Accommodations & Amenities View Deck Plan

Accommodations
  • 129 ft long, 6’6” – 6’9” ceiling height throughout
  • 6 cabins ranging 130 – 140 s ft
  • 1 upper deck cabin, 130 sq ft, 6’6” ceiling height
  • 5 lower deck cabins, 140 sq ft, 6’7” ceiling height
  • Choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • Ensuite Bathrooms with shower
  • Ample storage space in cabins
  • Salon
  • Dining room
  • Deck with Canopy
  • Outdoor dining space and seating
Amenities
Chauffeured Guided Sightseeing
Chauffeured Guided Sightseeing
Daily Housekeeping
Daily Housekeeping
WiFi (service fluctuates)
WiFi (service fluctuates)
Private Chef
Private Chef
Open Bar
Open Bar
Bicycles and Helmets
Bicycles and Helmets
Air Conditioning/Heating
Air Conditioning/Heating
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Bathrobe
Bathrobe
Safe
Safe
Iron and Ironing Board (on request)
Iron and Ironing Board (on request)
Hot Tub on Deck
Hot Tub on Deck
Sound System
Sound System
220 volt outlets
220 volt outlets

Itineraries

Travel from Avignon to Tain L'Hermitage on the River Rhone

Bicycling Opportunities:
Limited 
 (Bicycling is completely optional.)
Sunday
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Welcome Aboard
Travel: Paris to Avignon and Avignon to Aramon
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met in the lobby of your Paris hotel by a transfer agent and chauffeured to the Gare de Lyon Train Station. Your cruise includes round trip First Class train tickets between Paris and Provence. As you alight at the Avignon TGV Station, a member of Napoleon crew will be on the platform and will chauffeur you to the barge moored at the Avignon gates. After the traditional welcome and introduction to crew, Napoleon sets sail to the country mooring of Aramon. Enjoy the first of many gourmet dinners.

Monday
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The Extraordinary City of Arles
Travel: Aramon to Avignon
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The adventure begins with croissants and coffee. This morning, your Tour Guide accompanies you to the ancient Roman city of Arles, a site of great historical importance under the protection of the UNESCO World Heritage recognition. Mingle with locals as you walk ashore in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh and marvel at the impressive remains of the Arles Amphitheatre. Return to Napoleon for a leisurely afternoon cruise. Upon mooring, a visit to the Roman ruins of the Pont du Gard precedes a sumptuous dinner served onboard.

Tuesday
A Preserved Palace and Pampered Grapestuesday image
A Preserved Palace and Pampered Grapes
Travel: Avignon to Roquemare
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

France's beauty and bounty come into full focus today. This morning, your Tour Guide introduces the walled city of Avignon. A walking tour of the Palace of the Popes is followed by free time to explore this charming town. Return to the barge for an afternoon cruise. Upon mooring, enjoy a private tasting in the iconic vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Swirl, sip, and savor the exceptional elixirs made from these most pampered of grapes. Back onboard, socialize over cocktails and canapes while Chef puts the finishing touches on tonight's delicious dinner.

Wednesday
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The Pleasures of Provence
Travel: Roquemare to Viviers
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's cruise goes through the famous Bollène-écluse, which is the deepest lock on the Rhône River and indeed in France. An engineering marvel of epic proportions, the impressive Bollène lock is a highlight of any trip on the Rhône. Upon mooring, your Tour Guide accompanies you on a walking tour of Viviers, a preserved Medieval village where the oldest cathedral in France is still in use. The day's pleasurable adventures are rounded out by a visit to a local lavender farm. Return to the barge for an epicurean evening of drinks and dinner.

Thursday
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Ancient Roses and Modern Truffles
Travel: Viviers to La Voulte
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

This morning, your Tour Guide escorts you on a scenic drive to Grignan. This fortified medieval village, nestled at the foot of its castle, houses an exceptional collection of ancient roses, whose abundant flowers adorn the old walls with floral finery. After lunch in a local auberge, it’s on to a truffle farm. Discover and taste this world-renowned delicacy. Return to the barge for a late afternoon cruise as the sun sets over the enchanting waterway. Cocktails and canapes are served while Chef puts the finishing touches on tonight's dinner.

Friday
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Morning Market Visit with Chef
Travel: La Voulte to Tain or Tournon
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A market visit with Chef this morning is a highlight for foodies and Francophiles. Shop with Chef for the seasonal produce and locally made products to be used in that day's multi-course luncheon served onboard. During this afternoon's final cruise, the river valley is flanked by the rolling vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône, offering an intimate perspective of France's natural beauty. Upon mooring, freshen up, as a private tour and special tasting at a boutique winery awaits. Tonight's Farewell Feast onboard ends your cruise in memorable style.

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer to Paris
Meals: Breakfast onboard

In the morning after breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the Lyon TGV Station and provided with First Class tickets to a late morning train back to the Paris Gare de Lyon Train Station. As you alight, a representative of Napoleon will be on the platform and will help you to the taxi line or to your pre-arranged private transfer. Estimated arrival time back to Paris is 2:00 pm. The services of the Napoleon end at the Gare de Lyon.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.

Travel from Tain L'Hermitage to Avignon on the River Rhone

Bicycling Opportunities:
Limited 
 (Bicycling is completely optional.)
Sunday
Welcome Aboardsunday image
Welcome Aboard
Travel: Paris to Tain L'Hermitage
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met in the lobby of your Paris hotel by a transfer agent and chauffeured to the Gare de Lyon Train Station. Your cruise includes round trip First Class train tickets between Paris and Provence. As you alight at the assigned train station, a member of Napoleon crew will meet you on the platform and will chauffeur you to the barge. After a Champagne reception and introduction to the crew, a local sommelier will join you onboard for a private tasting of regional wines. Chef presents the first of many gourmet dinners.

