2018 : Lyon & Provence - Lyon to Avignon

Tour lands of fine wine & cuisine

Explore Avignon's Palace of the Popes. Tap into your inner van Gogh at an Arles painting class. Discover Roman Provence at the Pont du Gard and Les Arènes amphitheater. Savor Beaujolais wines. Excite your palate in Lyon, capital of French gastronomy, and learn how to make Choux Chantilly cream puffs. Hunt for truffles, visit a lavender farm and see how chèvre cheese is made. Come witness the beauty that inspired artists like Cezanne and Chagall on this 8-day Rhône cruise.

All This Is Included

  • 8-day cruise visiting 1 country & 6 ports
  • Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Culture Curriculum®: sample a variety of French cheeses; find out how to make your own fondant au chocolat; try some Burgundian wines; enjoy lively French accordion tunes; attend lectures on current affairs & the painters of Provence; see how silk printing is done today; visit a local market
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • All onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception & Farewell Dinner
  • Multiple dining venues with open seating
  • Most al fresco dining on Europe's rivers
  • 24/7 specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Organic herb garden
  • River-view stateroom
  • Room steward & twice-daily housekeeping service
  • Evening turndown service
  • Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • 40" flat-screen LCD TV, with interactive programming
  • Complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Security safe
  • Hair dryer
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB port
  • Direct-dial satellite phone
  • Refrigerator
  • Bathrobes & slippers (upon request)
  • Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirrors
  • Glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium Freyja toiletries
  • Open-air walking track
  • 24/7 Guest Services for special requests
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Airport transfers on date of embarkation/disembarkation with Viking Air program

    Day 1 - Lyon, France

    Fly to Lyon. Transfer from the airport to your ship.* After boarding, take free time to explore this vibrant city, or join our "welcome walk" to stretch your legs and get oriented. (D)

    Day 2 - Lyon, France

    After breakfast, tour the city of Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin with a drive to the top of Fourvière Hill for amazing views of the city. Continue with a guided visit to the Basilica of Notre Dame and drive through town past the magnificent St. Jean Cathedral and the Palace of Justice. Then take a walking tour through the cobbled streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Town), where you'll have free time to shop for souvenirs or sample some of the fine French cuisine for which Lyon is world famous. (B, L, D)

    Day 3 - Lyon & Beaujolais Wine Tour

    After breakfast, take a scenic drive through the rolling hills of Beaujolais, where viticultural tradition runs deep. See the legendary Moulin- à-Vent, the windmill that gives its name to one of the most prestigious wines of the region, learn about the art of winemaking in a small museum and enjoy a tasting in one of the Beaujolais's famous cellars. Return to your ship for lunch. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. (B, L, D)

    Day 4 - Vienne & Tournon, France

    This morning take a walking tour of Vienne, a beautiful town with an ancient Roman past. Visit the Temple of Augustus and Livia, the Roman amphitheater and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Maurice; then spend some time discovering more of this engaging riverside town on your own. In the afternoon, enjoy the rolling vine-clad banks of the river, as you sail through its wide meanders to Tournon. After dinner, enjoy a stroll along the riverbanks under the plane trees. (B, L, D)

    Day 5 - Tournon & Viviers, France

    All aboard the Train de l'Ardèche this morning for a locomotive ride through the deep gorges of the Ardèche plateau, cut by the Doux River. You'll return to your ship and enjoy lunch aboard as we cruise to Viviers, an engaging little town in a mountainous setting. After dinner, join your Program Director for an evening stroll through Old Town with its medieval and Renaissance buildings. (B, L, D)

    Day 6 - Avignon, France

    This morning, set out on a guided walk of Avignon, nicknamed "City of Popes" because it was home to seven popes from 1309 to 1377. Stroll through the historic center, stop at the picturesque Pont d'Avignon and walk the Place de l'Horloge. Continue to the renowned Palace of the Popes for a guided tour through this rambling maze of Gothic architecture that served as papal residence, fortress, church and palace. You can join the optional tour to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, visiting the vineyards and tasting the famous wine. Lunch and dinner are served aboard. Your ship remains docked overnight. (B, L, D)

    Day 7 - Arles, France

    Disembark after breakfast and take a walking tour of Arles with its diverse architectural highlights. Experience the city's vibrant colors and striking quality of light that have inspired artists. Arles is also the site of some impressive Roman ruins, including Les Arènes, an arena that seats 20,000 and is still in use, as well as Romanesque monuments such as the Church of Saint-Trôphime, completed in the 15th century. Return aboard for lunch followed by an afternoon on your own to explore or shop for handcrafted gifts. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Dinner is served as you depart. (B, L, D)

    Day 8 - Avignon, France

    After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Marseille airport for your return flight.* (B)

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    Cruise Line
    Viking River Cruises
    Offer valid through 12/31/2017
    8 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Viking Heimdal

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    Day 1Lyon  
    Day 2Lyon  
    Day 3Lyon  
    Day 4Tournon  
    Day 5Viviers  
    Day 6Avignon  
    Day 7Arles  
    Day 8Avignon  

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    • 2018 : Lyon & Provence - Lyon to Avignon

      Destination: Europe
      Ship: Viking Heimdal
      Tour lands of fine wine & cuisineExplore Avignon's Palace of the Popes. Tap into your inner van Gogh at an Arles painting class.

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