Rhone - Saone River Cruise

Lyon..Tournus..Belleville-Sur-Saone, Avignon..Tain L’hermitage..Chateauneuf-Du-Pape..Lyon



Package includes:
  •  Air from IAD, PHL, JFK & EWR
  •  Transfers & Porterage
  •  Daily gourmet meals onboard:  breakfast & Lunch buffet, Dinner
  •  Wines & draught Beers during meals and at the bar
  •  Shore Excursions (As per the Itinerary)
  •  Local English speaking guides + Headsets during excursions
  •  On Board Entertainment by “City Rhythm Orchestra



Day 1: Saturday October 29, 2022 - Depart the USA: Depart the U.S. for Lyon, France.


Day 2: Sunday October 30, 2022 – LYON (D): Welcome to France. Meet & greet by a Jet Vacations host in Lyon airport and transfer to your ship in Lyon. After you've comfortably settled in your cabin, we'll introduce our crew during our welcome cocktail party, followed by dinner. We sail in the evening from Lyon towards Burgundy.


Day 3: Monday October 31, 2022 – TOURNUS – (FB,L,D):  Wake up in the early morning in Tournus, Burgundy. This morning, enjoy an excursion to a different kind of “hunt”.  This family-owned organic farm features hectares of Truffle fields and forest.  So, equip yourself with a wicker basket, set out to the forest and let the trained dogs guide you as you hunt for Black Gold.  Return to the farm for a Truffle tasting.  The Burgundy region is known for its eponymous truffle ad you will learn and sample some of the very best.       Back to the ship for lunch.  In the afternoon, our crew will take you to the thirteen century Chateau de Cormatin.  The sumptuous apartments, painted, sculpted and gilded with splendor in 1627-28, offer the most complete and best-preserved testimony to the decorative art of the time of Marie de Médicis. Furniture, paintings, tapestries and period objects make the evocation very attractive. Outside, over 10 hectares, the gardens, which have been restored since 1990, offer the different ambiences of a park dating back to the early 17th century: a vast flowerbed, a boxwood labyrinth with an aviary - belvedere, groves, a green theatre, a vegetable garden and water features.  Back to your ship for dinner and overnight.


Day 4:  Tuesday November 1, 2022 - BELLEVILLE-SUR-SAONE (FB,L,D): Breakfast and Lunch onboard while sailing the Burgundy region on the Saone River towards Belleville-sur-Saone.  Upon arrival, depart by motorcoach to the village of Romanèche to explore the world of vines and wine at the Hameau Dubœuf!

The largest wine them park of Europe, it is spread over 30 000 m2 in the heart of the Beaujolais and reveals all the secrets of their vineyards, their history, and their winemaking techniques in an unusual and fun way.  Back onboard and dinner on the ship.  In the evening, sail towards Tain l’Hermitage.


Day 5:  Wednesday November 2, 2022 – TAIN L’HERMITAGE (FB,L,D):  This morning after breakfast onboard, set out for a walking guided tour of Tain L’Hermitage.  Tain l'Hermitage is a small town situated on the banks of the Rhône River. Côtes du Rhone wine and gourmet chocolate make Tain l'Hermitage a popular destination with epicurean travelers. After lunch onboard, departs to the “Cité du Chocolat” for a factory visit of the Valrhona Chocolate factory.  Valrhona has been producing the world’s finest chocolate in the small village of Tain l’Hermitage, France since 1922. From the beginning, company founder and Pastry Chef Albéric Guironnet was dedicated to the creation of unique, artisan quality chocolate with complex, balanced and consistent flavors. This mission of excellence continues as the gastronomic traditions of the renowned Rhone Valley find expression in every mouthwatering taste of Valrhona’s superb chocolate. For almost a century, Valrhona has created a range of unique and recognizable aromatic profiles by perfecting techniques for enhancing the flavor of rare cocoa beans, grown on land masterfully selected for its terroir. Today, leading Pastry Chefs and discerning gourmets rely on Valrhona’s expertise to experience the best that chocolate can be.  Departure in the evening towards Avignon.


DAY 6:  Thursday November 3, 2022 - AVIGNON – Optional BAUX DE PROVENCE MEDIEVAL VILLAGE & CARRIERES DE LUMIERES (FB,L,D):  Breakfast onboard and morning arrival in Avignon.  You will set out on foot for the guided tour of the old town of Avignon.  Avignon offers an impressive array of monuments. See the Pope's Palace, classed as a world heritage site by UNESCO and a testimony to the city's past when it was known as the capital of Christianity back in the Middle-Ages, our visit of the old city offers a wonderful panorama on Avignon and the Rhône River. Return on board on foot.  Lunch onboard.  In the afternoon, free time to explore Avignon on your own or optional excursion to the medieval village of “Les Baux de Provence” and entrance to the “Carriere de Lumières”a converted stone quarry into a sound and light show – not to be missed. Return to the boat in Avignon.  Dinner onboard your ship and overnight in Avignon.


Day 7:  Friday November 4, 2022 – CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE (FB,L,D):  Early morning departure from Avignon to Châteauneuf -du-Pape.  Châteauneuf-du-Pape is right in the heart of a region full of history, culture and joie de vivre. A unique, magical place, it appears before you set on its hill like an island rising out of a sea of grapevines.  At its summit stand the vestiges – a wall, a tower and the lower hall – of the château built by the popes in 14th century as their summer residence, to let them escape the city heat of Avignon. It was, in fact, the popes who planted the town's first vineyards. Châteauneuf-du-Pape keeps its greatest treasure in its wine cellars, in which the village abounds with a cellar or shop every few meters in which you can taste the famous wine. Enjoy a walking tour of the town. Return to the boat for lunch onboard.  Then, afternoon cruising to Lyon.  Tonight, get ready to be amaze as the ship will prepare its farewell dinner-show.)


DAY 8:  Saturday November 5, 2022- LYON (FB,L,D):  Morning arrival in beautiful Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France.  This winkling city will reveal itself to you during a guided walking visit by coach and on foot. Our excursion will start with a stop at the Fourvière Basilica. You'll first take in the breathtaking views from the heights of the Basilica before entering it. In 1168, a chapel was built in Fourvière by Olivier de Chavannes, the Saint Jean canon, over the ruins of the old roman forum. The small chapel that was first dedicated to Saint Thomas and then to the Virgin Mary has been destroyed and rebuilt many times. Its current known form dates back to 1740 and its most recent renovation was in 2008.   After our visit we'll return to the coach and move on to Lyon's Old Town. You will take a walking tour with our guide and discover the "traboules”, types of passageways that are typical of the city. The first traboules are thought to have been built in the 4th century. There was a water shortage in Lugdunum (the Gallo-Roman name that was given to Lyon at the time) that led its inhabitants to settle in the "lower city” on the banks of the Saône, at the foot of the hills of Fourvière. The traboules were thus used to reach the river quickly. You'll enjoy some free time in the Saint Jean district, in the heart of the Old Town.  We'll return on board in time for lunch, and afternoon at leisure in Lyon.


DAY 9:  Sunday November 6, 2022– LYON - (FB):

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. Coach transfer back to Lyon airport for your flight home or depart onto your post extension to Burgundy. End of our services.