Classic Journeys takes river cruising to a whole new level when you join us on France’s legendary Rhone river. Aboard your Swiss-built 5-star cruise ship, you unpack just once—and embark on a daily collection of cultural and walking experiences handcrafted exclusively for our guests only. Your dedicated/expert/super well-connected/traveling-with-you local guide whisks you away from the crowded riverside attractions to which the other passengers are limited. In Burgundy, you wander in the wine capital of Beaune and have a private tasting at the Corton-Charlemagne vineyard. In Provence, your bespoke cultural experiences include the chance to cook with a Michelin-starred chef and a visit to our friend’s award-winning olive mill. Throughout, you enjoy scenic country walks and village visits that the ship’s other passengers can only dream about. Of course, you have unfettered use of all of the onboard amenities from observation lounge to wellness center and rooftop deck. Your luxuriously appointed stateroom has a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, and the ship’s own crew is hospitable to the Nth degree. To take your cruise another step beyond the usual, Classic Journeys treats you to a luscious variety of on-shore dining experiences in some of the regions’ finest cafes and restaurants.
You board your Swiss-built 5-star ship on the banks of the Rho^ne Avignon. Your trip starts with a visit to the red-stone village of Roussillon and Sénanque Abbey, a picture-perfect monastery set amid fields of lavender. In the village of Gordes, do a bit of shopping or maybe sip a pastis and do some people watching. Back in Avignon, you’ll have a privately guided walk of the town. Your dinner is onshore at one of the city’s iconic restaurants.
DAYS 4-6 – PONT DU GARD / CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE
A totally perfect walk in the Provençal countryside leads to the legendary Roman aqueduct, the Pont-du-Gard. You also visit the charming village of Uzés for a local lunch and then amble into the Alzon River valley. On one memorable day, you discover the Roman theater of Orange, marvel at a tasting in Cha^teauneuf-du-Pape vineyard, and have a remarkable chance to cook with a Michelin-starred chef in his kitchen. For a different sort of tasting, you are welcomed to an award-winning family olive oil mill. You also roam the narrow streets of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and visit the 12th-century cloister where van Gogh spent the final year of his life.
DAYS 7-8 – LYON / BURGUNDY
You explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site on a privately guided tour and enjoy an exclusive Classic Journeys celebratory dinner on shore at one of the city’s fine restaurants. From the dock in Chalon-sur-Saone visit walk in vineyards, partake of an intimate tasting at Corton-Charlemagne, and wander in Beaune, France’s wine capital.
Starting Point:Avignon – 4:00 pm – On board the MS Lord Byron
Ending Point:Lyon – 9:00 am – Port of Lyon
Dates & Prices
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Select our “Family Departure” to travel with other families.
- All meals are included
- Full-time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip and handle behind-the-scenes logistics
- Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
- Gratuities for cruise, meals, and baggage
- All land transportation during the trip
Above & Beyond Benefits
- When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.
Wine on Us
- In many regions, we uncork wonderful local wines at every dinner, compliments of Classic Journeys.
Perfect Pairings Dinners
- A special dinner prepared by one of our favorite chefs with a procession of wines tailored to each course.
Privileged Access Events
- One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.