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Magic of the Provencal Rhone & the Camargue Cruise

Magic of the Provencal Rhone & the Camargue Cruise

Fully escorted by Karen Kirby!

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WHY CHOOSE A RIVER CRUISE?

 

For an intimate, relaxing and unforgettable travel experience, river cruising is hard to beat. As you sail at a pleasingly easy pace you’re cocooned in comfort. This is a great way to see a lot of different places in a short amount of time without having to worry about arranging transport yourself, or even unpacking your suitcase more than once. The incredible staff and crew really go above and beyond to make your experience a special one. A river cruise includes transportation to and through the country, or countries, on your chosen route; but also travelling with you every day, a ‘floating hotel’ with a lounge, bar and restaurant, outdoor space and evening entertainment, all of which are only a short walk from your en-suite cabin door. Think of it as a luxury hotel on the river.

 

 

Join us for a wonderful cruise on the Rhône river! Discover the authentic Provence combining style and refinement, a cruise brimming with splendid scenery and great food as well as a once-in-a-lifetime tasting at Paul Bocuse’s Halles de Lyon.

Day 1

UK to Dijon.
Crossing the channel by Eurotunnel we travel to our overnight hotel in Dijon, The Hotel Ibis Dijon Gare, making suitable refreshment stops en-route. We arrive at our hotel early evening with time to freshen up before our evening meal.

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Day 2

Dijon to Lyon.
After breakfast we visit Mâcon, located by the River Saône. The city has a southern character, with its colourful façades and its roofs made of round tiles. The historic centre takes in the charming Herbes Square and its magnificent wooden house; the Old Saint-Vincent, remains of the former Saint Vincent cathedral and the Saint-Laurent bridge with its beautiful view of the quays and the houses of the old town. Afterwards we head to Lyon and board our ship mid-afternoon. The ship then sails towards the South of France. After comfortably settling into your cabin, you will be introduced to the crew at a welcome cocktail meeting. Dinner tonight will be followed by an evening of entertainment. Our ship will cruise through the night.

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Day 3

Lyon to Arles, The Camargue.
This morning will be spent cruising through the gorgeous French countryside. When the ship arrives in Arles, enjoy a coach excursion to discover the Camargue. We’ll visit a "manade" where bulls are raised and horses are trained, to learn about the various
traditions in this area.

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Day 4

Arles to Avignon.
The ship will cruise early in the morning towards Avignon today. Enjoy free time in Avignon, the capital city of Vaucluse. It is situated on the left bank of the River Rhône and was for centuries one of the major artistic centres in Europe. Its medieval walls enclose this ancient cathedral city which is also known as the ‘City of Popes’. We visit the historical Papal Palace for a guided tour, one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. We return to the ship and spend the afternoon cruising to Viviers. This evening join us on a guided tour of this wonderful city.

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Day 5

Viviers to Gorges de L’Ardèche to Tain L’Hermitage.
After breakfast visit the Gorges de l’Ardèche with us this morning. This panoramic tour shows you the series of gorges in the river known locally as the ‘European Grand Canyon’ which you will see from the comfortable seat of a coach. After our tour, we’ll return on board the ship in La Voulte and continue our cruise towards Tain-l’Hermitage. On arrival, we’ll leave on foot for the Cité du Chocolat where we’ll indulge in a tasting of course! Tonight is our festive gala evening.

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Day 6

Tain L’Hermitage to Vienne to Collonges-Au-Mont to D’or.
We’ll spend the morning cruising to Vienne, a city overflowing with roman history. Enjoy some free time on your own exploring the city, before we set out once again towards Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or.

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Day 7

Collonges-Au-Mon to D’or to Lyon.
We’ll begin to cruise early in the morning towards Lyon. Enjoy some free time this morning in Lyon. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the city and a tasting at Paul Bocuse’s Les Halles de Lyon of local sausage and cheese, topped off with a lovely glass of wine. Paul Bocuse is a great French chef and a has a 3 Michelin star restaurant. After our excursion, we return to our ship.

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Day 8

Lyon to Beaune to Dijon.
After breakfast we disembark the ship and head towards our overnight hotel in Dijon, the Novotel Dijon Routes des Grandes Crus, stopping in Beaune for lunch to be obtained. Beaune is the wine capital of Burgundy surrounded by magnificent medieval ramparts. There are many individual shops to visit and places to eat. We arrive at our hotel early afternoon with time to freshen up before our evening meal.

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Day 9

Dijon to UK.

This morning we retrace our outward journey making suitable refreshment stops and return to home area approximately 8pm.

