Afloat in France - Vallee du Rhone

Afloat in France - Vallée du Rhone

Throughout the year

The Napoléon cruises the Vallée du Rhône between Arles and Tain l’Hermitage a region full of sophisticated architecture dating back to the Roman civilization and ruins of fortifications, arenas and aqueducts. 

The endless vistas of tiled roofs, lavender fields and olive groves are all synonymous with this region. Excursions are arranged to the wine region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Avignon, Arles, St Rémy, birthplace of Nostradamus and the ancient Roman and Greek ruins of Pont-du-Gard.

The Napoléon
The Napoléon is Europe’s finest river cruiser, combining all the amenities of a luxury hotel with the friendly ambience of a country inn. She is beautifully appointed with large picture windows that provide unsurpassed views of the countryside, accommodates up to 12 passengers. 

The Napoléon cruises the Rhône between Arles and Tain l’Hermitage/Tournon; sun-drenched landscapes that inspired the great canvases of Cézanne and Van Gogh.  

A region full of sophisticated architecture dating back to the Roman civilization and ruins of fortifications, arenas and aqueducts that continue to amaze modern engineers.  The endless vistas of tiled roofs, lavender fields and olive groves are synonymous with Provence. 

Excursions are arranged to the wine region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the story book towns of Orange, Avignon, Arles, St Rémy, birthplace of Nostradamus and the ancient Roman and Greek ruins of Pont-du-Gard and Glanum.

Sample itinerary

Sample a Journey
Tain L’Hermitage To Arles aboard The Napoléon 

Day 1

Step aboard and meet your crew and guide for a champagne reception. In the late afternoon, cruise to Arles.

Dine on regional specialities at your first fantastic feast on the river. After dinner tour Arles, famous for its Roman ruins. Van Gogh also stayed here from 1888 to 1889.

Day 2

Visit the traditional 18th-century provençal bastide in St Rémy for an olive oil tasting.

Relax as you cruise to Avignon past the famous Pont Saint-Bénezet. Moor opposite the city gates then visit the spectacular Roman Pont du Gard aqueduct.

Enjoy drinks on deck and a sumptuous dinner.

Day 3

Tour Avignon, home to the Popes of Avignon in the 1300s. Enjoy a guided walk around this magnificent city and the Palace of the Popes. Take time to peruse the shops or sample French cafe culture at your leisure.

Return to the barge for lunch, then visit the world-famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyard. Enjoy a wine tasting here before continuing your cruise to Saint-Etienne-des-Sorts village.

Day 4

Tour the Roman city of Orange, built in 100BC. Here you'll discover two of the finest Roman monuments in Europe.

Cruise to Viviers, passing through the Bollène lock, with its dramatic 23-metre drop. Take a leisurely stroll around this medieval town.

Day 5

Visit Nyons, a typical Provençal village, and visit a lavender distillery and 18th-century olive mill.

Have lunch at the picturesque village of Grignan, famed for its medieval château. Continue to a truffle farm to learn about and taste this world-renowned delicacy.

Join the barge at Le Pouzin and cruise to La Voulte.

Day 6

Visit a colourful market in La Voulte with your chef. Pick out ingredients for lunch, which will be prepared for you back on board.

Cruise past the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône to Tain or Tournon. Visit Chez Ferraton, whose winery is a stroll away, and enjoy a tasting and tour.

Back on board dine on a wonderful farewell gala dinner.

Day 7

Have breakfast aboard Belmond Napoleon before the crew bids you farewell and you disembark.

Please note: This itinerary is subject to availability and is for guidance only, a confirmed schedule will be supplied with your travel documents. Prices are based on minimum occupancy, please be advised that supplements may apply.

7 Days / 6 Nights, from £3,500.00 per person

Please contact us for full details of this itinerary and other similar luxury cruise opportunities in central and south-western France.

Accommodation

Belmond Napoléon is perfect for convivial parties of up to 12 passengers. Six decadent cabins each boast en-suite bathrooms.

Feast on dinners in the stately lounge. Unwind in the outdoor Jacuzzi and watch the scenery unfold. Or enjoy candlelit alfresco dinners.

Belmond Napoléon is available for private charter or can be booked per cabin.

AMENITIES

  • Sun deck with Jacuzzi, sun loungers, exercise equipment and canopied dining area
  • Lounge with piano keyboard
  • Bose iPod docking station
  • Computer with internet access
  • Selection of books, games, DVDs and CDs

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