European River Cruises Itinerary

DAY 1 - Depart the USA (check with us or on our site for best airfares)
DAY 2 - Arrive in Lyon
Arrive and transfer to the port. Embarkation begins at 4 pm. Tonight, enjoy a gala welcome cocktail & dinner on board as you set sail for
Macon
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Dinner
Day 3 - Full Day in Macon
In the morning arrive to Macon, best known for its pastel buildings and local wine. Your tour will take you throughout the Beaujolais and
Mâconnais wine regions, with an opportunity for wine tasting as you go. A highlight of the excursion is a visit to the Georges Duboeuf's
Hameau du Vin Museum, which houses several exhibitions featuring the wine making techniques of Beaujolais. Next visit the Abbey of
Cluny 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 in the evening for Chalon sur Saone
at 9:30 pm
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Morning in Chalon sur Saone
Arrive to Chalon sur Saone at 8:00 am. Depart the ship and enjoy a scenic drive along France's Burgundy wine route through Pommard,
Volnay and Meursault. Arrive in Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, for a guided tour of the beautiful Hôtel Dieu, founded as a hospital
in 1443. Today the Hôtel Dieu's establishments include its museum, three courtyards, outbuildings, 15th century bastion and large cellars.
The beauty of the interiors is equal to that of the exterior. Leave Chalon sur Saone and drive to Brançion to visit this famous medieval
village. Your tour will continue to the Castle of Cormatin. Inside, the rich and colorful interior reflects the fashion in France, and particularly
Paris, during the reign of Louis XIII
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Full Day in Lyon
Lyon not only marks the meeting of the Saone and Rhône Rivers, but it is also the gastronomic capital of France. A city full of rich ancient
history, Lyon has many Roman ruins and early Christian sites. Your morning tour includes a stunning panoramic view of the entire city from
the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. You will also have time to explore the cobbled streets and Renaissance charm of Vieux Lyon. At 4
pm set sail for Avignon
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Arrive in Avignon
Enjoy time in the Avignon with a guided walking tour. Avignon is known as the "City of Popes," due to the role the city played in the
Avignon conspiracy of the 14th century, when a pope abandoned Rome and fled here. Avignon's lavish Palais des Papes (Palace of the
Popes) was considered the center of the Christian world during the 14th century. You will also have the opportunity to view the Pont
d'Avignon, a ruined 12th-century bridge that once spanned the Rhône
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Morning in Avignon, Evening in Arles
This morning visit the Pont du Gard, the greatest surviving stretch of aqueduct built by the Romans in the middle of the first century to
supply fresh water to the city of Nimes. Continue onto the town of Uzès, located near the start of the aqueduct. Enjoy the view of the
medieval towers, including the famous Tour Fenestrelle, that rise above the tiled roofs and narrow lanes of Renaissance and Neoclassical
houses. In the afternoon, you have a choice to enjoy a tour of Nimes, a city that dates back to the Roman Empire or a visit to the
Camargue Nature Reserve which is home to an astonishing range of wildlife, including hundreds of species of birds
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8 - Daylight Sailing
This morning you will embark on an excursion to the Ardeche Valley. Enjoy the sight of the spectacular limestone cliffs that tower up to
1,000 feet above the river below. You will also have the opportunity to view the Pont D'Arc, the famous stone arch. From here, the
itinerary follows the Gorge Trail from where you can see the harmonious meanders of the river. Along the way, you’ll discover the
“Belvédère du Colombier” and the “Ranc pointu” viewpoints. Located on a high cliff, they offer a striking view of the gorges: St Martin
d’Ardèche, le Teil, Rochemaure and le Pouzin. This evening, enjoy the Captain's Gala Dinner on board
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9 - Depart for the USA
This morning, disembark and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am
Meals: Breakfast