Belmond Napoléon Available Journeys

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Applicable Departure Dates available July, August & October 2015

Departing: April 2015 – October 2015
Duration: 7 days/6 nights from £4,000 per guest

  • Meet your crew and guide for a Champagne reception. In the late afternoon, curise to Arles.
  • Dine on regional specialities onboard. After dinner, tour Arles, famous for its Roman ruins. Van Gough also stayed here from 1888 to 1889.

  • Visit the traditional 18th-century provençal bastide in St Rémy for an olive oil tasting.
  • Relax as you cruise to Avignon past the famous bridge, Pont Saint-Bénezet.
  • Moor opposite the city gates then visit the spectacular Roman Pont du Gard aqueduct.
  • Enjoy drinks on deck and a sumptuous dinner.

  • our Avignon, home to the Popes of Avignon in the 1300s. Enjoy a guided walk around this magnificent city and the Palace of the Popes.
  • Take time to peruse the shops or sample French café culture.
  • Lunch on the barge then visit the world-famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyard.
  • Enjoy a wine tasting then cruise to Saint-Etienne-des-Sorts village.

  • Tour the Roman city of Orange, built in 100BC. Discover two of the finest Roman monuments in Europe.
  • Cruise to Viviers, passing through the Bollène lock, with its dramatic 23-metre drop.
  • Then enjoy a leisurely stroll around this medieval town.

  • Visit Nyons, a typical Provençal village, and visit a lavender distillery and 18th-century olive mill.
  • Have lunch at the picturesque village of Grignan, famed for its medieval château.
  • Visit a truffle farm to learn about and taste this world-renowned delicacy.
  • Join the barge at Le Pouzin and cruise to La Voulte.

  • Visit a colourful market in La Voulte with the chef. Pick out ingredients for lunch and enjoy on board.
  • Cruise past the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône to Tain or Tournon.
  • Visit Chez Ferraton, whose winery is a stroll away, and enjoy a tasting and tour.
  • Back on board dine on a wonderful farewell gala dinner.

  • Have breakfast before the crew bids you farewell and you disembark.
 

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Please note: This itinerary is subject to availability and is for guidance only, a confirmed schedule will be supplied with your travel documents. Prices are based on minimum occupancy, please be advised that supplements may apply.

Departing: April 2015 – September 2015
Duration: 7 days/6 nights from £4,000 per guest

  • Board at Tain l’Hermitage or Tournon and meet your crew for a Champagne reception.
  • Enjoy a wine-tasting at Mr Ferraton’s winery only steps away.
  • Later, dine on superb cuisine accompanied by France’s finest wines.

  • Cruise to Viviers while watching the beautiful Rhône Valley glide by.
  • Enjoy a guided walk of this charming medieval town in the mid-afternoon.
  • Return to the barge and play the traditional Provençal game pétanque.

  • Enjoy a scenic drive to Nyons, a Provençal village with a lavender distillery and 18th-century olive mill. Have lunch at pretty Grignan.
  • Visit a truffle farm to learn about and taste this world-renowned delicacy.
  • Then cruise south to Saint-Etienne-des-Sorts. Pass through the Bollène lock, with its dramatic 23-metre drop.
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  • Visit the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a wine tasting.
  • Lunch on board as you cruise to Avignon, past the famous bridge, Pont Saint-Bénezet.
  • Moor opposite the gates to city then visit the spectacular Roman Pont du Gard aqueduct.

  • Tour Avignon, which was home to the Popes of Avignon in the 1300s.
  • Enjoy a walk around the walled city, as well as the Palace of the Popes. Take time to peruse the shops or sample French café culture.
  • Lunch on Belmond Napoléon as you cruise to Arles.
  • Explore the village of Les Baux before dining on board.

  • Tour Arles, home of Van Gogh from 1888 to 1889. Enjoy lunch as you cruise back to Avignon.
  • Visit Saint-Rémy, birthplace of Nostradamus and also home to Van Gogh.
  • On the way back, enjoy an olive-oil tasting in an 18th-century Provencal bastide.
  • In the evening have a magnificent farewell gala dinner.

