RIVERS & RIVIERAS OF FRANCE – 2023 Double Cruise combo – 30 Apr 2023 – Cruise Traveller

RIVERS & RIVIERAS OF FRANCE – 2023 Double Cruise combo

Cruise Line
Nicko Cruises
Ship
Bijou Du Rhone
Package Departs
30 Apr 2023
Package Duration
20 Nights
Embark Ship
Lyon, France
Disembark Ship
Lyon, France
Oceanview Balcony
AU $8,455
per person
AU $12,525
per person

Package duration: 20 nights Double Cruise & Stay
Package starts: 30 April 2023 from Paris hotel
1st cruise starts: 3 May 2023 – from Lyon
1st cruise ends: 10 May 2023 – into Lyon
2nd cruise starts: 13 May 2023 – from Marseille
2nd cruise ends: 20 May 2023 – into Marseille
Package ends: 20 May 2023 at Paris airport

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HUGE SAVINGS!
River – Twin Cat HD twin bedded cabin with window plus
Ocean – Twin Cat 4 Porthole cabin
Was $10,095 – your special price $8,455*pp

River – Twin Cat MV twin/double bed cabin with panorama window plus
Ocean – Twin Cat 9 Window cabin
Was $10,395 – your special price $9,415*pp

River – Twin Cat ML twin/double bed deluxe cabin with panomara window plus
Ocean – Twin Cat 13 Balcony cabin
Was $11,785 – your special price $10,620*pp

River – Twin Cat OX twin/double bed deluxe with French Balcony plus
Ocean – Twin Cat 15 Suite with balcony
Was $14,000 – your special price $12,525*pp

SINGLES
River – Single Cat MV twin/double bed cabin with panorama window plus
Ocean – Single Cat 4 Porthole cabin
Was $14,485 – your special price $13,245*pp

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RIVERS & RIVIERAS OF FRANCE Double Cruise & Stay package prices include:
• 3 nights accommodation in a 4 star hotel in central Paris with breakfast
• Half day tour `Murders & Mysteries of the Louvre Museum` walking tour with guide (tips additional)
• One way transfer from Paris hotel to airport
• One way economy class airfare from Paris to Lyon inc tax
• One way transfer from Lyon airport to port
• 7 night `Provence, Camargue & Burgundy` cruise aboard MS Bijou du Rhone, round trip from Lyon, France including: • All shipboard main meals • Welcome and Farewell reception • Festive gala dinner onboard • Excursion package with four excursions included – Burgundy excursion, Guided tour in Chalon-sur-Saone, Arles & Avignon plus city tour in Lyon (valued at EUR 164 per person) • The services of a nicko cruise director and local tour guides • A bi-lingual departure with English-speaking service on board and excursions • Comfortable Sennheiser Audio system is used on all excursions • Entertainment programme • All port and government charges
• River cruise beverage package valued at EUR 190 per person including: • House wine by the glass (white, rose and red) • Sparkling house wine by the glass • Draft and bottled beers, non-alcoholic beer • Cocktails and long drinks • All non-alcoholic house beverages • Water provided in the cabins and on daily excursions • All coffee specialties (alcohol-free) • Hot chocolate and tea
• One way transfer from Lyon port to train station
• One way train fare in Business Premier class from Lyon to Marseille
• One way transfer from Marseille station to hotel
• 3 nights accommodation in a 4 star hotel in Marseille with breakfast
• One way transfer from Marseille hotel to port
• 7 night `France & Italy – A Mediterranean Experience` cruise aboard Vasco da Gama by nicko cruises including: • All shipboard main meals • The services of a nicko cruise director and local tour guide • German and English-speaking service on board • Use of the fitness area, the swimming pool and spa with sauna (spa services additional) • Entertainment programme and lectures • All port and government charges
• Ocean cruise classic beverage package valued at EUR 203 per person including: • House wine by the glass (white, rose and red) • Sparkling house wine by the glass • Port, Madeira and sherry • Draft and bottled beers, non-alcoholic beer (excluding Guinness and Somersby Cider) • All non-alcoholic cocktails • Aperitifs (Aperol spritz/orange, Campari soda/orange) • All non-alcoholic house beverages (juices and soft drinks) • Mineral water and still water • All coffee specialties (alcohol-free) • Hot chocolate and tea (upgrade to a premium beverage package for an extra $250 per person)
• One way transfer from Marseille port to airport
• One way economy class airfare from Marseille to Paris including tax

