Rhone River Cruise
10 Apr — 16 Apr 2019 | Tour Directors: Emilie Capulet, Peter Higginson, Philip Kenrick, Cathy Oakes, John Parker
• Explore the beautiful stretch of river between Chalon-sur-Saône and Martigues, on board our privately chartered vessel, the MS Van Gogh
• Five ACE Tour Directors share their unique perspectives and knowledge of the landscape, history and culture of the area surrounding the Rhône
• Chart the history of the region from antiquity to Post-Impressionism, discovering its Roman ruins, Romanesque architecture and rich artistic heritage
Peter Higginson, MA, PhD
expert in art history and consultant lecturer at Christie's, London
Cathy Oakes, PhD, FSA
Associate professor in Art History at Oxford University.
Emilie Capulet, MA, MMUS, PhD
award-winning pianist, writer and lecturer
John Parker, MA, DPhil, FLS, VMH
was Professor of Plant Cytogenetics and Director of the University Botanic Garden at the University of Cambridge
Philip Kenrick, MA, DPhil
classical archaeologist and author
Depart London Heathrow for Lyon. Transfer by coach to Chalon-sur-Saône with possible stop en-route at Tournus (Abbey of St Philibert). Embark MS Van Gogh. Evening: welcome, Tour Director introductions and music recital. MS Van Gogh cruises to Mâcon for overnight.
Morning: local historical visits in Mâcon, Cluny or Berzé-le-Ville. Afternoon: excursion to nearby vineyard. Evening lecture. MS Van Gogh cruises to Lyon for overnight.
Morning: visits in Lyon (historical old town with Roman amphitheatre). Afternoon lecture-recital on board MS Van Gogh as it cruises to Tournon. Evening: opportunity to explore historical Tournon. Overnight Tournon.
Possible excursion to Valence (interesting limestone plateau) while MS Van Gogh cruises to Avignon for overnight.
Morning visits either in Avignon (medieval architecture and Provençal art) or Villeneuve-lès-Avignon (Roman ruins, Papal Palace). Afternoon: visit to Pont du Gard (Roman aqueduct) while MS Van Gogh cruises to Arles. Short evening walking tour in Arles (sites which inspired Van Gogh). Overnight Arles.
Morning excursion to the Camargue (rivers, marshes, flamingos, black bulls, indigenous Camargue horses) followed by afternoon visit to Glanum (important archaeological site) while MS Van Gogh cruises to Martigues. Evening gala dinner with musical accompaniments. Overnight Martigues.
Disembark MS Van Gogh. Transfer to Marseille with possible visit en route to Aix-en-Provence (home to Cézanne, Romanesque cathedral). Depart Marseille for London Heathrow.
Please note that the above itinerary is subject to change.
10 Apr — 16 Apr 2019
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return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a main deck twin cabin, full board with unlimited wine, beer, soft drinks, tea & coffee with lunch and dinner, shore excursions & admissions, crew gratuities.
travel insurance, main deck twin cabin for single use supplement £600. Upper deck supplements available upon request.