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Highlights of the Rhone

From £2,649
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Jun 2022 - Oct 2022
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From £2,649
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Jun 2022 - Oct 2022
Tour Overview
On this river cruise along the Rhone, you'll visit charming towns of beautiful Provence as well as Mediterranean Martiques and the historic city of Lyon where the cobblestoned Old Town is a delight to explore.
  • River Cruise
  • All Inclusive
  • Max Group Size 25

Your Holiday Includes

  • Private Chauffeur Service, Free Airport Parking or £100 reduction if you make your own arrangements
  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return flights from London
  • 7 nights on board renovated 4-star premium VIVA Cruises Voyage
  • 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners, snacks between meals and all drinks on board including premium drinks and Champagne. Includes a Captain's welcome cocktail reception & farewell gala dinner
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage

AIRPORT TRAVEL Service

On all flight inclusive holidays, you can choose to start your holiday with our Private Chauffeur Service* or we can organise free airport parking*. If you'd prefer to make your own arrangements, we'll give you a £100 price reduction* on the value of your booking.

*Mileage restrictions apply over 100 miles. Please see our Terms & Conditions for information

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Lyon

Today make your own way to the airport or be collected by our Private Chauffeur (if you've pre-booked) for your flight to Lyon, where on arrival, we'll transfer you to your modern and spacious VIVA Cruises ship where you'll staying on an on All Inclusive basis. During your cruise, you'll be able to enjoy multi-course gourmet menus, snacks between meals, a well-stocked minibar and an extensive drink list which includes many popular brands and even champagne. After time to settle into your cabin, meet your travelling companions and the crew over a welcome cocktail reception.

Meals included: D

Day 2 Viviers

Arrive in Viviers this morning. If you choose to book an optional excursion, you'll be whisked away to the Ardeche Gorges. A series of limestone cliffs, as high as 300metres in the river, where the natural wilderness remains unspoilt, locally known as the "European Grand Canyon". The gateway to the gorges is the impressive natural limestone arch of the Pont d'Arc, which links the two banks of the river like an arch. And the view over La Madelein cave, an impressive rock formation so called cathedral is impressive. There's time to visit the famous Lavender Museum of St Remeze, where you'll learn about the botany, production, uses and benefits of this Lavender. The location of this museum is sublime - nestled between fields of lavender and the outcropping stones where the soft fragrance of lavender floats in the air.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 3 Arles

Today's port of call is Arles, the gateway to the Camargue region. If you love Roman history, you won't be disappointed by Arles. The city was at one time a provincial capital of ancient Rome, and its influence can still be seen to this day in its historical sites such as the mighty Roman amphitheatre which stands proud on a hilltop, the Necropolis and the Constantine Thermes. During an optional guided walking tour you'll learn about its influence in art - Vincent van Gogh is believed to have painted many of his famous works here and a tour inside the famous Van Gogh Foundation is a must. The ship will dock at Arles tonight.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 4 Martigues

This morning we arrive in Martigues. Known as the 'Venice of Provence', it used to be a magnet for painters in the 19th and early 20th century. Colourful buildings that line the canal were once the homes of fishermen and their families - apparently they painted their houses with whichever colours were left over from painting their boats.

Martigues is the gateway to Marseille and you'll have the opportunity to explore here if you choose to book the optional excursion package. With 3000 years of history, it is ideally located in a beautiful natural setting between the hills of Provence and the Mediterranean Sea. Our walking tour will head to the vibrant old port and La Canebiere, a cosmopolitan and lively street.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 5 Avignon

Today we'll be docked in Avignon until late evening. You can spend some time exploring at leisure, alternatively join our optional walking tour and discover why it is known as the 'City of Popes'. The old town with its magnificent medieval houses is surrounded by a long fortification wall, a UNESCO Heritage site, together with other four historical sights. You'll visit the Pope's Palace, once the most unique and imposing Gothic buildings. Enjoy the beautiful terraces of the garden with an impressive view over the Rhone valley and the famous Pont St Benezet bridge. Some free time will enable you to go in search of local specialities such as almond cake, pear liqueur and papalines - a sweet gentian liqueur and coated in a pink ivory blanket.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 6 Tournon

Spend the morning cruising along the beautiful landscape. In the afternoon we arrive in Tournon.

An optional excursion begins with a tour of Tain-L'Hermitage. This commune is well-known to connoisseurs, as Hermitage wine is produced here. Afterwards, you'll visit the Cité du Chocolat Valrhona where you will enjoy an educational and sensory journey into the world of chocolate. During the tour you'll learn the secrets of chocolate production and have the opportunity to play with the whole range of chocolate flavours to create your own recipe. Experience each stage of the manufacturing process and immerse yourself in the magic of transforming the finest cocoa beans into the highest quality chocolate. After the visit, we'll return to the ship.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 7 Lyon

This morning we will arrive in Lyon. Located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France, where the Rhône and Saône rivers converge, Lyon boasts an incredible history spanning 2,000 years and there is plenty of time for you to explore with your fellow travellers. The magnificent Roman Amphitheatre of Fourvière, the Renaissance architecture in Lyon’s old town and the the Presqu’ile peninsula, where you'll discover impressive 19th century buildings that are now home to banks, cultural centres, and government buildings, alongside designer stores, independent retailers, restaurants, bars and cafes - perfect for watching the world go by!

