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Napoleon: Luxury River Cruises in France On The Rhone River In Provence And On The Saone River In Southern Burgundy Cruise In France On The Rhone River In Provence And On The Saone River In Southern Burgundy Aboard The Ultra Deluxe Hotel-Barge NAPOLEON


BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
Special Places Travel Logo.  EMAIL: info@specialplacestravel.com or PHONE: 1-877-642-2743 (001.443.321.3614 outside US/Canada).The 12-passenger Napoléon is one of Europe's finest small river cruisers, combining all the amenities of a luxury hotel with the friendly ambience of a country inn. She is beautifully appointed with large picture windows that provide unsurpassed views of the countryside. There are six luxurious staterooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom, that includes double basins, shower and heated towel rail. The main deck features a large, elegant salon and separate dining room. An air-conditioned bus is available for excursions and touring bicycles are carried on board should you wish to bike into the countryside. The upper deck has an exterior, canopied dining area, spacious sun deck with loungers, jacuzzi and exercise equipment.

The Napoléon cruises the Rhône in Provence between Arles and Tain l'Hermitage/Tournon, through sun-drenched landscapes that inspired the great canvases of Cézanne and Van Gogh. A region full of sophisticated architecture dating back to the Roman civilization and ruins of fortifications, arenas and aqueducts that continue to amaze modern engineers. The endless vistas of tiled roofs, lavender fields and olive groves are synonymous with Provence. Excursions are arranged to the wine region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the storybook towns of Orange, Avignon, Arles, St Rémy, birthplace of Nostradamus and the ancient Roman and Greek ruins of Pont-du-Gard and Glanum.

For part of the summer the barge cruises on the Saone River in Southern Burgundy with visits to vineyards in the Cotes du Rhone, Beaujolais, and Cote d'Or regions, and cruises on the Rhone River to Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France.

Perhaps the most relaxing part of this unforgettable adventure is the evening surprise when you return from your excursions to find a sumptuous feast, prepared by your personal gourmet Chef. Enjoy this exquisite meal in the dining room or the al fresco area, prepared for your enjoyment on the exterior canopied deck.

We have stayed on board and cruised on the Napoleon a number of times and have always found the accommodations to be beautiful and the cuisine, wines and excursions to be excellent. The barge also has a family cruise itinerary which is available upon request.


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Napoleon's Deck Plan
Napoleon's Deck Plan



Dining Aboard The Napoleon:
SAMPLE MENU

A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard the Napoleon. Dining on board the Napoleon is among the highlights of the cruise. Our five-course candlelit dinners are a particularly special treat. The table d'hôte menus onboard the Amaryllis are of the very highest quality and include many regional specialties and fine wines. Each week's menu includes some of the Chef's original recipes as well as regional specialties and seasonal delicacies unique to the particular area of the country you are cruising.

You will enjoy a buffet style continental breakfast, large lunch including pâtés, cheeses, cold meats, tarts, terrines and salad. Dinners are always plated with at least four courses and complementary wines.

Meal times may vary to fit in with excursions but are generally:
Breakfast between 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Lunch between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm
Dinner at 7:30 - 8:00 pm

LUNCH

DINNER
SAMPLE WINE LIST
Champagne - Laurent Perrier Champagne
White Wines - Saint Romain; Saint Veran; Montagny 1er Cru; Pouilly Fuisse; Sancerre; Meursault; Puligny Montrachet; Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru; St Aubin 1er Cru; Chablis Grand Cru
Rose Wines - Marsannay Rose
Red Wines - Gevrey Chambertin Village; Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru; Nuits St George; Morey St Denis; Chorey les Beaune; St Aubin 1er Cru; Beaune 1er Cru; Volnay; Chateauneuf de Papa
Bar Wines - Bourgogne Chardonnay; Bourgogne Pinot Noir

Please note this is a sample list of the usual wines served on board. We will of course try and accommodate any specific requests from clients for particular wines and spirits where possible.


Passenger Comments:


The experience exceeded my expectations and I enjoyed it very much. The accommodations though small, were lovely and adequate. The meals and wines were wonderful. Touring Lyon was probably the high point but the lunch and Roman ruins in Vienne were a close second. Actually one might say our time on the barge was the highlight.
M.R., NC, USA, August 2016

Over the top first class and one of the nicest trips I have ever had. The crew were spectacular in every way-Kate and Poppy are simply precious and your chef is world class. The captain also made the trip fun and we loved his Scottish accent. Meals were beyond great and especially the cheese selections-Becky will attest to that. Sadly I dont drink so could only look at the wine selections and drool. Beaune and the wine tasting at Joseph Drouhin and the history of France were high points.
R&M D. Canada September 2015

