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2020

Oenological cruise: Discover the fabulous world of vines and wine (port-to-port cruise)

6 Days - CMM_PP
# Description

Cruise

CHALON-SUR-SAONE - MACON - LYON - TAIN L'HERMITAGE - VIVIERS - CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE - AVIGNON - MARTIGUES(1)

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.

Croisi +
All inclusive on board

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • 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

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • An original cruise through the world of wine: Burgundy, Beaujolais, Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Vivarais, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Cassis
  • Conference and tastings*
  • Lyon Rhone cruise by night
  • Ship docks in the heart of Martigues

Route

Day 1

CHALON SUR SAONE

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6.00 p.m. in Chalon-sur-Saône, in the heart of the Burgundy wine-growing region. Time to settle comfortably in your cabins before meeting the crew during a welcome cocktail reception. Dinner and evening on board.

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Day 2

CHALON-SUR-SAONE - MACON - LYON (Burgundy - Beaujolais)

We'll set off by coach through the Burgundy vineyards, stopping by Meursault, Volnay, and the Pommard vineyards, run by religious communities from the Middle Ages which produce full-bodied, tannic red wine. Visit one of the best wine-growers in the area to taste some of the vintages*. This afternoon, we'll visit the Beaujolais vineyards, followed by the famous Hameau Duboeuf wine village where we'll learn more about the art of wine-making. The cruise continues on towards Lyon.

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Day 3

LYON - TAIN L'HERMITAGE - VIVIERS

Morning spent sailing along the Rhône valley. A conference will be given on board by a recognised expert on wine before lunch. We'll stop off in the early afternoon in 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. A wine-tasting session* will be organised at one of the best producers in the region. Return to the ship before cruising on to Viviers.

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Day 4

VIVIERSCHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE - AVIGNON

We'll set off through the Ardèche gorges towards Vivarais for a wine-tasting session*. We'll return on board and cruise towards Châteauneuf-du-Pape, arriving in the afternoon. We'll depart by coach into the very heart of this famous wine growing area. We'll taste some wine* at one of the best local producers before we return on board and cruise on towards Avignon.

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Day 5

AVIGNON - MARTIGUES(1) (Les Cassis)

Cruise towards Martigues. Onboard conference given by an expert in oenology before a game is organised. 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 Rhine with Marc Haeberlin, 3-star cook in the Michelin guide. We'll reach Cassis and leave by coach towards the Cassis area. Wine tasting* at one of the best local producers' and return on board in the late afternoon. Tonight's our gala dinner and evening.

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Day 6

MARTIGUES(1)

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking. End of our services.

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Dates & Prices

Departure city
START IN 2020
Departure 23/10/2020
Arrival 28/10/2020
Ship : MS Van Gogh Ship category : PREMIUM

* Price based on double occupancy

START IN 2020
Departure 23/10/2020
Arrival 28/10/2020
Ship : MS Van Gogh Ship category : PREMIUM

* Price based on double occupancy

Sales

  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%

Formalities

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

Included :
Not included

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

Shore Excursions

6 Shore excursions
Included in tour package The Burgundy vineyards The Beaujolais vineyards Tain l'Hermitage The Vivarais Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cassis
Classic

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

For navigational reasons and passenger safety, the company and the captain reserve the right to modify the cruise itinerary if necessary.

(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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