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Rhône Culinary Highlights 2024

Rhône Culinary Highlights 2024 0
Rhône Flussreise mit A-ROSA
Rhônekreuzfahrten mit A-ROSA

Highlights of the Rhone River Cruise

Traveling like a god in France.

From Lyon to Tournus, Chalon-sur-Saône, Mâcon, Viviers, Arles, Avignon, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Vienne to Lyon.

The art of living - L'Art de Vivre – in France centres mostly on food. And drinks. Our special culinary guests will introduce you to the wine academic of France and is well versed in the beautiful things in life and to the culinary variety of the region: from the famous wines to aromatic herbs. All of that and more thrives on the banks of the Rhône. And even if our chefs select fresh ingredients for you and treat you to a spectacular meal in the evening - a visit to the market should not be missed. Breath in, feel and – most importantly – taste! Every market stand praises its products and will proudly serve you some samplers. A tasting at local wineries is a real must for wine connoisseurs. And when one culinary revelation follows the next during dinner on deck, one suddenly realizes that the French are right. While enjoying good food and wine with nice people, forgetting the time, talking, drinking, laughing you will realize: Yes, this is the art of living. Or maybe even the meaning of life? Santé.

Included services

Included services

  • Two vintner set menus, prepared by our culinary ambassador Oliver Edelmann and the A-ROSA team and accompanied by regional wine makers, such as Château La Nerthe for example.
  • A Crémant set menu from Oliver Edelmann accompanied by master sommelier Hendrik Thoma or sommeliére Verena Herzog (additional booking required).
  • A Crémant degustation with master sommelier Hendrik Thoma.
  • A cheese degustation with wine pairings by our sommeliers.
  • BBQ & wine on the sun deck (subject to weather conditions).
  • Wine pairings by master sommelier Hendrik Thoma and sommeliére Verena Herzog throughout the entire cruise.
Lyon mit A-ROSA genießen

Lyon

Every lovely Rhône cruise starts in Lyon – A-ROSA cruises do at least. And there is good reason for this: Lyon is a wonderful, modern city with an impressive old town and top-notch cuisine. Lyon partly owes its great culinary reputation to the award-winning French chef Paul Bocuse, who chose it as the headquarters for his brasserie, restaurant and cafe empire. The city is known for its simple yet high-quality fare, which is based on regional products and which gave the city its nickname la ville de gueule (‘the city of the palate’).

Avignon mit A-ROSA entdecken

Avignon

You’ve probably heard of the famous bridge in the song ‘Sur le pont d’Avignon’. This bridge actually exists, or at least part of it does: wars and floods reduced the bridge’s original 22 arches to 4. In 1660, after yet another flood, the bridge was abandoned. Aside from the bridge, you’re likely to be most delighted by Avignon’s palaces, wines and culture. The Papal Palace is monumentally impressive, particularly in the evening when it is illuminated by a light show.

Flusskreuzfahrt auf der Rhône

Chalon

Chalon is upstream, where the Saône flattens out, the turning point for modern ships. The pier is very close to the core of the town, so you can get directly from the ship in a beautiful walk to everything that is worth seeing here, such as a museum that documents the birth of photography here in Chalon, or to the Cathedral Saint-Vincent, which stands on the eponymous square, or better the heart of the historic center, the Place Saint-Vincent.

Itinerary

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What a city! Everyone should see Lyon if they have the opportunity. With its old town – a UNESCO Word Heritage Site – its narrow alleyways, rear courtyards, popular quays and large squares on the Presqu’île, as well as the more than 200 sights that are illuminated after dark, this city takes visitors on an extraordinary journey through different eras and cultures. And right on its doorstep, to the north-west, is Beaujolais. Enjoy fine food and wine and spellbinding views on your Rhône cruise. Idyllic destinations await you here.

Städtereise Lyon mit A-ROSA

Tournus

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Today your A-ROSA ship is on the Saône, having left the Rhône far behind, and Tournus is right at the heart of this region. The French town is almost exactly halfway between Mâcon and Chalon-sur-Saône. After a short stop here, the ship will take you to the next port of call on the Rhône and Saône itinerary.

