Burgundy, the River Rhône & Provence Cruise with Will Lyons & Oz Clarke

8 days from only £2,199pp

Exclusive departure | 30th September 2019

  • Will Lyons’ hosted talk, dinner and wine tastings featuring a selection of wines personally chosen by Will and provided by The Sunday Times Wine Club
  • Oz Clarke’s hosted talk
  • Tour of superbly preserved, medieval Avignon and the stunning Popes’ Palace
  • Guided tour of Arles, with its extraordinary Roman remains and home of Vincent Van Gogh
  • Visit to the Pont du Gard
  • Tour of the astonishing Ardèche Gorges
  • Cruise the spectacular Rhône valley
  • Visit to charming Vienne
  • Visit to Beaune, centre of the Burgundy wine region plus a wine tasting with Oz Clarke and Will Lyons
  • Guided tour of Lyon, second city of France and its gastronomic capital
  • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your day of departure, including welcome cocktails and dinner, plus the Captain’s Dinner
  • Return flights from a selection of regional airports or standard class seat on Eurostar from London St Pancras International
  • Seven nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, all with river views
  • Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and concierge
At a Glance
7 nights on board a 5-star ship
Return flights & transfers
7 visits & tours
Full board
Complimentary on-board tea & coffee
Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi (speeds may vary)
Expert Cruise Director & Concierge
All port charges & airport taxes
Checked Luggage


Flavours of France

From the lush slopes of the scenic winelands to the sun-baked hills of Provence and the wild beauty of the Ardèche Gorges to the medieval splendour of Avignon, enjoy a fascinating cruise to one of the most picturesque corners of France. We start in France’s gastronomic capital and explore the beautiful Saône and Rhône rivers, the preferred route of traders and invaders alike since the dawn of recorded history. Everywhere there are reminders of the Romans and the greatest empire of the ancient world.

Medieval discoveries

You will be staggered by the engineering genius of the staggering amphitheatre at Arles and the huge aqueduct at the Pont du Gard. Avignon was the seat of the Papacy during medieval times, heralding a century of greatness crowned by the absorbing Papal Palace and its stunning renaissance art collection. Van Gogh created arguably his greatest works in Provence and all this is set in some of France’s most stunning natural beauty – all waiting to be discovered on this wonderful cruise.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of single cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement. The price includes full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day; if you choose to travel with us on any of the full day excursions by coach, a packed lunch will be provided. Anyone choosing to stay on the ship may of course have lunch in the restaurant; morning/afternoon tea and coffee; all visits and excursions as mentioned in the brochure, airport transfers, coach travel as mentioned, travel to and from port of embarkation and the services of a Riviera Travel Cruise Director and Concierge.

Please note that Wi-Fi speeds on board may vary.

Special Guest Will Lyons

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Throughout your cruise you will not only taste a selection of specially selected wines, learning all you need to know about the classic grape varieties, Will Lyons will also host a series of events, starting with a talk on the past, present and future of wine, where he will share his extensive knowledge and expertise from what makes great wine; the wine scene today: old versus new world; to how to taste like a wine professional and an evening with dinner and question and answer session.

Special Guest Oz Clarke

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Leading wine expert, Oz Clarke, is known for his extensive wine knowledge and accessible, no-nonsense approach. He has won major wine-writing awards both in the UK and the US, including the Glenfiddich, André Simon, Julia Child and Lanson awards. His current best-selling books include The History of Wine in 100 Bottles and World of Wine. Oz is also a frequent BBC TV and radio presenter; his third BBC TV series with Top Gear co-presenter James May, titled Oz and James Drink to Britain, is a caravan adventure around the British Isles exploring wine, beers and more.

“What a thrilling prospect! Cruising calmly along the mighty Rhone and Saone rivers, gliding past some of France's greatest vineyards at Hermitage and Cote Rotie, and crowning it all - a trip to the Capital of sumptuous Burgundy itself - Beaune. I can't wait.”

Your Choice of Drinks

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7 night drinks package available from £109 per person

While we include everything you might need in our prices, we never charge for something you might not. If you prefer to pre-order your drinks, you can purchase our drinks package which offers a selection of drinks during lunch and dinner.

Simply relax and when it’s time to dine in the restaurant, take your pick from a range of: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rosé house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu by the glass.

If you choose not to purchase a drinks package, there is a vast selection of drinks on board each ship available for individual purchase. To see an example bar list please see our dining information.

Drinks packages must be purchased by all guests in the same cabin or suite, and do not include drinks from the bar. To book the drinks package please call the reservations team. 

Useful Information

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Airport or train station Ship location Transfer time
Marseille Airport Lyon 4 hrs including comfort stop
Montpellier Airport 4 hrs including comfort stop
Lyon Airport 30 mins
Lyon Station 20 mins
Marseille Airport Avignon 1 hr 30 mins
Montpellier Airport 1 hr 30 mins
Lyon Airport 3 hrs 30 mins including comfort stop
Avignon Station 20 mins


We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Deposit: £250 per person
  • Flight Time: Approx. 1 hr 50 mins to 2 hrs
  • Eurostar & TGV Journey Time: Approx. 6 hrs (outbound), 6 hrs 30 mins (inbound)
  • Language: French
  • Time Zone: GMT+1
  • Country: France

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Sunset over the Lavender fields in Provence