Lyon & Provence

10 October - 17 October 2018

Duration

7 Nights

Journey Type

Sailing from France

Ports

7 Ports

10 October

Setting sail from Avignon

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. The cobbled streets that surround the palace are a joy to explore, and you'll also find the ruins of the bridge that gave rise to the famous song. Avignon is more than just an open air museum though, and there is a real buzz about the place during July's popular theatre festival, when the city's hotels are full to bursting.

Don't miss

The Palais des Papes is impressive but do visit early as it’s easy to get held up on the narrow staircases behind large groups.

11 October

France: Arles

12 October

France: Avignon

13 October

France: Viviers

13-14 October

France: Tournon

14 October

France: Vienne

15-17 October

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.

Our tip

Getting around by public transport is great, with TGVs, trains, trams, trolleybuses, and a tube network which includes two funicular railways.

The Ship

Your home from home

Viking Freya in Budapest
Viking Aegir Veranda State Room
Viking Longship - Aquavit Terrace

Viking’s award winning Longships are the success story of river cruising with sleek Scandinavian design and innovative engineering.

What we love

Viking Longships have led the way in the expansion of the river cruise industry. With understated interiors, comfortable staterooms and suites, a great main restaurant and excellent terrace offering a lovely spot for a casual meal al fresco, they operate on Viking's most popular itineraries and consistently deliver to Viking's ever increasing clientele.

Capacity 190 Guests
Crew 45 Staff
Style Understated, elegant on board environment where you can relax after an enriching day of sightseeing.
Inclusions
  • All meals with wine, beer, and soft drinks
  • Sightseeing and excursions
  • WiFi on board
  • In-room movies on demand
Length 443 feet
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Ways to make it better
Hotel La Mirande, Avignon

Our favourite hotel in Avignon

La Mirande – intimate, great location and classically French style.

Glanum Roman ruins

Around Avignon

If you are interested in Roman antiquities, visit the archaeological site of Glanum at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

Cour des Loges, Lyon

Where to stay in Lyon

We love the Cour des Loges in the heart of old Lyon.

Windmill and vineyard in Beaujolais, France

What to do around Lyon

This is a great base to set forth for wine tasting in Beaujolais.

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