Lyon to Avignon (7 Days)

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


  • 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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