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The tip of Provence to Lyon on the Rhône and Saône Rivers (port-to-port cruise)

Set off on an unforgettable cruise from Martigues to Lyon, with ports of call in Mâcon, Tain-l'Hermitage, Avignon, Arles, and the Camargue.

Discover the 2,000-year history of Lyon as you stroll through its cobblestone streets. Ten percent of the city has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Vercors Massif and its steep limestone cliffs and vineyards perched above the valleys.

    Trip code : MML_PP

    Duration : 7 days

    Destination : MARTIGUES - THECAMARGUE - MARSEILLE - ARLES - AVIGNON - THEVERCORSMASSIF - TAIN - L'HERMITAGE - LYON - LYON¿MACON - MÂCON - BELLEVILLE - TREVOUX - LYON

    Operator : CroisiEurope Cruises

    Trip Highlights
    • A safari in the wild Camargue
    • Arles
    • The hanging houses in the Vercors Massif
    • Lyon and its strategic street doorways
    • The Beaujolais vineyards
    • Mâcon and its historic downtown
    • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
    • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
    • Free Wi-Fi onboard
    • Headsets are included for excursions
    • Official welcome from the captain and crew
    • Onboard activities
    • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
    • All port fees included

    Booking Confirmation

    After purchase, you will receive a Booking Confirmation and Passenger Information Form by email. Within 24 hours of purchase you need to send us a copy of your passport together with your Passenger Information Form.

    After purchase, you are required to make a deposit or full payment for your order. Please note most of our deposit is non-refundable. Please check your booking and your invoice for the Terms and Conditions which apply specifically to your booking.

    If you would like to cancel your booking, please refer to our cancellation terms.

    Please notes:

    • Any special requests, preferences MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form
    • Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges

    Cruise Cabin

    European river cruises*

    • All cabins are tastefully decorated and equipped with air conditioning, central heating, shower / toilets, satellite TV, safe, hairdryer— each providing a view of the river. Some cabins have French balconies or private terraces.
    • Our fleet of Premium ships offers additional comfort providing more space in the cabins.

    Customers can choose between 3 categories of cabins:

    • Category A: premium location
    • Category B: intermediate location
    • Category C: standard location (close to public areas such as entrance, restaurants, public lavatory) - same size or sometimes slightly smaller than Cat A & Cat B cabin
    • PRM Cabin: Cabin for passengers with reduced mobility. This cabin is not recommended for passengers without mobility difficulties.

    *The above cabin description is applicable to all ships except the canal barges, the ocean ships and the fleet of exotic river ships outside of Europe.

    Dining Experience & Cuisine

    On European river cruises, your meals are carefully designed and planned, and menus are developed in the pure tradition of fine French gastronomy. Each meal on your cruise will give you a delightful experience of French haute cuisine. For our gastronomic cruises, such Michelin-starred greats as Marc Haeberlin and the expert staff surrounding Paul Bocuse have been happy to join forces with CroisiEurope to take you on a memorable culinary voyage.

    For cruises outside of Europe, our Chefs prepare local cuisine, colorful and tasty, while adapted to Western tastes.

    Buffet Breakfast

    • Your day will start with an impressive self-served buffet breakfast in the onboard restaurant, which may include pastries, coffee, tea, juice, breads, jams and jellies, a variety of sausages and cold cuts, eggs, fresh fruit, and yogurt.

    Lunch & Dinner

    Lunch can be either buffet lunch or sit-down meals, while dinner will be 3-course sit-down meals. A menu of local specialties is prepared on a daily basis from fresh ingredients.

    • Please state your specific needs at the time you make your reservation (food allergies or special dietary needs)
    • Both lunch and dinner meals are paired with excellent complimentary wines. Complimentary wines may not be available for cruises outside of Europe. Check specific inclusions for your cruise.

    Special Occasion

    •  Please let us know your special occasion requirements – such as cakes, champagne, or flowers – at the time of booking and ideally one month or more before departure, and we will do our best to accommodate your wishes

    Languages

    European river cruises

    Onboard staff and crews speak French, English and many of them speak other major European languages such as German, Italian and Spanish. Notices and announcements are in French and English, as well as other languages based upon the needs of the passengers on board.

    River cruises outside of Europe

    Onboard staff and crews speak English and local languages.

