Multi-Day Tour

Rhone River Cruise Biking (8 days)

Butterfield & Robinson

Marseille, France To Lyon, France

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Marseille, France
Avignon, France
Arles, France
S.S. Catherine, Uniworld Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Rendezvous in Marseille and head north into the Lubéron Valley for a day of riding. Board the ship in Avignon where you'll have time to relax and freshen up before dinner on the ship while you sail to Arles.

Day 2
Arles, France
S.S. Catherine, Uniworld Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Today, ride through farmland to the ancient city of Arles where you'll be met by long-time B&R friend and Provence expert Mathilde for a tour. The next leg of your ride is into the pastoral countryside around Fontvieille. This evening you'll regroup aboard for a B&R exclusive tasting of Rhone wines with a former sommelier for Alain Ducasse.

Day 3
Avignon, France
S.S. Catherine, Uniworld Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Bike the agricultural valley roads that lay below the Alpilles, Provence's iconic mini-Alps, until you descend into St-Rémy. Tonight enjoy an early-evening walk through the historic center of Avignon before returning to the ship for dinner.

Day 4
Viviers, France
S.S. Catherine, Uniworld None

Wake up at the foot of Viviers, a pleasant riverside town. Ride on the river flats, towards the Ardèche region to the south, all the way to Saint-Montan, a walled medieval enclave. Stop for a coffee and contemplate whether you want to take the short, flat route back to Viviers to browse or tackle the gorgeous winding climb up to Larnas and Saint-Thome.

Day 5
Tournon-sur-rhône, France
S.S. Catherine, Uniworld Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack
Wake up to the dramatic, terraced vineyards about Tain-L'Hermitage, the capital of Côtes du Rhône wine production. Ride through world-renowned appellations such as Chantemerle and Crozes-Hermitage, stopping for a lavish picnic along the way.
Day 6
Lyon, France
S.S. Catherine, Uniworld Breakfast, Dinner, Snack

Today you can discover Lyon, the third-largest city in France, often overshadowed by it's neighbours. Begin our discovery with a pleasant urban ride that defines the layout of the city, before delving into its storied past with guided stops along the way. Tonight you'll enjoy a special cooking class at the renowned Paul Bocuse Institute!

Day 7
Mâcon, France
S.S. Catherine, Uniworld Breakfast, Dinner, Snack

Awake to find yourself approaching the southern Burgundian city of Mâcon. Behind it lie the rolling hills of the Beaujolais and Cote Maconnais. Ride through many authentic villages and famous wine appellations before enjoying lunch at a bistro in one of the villages.

Day 8
Lyon, France
None Breakfast

After a final breakfast on the water, we say our farewells!

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Adventure
  • Cruises & Water Tours
  • Food & Wine
  • Walking & Biking

Description

Rising in Switzerland but spending most of its course in France, the River Rhône is one of the great, and greatly underappreciated, waterways of Europe. With its tributary the Saône, it forms a panoramic corridor linking Mediterranean Provence with the more temperate climes of Burgundy. Historic riverside cities like Avignon, Arles, and Lyon serve as landmarks between the world-renowned wine regions of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cotes-du-Rhône, and Beaujolais, while along the way, bike paths and quiet roads offer easygoing pedaling, with an occasional foray into the vineyard-covered hills beyond. Add in B&R’s trademark cultural events and insights, and the week becomes a marvelous voyage of discovery – without ever having to pack up and move hotels.

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DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE CANCELLATION FEE

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