Tournus

Chalon-sur-Saône

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Your idyllic Rhône cruise will now call at Chalon-sur-Saône. Its 80,000 inhabitants make it the second-largest city in Burgundy today. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the Saône region by bicycle or visit the city, with its many beautiful old townhouses and the Cathédrale Saint-Vincent, which is definitely worth seeing.

Flusskreuzfahrt auf der Rhône

Welcome to the French town of Mâcon, the capital of the department of Saône-et-Loire. Mâcon is also the southernmost city in the Burgundy region and the centre of the Mâconnais district. Many guidebooks describe it as the ‘Gateway to Beaujolais’. The friendly, almost Mediterranean character of Mâcon’s inhabitants is underscored by a veritable sea of flowers in the city. You are sure to enjoy your time here.

Mâcon in Frankreich besuchen

Trips

After a short drive, you will reach the small, impressive Château de Pierreclos in the middle of its vineyards. The château and its 12th century Romanesque chapel offer a wonderful view over the Beaujolais. A guided tour of the château will take you back to the Middle Ages. Afterwards, you will taste the wines from the château's own wine cellar before the excursion continues to a traditional goat farm. Here you will learn everything about the production of the traditional goat cheese of the Mâcon region and of course you can also taste it.

price:

€ 99 per person

duration:

approx. 4 h

transport:

Bus and walking

level:

Moderat

Mâcon in Frankreich besuchen

Often, simple is best. And from the saddle of your A-ROSA bike, you will experience the beauty of the Burgundy in a simple, yet breathtaking way: cycling along vineyards and the picturesque villages Prissé and Vinser. Afterwards, you will discover little treasures in Saint-Laurent-sur-Saône and Mâcon.

price:

€ 44 per person

duration:

approx. 2.5 h

transport:

depending on the weather, please contact reception in case of rain

level:

Sportlich

Hint:

Distance: approx. 23km

Donau Ausflug mit dem Fahrrad

This small medieval city in the Ardèche region is absolutely unmissable. It boasts numerous sights and is dotted with well-preserved monuments from bygone ages. Here in the Rhône region, the typical French attitude to life is also very apparent. Watch France’s history come alive in Viviers, and enjoy the diverse range of attractions that the city has to offer.

Viviers

Trips

Ready for an exciting adventure? From Viviers the bus will take you to the kayak station. After a briefing with detailed information you will paddle on one of the world's most famous kayak trails. Through calm waters and exciting rapids, you will experience the beautiful landscape. In between, you can have a picnic before you paddle back to the valley station.

price:

€ 529 per reservation for max. 4 people

duration:

approx. 4 h

transport:

Kayak and walking

level:

Anspruchsvoll

Kayak adventure - a kayak tour for up to 4 people

Join us on a journey to the breathtaking Ardèche, a hidden jewel of France that awaits you not only with breathtaking nature but also with exquisite wine. Your first stop is a lavender museum, typical of Provence, where you will learn about the diversity of lavender species and their use in medicine. On your onward journey to the Château des Amoureuses, you will stop at the famous Pont d'Arc for a photo stop. Be mesmerised by the majestic gorges and imposing rock formations. Once you arrive at the Châeteau, experienced winegrowers will explain the secrets of the local grape varieties and introduce you to the art of winemaking. Enjoy a wine tasting characterised by the aromas and nuances of the region.

price:

€ 1555 per person

duration:

approx. 5.5 h

transport:

Minivan and walking

level:

Anspruchsvoll

Hint:

This excursion is only bookable on request. We recommend that you make a reservation online.

A-ROSA Flusskreuzfahrt Ausflug

Up to 300 metres deep, the Ardèche has carved out the typical limestone, forming one of the most beautiful landscapes in France. This includes the fairy-tale grottos. Along the river you will drive to one of the numerous grottos of the area, such as the Grottes des Madeleines with its subterranean halls. Continuing your trip to one of the lavender producers in the Ardèche-area, you will be shown the different types and species of lavender, as well as their usage in medicine, decoration and perfume production.

price:

€ 89 per person

duration:

approx. 5 h

transport:

Bus and walking

level:

Moderat

Hint:

Please note: the temperature in the Grotto is only about 15° C, please take warm clothing with you.

