Golf Cruise in the South of France

Embark on a cruise along the meandering rivers Rhône and Saône, with prime opportunities to experience golf in southern France. Select golf courses provide a superb golfing experience combining beautiful natural settings with technical challenges. While you are out playing an exciting round of golf, non-golfing partners and companions can choose to take part in land excursions.

Lyon, France - Lyon, France 02 - 09 June 2022 From $7199 pp share twin

Join Luftner Cruises, a family company that has been reinventing river cruises for more than 40 years. Luftner Cruises suits kiwi travellers perfectly. They are relaxed, yet elegant vessels, with highly trained staff that will ensure you feel right at home in the heart of Europe.

Day One: Lyon

Your golf cruise commences in Lyon, where you embark in the afternoon. You will have time to explore your floating hotel before the delectable Welcome Dinner on board. You will also be briefed on the golf clubs you will be visiting during your cruise.

Day Two: Macon
Mâcon, with its romantic, pastel-colored buildings, lies in the southern Burgundy wine region where some of the world’s finest and most expensive wines are produced. In the morning, you will be transferred to the Golf de la Bresse club near Bourg-en-Bresse, a charming little commune in the Rhône-Alpes region. Players will be able to test themselves on La Bresse’s 18-hole course while absorbing the tranquility of the rural surroundings. The highlights of this course are the 405 meter 6th hole and the 194 meter 8th hole, where a large bunker guards the front left side of the green. In the evening, you will be welcomed back on board with a delicious dinner while your vessel makes its way to the next destination.

About Golf de la Bresse
The Golf de la Bresse club is located just an hour from Lyon and Geneva, close to Bourg-en-Bresse, a small, charming commune in the Rhône-Alpes region. Its 18-hole course stretches across more than 90 hectares of unspoiled nature. Designed by the renowned French architect Jeremy Pern, one of Europe’s leading golf course architects, the La Bresse golf course is set in a tranquil rural setting, surrounded by forest and agricultural land. The relatively flat course makes good use of the natural terrain, with alternating open and wooded areas and various water hazards, particularly at the 11th and 12th holes. Trees increase the challenges on the second nine-hole loop, particularly on the par-5 18th with its lovely avenue of large oaks. Golfers visiting Golf de la Bresse will be beguiled by its tranquil rural charm, while at the same time meeting with many surprises and challenges despite the course’s apparently straightforward nature.

Day Three: Chalon-sur-Saône > Tournus

In the morning, your vessel docks in Chalon-sur-Saône with its historic old town where half-timbered houses overlook a square teeming with art galleries and specialty shops. After breakfast, a visit to the golf club Golf du Château d’Avoise is on the cards. While you are out playing an exciting round of golf, your vessel will make its way to Tournus, where you will rejoin your fellow passengers in the late afternoon. As you unwind at dinner, your ship will leave Tournus and head back downstream toward Lyon.

About Golf du Château d’Avoise
The Golf du Château d’Avoise club, situated in the heart of the gorgeous Burgundy wine district, is conveniently positioned only 1.5 hours away from Paris and under an hour from the equally historic city of Lyon. The Château d’Avoise golf estate comprises 120 hectares of breathtaking natural beauty, including shady birch groves, towering beech trees, ancient oaks and ornamental lakes. The English golf course architect Martin Hawtree designed the technical, high-quality 18-hole course, which opened in 1992 and has been welcoming players ever since. The undulating woodland terrain presents some surprises, as the most challenging holes are not those which players may expect. Players should not miss this quality course with its exquisite natural beauty, technical challenges and beautiful views of the surrounding Burgundy landscape.

Day Four: Lyon
Your AMADEUS ship docks in Lyon before breakfast, allowing you ample time to enjoy the included morning guided tour of Lyon. This UNESCO World Heritage city, situated at the confluence of the Saône and Rhône rivers, is known as the gastronomic capital of France. In addition, it boasts a wide array of beautiful sights and famous landmarks, including the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and charming Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon), a Renaissance district and UNESCO World Heritage Site stretching along the banks of the Saône. After exploring Lyon both by bus and on foot, you will be welcomed back on board in time for lunch. Relax in one of the many luxurious communal spaces in the afternoon, enjoying the rural charm of the passing landscape as your vessel heads south.

Day Five: Avignon
The next stop on your cruise is the Provençal city of Avignon. From here, you will visit the famous golf club Golf de la Grande Motte, which is situated on the western edge of the Camargue region in southern France, near the coastal town La Grande Motte. Located on a 100 hectare property, this championship course, which was designed by the renowned Robert Trent Jones Sr., has been welcoming players since 1987. In the evening, enjoy a well-deserved rest and a delicious dinner while your cruise ship remains in Avignon overnight.

About Golf de la Grande Motte
Situated near the popular coastal town of La Grande Motte with its characteristic pyramid-shaped buildings, the Golf de la Grande Motte club lies on the western edge of the Camargue region in southern France. This championship course was established in 1987 and was designed by the highly respected and prolific English-American golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. No less than 42 holes await visitors to the estate, which stretches over 90 hectares and features lovely umbrella pines, poplars and extensive water bodies. The 18-hole Flamants Roses (Pink Flamingo) course extends over fairly flat and open terrain, which has been expertly molded to provide a Florida-style seaside golf course feel with plenty of water hazards. In addition to the Flamants Roses course, the club houses the par-58 Goelands course and the 9-hole Mouettes course.

