French Waterways

Our overnight Delta flight, July 16, 2011, took us to Nice, France. The following day our group had a short bus ride to Arles, France, and there we boarded the MS Rembrandt docked on the Rhone River. The MS Rembrandt is a very nice river boat operated by Vantage, and would be our home for the next two weeks. We followed the Rhone River north through the heart of the Rhone Valley, which produces some of the best French wines. Vineyards lined the river in many places.

One stop of interest was Avignon. The Avignon Festival is today one of the most important contemporary performing arts events in the world. Every year in July, Avignon becomes a city-theater, transforming its architectural heritage into various performance venues, majestic or surprising, welcoming tens of thousands of theater-lovers of all ages.

Farther to the north the Rhone is joined by the Saone River at Lyon, which is a wonderful city to walk and explore. We continued to follow the Saone to Chalon-Sur-Saone and where a bus took us to Paris for our flight home.