DAY 1: Lyon - MARTIGUES(1)
We'll meet up in Lyon in front of the Brasserie Georges at 1:30 p.m. for our departure by coach towards Martigues. Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6.00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. We’ll spend tonight's dinner and evening on board.
DAY 2: MARTIGUES - AVIGNON (Les Cassis)
We’ll leave by coach towards the Cassis area, famous for its dry white wine. Enjoy a wine tasting at one of the best local producers’ before returning on board and cruising towards Avignon. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.
DAY 3: AVIGNON - CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE - VIVIERS (Côtes du Vivarais and Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
We’ll arrive in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and take a tour of this village which produces the most prestigious name in Mediterranean wine. Take this opportunity to taste some wine at one of the best local producers'. We'll return on board in St Etienne des Sorts. This afternoon, we'll set off through the Ardèche gorges towards Vivarais, which is set on the St Remèze and Orgnac l’Aven plateau. We’ll taste some of the exceptional vintages of red and rosé wine whose bouquet is refreshing and refined. We'll board our ship again in Viviers and enjoy an evening of dancing.
DAY 4: VIVIERS - TAIN L’HERMITAGE (Les Côtes du Rhône)
We'll spend this morning cruising along the Rhône Valley. An expert in oenology will give a talk and refresh your memories on wine-making before a game is organized. The finalists with the highest scores will then take part in a “blind” wine-tasting session. The winner will be elected Bacchus of the cruise and will win a gastronomic cruise (valid for 1 person) on the Rhône with Paul Bocuse or on the Rhine with Marc Haeberlin, both 3-star cooks in the Michelin guide. This afternoon, we'll reach Tain l’Hermitage whose Coteau de l’Hermitage, the best known slope, is crowned with a chapel which seems to guard the entrance to the valley. We’ll take part in a wine-tasting session at one of the best producers' in the region. Afterwards, we'll continue cruising along the Rhône Valley, passing such famous vineyards as Côtes Rôties, Condrieu, Château Grillet and St Joseph. Our ship will sail through the night.
DAY 5: MACON - CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE - (Burgundy - Beaujolais)
We’ll set out by coach from Trévoux to visit the Beaujolais vineyards, whose name originates from the lords of Beaujeu who owned these vineyards up until 1400. We'll visit the famous Georges Duboeuf “wine village” to learn more about the art of wine-making. Afterwards, we'll return on board in Macon. Our coach will then take us through the Burgundy vineyards to learn more about the complex yet fascinating world of wine-making and its well kept secrets. Our tour will begin with Meursault, home to the very first vineyards, then on to Volnay, whose vineyards, planted on chalky ground, produce some of the finest wine in Côte de Beaune, and the Pommard vineyards, run by religious communities from the Middle Ages which produce full-bodied, tannic red wine. We’ll visit one of the best wine-growers in the area to taste some of the vintages. In the meantime, the ship cruises on to Tournus where we will board it again before sailing towards Chalon-sur-Saône. Tonight is our gala evening and dinner.
DAY 6: CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE - Lyon
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. Coach transfer back to Lyon. End of our services.