Cruising the Sensations of Southern France

  • 9 Day Tour
  • 3 Sights Visited

Please note for navigational and passenger safety, the cruise company and the captain reserve the right to modify the cruise itinerary if necessary. Sailing times are dependant on how busy the numerous locks are. At some ports of call, a degree of walking will be involved to join our coach. Due to limited docking facilities, it may be necessary to dock alongside another ship to access the shore.

Day 1

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to northern France for an overnight stay.

On coach holidays of 7 days’ duration or more and Single Traveller coach holidays, you don’t even have to think about getting to your local joining point.

If you live within 20 miles of one of our free joining point, we’ll pick you up from your home and take you to meet your transfer coach, then return you back home at the end of your holiday. On European coach holidays of 7 days' or more, the cost of this is just £30 per booking each way (Up to 4 people per booking).

If you live a little further afield, you can also take advantage of this convenient option for an additional charge

Please note: If you would like to take up the Door-to-Door service, you will need to call our reservations team as it is not possible to book this service online.

Day 2

We head south to Lyon, where we board our luxury cruise ship, the Emerald Liberté for our six-night cruise. This evening sail north through the beautiful Beaujolais region.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - Chalon-sur-saone – Beaune

Chalon–Sur–Saone is best known as the centre of Burgundy’s wine region. Travel by coach to the quaint village of Beaune, where we visit the Hospices de Beaune, one of the finest examples of French fifteenth– century architecture. Marvel at the multi–coloured roofs of this former hospital, now a museum, which has become one of the symbols of Burgundy. Return to the ship for lunch, and then depart this afternoon for Macon, arriving in the evening. Tonight, enjoy local entertainment on board.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAy 4 - Macon

Arrive in Macon, another important wine region and gateway to the Beaujolais vineyards. Walk the Heritage Trail from Old Saint Vincent Cathedral to the General Hospital buildings and Soufflot Chapel, maybe trying some local wines. Enjoy time at leisure in the afternoon.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Tournon

Join your local guide for a walking tour of Tournon, which is dominated by the 16th century castle and roman ruins, and is nestled in the valley near the steep slopes of le Massif Central, France's 3rd largest mountain range. The Rhone-Alps has a long tradition in wine-making, and the nearby town of Tain l’Hermitage is known for its red wines.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Avignon

Avignon has a rich history from Celtic beginnings to being the residence of the Popes and later central to the French Revolution. The Papal Palace stands secure on a hill in the centre of town; its walls are 17–18 feet thick. Your walk with a local guide takes you through this delightful historic centre, exploring ancient cobbled lanes. The famous ‘Pont d’Avignon’ is only a short distance away.


Day 7 - Avignon – Aries

Sail into the Camargue region to the capital of Provence, Arles where you will join your local guide for a walking tour showcasing the highlights of the city. The rest of the day is at leisure.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 8

We disembark and join our coach for the journey to our overnight hotel in northern France.

  • Included meals: Breakfast
Prices are per person, based on two people sharing an E Category Stateroom. No single rooms/cabins available.
Extras: optional excursions; travel insurance from £47.95.
Cabin Upgrades (per person)Twin 
Stateroom D£60 
Balcony Suite C£400 
Balcony Suite B£420 
Balcony Suite A£550 
Please Note excursions during the cruise will be operated by a first-class local coach and not Silver Service.

FAQ's about our tours

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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We do have holidays that are suitable for wheelchair users, however the person using the wheelchair will need to be able to get on and off the coach if a coach tour is booked. Our coaches are not suitable for someone who is wheelchair reliant as we can only take folding wheelchairs that are stored in the luggage compartment.

We cannot guarantee that assistance will be available for the disabled person / wheelchair user and such bookings will only be accepted if that person is travelling with an able-bodied person who is fully able to attend to the needs of his/her co-traveller.

Passengers travelling by Eurostar in standard class seats must be able to walk 200 yards (183 metres) unaided. Please note; only collapsible wheelchairs are permitted on board standard class Eurostar coaches, as these must be stored in the luggage storage areas. Any passengers who are wheelchair reliant are required to be allocated in the 'Standard Premier' coaches where wheelchair user spaces are located. As these spaces are limited to 1 per train you must advise us immediately if you require them in order that we can reserve with Eurostar.

Excursions on our tours visit places of interest and public buildings. These may not be able to accommodate people with walking difficulties and wheelchair access may not be available. Excursions which include sightseeing tours may involve walking long distances and sometimes over cobbled or uneven surfaces.

The accommodation we use on our tours may not have ground floor rooms and in some instances lifts will not always be available. Occasionally access to your hotel may involve walking distances from the coach park and some hotels have a flight of steps to the Reception.

It is very important that checks are made with regard to the suitability of a tour for you prior to you make any booking with us.