Provence Burgundy River Cruise: If you are longing to relax in the South of France, sample robust red wines and visit Europe’s past but with modern conveniences, take a week’s cruise northward through Provence and Burgundy. River cruises are my personal favorites for solo travelers for many reasons.
SELECT HIGHLIGHTS FROM PORT ST. LOUIS TO CHALON-SUR-SAONE
Arles, the capital of Provence. If you remember your history lessons, Arles was dubbed the “Little Rome of Gaul.” Sights range from the quaint St. Trophime Church to the Roman Amphitheater. Art lovers will be especially delighted to travel in the late 19th century footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh and the Impressionists throughout the South of France.
Avignon. Like myself, you may have begun French lessons singing (sometimes off-key!), “Sur le Pont d’Avignon”. This is your opportunity to see where that all began! In addition to having one of the most photographed sights in France, Avignon, “City of Popes,” was the Catholic Church’s center in the 1300’s. Wine lovers will appreciate the chance to taste fabled Châteauneuf-du-Pape while there.
Lyon. Lyon provides a change of pace, as the 2nd-largest city in the country. Despite its 21st century robust activity, it, too, has history dating back to the Romans in 43 BC and an Old Town designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here tasting rich Beaujolais will be a perfect finish to the day.
Mâcon. Tournus. Chalon-sur-Saône. Mâcon on the Saône River is a vital part of France’s wine exporting industry. Beyond wine, tourists can enjoy visits to the local museums, the Old and New Cathedrals of St. Vincent, St. Philibert’s Cloister and more nearby.
For this Provence Burgundy River Cruise, book early while space remains for solo travelers with no single supplements!