'NAPOLEON'

Sample Itineraries
Rhone River Itinerary (between Arles and Tain l’Hermitage or reverse)

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Sunday
A champagne reception gives you a chance to meet the crew. A late afternoon cruise from Vallabrègues to Arles is your first taste of Rhône River cruising. After dinner, take a walking tour of Arles, famous for it's Roman ruins and also where Van Gogh spent much of 1888 and '89 painting.

Monday
Visit St. Rémy. Cruise to Avignon
Today, visit a traditional 18th century "Provencal Bastide" in St. Rémy for an olive oil tasting. Lunch on-board. Relax during the afternoon cruise to Avignon and watch the scenery of the Rhône Valley drift by. Cruise past Le Pont St. Bénézet (the famous Pont d'Avignon) before mooring-up at the quay facing the gate to the walled city.
Visit the Pont du Gard, part of the Roman aqueduct that transported spring water from Uzès to Nîmes. Return to the boat for drinks on the deck, followed by a wonderful dinner.
The NAPOLEON Barge - Gorgeous cuisine
Gorgeous cuisine


Tuesday
Cruise to St.-Etiennes-des-Sorts. Visit Avignon
A walking tour introduces you to the walled city of Avignon, home of the Popes from 1309-77. A guided tour of the Palace of the Popes is followed by free time to enjoy some shopping or perhaps, to take a drink in a pavement café and watch the world go by. Return to the barge where lunch awaits and an afternoon cruise.
Visit the world famous Châteauneuf du Pape,summer home of the popes from Avignon, for a wine tasting before continuing your cruise to the small village of St. Etienne des Sorts.

Wednesday
Cruise to Viviers. Visit Orange
This morning your guide takes you on a tour of Orange, an important Roman city dating back to 100 BC. The historical town contains two of the finest Roman monuments in Europe. Lunch back on board and continue the cruise to the mooring at Viviers.
This afternoon we pass through the lock of Bollene, one of the largest locks (Ecluse) in Europe with a drop of approximately 23 metres. There's time for a leisurely stroll around this charming medieval town.

Thursday
Visit Nyons. Lunch in Grignan. Cruise to La Voulte
Today's visit is to the typical Provencal village of Nyons, set up high in the hills, to visit a working lavender distillery and tour an ancient XVIII century olive mill. Lunch is taken at a local restaurant in the very scenic village of Grignan, filled with small alley ways, famous for it's wild roses and with a medieval Château at the top of the town.
In the afternoon, visit a truffle farm to learn all about the black diamond and taste this expensive and unusual mushroom. Rejoin the boat at Le Pouzin, to continue the cruise to La Voulte.

Friday
Cruise to Tain l'Hermitage/Tournon. Dégustation
This morning, the chef walks you over to discover a traditional French market in La Voulte where you have the chance to pick out some local produce to enjoy back on board during a leisurely lunch. During this part of the cruise the river valley is flanked by the vineyards of the Côte du Rhône and has a completely different perspective.
Mooring in Tain or Tournon you are escorted to Mr Ferraton's winery for your last dégustation. We enjoy a private tour and wine tasting just minutes from the boat. Meanwhile the chef is busy back on the boat preparing a Farewell gala dinner.

Saturday
Valence to Paris
After breakfast disembark the Napoleon for your onward travel arrangements.

NOTE: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.


River Saône itinerary (between Tain L’Hermitage and Chalon-sur-Saône or reverse)

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Sunday - Transfer to Tain l’Hermitage.
You are met by the Napoleon guide at Valence Train Station and transferred to the Napoléon for your cruise along the Rivers Rhône and Saône.
A champagne reception welcomes you aboard and gives you a chance to meet the crew. You are then taken to Mr Ferraton’s local vineyard for your first wine tasting.

Monday - Cruise to Condrieu.
Cruising the Vallée du Rhône is a delightful experience; the magnificent vineyards of the Côtes Rôtie and the Côtes du Rhône seem to descend right into the river.
After lunch, we visit the ancient city of Vienne with its many Roman remains including an amphitheatre and aqueduct and the outstanding temple of Augusta and Livia.

Tuesday - Cruise to Lyon
Enjoy the morning’s cruise to Lyon. Today you have lunch in the centre of Lyon before exploring France’s second city. Dominating the city is the splendidly ornate Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière.
Lyon’s shopping facilities are renowned for its quality, including many chic boutiques and a market hall devoted entirely to antiques.

Wednesday - Cruise to Montmerle
Leave the city of Lyon behind you as we cross from the River Rhône onto the River Saône, a new pace develops as the Saône is a smaller and quieter river than the Rhône.
After lunch we moor so you can be driven to the beautiful 17th-century Château de Fléchères, with 80 acres of parkland. Highlights include a grand staircase, carved fireplaces and opulent Louis XV furniture.

