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Autumn in Provence

Explore the wonders of Provence aboard the MS Van Gogh

  • 30 September 2021
  • History and Culture
  • Chateauneuf du Pape

Fly south for autumn in Provence, one of the loveliest corners of France. The light is magical, the colours vibrant and the landscape as beautiful and mesmerising as it appeared to the great impressionist artists. Few places in France stir the emotions as much as Provence and our programme combines excursions ashore as well as time sailing on the Rhone, so you can relax and experience all that this wonderful region has to offer.

During our river journey there will be the opportunity to visit the exquisite town of Avignon, the historic city of Nimes and to discover some of the impressive Roman sites in Arles and Orange. But, no trip to Provence would be complete without some time spent in the surrounding countryside and we will visit charming Aigues Mortes and take in the beautiful surrounding landscapes. In comfort and style we will explore the River Rhone and take excursions to nearby towns and sights and sail through an ever-changing countryside dotted with cypress, umbrella pine and vines.

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  • Our View by Nicholas Merchant

    "The River Rhône is one of the great highways of Europe, running almost due South through the centre of France. Our tour explores its more southerly reaches, where the presence of the Romans is very evident. Southern France was for the Romans a highway to their colonies in Spain and along the length of the Via Julia rose the towns of Arles, Nîmes and Orange.

    All these we visit to marvel at the infrastructure that the Romans created to service these towns, aqueducts, theatres, forums, temples, roadways all recall the presence of the Roman Empire. Avignon is, of course famous for its bridge, or more correctly, part-bridge, but its greater fame is for the residence here for 70 years of the Popes of Rome. The Palais des Papes dominates the centre of the town, and should be visited if only for the medieval painted room of Clement VI. It was his predecessor, Clement V, former Bishop of Bordeaux, who did much to encourage viticulture in the region.

    Aside from the likes of Uzès and Grignan, this part of France is not great chateau-country. It was too far from the power house of Versailles, but Grignan owes its splendour to the fact that it was the seat of the governor of the region, the Comte de Grignan who was obliged to reside here. His mother-in-law happened to be one of the great literary figures of 17th century France, Mme de Sévigné. She was often at Grignan, and when not at the chateau she wrote many of her famous letters to her daughter, giving us a vivid insight into the daily life of 17th century France.

    Not to be missed on this amble round the mouth of the Rhône is the complete, undamaged medieval town of Aigues-Mortes. It was built by King Louis IX (St Louis), as a port-of-embarkation for his participation in the crusades."

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Van Gogh

Van Gogh

For our voyages along the Rhone we have chartered the delightful MS Van Gogh from our associates at Croisi Europe. The vessel accommodates a maximum of 105 passengers and offers spacious public areas and comfortable cabins. She is a charming vessel and joining you on board will be a Noble Caledonia team including a Cruise Director, Tour Manager and Guest Speaker.

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Itinerary

  • Chateauneuf du Pape
  • Avignon

Day 1 London to Arles, France.

Fly by scheduled flight to Marseille or Nice, or travel by train to Avignon railway station from London St Pancras. Upon arrival transfer to the MS Van Gogh in Arles and embark. Meet your fellow travellers this evening during welcome drinks and dinner on board. Sail upstream tonight.

Day 2 Pont du Gard, Uzes & Chateauneuf du Pape.

Today we will drive to Pont du Gard, the impressive Roman aqueduct built in the first century as part of a system to bring water to Uzes and Nimes. Later, continue to historic Uzes, a gem of a town with a captivating history and some imposing and beautiful buildings including the castle of the Ducs d’Uzes. Return to the ship for lunch after which we will enjoy a wine tasting in Chateauneuf du Pape, an area renowned for its rich ruby reds.

Day 3 Orange.

This morning we have a half day tour of Orange, site of the greatest of all Roman theatres to survive in the West. The magnificent, semicircular Theatre Antique, situated in the centre of town, was built just before the birth of Christ. Accommodating 7000 spectators, its acoustics are superb. This is also the only Roman theatre still possessing its original Imperial statue of Caesar Augustus, which, at 12 feet in height, is one of the tallest in existence. Sail later to Viviers where we will moor overnight. Perhaps enjoy an after dinner stroll in this charming town.

