Exploring the Archaeology of the Rhone

9 days

From £3,740

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The Rhone was the major conduit of culture in France in Antiquity, transmitting Hellenic culture from Marseille, founded by Greeks in 600 BC, to the cities along the historic river. This special cruise examines the role the river played in the ancient world as a channel of trade and culture, exploring the important coloniae of Lugdunum, Lyon, and Vienne and the stunning Roman cities in Provence, including Arles, Glanum and the historically important site of Massalia. In addition, we will be exploring the important Palaeolithic site of Roche de Solutré, as well as the wonderful medieval sites of Cluny and Avignon. This is an exceptional tour which combines the comfort of a cruise with a series of the most important archaeological and historical sites in France.

Explore MS Camargue

The MS Camargue is a premium rated ship, comparable to a 4* hotel, and boasts bright and spacious interiors.

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Tour highlights:

  • Explore the exceptional amphitheatre and archaeological museum at Arles
  • Visit the Palais des Papes in Avignon, home to the Popes in the 14th century
  • View the iconic Pont du Gard, one of the most famous aqueducts in the world
  • Examine the important site of Glanum with its famous Triumphal Arch and mausoleum
  • Exclusive Andante excursions during the cruise

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Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £595

Includes flights

Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • Self-drive options
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
Meet your Experts

John Shepherd

Andante Guide Lecturer

A specialist in the study of ancient glass, John has worked extensively in the field in Europe as an archaeologist, including France, Italy and Bulgaria.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per the itinerary and specified drinks onboard
  • Accommodation
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • Field notes
  • Port & city taxes
  • All taxes & gratuities
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Offer Availability
30 April 2022 ARNC220430 30 April 2022 (Saturday) 8 May 2022 (Sunday) John Shepherd £3,740
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£500 £595 Call for availability
18 September 2022 ARNC220918 18 September 2022 (Sunday) 26 September 2022 (Monday) John Shepherd £3,740
(inc. flights)
£500 £595 £3,590
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