DAY 1: Lyon - MARTIGUES(1)
We'll meet up in Lyon in front of the Brasserie Georges at 1:30 p.m. for our departure by coach towards Martigues. Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6.00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. We’ll spend tonight's dinner and evening on board.
DAY 2: MARTIGUES - AVIGNON (Les Cassis)
Departure by coach towards the Cassis area, famous for its dry white wine. Enjoy a wine tasting at one of the best local producers’ before returning on board and cruising towards Avignon. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.
DAY 3: AVIGNON - CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE - VIVIERS (Côtes du Vivarais and Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Arrival in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. We'll take a tour of this village which produces the most prestigious name in Mediterranean wine. Take this opportunity to taste some wine at one of the best local producers'. We'll return on board in St Etienne des Sorts. This afternoon, we'll set off through the Ardèche Gorges towards Vivarais, which is set on the St Remèze and Orgnac l’Aven plateau. Taste some of the exceptional vintages of red and rosé wine whose bouquet is refreshing and refined. We'll board our ship again in Viviers and enjoy an evening of dancing.
DAY 4: VIVIERS - TAIN L’HERMITAGE (Les Côtes du Rhône)
We'll spend this morning cruising along the Rhône Valley. An expert in oenology will give a talk and refresh your memories on wine-making before a game is organized. The winner will be elected Bacchus of the cruise and will win a gastronomic cruise (valid for 1 person) on the Rhine. This afternoon, we'll reach Tain l’Hermitage whose Coteau de l’Hermitage, the best known slope, is crowned with a chapel which seems to guard the entrance to the valley. You will take part in a wine-tasting session at one of the best producers' in the region. Afterwards, we'll continue cruising along the Rhône Valley, passing such famous vineyards as Côtes Rôties, Condrieu, Château Grillet and St Joseph. Our ship will sail through the night.
DAY 5: MACON - CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE - (Burgundy - Beaujolais)
Depart by coach from Trévoux to visit the Beaujolais vineyards, whose name originates from the lords of Beaujeu who owned these vineyards up until 1400. We'll visit the famous Georges Duboeuf “Hameau du Vin" (wine village) to learn more about the art of wine-making. Afterwards, we'll return on board in Mâcon. Our coach will then take us through the Burgundy vineyards: Meursault, Volnay and Pommard. Visit one of the best wine-growers in the area to taste some of the vintages. In the meantime, the ship cruises on to Tournus where we will board it again before sailing towards Chalon-sur-Saône. Tonight is our gala dinner and evening.
DAY 6: CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE - Lyon
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. Coach transfer back to Lyon. End of our services.