Day 4 Chateau Grignan.

This morning we will drive to Grignan. A charming hillside village, Grignan was made famous by Madame de Sevigne in her letters. Here we will visit a truffle farm where we will have the chance to taste some of these local delicacies. Continue to Chateau de Grignan which, originally built in the 11th century, was transformed into a luxurious residence during the Renaissance. Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy an afternoon sailing on the Rhone. Perhaps take in the views from the Sun Deck or relax in the bar. We will arrive in Avignon later tonight.

Day 5 Avignon & Nimes.

The great City of the Popes boasts a number of splendid museums, churches and palaces. Our guided walking tour will include the Palais des Papes, one of the wonders of Provence and the largest and most important Medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. We will also visit the Cathedral and famous Pont Benezet, a bridge that spans the Rhone between Villeneuve les Avignon and Avignon. This afternoon there will be a tour to the city of Nimes, one of the finest examples of prosperous Gallo-Roman settlements in southern France. Originally named Nemausus (for the local god of spring), the city served as a regional Celtic capital. Though succumbing to Roman control in 121 BC, the city’s continued importance was assured by its location on the Via Domitia, the main Roman road between northern Italy and Spain. The best-known monument of Nimes is the Maison Carree, a remarkably well-preserved oblong Roman temple built during the 1st century AD, featuring exquisite carvings along the cornice and on the Corinthian capitals. Today, the building is a museum, and contains an imposing statue of Apollo. Return to the ship in Avignon where we will moor overnight.

Day 6 Arles & Aigues Mortes.

Sail early this morning to Arles. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Arles sits on a low hill where the Rhone river branches in two parts to the sea. The town dates back to the 7th century BC and was a major Gallo-Roman city. The Roman sites are unique in that they are integrated into the houses and buildings of the town. During our walking tour we will see the huge amphitheatre and the former Cathedral of St Trophime, a Romanesque Basilica constructed in the 12th century. After lunch on board the vessel, there will be an afternoon excursion to explore the charming village of Aigues Mortes. Encircled by walls, it was built in the mid 13th century by Louis IX to give the French crown a Mediterranean port under its direct control. On our final evening we will sail to Martigues.

Day 7 Martigues to London.

Disembark this morning and transfer to Marseille or Nice airport for the return scheduled flight to London, or to Marseille railway station to travel by train to London St Pancras.

  • Pont du Gard
  • Chateau Grignan
  • Roman Theatre, Orange

Dates and Prices

SPECIAL OFFER – SAVE £200 PER PERSON FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
Prices per person based on double occupancy
30 September to 6 October 2021
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
1 Main Deck Twin £2395 £2195
2 Upper Deck Twin with French Balcony £2595 £2395
3 Main Deck Single £2695 £2495
2 Upper Deck Twin with French Balcony for sole use £3095 £2895

Tour Reference Code: RCVG300921

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air or train travel • Six nights aboard the MS Van Gogh on a full board basis • All-inclusive drinks from 10am to 11pm daily (please note premium brands & sparkling wine are not included) • Shore excursions • Cruise Director • Tour Manager • Guest Speaker • Gratuities • Transfers • Port taxes • Airport taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance.

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Van Gogh

For our voyages along the Rhone we have chartered the delightful MS Van Gogh from our associates at Croisi Europe. The vessel accommodates a maximum of 105 passengers and offers spacious public areas and comfortable cabins. She is a charming vessel and joining you on board will be a Noble Caledonia team including a Cruise Director, Tour Manager and Guest Speaker.