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin in AUD, inclusive of all discounts and correct as at 22Feb22. Some cabins may have obstructed views. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions may apply - please ask for full details at time of inquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Not included: International airfares from Australia, hotel accommodation or transfers other than those listed, shore excursions aboard Vasco da Gama and onboard purchases, visas, vaccinations or medical visits. Nicko beverage packages are valid only during the cruise and they are non-refundable. Beverage packages may not be booked for persons under 18 years of age. Offer ends 31Aug22 or until sold out/withdrawn. Vaccination for COVID and tests onboard may be required on both cruises. All prices based on current EURO exchange rate and are subject to change until paid in full.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 25 Feb 2022 to 31 Aug 2022 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Pre-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
30 Apr 2023 Make your own way to Paris hotel, check in 30 Apr 23 for a 3 night stay
01 May 2023 Half day (2 hour) Murders & Mysteries of the Louvre walking tour
02 May 2023 Paris at leisure
03 May 2023 Tfer to airport, Fly Paris to Lyon, transfer to port, embark Bijou du Rhone

Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
03 May 2023
Lyon, France
5:00 PM 10:30 PM
04 May 2023
Chalon-sur-Saone, France
11:00 AM 6:00 PM
04 May 2023
Macon, France
11:30 PM
05 May 2023
Macon, France
12:00 PM
05 May 2023
Villefranche (Nice), France
3:15 PM 7:00 PM
06 May 2023
Viviers, France
12:30 PM 6:30 PM
07 May 2023
Arles, France
3:00 AM 6:00 PM
07 May 2023
Avignon, France
10:30 PM
08 May 2023
Avignon, France
3:30 PM
08 May 2023
Chateauneuf du Pape, France
5:30 PM 6:15 PM
09 May 2023
Lyon, France
3:30 PM
10 May 2023
Lyon, France
12:00 AM

Post-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
10 May 2023 Disembark, transfer to station, rail journey Lyon to Marseille
10 May 2023 Arrive Marseille, Transfer to hotel Marseille for a 3 night stay
11 May 2023 Marseille at leisure
12 May 2023 Marseille at leisure
13 May 2023 Transfer to port, embark Vasco da Gama ship
13 May 2023 VASCO DA GAMA: Marseilles, France
14 May 2023 VASCO DA GAMA: St Tropez, France
15 May 2023 VASCO DA GAMA: Cannes, France
16 May 2023 VASCO DA GAMA: Genoa, Italy
17 May 2023 VASCO DA GAMA: Livorno, (Florence, Pisa) Italy
18 May 2023 VASCO DA GAMA: Villefranche (Nice), France
19 May 2023 VASCO DA GAMA: Calvi, Corsica
20 May 2023 VASCO DA GAMA: Marseilles, France
20 May 2023 Disembark ship, Transfer to airport, Fly Marseille to Paris.
20 May 2023 Ends Paris airport.

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

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7 Night Cruise sailing from Lyon roundtrip aboard Bijou Du Rhone.

This cruise covers the colourful countryside in the south of France and the beauty of its historical cities. It’ll take you to the famousCanyons of the Ardèche and into Provence and the Camargue with its incomparable atmosphere, which inspired van Gogh to createsome of his great masterpieces. From Lyon, the cruise heads north on the Saône to Chalon-sur-Saône, with excursion options toBurgundy and then on the Rhône towards the Mediterranean Sea. In cities such as Mâcon and Arles, you can relate to why the Romansfelt so at home there. In Avignon, great buildings await, such as the papal palace. If you want to, you can explore the picturesqueregion of Burgundy with its monasteries and castles, for three more days at the end of your cruise.

Highlights of this cruise:

Lyon
Lyon is the third largest city in France and centre of the second largest metropolitan area in the country. It is the capital of the Rhone-Alpes region and the Rhône département. The city is known for its historical and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lyon was historically known as an important area for the production and weaving of silk and in modern times has developed a reputation as the capital of gastronomy in France.

