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Discover the Flavours of the Rhône with Prue Leith

8 days from only £1,999pp

Exclusive departure | 29th July 2019

  • Join the broadcaster and cookery writer on this delightful cruise along the Rhône to discover the gastronomic heart of France
  • Visit to Beaune, centre of the Burgundy wine region and wine tasting
  • Cruise the spectacular Rhone valley
  • Guided tour of Lyon, second city of France and its gastronomic capital
  • Visit to charming Vienne
  • Tour of the astonishing Ardeche Gorges
  • Guided tour of Arles, with its extraordinary Roman remains and home of Vincent Van Gogh
  • Visit to the Pont du Gard
  • Tour of superbly preserved, medieval Avignon and the stunning Pope's Palace
  • Price includes full-board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day
  • Services of a cruise director and tour manager
  • Return Eurostar from London St. Pancras and onward TGV
  • Return regional train travel from selected stations
 
At a Glance
Return flights & transfers
Full board
Programme of daily tours & visits
Enjoy tales and tips from Prue Leith
Complimentary tea, coffee and water on board
Complimentary Wi-Fi on board (speeds may vary)
Expert cruise director
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

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 Saone 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 Tour Manager.

Your Expert Guide: Prue Leith

Pouring red wine into glass
 

Chef, restaurateur, TV presenter, businesswoman, journalist, food writer and novelist, Prue Leith, CBD DL, was a judge on BBC Two's Great British Menu for eleven years, before joining The Great British Bake Off in March 2017, replacing Mary Berry.

Hear stories from one of the most fascinating personalities of the culinary world on this very special voyage through the culinary heart of France. She will be on hand to answer your questions - from perfecting French classics to being a judge on Bake Off.

Your Choice of Drinks

Pouring red wine into glass
 

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

Mobility

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

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

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Bunch of grapes growing in French vineyard