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Day Description
July 13, 2021–Paris and Lyon

This morning, you’ll be brought from your Paris hotel by train and motor coach through Burgundy to Lyon, where you’ll board your river cruise vessel. Before dinner, meet your Olivia staff and ship’s crew at a welcome reception. (D)

July 14, 2021–Lyon

Happy Bastille Day! Lyon, France’s third-largest city and its gastronomic capital, was founded by the Romans in 43 BC. The city’s prosperity dates back to the 16th century and is due to commercial, industrial, and banking activities. Its Roman remains (which range in condition from ruins to well preserved or restored), excellent museums, and Renaissance architecture all delight its visitors. A local guide joins you as you survey the city from Fourvière Hill and explore the Old Town, with its maze of medieval alleyways, and Place des Terreaux, a popular area with lively cafés, monuments, and famous fountain, often depicted on postcards. (B/L/D)

July 15, 2021–Tain-l’Hermitage and Tournon

The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage lie nestled among vineyards between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. A local guide will show you Tournon, one of France’s oldest medieval cities, with an imposing 16th-century castle and Roman ruins, and your Olivia Cruise Director will take you to Tain l’Hermitage to visit one of the best chocolate shops for some free tastings. (B/L/D)

July 16, 2021–Viviers, Lock Bollène, and Avignon

After arriving in Viviers in the morning, take the guided walk to see this charming town, which developed around its Romanesque cathedral. The Old Town has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman, and medieval influences. An included organ concert organized by Olivia will end the tour at the top of the hill with beautiful views. This afternoon, cruise through the soaring walls of the Lock Bollène en route for an after-dinner arrival in Avignon. (B/L/D)

July 17, 2021–Avignon

Welcome to the City of Popes, home to the Catholic papacy between 1309 and 1377, in picturesque Provence. Take a guided sightseeing tour of the fortress city of Avignon and visit the amazing Palace of the Popes. Guided optional excursions include a choice of visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard or a trip to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhône wine region. Or this may be an afternoon you check out some picnic supplies from the ship, buy your own wine, cheese, and baguette, and enjoy a picnic at the top of the Palace of the Popes with a beautiful view of the Rhône. (B/L/D)

July 18, 2021–Arles

Lots of choices today in this charming village of Arles! Your Olivia Host can lead you on an included hike, or you can take a guided walking tour of Arles and its Roman Amphitheater in this visually stunning city.
Attend a painting workshop to learn the style and techniques of Vincent van Gogh. You’ll create your own painting in the style of the classic master who took inspiration from the Provence light and landscape in Arles. Consider a guided optional excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) to immerse yourself in a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d’Enfer.
Take advantage of any free time remaining with a stop in Le Café Van Gogh to enjoy a glass of wine, relax, and watch the world go by. (B/L/D)

July 19, 2021–Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône

Enjoy a morning cruise to Port-Saint-Louis on the Sky Deck of your ship! Try a taste of local life with a visit to an oyster farm in the Camargue Natural Park on a guided tour to enjoy oyster tasting and learn how this delicacy is farmed. OR Join a guided scenic drive through the Camargue Regional Nature Park. You’ll see its lush marshland habitat at the mouth of the Rhône—home to a wide variety of flora and fauna—in one of France’s most protected and natural reserves. (B/L/D)

July 20, 2021–Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning, but you can opt to extend your stay in France with a 1- or 2-night Vacation Stretcher. (B)

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