Lyon is shaped by its two rivers, the Rhône (to the East) and the Saône (to the West), which both run North-South. The main areas of interest are Fourvière hill, Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon), Presqu’île, Croix-Rousse, Confluence, Part-Dieu, Brotteaux, Guillotière, Etats-Unis and Vaise.

There are many sights of interest in Lyon including the Roman ruins on the hillside near the Fourviere Basilica with the Ancient Theatre of Fourvière, the Odeon of Lyon and the accompanying Gallo-Roman Museum, the Amphitheatre of the Three Gaul and the roman ruins of an amphiteatre. There are many churches dating back to the Middle Ages and Renaissance and buildings built in the 17th and 18th century.

Macon
Macon is a small city (commune) in central France. It is prefecture of the Saône-et-Loire department, in the region of Bourgogne, and the capital of the Mâconnais district. The city lies on the western bank of the Saône river, between Bresse in the East and the Beaujolais hills in the South. Mâcon is the southernmost city in the region of Burgundy. It is located 65 kilometres north of Lyon and 400 kilometres from Paris.

The center is the town’s shopping area. Most shops are located near the Town Hall (rue Carnot, rue Dufour, rue Sigorgne, rue Philibert-Laguiche, rue Dombert, rue Franche, the quay Lamartine, the esplanade Lamartine and rue de la Barre). It is also the historical center of the town. Most monuments are located in that area (Cathedral of Saint-Vincent, Church Saint Pierre…), as are the town’s two museums. The town centre consists of several districts which are all rather different from each other. With its Place aux Herbes, the Saint-Antoine district is the historic heart of Mâcon.

Avignon
Avignon is one of the major cities of Provence, in Southern France. It is the main city of the departement of Vaucluse, and is located on the banks of the Rhone river. The city is probably best known for its Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), where the Popes lived for much of the 14th century. For centuries, it has also been one of the major artistic centres of France.

Avignon has an immaculately preserved medieval town with endless impressively decorated buildings, ancient churches, chapels and convents, and plenty of places to eat and drink. There is a great shopping area, with pedestrian streets without cars and loads of shops of all kinds. Southeast of the Place de l’Horloge: rue des Marchands, rue Rouge and ajoining streets are full of clothing and other shops.

Our precious jewel in Southern France welcomes you – guaranteeing the highest feel-good factor from the first day. The famous “Laissez faire” is everywhere on board the MS BIJOU DU RHÔNE. You can relax everywhere on-board, being in the comfortably stylish furnished cabins, the large panorama saloon or in the inviting sun deck. Naturally, the tasty kitchen along with the one or other drop of wine should not be missing during a trip through the cuisine landscapes of France, our experienced kitchen chef will ensure for that every day.

At meal times, all guest will find a place in the generously arranged panorama restaurant. Let yourself be pampered by the friendly staff. International specialities can be found in the menu, as well as dishes from kitchens of the countries along the travelling route.

Theme evenings, quiz events, bingo (depending on the programme) as well as live music ensure that there is no time for boredom on-board. Books, board and card games are also available.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 114.3 m
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 150

Ship Amenities

  • Television
  • Telephone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Safe
  • Individual Climate Control

Ship Facilities

  • Panorama Restaurant
  • Panorama Saloon with Bar
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Library
  • Sun Deck

nicko cruises is one of the leading suppliers for river cruises in Europe and disposes over a modern as well as comfortable fleet. The company is active on two continents and travels through all tourist waterways in demand in the world as well as several coastal sections.

“More experiences. Enjoyed in comfort.” – that is the programme at nicko cruises. It does not matter in which part of the world: The comfort and individual travelling experience of the passengers are always in the foreground. Thanks to the many travelling routes that we offer, every person will find their matching river cruise. The ships of the nicko cruises fleet all have the equivalent standard (except Russia) of 4 to 5 star hotels on-land according to German standards.

And matching that, nicko cruises offers an exceptional service with a lot of passion for detail: from picking you up at the doorstep to attractive excursions on-land up to a wide variety of culinary offers on-board.

The language on board all nicko cruises ships is German and English. Since nicko cruises is increasingly opening up to the international market, it may be that foreign-language tour groups will be on board for individual departures. In such cases, announcements over loudspeaker or during evening events are made in German as well as the respective foreign language of the tour group.

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