Rhone River Romance: Unveiling History and Culture on a Singles Cruise from Lyon to Arles
Embark on an enchanting singles river cruise along the Rhone, exploring the captivating cities of Lyon, Mâcon, Vienne, Avignon, Arles, and the picturesque Camargue region. Immerse yourself in the rich historical tapestry as you navigate through Lyon's hidden 'traboules,' visit the influential Cluny Abbey, and marvel at the majestic Tournon Castle. Join us on this extraordinary journey filled with history, authenticity, and the chance to create lasting connections.
Ms Van Gogh
Welcome aboard our exquisitely renovated ship, a masterpiece of elegance and comfort that underwent a complete transformation in 2018. Meticulously redesigned to meet the new standards, this vessel boasts larger, brighter, and more inviting spaces for an unforgettable cruise experience.
The ship's interior is a celebration of artistry and sophistication, with a captivating colour palette of grey-blue and orange that infuses every corner with style and grace. Paying homage to the legendary artist after whom it is named, the ship proudly showcases some of Van Gogh's iconic paintings, including pieces from his renowned Sunflowers series. The decor is a visual delight, mirroring Van Gogh's techniques of impressionism and pointillism in the fabric patterns and bar dressing.
The upper deck is the heart of communal activity, featuring two main areas that are sure to enchant passengers. At the front, a spacious lounge and bar provide a convivial space to unwind and socialize. At the rear, the restaurant awaits, where every meal during the cruise is a culinary delight against the backdrop of scenic views.
For those seeking panoramic views and fresh air, the sun deck beckons with a serene ambience. Passengers can bask in the sun on comfortable loungers or find refuge in the expansive shaded area. It's the perfect spot to relax, soak in the breath-taking landscapes, and create lasting memories. Embark on a journey of refinement and relaxation as our revamped ship sets sail, promising a cruise experience that seamlessly blends art, comfort, and natural beauty.
Accommodations are equally enchanting, with 20 cabins on the upper deck offering French balconies for an immersive experience with the surroundings, and 34 cabins on the main deck boasting windows that flood the rooms with natural light. Each cabin is a cosy retreat, providing a perfect blend of comfort and luxury. Your cabin, a private haven on the ship, is equipped with modern amenities to ensure your comfort throughout the journey. Features include a telephone for internal calls, a bathroom with a shower and toilet, plush towels, a safe for your valuables and independent air-conditioning to tailor the climate to your liking. Stay connected with loved ones or share your experiences with the complimentary Wi-Fi available on board.
On board Facilities
Dinning and Lounges
Indulge in a delightful dining experience aboard the ship as you make your way through scenic waters. The restaurant, situated on the upper deck, is the exclusive venue for all your meals during the cruise. Offering a panoramic view of the surroundings, the restaurant accommodates all guests at variously sized tables, creating an intimate and sociable atmosphere. The decor exudes casual elegance, providing the perfect setting for culinary delights against the backdrop of ever-changing vistas.
For a more relaxed and entertaining time, head to the tastefully decorated lounge located at the front of the ship. With its panoramic views, it serves as a hub for social activities. Whether you fancy cocktails, engaging in games, or dancing the night away, the lounge is the place to be. Immerse yourself in the vibrant ambiance and create unforgettable memories with fellow passengers.
As you seek moments of tranquillity and breath-taking scenery, don't miss the opportunity to unwind on the sun deck. Equipped with comfortable chairs and deckchairs, it's the ideal spot to cool off while taking in the panoramic beauty of the landscapes passing by. Let the gentle breeze and picturesque views transport you to a world of relaxation and serenity.
Whether you're savouring a meal with a view, engaging in lively activities in the lounge, or finding tranquillity on the sun deck, our ship promises a seamless blend of comfort, entertainment, and natural beauty throughout your cruise. Welcome to a voyage where every moment is a celebration of the extraordinary.
Day 1: Lyon - Welcome Aboard
The vibrant city of Lyon opens its doors to our eager passengers. A warm welcome awaits as you step on board our ship, your home for this enchanting journey. After settling into your cabins with the ease and comfort befitting a solo traveller, join us in the lounge for a convivial welcome cocktail. Here, you'll have the pleasure of getting acquainted with our dedicated crew, setting the tone for the camaraderie that will define this singles cruise. The evening unfolds with a sumptuous dinner, followed by a delightful program of entertainment, providing a perfect opportunity for new connections.
