Romantic French Immersion

Immerse yourself in romantic French Riviera, walk along the beautiful vineyards and explore the French villages. Experience the ultimate French gastronomy. Business Class Flights included

Valued at $19,999
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Package Inclusions:

Your Romantic French Immersion holiday package includes:
  • Return business class airfare from Sydney to Paris, return from Nice
  • 3 nights pre-cruise accommodation in the prestigious Côte-d'Or wine region of Burgundy at COMO LE MONTRACHET with breakfast included
  • 7 nights Viking River Cruise from Lyon to Avignon in a Standard Stateroom
  • Viking River Cruise inclusions:
    One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
    Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
    Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
    24-hour specialty coffees, teas  & bottled water
    Port taxes & fees
    Visits to UNESCO Sites
    Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
    Onboard gratuities
  • 3 nights luxury post-cruise accommodation in Nice with breakfast  included
  • 1 guided city tour in Nice
  • All transfers

*Advertised price is valid for travel on 27 July 2025 cruise departure.

COMO LE MONTRACHET Our French hotel is a 19th-century 'place du village' inn at Puligny-Montrachet — one of the world's most renowned wine destinations. It encompasses the best of COMO: inimitable hospitality, excellent dining and discreet service.


In an introduction to Burgundian cuisine like no other, a talented local chef will take you shopping for fresh, local ingredients in the centre of Beaune before teaching you how to prepare a traditional four-course Côte de Beaune menu in their very own kitchen.Cooking classes with an accompanying market visit are available on Wednesdays and Saturdays only.*Subject to availability & not included in package price

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Immerse yourself in romantic French Riviera, walk along the beautiful vineyards and explore the French villages. Let your palate dance with French gastronomy at the wineries.

Day 1 - Day 3
Begin your journey with 3 nights stay at the COMO Le Montrachet France in Puligny-Montrachet — the prestigious Côte-d'Or wine region of Burgundy, explore the French gastronomy and the beautiful vineyards and wineries. Hotel offers range of optional experiences for you to discover Burgundy from gastronomy to the region's rich winemaking history as well as architectural sites of Beaune.*

Then join Viking River cruise to lands of fine wine & cuisine, discover the Roman ruins, explore the culture and histories of this country that represent romance.

Day 4
Lyon, France
Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. Lyon straddles the Rhône and Saône Rivers. After Paris, it is considered the country’s most significant cultural center. Amid a cityscape of red-roofed buildings, tree-lined boulevards and riverside promenades, the cobblestone streets of Old Lyon host a rich collection of Renaissance architecture and intimate traboules, unique passageways through buildings that connect adjacent streets, all of it overlooked by the grand basilica atop Fourvière Hill. The city also boasts a wealth of outstanding museums, cultural treasures and excellent Lyonnaise eateries.

Day 5
Lyon, France
Lyon is known as the food capital of France. It is not uncommon for well-heeled Parisians to travel to Lyon for dinner. The city is surrounded by towns and villages that produce excellent fresh produce, and gastronomic outlets are plentiful here. The great chefs of Lyon enjoy celebrity status, whether they prepare classic recipes the traditional way or elevate them with their own signature touches. Their delicious meals may be paired with a glass of light, fruity Beaujolais from the north or a bold Rhône red from the south.

Day 6
Lyon, France
One of Europe’s densest concentrations of urban Renaissance buildings, Old Lyon is pure pleasure to explore. The dwellings of this UNESCO site date back to the city’s silk weaving success during the 15th century, when Italian merchants and bankers put their profits into building town houses; today some of their elegant residences house museums. St. Jean Cathedral lies in the heart of Old Lyon and is a stunning example of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. It has weathered periods of political turmoil and religious wars and is now one of the city’s most prominent symbols.

Day 7 
Vienne, France
Situated between France’s Burgundy and Beaujolais regions, Vienne is the gateway to Lyon’s countryside. It is one of the oldest towns in France, with a history that can be traced through its architecture. Among its Roman remains and artifacts, the Roman Temple of Augustus & Livia dates back to the 1st century AD. Its Roman amphitheater, nestled in the hills of Mont Pipet, is one of the best preserved in the nation. Vienne also boasts remarkably preserved medieval buildings and market ruins. Other landmarks include the Abbey of Saint Pierre and the Church of Saint-André-le-Bas.
Scenic Sailing: Rhône River
The lure of fine cuisine, charming villages and breathtaking vistas is never-ending along the Rhône River. Journey along this graceful waterway, meandering past vine-clad banks, and incredibly preserved echoes of medieval times and the days of the Roman Empire. The several locks through which the ship passes have helped to tame its waters, once unnavigable because of rapids, shallows and whirlpools. Today, a voyage along this stretch is a pleasant, gentle experience, surrounded by the hills and soaring mountains of the Rhône Valley.

