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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Feel inspired... as you and your family stand on the top deck of ms Emerald with Provençal landscapes before you… in Paris, where the streets are paved in history… along the cobblestone streets of medieval Viviers… together.The best way to experience French joie de vivre is to do what the locals do... take a fast train to Lyon... board a boat for a River Rhône cruise... discover the art of making chocolat... have lunch at a private ranch in Provence with French cowboys... paint like van Gogh in Arles (using chocolate instead of oils!)...  walk on a triple-decker Roman bridge in Avignon... play pétanque in Viviers...      

Countries Visited

France

Cities Visited

Arles , Avignon , Lyon , Paris , Viviers

  1. Day 1
    Arrive Paris
    Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Sofitel Le Scribe Paris Opéra. A transfer is included from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport or Gare de Lyon, Charles de Gaulle Station or Gare du Nord train stations to Sofitel Le Scribe Paris Opéra. Your family's France river cruise gets off to a fabulous start from the moment you check into your your luxury hotel, a historic treasure in the heart of the city that for centuries has been at the heart of Parisian society. Meet the families you'll be traveling with at a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel, featuring entertainment by a mentalist that's fun for the whole family.
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    A day exploring Paris

    The day begins with a choice of sightseeing – a walking tour through some of Paris' iconic plazas and parks, culminating with a stop at Notre Dame Cathedral, where you'll go beneath the grand plaza for an exciting virtual reality experience to learn about the history and construction of this incredible church. – or a visit to Opera Garnier, one of the most famous opera houses in the world and the setting for Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel, The Phantom of the Opera. Following lunch, your family to explore Paris as you please.


    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Early-opening visit to Musée Marmottan Monet, then board in Lyon

    Your morning begins with a Tauck Exclusive – a pre-opening guided visit to Musée Marmottan Monet. Located in a historic 18th-century château, the museum was opened in the 1930s – devoted as a "guardian of French heritage." The collections have grown over the decades, and today feature paintings from many periods – highlighted by a sizable collection of Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro and many other artists. Early afternoon, travel aboard a high-speed train called the TGV and head south to Lyon, where you'll board ms Emerald, your floating hotel for the next five nights. The crew makes sure that you know your way around before our welcome reception, which is followed by dinner aboard ship... with some rather magical entertainment.


    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    A local co-op, legendary chocolate maker or a vineyard hike

    This morning your riverboat docks in Tain l'Hermitage for fun family discoveries ashore including a choice of excursions; a wine & cheese tasting at a local co-op, recognized for its prestigious "cru" of wines; a visit to world renowned chocolate producer, Valrhona, where you'll learn about the history of the chocolate maker, taste the difference between a few different types of chocolate and take part in a chocolate truffle making class with one of Valrhona's top pastry chefs; or, embark on an active hike through the vineyards of Tain I'Hermitage, learning about the region's rich wine history and indulging in a jaw-dropping view at the top of the hill, one that warranted a visit from future president Thomas Jefferson back in 1788. The rest of the afternoon and evening are spent cruising the Rhône, bound for Arles in Provence.


    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Arles, Camargue cowboys, van Gogh & chocolate art

    After arriving in Arles this morning, get a change of scenery on a drive into the Camargue for a taste of France's "Wild West." This vast marshy delta has been home to free-roaming black bulls since Roman times; today the bulls are looked after by French gardians (cowboys), saddled up on white Camargue horses. You'll see them up close at a private ranch, called a manade, and a hayride into the fields to see bulls, mares and foals. Enjoy a Provençal lunch, gypsy music and a daring show in which players attempt to retrieve paper tokens from a bull's horns. Later today you'll return to medieval Arles for a walking tour that brings alive many of the places captured in brilliant strokes of color by one of its most famous residents, artist Vincent van Gogh – then create some tasty art of your own based on lovely French landscapes with a hands-on chocolate painting experience, This evening, an onboard performance by an accordionist precedes dinner.


