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About Broadway on the Rhone River

Playbill Travel is thrilled to announce its first ever river cruise, a recent addition to the popular Broadway on the High Seas series. Enjoy a week of Broadway, Burgundy, and Brie down the Rhône River from May 21-May 28, 2017. Many of our past passengers have requested a river cruise and we are never one to disappoint!

Beginning in Avignon and making stops in Tarascon-sur-Rhône, Viviers, Tournon/Tain L’Hermitage, Lyon, and Mâcon, the magnificent S.S. Catherine will take you on a tour of some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. This cruise will have a special emphasis on the foods and wines of the Rhône region—it’s quite the treat for lovers of French cuisine.

In addition to our Broadway performers, there will be another (culinary) star onboard for this voyage! World renowned sommelier Jean-Luc le Du will be leading passengers through the delicacies of Burgundy and Provence as the S.S. Catherine sails leisurely southward. Jean-Luc has planned three regionally themed dinners, including four wines each to indulge and delight, which include the Northern Rhône, Beaujolais/Mâconnais, and Burgundy.

There will also be cocktail hours on deck and wine pairings with local chocolate and cheese. Jean-Luc knows a number of award winning chocolate suppliers and individual Maître de Fromage. He also has a series of special offshore excursions planned, which include visits to the following heritage wineries:

  • Louis Jadot Winery in Beaune, in their beautiful cellar inside a converted church
  • Louis Jadot barrel making facility in Beaune
  • Chateâu des Jacques winery in Beaujolais in the town of Moulin-à-Vent
  • Domaine Ferret in Pouilly-Fuissé in the town of Fuissé
 
 

PORTS OF CALL

Tarascan: Visit nearby Arles to enjoy sites that inspired Van Gogh and some Roman monuments for ancient history buffs. Or explore Tarascan itself and enjoy its Renaissance-era palace and museum devoted to the region’s famous textiles.

 

Viviers: Walking the streets of this medieval city is like stepping out of a time machine and into another age. Take a stroll up the Rue du Chateau and admire the views from St. Vincent’s Cathedral, a structure built in the 1100s. The cathedral is also known for its beautiful music recitals, featuring the works of classical masters such as Puccini, Bach, and Handel.

 

Avignon: Ramble along shaded pedestrian streets to sample Provencal delicacies at the market hall. Visit the Palace of the Popes, seat of Christianity during the 14th century. Stroll the historic Jewish quarter, with its neoclassical synagogue dating from 1846. This picturesque city seems straight from the pages of a history book, but inside its medieval walls you will discover the prosperous heart of contemporary Avignon.

 

Tournon/Tain L’Hermitage: Wine lovers will rejoice at this port of call, with not one but two wine-themed excursions. You can walk through Tournon and its castle, culminating in a Côtes du Rhône wine tasting at Tain L’Hermitage. Or, you can take a guided hike through the luscious Hermitage vineyards and taste a variety of regional wines.

 

Lyon: The capital of French cuisine, Lyon is respected worldwide for its unique gastronomic culture. Sample some Lyonnaise delights on a tour of the Lyon food market, or see a real-life artisan demonstrate silk weaving in the Quartier St. Jean. A bicycle tour of the city is also available for passengers looking to stretch their legs.

 

Mâcon: One of Burgundy’s most celebrated wine producers, Mâcon is home to the Hospices de Beaune, where monks create wine to fund their charitable causes. Beaune is also home to an open-air market, so you can continue to sample all the sumptuous cuisine the Rhone Valley has to offer.