 
  • Your Cabin

    Your Cabin

    The cabins are spread across the Main and Upper Decks and all are outside facing. All cabins are attractively furnished and feature an en-suite bathroom with shower, flat screen TV, telephone, safe, hairdryer, individual air-conditioning and heating controls, and a closet. Twin cabins measure 15 square metres and single cabins measure 11 square metres. Cabins on the Main Deck feature picture windows, and those on the Upper Deck feature French Balcony style (floor to ceiling) sliding windows, allowing you to admire the passing scenery from your cabin.

     

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    The public areas aboard the MS Van Gogh are both elegantly furnished and spacious. The lounge on the Upper Deck is a relaxing environment in which to admire the passing scenery, socialise and enjoy a drink from the bar. There is also a spacious Sun Deck with comfortable deck furniture, the perfect place to relax and appreciate the passing scenery whilst cruising along the Rhone. The open-seating restaurant is located on the Upper Deck and there is a small souvenir shop on board.

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    Meals are taken in a single sitting in the MS Van Gogh’s bright and airy restaurant located on the Upper Deck. The open-seating restaurant offers delicious international cuisine and regional specialities. Breakfast and lunch are buffet style with hot and cold items and dinner is a served set menu with a choice of either two main courses or a vegetarian option. Alcoholic and soft drinks are included in your holiday price (excluding premium brands and sparkling wine) as are tea and coffee which are available throughout the day on a self-serve basis and with meals.

  • Life On Board

    Life On Board 

    The friendly onboard staff will provide you with excellent service and do much to contribute to your enjoyment throughout your journey. You will find yourself amongst likeminded guests in an English speaking environment and the atmosphere on board is relaxed and informal with a comfortable and casual dress code. A daily briefing by the Cruise Director will provide you with information on the next day’s activities and expert English-speaking guides will accompany you on the included excursions. In addition, you will be accompanied by a Guest Speaker who will provide entertaining and informative talks.

  • Ship Directory

    SHIP DIRECTORY

    MS Van Gogh

    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download. 

    We are delighted you have chosen the MS Van Gogh for your upcoming journey.

    We have chartered the MS Van Gogh from our associates at Croisi Europe. The vessel accommodates a maximum of 105 passengers and offers elegant and spacious public areas along with comfortable and well-appointed cabins. She is a charming vessel with a relaxed and informal atmosphere on board and you will find yourself amongst like-minded fellow guests in an English-speaking environment. The friendly onboard staff will provide you with excellent service and do much to contribute to your enjoyment throughout your journey. We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage.

     Vessel Technical Details

    Passengers: 105
    Cabins: 54
    Crew: 26
    Length: 110 metres
    Width: 11.4 metres
    Built: 1999
    Refurbished: 2018

    AIR-CONDITIONING

    All cabins have individually controlled heating and air-conditioning.

    ALARM

    An alarm will be sounded in the event of emergency. Please follow the instructions provided on board for what to do in the event of an emergency.

    ALL ABOARD

    Your times for embarkation and disembarkation will be provided by your Cruise Director.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    During your time on board, various announcements will be made by the ship’s crew and our Cruise Director. Please listen out for these announcements as they will be of importance or interest.

    BAR/BEVERAGES

    All-inclusive drinks are provided on board (excluding premium brands and sparkling wine) between the hours of 10.00am and 11.00pm.

    CABINS

    The cabins are arranged over two decks and all feature individually controlled air-conditioning/heating, en-suite bathroom with shower, flat screen TV, telephone, hairdryer, closet and a safe. Cabins on the Main Deck feature picture windows, and those on the Upper Deck feature French Balcony style (floor to ceiling) sliding windows. Twin cabins measure 15 square metres and have twin beds that can be positioned separately or together as a double bed, whilst single cabins measure 11 square metres.

    CRUISE DIRECTOR

    A Noble Caledonia Cruise Director will accompany you on your voyage, along with a Noble Caledonia Tour Manager and Guest Speaker.

    CURRENCY

    The currency on board is the Euro. While Visa and MasterCard are accepted, personal cheques and debit cards are not. Regrettably, the ship is not able to offer a money-changing service on board.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    The daily programme is printed and delivered to your cabin every evening. It provides details of the following day’s programme, meal times and other activities, as well as interesting and helpful information about your next port of call.

