffle farm to learn about and taste this world-renowned delicacy. Continue your cruise south to Saint-Étienne-des-Sorts. Pass through Bollène lock, with its dramatic 75-foot drop.

DAY 6
Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France
Château La Nerthe, France
Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France
Avignon, France

Cruise to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, home of the Popes of Avignon in the 1300s. Take a tour Château La Nerthe and taste the region's wines. Lunch is served aboard the barge as your cruise continues to Avignon, passing the famous Pont Saint-Bénézet. Explore this magnificent city taking in the Palace of the Popes and Notre Dame. Back onboard, share stories over a farewell gala dinner.

DAY 7
Avignon, France

Have breakfast on board before the crew bids you farewell and you disembark.

Lyon to Avignon 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

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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