Thursday - Cruise to Mâcon
This morning we cruise to Mâcon, a thriving market town bordering the Mâconnais wine region. After lunch, we visit the Benedictine Abbey of Cluny.
The abbey church is a masterpiece of Romanesque art whose influence spread throughout the western Christian world.

Friday - Cruise to Chalon-sur-Saône
Your final cruise takes you into Chalon-sur-Saône, a beautiful town with a fine pedestrian centre.
After lunch you visit Beaune, capital of the wine region of Burgundy, and visit the famous Hôtel Dieu, Hospice de Beaune and then enjoy some free time for shopping. Back on board the chef is preparing a feast for your farewell dinner.

Saturday – Disembark.
After breakfast disembark the barge for the transfer to Dijon for your onward travel.

NOTE: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

Avignon to Lyon (or reverse)
on the River Rhône

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Cruise Highlights
Avignon: This atmospheric city still boasts its ramparts, housing the wealthy city and Popes Palace, don’t miss the gardens with views across the river to Villeneuve les Avignon.

Grignan: A typical Provençal village and the home of many ancient, scented rose plants; this charming little place will capture your imagination and send you drifting away to the time of Madame de Sevigny. Learn all about the black diamond at a small, family run truffle farm where you will hunt for this precious commodity with the family’s dogs and taste with fresh bread a delicious olive oil made on the premises. Why not try their lavender oil, a marvellous cure for all kinds of ailments

Rhône Valley: Cruise the Vallée du Rhône through the magnificent vineyards of the Côtes Rôties and the Côtes du Rhône; these celebrated vines proudly line the hillsides creating a magical atmosphere as the barge glides peacefully along. You might recognise the famous names on signs reminiscent of the Hollywood hills; Chapoutier, Guigal and Delas among many.

Lyon: One of the most beautiful, diverse cities in France. A spectacular visit combining Roman architecture, medieval streets, painted walls and the famous ‘traboules’ used for escape during the Resistance. Visit a silk workshop and try your hand at this delicate craft

Sunday
Avignon, cruise to Roquemaure
Board Napoleon moored in Avignon for your cruise along the River Rhône. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and gives you the chance to meet your crew, who will be with you for this exceptional voyage through the French countryside. Once you are settled in, experience your first cruise past the famous Pont Saint-Bénezet and Villeneuve les Avignon to the country mooring of Roquemaure. Later enjoy the superb cuisine skilfully created by our chef. This is a real highlight, particularly when accompanied by wines from France's finest vineyards.

Monday
Cruise to Viviers. Visit Avignon
This morning after a sumptuous breakfast of freshly baked bread and pastries, your guide takes you on the short drive back to visit the splendid walled city of Avignon. Your visit to this magnificent, historical city includes a guided tour of the Palace of the Popes and free time for shopping or sampling café society. Back to the barge for a late lunch and cruise to Viviers, a charming medieval town mooring. This is an ideal spot to take the barge’s bikes out or challenge the crew to a game of pétanque.

Tuesday
Cruise to la Voulte. Visit Grignan and truffle farm
After breakfast your guide escorts you on a very scenic drive through the countryside to visit Grignan, a typical Provençal village, known for its wild roses and 12th century chateau, famously the beautiful home of Madame de Sevigny where she wrote many of her now published letters. There is time to visit the quaint village and its narrow cobbled alleys. Lunch is enjoyed at a local restaurant. On the way back to the barge, stop at a truffle farm to learn all about the black diamond and taste the world-renowned delicacy. Back on board, the barge continues the cruise to La Voulte.

Wednesday
Cruise to Tain l’Hermitage. Wine Tasting & Chocolate shop
Relax on the top deck and watch the beautiful scenery of the Rhône Valley glide by as the barge cruises towards Tain l’Hermitage. Enjoy lunch on board before your guide takes you to a local winery, just steps from where the boat moors. Take time to explore the delights of the Côtes du Rhône, which include the famous Valrhona chocolate shop, before returning to the barge for dinner.

Thursday
Cruise to Condrieu. Visit Vienne and Condrieu
Cruising the Vallée du Rhône south of Lyon is a delightful experience. The magnificent vineyards of the Côtes Rôties and the Côtes du Rhône seem to descend right into the river as the Vallée du Rhône narrows en route to Les Roches de Condrieu. Today, your guide takes you on a walking tour of Vienne, a wonderful river side town full of Roman history. Return to Condrieu to taste the wine produced here.

