and River Cruising
Simply the Best
du Rhone and Provence
7 Day Tour
year-'round sun warming lavender fields and Mediterranean shorelines,
an ancient culture dedicated to supplying every need of mind, body and
soul, Provence and the South are blissful places for rest and
are the lands of olive oil and honey, rosemary and sunflowers, hilltop
villages and cypress avenues. Van Gogh painted here, and here the Popes
fled to escape the turmoil of 00th century Rome. In recent years,
has become a potent symbol of “the good life,” and every visitor would
agree that there’s something magical in the Proven?al air.
and river cruising
is one of the most relaxing and intimate ways to experience the beauty
of Europe, without crowds and in great comfort. For those who
fine food and wines, peaceful vistas and an exciting new destination
day without ever leaving “home,” this has become a favorite way to
a special birthday, anniversary or time together as a family.
is one of Europe's finest vessels. This year she cruises from
l'Hermitage in France's Rhone region to Arles in Provence, a diverse
that passes from chateaux and sleepy vineyards to the sun-drenched
of Van Gogh and the monuments of the Roman Empire.
(L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
- Crew: 6-7
- Length: 129
- Width: 17.5
- Cabins: 6
twin/queen, all outside
facing staterooms with en-suite bathrooms
cruise departs every Sunday from
April 4 - October 30
With the purchase of rail transfers,
chartering parties are met at their Paris hotel and transferred to the
rail station for the train to Valence. Join 'Napoléon,' moored
at Tain l'Hermitage, where a welcome reception awaits. Later, attend a
wine tasting at Ferraton Père & Fils and enjoy dinner on
board the barge.
'Napoléon' Barge D
After breakfast, relax
on deck and watch the beautiful scenery of the Rhône Valley glide
by. At Viviers, your overnight mooring, take a walking tour through
town and, time permitting, enjoy a game of pétanque
with the barge crew.
'Napoléon' Barge B, L, D
In the fortified medieval market town of
Nyons, the olive producing capital of France, visit an 18th-century
mill and a lavender distillery. After lunch in Grignan, learn about
truffles at a local farm and taste the area's famous "black diamonds,"
the world's most expensive mushrooms. Rejoin 'Napoléon' and
cruise to St-Etienne des Sorts.
'Napoléon' Barge B, L, D
Visit Château de la Nerthe to
taste the wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe, followed by a
leisurely lunch on board. Cruise to Avignon, where you embark on an
excursion to Pont du Gard, part of an ancient Roman aqueduct that is
three levels and stands almost 165 feet high.
'Napoléon' Barge B, L, D
A guided walking tour in Avignon
includes the Palace of the Popes and the Cathedral of Notre Dame. After
lunch on board, 'Napoléon' cruises to Arles during the afternoon
for an excursion to the cliff-top village of les Baux-de-Provence.
'Napoléon' Barge B, L, D
Set out on a walking tour of Arles,
where Vincent Van Gogh lived in 1888 and 1889. 'Napoléon'
cruises to Vallabrègues during lunch. Afterward, visit
St-Rémy, a haunt of Van Gogh and the birthplace of Nostradamus.
Then enjoy an olive oil tasting at a traditional 18th-century
Provençal bastide (country house) before a special
farewell dinner on board.
'Napoléon' Barge B, L, D
breakfast and transfer to the rail station in Avignon.
YOUR STAY IN PARIS:
Pre- and post-cruise hotel
can be arranged at Le Parc Sofitel Demeure. Prices available on
can travel in tandem with 'Hirondelle,' 'Fleur de Lys' and 'Amaryllis'
to accommodate larger groups.
Apr 04 - Oct 30
Double occupancy..... $5,500
Single supplement..... $1,375
Six-night charter*..... $66,000
* Please ask about special prices for charters
with 8 to 11 passengers.
Roundtrip Rail Transfers..... $300
Special Routes: Chalon-sur-Saône to
Tain l'Hermitage on Apr 04 and Sep 05; Avignon to Lyon on Jun 13 and
Oct 17; Lyon to St-Jean-de-Losne on Jun 20 and Oct 24; St-Jeande- Losne
to Lyon on Jun 27; Lyon to Avignon on Jul 04; Tain l'Hermitage to
Chalon-sur-Saône on Aug 15; Macôn to St-Jean-de-Losne on
Aug 22; St-Jean-de-Losne to Macôn on Aug 29. Contact A&K for
Please check with A&K for our special
Note: This route is run in
reverse on alternate weeks.
For hotel sailings with purchase of rail
transfers, guests meet on Sunday at the Mercure (Hotel) Paris Gare de
Lyon, one hour prior to train departure.
A&K RECOMMENDS ...
Extend your stay with pre- and post-cruise hotel nights. Contact
A&K for details and pricing.
6 nights | Sunday departures | Hotel and
charter sailings | Children under 12: charters only With transfer
purchase, departs from the Paris hotel chosen by the charter group:
Policy: On non-family
programs, unless otherwise indicated on the individual program page, a
minimum age of 10 years is required. Call for details.