Day Six: Avignon – Arles

Early in the morning, your vessel will leave Avignon and will reach Arles shortly thereafter. After breakfast you will be transferred to the Golf de Servanes club. This spectacular golf club, which is considered one of the finest in the region, snakes around the white foothills of the Alpilles and is redolent with the perfume of Provencal thyme and lavender. Designed by Thierry Sprecher and Gery Watine, the club has been operating since 1989. Golfers of all handicap levels will appreciate the technical aspects of this course with its hilly fairways, olive groves, lakes, and two huge island greens. In the evening, join your fellow guests at the Champions Cocktail and celebrate your achievements in style while your vessel continues its journey.

About Golf de Servanes
At the foothill of the Alpilles mountains in southern France, the Golf de Servanes club, which opened in 1989, nestles against white cliffs and is redolent with the perfume of Provencal thyme and lavender. It is located only 10 minutes away from the Medieval village Les Baux-de-Provence, built around a fortified rocky site, and Saint Remy-de-Provence, where Van Gogh painted his “Starry Night”. Golf architects Thierry Sprecher and Gery Watine took full advantage of the natural features of the region to create a scenic golf course snaking around the rocky hills of the Alpilles with a mix of parkland and woodland areas. The 18-hole course features hilly fairways, olive groves, lakes, and two huge island greens. Considered one of the finest golf courses of the region, this golfing jewel of the Provence will delight and challenge players of all handicap levels. Golfers should not miss out on this sunshine-drenched course with its unforgettable scenery and the song of the cicadas in the background!

Day Seven:  Châteauneuf-du-Rhône > Le Pouzin
Your AMADEUS cruise ship will stop in Châteauneuf-du-Rhône in the early hours of the morning. From here, you can choose to take part in the included excursion to the Ardèche Gorge, which departs in the morning. Known as the “Grand Canyon of Europe,” the Ardèche Gorge is an area of unmatched natural beauty where spectacular limestone cliffs tower over the meandering river below. In the meantime, your vessel will make its way to Le Pouzin, where you will rejoin it for lunch. Alternatively, you can take part in an optional golf course visit. Relax on board in the afternoon and admire the passing Provençal scenery as your cruise ship heads back upstream. The festive Captain’s Gala Dinner awaits you in the evening – the perfect finish to an unforgettable cruise!

About Domaine de la Valdaine golf club (optional)
The Domaine de la Valdaine golf club enjoys an idyllic location in the heart of the Drôme Provençale region with its famous lavender fields, only 5km from the town of Montélimar, the “home of nougat.” The Valdaine estate, which extends over more than 76 hectares of lush greenery, has been landscaped around the two towers of the Château du Monard, which is now a hotel. The 18-hole course was designed by the English golf course architect Tom McAuley and opened in 1989. A stream and other water hazards have been cunningly integrated into the course, along with relatively small greens, requiring dexterity and precise shots from golfers. In addition, Domaine de la Valdaine offers its guests the opportunity to sharpen their skills on the driving range (22 tees, 12 of which are covered), as well as on the putting greens and practice bunkers. Players of all levels will be able to test themselves on the immaculately maintained course while drinking in the Provençal sunshine and the delicate perfume of lavender.

Day Eight: Lyon 
Time to bid farewell to new found friends as you indulge in one more breakfaast onboard before disembarkation.

* 4 rounds of golf at top golf clubs
* Green fees, pre-reserved & pre-paid tee times, driving range balls
* Shared electric golf carts (subject to availability)
* Lunch Box (on request)
* Ship crew assistance with golf bags from/to cabin (on request)
* Return Transfers from ship to golf clubs
* Services of an experienced golf expert and tour leader
* Select excursions as outlined in the itinerary (included)
* Fascinating river cruise in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice, most with drop-down panoramic window; walk-out balconies in suites
* Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions
* Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director
* Gourmet dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating
* Free-flowing quality red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions with every dinner on board
* Coffee and tea after lunch and dinner plus 24 hour complimentary coffee & tea station
* Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
* Special onboard entertainment with lectures, cooking demonstrations, onboard music performances and nightly music by the Amadeus Duo in the Panorama Bar
* Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
* Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on the Sun Deck)
* All port taxes and local taxes

* Price shown reflects a 15% discount if you book by 30 November 2021!
* Complimentary city tour of Lyon
* Complimentary excursion to Ardeche Gorge

Where is my cabin onboard?
Price reflects a Category B1 cabin, which are located on Strauss Deck (Deck 2) and are mid ship to aft locations.
Please click here for deck plan.

These cabins provide drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, spacious en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

Travel dates
Cruise departs 02 June 2022

Book by
30 November 2021 unless sold prior.

From $7199 pp share twin/double, based on Category B-1.
Price is subject to availability at time of booking.

Want to upgrade your cabin? Simply ask us for pricing and availability!

Flights additional.  Please discuss with Sport Escapes and we will find the best value airfare, or help you use your airfare credit.

Terms & Conditions
Prices shown unless otherwise stated are in NZ$, and are subject to currency fluctuations and are for payment by cash, Eftpos, direct deposit or cleared cheque only.  Credit Card payments are also accepted but will incur a small surcharge, please enquire. Flights and all other arrangements additional.  In the event that Government Alert Level restrictions apply due to COVID-19 and travel is restricted or not possible, we will do all possible to provide a refund, or credit for services paid.  All payments made are non refundable.   Cruise may also be bought as cruise only with no golfing included. Capacity restrictions apply – Golf programme requires a minimum 20 participants, maximum 40. Special conditions apply for Bonus Inclusions, please discuss with your Sport Escapes consultant.  Must book by 3o November 2021, unless sold out prior,  with deposit due immediately upon booking confirmation.  Prices correct as at 20 July 2021  and are subject to change or withdrawal without notice. Other conditions may apply. FTM