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Cruise through the picturesque landscapes of France, where captivating views and hidden gems await along the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Step aboard your luxurious Uniworld Suite Ship in Arles, a city renowned for inspiring the works of Van Gogh and boasting a magnificent 1st-century Roman Amphitheater. Immerse yourself in history as you explore Avignon, home to the grand 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest Gothic fortress in the world. Traverse the charming town of Tournon, surrounded by vineyards and graced with Roman ruins and a captivating 16th-century castle. Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France, showcases a blend of medieval and Renaissance architecture, including the iconic Place des Terreaux with its famous fountain. With guided sightseeing tours and a wealth of cultural treasures, this French river cruise promises an unforgettable exploration of France's captivating landscapes and renowned historical sites with Uniworld.
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Upon arriving at Marseille Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by a Uniworld representative if your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have arranged for a private arrival transfer. They will then facilitate your transfer to the ship docked in Arles for a seamless start to your journey.
Embark on an exploration of a sun-drenched Provençal town with a unique allure of its own. Renowned for its remarkable Roman ruins, Arles served as a profound inspiration for Van Gogh, who created around 200 paintings while residing there. With a history dating back to the sixth century BC, Arles was originally founded by the ancient Greeks and named Theline. Notably, it was here that the Romans constructed their inaugural bridge over the Rhône River, establishing a crucial overland route connecting Italy and Spain.
In southern France, the walled city of Avignon stands as one of the most captivating towns, offering a plethora of historic gems to discover. Among them is the fortress residence that housed rebellious popes who broke away from Rome, making Avignon their dwelling and ruling grounds. Today's exploration will encompass a visit to the majestic Palace of the Popes and other fascinating sights, along with an exciting opportunity to kayak beneath a 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct.
To make the evening even more memorable, a special Captain's Welcome Reception and Dinner await you.
Viviers, an enchanting village that appears to have been frozen in time for centuries, boasts a rich and storied history spanning over 1,600 years, accompanied by a magnificent architectural legacy. In the past, Viviers was divided along religious lines, with the clergy residing in the upper part of the town and the laity in the lower part. Today, your exploration of this captivating village will lead you through both sections, commencing at the crest and winding your way down to the picturesque riverbank.
For wine enthusiasts, the twin villages of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage offer an irresistible charm. Despite its small size, Tournon has witnessed significant historical events, with a castle erected on the hilltop during the 10th century, serving as a protective stronghold for the region. Over the centuries, additional fortifications, including two "new" towers built to defend against Protestant attacks in the 16th century, were added to the town's landscape. As you stroll through the Rue de Doux area, you'll encounter elegant houses built by affluent merchants and garrison officers, each one narrating a tale of its own.
Lyon, the heart of French gastronomy, presents a city filled with delightful contradictions. Within its boundaries, you'll find a wealth of exploration opportunities, from the innovative creations of culinary visionaries to the hidden passages once used by silk weavers. After indulging in your choice of excursions, immerse yourself in the local culture by taking a bike ride, an enjoyable means of sightseeing.
To commemorate your journey, a special Captain's Farewell Reception and Dinner await you this evening, making it a memorable conclusion to your time in Lyon.
In the serene landscapes of Burgundy, life takes on a leisurely pace, with abundant vineyards adorning the countryside. Serving as the wine capital of the region, Beaune is celebrated for its rich history, picturesque charm, and prized wines, drawing admiration from all who visit. Notably, it is also home to the medieval-era hospital, the Hospices de Beaune, which adds to the city's allure and historical significance.
Conclude your cruise and disembark the ship. If your cruise package comprises a group departure transfer or if you have arranged for a private departure transfer, you will be efficiently transferred to Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, ensuring a smooth journey back home.
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