Lyon & Provence River Cruise

Lyon & Provence River Cruise

from 600.00

Date: June 30-July 7, 2020

Departure City: Lyon, France

Inclusions:

  • All taxes, fees and port expenses

  • Meals, drinks and excursions provided by Viking Cruise Line

  • Tribe Travel Bag filled with Travel Goodies

  • True Nirvana Tribe Travel ONLY soirées

  • And more… (we can’t share all of the inclusions because we want to surprise you!)

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Tour lands of fine wine & cuisine…

Tap into your inner van Gogh at an Arles painting class. Discover Roman Provence at Les Arènes amphitheater and the Pont du Gard. Explore Avignon’s Palace of the Popes. Excite your palate in Lyon, capital of French gastronomy. Savor Beaujolais wines. Hunt for truffles and see how chèvre cheese is made. Come witness the beauty that inspired artists like Cézanne and Chagall on this 8-day river cruise!


This trip is meant for:

  • The traveler that is a food and wine enthusiast.

  • The traveler that is interested in the French countryside.

  • The traveler that appreciates authentic cultural experiences.

  • The traveler that is open minded and ready for new experiences.

  • The traveler that enjoys luxury experiences.


Day 1 — Avignon, France

Arrive in Marseille where you will take ground transportation to your ship, docked in Avignon.* After boarding, feel free to take free time to explore this quaint town on the scenic Rhône River, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented.

Meals included: Dinner

* Ground transfers are available for purchase.

Day 2 — Arles, France

We have arrived in Arles! Disembark and enjoy a group walking tour of Arles with its diverse architectural highlights. Experience the city’s vibrant colors and striking quality of light that have inspired many artists. Arles is also the site of some impressive Roman ruins, including Les Arènes, an arena that seats 20,000 and is still in use, as well as Romanesque monuments such as the Church of Saint-Trôphime, completed in the 15th century. Your afternoon is free to explore Arles on your own.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 — Avignon, France

This morning, set out on a guided walk of Avignon, nicknamed the “City of Popes” because it was home to seven popes from 1309 to 1377. Stroll through the historic center, stop at the picturesque Pont d’Avignon and walk the Place de l’Horloge. Continue to the renowned Palace of the Popes for a guided tour through this rambling maze of Gothic architecture that served as papal residence, fortress, church and palace. After the tour, enjoy an afternoon at leisure exploring Avignon. You can join the optional tour to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, visiting the vineyards and tasting the famous wine. This evening, enjoy dinner on board your ship as we depart for Viviers.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 — Viviers, France

This morning join a walking tour of Viviers’ Old Town with its medieval and Renaissance buildings. Once a 5th-century Roman settlement, today the cobblestone streets are dominated by the 12th-century St. Vincent Cathedral. This afternoon, we set sail to Tournon.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 — Tournon, France

Board the Train de l’Ardèche this morning for a locomotive ride through the deep gorges of the Ardèche plateau, cut by the Doux River. Return to your ship and enjoy lunch on board as we cruise past dramatic landscapes. Arrive in Vienne this afternoon, a beautiful town with an ancient Roman past. Visit the Temple of Augustus and Livia, the Roman amphitheater and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Maurice on a walking tour before dinner on board the ship. We remain docked in Vienne this evening.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 — Lyon, France

After breakfast, disembark in Lyon for a tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin with a drive to the top of Fourvière Hill for amazing views of the city. Continue with a guided visit to the Basilica of Notre Dame and drive through town past the magnificent St. Jean Cathedral and the Palace of Justice. Then take a walking tour through the cobblestone streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Town), with free time to shop for souvenirs or sample some of the fine French cuisine for which Lyon is world-famous. Your ship remains docked overnight.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 — Lyon, France

After breakfast, take a scenic drive through the rolling hills of Beaujolais, where viticultural tradition runs deep. See the legendary Moulin-à-Vent, the windmill that gives its name to one of the most prestigious wines of the region, learn about the art of winemaking in a small museum and enjoy a tasting in one of Beaujolais’s famous cellars. Return to your ship for lunch and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 — Lyon, France

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Lyon airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your time in France with three exciting nights in Paris, one of the world’s most romantic cities.

Meals included: Breakfast

* Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.


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Standard Stateroom size: 150 sq ft

  • River-view stateroom with half-height picture window

  • Hotel-style bed 79 in x 63 in (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens & pillows

  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)

  • 40" flat-screen Sony TV with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, FOX, National Geographic & more

  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports

  • Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control

  • Private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirror

  • Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes & slippers available upon request

  • Bottled water replenished daily

  • Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping

  • Space under bed for storing suitcases

  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers

 
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French Balcony Stateroom size: 135 sq ft

  • River-view stateroom with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door to create a French balcony

  • Hotel-style bed 79 in x 63 in (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens & pillows

  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)

  • 40" flat-screen Sony TV with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, FOX, National Geographic & more

  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports

  • Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control

  • Private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirror

  • Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes & slippers available upon request

  • Bottled water replenished daily

  • Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping

  • Space under bed for storing suitcases

  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers

 
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Veranda Stateroom size: 205 sq ft

  • River-view stateroom with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door opening to a full-size veranda

  • Hotel-style bed 79 in x 63 in (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens & pillows

  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)

  • 40" flat-screen Sony TV with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, FOX, National Geographic & more

  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports

  • Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control

  • Private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirror

  • Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes & slippers available upon request

  • Bottled water replenished daily

  • Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping

  • Space under bed for storing suitcases

  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers


PSSSSST…

Don’t forget to take advantage of all of the guides we’ve provided for each day! We curated those lists to match your needs and wants based on the questionnaire you filled out prior to your trip.