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B=Breakfast Included, L=Lunch Included, D=Dinner Included

MS RHONE PRINCESS ****

This lovely 4-star ship has 69 cabins split over 2 decks. All the cabins on board the MS Rhone Princess have TV, Telephone for internal calls only, bathroom with shower and toilet, towels, safe, air-conditioning, electricity 220V and there is complimentary Wi-Fi in the lounge and bar area. Located on the upper deck, the restaurant is where all freshly prepared meals are served during your cruise. It seats all guests at tables which vary in size with panoramic views and the atmosphere is casual but elegant. Also situated on the upper deck is the lounge bar with a dance floor. The ship also has a sun deck.

 

AT A GLANCE

  • Exclusive coach travel with Kirbys

  • Return Eurotunnel crossing

  • Half Board accommodation on the outward and return journey in Dijon (3 course set menu)

  • 6 nights Full Board accommodation on board the MS Rhone Princess

  • Ship Porterage

  • All coach travel and excursions as listed

  • Captains welcome cocktail reception

  • On board evening entertainment each night

  • 3 course lunch on board

  • 4 course Gala Dinner on board

  • Unlimited complimentary on-board beverages, including beer, fine wine, spirits, bottled mineral water, soft drinks, speciality coffees and tea from 12 noon to midnight

  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar on board the ship

  • Tea/coffee after dinner on board

  • Fully escorted by Karen Kirby

(Please remember to bring an overnight bag on this holiday)

(Please Note: Lunch is not included on days 1, 2, 8 and 9)

 

Passports are required.

 

TRAVEL OPTIONS

Upgrade your room (subject to availability). Supplements apply, call 01268 777 777, option 1

 

GROUP BOOKINGS

If you book 20 places all together on a day excursion, short break or holiday ONE GOES FREE

 

A deposit of £250 per person is required for this holiday.

This cruise is promoted by Success Tours and cannot be booked via a Travel Agent.

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Barking Station Parade, IG11 8TU
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Barkingside Fullwell Cross, Bus Stop A - IG6 2EA
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Brentwood Brentwood, Outside The Dairyman
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Chalkwell Park Chalkwell Park Bus Stop, London Road
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Chelmsford Victoria Road Victoria Road CM1 1JR
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Collier Row White Hart Lane - Bus Stop out Tythe Court RM7 8LZ
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Corringham Town Centre Gordon Road, Bus Stop opposite Colbourne Close
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Cranham Front Lane/Moor Lane Junction Bus Stop RM14 1XJ
Outside Restaurant Opp. Car Park
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Dagenham Church Elm Lane, Bus Stop L - RM10 9QS
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Depot Depot, Princess Road, Rayleigh
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Hadleigh Church Hadleigh Church, Bus Layby
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Harold Wood Bus Stop A, Gubbins Lane, RM3 0DR
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Hockley Spa Hockley Spa, Bus Stop outside the Library
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Holiday Inn, Brentwood Holiday Inn Brentwood
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Hornchurch. Hornchurch Town Centre
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Hutton Hutton, Bus Stop just past the Chequers Pub
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Ilford Ilford, Bus Stop outside 6 Clements Road, IG1 1BA
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Kavanaghs Rd Kavanaghs Road/London Road, Brentwood
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Palace Theatre Palace Theatre Bus Stop
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Pitsea Outside Gala Bingo Hall, Pitsea
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Queensway Queensway Bus Stop (Behind the Odeon Cinema)
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Rayleigh Stn Rayleigh Railway Station
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Romford St Edwards Way - Bus Stop H - RM1 3DQ
Out: Romford Shopping Hall
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Sadlers Farm Bus Stop on A13, just before Sadlers Farm
roundabout, nr Romsey Road
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Shenfield Stn Shenfield Station, outside Barclays Bank
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Shepherd & Dog Crays Hill Shepherd & Dog, Crays Hill
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Shotgate Shotgate Post Office
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South Green Grange Parade Bus Stop, South Green, Billericay
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Stanford Rookery Corner Rookery Corner Stanford
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Sun Corner Sun Corner London Road - Billericay
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Thames Drive Thames Drive Bus Stop
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The Elms Bus Stop outside Elms Public House, Leigh on Sea
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The Oak Grays The Oak Public House, Lodge Lane, Grays
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Thorpe Bay Stn Thorpe Bay Station, Acacia Drive (opp Station)
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Thurrock Services, Thurrock Services Coach Park, RM16 3BG
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Trafford House Outside Trafford House, by Bus Stop, Basildon
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Upminster Bus Stop M, St Mary's Lane- Upminster
Outside St.Laurence Church RM14 2QJ
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Vic Hse Cnr, Rayleigh Rd Vic House Corner, (Rayleigh Road)
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Websters Way Websters Way, Rayleigh
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White Horse White Horse,Southchurch Road, Southend
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Whittinghams Grg Whittinghams Garage, opp Rochford Railway Station
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Wickford Halls Corner, opposite Police Station, Wickford
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Woodford Green Snakes Lane East, Bus Stop R - IG8 7HU
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