Rhône Explorer (8 Days)

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

Arrive in Lyon, then transfer to your ship. After boarding, the afternoon is yours to relax or explore the city on your own—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (D)

DAY 2
Viviers, France
Tarascon, France

This afternoon, join a walking tour of Viviers' Old Town with its medieval and Renaissance buildings. Once a 5th-century Roman settlement, today the cobbled streets are dominated by the 12th-century St. Vincent Cathedral. This evening, we set sail toward Arles and dock in Tarascon. (B,L,D)

DAY 3
Tarascon, France
Arles, France
Tarascon, France

We dock this morning in Tarascon and after breakfast, disembark for a walking tour of Arles with its diverse architectural highlights. Experience the city's vibrant colors and striking quality of light that have inspired artists. Arles is also the site of some impressive Roman ruins, including Les Arènes, an arena that seats 20,000 and is still in use, as well as Romanesque monuments such as the Church of Saint-Trophime, completed in the 15th century. Return aboard for lunch followed by an afternoon on your own to explore or shop for handcrafted gifts. As always, your program director can help you plan your free time. Dinner is served as you depart. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
Avignon, France

This morning, set out on a guided walk of Avignon, nicknamed "City of Popes" because it was home to seven popes from 1309 to 1377. Stroll through the historic center, stop at the picturesque Pont d'Avignon and walk the Place de l'Horloge. Continue to the renowned Palace of the Popes for a guided tour through this rambling maze of Gothic architecture that served as papal residence, fortress, church, and palace. You can join the optional tour to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, visiting the vineyards and tasting the famous wine. Or see the magnificent Pont du Gard Aqueduct, built 2,000 years ago by the Romans. Lunch and dinner are served onboard. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
Tournon, France
Vienne, France

Board the Train de l'Ardèche this morning for a locomotive ride through the deep gorges of the Ardèche plateau, cut by the Doux River. Return to your ship and enjoy lunch onboard as we cruise past dramatic landscapes. Arrive in Vienne this afternoon, a beautiful town with an ancient Roman past. Visit the Temple of Augustus and Livia, the Roman amphitheater, and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Maurice on a walking tour before dinner onboard the ship. We remain docked in Vienne this evening. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
Vienne, France

Board the Train de l'Ardèche this morning for a locomotive ride through the deep gorges of the Ardèche plateau, cut by the Doux River. Return to your ship and enjoy lunch onboard as we cruise past dramatic landscapes. Arrive in Vienne this afternoon, a beautiful town with an ancient Roman past. Visit the Temple of Augustus and Livia, the Roman amphitheater, and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Maurice on a walking tour before dinner onboard the ship. We remain docked in Vienne this evening. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
Lyon, France

After breakfast, tour the city of Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin with a drive to the top of Fourvière Hill for amazing views of the city. Continue with a guided visit to the Basilica of Notre Dame and drive through town past the magnificent St. Jean Cathedral and the Palace of Justice. Then take a walking tour through the cobbled streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Town), where you will have free time to shop for souvenirs or sample some of the fine French cuisine for which Lyon is world famous. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
Lyon, France

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight. Perhaps see more of France on a three-night city stay to the capital, Paris. Or, enjoy a three-night extension in the Burgundy wine region, or immerse yourself in nature on a trip through the Alps to Chamonix and Geneva. (B)

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  • YOUR CHOICE OF MULTIPLE DINING VENUES and times (including open seating)

  • WINE, BEER & SODAS with onboard dinner and lunch

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