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Belmond Napoléon cruising the enchanting Rhone River

Belmond Napoléon – Provence Cruise

Belmond Napoléon cruising the enchanting Rhone River
Discover the incredible highlights of Provence during this 7-day cruise aboard the luxurious Belmond Napoléon. Visit hilltop villages, enjoy wine and truffle tastings, discover ancient Roman landmarks with this itinerary.


Visit a truffle farm in Grignan, learn about the famous black diamond truffles and enjoy a tasting.

Pass through Ecluse de Bollène, the second deepest lock in Europe.

Enjoy wine tasting at Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Visit Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Experience the Provencal way of life and the highlights of Provence aboard the elegant, Belmond Napoléon during this memorable, 7-day cruise from Lyon to Avignon. Provence is famous for its Mediterranean climate, picturesque hilltop villages and well-preserved, ancient Roman ruins.

Belmond Napoléon offers 6 comfortable cabins that can accommodate up to 12 passengers. Each cabin is furnished with a double bed or twin beds, private bathroom with shower, wardrobe and L’Occitane toiletries. Enjoy delicious gourmet meals paired with fine wines and cheeses prepared by your on-board chef. Relax on the sun deck whilst admiring the beautiful countryside of Provence.

Cruise highlights include excursions to the towns and cities of Lyon, Tain l'Hermitage, Viviers, Grignan and Avignon.

2020 Departure Dates

  • 5, 12, 19 & 26 April
  • 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 May
  • 7, 14, 21 & 28 June
  • 5, 12, 19 & 26 July
  • 2, 9, 16, 23 & 29 August
  • 6, 13, 20 & 27 September
  • 4, 11 & 18 October
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7-day cruise aboard Belmond Napoléon
Cabin accommodation with private bathroom
All meals and drinks, including regional specialties and seasonal delicacies
Complimentary beverages
All excursions stated in the itinerary, fully escorted by an experienced on-board guide
Vehicle transfer or train transfer from Paris to the barge

On-Board Facilities

  • Maximum of 12 passengers
  • 6 cabins
  • Bicycles
  • HiFi system with a selection of CDs
  • Selection of books and board games
  • Computer with Internet access
  • WiFi and Bose iPod docking station


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Day 1

Board the barge moored in Lyon for your cruise along the River Rhône. A champagne reception welcomes you on board and gives you the chance to meet your crew and guide, who will be with you for this exceptional voyage through the French countryside. An evening cocktail cruise through the centre of Lyon is a wonderful introduction to life on the river. Later in the evening, experience the superb cooking skills of your private chef. Dinner is a real highlight, particularly when accompanied by wines from France's finest vineyards.

Day 2
Lyon – Vienne

Shortly after breakfast, alight with your guide for a walking tour of Lyon, France's second city, which is celebrated for its culture and gastronomy. Dominating the skyline is the splendidly ornate Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Shoppers are sure to appreciate the top-quality stores and chic boutiques. Or you may prefer to relax in a sunny pavement café and simply watch the world go by.

Return to the barge for lunch and a cruise down the river to Vienne. The River Rhône is a major, fast-flowing waterway, where you will pass a variety of barges and pleasure craft. Relax on deck and watch the beautiful scenery unfold before dinner is served.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Tain l’Hermitage

This morning, savour the thrill of cruising past the magnificent vineyards of the Côte-Rôtie and Côtes du Rhône, which seem to descend right to the river's edge. In the afternoon, a wine tasting has been organised for you at a local winery, just steps from where the barge moors. Take time to explore the delights of Tain l'Hermitage, including the famous Valrhona chocolate shop, before returning to the barge for dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4

Relax on the top deck and admire the breathtaking scenery of the Rhône Valley as the barge glides towards Viviers in the morning. Mid-afternoon, your guide takes you on a walking tour of this charming medieval town. Return to the barge to relax, perhaps challenge the crew to a game of pétanque, or pedal off exploring on one of the barge bikes. Your efforts will be rewarded with another delicious dinner on board.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5

After breakfast, your guide escorts you on a scenic drive through the countryside. Stop at a truffle farm to learn about and sample the world-renowned delicacy before continuing to Grignan. This Provençal village, known for its wild roses and 12th-century château, is where Madame de Sévigné lived and wrote her witty and eloquent letters, first published in 1725. Enjoy lunch at a charming local restaurant before taking time to explore the quaint village with its cobbled alleyways. Back on board, the barge continues to cruise south to Roquemaure, passing through the Bollène-Écluse, a lock with a 23-metre drop, one of the longest in Europe.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6

Unwind on board this morning before accompanying your guide to the 14th-century summer home of the Popes of Avignon. Enjoy a tour of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and a private tasting of the region’s famous wines. Re-join the barge for a lunch cruise to Avignon, during which you'll sail past the famous Pont Saint-Bénezet (otherwise known as the Pont d'Avignon). After reaching your mooring, which is opposite the gate to the walled city, alight for a guided tour of Avignon, including the soaring Palais des Papes, or Papal Palace. Afterwards, enjoy free time for shopping or relaxing in a café. Back on board, linger over a farewell gala dinner and exchange your journey highlights with your fellow travellers.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7

Please check out this morning by 9:00.  After breakfast, your crew bids you farewell as you disembark for your onward travel arrangements. We look forward to welcoming you back on board soon.


Additional information

Official language
6 nights
from AUD12,475
per person, twin share
Lyon or Avignon (Sunday)
5 April - 18 October 2020

Important notes

  • Belmond Afloat has a dynamic pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability. From prices are based on the Best Available rate for low season travel, and priced as of 4th March 2020.
  • This itinerary also runs in reverse direction - Avignon - Roquemaure - Viviers - Tain l'Hermitage - Vienne - Lyon.

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