The service was phenomenal! Coming back from a tour to champagne cocktails and snacks - what decadence! Kate was an unbelievable hostess - anticipating every need and with a great sense of humor. Martina was delightful and couldn't have been more helpful. Unparalleled - we loved everything that Robert the chef prepared. We've now been on 4 barge trips and can rightly say that Robert's cooking was perfection. No chef has been better.
R&N M. VA USA August 2015

This trip / vacation ranks with our best vacations ever: far better than a small Four Seasons hotel on a boat !! The only problem is that this may never be repeated; the perfect combination: the weather was perfect, the staff people were just super, the food was fantastic, the service was the best, and Poppy (our guide) is a treasure !
D.S. DC USA August 2015

The barge trip was spectacular.... That one word sums it up. The service was the highlight of the trip. The entire crew, from the Captain on down, was accommodating, funny and ready and willing to handles our needs. The meals were another highlight of the trip. We are still working off the weight gain! The chef is top notch! The trip to the quarry to see the Klimpt display was really special. The other trips to the truffle farm and olive grove was really neat. Overall, the excursions were just right; not too short and not too long.
J & AM R, MA, USA, July 2014

SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Provence: Rhone River
Tain L'Hermitage to Arles 2017

Highlights

Mr Ferraton's winery: For a private wine tasting in this family domain, just a short walk from where the barge is moored.

Petanque: Challenge the crew to the traditional Provençal game of pétanque with a Pastis in hand, you will start to feel very French!

Grignan: Learn about the black truffle, the aromas in this part of Provence are exquisite with lavender and herbes de Provence growing in the nearby fields.

Ecluse de Bollene: Pass through the Ecluse de Bollène, the second deepest lock in Europe with a drop of approximately 23 metres.

Chateauneuf-du-Pape
: Visit the world-famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape, summer home of the popes from Avignon and outstanding wineries

Pont du Gard
: An incredible example of Roman architecture in peaceful surroundings; you can still swim in the river flowing underneath the bridge.

Sunday - Tain l' Hermitage
Board the Napoléon, which will be moored at either Tain l'Hermitage or Tournon. A champagne reception welcomes you on board, giving you the chance to meet your crew and guide, who will be with you for this exceptional voyage through the French countryside. Once settled on board, enjoy your first wine-tasting at Mr. Ferraton's winery just steps from where the barge is moored. Later in the evening experience the superb skills of your on-board private chef. The cuisine is a real highlight of your trip, particularly when accompanied by wines from France's finest vineyards.

Monday - Cruise to Viviers

Relax on the top deck and watch the beautiful scenery of the Rhône Valley glide by as you cruise to Viviers. Mid-afternoon, your guide takes you on a walking tour of this charming medieval town, before you return to the barge to play the traditional Provençal game pétanque. Reflect on the day's adventures over dinner on board.

Tuesday - Visit Nyons. Cruise to Saint-Etienne-des-Sorts

Today's visit is to the delightful Provençal village of Grignan, famous for its wild roses and medieval château at the top of the town. Your guide takes you to visit a truffle farm to learn all about the world-famous black diamond and enjoy a tasting. Lunch is at a delightful local restaurant. Back on board, the barge continues to cruise south to Saint-Etienne-des-Sorts, passing through the Ecluse de Bollène, a lock with one of the largest drops in Europe, measuring over 23 metres.

Wednesday - Visit Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Cruise to Avignon. Visit Pont du Gard
This morning's excursion is to the charming village of Châteauneuf du Pape for a wine-tasting. Return to the barge for a leisurely lunch. Cruise to Avignon in the afternoon, passing the Pont Saint-Bénezet (the famous Pont d'Avignon) before mooring up at the quay opposite the gate to the walled city. Enjoy an afternoon excursion to the magnificent Pont du Gard, part of the Roman aqueduct that transported spring water from Uzès to Nîmes, before an indulgent dinner back on board.

Thursday - Tour of Avignon. Cruise to Arles. Visit Les Baux
Avignon was the home of the Popes between 1309 and 1377 and its heritage is reflected in its magnificent architecture. Enjoy a walking tour of the walled city, including a guided tour of the Palace of the Popes, as well as time to visit the many shops or sample French café culture. Return to the Napoléon for lunch. During the afternoon, the barge cruises to Arles, where your guide takes you to the village of Les Baux to explore at your own pace. Share your day's highlights over dinner on board.