    DINING & DRINKING

    Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are served in the restaurant on board. Breakfast and lunch are buffet style with hot and cold items and dinners are a served set menu with a choice of main course or vegetarian option. Alcoholic and soft drinks are included in your holiday price (excluding premium brands) as are tea and coffee which are available throughout the day on a self-serve basis and with meals. Certain dietary requests can be catered for (on request), however please note that due to galley restrictions, Croisi Europe is unable to offer a choice at each course. Please provide any such requests in writing to Noble Caledonia at the time of your reservation and please reiterate these requests to the ship’s Hotel Manager upon your embarkation.

    DRESS CODE

    Comfortable and casual attire is recommended during the day for excursions. Evening attire is smart casual through you may wish to bring something a little more formal for the welcome and farewell dinners, for example a jacket and tie for gentlemen and a dress/trousers and blouse for ladies. Please note that black tie is not necessary.

    ELECTRICITY

    Electricity is 220v with 2-pin power outlets. We recommend you take an adaptor with you. For safety reasons, the use of electric irons is not permitted on board.

    EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION

    Embarkation and disembarkation times will be provided by your Cruise Director.

    EMERGENCY & SAFETY PROCEDURES

    Full details of the ship’s emergency and safety procedures will be provided following your embarkation. Please note there is no doctor on board the vessel.

    FIRE SAFETY

    On your cabin door is a deck plan displaying your closest (and all other) emergency exits. Emergency exits are marked in green and fire extinguishers fitted in all corridors.

    FIRST AID

    A number of crew are fully trained and certified to provide First Aid. Further medical assistance can be sought from a hospital in the event of an emergency.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price.

    GIFT SHOP

    There is a small gift shop selling various practical and souvenir items.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    Your cabin will be cleaned once a day and you will be provided with a ‘turn down’ service at night.

    KEYS TO CABIN

    Each cabin will receive their own cabin key. Before leaving the ship we kindly ask all passengers to swap the cabin key with a shore pass which will be provided to you by the ship’s reception desk. After your return to the ship please return your shore pass back to reception in exchange for your cabin key.

    LAUNDRY

    Please note there are no laundry facilities on board.

    LIFT

    Please note there is no lift on board.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Lost property can be handed in to the ship’s reception. Please ensure you have all your belongings with you before you disembark. Should you leave any items on board the ship we are only able to return them to you at your own cost.

    MOORING

    Docking space is allocated by the local river authorities. On occasion other river cruise vessels may be required to dock alongside our ship. This may result in restricted cabin views and may also entail us being required to embark and disembark the ship through another vessel’s public area and/or for the other ship’s passengers to do the same. As you cruise, you may encounter some engine noise and vibrations as the ship negotiates locks.

    OPERATIONAL CHANGES

    Despite our planning efforts, there may be times when changes must be made to the daily programme due to circumstances beyond our control such as heavy river traffic or fluctuating water levels. The ship’s Captain and crew will do their utmost to find the best and safest solution. Any changes to the day’s schedule will be communicated as soon as possible.

    POST

    Please be advised that although items can be posted on your behalf by the ship’s crew, as they are unable to do so each day, this could take longer than if you were to post it yourself.

    QUESTIONNAIRES

    A questionnaire will be provided to all passengers towards the end of their sailing. We would be grateful if you would complete and return this.

    QUIETVOX/AUDIO SYSTEM

    Noble Caledonia has arranged for all passengers to have access to a ‘Quietvox’ audio system for shore excursions. Further details will be provided to you following your embarkation.

    RECEPTION

    Reception is staffed throughout the day and between 10.00pm and 7.00am a night watchman will be on duty.

    SAFE

    All cabins are equipped with a small safe for your personal use. We recommend placing valuables in the safe whenever you are away from your cabin. Please remember to remove all items from your safe and leave it open before disembarking at the end of the cruise.

