Enjoy the choice, comforts and casual atmosphere of cruising, A-ROSA style, as you explore this delightful region of Southern France.
Your all-inclusive cruise is the perfect way to experience the Rhone. Watch the world slip by on the top deck, head to the gym for a workout or take advantage of great discounts on treatments in the on-board SPA-ROSA. Later, why not organise an early evening meal with friends, make new ones at the bar or book a special meal in the ship’s reserved dining area?
Step aboard in Lyon to cruise north into the Saone, to lively, Burgundian Macon with its cafe-lined riverbank and brightly painted half-timbered houses. Sail on to historic Chalon, gateway to the Cote d’Or wine region, stop briefly in Tournus, which shelters on the riverbank beneath the remains of its Romanesque abbey, then cruise gently back to Lyon.
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Rhone River Cruise Tour Highlights
- Sailing north into the Saone to Macon and Chalon
- Overnight stays in Lyon and Avignon
- Included guided tours of Lyon and Avignon
- Calls in Roman Arles, medieval Viviers and La-Voute-sur-Rhone
- Saint-Philibert de Tournus – all that remains of the town’s Benedictine abbey
- Embark A-ROSA STELLA in Lyon
- Seven nights’ all-inclusive cruise accommodation
- Buffet breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board
- A large selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks all day long
- On-board activities and entertainment
- Return travel from the UK to France or Switzerland
- Included coach transfers to the ship (unless you select our Tour Only option)
Single supplements apply. Offer subject to availability.
Rhone River Cruise Itinerary
Day One: Travel to France
Travel to Lyon or Geneva, and transfer to the dock to board A-ROSA STELLA. Your Rhone river cruise begins tonight, leaving you free to spend your time getting to know the ship and enjoying your first dinner on board. Alternatively, make your own way from home to the ship, in your own time, in time to embark.
Day Two: Macon, France
You’ll arrive in Macon in the early morning. This famed wine-producing town on the banks of the Saone boasts a lively, cafe-lined promenade. Spend the day shopping, relaxing with a drink or explore the city’s cultural highlights such as the Museum of Fine Arts or Macon Cathedral. In the mid-evening, A-ROSA STELLA leaves Macon and continues her voyage north.
On 2020 cruises you will visit Macon on Day Three and Chalon-sur-Soane on Day Two.
Day Three: Chalon-sur-Saone, France
Before dawn you will arrive in Chalon-sur-Saone, France. This historic Cote d’Or town has a beautiful medieval quarter, a fascinating wine museum and a museum dedicated to local hero Joseph Niepce, now generally considered the true inventor of photography.
A-ROSA STELLA leaves Chalon in the early afternoon and turns south, heading to Tournus. She’ll stop briefly here, then continue south overnight.
Day Four: Lyon, France
At dawn you’ll arrive in Lyon, where the Rhone turns south towards the Mediterranean. An included city tour will bring France’s UNESCO-listed ‘second city’ to life. A prosperous gateway to both the Alps and sun-kissed Provence, for centuries this city was the wealthy centre of the silk trade. After enjoying Lyon, you’ll head out again in the afternoon and begin a pleasant, scenic cruise down the Rhone.
Day Five: Avignon, France
Around lunchtime today you’ll arrive at Avignon, the historic City of the Popes. One of Europe’s best-preserved medieval strongholds, Avignon is dominated by the monumental Palais des Papes. The engaging, bustling city is centred on the Place d’Horloge, which is lined with cafes and market stalls -perfect for watching the world go by. Join a guided tour this evening to discover the city as night falls, and don’t miss the crumbling remains of the Pont St-Benezet or the “pont d’Avignon” from the famous French folk song.
On 2020 cruises, today will also include a morning stop at Châteauneuf-du-Pape for an optional excursion.
Day Six: Avignon and Arles, France
Spend the morning pottering around the streets of Avignon and finishing the remainder of your sightseeing. A-ROSA STELLA departs at noon, and cruises still further south to Arles.
Once the capital of Roman Gaul, Arles is home to some superb ancient ruins. See the painstakingly unearthed baths, chariot racetrack and the elegant skeleton of Les Arenes amphitheatre. The great cathedral of St-Trophime and several fascinating museums add to the attraction of this city that so inspired both Van Gogh and Gauguin.
Your river cruiser will depart tonight, and begin the long, gentle journey back upriver.
Day Seven: La Voulte-sur-Rhone, France
Enjoy a final day on-board A-ROSA STELLA relaxing on the sun-deck (weather permitting) or in the pool, and enjoying the benefits of your Premium All-inclusive package. Around lunchtime you’ll make a brief stop in La Voulte-sur-Rhone before continuing your voyage back to Lyon in the afternoon and overnight.
On 2020 cruises there will also be an early morning stop in Viviers for an optional excursion.
Day Eight: Travel back to the UK
Say farewell to A-ROSA STELLA, the crew and your fellow passengers as you disembark and begin your journey home.