An Introduction to Provence and Southern Rhône
The attractive town of
both a Roman capital and medieval one. Its Roman Amphitheatre was one
the largest in Gaul (seating over 20,000 spectators) and is well
thanks to its transformation into a fortification during the Middle
In troubled times, the arena was used as ramparts and crowded with
The Romanesque basilica, Église St-Trophime, is one of the most
beautiful churches in the south of France. Its facade incorporates a
doorway with impressive figures. From the cloister, there are excellent
views of the church's splendid, three-tiered tower. Arles' Museon
is France's most famous ethnographic museum. Its founder was Nobel
winner, Frédéric Mistral, a champion of Provençal
life and culture. The Impressionist painter, Vincent Van Gogh, also
in Arles between 1888 and 1889 before entering an asylum in nearby
Situated on the left
bank of the
River Rhône, Avignon was a papal residence in the 14th century.
des Papes, The Palace of the Popes, being the largest Gothic palace in
all of Europe, stands as the mighty symbol of the church's influence
the western Christian world in the 14th century. It served as a
as well as a palace. When Provence was the center of the Christian
this huge feudal structure was commissioned by Pope Clement VI and
property of the Holy See until 1791. Its walls are 13-feet thick in
places, and its defensive towers are up to 165-feet tall. Although some
original frescoes remain, much of the furniture and decoration was
during the French Revolution.
Grignan is the largest
Renaissance château in southeastern France. From its position
a rocky mound, it dominates the surrounding countryside, offering
views from its terraces. When the Château's 17th-century owner,
François de Grignan, married Françoise-Marguerite, the
of Mme de Sévigné, the ensuing 27-year correspondence
mother and daughter created a new type of literature. These famous
full of keen observation and wit, were to become an important source of
historical information about the age of Louis XIV. The Château
been a listed historic monument since 1993 and contains a magnificent
of furniture, paintings, and tapestries.
The region of
is the most famous of the Southern Rhône Valley and one of the
beautiful in Provence. The name literally translates to 'New house of
Pope" and the "Avignon Popes" used to have their summer residence at
The papacy while located in this region did much to promote viticulture
in the surrounding area and the wines produced here became known as
du Pape", subsequently, Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The appellation is
red wine only (although some chateaux are producing whites) and is
for richly colored, full-bodied, aromatic wines.
was the first region in France to gain Appellation
status in France in 1920. The wines compliment the local
cuisine laced with garlic and olive oil and herbes de Provence grown in
the same soil as the grapes.
Les Baux de Provence is
both a "Live
City" and a "Dead City." This unique title refers to the ancient ruins
that stand along side a quaint inhabited village. The provençal
word baou means a prominent cliff, and the town perches on a narrow
of land, which surges up from the valley below and is surrounded on
sides by jagged cliffs. Ancient Celtic and Roman peoples inhabited this
cliffside and it had been a defensive site throughout history. The
family rose to power in the 9th century and ruled as Lords until 1426
the last of the lords died. Baux became part of Provence and later
in 1481. King Louis XIII destroyed the castle in 1632 to squelch a
and the ruined city, once inhabited by almost 6000 people, lay deserted
for several hundred years. The view from the ancient citadel
the Val d'Enfer below it, and extends as far away as the
Ever since the Capetian
it their capital in the 12th century, Paris has been the center of
intellectual, and artistic life in France. The oldest part of the city
is on the Ile de la Cité, which has been occupied since the time
of Caesar. By the middle ages, the town had spread onto both the left
right banks. Later periods of growth led to successive enlargements of
the town walls, but real development did not begin until the time of
IV in the late 16th century. The museums and monuments of Paris are
The 12th-century Cathedral of Notre-Dame is situated on the Ile de la
on a site that was occupied by two earlier churches. Though it was
damaged during the French Revolution, the Cathedral with its massive
buttresses remains one of the most recognizable buildings in Paris. The
Louvre is one of the world's best-known art galleries. Once a Royal
it first opened as a museum in 1793. On the opposite end of the
sits the Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile, the largest triumphal arch in the
world. It was completed in 1836 and commemorates the military glory of
Napoleon. Near the Hôtel des Invalides is Paris' most famous
the Eiffel Tower. It dates from 1889 when it was constructed for the
is a country
town with shady boulevards and charming old alleyways. The doctor and
Michel de Nostredame (Nostradamus), was born here in 1503, as was
Mistral, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1904. Vincent Van
who was fascinated by the quality of light and ardent beauty of the
arrived here from Arles in 1889 to begin one of his most prolific
creating more than 150 paintings and numerous sketches in only one
The artist left St-Rémy for Auvers-sur-Oise, where he died in
The once-prosperous Greco-Roman town of Glanum, south of
contains the remnants of the earliest Greek houses in Provence.
on the River
Rhône, Tournon sur Rhône has a 15th-century Château
sits atop granite rocks and a gracious, tree-lined promenade. Tain
on the other side of the river, is dominated by vineyards that produce
the robust Hermitage, considered to be the finest of all
wines. Tain is also known for its fine chocolate, which is made at its
Valrhôna chocolate factory. The twin cities of Tounon and Tain
connected by two bridges.
Viviers is an unspoiled
nestled along the Canal Donzère-Mondragon. The seat of a
from the 5th Century until the Revolution. The former importance of the
town accounts for its remarkable architectural heritage, which makes
a most agreeable place for an evening stroll.
Breakfast, lunch, and
included daily -- beginning with dinner on Sunday and ending with
throughout the season in response to conditions and to take best
of special events along the way. Itineraries may also be altered to
the special interests of passengers.
Water levels, waterway
maintenance of canals and locks have an effect on canal and river
itineraries. Some waterways are subject to occasional closures because
of drought, storms, floods, canal/lock repairs, or other unforeseen
In the event of such occurrences, the appropriate itinerary changes
need to be made.
Be assured that any
routing changes on your specific departure will be made to enhance your
cruise and make it a unique and memorable experience. You have only to
relax and enjoy the journey as it unfolds.
du Rhone and Provence
7 Day Tour
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year 2011, departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications.
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