Day 8
Tournon, France
Tournon lies secluded between the river and the vineyard-blanketed granite slopes that nurture fine vintages. An ancient castle, built snugly into a rock, overlooks the riverside setting. A settlement has perched on this hill since Celtic times, but the stunning views from its overlook have never changed. The name of its neighboring wine-producing region, Tain-l’Hermitage, comes from the hermit who planted vines here after returning from the Crusades. Today, his vines are awash in sunshine and produce a port-like wine and some stellar whites.
Viviers, France
The sleepy town of Viviers was founded during the 5th century. This former Roman settlement became a bishop’s seat, and conflicts during ensuing centuries required the town to be fortified. With the Renaissance came a more stable period of wealth that allowed many new houses to be built, including a fine example of the era that still stands, the Maison des Chevaliers. Some buildings date back to the Middle Ages, and time seems to stand still along the cobblestone streets of its Old Town, dominated by the 12th-century St. Vincent Cathedral with its beautiful windows.

Day 9 
Arles, France
In the last days of the Roman Empire, Arles was the capital of Roman Gaul and boasts many Gallo-Roman ruins including Les Arènes; this ancient amphitheater seats 20,000 and is still used today for bullfights and plays. The town has an energetic feel, attracting farmers from the countryside to the frequent and famous Provençal market. It also enjoys a rich artistic heritage; the Mediterranean sunlight here inspired legendary Impressionist Vincent van Gogh to paint a number of works. Many of Arles’s sights are immortalized in his paintings.

Day 10 
Avignon, France
When the Catholic Church acquired Avignon during the 1300s, it quickly transformed the quiet riverside village into a major religious and cultural center. Evidence of the makeover is everywhere. In addition to the enormous palace, the church constructed a wall around Avignon and provided mansion-like residences to its cardinals. Avignon Cathedral was dwarfed by its neighbor, the Palace of the Popes. Centuries after the papacy returned to Rome, the Vatican called for a gilded statue of Mary to be placed atop the cathedral; her golden gaze still welcomes visitors today. Avignon’s narrow streets are lined with churches and remarkable medieval buildings. This “City of Popes” was the papal seat for 70 years during the 14th century after the sitting pope abandoned Rome and fled here. The massive church-fortress Palais des Papes, or Palace of the Popes, was the center of the Christian world during that controversial period. It remains a work of Gothic splendor. Another of Avignon’s notable structures reaches into the Rhône, the ruins of the Pont d’Avignon. The 12th-century bridge, immortalized in folk song and dance, once spanned the river.

Day 11
Avignon, France - French Riviera
Journey along the breathtaking Côte d’Azur, en route to your hotel. After check-in, you have free time to explore Nice. Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais, which extends along the beaches, discover the city’s romantic Old Town and watch the street performers on the Rue de France. Your evening is free to enjoy the city’s scenery, nightlife and distinctive cuisine. A Viking Host is available to help you plan your time on the French Riviera so you can make the most of your visit.

Day 12 - French Riviera
This morning, tour the charming Mediterranean city of Nice, beginning with a drive along the Promenade des Anglais followed by a visit to the Russian area and English Quarter. Take in the spectacular views from Mont Boron and cap your tour with a stroll through Old Nice. The rest of the day is free for you to explore on your own. This evening, you may join an optional tour to Monaco with dinner in the heart of the city. 

Day 13 - French Riviera
Today, walk along the famous beaches of Nice, relax at a boulevard café or perhaps do a bit of shopping. Your day is free to explore on your own. 

Day 14 - French Riviera
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight. 

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions apply: All prices are quoted in Australian dollars, based on per person double occupancy unless stated otherwise, and inclusive of all taxes and discounts. All prices & itineraries are current as at 09 FEB 2024 & subject to change without notice. Prices are subject to change due to availability, currency fluctuations, fuel price, and tax increases. Price includes any stated bonus nights, upgrades & package savings, if applicable. All passports, visas, travel permits, and vaccinations are the responsibility of the travelling passenger to secure prior to travel. Airfares are out of date range with predicted cost and it's subject to change based on the airline airfare that releases 10 months prior to last flight segment, surcharge may apply. Based in business class from SYD and are subject to the carriers' flight schedules and conditions. Please call us for prices from other airports. Travel packages advertised may include multiple products provided by several suppliers to provide a travel itinerary. Each component of the package will be treated independent of each other, and the specific terms & conditions of each product supplier will apply. Hotels may charge resort fees, or a security bond not included or mentioned in this package, payable direct upon check-in. *River cruise itineraries are subject to change and may need to be altered or cancelled specifically because of water levels or wind or other factors. Package included all port charges and taxes.

Romantic French Immersion

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