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Jewels of France

Start with 3 nights in Barcelona, enjoy a 7-night Arles-Lyon cruise, then travel by high-speed train to Paris for a 7-night Seine cruise, ending with 2 nights in Paris
21 Days – Travel to Barcelona & return from Paris or reverse

OVERVIEW

Your journey begins in Barcelona before you embark on your cruise through the vineyards of France. Cruise from Arles to Lyon, through France's legendary wine growing regions. Enjoy wine tastings at local vintners, as you marvel at Roman ruins and stroll through medieval villages. Travel to Paris aboard the high-speed TGV train and embark upon your next cruise, this time through historic northern France. Visit charming villages and French harbors made famous by generations of artists. See the famous Normandy beaches of WWII and Château Gaillard before returning to Paris, the “City of Lights,” for a 2-night stay. Your journey begins in Barcelona, before embarking upon your cruise through France’s legendary wine growing regions. Cruise from Arles to Lyon, enjoying wine tastings at local vintners and wandering amongst Roman ruins and medieval villages.


  • SELECT DIRECTION:
DayDestinationActivities
1Overnight flight to Spain
2BarcelonaHotel check-in
3BarcelonaCity tour
OR “Tapas Tasting” tour
4BarcelonaOptional Montserrat tour
5BarcelonaTransfer to Arles
PerpignanFree time
ArlesEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
6ArlesLes Baux excursion & olive farm visit
OR “Impressionist Experience” tour & Carrières de Lumières
7AvignonWalking tour & Papal Palace
OR Pont du Gard excursion
ViviersGhost walk
8ViviersGrignan excursion
9TournonWinery visit & tasting
10VienneWalking tour
OR Chateau Rousillion & Pottery (when available)
11LyonCity tour
CollongesBeaujolais excursion
12LyonDISEMBARKATION
Transfer to Paris via TGV train
ParisEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
13VernonGiverny excursion to Monet’s house
OR Chateau de Bizy (when available)
14RouenHonfleur excursion
OR “Routes des Abbeyes” tour
15RouenFull day excursion to Normandy Beaches
OR Pays D’Auge excursion
16RouenWalking Tour
17Les AndelysChateau Gaillard
Scenic cruising
18ConflansChateau Malmaison
OR “Artists’ Walk” tour of Auvers-sur-Oise
19ParisDISEMBARKATION
City tour
Musee d'Orsay visit
Hotel check-in
20ParisOptional Seine cruise & Montparnassse Tower tour
Optional Montmartre & Illuminations tour
21ParisReturn flight home
DayDestinationActivities
1Overnight flight to France
2ParisHotel check in
3ParisFree time
4ParisPanoramic city tour
Musée d’Orsay visit
EMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
5VernonGiverny Excursion to Monet’s home & garden
GivernyOR Chateau de Bizy
6RouenScenic cruising
Honfleur excursion
OR “Routes des Abbeyes” tour
7RouenFull day excursion to Normandy Beaches
OR Pays D’Auge excursion
8RouenWalking Tour
9Les AndelysChateau Gaillard
Scenic cruising
10ConflansChateau Malmaison
OR “Artists’ Walk” tour of Auvers-sur-Oise
11ParisDISEMBARKATION
TGV high-speed train to Lyon
LyonCooking demonstration
EMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
12LyonCity tour
13BellevilleBeaujolais excursion
VienneFree evening
14VienneWalking tour
TournonFree time
15TournonWinery visit & tasting in Cornas
Viviers“Ghost Walk” tour
16ViviersGrignan excursion
AvignonWalking tour & Papal Palace
OR Pont du Gard & Uzes excursion
17ArlesLes Baux and olive farm excursion
OR "Impressionist Experience" tour
Walking tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
18ArlesDISEMBARKATION
PerpignanFree time for lunch
Transfer to Barcelona
BarcelonaHotel check-in
19BarcelonaCity tour
OR “Tapas Tasting” tour
20BarcelonaOptional Montserrat excursion
21BarcelonaReturn flight home
DayDestinationActivities
1ArlesEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
2ArlesLes Baux excursion & olive farm visit
OR “Impressionist Experience” tour & Carrières de Lumières
3AvignonWalking tour & Papal Palace
OR Pont du Gard excursion
ViviersGhost walk
4ViviersGrignan excursion
5TournonWinery visit & tasting
6VienneWalking tour
OR Chateau Rousillion & Pottery (when available)
7LyonCity tour
CollongesBeaujolais excursion
8LyonDISEMBARKATION
Transfer to Paris via TGV train
ParisEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
9VernonGiverny excursion to Monet’s house
OR Chateau de Bizy (when available)
10RouenHonfleur excursion
OR “Routes des Abbeyes” tour
11RouenFull day excursion to Normandy Beaches
OR Pays D’Auge excursion
12RouenWalking Tour
13Les AndelysChateau Gaillard
Scenic cruising
14ConflansChateau Malmaison
OR “Artists’ Walk” tour of Auvers-sur-Oise
15ParisDISEMBARKATION
DayDestinationActivities
1ParisEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
2VernonGiverny Excursion to Monet’s home & garden
GivernyOR Chateau de Bizy
3RouenScenic cruising
Honfleur excursion
OR “Routes des Abbeyes” tour
4RouenFull day excursion to Normandy Beaches
OR Pays D’Auge excursion
5RouenWalking Tour
6Les AndelysChateau Gaillard
Scenic cruising
7ConflansChateau Malmaison
OR “Artists’ Walk” tour of Auvers-sur-Oise
8ParisDISEMBARKATION
TGV high-speed train to Lyon
LyonCooking demonstration
EMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
9LyonCity tour
10BellevilleBeaujolais excursion
VienneFree evening
11VienneWalking tour
TournonFree time
12TournonWinery visit & tasting in Cornas
Viviers“Ghost Walk” tour
13ViviersGrignan excursion
AvignonWalking tour & Papal Palace
OR Pont du Gard & Uzes excursion
14ArlesLes Baux and olive farm excursion
OR "Impressionist Experience" tour
Walking tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
15ArlesDISEMBARKATION

