Exploring the Archaeology of the Rhône

9 days

From £4,645

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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.

The price shown on this page is for a Main Deck Cabin. Please call to check availability for this cabin type or to upgrade to an Upper Deck Cabin. Click on VIEW FULL SHIP PAGE for more details about the ship, the cabins and what to expect onboard.

Please note that the itinerary can be subject to change before the cruise departs or during the cruise depending on adjusted sailing times/and or any port restrictions.

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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: £1,000 Single supplement: £825

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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 Availability
9 October 2024 ARNC241009 9 October 2024 (Wednesday) 17 October 2024 (Thursday) John Shepherd £4,645
(inc. flights)
£1,000 £825 Call for availability
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