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01 - Overview

French Wine Country Cruise
June 6 thru 12, 2023
Join us OUTbound as we sail through the fabled wine country of Southern France. Explore ancient Roman influence and architecture, experience world-renowned vineyards and exquisite restaurants on our French Wine Region cruise. A culinary heritage few can match, a capital synonymous with romance, and a history packed with intrigue, it is little wonder that France welcomes more international visitors every year than anywhere else on Earth. Our OUTbound river cruise is the perfect way to explore the culture, history and beauty of this incredible part of the world, transporting you through the nation’s unspoiled beauty spots and culture-rich cities.

02 - Payments

Come sail the French Wine Country with us!
Book today and choose a payment plan that fits your budget! Choose from either convenient quarterly payments or spread your payments out over monthly installments. Either way, OUTbound has a payment plan designed for any budget!

All Included, All Inclusive!
All Meals & Alcoholic Beverages Included
All Shore Excursions Included

03 - Ship

MS Camargue
104 Passengers / 1 Suite / 49 Staterooms / 4 Single Staterooms
The MS Camargue is designed with a bright and spacious interior, a perfect match to the landscapes and wildlife in the Camargue region. Forward on the Upper Deck you’ll find the lounge and salon bar, perfect for enjoying the passing scenery in comfort. Aft on the Upper Deck is the main restaurant, providing breathtaking views while serving delicious cuisine. The Camargue is ready to offer our OUTbounders an unforgettable experience cruising the south of France and this fabled wine country. Mixed drinks, wine, beer, sodas, juices and coffee are all included anytime onboard.

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Date

Port

Arrive

Depart

Tuesday, June 6Martiguesboard 4:00pmdocked overnight
Wednesday, June 7Camargue9:00am12:30pm
Marseille2:00pm6:00pm
Thursday, June 8Arles9:00am1:00pm
Avignon2:00pm8:00pm
Friday, June 9Vercors Massif9:00am1:00pm
Lyon2:00pmdocked overnight
Saturday, June 10Lyon12:30pm
Mâcon 9:00pmdocked overnight
Sunday, June 11Mâcon1:00pm
Beaujolais2:00pm8:00pm
Monday, June 12Lyon10:00amdisembark
01 - Martigues
Martigues, France

Today we’ll start our cruise in the charming little Swiss town of Martigues. Once arriving, we’ll board our ship and settle into our staterooms. After boarding, head up to he Panorama Lounge to meet and greet your hosts and fellow OUTbounders. Later in the evening we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner. We’re docked overnight, so enjoy your first night in France however you like.

02 - Camargue
Camargue, France

This morning we arrive in the Camargue region of Southern France, western Europe’s largest delta where the Rhône River meets the Mediterranean Sea. Here the great Rhône splits on its final push toward the Mediterranean, creating a triangle of wetlands, pastures, dunes, and salt flats. In this vast, marshy landscape, long-horned bulls and white horses run free, flamingos fly overhead, and gardians (cowboys) toil on their manades (ranches) in France’s version of the Wild West.

03 - Marseille
Marseille, France

This afternoon we’ll visit Marseille, known as the oldest city in France, founded around 600 BC. It soon developed into an important port for the ancient Greeks and later the Romans. Located near the mouth of the Rhône, the greatest natural corridor between the Mediterranean and the lands to the north, it has long been one of the most important ports in France. Spend some time in the Old Port, now a large marina, flanked on three sides by restaurants, bistros cafés, and shops.

04 - Arles
Arles, France

The past is yours to discover in Arles, once an important Phoenician trading port that was captured by the Romans, who peppered the city with iconic monuments. Visit the 2,000-year-old Arles Amphitheatre or some of the impressive Roman ruins including Les Arènes, an arena that seats 20,000 and is still in use, or the Church of Saint-Trôphime, completed in the 15th century. You can also experience for yourself the city’s vibrant colors and striking quality of light that inspired Vincent van Gogh.

05 - Avignon
Avignon, France

Sheltered by medieval walls, Avignon’s maze of narrow streets is filled with churches, museums and palaces tracing the history of this ancient, vibrant city. Walk through forgotten history with a visit to Avignon’s grandest monument... the Palace of the Popes, the papal seat for 70 years in the 14th century. After, take a stroll along Pont d’Avignon, an ancient stone bridge crossing the Rhône.

06 - Vercors Massif
Vercors Massif, France

Straddling the regions of Drôme and Isère in the south east, the sprawling Parc Naturel Régional du Vercors is the largest nature reserve in mainland France. Cut off from the major valleys by its walls of limestone, Vercors conceals an undulating landscape rimmed with cliffs and mountains with dramatic gorges. Located in the foothills of the French Alps, the Vercors Massif offers some of the most attractive and accessible terrains in all of France.

07 - Lyon
Lyon, France

Today we visit Lyon, France’s third-largest city and a former Roman capital. Lyon is rich in history and considered to be the culinary heartbeat of the country and the home of traditional Lyonnaise cuisine. Wander through the city and soak in its vividly illustrated history, as buildings from all time periods can be seen adorning narrow cobblestone streets. Above it all stands the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, one of the city’s major symbols thanks to its dominant location on a hill overlooking the city.

