Day 1 – Lyon (embark)
Arrive at the Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2 – Macon (Beaune)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Beaune and Hospices de Beaune
Learn about Burgundy’s celebrated wines on an excursion to the Hospices de Beaune, where monks have been making and selling wine to support their charitable work since the 15th century. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome and Gala Dinner.
Day 3 – Lyon
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Lyon gourmet tour OR exclusive silk weavers walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” Lyon peninsula bicycle tour, and exclusive Lyon “Illuminations” tour
Delve into France’s capital of gastronomy with a guided tour of Les Halles, Lyon’s world-famous food market, taking in a tantalizing array of elaborate food stalls, bars and restaurants. As an alternative, you can choose a walking discovery tour of the city’s old Quartier St. Jean, where you'll meet an artisan who will demonstrate the refined art of silk weaving. For something more active, you can opt to do your sightseeing by bicycle. This evening, enjoy a extra special "Illuminations” tour of the city.
Day 4 – Tournon, Tain l'Hermitage
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of exclusive Tournon and Tain I’Hermitage village stroll with wine tasting OR exclusive guided “Go Active” Hermitage vineyards hike with wine tasting
You'll have an opportunity to experience this famous wine district in one of two ways today. Explore Tournon and its historic castle, then cross over the suspension bridge to Tain l’Hermitage to taste Côtes du Rhône wines. Or, you can choose a guided hike through the verdant Hermitage vineyards, followed by a tasting of distinctive local wines.
Day 5 – Viviers
FEATURED EXCURSION: Exclusive “Village Day” “Intimate Viviers through Music” tour
Founded in the fifth century, Viviers retains much of its medieval character and charm, with narrow lanes and historic structures, such as the Maison des Chevaliers (House of Knights). See the sights on foot, then climb Rue du Château to take in the view from the 12th-century St. Vincent Cathedral. Afterwards, you can go inside the cathedral to hear a recital of music by Puccini, Bach and Handel.
Day 6 – Avignon
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Avignon walking discovery tour with Palace of the Popes visit OR exclusive “Off the Beaten Path” Avignon walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” kayak ride on the Gardon River
Enjoy a guided walking discovery tour of picturesque Avignon—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—before venturing inside the grand Palace of the Popes. Or, you can choose to explore a different side of the city on a guided tour that takes you “off the beaten path.” Yet another alternative is to “Go Active” with a guided kayak ride on the tranquil Gardon River. You'll glide under the Pont du Gard, a UNESCO-designated site that was built by the Romans 2,000 years ago.
Note: The kayak ride on the Gardon River is only available for May–September departure dates.
Day 7 – Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Arles walking discovery tour and open-air food market visit OR Tarascon walking discovery tour
On today’s walking discovery tour of Arles, you’ll see a number of sites associated with Vincent van Gogh, as well as some fascinating ancient Roman monuments. You can also explore the city's expansive open-air food market, where you’ll find plenty of local delicacies, including Burgundian and Jura cheeses, heirloom vegetables, honey, and sausages. Or, you can choose to explore the historic heart of Tarascon, with its medieval church, beautiful Renaissance palace and Souleiado Museum devoted to the region’s distinctive textiles. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Note: The open-air food market visit will take place in Beaune on the onward direction cruise (Avignon to Lyon).
Day 8 – Avignon (disembark), transfer to Marseille Airport
Disembark the ship and transfer to Marseille International Airport for your flight home.