Day 2: Lyon - Mâcon Exploration
The morning brings forth a choice of optional excursions, inviting you to delve into the heart of Lyon's unique charm. Opt for the CLASSIC experience, a guided tour revealing the city's hidden treasures - the famed "traboules," a network of secret passageways that epitomize Lyon's character. Alternatively, embark on the DISCOVERY option, a tantalizing food tour offering a sensory journey through Lyon's culinary delights. Returning to the ship, an afternoon of leisurely cruising awaits as we make our way to Mâcon. The evening unfolds with a gastronomic experience, enjoying dinner surrounded by newfound friends, followed by a night of dancing under the stars.
Day 3: Mâcon - Vienne Discovery
As we cruise along the tranquil waters of the Rhone, Day 3 presents an optional excursion for both packages: a visit to the Abbey ruins in Cluny. Immerse yourself in history as you explore the remnants of this ancient abbey, each stone telling a tale of centuries past. Returning on board, the ship gracefully continues its journey to Vienne. The afternoon's tranquillity gives way to an evening of entertainment, setting the stage for our arrival in Vienne later in the night. A magical experience awaits as you step ashore, ready to explore the next chapter of this unforgettable solo sojourn.
Day 4: Vienne to Avignon - A Day of Discovery
As the sun rises over Vienne, embrace the day with an optional guided tour, an immersive exploration that unveils the historical treasures of this charming city. After the tour, rejoin the ship as we set sail towards the medieval city of Avignon. The afternoon will be spent cruising along the scenic Rhone, allowing you to relax and soak in the picturesque landscapes. As the evening approaches, relish a delectable dinner on board, accompanied by enchanting entertainment.
Day 5: Avignon - Arles - The Camargue Adventure
Embark on a captivating optional guided tour of Avignon and the renowned Papal Palace, delving into the rich history of this UNESCO World Heritage site. The ship gracefully glides to Arles, where the afternoon opens up to a choice of excursions. Opt for the CLASSIC experience, exploring the Camargue with a visit to a traditional bull breeding farm. Alternatively, embark on the DISCOVERY option, a jeep safari offering an original immersion into the untamed beauty of the Camargue. Return to the ship for a delightful dinner, followed by an evening of traditional Provençal entertainment under the starlit sky.
Day 6: Arles to Viviers - Local Flavours and Charm
Begin the day with an optional excursion, discovering the treasures of Arles and visiting a local olive oil producer. Afterward, re-join the ship for a leisurely afternoon cruise to the quaint town of Viviers. Another optional guided tour awaits, offering insights into the history and charm of Viviers. Cap off the day with a delightful dinner on board as we continue our journey along the Rhone.
Day 7: Viviers to Tournon - Castle Marvels and Wine Tasting
As the morning unfolds, we cruise towards Tournon. Engage in an optional guided tour of Tournon, including a visit to the imposing Castle-Museum of Tournon-sur-Rhône. The experience culminates with a tasting of local wines and regional delicacies, providing a sensorial journey into the flavours of the Rhone Valley. Return to the ship for a gala dinner and an evening of celebration as we cruise towards Lyon throughout the night.
Day 8: Lyon - Farewell Buffet Breakfast
Savour one last morning on board with a delightful buffet breakfast before bidding farewell to the ship at 9:00 a.m. Cherish the memories of this unforgettable Rhone River cruise, where history, culture, and camaraderie came together in a perfect voyage for solo travellers.
What is included in the tour
- Stay 7 nights on board on Ms Van Gogh
- Your own single occupancy air-conditioned cabin
- All Meals Included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
- Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
- Flights from London Gatwick
- Flights from your local airport at a small supplement
- Free Wi-Fi onboard
- Excursions and activities (Optional Extra)
- Official welcome from the captain and crew
- Onboard activities
- All port fees included.
- 20 KG Baggage allowance and 5 KG hand baggage.
- Airport Transfers
- Meet other single, like-minded travellers who wish to socialise and make new friends
Flight Timings -
Outbound - London Gatwick 08:10 - Lyon 10:50
Inbound - Lyon 17:10 - London Gatwick 17:55
Price & Itinerary may be subject to change