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  • Sail along France’s scenic Saône and Rhône Rivers
  • Explore the famed region of Burgundy and the colorful fields of Provence.

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Sail along France’s scenic Saône and Rhône Rivers past some of the most beautiful vistas the French countryside has to offer. During your 8-day journey, explore the famed region of Burgundy and the colorful fields of Provence. Visit Gallo-Roman ruins in both Vienne and Arles, walk the cobbled streets of Arles to see how it inspired Vincent van Gogh, and visit the historic Papal Palace in Avignon, “City of Popes.” Learn about the region’s time-honored winemaking traditions, sample Burgundy varietals and try the world-famous regional cuisine in Lyon. C’est magnifique!

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Incredible experience August 2015

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Incredible experience sailing on the Grand European tour from Amsterdam to Budapest! Just wonderful! The tours were interesting, and most allowed for adequate free time to explore the areas visited. But the staff! Beyond compare.
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Already planning our next cruise August 2015

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We talked about doing a cruise with Viking ever since we were made aware of them back in 2008. We just arrived home yesterday and are still floating on air! The spectacular time we had is almost beyond description. First, we loved our stateroom. It was the basic 150 square foot space. This room was so well designed. We met new friends and always had someone new to share a conversation with. The gem in the hospitality crown was our Program Director, who had more energy than any five people put together. I could go on and on but I will say this: we are already planning our next cruise with Viking.
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We enjoyed the entire experience August 2015

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We enjoyed the entire experience; Normandy and Omaha Beach were especially moving. The food and service deserve praise too. This is our third Viking cruise and we'll do it again. Viking does it first rate all the way. Keep it up.
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Every bit as good as it looks January 2015

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Viking was the only European river cruise company we knew about because of their TV commercials, so we booked with them. .We were extremely pleased with our Danube cruise, especially the port excursions, then we went with them to Russia. Having done two river cruises I now know there are lots of other cruise lines, but I don't see any reason to switch at this point. One thing to mention: most of the people on board are in their 50s and 60s , so I wouldn't bring kids or grandkids along -- they won't have any companions their own age. But we did enjoy meeting the other people on board -- many of whom had responded to their TV commercials, too, we discovered!
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Day 1: Chalon-sur-Saône, France

Meals : D
Accommodation : Beaune, France

Fly to Lyon. Transfer from the airport to your ship docked in Chalon-sur-Saône.* After boarding, take free time to explore this quaint town, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented.

Day 2: Beaune, France & Burgundy Wine Tour

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Lyon, France

After breakfast, take a scenic drive along France’s Burgundy wine route through Pommard, Volnay and Meursault. Arrive in Beaune, wine capital of Burgundy, for a guided tour of beautiful Hôtel Dieu, founded as a hospice in 1443. Learn about local viticulture and enjoy a wine tasting at one of Beaune’s famous cellars. Return to your ship for lunch. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Or, take an optional excursion to the picturesque Burgundy town of Cluny. Return aboard for dinner.

Day 3: Lyon, France

Meals :B, L, D
Accommodation : UNESCO Lyon Basilica Notre Dame, France

After an early morning cruise through the picturesque countryside, you'll arrive in Lyon during breakfast, then take a morning tour of this city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin with a drive to the top of Fourvière Hill for marvelous views. Visit the Basilica of Notre Dame and drive through town past the magnificent St. Jean Cathedral and the Palace of Justice. A walking tour is next, through the cobbled streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Town), where you'll have free time to shop for souvenirs or sample some of the fine French cuisine for which Lyon is world famous. Dinner served aboard.

Day 4: Lyon & Vienne, France

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tournon, France

The morning is free to further explore this remarkable 2,000-year-old city in the heart of France. Depart just before lunchtime. This afternoon, take a walking tour of Vienne, a beautiful town with an ancient Roman past. Visit the Temple of Augustus & Livia, the Roman amphitheater and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Maurice; then spend some time discovering more of this engaging riverside town on your own. Dine aboard and depart this evening.

Day 5: Tournon & Viviers, France

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Arles Arena, France

Awaken in Tournon. During a guided tour of the area, learn about the region’s wine-making traditions and taste some famous regional red wines. Then visit the Musée de Tain l’Hermitage located in the oldest house in the region. Lunch is served aboard as we cruise through the afternoon; arrive after dinner in Viviers, an engaging little town in a mountainous setting. Join your Program Director for an evening stroll through the Old Town with its medieval and Renaissance buildings. Enjoy free time before retiring for the evening.

Day 6: Arles, France

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : UNESCO Avignon City, France

Arrive during breakfast and take a walking tour of Arles with its diverse architectural highlights. Experience the city’s vibrant colors and striking quality of light that have inspired 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. Return aboard for lunch followed by an afternoon on your own to explore or shop for handcrafted gifts. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Dinner is served as you depart.

Day 7: Avignon, France

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : UNESCO Avignon Palace Papes, France

This morning, set out on a guided walk of Avignon, nicknamed “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. You can join the optional tour to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, visiting the vineyards and tasting the famous wine. Lunch and dinner are served aboard. Your ship remains docked overnight.

Day 8: Avignon, France

Meals : B

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Marseille airport for your return flight.*

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,956

Price Per Day:

$ 245 per person
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Trip Includes
  • 8-day cruise with river-view stateroom
  • 6 guided tours with audio headset
  • All meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner and Captain’s Farewell Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
  • Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Culture Curriculum: Sample a variety of French cheeses; find out how to make your own fondant au chocolat; try some Burgundian wines; enjoy lively French accordion tunes; attend lectures on current affairs & the painters of Provence; see how silk printing is done today; visit a local market
  • All port charges
  • Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Intimate Group - 12 max
Start City
Chalon-sur-saone, France
End City
Avignon, France

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