08 - Mâcon
Mâcon, France

Today we continue our tour through France’s wine country with a visit to Mâcon. Resting alongside the banks of the Saône river in France’s Burgundy region, Mâcon is a charming city where you can do anything from exploring its epic outdoors or learning about its rich history, to finding a little sidewalk café to sip on delectable wines. Take time to admire the pastel-hued houses, cobbled lanes, and take your time sampling wines from the nearby vineyards.

09 - Beaujolais
Beaujolais, France

The region of Beaujolais has the charming distinction of not really being an official region at all... until it comes to the wine produced here, which is very distinctly and officially marked out by the region’s borders. Beaujolais is big. There are over 18,000 acres of vines planted here, in a long corridor on the right bank of the Saône river. It’s hilly, punctuated by granite rocks, and dotted with little streams which feed the vineyards, rural lands and forests.

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Date

Port

Arrive

Depart

Tuesday, June 6Martiguesboard 4:00pmdocked overnight
Wednesday, June 7Camargue9:00am12:30pm
Marseille2:00pm6:00pm
Thursday, June 8Arles9:00am1:00pm
Avignon2:00pm8:00pm
Friday, June 9Vercors Massif9:00am1:00pm
Lyon2:00pmdocked overnight
Saturday, June 10Lyon12:30pm
Mâcon 9:00pmdocked overnight
Sunday, June 11Mâcon1:00pm
Beaujolais2:00pm8:00pm
Monday, June 12Lyon10:00amdisembark
01 - Martigues
Martigues, France

Today we’ll start our river cruise through the South of France and its fabled wine region. After boarding our ship and settling into your staterooms, we’ll introduce your OUTbound hosts and our ship’s crew during our welcome cocktail. We’ll enjoy dinner on board getting to know your fellow OUTbounders. We’re docked overnight, so feel free to head out and start exploring as you begin your incredible vacation in France.

02 - Camargue
Camargue, France

This morning we’ll head OUTbound on a Safari through France’s Camargue region in a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Your included excursion includes an exciting jaunt into the heart of this area’s natural beauty. Sit back and admire the rivers, marshes, ponds, pink flamingos, black bulls, and the famous, indigenous Camargue horses as we tour the countryside. Whether on the edge of the sea or inland, each spot is an immersion in the wonders nature has to offer in France.

03 - Marseille
Marseille, France

This afternoon we’ll take a guided tour of Marseille where we’ll visit all the main sites, including La Canebière, the Old Port, and the famous White Basilica. We’ll also see Fort Saint Jean, perhaps the most impressive historic site in Marseilles... a seventeenth-century fortress, built by King Louis XIV, that stands guard over the entrance to the Old Port. Once inside Fort Saint Jean, you'll see the 15th century Tour du Roi René (King René’s tower), and the Commandery of the Knights Templar.

04 - Arles
Arles, France

This morning we’ll take a walking tour of Arles and explore its diverse architectural highlights including Les Arènes, an arena that seats 20,000, and the Church of Saint-Trôphime, completed in the 15th century. We’ll also learn a little about the city’s ties to Vincent Van Gogh, with its vibrant colors that inspired many of his works. The city oozes French charm, and every corner seems packed with something to see or taste. And speaking of taste, no trip to the south of France would be complete without a visit to a local olive oil manufacturer.

05 - Avignon
Avignon, France

Avignon has a rich history, from its Celtic beginnings to being the only residence in history of the Pope besides Vatican City. It was also central to the French Revolution. This afternoon we’ll take a guided tour of Avignon and the Papal Palace, one of the largest and most important Gothic buildings in Europe and the city’s most famous attraction. We’ll see this Palais des Papes up close and learn a little about its history, as well as Pont d’Avignon, an ancient stone bridge hearby that crosses the Rhône.

06 - Vercors Massif
Vercors Massif, France

This morning we’ll discover the Vercors Massif and enjoy a tasting of local sparkling wine, Clairette de Die. The Vercors Massif contains impressive sites and breathtaking views. We’ll discover many of these on a trip through its natural park. Peaks, trails, rushing streams, steep cliffs, and rolling mountain pastures await. We’ll visit the quaint town of Die, known for its delicious sparkling wine, and enjoy a tasting.

07 - Lyon
Lyon, France

Today you’ll have your pick of excursions. First, enjoy a guided tour of Lyon, including the Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Wander through the city and soak in its vividly illustrated history, as buildings from all time periods can be seen adorning narrow cobblestone streets. Alternatively, explore Lyon by bike and see its historic monuments and neighborhoods while riding before enjoying a tasting in the heart of the Old Town.

08 - Mâcon
Mâcon, France

This morning we’ll take a guided tour of Mâcon with its colored facades. We’ll visit the Musée des Ursulines, a collection of local archeological artifacts and fine arts. Housed in a former convent, you’ll see statues from Medieval times along with weapons, furnishings and ceramics from Mâcon’s Gallo-Roman era. We’ll end our walking tour of the capital of the Beaujolais wine region with a taste of some of the local products.

