TRIPS

Splendour of France

$ 1,890.00

From Martigues to Lyon via Arles, the Camargue, Avignon and Tain l’Hermitage, go on an unforgettable cruise. Discover Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage city, which retales 2,000 years of history through its old cobbled streets, as well as Avignon and its renowned Papal Palace.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE IN PARIS
Upon arrival to the beautiful city of Paris, also known as the “City of Light”, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

The rest of the day is free to relax or begin exploring on own.

Classic
* * *
Featured Moderate Hotel or similar

  • Hotel Augustin

Superior
* * * *
Featured Superior Hotel or similar

  • Hôtel Le 123 Elysées


DAY 2: PARIS (B)
Our morning city tour features the iconic landmarks. Stroll along the grand boulevard of the Champs-Elysées, get a taste of bohemian Paris in Montmartre, admire panoramic views from Sacré-Coeur Basilica, cruise Seine with a glass of Champagne and the famous monument of all with skip-the-line entry to the Eiffel Tower. Tour disbands here around noon, you can choose to tour on your own for the remainder of the day

Tonight, walk 15 minutes from your hotel to Bustronome for an optional special dinner – Bustro Nome Voyage Gourmand (with 6-course meal, 1 glass of champagne, 2 glasses of wine, coffee). Afterwards, return to the hotel on your own.

DAY 3: PARIS (B)
Today is at leisure to discover more of Paris at your own pace and interest.

Perhaps join an optional excursion to Versailles.

DAY 4: PARIS – LYON – MARTIGUES (B)
This morning, your are transferred to Paris-Gare-de-Lyon station and take TGV INOUI to Lyon-Part-Dieu. The journey is around 2 hours and on arriva, take a taxi (transfer can be arranged on request) to the meeting point in front of the Brasserie Georges.

At 1:30 p.m. in front of the Brasserie Georges, you will be transferred from Lyon by coach towards Martigues.

Passengers are welcome to board ship in Martigues at 6:00 p.m.

After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail.

Cruising experience onboard
MS Van Gogh
Lyon – Martigues - Arles - Avignon - Tain L'Hermitage - Vienne - Chalon-Sur-Saône - Lyon

  • Numbers of passengers : 105 | Number of cabins : 54 cabins
    UPPER DECK 20 CABINS | MAIN DECK 34 CABINS
    Width : 11.40 meters | Length : 110 meters
    Year of construction : 1999 | Year of renovation : 2018

DAY 5 PORT SAINT LOUIS – ARLES – AVIGNON
We’ll cruise towards Port-Saint-Louis.

This morning, join one of the excursions proposed to discover the Camargue, visiting a “manade” (bull breeding farm) and learn about how a manadier works with the animals or enjoy a jeep Safari through the Camargue for an original immersion in the wilderness.

This afternoon, join one of the excursions proposed. Take a guided tour of Arles, a highly cultural town enriched with vestiges from the Roman Empire or hike in the Alpilles Mountains to the village of Baux-de-Provence.

Afterwards, continue cruise to Avignon, considered to be one of the most ancient towns in Europe.
DAY 6 AVIGNON – VIVIERS
This morning, join a guided tour of Avignon and the Papal Palace, the largest gothic building of the Middle Ages and described as “the most beautiful and strongest house in the world”. Also see the famous four remaining arches of Avignon bridge, originally completed in 1185. This bridge is the origin of the famous children’s song “Sur le pont d’Avignon”.

The afternoon will be spent cruising to Viviers. And on arrival, enjoy a guided night walk through this medieval town.

DAY 7 VIVIERS – TAIN L’HERMITAGE
This morning, we take an excursion to the Ardèche Gorges Ardèche Gorge. Heading towards Bourg Saint Andéol across the Plateau des Gras to reach Vallon Pont d’Arc. Here, the Ardèche has hewn through the cliff, to construct a grandiose natural arch. “The Pont d’Arc”, 34 metres high. Enjoy breathtaking views over the Gorge.

Back on board in La Voulte for lunch.

In the afternoon, travel to Loriol, Die where you will get the chance to visit a wine cellar and taste the famous Clairette de Die. Then, we will follow the road of the Rousset mountain pass, from where you will enjoy a wonderful panoramic view over the Vercors Plateau.

We’ll return on board in Tain-l’Hermitage.

DAY 8 TAIN L’HERMITAGE – VIENNE – LYON
We’ll cruise towards Vienne this morning. Join us for the excursions proposed. Guided tour of Vienne, a city rich with Roman vestiges or explore Vienne on a Segway for an original tour of this charming “Gallo-Roman¿ city.

We’ll then cruise towards Lyon, France’s third largest city with outstanding museums, a dynamic cultural scene, vibrant nightlife, a thriving university and fantastic shopping that lend the city a distinctly sophisticated air, while adventurous gourmets can indulge in their wildest gastronomic fantasies.

