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Lyon & Provence

Itinerary, Prices and Dates


Lyon to Avignon 8 Days

Sit back, relax and enjoy this delightful river cruise through Burgundy and Provence.

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Excite your palate in Lyon, capital of French gastronomy, and learn how to make Choux Chantilly cream puffs. Savor Beaujolais wines. Discover Roman Provence at the Pont du Gard and Les Arènes amphitheater. Tap into your inner van Gogh at an Arles painting class. Explore Avignon’s Palace of the Popes. Hunt for truffles, visit a lavender farm and see how chèvre cheese is made. Come witness the beauty that inspired artists like Cézanne and Chagall on this 8-day Rhône cruise.

What's Included

  • 7 nights on board ship with a river-view cabin
  • 7 guided tours including 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • All meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Welcome cocktail reception & dinner and Captain's Farewell Dinner
  • Return scheduled economy class flights from London. Regional flight add-ons available.
  • Onboard enrichment programme
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard ship
  • All port charges, airport taxes and transfers from airport to ship

Day 1: Lyon

Map of the Rhône & Saône Rivers
Map of the Rhône & Saône Rivers

Fly to Lyon. Transfer from the airport to your ship. After boarding, take free time to explore this vibrant city, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented.
Included Meals D

Day 2: Lyon & Beaujolais Wine Tour

After breakfast, take a scenic drive through the rolling hills of Beaujolais, where viticultural tradition runs deep. See the legendary Moulin-à-Vent, the windmill that gives its name to one of the most prestigious wines of the region, learn about the art of winemaking in a small museum and enjoy a tasting in one of the Beaujolais’s famous cellars. Return to your ship for lunch. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Or, take an optional excursion to the picturesque Burgundy town of Cluny, known for its magnificent medieval abbey ruin.
Included Meals B L D

Day 3: Lyon

After breakfast, tour the city of Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin with a drive to the top of Fourvière Hill for amazing views of the city. Continue with a guided visit to the Basilica of Notre Dame and drive through town past the magnificent St. Jean Cathedral and the Palace of Justice. Then take a walking tour through the cobbled streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Town), where you’ll have free time to shop for souvenirs or sample some of the fine French cuisine for which Lyon is world famous.
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: Vienne & Tournon

This morning take a walking tour of Vienne, a beautiful town with an ancient Roman past. Visit the Temple of Augustus and Livia, the Roman amphitheater and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Maurice; then spend some time discovering more of this engaging riverside town on your own. In the afternoon, enjoy the rolling vine-clad banks of the river, as you sail through its wide meanders to Tournon. After dinner, enjoy a stroll along the riverbanks under the plane trees.
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: Touron & Viviers

All aboard the Train de l’Ardèche this morning for a locomotive ride through the deep gorges of the Ardèche plateau, cut by the Doux River. You’ll return to your ship and enjoy lunch aboard as we cruise to Viviers, an engaging little town in a mountainous setting. After dinner, join your Program Director for an evening stroll through Old Town with its medieval and Renaissance buildings.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Arles

Disembark after breakfast and take a walking tour of Arles with its diverse architectural highlights. Experience the city’s vibrant colors and striking quality of light that have inspired artists. Arles is also the site of some impressive Roman ruins, including Les Arènes, an arena that seats 20,000 and is still in use, as well as Romanesque monuments such as the Church of Saint-Trôphime, completed in the 15th century. Return aboard for lunch followed by an afternoon on your own to explore or shop for handcrafted gifts. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Dinner is served as you depart.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Avignon

This morning, set out on a guided walk of Avignon, nicknamed “City of Popes” because it was home to seven popes from 1309 to 1377. Stroll through the historic center, stop at the picturesque Pont d’Avignon and walk the Place de l’Horloge. Continue to the renowned Palace of the Popes for a guided tour through this rambling maze of Gothic architecture that served as papal residence, fortress, church and palace. You can join the optional tour to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, visiting the vineyards and tasting the famous wine. Lunch and dinner are served aboard. Your ship remains docked overnight.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Avignon

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Marseille airport for your return flight. Or, enjoy more of France with 2 nights in Marseille and a visit to Aix-en-Provence.
Included Meals B

Alternate Itinerary


Day 1: Avignon

Map of the Rhône & Saône Rivers
Map of the Rhône & Saône Rivers

Fly to Marseille. Transfer from the airport to your ship, docked in Avignon. After boarding, take free time to explore this quaint town on the scenic Rhône River, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented.
Included Meals D

Day 2: Arles

Disembark after breakfast and take a walking tour of Arles with its diverse architectural highlights. Experience the city’s vibrant colors and striking quality of light that have inspired artists. Arles is also the site of some impressive Roman ruins, including Les Arènes, an arena that seats 20,000 and is still in use, as well as Romanesque monuments such as the Church of Saint-Trôphime, completed in the 15th century. Return aboard for lunch followed by an afternoon on your own to explore or shop for handcrafted gifts. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Dinner is served as you depart.
Included Meals B L D

