The Rhône from Sea to Source

Avignon's famous Pont d’Avignon and walled city on the Rhône - © shutterstock.com
Horses & Flamingoes at the Camargue Delta - © shutterstock.com
Chateau de Chillon, Lausanne
Furka Steam Train - © Swiss Tourism
Switzerland Summer. Gornergratbahn, Zermatt
The Matterhorn
The Rhône flows through the Pfyn forest like a wild river - swiss-image.ch/Roland Gerth
Bridge over the Rhone at Tournon

Holiday Highlights

  • Swiss Pass for free travel within Switzerland
  • Camargue Delta excursion
  • Travel through the Rhône Gorge
  • Vivarais Railway
  • Furka Steam excursion
  • Excursions to Avignon, Lake Geneva & Zermatt
  • Hotels in Lyon, Lausanne, Brig and Frankfurt close to station
  • 14 Days from £2,825pp
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Tour Dates:
Tuesday 23 June to Monday 6 July 2020

We follow the course of the River Rhône from the Camargue Delta to the source in the Swiss Alps by train and enjoy the wonderful scenery as we travel along the river’s route through France and Switzerland.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – London to Lille

Depart mid-afternoon on Eurostar from London St Pancras to Lille for an overnight stay.

Day 2 – Arles

Travel by train to Arles for a 3-night stay. Arles is situated at the point where the Rhône divides into two smaller arms forming the delta and flowing into the Mediterranean Sea.

Day 3 – Avignon

Full day excursion to Avignon, with its famous Pont d’Avignon and walled city. As well as the ramparts and the bridge there are several museums and the large Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) to explore.

Day 4 – Camargue Delta

Guided tour by coach to the stunning Camargue Delta, famous for its flocks of pink flamingos and cream coloured ponies – lots of photo opportunities today. Return to Arles.

Day 5 – Tournon

Leaving Arles after breakfast we travel via Nîmes to Valence where we have a coach transfer to Tournon for a 2-night stay.

Day 6 – The Vivarais Railway

Full day excursion on the steam train from Tournon-Saint-Jean to Lamastre on the Vivarais network. There is time for lunch in Lamastre before our return.

Day 7 – To Lyon

Morning departure by coach to Valence, connecting with a TGV service to Lyon for an overnight stay. Free afternoon in Lyon, the largest city on the Rhône and the acknowledged start of the Rhône Valley.

Day 8 – Lake Geneva

An easy half-day journey along a scenic rail route takes us via Culoz, through the Rhône gorge to Geneva and onwards to Lausanne for a 2-night stay. Your Swiss Pass starts today and allows for unlimited travel on various forms of transport.

Day 9 – Rhône Valley

A day at leisure. There will be an optional excursion offered on the lake steamer today but if you prefer, you can explore independently with your Swiss Pass and travel on a couple of the metre gauge lines which start from the valley station at Aigle.

Day 10 – Brig

Leaving Lausanne after breakfast we travel to Montreux changing on to the metre gauge Golden Pass line which rises steeply out of Montreux giving a wonderful panoramic view of Lake Geneva before giving way to the peaks of the Bernese Oberland. After changes at Zweisimmen and Spiez we continue south to Brig for a 3-night stay.

Day 11 – Furka Steam

A full day excursion beginning with a journey on the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn(MGB) to Oberwald, before connecting with the steam train on the Furka Bergstrecke. This rack railway line uses the original track bed of the Glacier Express route to Realp. The Rhône Glacier, above Oberwald, is the source of the river Rhône. We return to Brig on the MGB.

Day 12 – At Leisure

A free day in Brig. There will be an optional excursion to visit Zermatt and a chance to ride on the Gornergrat mountain rack railway (payable locally) which delivers wonderful views of the Matterhorn.

Day 13 – To Frankfurt

Leaving Brig after breakfast we travel to Frankfurt via Bern and Basle for our final overnight stay.

Day 14 – Home

We take a morning ICE to Brussels and change on to the Eurostar to return to London, arriving mid-afternoon.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Hotel Lille Europe, Lille

Hotel Atrium , Arles

Hotel Azalees, Tournon

Ibis Styles Lyon Part Dieu, Lyon

Hotel Mirabeau, Lausanne

Hotel Ambassador, Brig

InterCityHotel Frankfurt Hbf Sued, Frankfurt

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Standard class rail travel to Geneva and from Basle
  • Swiss Pass for unlimited travel on trains, postbuses, lake steamers and many city buses and trams
  • Le Mastrou and Furka steam trains
  • Excursions as stated
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £2,825
Single room supplement: £526
Deposit for this holiday: £100

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