Have you dreamt of exploring the delights of Southern France? Lauren, one of the dedicated travel advisers at Peninsula Travel, has recently returned from an enchanting eight-day Rhone river cruise itinerary with APT.
The Rhone Treasures itinerary commences in the picturesque city of Arles, famed for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh. Wander the charming winding laneways, explore the medieval hilltop village of Les Baux-de-Provence and take in spectacular views from the fortress.
The Provencal town of Avignon is renowned for ecclesiastical architecture and it doesn’t disappoint. Standing proudly in the heart of the city, the World Heritage-listed Palais des Papes Palace is a must-see. An excursion to Pont Du Gard, the Roman aqueduct constructed from three tiers of archway bridgework, allows time to appreciate this beautifully preserved UNESCO World Heritage site.
Days can be spent leisurely absorbing the luxury on board, or you can continue to be immersed in the gifts Southern France has to offer. Visit a truffle farm and taste the delicacy in Viviers, followed by a steam train ride through the Ardeche Mountains of Tournan. Chatillon sur Chalaronne is a quaint town and the place to tick off the ‘must-do’ French experience — dine on frogs’ legs and snails.
Saving the best for last, Lyon is the final stop on this journey and it doesn’t take long to see why it is fondly referred to as France’s ‘second city’. Bicycles are readily available for passengers to use and this is the perfect city to pedal through, absorbing the sights before saying ‘au revoir’ to Southern France.
APT is a popular choice for travellers desiring life-enriching and unique cruise experiences. Luxury is delivered throughout, down to the smallest detail. Lauren was impressed to discover that meals are crafted to showcase the cuisine of the local region and are matched with superb wines — a perfect way to finish each spectacular day of the Rhone Treasures itinerary.
River cruising is a perfect way to travel if you want to experience highlights of a destination and leave the hard work to the experts. Arrive, unpack and enjoy — the rest is taken care of.
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