Day 3: Avignon

This morning, set out on a guided walk of Avignon, nicknamed “City of Popes” because it was home to seven popes from 1309 to 1377. Stroll through the historic center, stop at the picturesque Pont d’Avignon and walk the Place de l’Horloge. Continue to the renowned Palace of the Popes for a guided tour through this rambling maze of Gothic architecture that served as papal residence, fortress, church and palace. After the tour, enjoy an afternoon at leisure exploring Avignon. You can join the optional tour to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, visiting the vineyards and tasting the famous wine. Lunch and dinner are served aboard your ship. Late this evening, arrive in Viviers, a quaint town in a mountainous setting. We remain docked here this evening.
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: Vivers

This morning join a walking tour of Viviers’ Old Town with its medieval and Renaissance buildings. Once a 5th-century Roman settlement, today the cobbled streets are dominated by the 12th-century St. Vincent Cathedral. Set sail to Tournon during lunch, docking just after dinner. Enjoy a stroll under the plane trees lining the riverbanks before retiring for the evening.
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: Tournon & Vienne

All aboard the Train de l’Ardèche this morning for a locomotive ride through the deep gorges of the Ardèche plateau, cut by the Doux River. You’ll return to your ship and enjoy lunch aboard as we cruise past dramatic landscapes. Arrive in Vienne this afternoon, a beautiful town with an ancient Roman past. Visit the Temple of Augustus and Livia, the Roman amphitheater and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Maurice on a walking tour before dinner aboard the ship. We remain docked in Vienne this evening.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Lyon

After breakfast, disembark in Lyon for a tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin with a drive to the top of Fourvière Hill for amazing views of the city. Continue with a guided visit to the Basilica of Notre Dame and drive through town past the magnificent St. Jean Cathedral and the Palace of Justice. Then take a walking tour through the cobbled streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Town), with free time to shop for souvenirs or sample some of the fine French cuisine for which Lyon is world famous. Your ship remains docked overnight.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Lyon & Beaujolais Wine Tour

After breakfast, take a scenic drive through the rolling hills of Beaujolais, where viticultural tradition runs deep. See the legendary Moulin-à-Vent, the windmill that gives its name to one of the most prestigious wines of the region, learn about the art of winemaking in a small museum and enjoy a tasting in one of the Beaujolais’s famous cellars. Return to your ship for lunch. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Or, take an optional excursion to the picturesque Burgundy town of Cluny, known for its magnificent medieval abbey ruin.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Lyon

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Lyon airport for your return flight. Or, extend your time in France with three exciting nights in Paris, one of the world’s most romantic cities.
Included Meals B


  • Included Meals  Included Meals - B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner.

  • Tour or Transfer by Luxury Motorcoach  Transfer or Tour via Luxury Motorcoach

Viking Buri & Viking Delling



Introducing the Viking Longship

Overview

Designed by legendary naval architects Yran & Storbraaten, the team behind The Yachts of Seabourn, these new vessels offer state-of-the-art engineering, and utmost luxury. The Viking Longships provide guests with more ways to personalize their trip. Choose from a variety of stateroom classes, onboard entertainment options and ship locations from which you can enjoy sailing through the scenery, all the while enriching your time in some of Europe's most remarkable destinations.

Enjoy the indoor-outdoor Aquavit Terrace at the bow of the ship, or relax on the Sun Deck. These "green" ships, featuring energy-efficient hybrid engines, solar panels and an organic herb garden, were named to honor prominent members of the Norse pantheon. Each ship carries 190 guests in comfortable, understated elegance, with hotel-style beds and amenities like 26-inch flat-panel TVs and in-room refrigerators.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 95 comfortable outside staterooms (2 Explorer Suites, 7 Veranda Suites, 39 Veranda Staterooms, 22 French Balcony Staterooms, 25 Standard Staterooms)
  • Sun deck with 360-degree views and shaded sitting area; organic herb garden and solar panels; putting green, chess and walking track
  • Varied dining options including the Aquavit Terrace with a revolutionary indoor/outdoor viewing area at the bow of the ship and grills for al fresco dining
  • Observation lounge and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors, piano and dance floor
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the vessel
  • Library corner & onboard boutique
  • Elevator
  • Ecologically friendly hybrid engines producing less vibrations for a smoother ride
  • 40" flat-panel TV with infotainment system featuring movies on demand plus CNBC, CNN, ESPN, FOX, National Geographic and more
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.


Viking Longship - deck plan
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Innovative Luxury Staterooms

The revolutionary new Viking Longships bring together some amazing and innovative design features to both the staterooms and public areas. The patented corridor design allows for larger staterooms, most with either french or full balconies.