Monday
The Pleasures of Provencemonday image
The Pleasures of Provence
Travel: Tain L'Hermitage to Viviers
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The adventure begins with croissants and coffee. Laze in the hot tub on the top deck during a leisurely morning cruise. Upon mooring, your Tour Guide accompanies you on a walking tour of Viviers, a preserved Medieval village where the oldest cathedral in France is still in use. Back onboard, the day's pleasurable adventures continue; read in the salon, stroll along the riverside path, or play a game of petanque with the crew. Cocktails and canapes precede this evening's candlelit dinner.

Tuesday
Ancient Roses and Modern Trufflestuesday image
Ancient Roses and Modern Truffles
Travel: Viviers to Saint-Etienne-des-Sorts
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

Explore the charming town of Grignan this morning. This fortified medieval village houses an exceptional collection of ancient roses, adoring the streets with floral finery. After lunch in a local auberge, it’s on to a truffle farm. Discover and taste this world-renowned delicacy. An afternoon cruise goes through the famous Bollène-écluse, which is the deepest lock on the Rhône River and indeed in France. An engineering marvel of epic proportions, the Bollène lock is a highlight of any trip on the Rhône. Chef serves tonight's gourmet dinner onboard.

Wednesday
Pampered Grapes and the Pont du Gardwednesday image
Pampered Grapes and the Pont du Gard
Travel: Saint-Etienne-des-Sorts to Avignon
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Begin the day with a freshly brewed cup of coffee and pastries still warm from the local patisserie's oven. This morning, your Tour Guide escorts you to a private tour and tasting in the iconic vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Swirl, sip, and savor the exceptional elixirs made from these most pampered of grapes. Return to Napoleon for a leisurely afternoon cruise. Upon mooring, an escorted excursion to the Roman ruins of the Pont du Gard precedes appetizers and aperitifs served back onboard. Chef serves tonight's delicious gourmet dinner.

Thursday
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A Preserved Palace and Panoramic Views
Travel: Avignon to Vallebruges
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & onboard

This morning, your Tour Guide introduces the walled city of Avignon. A walking tour of the Palace of the Popes is followed by free time to explore this charming town. An afternoon cruise is the perfect time to visit your Captain in his wheelhouse, laze in the hot tub, or socialize in the salon. Once moored, your Tour Guide escorts you to the village of Les Baux-de-Provence. Built on a rocky outcrop, the Citadel of Les Baux de Provence offers you incomparable panoramic views over the Alpilles mountain range. Tonight's gourmet dinner is served onboard.

Friday
The Extraordinary City of Arlesfriday image
The Extraordinary City of Arles
Travel: Vallebruges to Avignon
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, your Tour Guide accompanies you to the ancient Roman city of Arles, a site of great historical importance under the protection of the UNESCO World Heritage recognition. Mingle with locals as you walk ashore in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh and marvel at the impressive remains of the Arles Amphitheatre. Return to Napoleon for an afternoon cruise. Upon mooring, discover the fantastic old fountains, shady squares, and elegant boutiques in the village of Saint-Rémy. Tonight's Farewell Feast onboard ends your cruise in memorable style.

Saturday
A Sad Farewellsaturday image
A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer to Paris
Meals: Breakfast onboard

In the morning after breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the Avignon TGV Station and provided with First Class tickets to a late morning train back to the Paris Gare de Lyon Train Station. As you alight, a representative of Napoleon will be on the platform and will help you to the taxi line or to your pre-arranged private transfer. Estimated arrival time back to Paris is 2:00 pm. The services of the Napoleon end at the Gare de Lyon.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • Warm Potato Salad with Asparagus and Poached Egg
  • Dijon Mustard Encrusted Veal Filet
  • Cheeses: Brie du Meaux and Comte
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas, and Biscuits
  • 1 Lunch Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
Dinner
  • Quail Egg and Caviar Tartlet
  • Filet d’Boeuf et Foie Gras en Croute, Feta and Rosemary Potato Smash, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Wilted Spinach Salad
  • Cheeses: Camembert and Epoisse
  • Chocolate Roulade filled with a Coffee Cream
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
Wine
  • Chorey les Beaune, Domaine Drouhin
  • Chateauneuf de Pape
  • Corton Grand Cru, Domaine Pernaud
  • Pouilly Fumé 2004, Guy Saget
  • Saint Veran 2003, Cave de Prisse-Sologny-Verze
  • Morey St Denis, Domaine Perroneau

Rates & Dates

Dates

Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
April3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30
May1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-4
June5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-2
July3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30, 31-6
August7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-3
September4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-1
October2-8, 9-15, 16-22

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • Round trip train transfers to and from Paris
  • A dedicated onboard crew consisting of a Captain, Chef, Tour Guide, and Hostess
  • All meals onboard and ashore from dinner the first evening to breakfast the final morning
  • All wines served with lunches and dinners both onboard and ashore
  • Open bar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Daily escorted excursions including admittance fees
  • Unlimited use of onboard amenities such as bicycles and the hot tub
Not included in the rate
  • International airfare
  • Cancellation insurance – A Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) policy is recommended
  • Suggested crew gratuity of 5-10% of the cruise price

*Rates for this barge are quoted in Euros

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