  • Have breakfast before the crew bids you farewell and you disembark.
 
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Please note: This itinerary is subject to availability and is for guidance only, a confirmed schedule will be supplied with your travel documents. Prices are based on minimum occupancy, please be advised that supplements may apply.

Departing: August 2015 – October 2015
Duration: 7 days/6 nights from £4,000 per guest

  • Meet your crew for a Champagne reception.
  • Enjoy a wine tasting at Chez Ferraton’s winery nearby. Dine on regional specialities complemented by fine wines.

  • Cruise the Rhône Valley. The Côtes Rôties and the Côtes du Rhône vineyards seem to touch the river.
  • Then visit ancient Vienne, with its spectacular Roman amphitheatre, temple and aqueduct.
  • Tonight, dine on board.

  • Cruise to Lyon and have lunch in the city centre. Tour France’s second city, renowned for its culture and gastronomy.
  • The ornate Basilica of Nôtre-Dame de Fourvière dominates the skyline. Browse the chic boutiques or relax in a pavement café.
  • After dinner walk to Lyon’s old town and enjoy a drink in a traditional Lyonnais bar.

  • Cross from the mighty River Rhône to the quieter River Saône. Have lunch before stopping at Montmerle, the heart of the Beaujolais wine region.
  • Drive to the beautiful 17th-century Château de Fléchères, with 80 acres of parkland.
  • Highlights include a grand staircase, carved fireplaces and opulent Louis XV furniture.

  • This morning, cruise to Mâcon, a thriving market town bordering the Mâconnais wine region.
  • Visit the Abbey of Cluny, for centuries the largest church in the world.

  • Cruise to the market town of Chalon-sur-Saône with its grand square.
  • After a leisurely lunch, visit Beaune, capital of the wine region of Burgundy. Tour the famous 15th-century Hôtel-Dieu, or Hospices de Beaune.
  • Enjoy a wine tasting in the magnificent Joseph Drouhin cellar.
  • Wander around Beaune‘s ancient ramparts and its maze of medieval streets.
  • In the evening enjoy a farewell gala dinner.

  • Have breakfast before the crew bids you farewell and you disembark.
 

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Please note: This itinerary is subject to availability and is for guidance only, a confirmed schedule will be supplied with your travel documents. Prices are based on minimum occupancy, please be advised that supplements may apply.

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The Crew

The expertly trained on-board staff will pamper you from the moment you arrive.

Your personal guide will introduce you to the region’s most renowned vineyards, architectural landmarks, activities and local traditions.

All five barges have a high crew-to-guest ratio and a cordon bleu chef to ensure excellent service. Most crew members speak two or more languages for your added convenience.

Excursions

The essence of travel aboard Belmond Napoléon is that your time is relaxed and any excursions will be tailored to your personal requirements. From stately châteaux and bustling markets to ballooning, our itineraries include visits to local places of interest.

An air-conditioned vehicle accompanies the barge during its cruise to take guests on their chosen visits.

The Cabins

Cabins on board the various barges form a twin, double or king configuration with an en-suite bathroom (with an overhead shower or a bath and shower).

Facilities include air-conditioning and intercoms.

The oversized picture windows and spacious decks afford spectacular views of the charming scenery passing by.

Dress

The atmosphere on board is relaxed and, as such, formal wear is not required. For dinner, smart-casual attire is appropriate – gentlemen, for example, might like to wear an open-necked shirt. It is advisable to wear flat or low-heeled shoes when on deck.

Spring and autumn may be cool at times so we suggest you pack a sweater and a light raincoat.

Dining aboard the Belmond Napoléon

Your cruise begins in style with a champagne reception to welcome you on board—. A hint of the wining and dining to come.

The superb cuisine including five-course candlelit dinners— prepared by the on-board chef is a real highlight of the cruise, particularly when accompanied by a selection of wines from Frances finest vineyards. Each weeks menus include some of the chefs original recipes as well as regional delicacies— and all the delicious meals on board are included in the fare.

Enjoy your Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining room or on the sun deck (when the weather allows).

Complimentary tea, coffee, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks are also available throughout the day simply ask your hostess for any drinks required or help yourself from the bar.

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