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Burgundy & Provence
From
US$2,999 Per Person
 

From Côtes du Rhône wine to crêpes suzette, and sun-glazed fields to Van Gogh’s Arles—this is a journey of exquisite pleasure for all your senses.

  • Country / Region
    France / Burgundy & Provence
  • Duration
    8 Days/7 Nights
From
US$2,999 Per Person
 

From Côtes du Rhône wine to crêpes suzette, and sun-glazed fields to Van Gogh’s Arles—this is a journey of exquisite pleasure for all your senses.

  • Country / Region
    France / Burgundy & Provence
  • Duration
    8 Days/7 Nights
Description 
  • Cruise Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Cabin accommodation in a riverview stateroomDrinksDrinks Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water ExcursionsExcursions Excursions including tour options with a local tour guideItineraryItinerary 7-night cruise from Avignon to LyonMealsMeals All meals onboard including welcome and farewell gala dinnersTransfersTransfers Transfers on arrival and departure daysInclusionInclusion Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticksInclusionInclusion Free Internet and Wi-Fi access

Summary

From Côtes du Rhône wine to crêpes suzette, and sun-glazed fields to Van Gogh’s Arles—this is a journey of exquisite pleasure for all your senses. Follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh, Cézanne, and Gauguin on this exquisite journey through southern France; the same beautiful countryside and culture that inspired the masters will now inspire you.

 
Cruise the serene Rhône and Saône rivers on on board the elegant S.S. Catherine, enjoying the region’s incomparable wine and cuisine and discovering its many treasures—from the medieval wonders of UNESCO-designated Avignon to the lively Lyon’s Les Halles food market—along the way. Provençe, once an independent country, has retained a unique identity shaped by the Rhône delta, the welcoming Mediterranean coast, and a hospitable climate. Discover a Roman amphitheatre still in use after millennia. Ramble through markets erected on the cobbled squares of delightful villages, and visit the magnificent Palace of the Popes before entering beautiful Burgundy. Admire the Maison des Chevaliers (“House of Knights”) in picturesque Viviers and spend a morning in Beaune, the wine capital of the region, exploring a palatial medieval hospital where world-famous wine auctions have taken place for hundreds of years. Come, explore unforgettable “Burgundy & Provence,” where tradition is as deeply rooted as the historic grapevines on the hills.

 

The absolute best in luxury river cruising, combining quality craftsmanship with high-tech innovations and custom-designed interiors. The S.S. Catherine, continues this proud tradition of excellence with sumptuous materials and meticulous attention to detail.


Inclusions

  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom
  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided "Go Active," "Do as the Locals Do" and "Gentle Walking" programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients - 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain's welcome and farewell receptions
  • Welcome and farewell gala dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Manager
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access

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Dates & Prices 

2019 Departure Dates

Avignon to Lyon

Departure Date Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
Mach 24 $2,999 $3,899 $4,399 $6,599 $8,699
April 21 $3,799 $4,699 $5,199 $7,399 $9,499
May 5 $4,399 $5,299 $5,799 $7,999 $10,099
May 19 $4,399 $5,299 $5,799 $7,999 $10,099
June 2 $4,399 $5,299 $5,799 $7,999 $10,099
June 16 $4,199 $5,099 $5,599 $7,799 $9,899
June 30 $4,399 $5,299 $5,799 $7,999 $10,099
July 14 $4,199 $5,099 $5,599 $7,799 $9,899
July 28 $3,989 $4,619 $4,969 $9,299 $11,399
August 11 $3,989 $4,619 $4,969 $9,299 $11,399
August 25 $4,159 $4,879 $5,279 $8,799 $10,899
September 8 $4,899 $5,799 $6,299 $8,499 $10,599
September 22 $4,699 $5,599 $6,099 $8,299 $10,399
October 6 $4,699 $5,599 $6,099 $8,299 $10,399
October 20 $4,399 $5,299 $5,799 $7,999 $10,099
November 3 $2,999 $3,899 $4,399 $6,599 $8,699

Lyon to Avignon

Departure Date Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
March 31 $2,899 $3,799 $4,299 $6,499 $8,599
April 14 $3,359 $3,989 $4,339 $8,399 $10,499
April 28 $4,799 $5,699 $6,199 $8,399 $10,499
May 12 $4,399 $5,299 $5,799 $7,999 $10,099
May 26 $4,599 $5,499 $5,999 $8,199 $10,299
June 9 $4,399 $5,299 $5,799 $7,999 $10,099
June 23 $4,799 $5,699 $6,199 $8,399 $10,499
July 7 $4,199 $5,099 $5,599 $7,799 $9,899
July 21 $4,599 $5,499 $5,999 $8,199 $10,299
August 4 $3,989 $4,619 $4,969 $9,299 $11,399
August 18 $4,159 $4,879 $5,279 $8,799 $10,899
September 15 $4,499 $5,399 $5,899 $8,099 $10,199
September 29 $4,499 $5,399 $5,899 $8,099 $10,199
October 13 $4,399 $5,299 $5,799 $7,999 $10,099
October 27 $3,999 $4,899 $5,399 $7,599 $9,699
  • All fares are per guest in US Dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted.
  • Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Availability of all stateroom categories cannot be guaranteed.
  • Single supplement applies for single accommodation.
  • Itineraries, hotels, and vessels may change, and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors.
  • The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments.
  • Prices exclude additional port charges of $170 per person.
Itinerary 

Avignon to Lyon

Day 1, Avignon
Arrive at Marseille International Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a representative and transferred to the ship docked in Avignon.

