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France - Colors of the Rhone and Provence

October 19, 2019 | 7 Days | 7 Cities | 1 Country

Your cruise will take place on the MS Rhone Princess. Learn more about your ship.

7 Days (SOLD OUT)

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Your French Adventure begins in the city of Lyon, a supremely qualified rival to Paris that offers today’s urban explorers a wealth of enticing experiences. This bustling city provides the perfect starting place for your Teeming River Cruises French tour. After settling in your cabin, which will be your floating hotel room for the duration of the cruise, a mandatory Safety and Information Briefing will be at 6 PM.

Vienne is bathed in a gentle light which bestows a Mediterranean feel on the town. Its impressive Roman ruins (temple, theatre, city of Saint-Romain-en-Gal) have contributed to its renown, in addition to its medieval heritage (Romanesque cloister, Gothic cathedral, and covered passageways). One of the city’s great charms is the comfortable coexistence of styles from every period of its history. A cross-timbered medieval house sits just a few feet from the ruins of the Garden of Cybèle, a Gallo-Roman forum, while barrel-vaulted passageways lead from one narrow street to the next.

Perched on the edge of the Rhône River, is the picturesque village of Tournon. Standing majestically on its granite rock foundation as if serving as watchman of the town, is Château de Tournon (Castle of Tournon), a medieval castle-turned-museum whose foundation dates back to the 10th century. Below the castle is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets meandering through the historic city center where there are monuments that have preserved the area’s cultural heritage through the years. One such building is the Collegiate Church Saint Julien, built in the 14th century with the Penitent’s Chapel next to it housing magnificent frescoes.  There are also beautiful landscapes (specifically the lovely botanical Garden of Eden situated near the old rampart) and plenty of charming shops to dash into. Visitors can also cross the Rhône on the Seguin Footbridge, the oldest suspension bridge still used in France, to reach Tain-l’Hermitage, where explorers can purchase amazing chocolate at the popular La Cité du Chocolat Valrhona.

Arles is a Mediterranean city, in the Provence region of southern France. It’s famed for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh, which influenced the contemporary art displayed at the Fondation Vincent Van Gogh. Once a provincial capital of ancient Rome, Arles is also known for many remains from that era, including its marquee attraction the Arles Amphitheatre (les Arènes d’Arles), now hosting plays, concerts, and bullfights.

Located in the heart of Provence, Avignon is full of history and life. The capital of the Vaucluse and the Côtes du Rhône, seat of the popes, and city of art and culture, theatre, cinema, museums, big stores, and little shops, Avignon is a small city that has everything. From medieval streets and houses to private mansions from the Renaissance, you will pass through all its old and enticing squares, some no bigger than a tiny lane. Avignon invites you for a stay beyond all imagination.

The lovely pale-stone buildings of Viviers, presided over by a graceful hilltop cathedral.  This enchanting town was spared during WWII and is a great representation of life in the middle ages. Exploring Viviers on foot allows visitors a fascinating glimpse of its layered history, from Roman and medieval times to the Renaissance and beyond, and an up-close view of a charming French country village. This charming town looks very different by day and by night!

Your cruise comes to an end in the picturesque city of Lyon. Depart after breakfast, with freedom to explore this world-class city on your own. France’s second city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has a sophistication that makes it a hugely intriguing option for visitors. Lyon is known for its cuisine and gastronomy, historical and architectural landmarks, outstanding museums, dynamic cultural life, thriving university, and fantastic shopping.  Lyon is located amongst the best wine producing regions in France, the Cotes du Rhônes and Beaujolais, two of the centers of Rhône and Burgundy wine regions respectively. While this is the end of your cruise, your memories will live on from your French Adventure. Thank you for cruising with Teeming River Cruises, where vacations come first and memories last.

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Arrival: Check-in 4:00 PM
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Your French Adventure begins in the city of Lyon, a supremely qualified rival to Paris that offers today’s urban explorers a wealth of enticing experiences. This bustling city provides the perfect starting place for your Teeming River Cruises French tour. After settling in your cabin, which will be your floating hotel room for the duration of the cruise, a mandatory Safety and Information Briefing will be at 6 PM.

Arrival:
Depart: 4:00 AM

Arrival: 7:00 AM
Depart: 3:00 PM

Vienne is bathed in a gentle light which bestows a Mediterranean feel on the town. Its impressive Roman ruins (temple, theatre, city of Saint-Romain-en-Gal) have contributed to its renown, in addition to its medieval heritage (Romanesque cloister, Gothic cathedral, and covered passageways). One of the city’s great charms is the comfortable coexistence of styles from every period of its history. A cross-timbered medieval house sits just a few feet from the ruins of the Garden of Cybèle, a Gallo-Roman forum, while barrel-vaulted passageways lead from one narrow street to the next.

Arrival: 8:00 PM
Depart:

Perched on the edge of the Rhône River, is the picturesque village of Tournon. Standing majestically on its granite rock foundation as if serving as watchman of the town, is Château de Tournon (Castle of Tournon), a medieval castle-turned-museum whose foundation dates back to the 10th century. Below the castle is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets meandering through the historic city center where there are monuments that have preserved the area’s cultural heritage through the years. One such building is the Collegiate Church Saint Julien, built in the 14th century with the Penitent’s Chapel next to it housing magnificent frescoes.  There are also beautiful landscapes (specifically the lovely botanical Garden of Eden situated near the old rampart) and plenty of charming shops to dash into. Visitors can also cross the Rhône on the Seguin Footbridge, the oldest suspension bridge still used in France, to reach Tain-l’Hermitage, where explorers can purchase amazing chocolate at the popular La Cité du Chocolat Valrhona.

