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Oenological cruise: Discover the fabulous world of vines and wine

6 Days - MVC
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Taste and sensory melodies await you throughout your cruise. Oenology and nature enthusiasts will discover renowned vineyards and authentic terroirs. Travel through the Cassis vineyards , a real mineral jewel in a green setting next to the blue Mediterranean sea, then the region of  Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a nectar appreciated by the Popes, founder of AOC  labelling and terroirs of exception. Visit also the Vivarais vineyards, a rustic terroir with mineral warm wines, before exploring the emblematic hillside of Tain l'Hermitage, one of the most prestigious vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône. 

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  • All meals included
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included


  • Tastings* at local producers
  • Onboard lectures by professionals from the wine world
  • Discover the great vineyards: Burgundy, Beaujolais, Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Vivarais, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Cassis


Day 1


We'll meet up in Lyon in front of the Brasserie Georges at 1:30 p.m. for our departure by coach towards Martigues. Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6.00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. We'll spend tonight's dinner and evening on board.

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Day 2


We'll leave by coach towards the Cassis area, famous for its dry white wine. Enjoy a wine tasting* at one of the best local producers' before returning on board and cruising towards Avignon. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

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Day 3

AVIGNON - CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE - VIVIERS (Côtes du Vivarais and Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

We'll arrive in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and take a tour of this village which produces the most prestigious name in Mediterranean wine. Take this opportunity to taste some wine* at one of the best local producers'. We'll return on board in St Etienne des Sorts. This afternoon, we'll set off through the Ardèche gorges towards Vivarais, which is set on the St Remèze and Orgnac l'Aven plateau. We'll taste some of the exceptional vintages of red and rosé wine whose bouquet is refreshing and refined. We'll board our ship again in Viviers and enjoy an evening of dancing.

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Day 4


We'll spend this morning cruising along the Rhône Valley. An expert in oenology will give a talk and refresh your memories on wine-making before a game is organized. The finalists with the highest scores will then take part in a "blind wine-tasting session*. The winner will be elected Bacchus of the cruise and will win a gastronomic cruise (valid for 1 person) on the Rhône with Paul Bocuse or on the Rhine with Marc Haeberlin, both 3-star cooks in the Michelin guide. This afternoon, we'll reach Tain l'Hermitage whose Coteau de l'Hermitage, the best known slope, is crowned with a chapel which seems to guard the entrance to the valley. We'll take part in a wine-tasting session* at one of the best producers' in the region. Afterwards, we'll continue cruising along the Rhône Valley, passing such famous vineyards as Côtes Rôties, Condrieu, Château Grillet and St Joseph. Our ship will sail through the night.

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Day 5

MACON - CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE - (Burgundy - Beaujolais)

We'll set out by coach from Trévoux to visit the Beaujolais vineyards, whose name originates from the lords of Beaujeu who owned these vineyards up until 1400. We'll visit the famous Georges Duboeuf "wine village" to learn more about the art of wine-making. Afterwards, we'll return on board in Macon. Our coach will then take us through the Burgundy vineyards to learn more about the complex yet fascinating world of wine-making and its well kept secrets. Our tour will begin with Meursault, home to the very first vineyards, then on to Volnay, whose vineyards, planted on chalky ground, produce some of the finest wine in Côte de Beaune, and the Pommard vineyards, run by religious communities from the Middle Ages which produce full-bodied, tannic red wine. We'll visit one of the best wine-growers in the area to taste some of the vintages*. In the meantime, the ship cruises on to Tournus where we will board it again before sailing towards Chalon-sur-Saône. Tonight is our gala evening and dinner.

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Day 6


Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. Coach transfer back to Lyon. End of our services.

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Dates & Prices

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  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%
Included :
Not included

Transfers by coach from Lyon to Martigues on D1 and from Chalon-sur-Saône to Lyon on D6 - your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day - double-occupancy cabin with shower and bathroom - onboard entertainment - assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess - lectures by professionals from the wine world - excursions mentioned in the program - wine tastings - welcome cocktail - gala evening - travel assistance and repatriation insurance - all port fees.

All drinks - cancellation and baggage insurance - personal expenses - transfers/travel to and from departure/arrival points.

Shore Excursions

Excursion to Châteauneuf du Pape and wine tasting

We'll leave by coach for the charming village of Châteauneuf du Pape, whose wine is considered the most prestigious in the Mediterranean region. The first vines in Châteauneuf du Pape were planted by the ancient Romans; today, its red...

Duration 3h00 Classic
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Excursion to the Burgundy vineyards and wine tasting

We'll leave by coach to visit the region that has rich soil and perfect weather for growing grapes - and whose 100 appellations are recognized around the world. Meursault's white wines are regarded as highly as those of its southern neighbor,...

Duration 4h00 Classic
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Excursion to the Vivarais vineyards and wine tasting

We'll leave by coach and cross the Gorge de l'Ardèche to discover the bucolic vineyards in Vivarais. The Côtes du Vivarais wines* reflect their terroir: rugged and warm-hearted. After our tour, we'll return on board in Saint-...

Duration 4h00 Classic
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Tain l'Hermitage, Wine tasting

Departure on foot for the visit of a wine cellar in Tain L'Hermitage. We'll discover the vats, barrels and storehouse and learn all there is to know about wine-making. Afterwards, we'll taste* a white wine (Côte du Rhône Samor...

Duration 1h30 Classic
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Excursion to Cassis and wine tasting

We'll leave by coach for Cassis, known for its crisp, floral, and flinty wines. Cassis wine is produced in 12 vineyards, all located in the hills immediately around the little town. We'll visit one of these vineyards for a tasting.* We'll...

Duration 4h30 Classic
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Excursion to the Beaujolais vineyards and visit of the Hameau Duboeuf

Departure by coach in the company of our guide from Montmerle-sur-Saöne or Belleville to discover the Beaujolais vineyards extending on 22,500 hectares. We will pass through charming little wine-growing villages before reaching Romanèche-...

Duration 4h00 Classic
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Several ships available for this cruise

Valid national identity card or passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.

For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary.

(1) Depending on the availabilities of the mooring port, the stopover in Martigues might be replaced by Port Saint Louis du Rhône.

*Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.

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