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The Rhône River

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10 +

Group Size

8 / 7

Days / Nights

20

Meals

Experience the picturesque landscapes and gastronomic delights of the South of France during this 8-day journey on the Rhône River, an important waterway and trade route since ancient times. Highlights of the trip include the cities of Lyon, Vienne, and Avignon — just to name a few — where Roman ruins and awe-inspiring castles and cathedrals are surrounded by rolling vineyards and pastoral countryside. 

Visit

charming hilltop villages and the ancient French cities of Avignon and Arles

Explore

the Rhône river valley with expert guides, enjoying behind-the-scenes access

Taste

quintessential French delicacies and sip local wines from these famed regions

Day 1

Lyon

Arrive in Lyon where you’ll be warmly welcomed on board your River ship.

Dinner

Overnight on board our Deluxe River Ship

 
 

Day 2

Lyon

Set on the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon is renowned as the gastronomic heart of France. Spend the morning walking Lyon’s hidden traboules, then continue to Notre Dame Basilica, which offers fabulous views across the city or join a guided bike ride to Lyon’s Botanical Gardens and Zoo. Alternatively, learn about Lyon’s rich heritage in silk production that dates back almost five centuries during a silk painting workshop or walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges.

This afternoon set sail for Mâcon. Watch the scenery float by from the sun deck or Panorama Lounge, relax in the Wellness center, or perhaps take a lesson in French cooking in Scenic Culinaire.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight on board our Deluxe River Ship

Day 3

Mâcon

Travel to the "Golden Stone" region of Beaujolais and enjoy a tasting of the region’s wines. Or, explore charming Cluny, built around the great Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, visit Château de Cormatin where you can admire the castle's gilded rooms, surrounding moat and water features, as well as the perfectly manicured gardens.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight on board our Deluxe River Ship

Day 4

Vienne

Enjoy a guided walking tour in Vienne including a visit to the Roman amphitheater and uncover the fascinating history of this quaint riverside town, once conquered by Julius Caesar. Or, for a more active approach, take in the picturesque landscapes of this region on a guided cycling tour of Vienne and neighboring villages where you will catch a glimpse of the city’s glory days as a Roman city.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight on board our Deluxe River Ship

Day 5

Viviers

This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the ancient town of Viviers, nestled between hill and river, and visit its imposing cathedral. Alternatively, visit the beautiful provincial town of Grignan for a guided tour and a visit to the Château, before enjoying some time to explore on your own. You may also choose to visit a truffle nursery and learn how truffles are produced as well as their many uses.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight on board our Deluxe River Ship

Day 6

Avignon

Shop with a Chef at the market then cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire, or explore Avignon’s architectural wonder, the Pope’s Palace, where you will see the impressive architecture and grand halls that were once home to several popes. Alternatively, take an excursion to Pont du Gard, the impressive ancient Roman aqueduct, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard.

This afternoon enjoy free time to explore on your own.

After the doors close to the general public at Avignon’s prestigious Palais des Papes, you’ll be invited for an exclusive concert inside this elegant 14th century palace.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight on board our Deluxe River Ship

Day 7

Avignon - Tarascon 

Visit Les Baux, surrounded by incredible rock formations and picturesque olive groves and vineyards. Drop into a local olive farm to enjoy a tasting of its produce or visit the city of Arles, home to many impressive Roman ruins including the Arles Arena, which you will visit on your guided tour. Here you will also see why Arles has inspired many of the world’s greatest artists with its glorious landscapes. Alternatively, stay on board for a painting class and learn about the region’s artistic heritage.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight on board our Deluxe River Ship

Day 8

Arles

After breakfast, disembark and transfer to Nice airport for your onward journey.

Breakfast

EXTEND YOUR JOURNEY WITH YOUR PRE-TRIP PROGRAM

+ 5 DAYS IN Beaujolais

DAY 1 Pre-trip

Welcome to Lyon

Begin your extraordinary wine adventure upon arrival at Lyon Airport, where you will be transferred to the charming Fourviere Hotel in Lyon. Settle into your elegant accommodations and take some time to explore the city before meeting your fellow wine enthusiasts at a welcome dinner. Enjoy a sumptuous meal paired with a selection of carefully curated local wines, as you discuss the exciting days ahead and share your passion for fine wine. Tonight, raise a glass to the beginning of a memorable experience.

Dinner

Overnight at Fourviere Hotel

Day 2 Pre-trip

Discovering Beaujolais

After a hearty breakfast, embark on a journey to the picturesque Beaujolais wine region. Over the next three days, you will have the opportunity to explore six  distinguished family-run estates and taste the 10 Crus of Beaujolais - AOC Saint-Amour, AOC Juliénas, AOC Chénas, AOC Moulin-à-Vent, AOC Fleurie, AOC Chiroubles, AOC Morgon, AOC Régnié, AOC Côte-de-Brouilly & AOC Brouilly -as well as AOC Beaujolais and AOC Beaujolais Village wines. 