09 - Beaujolais
Beaujolais, France

This afternoon we’ll visit the Beaujolais vineyards, a wine region tucked between Lyon and Burgundy. We’ll hear about a variety of wines, from the young Beaujolais Nouveau to high-quality crus. You’ll learn how red wines are made mostly from Gamay grapes that create a vibrant, fruity taste, while light and fresh white wines come predominantly from Chardonnay varieties. You’ll have a tasting after to decide which is your favorite.

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01 - Lounge
Panorama Lounge

The tastefully decorated Panoramic Lounge, located at the front of the ship, was named for the superb views of the passing coastlines that guests will enjoy courtesy of the oversized windows. Intimate seating areas are peppered throughout the open floor plan, allowing you the choice of going all in with the group or enjoying a little private time between you and a smaller gathering of friends. Enjoy cocktails, dancing, games and nightly entertainment in this picturesque setting.

02 - Salon Bar
Salon Bar

Enjoy a cocktail at the Salon Bar with us while cruising the south of France together. Located within the Panoramic Lounge, you’ll find originality and innovation. This is the place where you’ll spend an enjoyable evening nursing a cocktail with great friends, old and new! Whether you’re in the mood for a mixed drink or glass of wine, we invite you to join us and enjoy one of best bars on the water with your fellow OUTbounders. Sit back and order your favorite cocktail after a fantastic day with friends.

03 - Reception
Reception

At your service, OUTbounders will find everything they need at the reception desk, located at the heart of the ship on the Upper Deck. It’s the perfect place to meet with friends before dinner or ask any questions you may have during our voyage. Here’s where you’ll leave each morning as we venture OUTbound to discover the treasures of the south of France, and where you will return at the end of each day... greeted by a friendly smile and warm drink.

04 - Dining
Dining

Located on the Upper Deck, the restaurant comfortably seats all our OUTbounders at tables which vary in size with a panoramic view. The atmosphere is casual but elegant. The selection and presentation of the food is outstanding, and you’ll find the quality of service is unmatched.

The food is incredible, every meal every day. You’ll enjoy plenty of fish, fruits and vegetables with every meal and be impressed by how fresh everything is. In fact, the only frozen item is ice cream! You’ll have plenty of healthy choices to choose from, and loads of unhealthy ones, too!

05 - Sun Deck
Sun Deck

For spectacular views of the passing landscape, head up to the Sun Deck to experience the full enjoyment of the view, even when passing under low bridges. The top deck features an all-weather seating area and a walking track for those who want to keep active. It’s the perfect place to visit with old friends and new during the day while enjoying complimentary refreshments with the stunning scenery of the fabled French wine country passing by.

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01 - Upper Deck Suite
Upper Deck Suite

Starting at $5,697 per person
The Upper Deck Suite features two large panoramic windows and a French balcony that let in the perfect amount of light. The Suite can accommodate up to three guests, with a couch that can convert into a twin bed. Light wood cabinets and local tones create a light, airy and comfortable environment. Storage space includes a full-length wardrobe closet with room for hanging clothes on one side and shelves and a cabinet (with a safe) on the other.

02 - Upper Deck
Upper Deck Staterooms

Starting at $3,697 per person
Staterooms located on the Upper Deck feature two large panoramic windows that let in the perfect amount of light, welcoming in the summer sun as we sail the south of France. Enjoy a shower complete with indulgent toiletries before settling into your queen or twin hotel-style bed as you enjoy your flat screen TV and infotainment system. Storage space includes a full-length wardrobe closet with room for hanging clothes on one side and shelves and a cabinet (with a safe) on the other.

03 - Main Deck
Main Deck Staterooms

Starting at $3,197 per person
Staterooms located on the Main Deck have two large windows that provide unspoiled views. Each Main Deck stateroom surrounds you with elegant décor comfortable furnishings. Enjoy a shower in your private bathroom before joining your friends for dinner. Storage space includes a full-length wardrobe closet and extra room under the bed for suitcases. The two twin size beds can be reconfigured into a single queen size bed if you prefer.

04 - Upper Single
Upper Deck Single Staterooms

Starting at $4,997 per person
The single occupancy staterooms located on the Upper Deck offer a little privacy for the solo traveler, with two full picture windows that provide unspoiled panoramic vistas of Southern France. Lay back in your stateroom and watch a movie on your flat screen TV and infotainment system. Your bathroom features a shower complete with toiletries, perfect for unwinding after an unforgettable day OUTbound. Your twin hotel-style bed offers the perfect night’s sleep.

05 - Main Single
Main Deck Single Staterooms

Starting at $4,597 per person
The single occupancy staterooms located on the Main Deck offer our solo traveler a space all their own, with windows that provide unspoiled panoramic vistas of the passing French countryside. Lay back in your stateroom and watch a movie on your flat screen TV and infotainment system. Your luxurious bathroom features a full shower, perfect for unwinding after an unforgettable day OUTbound. Your twin hotel-style bed, draped in quality linens, offers the perfect night’s sleep.

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