22 December LYON
Boarding in Lyon, Quai Claude Bernard at 6.00pm, on our boat especially decorated for Christmas. Settling into your cabin. Get together in the lounge for the welcome cocktail and presentation of the crew. Dinner on board followed by a Lyon by night cruise, sailing past the illuminated old quarters of Lyon, a unique spectacle.
23 December LYON - VIVIERS
Breakfast during the cruise. The boat will sail down the Rhone, passing numerous locks. Aperitif in the lounge with musical accompaniment. Lunch during the cruise. Arrival in Viviers around 2.00pm. You will be able to take part in the optional guided tour on foot of the capital of the Vivarais (a medieval town classed as a conservation area), during which you can visit the cathedral which dominates the entrance to the “gorge” in the Rhone in which you can wonder at the Gobelin tapestries. Next we head for Montélimar, where we have a delightful visit to a traditional nougat factory followed by some sampling of this tasty confectionary. Back on board at the end of the day. In the evening, you will be invited to a gala dinner followed by an evening of dancing in the lounge.
24 December VIVIERS - AVIGNON the City of the Popes
Departure for Avignon early in the morning. Buffet breakfast during the cruise. During the morning’s sailing the boat will pass through the Bollène lock which, with a variation in height of 20 metres, was one of the major civil engineering works of the 1950s. Arrival in Avignon around noon. Lunch on board. Afternoon devoted to the optional guided tour of the City of the Popes, a veritable citadel perched on a rocky pinnacle, surrounded by its imposing ramparts. The Palace was once home to a sumptuous court where artists and scholars rubbed shoulders with each other. At its feet, the Pont d’Avignon seems a little on the narrow side “to be dancing round in circles”. Back on board. Getting ready for Christmas Eve. We will invite you to the Christmas Eve dinner where we will gather around the glittering Christmas tree like one big family. Midnight mass in one of the city’s churches (possibility of transfer, to book and pay on board(1)). Back on board where you will be served a glass of mulled wine. During the night, Father Christmas will pay you a visit. Overnight stopover.
25 December AVIGNON
Buffet Breakfast after. Disembarkation around 10.00am and end of this beautiful cruising. End of our services.
Optional additional night on board. A full board offer including, including lunch, dinner, accommodation and breakfast.