Your knowledgeable guide will meet you at your hotel. Driving through the granite hills covered in vines, your guide will share his passion for this authentic, often overlooked, corner of France. In the morning, enjoy a guided tour and tasting at a prestigious winery, where you will learn about the local history and winemaking techniques that have shaped these delightful Gamay wines.

Each winery included in your itinerary has been carefully selected by your expert guide, there are family-run estates, often off the beaten track, where you will have the opportunity to meet the winemaker or a family member, and gain valuable insight into their life and passion for viticulture.

Lunch will be served at a Beaujolais estate, where you will savor a gourmet meal artfully paired with a selection of their finest wines. Following your lunch, you will be given a tour of the facilities and learn all about the estate’s ethos.  

After a day filled with exceptional wines and engaging experiences, return to the Fourviere Hotel in Lyon for a free evening to explore the city at your leisure.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Fourviere Hotel

Day 3 Pre-trip

Deeper into Beaujolais

Following breakfast, return to the enchanting Beaujolais region for another day of immersive wine experiences. Today will be spent in a different part of the region and the wineries selected will reflect these differences. During your stay, you will visit little gems with plots of vines across different appellations which will allow you to sample wines from all the Crus of Beaujolais as well as discover the reality of managing plots with a different terroir.  Begin your day with a tour and tasting at another esteemed winery, further deepening your appreciation for the region's diverse offerings. For lunch, enjoy a delightful meal paired with wine at a charming local restaurant, where you will sample the flavors of the region's cuisine. The area is famous for its hearty dishes and authentic welcoming brasseries, it is the perfect place to enjoy a meal with friends. 

In the afternoon, continue your exploration of Beaujolais with a visit to another family run winery. Experience a guided tour and tasting, as you uncover the subtle nuances of the region's wines. Upon your return to Lyon, enjoy another open evening to discover the city's vibrant culinary scene and nightlife.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Fourviere Hotel

Day 4 Pre-trip

Beaujolais Grand Finale

After breakfast, you will return to the Beaujolais region for a final day of discovery. Building on the experiences from the previous days, you will continue to expand your understanding of the region through a guided tour and extensive tasting at a family-run winery. As always, your expert guide and the winemaker or family member leading your tour will be delighted to answer any questions you may have and share with you their savoir-faire and enthusiasm. Following your morning tour, a traditional lunch of regional delicacies will be served at the winery together with some of the estate’s wines. 

In the afternoon, you will be taken to a second estate for a final experience at a Beaujolais winery. You will be taken back to Lyon at the end of the day where you will be able to enjoy a final evening at leisure.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Fourviere Hotel

Day 5 Pre-trip

Farewell to Lyon

After enjoying your final breakfast at the Hotel, bid adieu to your fellow wine enthusiasts and check out of your accommodations. Transfer to your next destination and reflect on the unforgettable memories you've made during your time exploring the Beaujolais region.

Breakfast

Accommodation

Scenic Sapphire
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The Fine Print

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Details

Dates

Program: Date TBD
Pre-trip extension: Date TBD

Flight Information

If you would like assistance with reserving your flights, please contact us at guestservices@experi.com.

Activity Level

This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that range from one to three hours. Each day, whether touring a city or winery, guests should be prepared to be on their feet for multiple continuous hours. Guests should feel comfortable strolling along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and sauntering down uneven nature paths. Europe tends to have Old World infrastructure (narrow cobblestone streets, lack of elevators, etc.), which can leave some areas inaccessible. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities.  If your mobility is limited in any way, or if you have questions, please contact our Guest Services team at guestservices@experi.com.

Note: Group maximum is based on double occupancy. The itinerary is subject to change or substitution at any time. You can learn more at experi.com/agreement.


Included

  • 20 meals – 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Complimentary premium beverages all day, every day – not just at meal times
  • Butler service for every suite
  • Complimentary full mini-bar restocked daily
  • Innovative Salt Therapy Lounge and fitness area
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electrically assisted bicycles
  • Scenic Cruise Director to guide and assist & expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities on board and on shore

Not Included

  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities
  • All types of personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary

Categories & Rates*

Diamond Deck

Royal Owner’s Suite (RO): $TBD
Royal Suite (RA): $TBD
Royal Panorama Suite (RS): $TBD
Junior Balcony Suite (RJ): $TBD
Balcony Suite (P): $TBD
Balcony Suite (PP): $TBD
Balcony Suite (PA): $TBD
Balcony Suite (A): $TBD
Jr. Balcony Suite (BJ) $TBD

Saphire Deck 

Balcony Suite (B): $TBD
Balcony Suite (BB): $TBD
Balcony Suite (BA): $TBD
Balcony Suite (C): $TBD

Jewel Deck

Standard Suite (D): $TBD
Standard Suite (E): $TBD

*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars.

*Room category subject to availability. 

Single Occupancy

Single room rates will vary based on room category. Please enquire  guestservices@experi.com for rates.

Pre-Trip Extension Rates*

Classic: $TBD
Single Occupancy: $TBD


Deposits

A $1,000 non-refundable deposit per person reserves your space for this program. Final payments are due no later than 90 days prior to departure. An additional $500 non-refundable deposit is required for extension reservations.

Travel Insurance

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Travel Terms & Conditions

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