Lavendel der Provence mit A-ROSA bewundern

The Rhône crosses the landscape like a dark green ribbon. And you will cycle along the bank, beginning in Viviers. First you will pass the Hausberg, a local mountain and cycle through the pretty town of Donzère. Then it becomes a bit more demanding: you will cycle on a former route of the Tour de France with a longer climb. Your guide will adjust speed to ensure that everyone can keep up. And the effort is definitely worth it: the magnificent descent back to Viviers takes you past Châteauneuf-du-Rhône.

price:

€ 44 per person

duration:

approx. 2.5 h

transport:

depending on the weather, please contact reception in case of rain

level:

Sportlich

Hint:

Distance: approx. 19km

Donau Ausflug mit dem Fahrrad

Arles

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Arles in southern France is the Provençal city par excellence. This sun-drenched city of terracotta-tiled rooftops occupies a broad bend in the River Rhône. Many of its monuments have named UNESCO World Heritage Sites. What’s more, Arles was once a great Roman port. As if all that weren’t reason enough to visit, the city was also home to Vincent van Gogh for a while. Did you know that?

Arles bei einer Flusskreuzfahrt erleben

Trips

Your private English-speaking guide will pick you up in front of the ship and show you Arles according to your wishes. Stroll through the most beautiful city in France, at least that's what the French say. Discover the city centre with its numerous Roman buildings or take a look at the amphitheatre. Let the Roman era pass by and experience the city where even Vincent van Gogh spent a year creating numerous masterpieces.

price:

€ 359 per reservation for max. 6 people

duration:

approx. 3 h

transport:

walking

level:

Moderat

Hint:

This excursion is only bookable on request. We recommend that you make a reservation online.

Explore Arles individually - English-speaking private tour guide for up to 6 people

The Camargue is a paradise not only for the white wild horses, but also for riders. The Mas Saint Germain, a typical ranch in the national park, awaits you and takes you on a one-hour tour through the magnificent landscape. Of course, you will also prepare the horse for your ride and bring it back to their pasture or stable afterwards.

price:

€ 699 per reservation for max. 6 people

duration:

approx. 4 h

transport:

Riding and walking

level:

Anspruchsvoll

Hint:

Horseback riding excursion only; transfer can be organised seperately on board.

Camargue mit A-ROSA erleben

Quaint villages, white wild horses and pink flamingos - that is the Camargue. Explore the untouched flood plain in the saddle of your A-ROSA bicycle. You will cycle past vast rice fields and the famous Camargue bulls - the meat is a real delicacy - until arriving in Étang de Vaccarès. With a little luck, we will see some flamingos here at the salt water lagoon. The next stop is Arles, which is a well-known thanks to Van Gogh's masterpieces. During a coffee break, you can admire the imposing amphitheatre from the Roman period.

price:

€ 54 per person

duration:

approx. 4 h

transport:

depending on the weather, please contact reception in case of rain

level:

Sportlich

Hint:

Distance: approx. 43km

Donau Ausflug mit dem Fahrrad

Where land and sea merge, something wonderful is created. The Camargue is a natural wonder. And you will experience it first hand on this bus tour - with its flocks of flamingos and the famous white horses, the fauna is truly unique. Today, the free-roaming white Camargue horses and Camargue cattle are not wild animals anymore, but are kept on wide pastures that are typical for the region. We will continue to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a major pilgrimage site and a touristic hub of the Camargue. The Notre-Dame-de-la-Mer church from the 9th century houses sacred relics of Marie Saloné and Marie Jacobé. Since 1448, a pilgrimage to the church has been held twice per year. The centre of veneration of Saint Sarah, also known as Sara the Black, is also here in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a place of pilgrimage for Roma. After a short walk you will have some free time.

price:

€ 69 per person

duration:

approx. 4 h

transport:

Bus and walking

level:

Moderat

Rhône Flusskreuzfahrt mit A-ROSA

Discover and observe numerous bird species in their natural environment. The Parc Ornithologique covers 60 hectares and is home to the birds of the Camargue. Walk through the park, enjoy the birdsong and hundreds of pink flamingos. Then set off by jeep on a wonderful adventure across the Camargue. The Camargue is an Eldorado for nature lovers and freedom lovers. Say hello to the white wild horses and enjoy the unique nature and beautiful landscapes.

