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Join Jill in Experiencing Lyon & Provence in 2025


Join us in embarking Viking's Delling for an enchanting, guided journey from Lyon to Provence in July 2025. This eight-day river cruise as well as 2 optional Pre and/or 2 Post nights promises an immersive experience through the heart of France's cultural treasures. Experience a remarkable exploration that combines cultural richness, culinary delights, and the artistic essence of the Rhône region.

Unleash your creativity at an Arles painting class, channeling your inner Van Gogh. Delve into Roman history at Les Arènes d’Arles and the iconic Pont du Gard, and marvel at the world’s largest Gothic palace at Avignon’s grand Palace of the Popes. Come witness the beauty that inspired renowned artists like Cézanne and Chagall while sipping on local wines, savoring local truffles and learning how chèvre cheese is made.

Trip Details

July 20 - August 1, 2025


$999.00 Economy Flights

ARRIVE (July 19): Depart Newark, NJ (EWR) - Arrive Paris, France (CDG)

DEPART (August 1): Depart Marseille, France (MRS) - Arrive Newark, NJ (EWR)

**Transfers included**


Pre or Post Night in Paris

STAY: Sofitel Le Scribe Paris Opera Hotel



Contact Jill Carhart for individual pricing 



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River Cruise Itinerary

DAY 1 (July 23): Lyon, France

Join us on this river journey where every corner reveals a new chapter in Lyon's rich history and vibrant character. Step aboard and make yourself at home in your cozy stateroom as we set sail from Lyon, a city gracefully perched between the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Join us on this river journey where every corner reveals a new chapter in Lyon's rich history and vibrant character.

DAY 2 (July 24): Lyon, France

Discover Lyon, known as the food capital of France, where even Parisians venture for an unforgettable dining experience. Nestled amidst towns and villages with top-notch fresh produce, Lyon offers a plethora of gastronomic delights. Indulge in delectable meals, expertly paired with a glass of the region's renowned wines. Savor the culinary artistry and diverse flavors has made it a celebrated destination.

DAY 3 (July 25): Lyon, France

Embark on a delightful exploration of Old Lyon, one of Europe's most concentrated collections of urban Renaissance buildings. This UNESCO-designated site reveals the rich history of the city. Join us on a journey through time as we explore the enchanting streets of Old Lyon, where every corner reveals a chapter of the city's fascinating past.

DAY 4 (July 26): Vienne, France

Nestled between France's Burgundy and Beaujolais regions, Vienne serves as the gateway to the picturesque countryside surrounding Lyon. As one of the oldest towns in France, Vienne's rich history unfolds through its captivating architecture. Also embark on a scenic journey along the Rhône River, where you can immerse yourself in the enchanting landscapes of the valley, surrounded by hills and majestic mountains, as you discover the timeless beauty of this historic waterway.

DAY 5 (July 27): Tournon, France / Viviers, France

Nestled between the river and vineyard-covered granite slopes, Tournon offers a secluded haven for wine enthusiasts. The ancient castle, nestled into the rock, commands a picturesque view of the riverside setting. Then, explore the charming town of Viviers, where history unfolds amidst cobblestone streets and medieval buildings. Stroll through the Old Town, where time seems to stand still, surrounded by buildings dating back to the Middle Ages.

DAY 6 (July 28): Arles, France

During the waning days of the Roman Empire, Arles served as the capital of Roman Gaul, leaving behind a legacy of Gallo-Roman ruins, notably the iconic ancient amphitheater Les Arènes. The town pulsates with energy, especially at the lively Provençal market. Many of Arles's landmarks are immortalized in Vincent van Gogh's paintings, capturing the timeless allure of this historic town.

DAY 7 (July 29): Avignon, France

Wander through the enchanting narrow streets of Avignon, where churches and remarkable medieval buildings create an atmospheric backdrop. Known as the "City of Popes," Avignon served as the papal seat for an impressive 70-year stretch during the 14th century. 

DAY 8 (July 30): Avignon, France

The quiet riverside village of Avignon underwent a rapid transformation in the 1300s when the Catholic Church took control, and this transformaiton is still evident all throughout the region. As you disembark after breakfast, carry with you the rich history and cultural tapestry of Avignon on your journey home.