Day 2, Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon)
Explore one of two sun-drenched Provençal towns today, each with an allure all its own. Known for its remarkable Roman ruins, Arles so inspired Van Gogh that he painted some 200 paintings there; Tarascon boasts an ancient castle, as well as a local legend about a ferocious dragon. Arles has existed since the sixth century BC, when the ancient Greeks founded it and named it Theline. It was here that the Romans built their first bridge across the Rhône River, creating a vital overland route between Italy and Spain and facilitating the expansion of their empire. Long renowned as one of the region’s most attractive cities, it lured artist Vincent van Gogh, who painted hundreds of works here (including sunflowers and The Yellow House) in just 15 months. A short distance from Arles is the ancient and charming town of Tarascon. Its many medieval sites include a 12th century church and a 15th century castle that is rich with tales of a beloved ruler. Bask in the warmth of the Provençal sunlight in either of these friendly Mediterranean towns.

Featured Excursions:

  • Tarascon walking discovery tour
  • Mediterranean Arles walking discovery tour

A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 3, Avignon
The walled city of Avignon is one of the most fascinating towns in southern France, with a host of historic gems to explore, ncluding the fortress residence of rebellious popes who broke from Rome and once lived and ruled here. You’ll see the Palace of the Popes and much more today, and also have a chance to kayak under a 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct. Avignon is home to the medieval bridge immortalized in the folk song “Sur le Pont d’Avignon,” as well as the mighty Palace of the Popes. From a distance, the picture-perfect city center looks as though it has been lifted straight from the pages of a history book, but all you need to do is step inside its medieval walls to discover the prosperous heart of contemporary Avignon.

Choice of Pont du Gard Roman Aqueduct visit or Avignon walking discovery tour with Palace of the Popes.

Day 4, Viviers
Meet some new friends today in the village of Viviers; encounters that really get at the heart and soul of the French people and their culture and traditions. No matter whom you get to know—a pottery maker, a dance teacher or a local homeowner—you’ll have an enjoyable and truly authentic experience, something you’ll remember for years to come. An enchanting village where time seems to have stopped centuries ago, Viviers has a long and storied past that goes back more than 1,600 years—and a splendid architectural heritage to match. At one time, Viviers was divided along religious lines—the clergy lived in the upper part of the town, the laity in the lower part. Your exploration of the town will take you through both parts, as you begin at the crest and make your way to the riverbank.

Featured Excursion: Exclusive intimate Viviers “Village Day”

Day 5, Tournon (Tain-l’Hermitage)
If you love fine wine, you’ll love the twin villages of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage. Whether you opt for a guided walk or a more vigorous vineyard hike, you’ll also have a chance to taste the local specialty—wonderful wines made primarily from Syrah grapes.

Choice of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage twin villages stroll with wine tasting or “Let's Go” Hermitage terrace vineyards hike with wine tasting.

Day 6, Lyon
As the epicenter of French gastronomy, Lyon is a city of tantalizing contrasts. There’s much to explore here, from the work of culinary visionaries to silk weavers’ secret passageways. After your choice of excursions, embrace the locals’ favorite mode of transportation with a patisserie-fueled bike rid, a great way to see the sights. Two rivers: one tranquil, one torrential. Two hills: one for labor, where the sound of the silk weavers’ looms used to echo; the other for prayers, crowned by a spectacular basilica. Two cities, as different as night and day: one boasting colorful Old World façades, medieval mansions and hidden passageways; one with a sophisticated urbanity reminiscent of Paris. Situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, and with roots stretching back over 2,000 years to the days of Julius Caesar, Lyon is a place of fascinating dualities. Today you have your choice of ways to explore this city of contrasts: Sample its culinary riches with a visit to its peerless market hall or follow the footsteps of the silk weavers in the old quarter. For a more active option, see the city from its extensive and lovely bike paths.

Featured Excursion: “Let's Go” Lyon peninsula bicycle tour

Choice of Lyon capital of Gastronomy tour or “Do as the Locals Do” Lyon silk weavers.

Day 7, Mâcon (Beaune)
The pace of life is decidedly more relaxed in Burgundy, where endless rows of grapes hang heavy on the vine. The capital of the region’s wine trade, Beaune, is renowned for its history, beauty and highly prized wine, as well as its medieval-era hospital—the Hospices de Beaune. Located in the southernmost part of Burgundy, Mâcon, a Saône River port, is your gateway to Beaune.