    Excursion Package

    For European river cruises, two optional different excursion packages provide guests, who are looking for new experiences, adventures and sensations, with a range of dynamic, fun-filled and out-of-the-ordinary activities. Make your choice between these two options:

    • CLASSIC Package: Containing classic excursions based on culture, architecture and history. We’ve revamped several of our tours to give you a more authentic experience!
    • DISCOVERY Package: Discovery tours are for the adventurous, the offbeat, or those who are looking for something new.

    It is recommended to book optional shore excursions prior to your cruise to ensure their availability and to benefit from cheaper prices than buying them on board.

    Excursions on European canal barge cruises and exotic river cruises outside of Europe are included (except certain optional excursions).

    Tipping & Gratuity

    Tipping customs vary from country to country and culture to culture, and we understand that tipping is a way for passengers to show appreciation for services, quality and attention received during the cruise whether it be for the meals, rooms, reception or visits. To leave a tip, please use the envelope found in your cabin your last evening on board, and place this envelope in the specially designated box in the reception area as you disembark with the understanding that tipping is entirely at your discretion.

    Tipping is not compulsory and is not included in this package. We believe that if you choose to tip, you should only pay for the service you receive. In general, tipping is widely accepted as a way to show your appreciation of good service but is not compulsory. Tipping is expected and often makes up a large part of people's wages.

    If you are travelling on a river cruise and happy with the services provided by your crews and service onboard:

    - Recommended tips - For the crews and guides - $10US per day per passenger.


    Smoking

    Smoking is not permitted inside all ships.  You may smoke in designated smoking areas on deck only.

    Pets

    Pets are not allowed on board.

    Telephone and Internet

    Free wi-fi is available on all ships in the reception area and lounge bar on most ships. On the newest ships such as the Ms Gerard Schmitter, the MS Cyrano de Bergerac, the MS Lafayette and the fleet of four hotel barges, Wi-Fi is available throughout. For exotic river cruises outside of Europe, wifi may not be available when cruising in remote areas.

    Your ship’s emergency telephone number will be provided in your on-board documentation, so that your family may reach you in the event of urgent need or emergency. If you would like to make or receive phone calls on a non-emergency basis, we recommend that you make arrangements with your mobile phone provider for more information.

    Dress Code

    You’ll be most comfortable during the day in smart casual clothing.  You may wish to bring items that do not wrinkle easily, or that transport well after being ironed at home, as there is no iron provided on the ship.  Bring a variety of clothing for the environments expected during your cruise, including light clothing and bathing suits for hot weather, a sweater or jacket for cooler weather, and of course a raincoat and/or small umbrella.

    Please check the weather for your specific cruise countries, as the weather can vary quite a bit between the northern and Mediterranean areas.  Don’t forget to bring comfortable and sturdy walking shoes for sightseeing excursions.

    For evening meals, as well as for cocktails or gala events ‘casual dressy’ clothing is appropriate.

    Currency

    On European river cruises, the primary currency is the Euro. Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards are accepted. There are no currency exchange facilities on-board, so please ensure you have sufficient cash before boarding. Traveller’s cheques are not accepted.

    On exotic river cruises outside of Europe, the primary currency is the US Dollar. Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards are accepted. There are no currency exchange facilities on-board, so please ensure you have sufficient cash before boarding. Traveller’s cheques are not accepted.

    Electricity

    Onboard electrical service is 220V; most standard American electrical appliances are 120V.

    If you have any items that require electricity you must bring a two-pin plug European adaptor that will fit your item.  Many items such as cell phone chargers come already equipped with international adaptors – check the equipment that came with your cell phone.  In addition, you may find that you need to bring adaptors for other items such as your own razor, electric toothbrush, or curling iron (220V hair dryers are provided in each cabin).

    For exotic cruises outside of Europe, an adaptor to the local plug standard is recommended.

    Entertainment on board

    While your  cruise is all about discovering wonderful destinations, on many days there will be entertainment activities to add an extra dimension to your voyage. A traditional evening of entertainment with a “Titi Parisien” theme or an evening with songs and guitares that capture the spirit of La Camargue. Dinner in Spain may be accompanied by a guitar player from the region. A classical string quartet could come aboard in Germany, or an entrancing fado singer in Portugal. On the Volga, you can choose to take part in a tea drinking ceremony or Russian classes. Or simply do nothing except relax to some light music in the lounge. In exotic river cruise, cooking class or destination lectures are available. 

