Soak up the sun
Enjoy the choice, comforts and casual atmosphere of cruising, A-ROSA style, as you explore this delightful region of Southern France.
Your Premium All-inclusive cruise is the perfect way to experience the Rhone. Watch the world slip by on the top deck, head to the gym for a workout or take advantage of great discounts on treatments in the on-board SPA-ROSA. Later, why not organise an early evening meal with friends, make new ones at the bar or book a special meal in the ship's reserved dining area?
Step aboard in Lyon to cruise north into the Saone, to lively, Burgundian Macon with its cafe-lined riverbank and brightly painted half-timbered houses. Sail on to historic Chalon, gateway to the Cote d'Or wine region, stop briefly in Tournus, which shelters on the riverbank beneath the remains of its Romanesque abbey, then cruise gently back to Lyon.
Day One: Fly to France
Fly to Lyon or Geneva, and transfer to the dock to board A-ROSA STELLA. Your Rhone river cruise begins tonight, leaving you free to spend your time getting to know the ship and enjoying your first dinner on board.
Day Two: Macon, France
You'll arrive in Macon in the early morning. This famed wine-producing town on the banks of the Saone boasts a lively, cafe-lined promenade. Spend the day shopping, relaxing with a drink or explore the city's cultural highlights such as the Museum of Fine Arts or Macon Cathedral. In the mid-evening, A-ROSA STELLA leaves Macon and continues her voyage north.
Day Three: Chalon-sur-Saone, France
Before dawn you will arrive in Chalon-sur-Saone, France. This historic Cote d'Or town has a beautiful medieval quarter, a fascinating wine museum and a museum dedicated to local hero Joseph Niepce, now generally considered the true inventor of photography.
A-ROSA STELLA leaves Chalon in the early afternoon and turns south, heading to Tournus. She'll stop briefly here, then continue south overnight.
Day Four: Lyon, France
At dawn you'll arrive in Lyon, where the Rhone turns south towards the Mediterranean. An included city tour will bring France's UNESCO-listed 'second city' to life. A prosperous gateway to both the Alps and sun-kissed Provence, for centuries this city was the wealthy centre of the silk trade. After enjoying Lyon, you'll head out again in the afternoon and begin a pleasant, scenic cruise down the Rhone.
Day Five: Avignon, France
Around lunchtime today you'll arrive at Avignon, the historic City of the Popes. One of Europe's best-preserved medieval strongholds, Avignon is dominated by the monumental Palais des Papes. The engaging, bustling city is centred on the Place d'Horloge, which is lined with cafes and market stalls -perfect for watching the world go by. Join a guided tour this evening to discover the city as night falls, and don't miss the crumbling remains of the Pont St-Benezet or the "pont d'Avignon" from the famous French folk song.
Day Six: Avignon, France
Spend the morning pottering around the streets of Avignon and finishing the remainder of your sightseeing. A-ROSA STELLA departs at noon, and cruises still further south to Arles.
Once the capital of Roman Gaul, Arles is home to some superb ancient ruins. See the painstakingly unearthed baths, chariot racetrack and the elegant skeleton of Les Arenes amphitheatre. The great cathedral of St-Trophime and several fascinating museums add to the attraction of this city that so inspired both Van Gogh and Gauguin.
Your river cruiser will depart tonight, and begin the long, gentle journey back upriver.
Day Seven: La Voulte-sur-Rhone, France
Enjoy a final day on-board A-ROSA STELLA relaxing on the sun-deck (weather permitting) or in the pool, and enjoying the benefits of your Premium All-inclusive package. Around lunchtime you'll make a brief stop in La Voulte-sur-Rhone before continuing your voyage back to Lyon in the afternoon and overnight.
Day Eight: Fly back to the UK
Say farewell to A-ROSA STELLA, the crew and your fellow passengers as you disembark and join your included transfer back to the airport.
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Optional shore excursions
Optional excursions are available on all cruises. If the number of bookings needed to operate any excursion is not reached, the excursion may be cancelled.
Tipping is not compulsory, but from experience we know that many passengers like to leave gratuities for the crew. At the end of the cruise you will find a tip box for the entire crew at the reception and the suggested amount is five Euros per guest per day. Of course, you are free to tip individual crew members at any time, should you wish.
Disabled guests and guests in need of assistance
All ships have stairs, are not equipped with lifts, and may not be suitable for passengers with restricted mobility.
The dress code on board and ashore is comfortable and casual; we recommend that you bring sturdy footwear for excursions. For the restaurant we recommend smart casual dress. Please remember to bring warmer clothes for evenings out on deck.
Wi-Fi is provided free of charge in accordance with A-ROSA's conditions of use. You can request a login and password from reception. Internet reception is limited and will vary from location to location.
Where possible, we recommend non-rigid suitcases as these are easier to store within your cabin.
A heated pool can be found on the sun deck of the following ships: A-ROSA DONNA, FLORA, SILVA and STELLA.
A heated Whirlpool can be found on the following ships: A-ROSA AQUA, and VIVA.
In your cabin you will find a safe installed in the wardrobe, a hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers, insect screens and pool towels. The power supply in your cabin is 220 V/50 Hz. All sockets are European two-pin, meaning you will need to bring an adaptor.
All A-ROSA vessels are air-conditioned throughout, with individual climate control in each cabin.
The water on board is potable and bottled water is provided in your cabin.
On rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.
Foreign Office travel advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.