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9 Day Rhone & Saone River Cruise - Lyon to Lyon (Symphony)


River Cruise Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Lyon, Lyon-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights Deluxe river cruise on MS Amadeus Symphony (Category C) outside cabin
  • Cruise porterage
  • All transfers & port fees
  • 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Wireless audio system for excursions

River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Captain's Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Unlimited wine with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Daily entertainment including an on-board musician
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior

DAY 1 - Depart for France
Depart for France. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey

DAY 2 - Arrive in Lyon
Arrive and transfer to the port. Embarkation begins at 4 pm. Tonight, enjoy a gala welcome cocktail and dinner on board as you set sail for Macon
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3 - Full Day in Macon
This morning arrive to Macon, best known for its pastel buildings and local wine making traditions. Discover this southern Burgundy city with its Mediterranean charm independently or perhaps join the optional tour which explores the region's many vineyards. This afternoon there is an opportunity for another optional tour to the Cluny Abbey in Burgundy, which once served as the center of the major monastic movement in the Middle Ages. Its church was the largest Christian building in the world until St. Peter's Basilica was rebuilt in Rome in the 16th century. Set sail this evening for Chalon sur Saone at 9:30 pm
Optional: Macon Wine Region
Optional: Cluny Abbey
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 - Morning in Chalon sur Saone
Arrive to Chalon sur Saone at 8:00 am. The city is known as the birthplace of photography and is home to a museum with over 2 million photographs and camera equipment from old and modern times. Perhaps, enjoy a walk to St. Vincent’s Cathedral or some free time to sit and relax at a café in the city square. The ship will depart at 2:30 pm and make a brief stop in Tournus to pick up passengers returning from the optional tours this afternoon
Optional: Beaune and Burgundy Wine Region
Optional: Medieval Brancion and Cormatin
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 - Morning in Lyon
Lyon not only marks the meeting of the Saone and Rhône Rivers, but it is also the gastronomic capital of France. This morning is free to explore the cobbled streets and soak in the Renaissance charm of this 2000 year old city which is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk by the Cathderal of St. John, the National Opera House or perhaps visit the fine arts museum which is one of the largest galleries in France. At noon set sail for Avignon
Optional: Lyon City Tour
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 - Full Day in Avignon
Enjoy a walking tour of Avignon, known as the "City of Popes," named for the seven popes reigned there during the 1300s. Stroll through the historic city center and stop at the picturesque Pont d' Avignon, a 12th century bridge that once spanned the Rhone river. Arrive to the lavish Palais des Papes (Palace of Popes), once considered the center of the Christian world during the 14th century. The ship will remain docked in Avignon this evening
Optional: Pont du Gard & Uzes
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 - Afternoon in Arles
At 10:00 am set sail and arrive just after lunch to Arles. Enjoy a walking tour of this exquisite city, inspiration for many of Van Gogh's paintings. Stop at the impressive Roman and Romanesque monuments completed in the 15th century, named UNESCO World Heritage sites. Continue on to the Roman theatre, the Obelisk of Arles, the Thermes of Constantine and more. This evening, set sail at 10:00 pm
Optional: Camargue Nature Reserve
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 - Daylight Sailing
This morning, passengers on the optional tour will embark on an excursion to the Ardeche Valley. Passengers on board will enjoy daylight sailing on the cruise. This evening, bid farwell to your traveling companions at the Captain's Gala Dinner on board
Optional: Ardeche Valley
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 - Depart France
This morning, disembark and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Disembarkation will end at 9:00 am
Meals: Breakfast

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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    *Not Included:
    Optional shore excursions and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Passengers arriving to Lyon on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 4:00 pm.
    Passengers returning from Lyon on Day 9 should select flights that depart no earlier than 11:00 am.

    Please note, singles cannot be booked in a Suite.

    Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. There are no elevators or chair lifts on board. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.

    Language: This itinerary is a multi-lingual cruise. Announcements and shore excursions may be conducted in another language, and an English translator will be provided.


    Entry Requirements:
    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.


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