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Set sail with Rugby’s elite on an exclusive French river cruise culminating in the ultimate Rugby experience at Twickenham for the first Wallabies Test of the Spring Tour. 

Queensland Rugby Union is celebrating its 130th Anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion they have created the “sporting trip of a lifetime” as part of their year-long festivities. The 18-day French river cruise begins on the  October 19 and finishes on November 5, 2013.

The cruise is with Avalon Waterways on  MS Avalon Scenery, and guests spend two nights in Monte Carlo before boarding the river ship on route to Paris. Queensland and Wallabies statesmen Rod McCall, Tony Shaw, Andrew Slack and Tim Horan, as well as Foxsports personality Nick McArdle, will host the luxury river cruise for up to 130 guests, who will join them to travel through the south of France before ending their trip in London to watch the Wallabies in action against their 2015 Rugby World Cup rivals England at Twickenham!

Cruise Itinerary

October 20-21 – Côte d’azur, France

Experience the ultimate in luxury and extravagance with two nights at the famous Fairmont Hotel in Monte Carlo on the French Riviera.

October 22 – Côte d’azur to Arles (embarkation)

Enjoy a leisurely morning before transferring by motorcoach to Arles in the Provence Region where you’ll board the river ship.

October 23 – Arles to Camargue

Spend the day experiencing the region’s stunning landscape, famous for inspiring many of the works of Vincent Van Gogh. In the early evening, depart Arles and sail towards Port St. Louis.

October 24 – Camargue to Avignon

In the early morning hours, the Avalon Scenery sails to Avignon arriving at breakfast time.

October 25 – Cruising to Viviers

Enjoy a leisurely morning on board to relax and enjoy the passing scenery before stopping for the afternoon in Viviers.

October 26 – Tournon/Tain l’hermitage to Vienne

Spend the morning in Tournon and Tain L’Hermitage, twin cities nestled among spectacular vineyards.

October 27 – Lyon

Enjoy exploring Lyon, the ‘Capital of Lights’, France’s largest metropolis outside Paris renowned for its historical and architectural landmarks dating back to the renaissance era.

October 28 – Macon, Tournus & Chalon-sur-Saone

Wake up in Macon on the Saône River, a city that plays an important role in the wine trade. Arrive in Chalon-sur- Saone before dinner.

October 29 – Chalon-sur-Saone, Beaune & Paris

After breakfast, disembark the ship and head for Beaune, the heart of Burgundy producing some of the region’s finest vintages.

October 30-31 – Paris

Staying in the exquisite Pullman Paris Hotel on the Left Bank, two free days will allow you to immerse yourself in Parisian culture.

 Wallabies Extension Package:

October 31 – 3 November 3 – London

On arrival into London via the Eurostar, you will be transferred to the classic heritage Grosvenor Victoria Hotel, in central London. Spend three days shopping and visiting the iconic sites while soaking up the culture and history of this great city. Included are return transfers to Twickenham Stadium to watch the Wallabies take on England in the first game of the Spring Tour with Queensland’s greats of the game.

 Pricing

From $7,990* per person, twin share.

Optional extras:

> Cabin upgrades available from $549 per person
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Airfare upgrades mixed class from $3,999 per person
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Airfare upgrades business class from $4,999 per person > Travel Insurance from $172 per person 

Wallabies Extension Package:

From $1,990* per person, plus game ticket.

Exclusive bookings through Queensland Rugby’s Cruise Partner, Harvey World Travel Garden City 07 3343 5422 or visit www.redshospitality.com.au/130-club.html