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Lyon & Provence - Lyon to Avignon - 2021

From Lyon, France to Avignon, France
Length: 8 Days - Departs: Tue, Mar 23, 2021
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Mar 23, 2021
Arrival
Mar 30, 2021

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River Cruise Itinerary

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  1. Day 1
    Lyon
    Tue, Mar 23, 2021

    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. (Dinner)

    * Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.
  2. Day 2
    Lyon
    Wed, Mar 24, 2021

    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 cobblestone streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Town), and use your free time to shop for souvenirs or sample some of the fine French cuisine for which Lyon is world-famous. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  3. Day 3
    Lyon
    Thu, Mar 25, 2021

    After breakfast, take a scenic drive through the rolling hills of Beaujolais, where viticultural tradition runs deep and enjoy a tasting in one of Beaujolais's famous cellars. Return to your ship for lunch and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  4. Day 4
    Vienne
    Fri, Mar 26, 2021

    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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  5. Day 5
    Tournon
    Sat, Mar 27, 2021

    Board the Train de l'Ardèche this morning for a locomotive ride through the deep gorges of the Ardèche plateau, cut by the Doux River. Return to your ship and enjoy lunch on board as we cruise to Viviers, an engaging little town in a mountainous setting. After dinner, enjoy an evening stroll through Old Town with its medieval and Renaissance buildings. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  6. Day 6
    Arles
    Sun, Mar 28, 2021

    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 on board 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  7. Day 7
    Avignon
    Mon, Mar 29, 2021

    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 on board. Your ship remains docked overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  8. Day 8
    Avignon
    Tue, Mar 30, 2021

    After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Marseille airport for your return flight.* (Breakfast)

    * Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.

Countries Visited

France

Rivers Visited

Rhone

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Inclusions

8 Days 7 Guided Tours / 1 Countries

Daily Shore Excursions: 7 included guided tours
Port Charges: Included on all itineraires

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4.5
Itinerary
4.7
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 33 reviews - currently showing 6 reviews with comments only

Found southern France a very beautiful and interesting place. Mid August is a great time to visit since the area is less crowded-many people are away on holiday, university students are not back yet. The weather was warm but not as hot as it had been earlier. Loved Lyon-very comfortable exploring with guide and then by ourselves. Interesting old city center, a river port and silk weaving center. Vineyards on the hillsides all around. Great shore excursion to Beaujolais winery, even better visit to a truffle farm whose owner is so passionate about his work and his animals, and a farm that makes goat cheese. Loved the night time tour by flashlight through Viviens (the Lyon to Avignon direction has this tour at night-much better than the day tour going the other direction). It was like stepping into a history book and walking through a medieval town of narrow cobbled streets, houses and the seat of the bishop. The cathedral is closed at night. Many places to see Roman ruins. So much history. We chose this tour specifically because we wanted to see Avignon and were not disappointed. It is a completely walled city. The palace of the 14th century popes is amazing. The local guides are the stars of the Viking cruises-that\'s why we choose Viking. Their service and organization is excellent. The people in the area, on the ship and the guides were so friendly and we learned so much from them.

Viking cruises are wonderful. They offer numerous excursions to accommodate all guests and the tour guides are very knowledgeable. The food is excellent.

the trip is great, incredibly well organized, food was great, excursions were very interesting, program manager Mike was absolutely fantastic, staff was excellent. Absolutely positive experience.

Viking service was excellent. While the food was good and a French menu was provided, it was not great and only vaguely French. Some items were fantastic. Pasta Carbonnara, minestroni soup - delicious but not french. Tours were very well organized. Guides were excellent.

In our opinion, Viking is not quite as good as it was. Perhaps they have overextended into the ocean cruise market? We noted lower staffing, more "optional tours", and itinerary changes from prior years.

This trip was absolutely wonderful.

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