The Best of the Rhone River From Provence to Paris

Alongside local scholars, explore the Rhone aboard a deluxe river ship, discovering ancient vineyards, Old World villages, Provencal history and the artistic legacy of Paul Cezanne.
Rating (5)
Program No. 12417RJ
13 days
Starts at
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At a Glance

Combine Burgundy’s charming countryside and Lyon’s Roman and medieval past with Provence’s picturesque villages and stunning natural beauty to experience the essence of the Rhône River. From Martigues to Avignon to Paris itself, discover the region’s history and beauty and the world’s greatest vineyards along the way.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Extensive walking along unpaved lanes and cobblestoned streets; some stairs without railings and/or uneven. Participants should be able to stand for at least one hour.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the wine trade in the Rhône region from the time of the Romans to today, then taste some of the regional wines and local products.
  • Follow in the footsteps of Cezanne with a historian and visit sites reflected in his art.
  • Uncover the rich papal history of Avignon at the Palais des Papes, or Popes Palace.

General Notes

Current Events in Paris: Due to the fire at Notre Dame, the cathedral is closed to visitors. Road Scholar programs that visit île de la Cité will be able to see the outside of the cathedral, but we will not be able to go inside. Also, because of the ongoing protests in Paris, we may need to make last-minute changes to the itinerary to avoid visiting areas blocked by protesters.
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