Friday -  Visit Arles. Cruise to Avignon. Visit Saint-Rémy
After breakfast, your guide takes you on a walking tour of Arles, most famous for the fact that Van Gogh lived and painted here between 1888 and 1890. Lunch is served while you cruise towards Avignon. Later in the afternoon, visit the lovely town of Saint-Rémy, another Van Gogh haunt and the birthplace of Nostradamus. Meanwhile, the chef is preparing your farewell gala dinner on board.

Saturday - Avignon

After breakfast the crew bids you farewell before you disembark the barge for your onward travel arrangements.

Note: The route may be subject to change without prior warning as a result of unforeseen circumstances. The cruise runs in reverse on alternate weeks.

SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Burgundy: Saone & Rhone Rivers
Chalon-sur-Saone to Tain L'Hermitage 2017

Highlights

Hotel Dieu:
Visit to the famous Hotel-Dieu in Central historic Beaune for a fascinating insight into the life and times of Chancellor Nicolas Rolin, and spanning 500 years of Burgundian history. With its gothic facade, varnished roof tiles and flamboyant colour, it makes up part of the patrimony of the Hospices de Beaune, a charitable institute created in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin and his wife Guigone de Salins. A recent exhaustive inventory includes 2,500 pieces of furniture and some 2,500 objects (tapestries, paintings, sculptures etc.) - a fascinating and informative tour.

Abbey of Cluny: In its day the most powerful Benedictine Abbaye in the world, and still an important site to explore.

Château de Fléchères
: A privately restored 17th château; enjoy the rich furnishings and early kitchens in working order.

Lyon: Discover the wonderful cultural, historic and gastronomic centre of Lyon. France's second city (but don't tell Marseille!).  Visit the hidden Traboules, secret passageways created by the silk workers, then used for escape during the Revolution. View the sites of Lyon from the unusual and captivating Basilica, perched high above the city, then ride the funicular down to the old town and its cobbled streets.

Valrhona chocolatiers: Sample some of their delicious produce. All cocoa used to make chocolate in France has to come from Valrhona by law, so it is only natural that here you will find the very best chocolate in the country.

Sunday - Chalon-sur-Saône
A champagne reception welcomes you aboard and gives you a chance to meet the crew. Later, take a stroll into the beautiful market town and admire the cathedral square.

Monday - Visit Beaune. Cruise to Mâcon
In the morning, explore Beaune, capital of the wine region of Burgundy, and visit the famous Hôtel Dieu, Hospice de Beaune. After some shopping time return to the boat for lunch and relax during the afternoon cruise to Mâcon along the Saône River, a fast flowing important river. We pass by Tournus before arriving into the mooring at Mâcon. This thriving market town is the gateway to the Mâconnais wine region.

Tuesday - Visit Cluny. Cruise to Montmerle
This morning visit the Abbey of Cluny, for centuries the largest church in the world. The whole town was originally enclosed by fortifications, two of which remain today. It is a remarkable site and of great importance to the church. Return to the boat for lunch and cruise through the area of the Beaujolais. The wine from this region is famous for being drunk young and is made from the Gamay Noir grape. Tonight we are moored in the heart of the Beaujolais region in Montmerle.

Wednesday - Visit Château de Fléchères. Cruise to Lyon
Today, visit the beautiful Château de Fléchères, built in 1630 and set in 80 acres of parkland. Return to the barge for lunch and then spend the afternoon cruising on the river toward Lyon where we moor for the night. This part of the river is very pretty and is a spectacular way to arrive into the city. After dinner perhaps take a walk into the old part of Lyon - 'Vieux Lyon', just a few minutes from where the boat is moored, and enjoy a drink in one of the traditional style Lyonnais bars.

Thursday - Visit Lyon. Cruise to Condrieu
Lyon is France's second city with a wonderful cultural, historic and gastronomic centre. Dominating the city is the splendidly ornate Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière. Lyon's shopping facilities are renowned for their quality, including many chic boutiques. After lunch in the city centre return to the boat and begin the journey on the Rhône. Here in Lyon the river splits and we leave behind the River Saône and now enter onto the River Rhône. Tonight's mooring is in the town of Condrieu.

Friday - Cruise to Tain. Visit Tain l'Hermitage

Cruising the Vallée du Rhône is a delightful experience; the magnificent vineyards of the Côtes Rôtie and the Côtes du Rhône seem to descend right into the river. The final destination is Tain l'Hermitage in the heart of the wine region. Visit Mr. Ferraton, a local wine producer and taste wines from his cellar. Visit the famous Valrhona chocolatiers and sample some of their delicious produce. Meanwhile the chef is busy on board preparing your farewell gala dinner.

Saturday - Tain l'Hermitage

After breakfast the crew bids you farewell before you disembark the barge for your onward travel arrangements.