Friday
Cruise to Lyon. Visit Lyon
An early morning and sadly final cruise takes us into the heart of Lyon. Shortly after lunch your guide will take you on a walking tour of Lyon, France's second city, renowned for its culture and gastronomy. Dominating the skyline is the splendidly ornate Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Shoppers are sure to appreciate the topquality stores and chic boutiques. Or you may prefer to relax in a sunny pavement café and simply watch the world go by. Back on board, your farewell gala dinner provides the perfect chance to exchange stories about your remarkable journey.

Saturday
Lyon
After breakfast the crew bids you farewell before you disembark the barge for your onward travel arrangements.

Please note route may be subject to change without prior warning as a result of unforeseen circumstances.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A PROVISIONAL ITINERARY AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. ON ALTERNATE WEEKS THE CRUISE IS IN THE REVERSE DIRECTION



St Jean-de-Losne to Lyon (or reverse)
on the River Rhône

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Cruise highlights
Beaune: Enjoy a private tour of the magnificent 15th century Hotel Dieu, the most stunning example of medieval architecture still in use today. Home to the famous annual wine auction, the Hospices remains the famous landmark for Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy.

Abbaye of Cluny: In its day the most powerful Benedictine Abbaye in the world, and still an important site to explore.
Dinner is taken at a charming, local Michelin starred restaurant – Restaurant Grueze, Tournon. A firm favourite with the locals, this restaurant has been established since the 1940’s and long held its well-deserved Michelin star.

Roche de Solutré: Enjoy an unbeatable view of the Maconais vines and countryside after a gentle trek to the top of the Amous prehistoric rock.

Château de Fléchères: In its day the most powerful Benedictine Abbaye in the world; still an important site to explore today.


Sunday
St Jean de Losne
Board the barge in St Jean de Losne for your cruise along the River Saône and through Burgundy. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and gives you a chance to meet the crew. A cocktail cruise gives you your first taste of cruising on the river. Later that evening, enjoy your first dining experience on board.

Monday
Cruise to Chalon sur Saone. Visit Beaune.
This morning enjoy the scenery on deck as your barge weaves its way downstream to the pretty market town of Chalon sur Saone. After a delicious lunch on board, we arrive in Chalon and disembark to visit the historic city of Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Here we enjoy a private tour of the magnificent 15th century Hotel Dieu, a splendidly decorated charity hospital which represents both the history of Burgundy and the story of its wine! There will be time to enjoy the charming town and its shops and you will have the chance to explore Joseph Drouhin's cellar, where the King of France and the Duke of Burgundy used to store some of their wines.

Tuesday
Cruise to Tournus. Visit Cluny.
After breakfast, relax onboard and savor the beauty of Burgundy as you cruise the River Saône to Tournus. After another sumptuous lunch on board, we take a very scenic drive to the famous Abbaye of Cluny, for centuries the largest church in the world. The whole town was originally enclosed by fortifications, two of which remain today. It is a remarkable site and of great importance to the church. This evening dinner is taken at a charming, local Michelin starred restaurant.

Wednesday
Cruise to Mâcon. Visit Roche de Solutré and Pouilly-Fuissé.
We continue our cruise this morning to Mâcon and after lunch visit the Roche de Solutré, a picturesque site with a superb view of Mâcon, the River Saône and the vineyards. We make a stop along the route to enjoy a wine taste in the village of Fuissé. Our mooring this evening is Mâcon, a thriving market town bordering both the Mâconnais and the Beaujolais vineyards.

Thursday
Cruise to Montmerle/Neuville. Visit the Château de Fléchères.
This morning take time to wander around Macon before the barge leaves for Montmerle. Your chef will serve another fine lunch as you cruise. After lunch your guide will accompany you to the magnificent Château de Fléchères, built in 1630 and set in 80 acres of parkland, enjoy a private tour and time to wander the grounds. On return, a late afternoon cruise takes us to the little town of Neuville sur Soane and our mooring spot for the night.

Friday
Visit Lyon. Cruise to Lyon.
An early morning cruise gets us to our final destination in good time for the fantastic visit of the city of Lyon, the second city of France. Lyon is a cultural, historic, gastronomic, and commercial centre, little known outside of France. Dominating the city is the splendidly ornate Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière. Your guide will take you on a walking tour split between the morning and afternoon, with lunch back on board. You will discover the hidden ‘traboules’ of the old town, the roman remains, painted walls and of course leave time for you to peruse Lyon's boutiques, renowned for the wide variety an exceptional quality. Back on board the chef is preparing a feast for your farewell dinner.

Saturday
Lyon
After breakfast the crew bids you farewell before you disembark the barge for your onward travel arrangements.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A PROVISIONAL ITINERARY AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. ON ALTERNATE WEEKS THE CRUISE IS IN THE REVERSE DIRECTION



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