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Cruise & Explore: Lyon to the South of France

Cruise & Explore Lyon to the South of France, your way

  • See the captivating cities and charming towns of Lyon, Avignon, Vienne, Arles and more
  • Spend seven nights aboard your luxury hotel ship
  • Many late stays and overnights to enjoy meals and drinks ashore
  • Enjoy half-board dining in the ship’s excellent restaurants
  • Choose to dine à la carte aboard, kick back with a cocktail and some relaxed entertainment or treat yourself to a pamper session on your floating boutique hotel
  • Choose how you like to explore – by bike, on a food tour, in museums and galleries, from an al fresco seat in a café... the choice is yours
  • Choose to sail from Lyon or Avignon


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Choose how you travel

Our Cruise & Explore itineraries are sold on a "Cruise Only" basis, providing you with the choice to make travel arrangements that are best suited to you.

You're free to arrive early, or stay a day or two later to make the most of your destination, and book your preferred choice of departure airports and flights at a time to suit you.

At a Glance
7 nights on board your luxury hotel ship
Stops at Arles, Viviers, Tournon & Vienne
Many late nights to dine ashore
Price per person based on sharing a twin or double cabin
Daily breakfast with lunch or dinner
Concierge and expert team at your service
Deposit: £250 per person


The remarkable riverside sights of the Rhône, fine French cuisine and the golden sun lighting up cobbled streets – it can only be Provence. With your boutique luxury ship as a base, soak up the culture of le Midi with plenty of time on shore to personalise your stay. Whether you’re looking to walk in the steps of history, take a patisserie class, see famous art works – or all of the above – make your holiday your own.

Your Itinerary

Make It Your Own

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Sample France’s famous cuisine on a foodie experience, arrange a walking tour with a local expert or book a ticket on the traditional Vivarais steam railway. There are hundreds of excursions to choose from – whether you book ahead or choose whilst you cruise.

You can browse and book experiences in advance via our partner site.

Wake up somewhere new on your luxury ship

Foyer of the Lord Byron | Cruise & Explore
Lord Byron Bar area | Cruise & Explore
Cabin on board the Lord Byron | Cruise & Explore

MS Lord Byron

The elegant MS Lord Byron can welcome up to 140 passengers, with 36 crew. Enjoy the river cruising experience in the most luxurious comfort.

Key Features

  • Lounge with bar and panoramic views
  • Lido Bar & two restaurants
  • Sun deck with comfortable outdoor chairs and sun loungers
  • Small splash pool and putting green on the Sun Deck
  • Wellness area with sauna, and steam room
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Laundry service
  • Air conditioned public areas & cabins
  • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi
  • 24hr self service station for tea & coffee
  • Lift between Ruby and Diamond deck
  • Small boutique for you to shop for your souvenirs and keepsakes to take home
  • Reception area open 24hrs

Your sailing schedule

Standard Itinerary - Lyon to Avignon

Sailing times are estimated.

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Depart Lyon 19:00, arrive Vienne 22:00. Breakfast & Welcome dinner.
  • Day 3 - Depart Vienne 12:00, arrive Tournon 17:30. Breakfast & lunch.
  • Day 4 - Depart Tournon 06:00, arrive Viviers 13:30. Breakfast & lunch.
  • Day 5 - Depart Viviers 05:00, arrive Arles 14:00. Breakfast & lunch.
  • Day 6 - Depart Arles 12:00, arrive Avignon 16:30. Breakfast & lunch.
  • Day 7 - Breakfast & Lunch.
  • Day 8 - Breakfast

Reverse Itinerary - Avignon to Lyon

Sailing times are estimated.

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Depart Avignon 19:00, arrive Arles 22:00. Breakfast & Welcome dinner.
  • Day 3 - Depart Arles 21:00. Breakfast & Dinner.
  • Day 4 - Arrive Viviers 08:30, depart 16:30. Breakfast & Dinner.
  • Day 5 - Arrive Tournon 01:30, depart 23:59. Breakfast & Lunch.
  • Day 6 - Arrive Vienne 06:00, depart 23:00. Breakfast & Lunch.
  • Day 7 - Arrive Lyon 02:30hrs. Breakfast & Lunch.
  • Day 8 - Breakfast


Ships Available

MS Lord Byron
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