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

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Sunday - Paris to Avignon.
You are met in Paris Gare de Lyon and issued with your 1st Class TGV train tickets from Paris to Avignon. You are then met at the station and transferred to the Napoleon moored in Vallabregues for your cruise along the River Rhône.
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, 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 onboard.
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.

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 some time at leisure.
Return to the barge where lunch awaits and an afternoon cruise.
Visit Chateauneuf du Pape for a wine tasting before continuing your cruise to St. Etienne des Sorts.

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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. There's time for a leisurely stroll around this charming medieval town.

Thursday - Visit Château de Grignan. Visit Nyons. Cruise to La Voulte.
Today's visit is to the typical Provencal village of Nyons, 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.
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 La Pouzin, to continue the cruise to La Volte.

Friday - Cruise to Tain l'Hermitage/Tournon. Dégustation.
This morning, the chef takes you to discover a traditional French market in La Voulte followed by a leisurely lunch on board. 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.
Farewell gala dinner on board.

Saturday - Valence to Paris.
After breakfast disembark the Napoleon and transfer to Valance TGV train station and take the TGV to Paris Gare de Lyon

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.

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