Arrival:
Depart: 12:30 PM

Arrival: 7:30 PM
Depart: 11:45 PM

Arrival: 9:00 AM
Depart:

Arles is a Mediterranean city, in the Provence region of southern France. It’s famed for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh, which influenced the contemporary art displayed at the Fondation Vincent Van Gogh. Once a provincial capital of ancient Rome, Arles is also known for many remains from that era, including its marquee attraction the Arles Amphitheatre (les Arènes d’Arles), now hosting plays, concerts, and bullfights.

Arrival:
Depart: 4:00 AM

Arrival: 9:00 AM
Depart: 11:00 PM

Located in the heart of Provence, Avignon is full of history and life. The capital of the Vaucluse and the Côtes du Rhône, seat of the popes, and city of art and culture, theatre, cinema, museums, big stores, and little shops, Avignon is a small city that has everything. From medieval streets and houses to private mansions from the Renaissance, you will pass through all its old and enticing squares, some no bigger than a tiny lane. Avignon invites you for a stay beyond all imagination.

Arrival: 6:00 AM
Depart: 1:00 PM

The lovely pale-stone buildings of Viviers, presided over by a graceful hilltop cathedral.  This enchanting town was spared during WWII and is a great representation of life in the middle ages. Exploring Viviers on foot allows visitors a fascinating glimpse of its layered history, from Roman and medieval times to the Renaissance and beyond, and an up-close view of a charming French country village. This charming town looks very different by day and by night!

Arrival: Depart Ship By 9:00 AM
Depart:

Your cruise comes to an end in the picturesque city of Lyon. Depart after breakfast, with freedom to explore this world-class city on your own. France’s second city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has a sophistication that makes it a hugely intriguing option for visitors. Lyon is known for its cuisine and gastronomy, historical and architectural landmarks, outstanding museums, dynamic cultural life, thriving university, and fantastic shopping.  Lyon is located amongst the best wine producing regions in France, the Cotes du Rhônes and Beaujolais, two of the centers of Rhône and Burgundy wine regions respectively. While this is the end of your cruise, your memories will live on from your French Adventure. Thank you for cruising with Teeming River Cruises, where vacations come first and memories last.

Please Note: For navigational reasons and passenger safety, Teeming River Cruises and the captain reserve the right to modify the cruise itinerary as necessary. These Optional Excursions may or may not be offered, since availability is subject to number of participants and weather conditions.

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Meet Your Cruise Director

Kate Barella

We are delighted to welcome back Kate Barella who debuted on our inaugural cruise. She is sure to again entertain, captivate and direct with her cheeky Brit humor for all aboard. Kate lives in Eastbourne – on the south coast of England. She has worked as a Tour Director and Cruise Director (Ocean and River), for 20 years. Her native tongue is English but speaks French fluently after living all those years in Normandy. Kate has toured and cruised to; Scandinavia, Arctic Circle, Iceland, Russia, the Baltics, North Africa, Egypt, Italy, Spain, France, Ireland, Hungary, Slovakia, Vietnam, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, and the UK.

She has worked on the following rivers as Cruise director; Rhine, Rhone, Garonne – Bordeaux, Seine, Dutch waterways, Belgium, Main river, Main-Danube canal, and the Danube. Kate trained professionally at a theatre school in London, worked professionally as an actor and still does the occasional voice-over work. She also dabbles as a stand-up comedian. Her hobbies include travel,(of course!), history, film, fine dining, nature walks …… cycling (completed 400km bike ride across Tanzania for charity).

 

What's Included

Highlights of What’s Included:

  • Welcome & Farewell Receptions with Sparkling wine & hors-d’oeuvres
  • Welcome Aboard Dinner & Farewell Dinner
  • All Meals Included Daily (onboard your ship)
  • Locally inspired cuisine
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • At TeemingRC, we are committed to offering our passengers on each cruise the best combination of both value and service.
    • The standard drink menu on the MS Rhone Princess offers a variety of reasonably priced drinks. For example, wine by the glass is 4 Euro, draft beer is 3 Euro, a soft drink is 3 Euro, and whiskey, gin, & vodka are 4 Euro. Based on these negotiated prices and in keeping with our business model & value proposition, you may buy drinks on an à la carte basis.
    • Instead of a drink package on the MS Rhone Princess, drink cards will be available for purchase by cash or charge to any passenger. These drink cards will come with a pre-loaded limit of 30 Euro. Each time you purchase a drink, it will be deducted from your pre-paid card. If you run out of Euros on the card, you can purchase a new 30 Euro card. At the end of the cruise, if you have any unused funds on your drink card, they will be refunded back to you.
    • You are welcome to bring your own wine on board, and there is a corkage fee of €5,00 per bottle
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi will not support large photos, videos, streaming movies, etc. It is only good enough for texting and emails of minimal size)
  • TeemingRC/PopGuide App City Walking Tour in all ports
  • Tech Talks
    • Using Your Smartphone As Your Personal Tour Guide
      • How to Navigate with your Smartphone without cell service or date
  • Daily Port Talks- We Give You the Tools to “Explore More for Less!”
    • Museums/Sites/History/Architecture
      • Opening Times
      • Information on Entry Fees
      • Location
      • Explore On Your Own Information
  • Musician for Live Music Onboard
  • Room Steward and Twice Daily Housekeeping Service
  • Evening Turndown Service
  • Non-Smoking Ship Interior
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Trip Notes:

    • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.
    • Disruptions in cruising and itinerary may occur (low/high water levels).
    • Prices are for cruises only. Flights are not included.
    • Transfers to and from the airport are not included in cruise fare.
    • Shore Excursions are not included in cruise fare. These may be purchased for an additional cost.
    • Due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased.
    • Prices exclude gratuities.
    • Please be sure to read our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to many common questions.