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The Best of France

• NICE - AVIGNON - ARLES - VIVIERS - TOURNON - VIENNE - LYON •

HOSTED BY STEPHEN SCOURFIELD

7th - 16th August 2022 

10 Days starting from just $5,995 per person

Limited Cabins Available!

The Experience

Join Travel Editor of The West Australian and West Travel Club Stephen Scourfield on one of his favourite trips.

 

The adventure begins in Nice, where it is time to explore the famous French Riviera! Enjoy 2 nights in Nice, including welcome function before making your way to Avignon to board Viking's stunning longship Heimdal for 7 glorious nights cruising up the Rhône river to Lyon.

Tap into your inner van Gogh at an Arles painting class, discover Roman Provence at Les Arènes amphitheater and the Pont du Gard. Explore Avignon’s Palace of the Popes, excite your palate in Lyon, capital of French gastronomy.

 

Savor Beaujolais wines, hunt for truffles and see how chèvre cheese is made, all while witnessing the beauty that inspired artists like Cézanne and Chagall.

If you're not ready to head home just yet, why not continue your adventure with our 3 Night Parisian extension. Upon disembarking the cruise in Lyon, you will be taken by private transfer to Lyon station where you will take the TGV train through the French countryside to Paris. 

You will then have 3 Nights to experience the city of love and all that it has to offer - the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Arc du Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Moulin Rouge, Montparnasse, Saint Germain, Notre Dame, Galeries Lafayette, the Seine and so much more!

 

The Inclusions

  • Arrival Airport to Hotel transfer in Nice

  • 2 Nights Accommodation at the Mercure Nice Promenade Des Anglais in a Superior Room (upgrades available)

  • Private Welcome Event in Nice

  • Private group transfer from Nice to Avignon

  • 7 Nights aboard Viking's Longship Heimdal cruising from Avignon to Lyon

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call

  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)

  • Visits to UNESCO Sites

  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances

  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner (option to upgrade to an all inclusive drinks package)

  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water

  • Port taxes & fees

  • Gratuities

  • Fully Comprehensive Travel Insurance* - including Covid Travel Cover
    * Based on up to 69 years of age with no pre-existing medical condtions. Please advise if you need adjustments to this in your booking form.

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The Cost

Standard CABIN

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$5,995 per person

  • Stateroom size: 150 sq ft (Category E) 

  • River-view stateroom with half-height picture window

  • Queen-size Viking Explorer Bed (optional twin-bed configuration) 

  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)

  • 42" flat-screen TV with infotainment system, 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports

  • Private bathroom with accessible shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer

  • Premium Freyja® toiletries

  • Plush robes & slippers (upon request)

  • Telephone, safe, refrigerator with bottled water replenished daily

  • Individual climate control

  • Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping

  • Under-bed suitcase storage space

  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers

  • 12pm Embarkation - 3pm stateroom access

FRENCH BALCONY

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FROM $6,595 per person

  • Stateroom size: 135 sq ft (Category D)

  • River-view stateroom with French balcony (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door)

  • Queen-size Viking Explorer Bed (optional twin-bed configuration) 

  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)

  • 42" flat-screen TV with infotainment system, 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports

  • Private bathroom with accessible shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer

  • Premium Freyja® toiletries

  • Plush robes & slippers (upon request)

  • Telephone, safe, refrigerator with bottled water replenished daily

  • Individual climate control

  • Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping

  • Under-bed suitcase storage space

  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers

  • 12pm Embarkation - 3pm stateroom access

Verandah CABIN

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FROM $7,095 per person

  • Stateroom size: 205 sq ft (Category B) 

  • River-view stateroom with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door opening to full-size veranda

  • Queen-size Viking Explorer Bed (optional twin-bed configuration) 

  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)

  • 42" flat-screen TV with infotainment system, 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports

  • Private bathroom with accessible shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer

  • Premium Freyja® toiletries

  • Plush robes & slippers (upon request)

  • Telephone, safe, refrigerator with bottled water replenished daily

  • Individual climate control

  • Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping

  • Under-bed suitcase storage space

  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers

  • 12pm Embarkation - 3pm stateroom access

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Upgrades and Extras

AIRFARES

We can book flights for you, alternatively, Frequent Flyer Flights are available.
Book with us to get your free transit airport lounge pass (oneway)

BEVERAGE PACKAGE


Beer, wine and soft drink is included with lunch and dinner,

however you have the option to upgrade to have all of you drinks including

Champagne, Premium Wines & Beer, Cocktails, Mocktails, Soft Drinks, Juices for just $30 per person per day

Total Cost - $240 per person


 


PRE and/or POst ACCOMMODATION & ACTIVITIES
If you would like to upgrade your room type, or extend your stay, please let us know!

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Comprehensive travel, medical and cancellation insurance with nib is included in your tour price.*

Additional premiums apply for travellers 70 years and over, and with pre-existing medical conditions.

 

The included insurance has a $250 excess, you can remove the excess completely from an additional $70 per person

 

The insurance includes cancellation cover to the value of $10,000 per person

 

The insurance includes unlimited medical cover (including Covid-19), as well as Covid-19 Travel Cover.

 

You can download the Full PDS here, as well as one-page flyers on

Cruise Cover, Coronavirus Travel Cover & Emergency Assistance


 

 

BOOK NOW

Available Cabins

Secure your cabin with a deposit of just $1000 per person
An invoice for full payment will then be sent to your email address
Full Payment is due by the 20th of April 2022

Join Our Waitlist

What cabin types would you be interested in?

Thanks for submitting your waitlist request! We will be in touch if any cabins become available.

Itinerary

The Itinerary

Please note the finalised itinerary and times will be included in your travel documents.

Day 1 - 7th AUGUST 2022: NICE 


Arrive in Nice at any time

Transfer from the Airport to Mercure Nice Promenade Des Anglais, check in and enjoy free time to explore the hotel and surrounds

This evening is your to enjoy at your leisure, a sunset dinner or cocktail may be order to kick of your French Adventure!

Stay: Mercure Nice Promenade Des Anglais, Nice

Day 2 - 8th AUGUST 2022: NICE


Take a walk along the promenade, go to one of the beach clubs or perhaps go for a wander around the old town of Vieille Ville, and take the free elevator up to Parc de la Colline du Château where you will experience some of the best views od the riviera.

This afternoon/evening there will be a Welcome function where you can meet and mingle with the other West Travel Club Members.

Stay: Mercure Nice Promenade Des Anglais, Nice

Day 3 - 9th AUGUST 2022: AVIGNON

Meet the group in the lobby of the hotel at 9am for your private transfer to Avignon. 

The scenic drive will take 2.5-3 hours and will take you along the coast pas Antibes and Cannes before heading inland to Aix-en-Provence, and up to Avignon where you will board Viking Cruises' luxurious Longship Heimdal, which will be home for the next 7 nights.

After boarding, take free time to explore this quaint town on the scenic Rhône River, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented before we embark on out 8 day cruise done the Rhône.

Meals: Dinner

Stay: Viking Cruises - Heimdal

Day 4 - 10th AUGUST 2022: ArLES

 

Disembark after breakfast and take a walking tour of Arles with its diverse architectural highlights. Experience the city’s vibrant colours and striking quality of light that have inspired artists. Arles is also the site of some impressive Roman ruins, including Les Arènes, an arena that seats 20,000 and is still in use, as well as Romanesque monuments such as the Church of Saint-Trôphime, completed in the 15th century. Enjoy free time to explore Arles on your own. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Stay: Viking Cruises - Heimdal

Day 5 - 11