The Top 6 Best European River Cruises
Jan 26, 2022 · By Vacations By Rail
Six all-inclusive expeditions artfully combine travel on local rail lines with small boat cruising experiences to create a vacation to remember.Read more
2023 Tour code: GR-FIRA-23
About the tour
The allure of the French Riviera beckons on this rail and cruise vacation. Begin your time in France on the sparkling southern coast in Nice. Spend your time here admiring the beaches, scenery and Greek history before moving onto Monaco for a day of luxury in the Monte Carlo district. Back in Nice, we travel by train to Lyon and board the MS Amadeus Provence for a 7-night cruise on the Rhone River. The first stop on the cruise is Beaune, deep in the heart of Burgundy's wine country. Sailing south again, we dock back in Lyon for a guided tour of the city, including its UNESCO World Heritage Site Old Town. Continuing south, the ship sails to Tournon sur Rhône, where we enjoy a spectacular scenic adventure aboard the Train de l'Ardèche. Stops in Avignon; Arles, whose beauty inspired Van Gogh's paintings; Chateauneuf du Rhône and the picturesque Ardèche Gorge, the Grand Canyon of Europe are all on the itinerary before you disembark in Lyon. Bidding au revoir will be more difficult than you could imagine.
We meet at our London St Pancras departure office before boarding the Eurostar to Paris. From here, we continue by rail to Nice and check into our hotel close to the beautiful Riviera seafront. After dinner, you may wish to head out into for a stroll along the promenade, set against the ocean.
Hotel Aston La Scala, Nice
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