Take time to visit the Vieux area of the city, and you'll be greeted by grand houses of the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, built by wealthy silk merchants. You may also choose to visit the impressive Fourvière Basilica, seek out the Musée des Beaux-Arts, the largest fine-arts museum outside of Paris, or even simply relax on a stroll through the Parc de la Tête d’Or, one of France’s largest botanical gardens.

If you join our optional excursion you'll learn more about this spectacular city. We'll take the metro to the old town of Vieux Lyon, the former economic centre with picturesque cobbled streets. There you will also get a glimpse of the famous "traboules" which mark passages that lead from one street to another through houses and courtyards. On the way you will have the opportunity to taste French specialities like "Praline brioche". Back onboard, this evening you'll enjoy a farewell gala evening.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 8 Lyon

Today we'll transfer you to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, either make your own way home or your Just You Private Chauffeur Service will be waiting for the journey home (if you've pre-booked).

Meals included: B

Additional Information

Your All Inclusive cruise includes:
  • Multi-course gourmet menus served at the table
  • Snacks in between meals
  • Welcome Aboard cocktail reception
  • Captain's Farewell gala dinner
  • Non-alcoholic beverages including water, juices, soft drinks, coffee specialities, tea and cocoa
  • Wide selection of alcoholic beverages including beers, cocktails, spirits, liqueurs, wines and champagne
  • Well-stocked minibar in cabins with water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Nespresso machine in the cabin
  • Daily bottled water in the cabin and during each optional excursion
  • All gratuities & wi-fi
Cabin Upgrades As standard, your cabin will be on the Emerald Deck. Upgrades are available to the Diamond and Ruby Decks for a supplement. To request a cabin upgrade, please complete the form on the contact us page. Please note: Your cabin number will be allocated when you board your ship.
  1. Optional Shore Excursions

    Freedom and flexibility is at the heart of each cruise. At each destination you can choose to relax and use the facilities on board, step ashore and make your own discoveries or join some of the optional excursions. These trips are available to book on board your ship and will show you even more highlights of the places you visit.

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

MS VIVA Voyage

The MS VIVA Voyage is a 4-star premium ship. All Inclusive includes multi-course gourmet menus featuring international cuisine, all day snacks, non-alcoholic beverages and premium drinks, including champagne. Facilities include a panoramic lounge, bar, gourmet food in the main restaurant, a bistro, a wellness area with sauna and steam bath and a sun deck with whirlpool, sun loungers and putting green. Lift connecting the restaurant with Ruby and Diamond Deck, with 6 steps to Emerald Deck and 12 to Sun Deck. Cabins have flat screen TV, wi-fi, well-stocked minibar, daily bottled water, Nespresso machine, beaty products by RITUALS, hairdryer, safe, air conditioning and bathroom with shower. Cabins on the emerald deck have windows that cannot be opened, while cabins on Ruby and Diamond decks have a french balcony. As standard, your cabin will be on the Emerald Deck. Upgrades are available to the Diamond and Ruby Decks for a supplement. To request a cabin upgrade, please complete the form on the contact us page.

What our customers say

  1. Not a large group

    "This was my first time on a solos holiday and I really enjoyed it - everyone was very welcoming, the tour guide was excellent and I wouldn’t hesitate to book with Just You in the future. Well organised and not a large group" - Mary Copare

  2. Monet gardens was fabulous

    "The trip to Monet gardens was fabulous. The Monet house and gardens really beautiful we could have spent longer there and the sun made it more so. We had excellent lunch and would definitely go back there. The hotel where we stayed was also very good well presented and in a quiet, clean, nice area with local parks and shops in vicinity. Very welcoming.The groups are not too large and everyone is friendly and keen to enjoy the places visited" - Pamela Bulmer

  3. Guide was outstanding

    "Very enjoyable, well organised, comfortable hotel, pleasant coaches and courteous drivers. No delays or problem. Guide was outstanding, definitely enhanced the whole experience" - Sally Baron

  4. Beautiful gardens

    "A glorious tour of beautiful gardens with a great group of like-minded travellers and a wonderful guide" - Anna Evripidou.

  5. First time I travelled alone

    "This was the first time I travelled alone. I had a lovely weekend, good company & places to visit. Good way to travel & meet people" - Jennifer Jones

  6. Confidence building

    "As a first time lone traveller I was very apprehensive but found it a great and confidence building experience. I will do it again!" - Victoria Taylor

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