Enchanting Rhone9 days & 8 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Welcome to Paris
Celebrate at this evening's welcome reception and relax at your luxurious city central hotel, the Marriott Opera Ambassador in the heart of Paris's popular Opera District. A world of wonder awaits you.Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel
Day 2Paris - Chalon-sur-Saone
Travel across the Ile-de-France countryside to arrive in Chalon-sur-Saone where a warm welcome awaits you from your crew on board you luxury Scenic Space-Ship. Your butler will assist you to settle into your suite. Join your Cruise Director in the Panorama Lounge for a pre-dinner toast to the beginning of your cruise before dining in the opulent Crustal Dining restaurant this evening.Scenic Space-Ship - 7 Nights (B, D)
Day 3Macon - Lyon
You're sure to love Macon. Be fascinated by its picturesque farming region renowned for its five wine appellations and gastronomy.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Travel to the village of Oignt in the 'Golden Stone' region of Beaujolais, where you'll enjoy a tasting of the region's delicious wines. Alternatively, explore charming Cluny, built around the great Benedictine Abbey.
Spend the afternoon at leisure in charming Macon before soaking in the landscapes of the famous Burgundy region, as you cruise to the lively city of Lyon. For those wishing to test their culinary prowess, Scenic Culinaire will be hosting a masterclass in French cuisine for your enjoyment while cruising to Lyon.
Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Discover Lyon's historic significance by traversing its hidden traboules, secret passageways used in the local silk industry dating back to the 4th century, and visit Notre Dame Basilica for a fabulous vantage point for view across Lyon. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths of yesteryear in the medieval hilltop town of Perouges. For the more energetic at heart, join a guided cycling tour along the paths of Lyon to the city's charming Botanical Gardens and Zoo.
Day 5Vienne - Tournon
Enjoy a city tour this morning of Vienne, an old Roman city in an absolutely lovely setting on the shores of the Rhone River. Afterwards, unwind aboard your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship as you cruise effortlessly past picturesque riverside panoramas bound for the charming town of Tournon. Enjoy a cooking class, at Scenic Culinaire, with your on board culinary team.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Enjoy a delightful afternoon aperitif on the terrace of the Castle of Tournon. Overlooking the Rhone, the castle is a must-see for visitors to this beautiful region, both for its historic interest and its stunning outlook across the wine-laden slopes of Tain l'Hermitage on the opposing shore. Local guitarists will perform an acoustic set for your exclusive benefit. It's a great soundtrack to an awe-inspiring backdrop.
Day 6Viviers - Avignon
This morning take advantage of an included walking tour of Viviers. This delightful town, boasts ancient homes and an unusual cathedral. Enjoy the panoramic vistas from the Sun Deck as you cruise into Avignon, or visit Scenic Culinaire for a lesson in French cuisine. Then in the evening, settle back and enjoy one of the region's most entertaining French chanson vocalists performing live for your enjoyment in the Panorama Lounge. What a truly wondrous day.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Explore Avignon's architectural wonder, the Pope's Palace. Alternatively, take an excursion to Uzes, and visit the Pont du Gard, the impressive ancient Roman aqueduct nearby. You can also Shop with a Chef at the local farmers market in Avignon and use your freshly bought ingredients to create a delectable dish in Scenic Culinaire on board. This afternoon take some time to explore atmospheric Avignon on your own.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Be treated to a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Pope's Palace in Avignon. After the doors close to the general public, virtuoso musicians will showcase their skills by performing Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi exclusively for your listening pleasure within this elegant 14th century palace.
Enjoy a leisurely start to the day as you cruise this morning onto the Provencal town of Tarascon.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Visit the pretty village of Les Baux before dropping into a charming local olive farm for an introduction to their family estate and a tasting of their delicious products. Alternatively, visit Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery in Saint-Remy where Vincent van Gogh spent a year of his life, or step inside Arles Arena, the historic Roman amphitheatre, during your guided tour of Arles.
Day 9Tarascon - Marseille Airport
All good things end eventually and after enjoying a great breakfast, disembark your Scenic Space-Ship and transfer to Marseille Airport for your flight home. Please book flights to depart after 1 pm.(B)
At Cox & Kings we believe that a good travel experience is not luck but judgment. We have compiled the following advice to outline the nature of travel in Europe and to help you prepare for your trip. Even with the most meticulous planning, however, minor problems can occur and, while our local representatives are always on hand to rectify such occurrences, we do request that you have a patient and broadminded approach to traveling in Europe.
Cruises & Train Tours
The river cruises and train tours in this brochure are offered subject to the conditions of carriage of the individual Train Company. PLEASE NOTE that in exceptional circumstances they may vary their itineraries with little or no notice, if water levels become unsafe, train lines become blocked or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark.
A number of flights within Europe arrive / depart early in the morning, and while we will endeavour to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Europe, and hotels in Eastern Europe, Albania, Macedonia and regional Turkey, should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavour to supply any extra information that you may require on these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Europe and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in/out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
Many of the sites in Europe are quite spread out, and our tours consequently involve a reasonable amount of walking. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous.
Although tourism is not a new concept in most parts of Europe, many of the areas visited are still extremely traditional. Therefore kindly respect local customs and dress codes.
Many countries require passports, visas to be presented before entry is permitted. Please ensure that all traveling members, including infants and children, are in possession of a passport, valid for at least 6 months, prior to departure. It is convenient and safe to have the visa process facilitated by Cox & Kings Limited from the concerned Consulates / Authorities on your behalf. Please note that it is totally at the discretion of the concerned Consulates / Authorities to grant / reject your visas. The consulate may require further documentation and / or personal appearance.
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