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Lyon, Provence and the Camargue

8 Day River Cruise

France, Europe

Take in France's rural delights, centuries-old monuments and rugged scenery as you cruise along the Rhone and Saone Rivers, journeying from Lyon to Provence. Explore Roman ruins, the wild plains of the Camargue and the winding hidden passageways of Lyon on this captivating eight-day voyage.

Tour Highlights

  • Embark on a city tour of Lyon, visiting the 12th century Fourviere Basilica
  • Explore the old town of Lyon and discover its unique 'traboules', a network of hidden passageways through the city
  • Discover the exceptional sights of Vienne on a walking tour
  • Enjoy a visit to a manade (bull breeding farm) in Arles
  • Cruise along the charming Rhone and Saone Rivers
Number of nights


Day 1
UK to Lyon


Depart the UK on your flight. Upon arrival, you'll be met and transferred to your ship. Later, enjoy a welcome cocktail with the crew before dinner.

Day 2
Lyon to Macon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today's tour begins at the 12th century Fourviere Basilica, which shapes the cityscape with its towering presence. Continue on to Lyon's Old town and discover its unique 'traboules', a network of hidden passageways weaving through the city. Return to your ship and cruise to Macon.

Day 3
Macon to Vienne

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, travel by coach to the grand Cluny Abbey. In the afternoon, sail down the Rhone towards Vienne, taking in the rolling scenery before an evening of entertainment and dinner on board.

Day 4
Vienne to Arles

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Enjoy a walking tour of Vienne and discover why the city is renowned for its art, history and culture. Founded over 2,000 years ago, Vienne boasts outstanding examples of Roman architecture. Your tour begins at the Antique Theatre. Continue into the heart of Vienne and visit the exceptionally preserved Temple of Augustus. Complete your tour at the Cathedral of St Maurice before returning to your boat for the journey to Arles.

Day 5

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Following breakfast, journey to the unique natural region of the Carmargue. Enjoy a guided tour past rivers, marshes, and lagoons as you look out for the flamingos, black bulls and the indigenous Camargue horses which inhabit this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Later, visit a manade (bull breeding farm) to learn about how a manadier works with the animals. End your day with a cocktail on the farm patio.

Day 6
Arles to Viviers

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Depart for Viviers in the morning, stopping at Avignon. Wander past the Diocesan Church towards the beating heart of Avignon, Place del-Horloge. Continue on to the town square at Place du Palace and the Notre Dame des Doms Cathedral before ending your tour at the UNESCO-listed Pope's Palace. Return to your boat and cruise through the afternoon to Viviers.

Day 7
Viviers to Lyon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After a morning of cruising, arrive at Tournon, situated in the heart of the Rhone Valley. Proceed on foot towards the Chateau Museum. Browse through its historic artefacts then walk through the characterful streets and alleys of Tournon's historic centre. To finish the day, sample a selection of regional food products and wines before returning to your ship for tonight's farewell gala dinner.

Day 8
Lyon to the UK


After breakfast, disembark and transfer for your return flight, or continue on to your extension.

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Dates & Prices

Price (per person)
Dates available
April 2023
from £1,699
1 Date
19th Apr - 26th Apr
May 2023
from £1,999
1 Date
12th May - 19th May
June 2023
from £2,099
1 Date
12th Jun - 19th Jun
July 2023
from £1,899
1 Date
19th Jul - 26th Jul
August 2023
from £1,799
1 Date
23rd Aug - 30th Aug
September 2023
from £2,049
1 Date
22nd Sep - 29th Sep
October 2023
from £2,049
1 Date
11th Oct - 18th Oct

Extend Your Tour

Lyon, Provence and the Camargue with Lyon City Stay

3 Day Extension



Important Information

A visa is not required for your entry into France. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This cruise is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness. It involves some climbing of steep steps, and getting on and off boats. This cruise is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

An English speaking Cruise Director will be on board your cruise to help with any queries that you may have. They will not accompany you on land, this will be your free time to explore each city at your leisure. Airport transfers will be with an English speaking driver.

The currency in France is the Euro, we recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK, however cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any dinners where these are not mentioned in your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour.