DAY 1: LYON
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Sit back and enjoy a presentation about your CroisiCyclo vacation. Dinner will be served on board, followed by an evening of entertainment in the lounge.
DAY 2: LYON - MACON
All meals served on board. Our first bike trip will be across Lyon to discover its historical and architectural sites, stopping along the way to taste some local specialties. Since its founding by the Romans, Lyon has played a major role in the development of Europe. During our bike tour of the city, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of famous buildings such as Vieux Lyon, the Notre-Dame de Fourvière Basilica, the Parc de la Tête d’Or, the cathedral, the Museum of Fine Arts and Place Bellecour. After you return to the ship, we’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Mâcon. Enjoy an evening of dancing. We’ll reach Mâcon in the evening and remain in port overnight.
Biking itinerary: in Lyon 24.1 km./15 mi. (213 m./698 ft. elevation gain)
DAY 3: MACON - VIENNE
All meals served on board. Today, we’ll bike on a great bike path through endless vineyards towards Cluny. The itinerary will bring you through places renowned for their wines, like Prissé, La Roche-Vineuse and also the medieval castle of Berzé. Once we arrive in Cluny, take your time to the visit the abbey, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Romanesque-style abbey used to be a Benedictine monastery. After our visit, we’ll return to the ship.
Biking itinerary: to Fuissé 29 km./18 mi. (305 m./1000 ft. elevation gain) - to Cluny 57.9 km./36 mi. (549 m./1801 ft. elevation gain)
DAY 4: VIENNE - ARLES
All meals served on board. Today’s tour on bike will be through Pilat Regional Natural Park. This 395,369-acre (160,000-hectare) protected zone is a prime example of environmental diversity. We’ll then bike down a peaceful path towards the Côte-Rôtie vineyards. Don’t miss the Les Saisons de Rosalie store in Longes, where they make heavenly jam. As we leave the park, we’ll enter the famous Côte-Rôtie vineyard. We’ll stop for a wine tasting before enjoying a picnic lunch. Following our tour, we’ll return to the ship. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Arles. Tonight’s entertainment will be provided by the crew. Our ship will cruise through the night.
Biking itinerary: to Longes 22.5 km./14 mi. (244 m./898 ft. elevation gain)
DAY 5: ARLES - The Camargue
All meals included. We’ll leave on our bikes for the day. We’ll travel through the Natural Regional Park of the Alpilles, where you’ll discover the local fauna and flora. You’ll see olive and almond trees, along with rare species living in the heights of the park, and relics of prehistoric homes bringing you back to the origins of humanity. On your way, you’ll have some free time to visit Les Baux de Provence, a charming little village situated at the top of a spur dominated by a castle in ruins. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch. We’ll then continue to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, birthplace of Nostradamus, for a visit. Vincent Van Gogh also took refuge here during his treatments. It’s a town loaded with history. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a Provence-themed evening on board, including a traditional show. We’ll remain in port overnight.
Biking itinerary: to Les-Baux-de-Provence 33.8 km./21 mi. (335 m./1099 ft. elevation gain) - to Alpilles 59.5 km./37 mi. (427 m./1400 ft. elevation gain) - the Arles loop 72.4 km./45 mi. (488 m./1066 ft. elevation gain)
DAY 6: ARLES - AVIGNON - VIVIERS
All meals included. Our ship will cruise to Avignon. Once we arrive, we’ll be transferred to our departure point: the village of Gordes. This will be one of the prettiest bike tours this week. You’ll go to the Luberon Regional Natural Park, passing along famous Provencal villages such as Gordes, Roussillon, Bonnieux, Lacoste and Ménerbes. A stopover is planned in Roussillon to take in its colorful ochre deposits. You’ll then cross the Pont Julien, built in 3 BC, before stopping for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll continue our tour through the Luberon Park and stop for a visit to taste some wine. After a last hill, we’ll head back to the ship. This evening, you can take part in an optional guided tour of Viviers, where you’ll discover France’s smallest cathedral. We’ll remain in port overnight.
Biking itinerary: to Roussillon 22.5 km./14 mi. (335 m./1099 ft. elevation gain) - to Ménerbes 48.3 km./30 mi. (732 m./2401 ft. elevation gain) - from Joucas 72.4 km./45 mi. (1158 m./3799 ft. elevation gain)
DAY 7: VIVIERS - TOURNON - LYON
All meals served on board. We’ll spend the morning cruising the river, arriving in Tournon in the beginning of the afternoon. It’s our last day! Although your vacation is coming to an end, your adventure is not over. This afternoon, your itinerary takes you to the loop west of Tournon-Sur-Rhône to lead you to the center of the Gorges du Doux. The river path offers a stunning view. During your tour, keep an eye out for quaint villages, like Boucieu-le-Roi. We’ll then return to the ship. Tonight is our festive gala evening. We’ll cruise to Lyon during the night.
Biking itinerary: to Tournon-Sur-Rhône 29 km./18 mi. (792 m./1000 ft. elevation gain) - to Boucieu-le-Roi 48.3 km./36 mi. (1 158 m./1801 ft. elevation gain)
DAY 8: LYON
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking in Lyon at 9:00 a.m.