    SAFETY

    Please take careful note of all safety instructions provided to you by the Captain and crew of the vessel. Full safety instructions will be provided to you on board.

    SMOKING

    Smoking within your cabin or any of the vessel’s public areas is strictly prohibited. Designated smoking areas are provided and can be advised by reception upon embarkation.

    SUN DECK

    The ship has a Sun Deck which is available for guests to enjoy. There may be times whereby it is necessary to close the Sun Deck. Please listen carefully to the Captain and crew for instructions. Please also note that the Sun Deck and its steps may become slippery if the weather is cool or dew forms.

    TELEPHONE

    A telephone is available in your cabin for internal calls only.

    VISITORS

    Visitors are not permitted aboard the vessel. The ship’s operators reserve the right to deny boarding to any persons.

    WATER

    Complimentary water is available during breakfast, lunch and dinner, and from the bar.

    WI-FI

    Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship but please be advised that it is not possible to download large data files. There may also be times when internet connection is slow or not available.

    PLEASE BE ADVISED: These details should be used as guidelines only. Information is subject to change.

     

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  • Your Cabin

    Your Cabin

    The cabins are spread across the Main and Upper Decks and all are outside facing. All cabins are attractively furnished and feature an en-suite bathroom with shower, flat screen TV, telephone, safe, hairdryer, individual air-conditioning and heating controls, and a closet. Twin cabins measure 15 square metres and single cabins measure 11 square metres. Cabins on the Main Deck feature picture windows, and those on the Upper Deck feature French Balcony style (floor to ceiling) sliding windows, allowing you to admire the passing scenery from your cabin.

     

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    The public areas aboard the MS Van Gogh are both elegantly furnished and spacious. The lounge on the Upper Deck is a relaxing environment in which to admire the passing scenery, socialise and enjoy a drink from the bar. There is also a spacious Sun Deck with comfortable deck furniture, the perfect place to relax and appreciate the passing scenery whilst cruising along the Rhone. The open-seating restaurant is located on the Upper Deck and there is a small souvenir shop on board.

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    Meals are taken in a single sitting in the MS Van Gogh’s bright and airy restaurant located on the Upper Deck. The open-seating restaurant offers delicious international cuisine and regional specialities. Breakfast and lunch are buffet style with hot and cold items and dinner is a served set menu with a choice of either two main courses or a vegetarian option. Alcoholic and soft drinks are included in your holiday price (excluding premium brands and sparkling wine) as are tea and coffee which are available throughout the day on a self-serve basis and with meals.

  • Life On Board

    Life On Board 

    The friendly onboard staff will provide you with excellent service and do much to contribute to your enjoyment throughout your journey. You will find yourself amongst likeminded guests in an English speaking environment and the atmosphere on board is relaxed and informal with a comfortable and casual dress code. A daily briefing by the Cruise Director will provide you with information on the next day’s activities and expert English-speaking guides will accompany you on the included excursions. In addition, you will be accompanied by a Guest Speaker who will provide entertaining and informative talks.

  • Ship Directory

    SHIP DIRECTORY

    MS Van Gogh

    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download. 

    We are delighted you have chosen the MS Van Gogh for your upcoming journey.

    We have chartered the MS Van Gogh from our associates at Croisi Europe. The vessel accommodates a maximum of 105 passengers and offers elegant and spacious public areas along with comfortable and well-appointed cabins. She is a charming vessel with a relaxed and informal atmosphere on board and you will find yourself amongst like-minded fellow guests in an English-speaking environment. The friendly onboard staff will provide you with excellent service and do much to contribute to your enjoyment throughout your journey. We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage.

     Vessel Technical Details

    Passengers: 105
    Cabins: 54
    Crew: 26
    Length: 110 metres
    Width: 11.4 metres
    Built: 1999
    Refurbished: 2018

    AIR-CONDITIONING

    All cabins have individually controlled heating and air-conditioning.

    ALARM

    An alarm will be sounded in the event of emergency. Please follow the instructions provided on board for what to do in the event of an emergency.

