Rhône River Cruise in Lavender Bloom

From $2549 (was $2849)

Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

12 Days

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Fields of purple lavender as far as the eye can see! The sound of honeybees collecting nectar from the flowers. The sweet scent that surrounds you and permeates your clothes. The taste of a genuine estate-aged and bottled burgundy wine. If you seek the perfect river cruise and tour of France to delight all your senses, this is it.

Trip Includes

1 Country
  • France
  • Paris
  • Versailles
  • Burgundy Region
  • Dijon and Beaune
  • Lyon
  • Arles
  • Chalon-sur-Saône
  • Mâcon
  • Trévoux
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Avignon
Cruise Accommodations
  • 7 Nights
  • River cruise aboard A-ROSA's Stella
Hotel Accommodations
  • 3 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
  • All meals onboard ship
  • 3 Breakfasts and 1 Dinners on land portion
  • A professionally trained English-speaking local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room and cruise ship cabin throughout your tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Activity Level Easy

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Trip Highlights

  • Take in the wonderful aroma of lavender season in France
  • Enjoy 2 nights in Paris and visit Versailles Palace
  • Travel south on the Rhône from Lyon to the Mediterranean
  • Explore ancient Roman sites in Arles and Avignon

Limited Time Offer Onboard Credit, Premium Beverage Package and Onboard Credit Set Sail Offers

*€100 per couple Free Onboard Credit for all cabins. Onboard discount valid on all spa treatments. Premium Beverage Package value at €598 per couple. Web prices reflect Instant Rebate pricing. Offers valid for new bookings only and subject to availability. Offer may be cancelled at any time. Click here to view additional offer details.

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Rhone River Cruise in Lavender Bloom

Tours Starts: Paris, France

Tours Ends: Lyon, France

Days 1 & 2

Fly to Paris, France

After your overnight flight, arrive in the “City of Light.” Guests who have booked their air with YMT will be greeted at the airport and transported to their hotel. Tonight, enjoy the included welcome dinner at your hotel, with the rest of the night at leisure. (D)

Hotel Apogia Paris or similar

Day 3

Full Day Sightseeing in Paris

This morning your Tour Director will take you on a half-day panoramic tour of Paris. See the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe in the center of the Etoile (Star) where 12 avenues come together in a big traffic roundabout. Marvel at Montmartre with the Cathedral Sacre Coêur, and learn all about the rive gauche and rive droite sides of Paris. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore the city on your own. (B)

Hotel Apogia Paris or similar

Day 4

Paris to Dijon

This morning, see the Court of Versailles where the Sun King once reigned, followed by his two successors and the famous Marie Antoinette. Take a self-guided audio tour through the palace; see the Hall of Mirrors and the Grand Apartment, and enjoy lunch on your own nearby. Then it's off to Dijon with its elegant medieval and Renaissance buildings, your home for the night. Perhaps enjoy an evening stroll on your own. (B)

Hotel Mercure Dijon Centre Clémenceau or similar

Day 5

Dijon and Beaune to Lyon for Embarkation

A short drive this morning leads to the beautiful village of Beaune where two highlights of Burgundy await. Explore the astonishing world of France’s favorite condiment, Dijon Mustard. Visit the family-owned Faillot mustard factory and learn all about the many varieties of the original. Then, visit the Hotel Dieu, arguably one of the finest Renaissance buildings in the world. It is also one of the most fascinating historic museums of Europe. Continue to Lyon where the crew of the A-ROSA Stella waits to greet you with a complimentary rose for your cabin, as is A-ROSA tradition. Settle into your cabin and explore the ship before dinner. In the evening, the Stella will leave the port and take you on a panoramic cruise of Old Town Lyon. (B)

Day 6

Chalon-sur-Saône (12:00 PM – 10:00 PM)

After settling in to your cabin on the Stella and enjoying the morning on the river, your first stop is charming Chalon-sur-Saône. Known as the birthplace of photography, this historical and charming town welcomes you with its lively and relaxed atmosphere.