price:

€ 89 per person

duration:

approx. 4 h

transport:

Jeep and walking

level:

Moderat

Hint:

Warm clothes recommended for the jeep tour

Camargue mit A-ROSA bewundern

The small Alpilles mountain range rises between Avignon and Arles. On its southern slope lies Les Baux-de-Provence, a stronghold of the art of minstrelsy in the Middle Ages. Strolling through the alleys, the turbulent history of this town comes alive again. The view over the plain, above which Les Baux-de-Provence towers like a fortress, is also impressive. From here, the next destination is not that far away - the Carrières des Lumières. This former quarry with its caves now serves as a breathtaking art exhibition where you get the feeling of standing in the middle of a work of art. With light and laser projection, the artworks are thrown onto the cave walls, turning the whole cave into an illuminated work of art.

price:

€ 89 per person

duration:

approx. 4.5 h

transport:

Bus and walking

level:

Moderat

Hint:

can also take place in reverse order

Baux de Provence mit A-ROSA erleben

Avignon

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Avignon is one of the most popular ports of call on A-ROSA’s Rhône cruises. It is an imposing, historic city in southern France that was home to several of the Catholic popes at one time. Make sure to visit the unique and unmissable Palais des Papes on an excursion to Avignon’s ancient quarter. The city and the surrounding region have a warm climate thanks to the Mediterranean – which means a pleasant stay for you!

Avignon Flussreise mit A-ROSA

Avignon

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Avignon is one of the most popular ports of call on A-ROSA’s Rhône cruises. It is an imposing, historic city in southern France that was home to several of the Catholic popes at one time. Make sure to visit the unique and unmissable Palais des Papes on an excursion to Avignon’s ancient quarter. The city and the surrounding region have a warm climate thanks to the Mediterranean – which means a pleasant stay for you!

Avignon Flussreise mit A-ROSA

Trips

In the 14th century, Avignon was the centre of Christianity. Its cultural richness, as well as monuments and city walls that have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites, have contributed to Avignon becoming the European Capital of Culture in 2000. Avignon's most famous feature is the bridge sung about in the famous children's song. The Papal Palace with its ornate chambers and chapels is also worth a visit. Visit the multifaceted city with your English-speaking tour guide according to your wishes and preferences.

price:

€ 299 per reservation for max. 6 people

duration:

approx. 2.5 h

transport:

walking

level:

Moderat

Hint:

This excursion is only bookable on request. We recommend that you make a reservation online.

Avignon mit A-ROSA erleben

Today you’ll feel like a VIP. Near Avignon you can climb a Cessna or Piper with a maximum of three people. Such small machines can fly particularly low and are very manoeuvrable, making for an exceptional flying experience. During your 30-minute round trip you will enjoy a unique view of the Pont du Gard, Saint-Rémy, Les Baux, Alpilles and the cities of Beaucaire and Tarascon.

price:

€ 729 per reservation for max. 2 people

duration:

approx. 1.5 h

transport:

Transfer, walking and flight

level:

Moderat

Hint:

Excursion depends on weather conditions.

Lavendel der Provence mit A-ROSA bewundern

In the morning, Avignon is still wonderfully quiet. The perfect time to explore the city and its exciting history by bike. After witnessing the sun rise over the Rhône, you will explore the enormous Pope's Palace and many other sights. The relocation of the Pope's seat to Avignon in the 14th century also provided the city with gothic churches, monasteries and other splendid buildings. The morning light also illuminates the small island Barthelasse with a fantastic atmosphere. Here, you will cycle through lush nature.

price:

€ 39 per person

duration:

approx. 2 h

transport:

depending on the weather, please contact reception in case of rain

level:

Sportlich

Hint:

Distance: approx. 20km

Donau Ausflug mit dem Fahrrad

Whether through winding alleys, along the city palaces or past churches and chapels - in Avignon all roads lead to the Papal Palace. Pope Clement V settled here at the beginning of the 14th century, followed by other popes and counter-popes. The tour also takes you past the church of Saint-Agricol and the ruins of the Pont d'Avignon.

price:

€ 0

duration:

approx. 2 h

transport:

walking

level:

Moderat

Hint:

This excursion is included on your cruise

Städtereise Avignon mit dem Schiff

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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Just a couple of kilometres away from the Rhône, you’ll find Châteauneuf-du-Pape – not to be confused with the wine-growing region of the same name in the Rhône valley. The town’s main attraction is the ruin of the Avignon popes’ summer residence.

