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Sep 2015 - Nov 2015

8 Day Portraits of Southern France

Viking River Cruise starting in Chalon and finishing in Avignon

Sail along France's scenic Saône and Rhône Rivers past some of the most beautiful vistas the French countryside has to offer. During your 8-day journey, explore the famed region of Burgundy and the colourful fields of Provence. Visit Gallo-Roman ruins in both Vienne and Arles; walk the cobbled streets of Arles to more


Operator: Viking
Style: Premium
Duration: 8 Days
From: Chalon to Avignon
Tour Code: VKPSF_R
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Our Price From:
$ 3,780
Per Person
Save This Month:
$ 230
Per Person
Countries Visited: France

Day By Day



Board your ship, docked in Chalon-sur-Saône. After boarding, take free time to explore this quaint town - or join our 'welcome walk' to stretch your legs and start getting oriented. (D)

Beaune & Burgundy Wine Tour

After breakfast, take a scenic drive along France's Burgundy wine route through Pommard, Volnay and Meursault. Arrive in Beaune, wine capital of Burgundy, for a guided tour of beautiful Hôtel Dieu, founded as a hospice in 1443. Learn about local viticulture and enjoy a wine-tasting at one of Beaune's famous cellars. Return to your ship for lunch. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure - as always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Or, take an optional excursion to the picturesque Burgundy towns of Tournus and Mâcon. Return aboard for dinner and evening departure. (B/L/D)


After a morning cruise through the picturesque countryside and lunch aboard, take an afternoon tour of Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin with a drive to the top of Fourvière Hill for amazing views of the city. Visit the Basilica of Notre Dame and drive through town past the magnificent St. Jean Cathedral and the Palace of Justice. Then take a walking tour through the cobbled streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Town), with free time to shop for souvenirs or sample some of the fine French cuisine for which Lyon is world-famous. Dinner served aboard. (B/L/D)

Lyon & Vienne

The morning is free to further explore this remarkable 2,000-year-old city in the heart of France. Depart just before lunchtime. This afternoon, take a walking tour of Vienne, a beautiful town with an ancient Roman past. Visit the Temple of Augustus & Livia, the Roman amphitheatre and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Maurice; then spend some time discovering more of this charming riverside town on your own. Dine aboard and depart this evening. (B/L/D)

Tournon & Viviers

Awaken in Tournon. During a guided tour of the area, learn about the region's winemaking traditions and taste some famous regional red wines. Then visit the Musée de Tain l'Hermitage located in the oldest house in the region. Lunch aboard and cruise through the afternoon; arrive after dinner in Viviers, a quaint town in a mountainous setting. Join your Program Director for an evening stroll through the Old Town with its medieval and Renaissance buildings. Enjoy free time before retiring for the evening. (B/L/D)


Arrive during breakfast and meet your guide for a walking tour of Arles with its diverse architectural highlights. Experience the city's vibrant colors and the striking quality of light that have inspired artists. Arles is also the site of some impressive Roman ruins, including Les Arènes, an arena that seats 20,000 and is still in use, as well as Romanesque monuments such as the Church of Saint-Trôphime, completed in the 15th century. Return aboard for lunch followed by afternoon free time to explore or shop for handcrafted gifts. Dinner is served as you depart. (B/L/D)


This morning, set out on a guided walk of Avignon, nicknamed 'City of Popes' because it was home to seven popes from 1309 to 1377. Stroll through the historic centre, stop at the picturesque Pont d'Avignon and walk the Place de l'Horloge. Continue to the renowned Palace of the Popes for a guided tour through this rambling maze of Gothic architecture which served as papal residence, fortress, church and palace. You can join the optional tour to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, visiting the vineyards and tasting the famous wine. Lunch and dinner served aboard. Your ship remains docked overnight. (B/L/D)


After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Marseille airport for your return flight. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Included Features

  • 8 days on board with river view stateroom
  • 6 guided tours
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner and Captain's Farewell Dinner
  • All port charges
  • Airport transfers are included if Viking air offer is purchased and flight arrival or departure date coincides with cruise start or finish date

Operator Details

Region: Europe
Type: River Cruise
Average Age: 50+
Tips: All Gratuities Included
Shore Excursions: Included
Balconies: French & Private Balcony
Flights: Included in Earlybirds
Airport Transfers: Available
Pool on Ship: No
Free Onboard WiFi: Yes
Drinks: Local Wine, Beer & Spirits Included
* Source: Viking for river cruises in Europe. Some variances may occur on this cruise and info provided as a guide only.
Sep 2015 - Nov 2015

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06 Sep 2015 13 Sep 2015 $ 4,165
20 Sep 2015 27 Sep 2015 $ 4,165
04 Oct 2015 11 Oct 2015 $ 4,070
18 Oct 2015 25 Oct 2015 $ 4,070
01 Nov 2015 08 Nov 2015 $ 3,875
15 Nov 2015 22 Nov 2015 $ 3,780
Note: The majority of departures above will proceed or are guaranteed to depart. We will outline the status of your departure date in your quote along with all applicable river cruise specials.

Cabin Upgrades & Deck Plans

Deck Plans: Viking Hermod

Upgrade from Main Deck (Category F - Standard)

Main Deck (Category E - Standard) $ 200
Middle Deck (Category D - French Balcony) $ 500
Upper Deck (Category C - French Balcony) $ 700
Middle Deck (Category B - Veranda) $ 1,300
Upper Deck (Category A - Veranda) $ 1,600
Upper Deck (Category AA - Veranda Suite) $ 2,300
Upper Deck (Category ES -Explorer Suite) $ 3,800

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