Day 7

(2:00 AM – 2:00 PM) Trévoux (6:00 PM – 7:00 PM) and Lyon (Arrive 10:00 PM)

Wake up in Mâcon, where much of France’s best chardonnay is produced. These local wines pair beautifully with regional dishes. The most famous dishes include boeuf bourguignon—a particular favorite of Julia Child—and Escargots à la Bourguignonne. Burgundy snails cooked in a flavorful combination of butter, parsley, and plenty of garlic are nothing short of magnificent. After a short stop in Trévoux, you’ll arrive in Lyon.

Day 8

Lyon (Depart 2:00 PM)

This morning wake up in Lyon with ample time to explore this beautiful city while the Stella stays in port. The old town “Vieux Lyon” features Renaissance houses and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is known for its highquality silk products and the Basilica of Notre- Dame de Fourvière, which sits above the city. Wander into town on your own, or perhaps take a bike tour along the river or use your onboard credit to enjoy a massage!

Day 9

Châteanuneuf-du-Pape (10:30 AM – 11:00 AM) and Avignon (Arrive 1:30 PM)

After a very brief stop in Châteanuneuf-du- Pape, this afternoon we will arrive in Avignon. You can find an extraordinary collection of monuments, and Avignon’s world-famous bridge, the Pont Saint-Bénézet, also known as the Pont d’Avignon. The wooden structure built in the late 12th century spans the Rhône between Villeneuve-lès-Avignon and Avignon, and is one of the few bridges to have ever inspired a hit song. “Sur le pont d’Avignon” has been a favorite amongst French children for centuries. Avignon will also be the starting point for an optional excursion into the lavender regions of Sault and Senanque. Purple as far as the eyes can see and a heavy lavender scent in the air, that is France at its best!

Day 10

Avignon (Depart 12:00PM) and Arles (3:30 PM - 9:00 PM)

Spend the morning in Avignon. The city is ringed by incredibly preserved 800-year-old stone ramparts; erected to keep the plague and invaders out during the turbulent Middle Ages. In addition, because of the Avignon Papacy when seven popes opted to reside in Avignon rather than Rome, the city is full of magnificent churches, art, and architecture. Next, travel to the colorful town of Arles, which you’ll be able to recognize in some of the world’s most famous paintings. Vincent van Gogh painted Arles in 187 of his works. Long before Van Gogh, the Romans had discovered Arles’ beauty and made it their provincial capital. The impressive amphitheatre is one of Arles’ main attractions; it is best explored on foot.

Day 11

Viviers (8:00 AM – 8:30 AM) and La Voulte-sur-Rhône (12:30 PM – 1:30 PM)

Enjoy your morning in picturesque Viviers. Located in the Rhône Ardeche region, the beautiful walled city is home to a cathedral dating back to the 12th century and an ancient bridge dating back to the 3rd century. You’ll also have a bit of time to visit La Voulte-sur- Rhône, a tiny town beloved by paleontologists for its extraordinary collection of fossilized Jurassic sealife.

Day 12

Disembark in Lyon and Depart for Home

It is time to say goodbye to the crew of the A-ROSA and return home from Lyon Airport.

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.

YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Outside Cabin Double Porthole

156 sq. ft. outside stateroom on the main deck with two large portholes (cannot be opened), European double bed (2 separate mattresses at 38x75 inches each) sitting area, desk space, flatscreen TV, Bathroom with standup shower and vanity

French Balcony Middle

156 sq. ft. outside stateroom on the middle deck with French Balcony, European double bed (2 separate mattresses at 38x75 inches each) sitting area, desk space, flatscreen TV, Bathroom with standup shower and vanity

French Balcony Upper

156 sq. ft. outside stateroom on the upper deck with French Balcony, European double bed (2 separate mattresses at 38x75 inches each) sitting area, desk space, flatscreen TV, Bathroom with standup shower and vanity.

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