Wine and Wild Horses of ProvenceWednesday 25 February 2015
New! Saga’s river cruise to savour wonders of Rhone Valley
Wine and Wild Horses of Provence
Cruise to the South of France, passing vineyards and well-preserved Roman cities on Saga’s new Wine and Wild Horses river cruise.
Start the holiday with two train journeys, from St Pancras to Lille by Eurostar and TGV to Lyon, before transferring to MS Bellefleur, a friendly and intimate 160-passenger ship.
Cruise along the Rhone and wake up to beautiful scenery of Viviers; a town of two parts with narrow alleyways lined with traders' houses close to the river and a magnificent upper quarter, home to St Vincent's Cathedral. There will also be an opportunity to discover the stunning Ardeche Gorge and the fascinating Museum of Lavender.
Sail on to the historic walled city of Avignon. MS Bellefleur will moor overnight so guests can have plenty of time to explore and enjoy an after-dinner wander through the city’s old quarter.
Arles, founded by Roman legionnaires, has a well-preserved amphitheatre to discover and art-lovers will know Van Gogh was inspired by the town; it was here he painted Cafe Terrace at Night. Perhaps order an al fresco coffee or cognac at the cafe under the stars.
There will also be an optional tour to discover the Camargue and look out for the region’s special wildlife which thrives on the marshland.
The semi-wild white Camargue horses can sometimes be seen galloping through the water - these hardy animals are one of the oldest breeds, known for their stamina and agility. They are the traditional mount of the ‘gardians’, Camargue cowboys who herd the black Camargue bulls which guests may be able to spot.
From Arles sail on to Port St Louis, a port annex of Marseille, to discover its nearby beaches, pretty squares and quirky faded charm. There will also be an optional excursion to Aix-en-Provence, immortalised by the artist Paul Cezanne.
MS Bellefleur will cruise on to Tournon sur Rhone, with its castle overlooking the town and river. There will be time for shopping and wine tasting or an optional tour to Le Jardin D’Eden, a woodland garden which winds uphill through the grounds of an ancient convent, with views over the Rhone.
Return to Lyon, the culinary heart of France, to explore this fascinating ancient city and take a trip into the glorious Beaujolais country to pass vineyards and taste the wine – and salute a wonderful river cruise.
Seven nights from £1,349 departing St Pancras on Eurostar July 3 and 24 and October 9 2015
Price includes all meals and entertainment, cocktail party, all on-board gratuities, porterage, travel insurance and cancellation cover or a discount of £17 if passenger has own insurance cover.
For details call free on 0800 056 8986 or visit travel.saga.co.uk/river-cruises
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