Vienne

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The multifaceted Vienne was once an important Roman city and, thanks to its location on the Rhône, the gateway to the heart of France. A number of ancient buildings from this period can still be seen today. For example, there is a Roman theatre, which is still used for events such as the summer jazz festival. There is also a very well preserved Roman temple in Vienne, surrounded by an impressive portico.

Vienne

Trips

The indoor food market of Lyon is named after Paul Bocuse – and with good reason. This star chef was based in Lyon and so he often shopped here. There are plenty of tasty specialities for you to sample here. But France’s second-largest metropolis has a lot more to offer beyond that. Your tour will continue through the city centre, where you’ll take in some wonderful sights.

price:

€ 85 per person

duration:

approx. 4.5 h

transport:

Bus and walking

level:

Moderat

Lyon’s indoor food market and city centre

Lyon

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What a city! Everyone should see Lyon if they have the opportunity. With its old town – a UNESCO Word Heritage Site – its narrow alleyways, rear courtyards, popular quays and large squares on the Presqu’île, as well as the more than 200 sights that are illuminated after dark, this city takes visitors on an extraordinary journey through different eras and cultures. And right on its doorstep, to the north-west, is Beaujolais. Enjoy fine food and wine and spellbinding views on your Rhône cruise. Idyllic destinations await you here.

Städtereise Lyon mit A-ROSA

Today is the last day of your Rhône cruise. But first: sumptuous breakfast on board. Afterwards, you will certainly have another opportunity to take a look at the beautiful metropolis of Lyon before you head home. We do not guarantee for you not getting homesick for a few more days on the A-ROSA ship and the Rhône with its fantastic landscapes in France! See you soon and Ahoy!

Städtereise Lyon mit A-ROSA

A-ROSA Premium all inclusive

Enjoy your most beautiful time with maximum comfort and with the all-round carefree package: A-ROSA Premium all inclusive.

Your desired cabin? Voilà! Sauna, fitness area, pool? Always at your service! Top culinary menus? Enjoy your meal! Attractive discounts on all massage and beauty treatments? Of course! Plus all transfers and many other benefits that will always put a smile on your face, while you have nothing to do but think about your next wish.

  • Full Board Plus: extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, additional embarkation snack and tea and coffee hour. On many cruises, seasonal supplements such as a midnight snack
  • High-quality drinks included throughout the day: tea, coffee and coffee specialities, soft drinks, beers, sparkling wine and a selection of wines, cocktails and long drinks. Also besides the lunch and dinner hours. Exceptions are specialities subject to surcharges and champagne.
  • English-speaking travel and hotel management on our international ships
  • Free use of the on-board facilities such as sauna and fitness room
  • Transfer between railway station¹ or airport² and ship
  • Half-day excursion included (from 7-night cruises)
  • 15 % discount on treatments in our SPA-ROSA
  • Bathroom amenities and bathrobe in the cabin
  • On-board entertainment
  • Port charges
  • many other services

 

¹ Guests receive an extra voucher, valid for day of embarkation or disembarkation in Cologne and Engelhartszell. The transfer in Paris and Lyon is only included when booking the train tickets through A-ROSA.

² The transfer is included when booking the flight through A-ROSA. You will receive an extra voucher with your travel documents.

Book now your trip with the Premium all inclusive package until 30 April 2024 and you will benefit from our attractive Super Early Booking Discount (limited contingent).

Choose exactly the cabin you like. If available, we will book your desired cabin with cabin number.

Dates & Prices

Spacious, comfortable outside cabin. Elegant design and first-class materials ensure an atmosphere of well-being. Cabin facilities: safe, air-conditioning, TV, hair dryer, bathroom with shower and toilet, sauna towel, wool blanket, telephone, bathrobe.

Rhône Flusskreuzfahrt mit A-ROSA

Spacious, comfortable outside cabin. Elegant design and first-class materials ensure an atmosphere of well-being. Cabin facilities: safe, air-conditioning, TV, hair dryer, bathroom with shower and toilet, sauna towel, wool blanket, telephone, bathrobe.