    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    An Avignon palace & a 1st-century marvel

    Everyone dreams at one time or another of living in a palace... and today's France family river cruise does just that when your family visits an extravagant grand palace with four mighty towers... On a guided tour of 12th-century Palais des Papes in Avignon, once a "renegade" papal palace (built in opposition to Rome), your imagination takes flight as you explore one of Europe's largest medieval Gothic buildings. Or, if you wish, instead of visiting Palais des Papes you can join us for a bicycle ride in Avignon this morning. You'll have some time this afternoon to discover Avignon as you please. Then everyone meets up to walk across the famed Pont du Gard, and enjoy some refreshments; this three-level, 164-ft.-high "bridge" was built by the Romans to carry fresh water over the Gardon River nearly 2,000 years ago!


    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Medieval Viviers, pétanque and more

    This morning brings adventure to your France family river cruise with a walking tour of medieval Viviers, where you'll wind your way up through narrow, cobbled streets, curious passageways and doorways in shades of blue and green... leading up to the petite 12th-century Cathédrale Saint-Vincent. Next, try your hand at a game of pétanque, played by tossing a small metal boule about the size of an orange. Return to the riverboat for lunch (a barbecue on the Sun Deck, weather permitting) and an afternoon and evening spent cruising. Join us this evening for a farewell reception and dinner.


    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Journey Home
    Tour Ends: Lyon. Our family France river cruise concludes in Lyon today as your family disembarks ms Emerald; fly home after 11:00 AM. A transfer is included from the riverboat to either the Lyon Airport or Lyon's Perrache or Part Dieu train stations; you should allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in at the airport.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Feel inspired... as you and your family stand on the top deck of ms Emerald with Provençal landscapes before you… in Paris, where the streets are paved in history… along the cobblestone streets of medieval Viviers… together.The best way to experience French joie de vivre is to do what the locals do... take a fast train to Lyon... board a boat for a River Rhône cruise... discover the art of making chocolat... have lunch at a private ranch in Provence with French cowboys... paint like van Gogh in Arles (using chocolate instead of oils!)...  walk on a triple-decker Roman bridge in Avignon... play pétanque in Viviers...  
   

  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Special visit to a private ranch in French cowboy country - La Camargue - for a hayride and traditional Provençal lunch
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Early-opening visit to Musée Marmottan Monet
  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $3,083
  • Gratuities to Tauck Cruise Director, Tauck Directors, drivers, local guides and ship staff
  • Two-night stay in city-center Paris
  • 5-night Rhône River cruise aboard ms Emerald
  • An introduction to the game of pétanque, played with the locals
  • A walk in Arles that traces the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh

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Accommodations


ms Emerald
Hotel Scribe Paris Managed by Sofitel

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Tauck Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.5
Accommodations
4.4
Itinerary
4.6
Professional Staff
4.7
Repeat with Operator
4.4
Value for Money
4.2

Ratings based off 910 reviews about Tauck Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

Always enjoy traveling with Tauck, this trip was no different. Our tour leasder was one of the best we have encountered. Weather cooperated very well for a perfect trip.

Can't go wrong with Tauck...outstanding!

We were very impressed with Tauck Tours and would book with them through you again!

We spent more money on this Tauck tour than a Luxury Gold trip to Spain and Portugal (top of the line) which required international travel and was for a longer duration. Also, I've said this before about Tauck. Although a good company, there is too much food offered and too much time spent sitting down to a meal when we could be sightseeing.

Our goals were met and exceeded by Affordable Tours.

Wonderful Tauck Tours..we will travel with them again..thank you for the suggestion..

This is our 7th Tauck tour/river cruise and they have never disappointed.

Our trip was amazing and we had to he most amazing guide Leah she went above and beyond

Ms Lawren Farias was our agent. She went out of her way to make sure that everything went smoothly and it did I would defiitely use her again. She was outstanding.

Maya was absolutely wonderful! I only want to book with her for any future travel.

The Tauck tour exceeded our expectations.Our tour director was exceedingly well informed and organized.She was the best.

The tour was one of our best. Tauck's attention to detail and covering nearly 100% of our costs or fees and booking 5* hotels is why we liked the trip.

Fantastic vacation! Exceeded all our expectations! Trip of a Lifetime!!!

Tauck delivered as promised and more. The tour director was very helpful and knowledgeable. We wouldn't hesitate to book with them again.

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