Take a Tour of the Accommodation


All Staterooms & Suites Feature

  • Hotel-style beds 79 inches x 63 inches (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Private bathroom with shower and l'Occitaine en Provence bath products
  • Telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Bathrobe and slippers available upon request
  • Individual climate control
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Voltage: 220V and 110V in stateroom
  • Sony 40-inch flat-panel TV with premium entertainment package including: CNBC, CNN, Fox News, ESPN, National Geographic, MGM Movies, Sky Cinema, videos on demand and "View From the Bridge"

Explorer Suite (Cat ES)

Viking Longship - Explorer Suite  Viking Longship - Explorer Suite Plan

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 445 sq. ft.
  • Private wraparound balcony off the spacious living room offers 270-degree views
  • Living room with Sofa & Chairs with floor to ceiling french doors to the balcony
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, known as a French balcony, in the bedroom
  • Large bathroom with double sinks, shower, heated mirror and floor

Veranda Suite (Cat. AA)

Viking Longship - Veranda Suite  Viking Longship - Veranda Suite Plan

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 275 sq. ft.
  • Full size outside balcony off the spacious living room
  • Living room with Sofa & Chairs with floor to ceiling french doors to the balcony
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, known as a French balcony, in the bedroom
  • Large private bathroom with shower

Veranda Stateroom (Cat. A & B)

Viking Longship - Veranda Stateroom  Viking Longship - Veranda Stateroom Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 205 sq. ft.
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open to a full size outside balcony

French Balcony Stateroom (Cat. C & D)

Viking Longship - French Balcony Stateroom  Viking Longship - French Balcony Stateroom Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 135 sq. ft.
  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to a French balcony

Stateroom (Cat. E & F)

Viking Longship - Standard Stateroom  Viking Longship - Standard Stateroom Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 150 sq. ft.
  • Half height picture window

Fine dining

Gourmet Dining onboard a Viking Vessel

Viking chefs create a variety of tasty offerings for you, with freshly prepared seasonal local vegetables, European specialties adapted to satisfy the tastes of passengers, and homemade soups prepared daily.

For breakfast, choose from our selections of pastries, cereals, breakfast meats, egg dishes, fresh fruit and selected cheeses. At lunch, select from the soup and sandwich bar, or a choice of entrées and dessert. And for dinner, you are treated to a five-course gourmet menu with regional specialties.

You can also select from carefully chosen regional wines to perfectly complement your meal. And wherever you sail, you will find enhancements reflecting your itinerary-it is all part of experiencing the local culture.

Al fresco dining

Imagine waking as the mist rolls off the river, stopping in the lounge for a frothy cappuccino, and heading out to the Aquavit Terrace to silently cruise through the early morning light. That is one definition of a Viking happy hour.

Another one is in the more traditional sense: unwinding in the late afternoon with a pint of beer or glass of wine, chatting with friends and enjoying a delicious light bite. With the Aquavit Terrace equipped with grills and plentiful seating, each of these al fresco happy hours will be yours to indulge in.


Cultural Highlights

To complement your onshore excursions, take part in Viking's Cultural Highlights-immersive learning and enhancement activities both on board and ashore:

  • Hands-on demonstrations in cuckoo clock-making, wooden shoe-carving or glassblowing
  • Classes in cooking specialties like apple strudel and Alsatian flammkuchen
  • Traditional performances of folk music and dance, or waltzes by Strauss
  • Tastings of local cheeses, coffees, liqueurs and other delicacies

These in-depth experiences are included as an essential part of discovering more about the places through which you cruise, and each activity is planned specifically to illuminate each itinerary.

Please see cruise itinerary for specific activities available on each cruise

Culture Curriculum

Sometimes you want to dig a little deeper. We offer a series of onboard multimedia lectures to shed light on the history and culture of the places you visit. Learn about:

  • Dutch Masters or French impressionists
  • Castles along the Rhine Valley
  • The formation of the European Union
  • The life and works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Wine and cuisine of southern France
  • Key words and phrases in the local language wherever you are traveling

Viking Staff


The Viking standard

We have high standards for the English-speaking crews on board our ships. We personally recruit all of our staff members, from your stateroom steward and waiters, to hotel managers and Program Directors.

Proprietary training programs are implemented by our Swiss management team to ensure we always provide the level of service you would find in a fine hotel. The Viking team brings you a level of expertise other companies cannot match.

We manage everything

Best of all, there is no need to do research or make arrangements in advance. We take care of all the details; transportation, reservations, entry fees and more. You return home enriched with wonderful memories.

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April
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April
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May
2,6,9,13,16,20,23,27,30
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June
3,6,10,13,17,20,24,27
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July
1,4,8,11,15,18,22,25,29
£2795
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£3345
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August
1,5,8,12,15,19,22,26,29
£2795
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September
2,5,9,12,16,19,23,26,30
£2995
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£3145
£2645
£3495
£2995
£3695
£3195
£3845
£3345
£4045
£3545
£5245
£4745
£7145
£6645
£500
October
3,7,10
£2995
£2495
£3145
£2645
£3495
£2995
£3695
£3195
£3845
£3345
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£5245
£4745
£7145
£6645
£500
October
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£2695
£2195
£2845
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£3195
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November
4,7,14,21
£2395
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£3145
£2645
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£4195
£3695
£500

Prices are per person based on two sharing and are subject to availability at time of booking. Operators reserve the right to amend published prices prior to a confirmed booking being made.

Single Occupancy Supplements: Cat F: 50%, Cat E to ES: 100%
Club Europe / Business Class Flight Upgrade: From £250pp subject to availability


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Extend Your Stay

Why not extend your stay with a few days in Paris or Marseille and further explore what these cities have to offer.

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