Rhone River Cruise
10 Apr — 16 Apr 2019 | Tour Directors: Emilie Capulet, Peter Higginson, Philip Kenrick, Cathy Oakes, John Parker
• Explore the beautiful stretch of river between Chalon-sur-Saône and Martigues, on board our privately chartered vessel, the MS Van Gogh
• Five ACE Tour Directors share their unique perspectives and knowledge of the landscape, history and culture of the area surrounding the Rhône
• Chart the history of the region from antiquity to Post-Impressionism, discovering its Roman ruins, Romanesque architecture and rich artistic heritage
Peter Higginson, MA, PhD
expert in art history and consultant lecturer at Christie's, London
Cathy Oakes, PhD, FSA
Associate Professor in Art History at Oxford University.
Emilie Capulet, MA, MMUS, PhD
award-winning pianist, writer and lecturer
John Parker, MA, DPhil, FLS, VMH
was Professor of Plant Cytogenetics and Director of the University Botanic Garden at the University of Cambridge
Philip Kenrick, MA, DPhil
classical archaeologist and author
Depart London Heathrow 0635, arriving Lyon 0910. Transfer to Tournus for visit to Abbey of St Philibert (fine example of Romanesque architecture). Continue to Chalon-sur-Saône and embark MS Van Gogh for six nights. Evening: welcome, Tour Director introductions and piano recital. MS Van Gogh cruises to Mâcon for overnight.
Morning: short opportunity to visit Mâcon (historical buildings) before re-embarking MS Van Gogh for lecture whilst cruising to Belleville. Afternoon vineyard excursion followed by cruise to Lyon for overnight. Evening piano recital.
Whole day in Lyon: Old Town and ‘traboules’ (historical passageways), Museum of Fine Arts, Roman theatre, 19th century Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Overnight Tournon.
Morning lectures on board whilst MS Van Gogh cruises to Saint-Etienne-de-Sorts. Afternoon excursion to Villeneuve-lès-Avignon: walking tour focusing on medieval architecture (Tour Philippe-le-Bel and Fort Saint-André – exteriors) and visit to Musée Pierre-de-Luxembourg (16th and 17th century Provençal paintings). Overnight Avignon. Evening piano recital.
Morning in Avignon: Papal Palace and free time with opportunity to view Roman ruins in Place de l’Horloge. Afternoon excursion to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence for Glanum (archaeological site) and Saint-Paul de Mausole (asylum where Van Gogh lived and worked). Overnight Arles.
Morning excursion to the Camargue (rivers, marshes, flamingos, black bulls, indigenous Camargue horses) with visit to manade. Afternoon lecture and free time on board whilst cruising to Martigues for overnight. Evening gala dinner with piano accompaniments.
Disembark MS Van Gogh and transfer to Aix-en-Provence (home to Cézanne): free time and opportunity to visit Romanesque cathedral of Saint-Sauveur. Depart Marseille 1645, arriving Heathrow 1740.
10 Apr — 16 Apr 2019
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The boat is fantastic, they've re-equipped it and they've thought of everything.
Recent ACE Cultural Cruise customer
MS Van Gogh
A five-anchor vessel completely referbished to 4* standard in 2018 and privately chartered for ACE's cruise along the Rhône ans Sâone Rivers.
Cost includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a main deck twin cabin, full board with unlimited wine, beer, soft drinks, tea & coffee with lunch & dinner, shore excursions & admissions, crew gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, rail travel option, main deck twin cabin for single use supplement £600. Upper deck supplements available upon request.