Float through France in 2023

Duration
10 days

Departs
Paris (France)

Price
From $xxx

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Re-discover your love for the world in 2023 and beyond

Discover the picturesque beauty of the French countryside in serenity and style aboard a luxurious barge.

Natural Focus is thrilled to offer a 10-day package combining 3 nights in romantic Paris with a 6-night cruise through Southern France aboard the 12-passenger Napoleon barge from Avignon to Tain L’Hermitage (or reverse).

Prices for this exclusive journey start from $xxxx per person twin share*.

Over the last year Natural Focus has been working hard behind the scenes to source some fabulous and exciting NEW product from around the world – including several week-long itineraries floating down the rivers and canals of France by luxury barge. These exclusive vessels accommodate between just 4 and 12 passengers – ideal for small groups or families that would love to relax, escape the crowds and enjoy a relaxing European getaway. Travellers can expect absolutely everything to be taken care of – from all-inclusive drinks and fine cuisine to tailored daily excursions and expert service – this really is the ultimate way to experience a country in all its wonder.


*Valid for travel between 02 April – 15 October 2023. Price shown based on xxxx departure. Strictly subject to availability. Conditions apply.

Avignon to Tain L’Hermitage

2023 Departure dates
Ex Paris (France)

02, 09, 16, 23 & 30 April
07, 14 & 21 May
04, 11 & 25 June
02, 09 & 16 July
06, 13 & 27 August
03, 10 & 24 September
01 & 15 October

These exclusve voyages only operate between April and October and are incredibly popular.

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Tour details

Avignon to Tain L’Hermitage

10 days/9 nights

France is home to so many beautiful regions that really need to be experienced in detail over several days. This itinerary explores the beauty of Southern France and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, cruising through the regions heart along the River Rhône. Discover small river towns, romantic Chateaux’s, and sample fine wine at world class vineyards.


Days 1-3

Paris

On arrival in Paris, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy 3 nights in what is often considered the world’s most romantic city, exploring the wonderful sights at your leisure. The city is so full of history, art, culture, museums and incredible historic buildings it’s hard to know where to begin. Visit the Eiffel Tower or perhaps Notre Dame Cathedral, or alternatively spend an afternoon at the famous Louvre or wander the legendary Catacombs – a network of ossuary’s that were built in the ancient network of tunnels below Paris. Of course, the Arc de Triomphe is a must see and an afternoon cruise along the Siene is also very popular.

Day 4

Avignon

Today you will be met and transferred to your luxurious barge in Avignon. Enjoy a champagne reception on arrival as you meet your fellow travellers and friendly, experienced staff.

Relax onboard this afternoon as the barge slowly sails along the River to this evenings mooring location in rural Aramon. This evening your onboard chef serves you an exquisite dinner of classic French cuisine.

Day 5

Arles

Breakfast is followed by a tour of Arles this morning, famous for its Roman ruins, Van Gough also stayed here from 1888 to 1889.

On your return to the barge, set sail for Avignon as you enjoy a sumptuous lunch. Relax and board and watch the scenery pass by – including the famous Pont Saint-Bénezet. On arrival in Avignon, the vessel will moor opposite the city gates, and you will visit the spectacular Roman Pont du Gard aqueduct.

Return to the barge and enjoy drinks onboard before another splendid dinner.

Day 3

Avignon

Today is dedicated to exploring Avignon – home to the Popes of Avignon in the 1300s – and its beautiful surrounds. Enjoy a guided walked around the city and the Palace of the Popes. You will also have some time to visit the shops or relax at a French café, exploring at your leisure before returning to the barge for lunch.

In the afternoon visit the world famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyard and enjoy a wine tasting before once more returning to the vessel and continuing to Roquemaure.

Day 4

Nyons

Awaken this morning to breakfast and stunning views of Southern France as the barge winds its way towards Viviers. A highlight this morning is passing through the Bollène lock, with its dramatic 23-metre drop. Following lunch, on arrival in Viviers take a leisurely, guided walk around this fascinating medieval town.

This afternoon step ashore at Nyons, a typical Provençal village. You will also get to visit a lavender distillery.

Day 5

Grignan

After breakfast, discover the picturesque village of Grignan, famed for its medieval Château. Following your visit, continue to a truffle farm to learn about – and taste – this world-renowned delicacy. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to the barge. Relax onboard before enjoying a beautiful dinner prepared by your onboard chefs.

Day 6

La Voulte

Today, explore a colourful market in La Voulte with your chef. Pick out your own ingredients for lunch which will be prepared for you back onboard.

Sit back and relax onboard as the barge continues along the river cruising past the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône to Tain or Tournon. Visit the winery at Chez Ferraton and enjoying a wine tasting and tour.

Back on the barge, mingle with your fellow travellers over a farewell feast toasting your final night onboard.

Day 7

Tain L’Hermitage, Tour ends

After breakfast the crew bid you a fond farewell as you disembark for your onward travel arrangements.


B = Breakfast  |  L = Lunch  |  D = Dinner

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