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Trip Type : River Cruise
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Rhone River Cruise Biking tour

Rhone River Cruise Biking

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Experience ride through farmland crossing the vast Plaine de la Crau.
  • Bike the agricultural valley roads that lay below the Alpilles, Provence's iconic mini-Alps, until you descend into St-Rémy
  • Discover Lyon, the third-largest city in France
  • Ride through many authentic villages and famous wine appellations

Short Description

Why unpack luggage each day when you could be unpacking the best of Provence and Burgundy? Cruise the Rhône aboard a Uniworld river ship and go overboard (in a good way): savour exceptional cuisine, the vineyards of Beaujolais, a tour of Arles, and a cooking class at Paul Bocuse. Cruising with bikes in tow? Vive la différence!

These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Trip Type River Cruise
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Marseille
End City Lyon

Trip Includes

  • Shipboard accommodation for 7 nights
  • All meals except 2 lunches, including wine and cocktails
  • Services of B&R guides and support van(s)
  • Services of the ship's 50+ member crew for on-board needs
  • Gratuities for ship staff
  • All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
  • Use of a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars, equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
  • A handlebar-mounted 7” Samsung Galaxy tablet with preloaded GPS bike routes
  • B&R biodegradable water bottle
  • All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off

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Itinerary

Day 1:

Rendezvous in Avignon and explore the town's papal palace with a local guide. This evening, enjoy a beautiful welcome dinner on board the S.S. Catherine.

Day 2:

Today, ride through farmland crossing the vast Plaine de la Crau. The next leg of your ride is into the pastoral countryside around Fontvieille. This evening you'll regroup aboard for a B&R exclusive tasting of Rhône wines with a former sommelier for Alain Ducasse.

Day 3:

Bike the agricultural valley roads that lay below the Alpilles, Provence's iconic mini-Alps, until you descend into St-Rémy. Tonight enjoy an early evening walk through the historic centre of Avignon before returning to the ship for dinner.

Day 4:

Wake up at the foot of Viviers, a pleasant riverside town. Ride on the river flats, towards the Ardèche region to the south, all the way to Bourg Saint Andéol, a medieval enclave. Stop for a coffee and contemplate whether you want to take the short, flat route along the Via Rhona back to Viviers to browse or tackle the longer option going to Saint Montan and the gorgeous winding climb up to Larnas and Saint-Thome.

Day 5:

Wake up to the dramatic, terraced vineyards about Tain-L'Hermitage, the capital of Côtes du Rhône wine production. Ride through world-renowned vineyards of the appellations such as Chantemerle and Crozes-Hermitage, and then enjoy a delicious lunch back on board.

Day 6:

Today you can discover Lyon, the third-largest city in France, often overshadowed by its neighbours. Begin our discovery with a pleasant urban ride that defines the layout of the city, before delving into its storied past with guided stops along the way. Tonight you'll enjoy a special cooking class at the renowned Paul Bocuse Institute!

Day 7:

Awake to find yourself approaching the southern Burgundian city of Mâcon. Ride through many authentic villages and famous wine appellations before enjoying lunch at Bistrot L'Ancienne Auberge, owned by the illustrious 3 Michelin starred Chef George Blanc.

Day 8:

After a final breakfast on the water, we say our farewells!

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  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 3,200

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If you've not taken a trip with Butterfield & Robinson as your guides, you must! My husband and I love to travel and are pretty resourceful at finding great hotels and restaurants on our own. However, we just completed our third trip with B&R and are always so impressed and awed at the quality of accommodations, education, and experiences we would not of had on our own.We can't wait and are already planning for the next trip!
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Just returned from our first B&R trip, a walking tour to Machu Picchu. Our guides, Stephanie and Peter were outstanding. Each day we were surprised with amazing experiences, 5 star accommodations and exceptional food. Our expectations were far surpassed. It is hard to put into words the moment we entered the Sun Gate and first looked down on Machu Picchu. I will only say you will never forget that moment. Thank you, thank you B&R!!!
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Just returned from a private family hiking trip to explore Machu Picchu and the surrounding areas. The trip was planned and orchestrated seamlessly - everything was first class+++ Hats off to Veronica for planning, and our guide Peter for his exceptional knowledge, care and enthusiasm!!
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Butterfield and Robinson has changed our lives. The combination of hiking, or biking, or cruise/biking at a slowed-down pace, with the help of their excellent guides, in foreign locations, makes for a relaxed, pleasurable travel experience. We have now travelled ten times with them, and we plan to do more. Their electric bikes (optional) extend our opportunity to travel with them into happy old age. Terry Patrick
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This was our first trip with B and R, but it will not be our last. Our Amalfi Coast walking trip was so amazing from start to finish. Our guides (Courtney and Lisa) took such great care to make all of us so comfortable and feel safe and secure. The food, the five star hotels, the sights, sounds, and surprises along the way will leave lasting memories and bring smiles to our faces when we think of our Italian adventure.
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This was our first trip with B and R, but it will not be our last. Our Amalfi Coast walking trip was so amazing from start to finish. Our guides (Courtney and Lisa) took such great care to make all of us comfortable and feel safe and secure. The food, the five star hotels, the sights, sounds, and surprises along the way will leave lasting memories and bring smiles to our faces when we think of our Italian adventure
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Ship Name

S.S. Catherine

Ship Description

The 80-stateroom S.S. Catherine features everything from an indoor splash pool to a self-service laundry, as well as an impressive collection of original works of art. Suites are individually decorated; all B&R cabins boast French balconies affording wide views of the riverscapes. The vessel is fully air-conditioned and features high-quality beds and linens, marble bathrooms with Hermes and L’Occitane accessories, and a knowledgeable, professional crew of 50-plus. The restaurant (often resupplied with fresh regional ingredients en route) offers an array of beautifully prepared starters and entrees, as well as a sumptuous buffet breakfast.

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Cancellation Policy:

If you have to cancel your B&R trip, you are entitled to the return of these amounts:

Number of days prior to your trip:

270+: 100% Refund of deposit

96-269: 50% Refund of deposit

61-95: 75% Refund of trip cost

31-60: 50% Refund of trip cost

0-30% : 100% Cancellation fee

Should you cancel your reservation more than 95 days in advance of the departure date, the entire US$1,000 per person deposit is transferable as a future trip credit to be used by the same traveller towards a B&R trip departing within 24 months of the original trip cancellation date. This credit cannot be extended beyond 24 months but may be transferred to another trip only once. Between 61-95 days prior to your original departure date, you may transfer to a different trip in the same calendar year upon payment of a fee of US$250 per person (this fee will be waived for Premier Cru & Grand Cru travellers). If you cancel this subsequent reservation, then the cancellation fees applicable shall be the higher of the cancellation fee on your original reservation or the cancellation fee on the trip to which you transferred. Within 60 days of departure, the regular cancellation fees will apply.

 

Additional Information:

Recreational

Most of the riding on this trip is flat to gentle on quiet roads and dedicated bicycle paths. There are a few hills to be biked, especially on days 4 and 5. There are numerous long options for eager riders. Road surfaces are either paved or consist of hard-packed dirt and gravel. B&R therefore strongly recommends the use of hybrid bicycles for this trip. Daily elevation gains range between 25 m (82 feet) and 300m (1000 feet).

Trip ID#:

RhoRivButt

Trip Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses

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