    Travel Insurance

    Our cruise products DO NOT include Travel Insurance. Travel insurance is not included in our tours, cruises, day tours, private tours, group tours, transfers, and any of our packages.

    For your protection, we strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance for your travel arrangements (without limitation) that include coverage for medical expenses, loss of luggage, cruise, land content and airfare charges that may occur. You need to provide us your Travel Insurance details upon booking, or at least before 30 days prior to your departure.

    If you do not have travel insurance prior to your departure, we retain the rights to refuse boarding/joining our tours or cruises. We might refund / provide travel credits for you, less any unrecoverable fees including but not limited to admin fees, visas fees, other suppliers’ cancellation fees. We won’t be held liable for any costs associated with this matter.

    DAY 1

    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. We’ll enjoy dinner on board. The rest of the evening is yours to do as you please.
    This morning, join us for an optional excursion:CLASSIC package: Tour the Camargue. We’ll visit a manade to enjoy a horse show.DISCOVERY package: Safari in the Camargue in a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Set out on an exciting jaunt into the heart of the wild Camargue.Sit back and admire the rivers, marshes, ponds, pink flamencos, black bulls, and the famous, indigenous Camargue horses. Whether on the edge of the sea or inland, each spot is an immersion in the wonders nature has to offer in France.Join us on an optional excursion for both packages: guided tour of Marseille.
    Optional excursions for both packages: The morning will be dedicated to a visit to Arles and a local olive oil production workshop. Tourists love to visit Arles for two reasons: Its Roman ruins and its ties to Van Gogh. The city oozes Provençal charm, and every corner seems packed with something to see or taste. And speaking of taste, no trip to the south of France would be complete without a visit to a local olive oil manufacturer. Join us this afternoon for a guided tour of Avignon and the Papal Palace. Avignon has had quite a past. The city’s historic center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Included in this area is the Papal Palace, one of the largest and most important Gothic buildings in Europe and the city’s most famous attraction. Our ship will cruise this evening.
    This morning, join us on an optional excursion for both packages: Discover the Vercors Massif and enjoy a tasting of local sparkling wine (Clairette de Die).* We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Lyon, arriving during the evening.
    Optional excursions proposed: CLASSIC package: Join us for a panoramic tour of Lyon and learn about the discrete and strategic doorways leading to shortcuts, known as traboules, that go from street to street. DISCOVERY package: Explore Lyon by bike and see its historic monuments and neighborhoods from the saddle before enjoying a tasting in the heart of the Old Town. We'll spend the afternoon cruising the Saône to Mâcon, arriving during the evening.
    Optional excursions proposed: CLASSIC package: Join us for an optional tour of Mâcon and its historic downtown. DISCOVERY package: A food lover’s tour of Mâcon. Join us for a walking tour of the capital of the Beaujolais wine region and have a taste of some of the local products. This afternoon, join us for an optional excursion for both packages: The Beaujolais vineyards. Tonight is our festive gala evening.

    DAY 7

    Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.
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    EXCURSIONS
    EXCURSIONS PACKAGE DISCOVERY - 2023

    Included in tour package: Marseille Camargue with manade Arles and visit of an olive oil site Avignon and thes Pope's palace Vercors Lyon Beaujolais vineyards Mâcon

    PRICE PER PERSON

    Pre-paid : 593 AUD

    On-board : 692 AUD

    EXCURSIONS
    EXCURSIONS PACKAGE DISCOVERY - 2022

    Included in tour package: Marseille Camargue with manade Arles and visit of an olive oil site Avignon and thes Pope's palace Vercors Lyon Beaujolais vineyards Mâcon

    PRICE PER PERSON

    Pre-paid : 743 AUD

    On-board : 868 AUD

    CLASSIC
    CLASSIC EXCURSIONS PACKAGE - 2023

    Included in tour package: Marseille Camargue with manade Arles and visit of an olive oil site Avignon and thes Pope's palace Vercors Lyon Beaujolais vineyards Mâcon

