Sailing from France
Setting sail from Arles
The charming little town of Arles sits at the head of the Rhône delta, on the northern fringe of the sprawling marshlands of the Camargue. It's a town with a long history, as evidenced by an impressive array of Roman ruins, and though the gladiators may be long gone the 20,000 seater amphitheatre still plays host to the bloody and controversial spectacle of the corrida (bullfight). Whether or not you approve of all the local traditions, Arles is a great place to sample the essence of Provençal culture, and we particularly recommend the vibrant Saturday market.
Visit the Fondation Vincent van Gogh for its great exhibitions.
The former papal stronghold of Avignon cuts a dramatic figure, perched above the Rhône and ensconced behind towering walls. The Palais des Papes was home to a succession of 14th century pontiffs, and still looms large over Avignon’s atmospheric old town.
Vienne was an important trading centre during Roman times, and spectacular remnants of this era survive, including a remarkably well preserved temple and a hillside amphitheatre with marvellous views across the red-tiled rooftops. The city also hosts a renowned jazz festival during July, featuring some of the world’s most talented musicians.
The little town of Mâcon lies on the west bank of the Saône, at the southern edge of Burgundy, and it’s a great base for sampling the region’s famous wines. A popular excursion is a trip to nearby Beaune, home to the magnificent medieval Hospices de Beaune and its prestigious wine estate.
France: Chalon-Sur-Saone, Tournus
Arriving in Lyon
Situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon is one of France's most appealing cities. Its reputation for gastronomic excellence is well deserved, with hundred of wonderful restaurants, from lavish Michelin-starred affairs to family-run joints tucked away down a back alley. What's more, the UNESCO listed historic centre boasts a marvellous ensemble of Renaissance-era buildings, best appreciated from the top of the soaring Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière.
Getting around by public transport is great, with TGVs, trains, trams, trolleybuses, and a tube network which includes two funicular railways.
Your home from home
Tauck’s Jewel-class vessels offer spacious suites, a choice of restaurants and comfortable public areas including an expansive sundeck.
What we love
Rich woods and plush fabrics give these ships a luxurious feel. The alternative restaurant with outside seating at the back is an idyllic place for a relaxed lunch as you cruise to your next call and the regional cuisine served in the Dining Room is excellent.
|Staff||36 International Staff|
|Style||Active days followed by sophisticated evenings.|
Tailor-make your trip
Our favourite hotel in Arles
We like the pretty Hotel Particulier, a lovely 19th century mansion.
Art in Arles
Arles is a great base for learning more about Van Gogh in Provence. Take a guided tour to learn more and see some great masterpieces.
Where to stay in Lyon
We love the Cour des Loges in the heart of old Lyon.
What to do around Lyon
This is a great base to set forth for wine tasting in Beaujolais.