Experience some of France’s most beautiful vineyards and vistas in the French Countryside on this amazing journey.
Portraits of Southern France River Cruise
April 17th – 25th, 2018
9 Days / 8 Nights
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Roman Ruins, fields that inspired Vincent Van Gogh, the Papal Palace of Avignon, and the famous wines of France all await you on this unforgettable journey!
Our journey along France’s scenic Saône and Rhône Rivers takes you past some of the most beautiful vineyards and vistas in the French countryside and promises to be one of our most captivating yet. During our 8-day cruise, explore the famed region of Burgundy and the lavender-scented hills of Provence. We visit a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and view early Roman ruins in both Vienne and Arles. Walk the cobbled streets of Arles and see for yourself why it was such an inspiration to Vincent van Gogh. From here, cruise through beautiful wine growing regions where such famous wines as Beaujolais, Côte du Rhône and Chateauneuf-du-Pape are being produced. Learn about the region’s time-honored traditions in wine-making and indulge your taste buds by sampling the famed cuisine of Lyon. And, of course no trip to Southern France is complete without a visit to the historic Papal Palace in Avignon, the “City of the Popes.”
Best of Times Travel Exclusive Bundle Package:
• 8-day/7-night cruise w/ outside cabin onboard Deluxe Viking Longship Viking Heimdal
• Roundtrip Airfare from Logan Airport
• Roundtrip Transportation to Airport – w/ hometown pick-up guarantee*
• Travelers Insurance by TravelSafe Protect-A-Group
• Best of Times Travel Professional Tour Director**
• All Touring Included with private, English-speaking guides
• All meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
• Unlimited Wines, Beers, & Soft Drinks with every lunch and dinner on board ship
• Old World Highlights: Folklore Dances, Lectures, Theme Dinners, on board Music Performances
• All Driver Gratuities Included for transfers
• Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner
• Payment of all port charges
• Special Early Booking & Past Passenger Discounts
** There is a minimum requirement of 30 paying customers to ensure the services of a Best of Times Tour Director Throughout.
The Viking Difference: The Thinking Person’s Cruise
SAIL WITH THE #1 RIVER CRUISE LINE. You’re about to discover the most convenient way to see the world. This is cruising on an intimate scale, with a personal touch. Meander along the world’s great waterways at the easy pace of the river gliding past magnificent vistas and pausing to explore riverside ports, all while unpacking your bags just once.
SMALL SHIP EXPERTS. On a Viking ship, you will sail into the heart of your destination, so you can explore up close and in depth. Our innovative, award-winning Viking Longships have set the standard in river cruising: our intimate vessels have all the amenities of a fine hotel, providing the ideal opportunity to comfortably be transported each day to and from your next destination—where enriching discoveries are usually just a short walk from your ship.
VIKING INCLUSIVE VALUE. At Viking, we firmly believe that you should not have to open your wallet every time you want a cup of coffee, a glass of wine or an excursion ashore. Instead, our goal is to provide you with great value, so we’ve designed our cruises to give you more for your money with a cruise fare that includes everything you need, from meals and beverages to shore excursions and Wi-Fi. That is what we call Viking Inclusive Value.
DESTINATION-FOCUSED DINING. Whatever your tastes, we believe dining is an important part of your journey, both on shore and on board. Our highly trained chefs are passionate about food and committed to providing an enriching culinary experience, whether you’re savoring authentic regional specialties or American classics. And our ships’ dining areas—from our elegant Restaurant to the Sun Deck and Aquavit Terrace, our al fresco dining area at the bow of the ship—are the ideal setting for hospitable, attentive and personalized service.