    PRICE PER PERSON

    Pre-paid : 649 AUD

    On-board : 592 AUD

    CLASSIC
    CLASSIC EXCURSIONS PACKAGE - 2022

    Included in tour package: Marseille Camargue with manade Arles and visit of an olive oil site Avignon and thes Pope's palace Vercors Lyon Beaujolais vineyards Mâcon

    PRICE PER PERSON

    Pre-paid : 603 AUD

    On-board : 702 AUD

    1 TRIPS OF DAY
    AM
    Guided tour of Arles and visit of an olive oil production site

    Depart by foot for the guided tour of Arles. For two thousand years Arles has maintained an outstanding architectural heritage making it a genuine open-air museum. Welcome to this tourist and cultural

    DURATION 04:00 hours

    PRICE PER PERSON

    Pre-paid : 81 AUD

    On-board : 89 AUD

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    1 TRIPS OF DAY
    PM
    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

    DURATION 03:00 hours

    PRICE PER PERSON

    Pre-paid : 49 AUD

    On-board : 54 AUD

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    1 TRIPS OF DAY
    AM
    ''Safari'' in the Camargue

    Far from the tourist traps, discover the Petite and Grande Camargue from the back of a jeep with local guides who will share their enthusiasm for this legendary area. You'll cross the Parc Naturel

    DURATION 04:00 hours

    PRICE PER PERSON

    Pre-paid : 160 AUD

    On-board : 178 AUD

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    1 TRIPS OF DAY
    AM
    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 field

    DURATION 04:00 hours

    PRICE PER PERSON

    Pre-paid : 109 AUD

    On-board : 120 AUD

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    1 TRIPS OF DAY
    AM
    Guided tour of Lyon

    This winkling city will reveal itself to you during a guided visit by coach and on foot. Our excursion will start with a stop at the Fourvière Basilica. You'll first take in the breathtakin

    DURATION 03:00 hours

    PRICE PER PERSON

    Pre-paid : 63 AUD

    On-board : 69 AUD

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    1 TRIPS OF DAY
    AM
    The delicacies of Macon

    Your guide will lead you through the streets of Macon on foot to discover the rich heritage of this fascinating city. Among the many sites you'll see and learn about are the cathedral, the museum

    DURATION 02:30 hours

    PRICE PER PERSON

    Pre-paid : 58 AUD

    On-board : 64 AUD

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    1 TRIPS OF DAY
    PM
    MARSEILLE

    We’ll leave by coach for an optional visit to Marseille, a city that seems to be a study in cultural and architectural contrasts.  Beautiful, significant vestiges that have accumulated over

    DURATION 04:00 hours

    PRICE PER PERSON

    Pre-paid : 82 AUD

    On-board : 92 AUD

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    1 TRIPS OF DAY
    PM
    Excursion to the Beaujolais vineyards and visit of the Hameau Duboeuf

    Departure by coach in the company of our guide from Montmerle-sur-Saöne or Belleville to discover the Beaujolais vineyards extending on 22,500 hectares. We will pass through charming little wine-

    DURATION 04:00 hours

    PRICE PER PERSON

    Pre-paid : 105 AUD

    On-board : 117 AUD

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    1 TRIPS OF DAY
    AM
    Excursion into the Vercors

    Departure by coach from La Voulte towards Die. Carved out in limestone, the Vercors Regional Nature Park extends over 186,000 hectares between the Isère Valley to the North and the Diois to the

    DURATION 05:00 hours

    PRICE PER PERSON

    Pre-paid : 109 AUD

    On-board : 120 AUD

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    1 TRIPS OF DAY
    AM
    Guided bike tour of Lyon

    Discover all of Lyon's touristic highlights in only 2.5 hours and with little effort! Enjoy a leisurely bike ride around the lake in the Parc de la Tête d'Or and on the banks of the Rh&o

    DURATION 03:00 hours

    PRICE PER PERSON

    Pre-paid : 138 AUD

    On-board : 153 AUD

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    1 TRIPS OF DAY
    AM
    MACON

    Although it is still in the Burgundy region, with its unique roof tiles and brightly colored facades, Mâcon feels like it should border the Mediterranean Sea. The city has a wide range of strik

    DURATION 02:00 hours

    PRICE PER PERSON

    Pre-paid : 36 AUD

    On-board : 40 AUD

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