    ALL ABOARD

    Your times for embarkation and disembarkation will be provided by your Cruise Director.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    During your time on board, various announcements will be made by the ship’s crew and our Cruise Director. Please listen out for these announcements as they will be of importance or interest.

    BAR/BEVERAGES

    All-inclusive drinks are provided on board (excluding premium brands and sparkling wine) between the hours of 10.00am and 11.00pm.

    CABINS

    The cabins are arranged over two decks and all feature individually controlled air-conditioning/heating, en-suite bathroom with shower, flat screen TV, telephone, hairdryer, closet and a safe. Cabins on the Main Deck feature picture windows, and those on the Upper Deck feature French Balcony style (floor to ceiling) sliding windows. Twin cabins measure 15 square metres and have twin beds that can be positioned separately or together as a double bed, whilst single cabins measure 11 square metres.

    CRUISE DIRECTOR

    A Noble Caledonia Cruise Director will accompany you on your voyage, along with a Noble Caledonia Tour Manager and Guest Speaker.

    CURRENCY

    The currency on board is the Euro. While Visa and MasterCard are accepted, personal cheques and debit cards are not. Regrettably, the ship is not able to offer a money-changing service on board.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    The daily programme is printed and delivered to your cabin every evening. It provides details of the following day’s programme, meal times and other activities, as well as interesting and helpful information about your next port of call.

    DINING & DRINKING

    Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are served in the restaurant on board. Breakfast and lunch are buffet style with hot and cold items and dinners are a served set menu with a choice of main course or vegetarian option. Alcoholic and soft drinks are included in your holiday price (excluding premium brands) as are tea and coffee which are available throughout the day on a self-serve basis and with meals. Certain dietary requests can be catered for (on request), however please note that due to galley restrictions, Croisi Europe is unable to offer a choice at each course. Please provide any such requests in writing to Noble Caledonia at the time of your reservation and please reiterate these requests to the ship’s Hotel Manager upon your embarkation.

    DRESS CODE

    Comfortable and casual attire is recommended during the day for excursions. Evening attire is smart casual through you may wish to bring something a little more formal for the welcome and farewell dinners, for example a jacket and tie for gentlemen and a dress/trousers and blouse for ladies. Please note that black tie is not necessary.

    ELECTRICITY

    Electricity is 220v with 2-pin power outlets. We recommend you take an adaptor with you. For safety reasons, the use of electric irons is not permitted on board.

    EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION

    Embarkation and disembarkation times will be provided by your Cruise Director.

    EMERGENCY & SAFETY PROCEDURES

    Full details of the ship’s emergency and safety procedures will be provided following your embarkation. Please note there is no doctor on board the vessel.

    FIRE SAFETY

    On your cabin door is a deck plan displaying your closest (and all other) emergency exits. Emergency exits are marked in green and fire extinguishers fitted in all corridors.

    FIRST AID

    A number of crew are fully trained and certified to provide First Aid. Further medical assistance can be sought from a hospital in the event of an emergency.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price.

    GIFT SHOP

    There is a small gift shop selling various practical and souvenir items.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    Your cabin will be cleaned once a day and you will be provided with a ‘turn down’ service at night.

    KEYS TO CABIN

    Each cabin will receive their own cabin key. Before leaving the ship we kindly ask all passengers to swap the cabin key with a shore pass which will be provided to you by the ship’s reception desk. After your return to the ship please return your shore pass back to reception in exchange for your cabin key.

    LAUNDRY

    Please note there are no laundry facilities on board.

    LIFT

    Please note there is no lift on board.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Lost property can be handed in to the ship’s reception. Please ensure you have all your belongings with you before you disembark. Should you leave any items on board the ship we are only able to return them to you at your own cost.

    MOORING

    Docking space is allocated by the local river authorities. On occasion other river cruise vessels may be required to dock alongside our ship. This may result in restricted cabin views and may also entail us being required to embark and disembark the ship through another vessel’s public area and/or for the other ship’s passengers to do the same. As you cruise, you may encounter some engine noise and vibrations as the ship negotiates locks.