Note: The route may be subject to change without prior warning as a result of unforeseen circumstances. The cruise is in the opposite direction on alternate weeks.



Napoleon
2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Mar 26 St. Jean-Lyon Low
Apr 2 Lyon-St. Jean Low
Apr 9 St. Jean-Lyon Low
Apr 16 Lyon-Avignon Low
Apr 23 Arles-Tain L'Hermitage Low
Apr 30 Tain L'Hermitage-Arles Low
May 7 Avignon-Marseillan High
May 14 Marseillan-Avignon High
May 21 Arles-Tain L'Hermitage High
May 28 Tain L'Hermitage-Arles High
Jun 4 Arles-Tain L'Hermitage High
Jun 11 Tain L'Hermitage-Chalon High
Jun 18 St. Jean-Lyon High
Jun 25 Lyon-Avignon High
Jul 2 Avignon-Lyon High
Jul 9 Lyon-Avignon High
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 16 Arles-Tain L'Hermitage High
Jul 23 Tain L'Hermitage-Arles High
Jul 30 Arles-Tain L'Hermitage High
Aug 6 Tain L'Hermitage-Chalon High
Aug 13 Chalon-Tain L'Hermitage High
Aug 20 Tain L'Hermitage-Chalon High
Aug 27 Chalon-Tain L'Hermitage High
Sep 3 Tain L'Hermitage-Arles High
Sep 10 Arles-Tain L'Hermitage High
Sep 17 Tain L'Hermitage-St. Jean High
Sep 24 St. Jean-Lyon High
Oct 1 Lyon-Avignon Low
Oct 8 Arles-Tain L'Hermitage Low
Oct 15 Tain L'Hermitage-St. Jean Low
Oct 22 St. Jean-Lyon Low

2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Mar 26 St. Jean-Lyon Low
Apr 2 Lyon-St. Jean Low
Apr 9 St. Jean-Lyon Low
Apr 16 Lyon-Avignon Low
Apr 23 Arles-Tain L'Hermitage Low
Apr 30 Tain L'Hermitage-Arles Low
May 7 Avignon-Marseillan High
May 14 Marseillan-Avignon High
May 21 Arles-Tain L'Hermitage High
May 28 Tain L'Hermitage-Arles High
Jun 4 Arles-Tain L'Hermitage High
Jun 11 Tain L'Hermitage-Chalon High
Jun 18 St. Jean-Lyon High
Jun 25 Lyon-Avignon High
Jul 2 Avignon-Lyon High
Jul 9 Lyon-Avignon High
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 16 Arles-Tain L'Hermitage High
Jul 23 Tain L'Hermitage-Arles High
Jul 30 Arles-Tain L'Hermitage High
Aug 6 Tain L'Hermitage-Chalon High
Aug 13 Chalon-Tain L'Hermitage High
Aug 20 Tain L'Hermitage-Chalon High
Aug 27 Chalon-Tain L'Hermitage High
Sep 3 Tain L'Hermitage-Arles High
Sep 10 Arles-Tain L'Hermitage High
Sep 17 Tain L'Hermitage-St. Jean High
Sep 24 St. Jean-Lyon High
Oct 1 Lyon-Avignon Low
Oct 8 Arles-Tain L'Hermitage Low
Oct 15 Tain L'Hermitage-St. Jean Low
Oct 22 St. Jean-Lyon Low


*Note: Cruise directions and sample itineraries may be in reverse and are subject to change and may depend on bookings and local navigation conditions. Alternate excursions of equal appeal are substituted when needed. For charter cruises special itineraries can be arranged.


The Napoleon's route in Provence, from Tain L'Hermitage to Arles on the Rhone River.
The Napoleon's route in Provence, from Tain L'Hermitage to Arles on the Rhone River. For a more detailed look at the cruise route, view our map of the Rhone River.



NAPOLEON
2017 SEASON PRICES in EUROS
TYPE LOW
Mar 26 thru May 6
Oct 1 thru Oct 28
HIGH
May 7 thru Sep 30
Cabin (per person, double occupancy)
€4,806
€6,007
Single Occupancy Supplement
€2,883.60
€3,604.20
Charter for 8
€47,144
€58,932
Charter for 9
€49,761
€62,196
Charter for 10
€52,370
€65,459
Charter for 11
€54,978
€68,723
Charter for 12
€57,588
€71,986


What's Included
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in a cabin with private bath
- Transfers from Paris to the barge and return via first class TGV train
- All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday, including one dinner at a local restaurant
- All wines with lunches and dinners
- All escorted side-excursion
- Use of bicycles

What's Not Included
- Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
- Suggested 5% gratuity for the crew, to be paid to the captain in equivalent euros




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