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2018 2019
FROM $ 1,860 per person

Hike through the Rhône Valley and the Provençal Rhône

6 Days - LON_AIPP
# Description

Cruise

LYON - CHAVANAY - PILAT MOUNTAIN RANGE - AVIGNON - ARLES - THE ALPILLES - VIVIERS - THE ARDECHE GORGES - VIENNE - LYON

Explore the Rhone and Saone by cruising through their beautiful landscapes. Discover magical sites such as the Alpilles, a chain of limestone hills and an enchanting natural site, or the Baux de Provence, one of the oldest villages in France nestled in an extraordinary setting. Wildlife ethusiasts will love the Madeleine Cave, a Michelin-awarded site, and its surrounding area.

Croisi +
All inclusive on board

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED
  • Walking tours with a qualified mountain guide to visit:
    • The Pilat Mountain Range
    • The Alpilles, and the Baux de Provence
    • The Ardèche Gorges nature reserve
  • Non-hikers program:
    • Chavannay and wine-tasting*
    • The Baux de Provence, jewel of the Alpilles
    • The Madeleine Cave
    • The wild Camargue

Cruise

Day 1

LYON

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, meet the crew at a welcome cocktail. We'll introduce our hiking program before dinner followed by an evening of entertainment.

Day 2

LYON - CHAVANAY

This morning, we'll cruise through the Rhône Valley towards Chavanay, passing Givors, Vienne and Condrieu at the foot of the Côtes Rôties vineyards.
Hikers' program: Hiking in the Pilat Mountain Range. We'll discover amazing vistas from the granite ledge set high above the Rhône river and facing the Alps as we hike through this beautiful mountain range. Departing from Malleval, our loop will take us from the Saut de Lorette waterfall to the Batalon gorge and along paths that border the mountains, allowing for beautiful viewpoints on the Rhône. (Length 2 hours 45 minutes, 7 km (4.4 miles), with around 200 m (656 feet) of elevation gain)
Non-hikers' program: Tour of Chavanay followed by a wine-tasting* session at a cellar.
The evening is free to do as you please.

Day 3

CHAVANAY - AVIGNON

We'll spend this morning cruising. Join us for a guided tour on foot of Avignon followed by free time to discover this beautiful city at your own pace. Enjoy an evening of traditinal folk entertainment.

Day 4

AVIGNON - ARLES - VIVIERS

We'll cruise towards Arles.
Hikers' program: Hike in the Alpilles and Les Baux de Provence. The Alpilles are a small chain of limestone hills, probably the most famous and the most visited in Provence, thanks to Van Gogh, Cézanne and other Impressionist painters. (Length 2 to 2¿ hours, distance of 5 km (3 miles), with about 150 m (492 feet) of elevation gain).
Non-hikers' program: Tour of Les Baux de Provence.
In the afternoon, we'll set out by coach for our excursion through the Camargue. Tonight's our gala evening and dinner.

Day 5

VIVIERS

We'll reach in Viviers early in the morning.
Hikers' program: Hike in the Nature Reserve of the Ardèche Gorges. All those who love walking in the great outdoors will surely be enchanted by the Ardèche Gorges, with their quite unique and wondrous scenery, combined with amazing, breathtaking views. (Length 2 hours, 6 km (3.75 miles), with around 250 m (656 feet) of elevation gain)
Non-hikers' program: Tour of the Madeleine Cave.
This afternoon, join us for a guided tour on foot of Viviers. We'll cruise towards Vienne. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day 6

VIENNE - LYON

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board while we reach Vienne. Join us on a guided tour on foot of the city. We'll cruise towards Lyon and enjoy lunch on board before disembarking at 3:00 p.m. End of our services.

Dates & Prices

START IN 2019
Departure 04/09/2019
Arrival 04/14/2019
FROM $ 1,860 per person
Ship : MS Camargue Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 04/25/2019
Arrival 04/30/2019
FROM $ 1,860 per person
Ship : MS Camargue Ship category : PREMIUM

* Price based on double occupancy

Sales

  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%
  • 3rd person discount in triple cabin : - 30%

Formalities

Valid passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.

Included :
Not included

Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day - onboard drinks included (except for drinks from our special lists) - double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom - tours and hiking tours as listed in the itinerary - services of a certified mountain guide - assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess - welcome cocktail - gala dinner - onboard entertainment - travel assistance and repatriation insurance - all port fees.