Choice of Burgundy wine landscapes or Mâcon walking discovery tour.

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 8, Lyon
Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport for your flight home.Alternatively, you can continue your adventure with an extension to sparkling Paris.


Lyon to Avignon

Day 1, Lyon
Arrive at Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a representative and transferred to the ship.

Day 2, Mâcon (Beaune)
The pace of life is decidedly more relaxed in Burgundy, where endless rows of grapes hang heavy on the vine. The capital of the region’s wine trade, Beaune, is renowned for its history, beauty and highly prized wine, as well as its medieval-era hospital—the Hospices de Beaune. Located in the southernmost part of Burgundy, Mâcon, a Saône River port, is your gateway to Beaune.

Choice of Mâcon walking discovery tour or Burgundy wine landscapes.

A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 3, Lyon
As the epicenter of French gastronomy, Lyon is a city of tantalizing contrasts. There’s much to explore here, from the work of culinary visionaries to silk weavers’ secret passageways. After your choice of excursions, embrace the locals’ favorite mode of transportation with a patisserie-fueled bike ride—a great way to see the sights. Two rivers: one tranquil, one torrential. Two hills: one for labor, where the sound of the silk weavers’ looms used to echo; the other for prayers, crowned by a spectacular basilica. Two cities, as different as night and day: one boasting colorful Old World façades, medieval mansions and hidden passageways; one with a sophisticated urbanity reminiscent of Paris. Situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, and with roots stretching back over 2,000 years to the days of Julius Caesar, Lyon is a place of fascinating dualities. Today you have your choice of ways to explore this city of contrasts: Sample its culinary riches with a visit to its peerless market hall or follow the footsteps of the silk weavers in the old quarter. For a more active option, see the city from its extensive and lovely bike paths.

Featured Excursion: “Let's Go” Lyon peninsula bicycle tour

Choice of “Do as the Locals Do” Lyon silk weavers or Lyon capital of Gastronomy tour.

Day 4, Tournon (Tain-l’Hermitage)
If you love fine wine, you’ll love the twin villages of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage. Whether you opt for a guided walk or a more vigorous vineyard hike, you’ll also have a chance to taste the local specialty—wonderful wines made primarily from Syrah grapes.

Choice of Exclusive Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage twin villages stroll with wine tasting or “Let's Go” Hermitage terrace vineyards hike with wine tasting.

Day 5, Viviers
Meet some new friends today in the village of Viviers; encounters that really get at the heart and soul of the French people and their culture and traditions. No matter whom you get to know—a pottery maker, a dance teacher or a local homeowner. You’ll have an enjoyable and truly authentic experience, something you’ll remember for years to come. An enchanting village where time seems to have stopped centuries ago, Viviers has a long and storied past that goes back more than 1,600 years—and a splendid architectural heritage to match. At one time, Viviers was divided along religious lines—the clergy lived in the upper part of the town, the laity in the lower part. Your exploration of the town will take you through both parts, as you begin at the crest and make your way to the riverbank.

Day 6, Avignon
The walled city of Avignon is one of the most fascinating towns in southern France, with a host of historic gems to explore—including the fortress residence of rebellious popes who broke from Rome and once lived and ruled here. You’ll see the Palace of the Popes and much more today, and also have a chance to kayak under a 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct. Avignon is home to the medieval bridge immortalized in the folk song “Sur le Pont d ’Avignon,” as well as the mighty Palace of the Popes. From a distance, the picture-perfect city center looks as though it has been lifted straight from the pages of a history book, but all you need to do is step inside its medieval walls to discover the prosperous heart of contemporary Avignon.

Choice of Pont du Gard Roman Aqueduct visit or Avignon walking discovery tour with Palace of the Popes.

Day 7, Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon)
Explore one of two sun-drenched Provençal towns today, each with an allure all its own. Known for its remarkable Roman ruins, Arles so inspired Van Gogh that he painted some 200 paintings there; Tarascon boasts an ancient castle, as well as a local legend about a ferocious dragon. Arles has existed since the sixth century BC, when the ancient Greeks founded it and named it Theline. It was here that the Romans built their first bridge across the Rhône River, creating a vital overland route between Italy and Spain and facilitating the expansion of their empire. Long renowned as one of the region’s most attractive cities, it lured artist Vincent van Gogh, who painted hundreds of works here (including Sunflowers and The Yellow House) in just 15 months. A short distance from Arles is the ancient and charming town of Tarascon. Its many medieval sites include a 12th-century church and a 15th-century castle that is rich with tales of a beloved ruler. Bask in the warmth of the Provençal sunlight in either of these friendly Mediterranean towns.

Featured Excursions:

  • Mediterranean Arles walking discovery tour
  • Tarascon walking discovery tour

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 8, Avignon
Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Marseille International Airport for your flight home.

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