Accommodations & Amenities View Deck Plan

Accommodations
  • 126 ft long, with 6’5” – 6’9” ceiling height throughout
  • One upper deck cabin, 260 sq ft, with 6’9” ceiling height
  • Three lower deck cabins, all 260 sq ft, with 6’5” ceiling height
  • Choice of one king or two twin beds
  • Ensuite Bathroom with shower (one lower deck cabin features a shower and a tub)
  • Ample storage space in cabins
  • Skylit salon
  • Separate 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
petite swimming pool
petite swimming pool
Sound System
Sound System
220 volt outlets
220 volt outlets

Itineraries

Travel from Avignon to Marseillan on the River Rhone, the Petit Rhone, and Canal du Rhone a Sete and Etang de Thau Lagoon

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

A transfer agent will meet your party in early afternoon in the lobby of your Paris hotel, chauffeur you to the Paris Gare de Lyon Train Station and provide First Class tickets on a mid-day TGV train to the Avignon TGV Station. As you alight, Pivoine crew will be waiting on the platform. It is but a short drive to Pivoine, moored at the gates of Avignon. A traditional champagne welcome, evening cruise on the River Rhone to our rural mooring in Aramon, and the first of many gourmet dinners onboard await you.

Monday
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Majestic Palace of the Popes
Travel: Aramon to Gallician
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning your Tour Guide accompanies you to Avignon and introduces this stunning walled city, home of the Popes from 1309-77. Enjoy a private visit to the majestic Palais des Papes, followed by free time to window shop or join the locals at a pavement café and watch the world go by. Return to Pivoine for an afternoon cruise, and sail by the 15th-century castles of Tarascon and Beaucaire before entering the Petit Rhône. Relive the day’s adventures over drinks on deck and tonight's gourmet dinner served onboard.

Tuesday
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Where Van Gogh Painted in Arles
Travel: Gallician to Aigues-Mortes
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, your Tour Guide presents Arles, famous for magnificent Roman ruins and as the setting for many of Van Gogh’s celebrated paintings. After exploring this historic town, return to the barge for a leisurely afternoon cruise on the Canal du Rhône à Sète. Laze in the petite swimming pool as tiny villages and idyllic foliage drifts by. Pivoine is moored tonight at the fortified town of Aigues-Mortes, whose imposing medieval walls conceal a lively hub of boutiques, markets, and cafes -- and gourmet ice cream shops! Dine onboard in the shadow of this incredible town.

Wednesday
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The Wildlife of the Camargue
Travel: Aigues-Mortes to Carnon
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Awaken to a leisurely breakfast. This morning, scenic cruising floats through the wetlands of the Camargue, home to, among other bird species, the pink flamingo, as well as native wild horses and other fascinating wildlife. The spellbinding landscape provides stunning photo opportunities. This afternoon, your Tour Guide will suggest interesting excursions in the area for your party to select. In the meantime, Chef is creating another epicurean dinner for you to enjoy after cocktails and canapes are served on deck.

Thursday
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Scenic Fishing Village of Sete
Travel: Carnon to Frontignan
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

This morning, your Tour Guide introduces the lively seaport of Sète, also known as the “Venice of the Languedoc” for its sophisticated canal system. Watch fishermen spread their nets out to dry on the quays and perhaps enjoy lunch at one of the alfresco restaurants serving fresh seafood. Return to the barge and journey to Frontignan, known for producing the dessert wine Muscat de Frontignan. Relax with an aperitifs and appetizers on deck before tonight's sumptuous dinner onboard. Then, the crew presents a tasting of the delicious dessert wine for after-dinner enjoyment.

Friday
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Vermouth Tasting in an Enchanting Port
Travel: Frontignan to Marseillan
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Weather permitting, the barge glides through Étang de Thau lagoon, a saltwater lake renowned for its oysters and mussels: fresh delicacies that will later be presented onboard. Leaving the lagoon, continue to Marseillan, where the maze of narrow streets and white-washed houses are typical of the local architecture. Marseillan is principally known for Noilly Prat, a vermouth producer since 1815. Visit La Maison Noilly Prat for a tour and tasting. Back onboard, Chef is busy preparing a gala Farewell Feast, ending your cruise in style.

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Marseillan
Meals: Breakfast onboard

Departing no later than 9:00 am, you will be chauffeured to the Beziers Train Station and provided with First Class tickets for a mid- to late morning TGV train to the Paris Gare de Lyon Train Station. Upon arriving at mid-afternoon, a representative of the barge Pivoine will be on the platform as you alight and will help you and your luggage to the taxi line or to a pre-arranged private transfer. The services of Pivoine 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
  • New Roast Potatoes in Garlic olive oil and Rosemary
  • Tomatoes with Feta cheese and Olives
  • Smoked Chicken Salad with Kiwi, Blueberries, Grapefruit, Chives, Celery and Cucumber
  • Stuffed Gougeres with Sundried Tomatoes and Mozzerella
  • Cheese: Brie de Meaux
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas and Biscuits
Dinner
  • Canapes
  • Foie gras Torchon with Fig Chutney
  • Demi Pintade, White Onion & Spinach Veloute, Boudin Noir, Dauphinoise
  • Assortment of French Cheeses
  • Chocolate Fondant
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
Wine
  • Beaune 1er Cru 2008 ‘les chouacheux’ domaine chantal lescure
  • Bourgogne Epineuil 2007
  • Santenay Maladiere 1er Cru 2007 domaine prieur brunet
  • Montagny 1er Cru 2008 domaine montuchot
  • Bourgogne Aligote 2007
  • Chablis 1er Cru 2007 ‘beauroy’ domaine geoffroy

Rates & Dates

Dates

Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
April2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-6
May7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-3
June4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-1
July2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-5
August6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-2
September3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30
October1-7, 8-14, 15-21

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 from dinner the first evening to breakfast the final morning
  • All wines served onboard with lunches and dinners
  • Open bar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Daily escorted excursions including admittance fees
  • Unlimited use of onboard amenities such as bicycles and the petite swimming pool
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 boat are quoted in Euros

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