Drinks from our special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers - cancellation and baggage insurance - transfers/travel to and from departure/arrival points - personal expenses.

Shore Excursions

6 Shore excursions
Included in tour package Hiking in the Pilat Mountain Range Guided tour on foot of Avignon Hike in the Alpilles and Les Baux de Provence Excursion through the Camargue Hike in the Nature Reserve of the Ardèche Gorges Guided tour on...
Classic

Avignon and the Pope's Palace

You will set out on foot for the guided tour of the old town of Avignon. With 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, A...

Duration 3h00

Guided tour of Vienne

Meet up with the guides for a walking tour of Vienne, during which you will discover this Roman city rich in vestiges. The history of Vienne goes back more than 2000 years. The city is indivisible from the Rhône river and the surrounding hills. The A...

Duration 2h00

Guided tour of Viviers

You will leave the boat on foot for a guided tour of Viviers. The third largest protected sector in the Rhône Alpes regions, residence of bishops since the Vth century, Viviers, a small town with a population of 3,500 is like an open-air museum, wher...

Duration 2h00

Hike through the Pilat massif

You’ll be transferred by coach to Malleval, where you’ll set off on a loop through the Pilat massif to several panoramic views of the Alps and the summits of Mont Blanc. Spring and summer provide a wealth of wildflowers to the scenery. Yo...

Duration 2h45

Touring the Camargue and visiting a manade

Enjoy a panoramic guided tour of the Camargue. Sit back and admire the rivers, marshes, ponds, pink flamingoes, black bulls and the famous, indigenous Camargue horses. Discover the salt and rice fields that make the area so well known. We'll visi...

Duration 4h00

Hike through the Gorges de l’Ardèche

You’ll be transferred by coach to Vallon Pont d'Arc for a hike through the Gorges de l’Ardèche. Hikers love this area in particular for the grandiose and unique scenery in the canyon. You’ll be transferred by coach to Viv...

Duration 2h00

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

MS Camargue

PREMIUM - 2 Decks
Additional information

Hiking difficulty: level 2 (on a scale of 1 (easy) to 5 (difficult))

 

The hikes that are proposed during this cruise are short half-day strolls (2 to 3 hrs), implying few changes in altitude (around 150 to 300 m / 490 - 985 feet). Along the hike, you'll get the chance to see and discover some natural or cultural areas which are on your cruise's program. The durations stipulated in our programs are given as a rough guide and do not take the breaks into consideration. No athletic training is necessary for these hikes, but you should be in good shape and well-rested to fully enjoy this cruise.

Your equipment

Backpack
You'll need to bring a backpack (max 30 liters / 1,830 cubic inches) to carry the things you'll need for the hike: sweater, raincoat, picnic, bottle of water and sunscreen.
It is important, for your comfort and pleasure during the hike, to choose a good backpack. You should take a good-sized and sturdy bag with padded braces and a strong and waterproof fabric. Please note that no porter services are provided.

Shoes
Please note that you should bring a pair of good-fitting, comfortable shoes. It is best that you use these shoes prior to leaving for your cruise as it is important that you feel comfortable wearing them.
Regardless of the level of difficulty of the hike, the sole should always be of a good quality that is to say that they should be well sewn-on and non-slip for wet or uneven ground. It is best to choose shoes that provide ankle support and that have shock-absorbing soles to prevent injury to ankles, and back and joint problems.

Clothes
The equipment for a hike should necessarily include:

  • Undergarments / base layers that are appropriate for the planned hike
  • Lightweight, quick-drying pants
  • Warm sweater or fleece jacket
  • Rain poncho or raincoat
  • Hat or cap
  • Thin gloves and a knit cap for the beginning and the end of the season

Equipment
Do not forget to bring:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Small personal first-aid kit (refer to the following paragraph)
  • Water bottle
  • Toilet paper
  • Folding knife
  • Telescopic hiking poles if you are used to use them (recommend for the Douro and Croatia cruises)

First-aid kit
Your guide will have a first-aid kit for each hike.
It is yet compulsory to bring a personal first-aid kit, which differs according to the destination but will at least include:

  • Plastic strip bandages
  • "2nd Skin” or similar blister treatment bandages
  • Pain reliever
  • If necessary, mosquito repellent
  • "Collyrium” or similar eyewash product
  • Anti-diarrhea medication, etc.

You should also bring along any of your personal prescribed medication.

 

For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary.

*Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.

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