Rhône Flusskreuzfahrt mit A-ROSA

Spacious, comfortable outside cabin with Juliette balcony. Elegant design and first-class materials ensure an atmosphere of well-being. Cabin facilities: safe, air-conditioning, TV, fly screen, hair dryer, bathroom with shower and toilet, sauna towel, wool blanket, telephone, bathrobe.

A-ROSA Rhônekreuzfahrt Kabine

Spacious, comfortable outside cabin with Juliette balcony. Elegant design and first-class materials ensure an atmosphere of well-being. Cabin facilities: safe, air-conditioning, TV, fly screen, hair dryer, bathroom with shower and toilet, sauna towel, wool blanket, telephone, bathrobe.

Rhône Flusskreuzfahrt mit A-ROSA

Arrival & hotel

A-ROSA RAIL & CRUISE

Train operated by Deutsche Bahn/TGV from German train stations Baden-Baden, Frankfurt, Karlsruhe and Mannheim to Lyon.

Outward & return journey and 1 overnight stay at Hotel Radisson Blu incl. breakfast from € 298 per person (without BahnCard, 2nd class).

ARRIVE ON YOUR OWN - AND PARK SAFELY!

If you plan your arrival individually, we offer you a parking space in a guarded car park for the length of your cruise.

Price 5 nights € 109 per car (Lyon / roofed parking space)
Price 7 nights € 109 per car (Lyon / roofed parking space)
Price 14 nights € 165 per car (Lyon / roofed parking space)

OUTBOUND & RETURN FLIGHT; E.G. WITH LUFTHANSA, AIR FRANCE, SWISS

From various German airports, Vienna and Zurich to Lyon, incl. transfer Airport – Ship – Airport (incl. taxes).

Flights from € 389 per person

You want a relaxed arrival and departure? Then choose one of these hotels! Your advantage: You arrive already one or two days before disembarkation and can consciously look forward to the journey with A-ROSA. Or you can let your vacation come to an end in a very juicy way before you start your journey home. All hotels are personally and carefully selected by us to round off your vacation.

The Radisson Blu Hotel in Lyon is located on the top floors of the Tour Part-Dieu tower and offers its guests a breathtaking view over the city and the Alps. This hotel, recently renovated, impresses with its modern and elegant design. A stylish hotel with excellent service that makes a stay in Lyon unforgettable. For travellers arriving by TGV, the Radisson Blu is perfectly located right next to Lyon-PartDieu train station. 

We would be pleased to make you an offer based on daily updated rates.
For further information, please contact service@a-rosa.com

Included services
Overnight stay incl. breakfast, extended stay possible

This grand building is located between the Rhône and the Saône rivers in the heart of the city. The 74 rooms and suites feature an attractive mixture of modern design and antiques. As well as other standard comforts, all rooms have free Wi-Fi. The hotel is an exclusive address for guests who love French elegance and appreciate friendly service. Prices include city tax.

Included services
Overnight stay incl. breakfast, extended stay possible

Double occupancy

€ 149 pp

FRI-SUN

Single occupancy

€ 259 pp

FRI-SUN

Double occupancy

€ 159 pp

MON-THU

Single occupancy

€ 279 pp

MON-THU

Double occupancy

€ 169 pp

FRI-SUN

Single occupancy

€ 289 pp

FRI-SUN

Double occupancy

€ 179 pp

MON-THU

Single occupancy

€ 309 pp

MON-THU

This distinctive hotel is located in the heart of Lyon, right between the Rhône and the Saône. The rooms and junior suites combine French charm with modern elegance. The hotel was refurbished in 2013 to meet state-of-the-art standards, making it one of the most modern buildings behind an old facade in Lyon. All rooms have air conditioning, a phone, a TV and other comforts to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Prices include city tax.

Included services
Overnight stay incl. breakfast, extended stay possible

Double occupancy

€ 169 pp

Single occupancy

€ 279 pp

Double occupancy

€ 199 pp

Single occupancy

€ 349 pp

Ships on this cruise

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A-ROSA Flotte auf der Rhône