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Oenological cruise: Discover the fabulous world of vines and wine (port-to-port cruise) tour
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Oenological cruise: Discover the fabulous world of vines and wine (port-to-port cruise)

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Travel Style: Array Relaxed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
7 days
From: $ 2,587 $ 370 / day
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Overview

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CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Unforgettable moments :
    • Taste some of the best wines at local vineyards : Côtes de Provence, Côtes du Rhône, Tain l’Hermitage, and Beaujolais
  • Conference and tastings*
  • ALL EXCURSIONS INCLUDED
    • Following the footsteps of Van Gogh in Arles
    • Lyon and Les Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse

Short Description

Dive into the pleasures of delicious French wines while also enjoying a cruise through renowned vineyards and beautiful countryside. Stops include Tain-l'Hermitage, one of the most prestigious winegrowing regions in the country.

Style River cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal transport included (including local flights)
Start City Martigues
End City Lyon

Destinations

France

Attractions & Cities Visited

Arles Avignon Lyon

Activities & Interests

River cruise

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Itinerary

Day 1 MARTIGUES

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. We'll enjoy dinner on board. The rest of the evening is yours to do as you please. Our ship will cruise towards Port-Saint-Louis.

Day 2 PORT-SAINT-LOUIS - The Camargue - ARLES - AVIGNON

This morning, the excursion proposed is: the Côtes de Provence region, located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps. Provence boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and is also home to quite a number of France’s most prestigious wines. We’ll visit a local vineyard for a tasting.*This afternoon, join us for a walking tour of Arles as seen through the paintings of Van Gogh. The Roman ruins in Arles are second only to Rome and include the Antique Theater, Amphitheater, Thermes of Constantine, and the Alyscamps. Arles is also an important stop along the Way of St. James. Van Gogh made the city his home in the late 19th century and produced approximately 300 paintings and drawings during his stay. Our tour will retrace his steps to the different sites where he set up his easel, such as the Place du Forum, the Quai du Rhône, and Place Lamartine.

Day 3 AVIGNON - VIVIERS

This morning, join us for a visit to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Discover this adorable village located in the Alpilles Regional Nature Park. We’ll visit a local vineyard for a tasting.*This afternoon, our ship will cruise towards Viviers.

Day 4 VIVIERS - LA VOULTE -TAIN-L'HERMITAGE

This morning, we’ll set out on an excursion to Tain-l'Hermitage, a name synonymous with excellent Mediterranean wines. We’ll visit a local vineyard for a tasting.* After our tour, we’ll return on board the ship in Tain-l'Hermitage.We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Lyon, and we’ll arrive during the evening.

Day 4 VIVIERS - LA VOULTE -TAIN-L'HERMITAGE

This morning, we’ll set out on an excursion to Tain-l'Hermitage. We’ll visit the village and a local wine cellar for a tasting.*We’ll begin our cruise to Lyon in the afternoon.

Day 5 LYON - MACON

In the morning, join us for a guided tour of the city and a tasting at Les Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse.(2) We’ll cross through the city and go up Fourvière Hill to the white basilica, the best place to take in the view. Then we’ll head over to Vieux Lyon to have a look at its historical homes and the bouchon restaurants that are found throughout the district. Learn about the discrete and strategic doorways leading to shortcuts, known as traboules, that go from street to street. Don’t miss the tasting of fine food at Les Halles de Lyon, a huge, three-story, indoor market where close to 50 shops offer the finest gourmet food. We’ll enjoy a snack of local sausage and cheese, topped off with a lovely glass of wine.* During our afternoon cruise, join a wine expert for a demonstration and tasting contest. Finalists will partake in a blind tasting.* The winner will be given the title of Bacchus for the remainder of the cruise, and they will walk away with the golden prize: A food lover’s cruise on the Rhine featuring French top chef Marc Haeberlin. We’ll arrive in Mâcon during the evening.

Day 5 LYON - MACON

In the morning, join us for a guided tour of the city and a tasting at Les Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse.(2) This visit includes a panoramic tour of Lyon and a tasting of fine food at Les Halles de Lyon. Our onboard activities during our afternoon cruise include a lecture by a wine expert with a blind tasting contest. The winner will be given the title of Bacchus for the remainder of the cruise, and they will walk away with the golden prize: A food lover’s cruise on the Rhine featuring French top chef Marc Haeberlin. We’ll arrive in Mâcon during the evening.

Day 6 MÂCON - LYON

This morning’s excursion will be in the Beaujolais region—named after the Lords of Beaujeu, who ruled the area until the 15th century. We’ll crisscross charming, wine-dominated villages before arriving at the Hameau Duboeuf, an original wine theme park with over 3,000 objects that span over 2,000 years. The visit includes a tour of the winemaking center, where we’ll learn about traditional and modern techniques. In the afternoon, we’ll explore the golden-hued villages in the region. As we travel along the wine route and through each village, you’ll understand why the region’s nickname is “Little Tuscany.” We’ll stop off in Oingt, a picturesque medieval village perched on a hill overlooking the Azergues Valley, and visit a local vineyard for a tasting.* We’ll return to Lyon in the evening. Tonight is our festive gala evening.

Day 6 MÂCON - LYON

This morning’s excursion will be in the Beaujolais region and a visit to the Hameau Duboeuf. In the afternoon, we’ll explore the golden-hued villages in the area. We’ll stop in the magnificent medieval village of Oingt and visit a local vineyard for a tasting.* We’ll return to Lyon in the evening. Tonight is our festive gala evening.

Day 7 LYON

Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.

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Oenological cruise: Discover the fabulous world of vines and wine (port-to-port cruise)

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The vessel's decor is very discreet, comfortable, and relaxing -- no neon, casino, etc. The elegance one would expect from a French company.
The land tours were very comprehensive, in comfortable coaches, with sufficient rest stops. Lunches ashore were included, as appropriate. As advertised, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages were included. In-town shopping was available, but not forced.
In all, a delightful experience. I look forward to another voyage with CroisiEurope. The company offers so many unique intineraries, it may be difficult to select.
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As seasoned cruisers, knowing well all aspects of cruising on seas and rivers, we had no experience about traveling on a barge in a canal. It was also time to overcome this lack.
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~ excursions can play a major role in choosing an itinerary. Not speaking French or English can be a handicap
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Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal transport included (including local flights)

Group Size

Standard Group - 25 + people

Additional Information

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

Rules & Other Requirements

Valid national identity card or passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.

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What's excluded

Drinks - cancellation and baggage insurance - transfers/travel to and from departure/arrival points - personal expenses.

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