Join us for the excursions proposed: a guided tour of Lyon where you’ll discover its famous “traboules”, types of passageways that are typical of the city or a bike ride through the main monuments and districts of Lyon.

We’ll return on board, and depart at nightfall to admire the city lights in Lyon.

DAY 9 TOURNUS – CHALON-SUR-SAONE
We’ll begin to cruise early in the morning towards Tournus.

Join us on an excursion to visit the famous Hospices de Beaune, whose facade is today regarded as a superior example of Northern Renaissance civic architecture.

We’ll continue along the Burgundy Wine Route and through villages with names that evoke the great French wines.

Return on board in Chalon-sur-Saône at the end of the afternoon and in the evening, enjoy a farewell gala dinner.

DAY 10 CHALON-SUR-SAONE – LYON
Enjoy buffet breakfast on board before disembarkation at 9:00 a.m. Transfer to Lyon Airport or Train station for your onward journey. . End of our services.

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Day 10: Avignon – Lyon
After breakfast drive to Lyon, France’s third largest city. Outstanding museums, a dynamic cultural scene, vibrant nightlife, a thriving university and fantastic shopping lend the city a distinctly sophisticated air, while adventurous gourmets can indulge in their wildest gastronomic fantasies. Free time after city tour. Farewell dinner and overnight in Lyon.

Day 10: Lyon
Transfer to Lyon Airport.



Low Season
$1350
Land only per person based on sharing accommodation

  • Double/Twin Sharing: $1350
  • Single Supplement: $600

High Season
$1450
Land only per person based on sharing accommodation

  • Double/Twin Sharing: $1450
  • Single Supplement: $700

Peak Season
$1550
Land only per person based on sharing accommodation

  • Double/Twin Sharing: $1550
  • Single Supplement: $800


Moderate
$6250
per person based on sharing

  • Low: 4-6p $6250 | 2-3p $7075
  • High: 4-6p $6425 | 2-3p $7255
  • Peak: 4-6p $6575 | 2-3p $7395
  • Migration
  • 4-6p $6675 | 2-3p $7595

 
Superior
$7025
per person based on sharing

  • Low: 4-6p $7025 | 2-3p $7925
  • High: 4-6p $7215 | 2-3p $8125
  • Peak: 4-6p $7545 | 2-3p $8455
  • Migration
  • 4-6p $7695 | 2-3p $8725

 
Luxury
$9995
per person based on sharing

  • Low: 4-6p $9995 | 2-3p $11350
  • High: 4-6p $10450 | 2-3p $11650
  • Peak: 4-6p $10450 | 2-3p $11650
  • Migration
  • 4-6p $10675 | 2-3p $11975


01 Apr – 30 Jun
5 Jan – 31 Mar, 1 Nov – 15 Dec
1 Oct – 31 Oct, 16 Dec – 4 Jan
1 Jul – 30 Sep

Above prices are based on minimum of 2 guests travelling together. We offer a wide selection of hotels and customized itinerary. Click the button to request a specific quote based on number of guests, their interests and budget.

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DEPARTURE

Group departure guaranteed for minimum 2 travelers.

HOTELS

As indicated in the itinerary.

INCLUSIONS

Deluxe motorcoach throughout as per itinerary
English-speaking tour escort throughout
Accommodation in 4* hotels in double / twin room
3 nights with half board in Lisbon
1 night with half board in Fatima
2 nights with half board in Oporto
1 night with half board in Viseu
1 night with half board in Evora
Guided visits: Lisbon (2h), Oporto (2h)
Wine tasting in Oporto
Admission to the following sights:
Batalha Monastery, Coimbra University, St. Clara Monastery, Palacio da Bolsa, St. Francisco Church, Gardens of Palacio Mateus, Jewish Museum (Belmont), Village Palace, Jeronimos Palace
Porterage at hotel in / out
All taxes and charges

EXCLUSIONS

International Airfare/train ticket, Call 1-888-887-1688 to get a quote from your home city
Travel insurance. visa fees, gratuities, drinks, personal spending and optional activities.
Personal expenses, extras in the hotels, tips to guides and drivers and beverages
OPTIONAL TOURS
• 4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine’s Palace: EUR 70.00 pp
• Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace: EUR 50.00 pp
• 4-hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace: EUR 75.00 pp
• 3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum: EUR 50.00 pp
• Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch: EUR 40.00 pp
• 3-hour guided channel cruise: EUR 50.00 pp
• 3-hour Moscow metro and Arbat tour: EUR 25.00 pp
• 3-hour Moscow by night tour and river cruise: EUR 50.00 pp
• 8-hour excursion to Sergiev Posad: EUR 80.00 pp
• Visit to Old Russian Circus: EUR 70.00 pp
• 6-hours tour of Suzdal and visit to the Nativity Cathedral, Museum of Wooden Architecture, St. Ethymius Monastery and the Transfiguration Cathedral: EUR 80.00 pp

QUESTIONS

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