    OPERATIONAL CHANGES

    Despite our planning efforts, there may be times when changes must be made to the daily programme due to circumstances beyond our control such as heavy river traffic or fluctuating water levels. The ship’s Captain and crew will do their utmost to find the best and safest solution. Any changes to the day’s schedule will be communicated as soon as possible.

    POST

    Please be advised that although items can be posted on your behalf by the ship’s crew, as they are unable to do so each day, this could take longer than if you were to post it yourself.

    QUESTIONNAIRES

    A questionnaire will be provided to all passengers towards the end of their sailing. We would be grateful if you would complete and return this.

    QUIETVOX/AUDIO SYSTEM

    Noble Caledonia has arranged for all passengers to have access to a ‘Quietvox’ audio system for shore excursions. Further details will be provided to you following your embarkation.

    RECEPTION

    Reception is staffed throughout the day and between 10.00pm and 7.00am a night watchman will be on duty.

    SAFE

    All cabins are equipped with a small safe for your personal use. We recommend placing valuables in the safe whenever you are away from your cabin. Please remember to remove all items from your safe and leave it open before disembarking at the end of the cruise.

    SAFETY

    Please take careful note of all safety instructions provided to you by the Captain and crew of the vessel. Full safety instructions will be provided to you on board.

    SMOKING

    Smoking within your cabin or any of the vessel’s public areas is strictly prohibited. Designated smoking areas are provided and can be advised by reception upon embarkation.

    SUN DECK

    The ship has a Sun Deck which is available for guests to enjoy. There may be times whereby it is necessary to close the Sun Deck. Please listen carefully to the Captain and crew for instructions. Please also note that the Sun Deck and its steps may become slippery if the weather is cool or dew forms.

    TELEPHONE

    A telephone is available in your cabin for internal calls only.

    VISITORS

    Visitors are not permitted aboard the vessel. The ship’s operators reserve the right to deny boarding to any persons.

    WATER

    Complimentary water is available during breakfast, lunch and dinner, and from the bar.

    WI-FI

    Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship but please be advised that it is not possible to download large data files. There may also be times when internet connection is slow or not available.

    PLEASE BE ADVISED: These details should be used as guidelines only. Information is subject to change.

     

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Our View by Nicholas Merchant

"The River Rhône is one of the great highways of Europe, running almost due South through the centre of France. Our tour explores its more southerly reaches, where the presence of the Romans is very evident. Southern France was for the Romans a highway to their colonies in Spain and along the length of the Via Julia rose the towns of Arles, Nîmes and Orange.

All these we visit to marvel at the infrastructure that the Romans created to service these towns, aqueducts, theatres, forums, temples, roadways all recall the presence of the Roman Empire. Avignon is, of course famous for its bridge, or more correctly, part-bridge, but its greater fame is for the residence here for 70 years of the Popes of Rome. The Palais des Papes dominates the centre of the town, and should be visited if only for the medieval painted room of Clement VI. It was his predecessor, Clement V, former Bishop of Bordeaux, who did much to encourage viticulture in the region.

Aside from the likes of Uzès and Grignan, this part of France is not great chateau-country. It was too far from the power house of Versailles, but Grignan owes its splendour to the fact that it was the seat of the governor of the region, the Comte de Grignan who was obliged to reside here. His mother-in-law happened to be one of the great literary figures of 17th century France, Mme de Sévigné. She was often at Grignan, and when not at the chateau she wrote many of her famous letters to her daughter, giving us a vivid insight into the daily life of 17th century France.

Not to be missed on this amble round the mouth of the Rhône is the complete, undamaged medieval town of Aigues-Mortes. It was built by King Louis IX (St Louis), as a port-of-embarkation for his participation in the crusades."

Travelling with You

  • Nicholas Merchant

    Nicholas Merchant’s career has mirrored his abiding interest in antiques. He has worked for some of the major auction houses in London as well as running his own book business devoted to the decorative and fine arts. While his particular interest is English 18th century furniture and Country Houses, he has broad interests and likes to discuss many objects, not just for themselves but in their historical context.

