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Wine Cruise on the Rhône

Lyon → Arles

8 Days

This themed cruise in southern France is a breathtaking combination of river travel and wine experience and reflects France’s long history of winemaking. Let yourself be carried away on your exclusive excursions to the best wineries in the region, including Châteauneuf du Pape, one of the most famous vineyard areas in France. Learn in conversation with experienced winemakers everything worth knowing about wine growing and immerse yourself in the fascination of this millennia-old craft.


Welcome to a breathtaking theme cruise in the South of France! After the embarkation in the afternoon in the harbour of Lyon, take time to get acquainted with your lovely floating hotel, before our cruise director invites you to a welcoming wine toast. In the evening, let our chef surprise you with a beautifully-prepared welcome dinner. Your AMADEUS vessel remains in Lyon over night.

Stay Lyon
Stay overnight

Discover the French metropolis of Lyon during a city tour in the morning. Lyon counts among the oldest cities in France and has developed from an old Roman urban settlement into a vibrating big city. As Lyon has gained everywhere the fame of a true gourmet-centre, pay a visit to the famous hall „Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse“, where your palate can be spoiled with all kind of delicacies. This evening on board, enjoy a captivating presentation about the secrets of wine production, while your ship continues up North.

Stay Lyon
until 6pm

Continue to explore the wine region with a stop in the town of Chalon sur Saône. Half -timbered houses overlook the square, and it offers art galleries, specialty shops as well as a museum dedicated to photography. The countryside is filled with famous vineyards such as Pommard and Puligny, a wine lover’s delight. This afternoon enjoy the scenery as the vessel continues its way along the Saône, or perhaps choose to explore the medieval towns of Brancion and Cormatin and rejoin the vessel in Tournus.

Stay Chalon-sur-Saône
7am - 6pm
Stay Mâcon
23:30 - 1pm / Day 4



Stay Mâcon
until 1pm



Stay Vienne
8am - 11:30am
Aufenthalt Tournon
15:00 - 21:00 Uhr



Stay St. Etinne des Sorts
7am - 9.30am
Stay Avignon
17:00 - 11:00 / Day 7

In the morning, take the opportunity to explore the marvelous middle-aged old city of Avignon – either on your own or in a guided walking tour. Visit the famous bridge of Avignon and the monumental papal palace. Leave Avignon before lunch and travel further to Arles, the last stage of your trip. This afternoon, take part in an optional walking tour of Arles and discover the numerous monuments of the antique and Roman ages. This evening on board, the elegant Captain Dinner with wine tasting awaits you.

Stay Avignon
until 11am
Stay Arles
1.30pm until disembarkation

We bid you farewell after breakfast. We wish you all the best and many beautiful memories from your time with AMADEUS!

Dates & Prices

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  • 4 selected wine tastings at different wineries including nibbles, commentary and a specialised tour
  • Transfer from ship to wineries and back to ship
  • Informative onboard talk on wines
  • Welcome Wine Toast, Wine Dinner featuring German wines, Captain’s Gala Dinner with wine pairing
  • Fascinating river cruise in on outside river-view stateroom of your choice, most with French balcony or drop-down panoramic windows; Walk-out balconies in Suites on Amadeus Provence
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions
  • Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating
  • Free-flowing quality red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions with every dinner on board
  • Coffee and tea after lunch and dinner
  • 24-hour complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Special onboard entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and nightly music by the Amadeus Duo in the Panorama Bar
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on the Sun Deck)
  • All port taxes and local taxes

Excursion Packages

Owing to the variety of available excursions it‘s often difficult to choose between them - so on this cruise we offer you tailor-made and carefully composed sets of excursions that you can book in advance with 15% discount. All excursions can of course also be booked individually at regular rates on board.

Cruise Highlights Unit Price A C
City tour of Lyon $ 41
Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse $ 43
Excursion to Brancion und Cormatin $ 62
Visit to Cluny Abbey $ 63
City walk Vienne $ 40
Arles walking tour $ 53
Avignon walking tour incl. Papal Palace $ 41
Arles walking tour $ 30
Onboard Booking Price $ 53 $ 53
Prices for packages booked in advance $ 0 $ 0

Arrival & Hotel

Arrival & Transfer

You're in good hands with us from the start: Let us book you a transfer from the airport or train station to the ship port and back. We can also reserve a parking place in Lyon for your car. The following prices apply per person per transfer.

Airport – Port $63-
Train station – Port $43