River Cruising

Savoring France: Paris, Lyon & Provence

$4,990 USD
Journey Type
River Cruising
Time of Year
Apr - Oct
Cities & Landmarks
Paris, Arles, Lyon, Roussillon, Viviers, Avignon
Savoring Southern France Paris Lyon Provence River Cruise
Avignon, France


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TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Evening at the 12th-century Duché d'Uzès 


tauck value includes


All gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director


Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $2,850


Pastry class for Tauck guests at Le Cordon Bleu Paris 


Food walking tour in Paris featuring visits to a pastry shop, creperie, and a wine or champagne bar


Provençal lunch at a private ranch in La Camargue


Reception and dinner at Fouquet’s on the Champs-Elysées in Paris


Private wine tastings in Beaujolais and Châteaneuf-du-Pape


A walking tour of historic Vieux Lyon and a tasting at Les Halles de Lyon





Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.



Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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Exclusively inclusive river cruising

Depart on a 7-night Rhône River cruise aboard ms Emerald through vineyard country that's home to some of the world’s most exceptional wines.

Tauck's epicurean delights begin in Paris with a reception and dinner at Fouquet’s, the celebrity hotspot on the Champs Élysées, a pastry class especially for Tauck guests at Le Cordon Bleu Paris and a food walking tour with a visit to a pastry shop, a creperie and a champagne bar. Ride the high-speed TGV through the French countryside to Lyon to taste your way through Les Halles, Lyon's famed covered food market with its eye-popping vertical garden... cruise in search of culinary adventures along the Rhône... sip Beaujolais in Beaujolais... sample Provençal specialties for lunch at a private ranch in La Camargue... attend a memorable evening at the Duchy of Uzès... and learn secrets at a cooking demonstration at an award-winning cooking school in Valence. It's the ultimate Rhône River cruise to the soul of French haute cuisine! Read Less

What it's like to cruise France's Rhône Valley wine country

Tauck Exclusive – Gala evening at the Duché d'Uzès

Our exclusive gala evening at the Duché d'Uzès

The Duke of Uzès kindly requests your presence at his family castle for dinner. Expect to be wined and dined at a grand château that architecturally chronicles its history, from its foundation on the site of a Roman governor’s home in the first millennium to its role as the medieval residence of an exiled 9th-century Duchess, the first woman in the Occident to write a book, to its Renaissance renovation, its languish in the Revolution, its 19th- and 20th-century reincarnation as a school to its meticulous renovation in 1954 by the influential Marchioness of Crussol who reacquired the family home. Her vision comes to life in treasured keepsakes and a resplendent décor that provide a stunning setting for Tauck’s exclusive gala evening.

I have traveled extensively in France, but Tauck offered new and unique experiences which would be impossible on my own. I was delighted every day.

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Solo Traveler Savings

Traveling solo doesn't mean traveling alone – with Tauck, it means camaraderie, traveling with like-minded travelers who share similar interests. Solo Travelers enjoy special savings on all departures – no single supplement in Category 1; and on select departures in select cabins, savings of $1000 per cabin. See details on Pricing & Availability.

Shore Excursion Choice

The choice is yours... We’re pleased to present an opportunity to customize and personalize your cruise by choosing your shore excursions on select days; choices have been carefully designed to appeal to different interests and preferences, with more active choices available on many days. 90 days prior to your departure date we'll contact you with the information you need to make your selections!

Book Your Air

Traveling with Tauck ensures more than a memorable travel experience; it also enables you to take advantage of additional do-it-for-you travel services that take the hassle out of arranging them yourself. As an added service, we can make flight arrangements for your journey, if your travels originate in Canada or the United States, offering you a number of welcome advantages. With Tauck, you can reserve your flights now and pay later when tickets are issued; benefit from Tauck’s lenient change and refund policies; earn Frequent Flyer mileage on most airlines; and more.

What you need to know

Before You Go


Travel Documents, Booking and Deposits, and more

No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

Important Information

Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

Protect Your Travel Investment

Cruise Protection Product

Your cruise is an important investment – and to help you protect it, Tauck's Cruise Protection Product provides you with important benefits before your trip and while you are traveling, including 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance services; you'll also find deposit details and information should you have to cancel. Truly peace of mind travel at its best!

The Tauck Experience

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Reviews (32)

Savoring France. Three days in Paris then fast train to Lyon to board the M.S. Emerald. Next day visited Lyon, then onto Viviers, then Arles, then Avignon, Roussillon and Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Day 9 was Tain L'Hermitage and Tournon. We departed, sadly, for the US Tuesday, July 10 after ten days of wonderful food, wine and learning new things.

Most Memorable Moment:

Everyday was something special. Since we were a group of ten, Tauck extended a "Big Thank You" in the form of a special lunch in Avignon. Taxis picked us up from the ship and took us back after. We sat by the water; delicious food; delicious wine and dessert. We left with smiles on our faces and full bellies. Thank you, Tauck.

My husband and I were celebrating our 30th Wedding Anniversary on this trip. Tauck and the tour guides, cruise director, bus drivers, captain and the entire ship crew were amazing! All the excursions were incredible. Tauck took us to places that you normally wouldn't visit on a river cruise ship.

Most Memorable Moment:

The day we spent in Arles and the visit to the La Camargue private farm. My husband and I were amazed at how the Roman's developed the unique watering system. Also, we loved the La Camargue Private Ranch. Seeing how this family lived off their Ranch was a treat! You could see how everyone within the family took pride in their hidden jewel!

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