    Nicholas is much in demand as a lecturer which has taken him recently to the United States, South Africa, Europe and all over the United Kingdom, including the V&A in London. Since joining NADFAS he has given over 500 lectures all around the world. Nicholas is the West Yorkshire representative of the ArtFund. He is the proprietor of Aspect Events, a company which arranges cultural breaks and short trips for collectors and art lovers. 

    Nicholas Merchant will be on the following tour dates: 30 September to 6 October 2021
  • Cesar Perez

    Cesar Perez

    A Noble Caledonia veteran, Cesar started in the head office at NCL in 1998.  After a number of years learning the administrations of the travel trade and talking to returning field staff, he began to feel restless and became attracted by the allure of life on the road.  After some deliberation he finally took the plunge and in 2004 escorted his first group to Russia. He has never looked back.  At his first opportunity he switched to become a full time Tour Manager, travelling far and wide from Antarctica cruise ships to taking land tours around New Zealand.  A few years later in 2007, Noble Caledonia undertook a long term charter commitment to the MS Johann Strauss, sailing the Danube, Rhine and Main Rivers and Cesar became its’ full time Cruise Director.  The ship quickly attained a happy entourage of returning travellers, going from strength to strength and becoming NCL’s river flagship for excellence.  Cesar is most happy when sailing on the Danube, through the beautiful region east of Budapest and beyond the Iron Gates towards the Black Sea.  When not on the river, his passions are his homeland of southern Spain, travelling to Asia and fine wines!

    Cesar Perez will be on the following tour dates: 30 September to 6 October 2021

Tour Extensions

    • Before embarking the MS Van Gogh in Avignon, we are offering the opportunity to join our three night pre-cruise extension in Aix-en-Provence.

      Saint Paul de Mausole Saint Paul de Mausole

      The Itinerary

       

      Day 1 London to Aix-en-Provence, France.

      Fly by scheduled flight to Marseille and transfer to our hotel in Aix-en-Provence. Meet later tonight for our welcome dinner. (D)

      Day 2 Sainte Victoire Mountain & Aix-en-Provence.

      After breakfast at our hotel, we will drive to Sainte Victoire Mountain, the subject of many of Paul Cezanne’s paintings. Back in Aixen- Provence, we have some free time for lunch before we meet our guides for our afternoon walking tour where we discover the town’s leafy boulevards and public squares lined with 17th and 18th century mansions. Fountains hold an important place in the architecture here and the city is also known as the ‘city of a thousand fountains’, a name which it more than lives up to with its many beautiful and intricate marble sculpted fountains that can be found in nearly every square. We finish with a visit to the Granet Art Museum. Dinner tonight is under your own arrangements. (B)

      Day 3 Cassis.

      We depart this morning for Cassis where we will enjoy a boat trip through the Calanques National Park. Here long narrow deep fjord-like inlets have cut into the limestone cliffs. Enjoy some free time for lunch under your own arrangements, after which we will return to Aix-en-Provence for the late afternoon and evening at leisure. (B)

      Day 4 St Remy-de-Provence.

      After breakfast we will enjoy a tour of St-Remy-de-Provence. Nestled in the hills of Les Alpilles, the town centre is full of narrow Medieval alleyways, fountains and squares. We will visit Saint Paul de Mausole where Vincent Van Gogh was interned for a year. It was here where he painted 150 canvasses, including “Olive Grove” and “Starry Night”. After lunch in a local restaurant we will transfer to the MS Van Gogh moored in Arles. (B, L, D)

       

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      27 to 30 September 2021
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £945
      Single £1345

       

      Price Includes: Three nights hotel accommodation, meals as indicated (B – Breakfast, L- Lunch, D – Dinner), Tour Manager, gratuities, transfers.

      Not Included: Travel insurance.

      N.B. Please be advised that train travel is not available in conjunction with the pre-cruise extension.

       

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