The romance of Southern France

Paris may be the first port of call for most French excursions, but if you’re looking for true romance, then it’s Southern France you should be visiting.

In Lyon, France’s third-largest city, you can visit the historic hilltop church, Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviére, where you’ll enjoy stunning views of the town below. Learn why Lyon is known as the world’s gastronomic capital as you stroll through the cobbled streets of the old town, down secret alleys and into splendid cafés and patisseries.

Chalon-Sur-Saône is the birthplace of photography and with one look through a viewfinder you’ll see that it’s pretty as a picture. Beaune is home to some of the finest examples of 15thcentury French architecture and, being in the heart of Burgundy’s wine region, the ideal place to stop and have a sip of French red. When it’s time to burn off some of the wine, cheese and olives, take a bike tour from Tournus to Mâcon, ready for another tipple.

Macon may be another important French wine region, but the real temptation will be in the haute cuisine treats available for tasting in town.

And when you reach Tournon, your walk through ancient Roman ruins and 16th century architecture will have your jaw scraping the floor. Don’t forget to try the regional wines from this renowned wine-growing centre.

Avignon’s history dates back to Celtic origins. It’s been a home to Romans and Popes and was a pivotal site of the French Revolution. A Provençal dinner cooked by local celebrity chef, Fabien Morreale, at Avignon is a must, as is an excursion to Pont du Gard* – the perfectly preserved ancient Roman aqueduct that crosses the Gardon River.

Sail to Arles and amble through a 2000-year-old Roman Amphitheatre, enjoy a walking tour of the city, or trek up to Les Baux de Provence – an Alpilles mountains’ commune by a ruined castle overlooking picturesque plains below.

All this may sound like a dream holiday, but the dream can be reality when you book the Sensations of Southern France tour on a brand new river cruise ship with Evergreen Cruises & Tours.

What’s included, you ask?

  • eight-day Rhône and Saône River cruise
  • Explore six cities, towns and villages
  • Tournon walking tour of Roman Ruins and Tournon Castle
  • Visit the Iconic Hospices de Beaune
  • Lyon city tour including Roman amphitheatre and Old Town
  • Avignon walking tour and see the Papal Palace
  • walking tour of Arles
  • 20 meals including a highlight dinner.

For three years running, Evergreen has been awarded ‘Best Value’ by Cruise Critic, so you know you’ll be in good hands and get value for money. Find out more about Sensations of Southern France at

*Pont du Gard tour is an optional extra

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