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Barcelona, including daily buffet breakfast
  • Transfer from hotel in Barcelona to ship in Arles
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation aboard the AmaDagio in an outside stateroom - 82% of the staterooms with French balconies
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included
  • “Culinary Delights – Bites & Sights” excursions
  • State-of-the-art Infotainment System in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library & English language TV?stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe's great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Transfer from the AmaDagio in Lyon to the AmaLegro in Paris via High-speed TGV train
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation aboard the AmaLegro in an outside stateroom - 82% of the staterooms with French balconies
  • Transfer from ship to the hotel in Paris
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Paris, including daily buffet breakfast
  • Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • All transfers with the purchase of cruise, land & air package
  • All local taxes

DETAILED ITINERARY


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Day 1DEPART USA/CANADA
Board your overnight flight to Barcelona, Spain.
Day 2ARRIVE IN BARCELONA, SPAIN
Arrive in Barcelona and check-in to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.
Day 3BARCELONA
Your full day in Barcelona begins with a driving tour to the top of Montjuic Hill, where you will enjoy glorious views of the city below. Continue along the waterfront to Las Ramblas, an iconic tree-lined boulevard, and explore the city’s Gothic Quarter. Your tour also includes the unique architectural works of Antoni Gaudí, including Casa Milà, Casa Batlló and La Sagrada Familia basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been under construction for over a century. As an alternative, choose the “Tapas Tasting” tour of local tapas bars, where you will sample local favorites and take a guided tour of the Mercat de Santa Caterina. (B)
Day 4BARCELONA
Enjoy a full day at your leisure, or take part in the optional “Montserrat Excursion,” visiting the famous Benedictine Abbey atop Montserrat Mountain. (B)
Day 5BARCELONA - EMBARKATION - ARLES, FRANCE
After breakfast, you will transfer from Barcelona to Arles, the gateway to Provence. Along the way, you will stop in the medieval town of Perpignan in France and have some free time for lunch and exploring on your own. Continue on your transfer, passing through the eerie marshland region of the Camargue before arriving in Arles and boarding your ship. This evening, meet your fellow passengers at a Welcome Dinner. The ship moors overnight in Arles. (B,D)
Day 6ARLES - LES BAUX - AVIGNON
This morning, you will board a motor coach for an excursion to the hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence. The village’s castle has a fascinating exhibit of medieval siege weaponry. Later, visit an olive farm to learn about this age-old Provençal farming tradition. As an alternative, take the “Impressionist Experience” tour to the Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Vincent Van Gogh painted such well-known works as The Irises and Starry Night. You will also visit the Carrieres de Lumieres, a stone quarry that projects European artwork on its walls, including many of Van Gogh’s famous paintings. Late this afternoon, your city tour of Arles takes you to the Romanesque cathedral and the Roman Amphitheater. Early this evening, cruise to Avignon, arriving late tonight. As your ship docks, look for the illuminated Avignon Bridge made famous by the French children’s song “Sur le pont d’Avignon” (“On the Bridge of Avignon”). The ship moors in Avignon overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 7AVIGNON - VIVIERS
This morning, you will have your choice of two excursions in and around historic Avignon. Seven popes once resided in the magnificent Gothic Papal Palace, which you will visit during your city walking tour. You will also see the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As an alternative, take an excursion to the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that is a masterpiece of engineering and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour will also visit Uzes, a lovely Provencal town known for its castle (still occupied by the Duke of Uzes and his family), medieval streets and picturesque town square. Enjoy free time for shopping in Uzes before returning to your ship. After lunch, the ship cruises to Viviers, arriving later this evening. You may join a “Ghost Walk” through this medieval town, with colorful stories brought to life by local residents. The ship moors overnight in Viviers. (B,L,D)
Day 8VIVIERS – GRIGNAN – TOURNON
After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Grignan, a magnificent hilltop village surrounded by lavender fields. The village’s Renaissance castle provides a commanding view of the area’s beautiful countryside. Enjoy some free time to explore local shops for confections, home-made lavender soaps and other crafts. This afternoon, the ship will cruise to Tournon, arriving early this evening. We moor overnight in Tournon. (B,L,D)
Day 9TOURNON – VIENNE
This morning, visit Cornas, Tournon’s “twin” town located across the Rhône River and linked by a 19th-century suspension bridge. The fertile soil and ideal climate of the region has made Cornas the premier producer of Côtes du Rhône wines, which you will have an opportunity to sample. After lunch, the ship sails to Vienne, situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, arriving early evening. The ship moors overnight in Vienne. (B,L,D)
Day 10VIENNE – LYON
Vienne’s Roman past can be readily seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. This morning, you will have a guided walking tour of Vienne and see the 1st-century Roman Temple of Augustus and Livia, the ruins of a Roman theater, and the medieval churches of St. Andre-Le-Bas and Abbey St. Pierre. As an alternative, you may choose to visit the Chateau Roussillion and Pottery (when available). After lunch, your ship will depart for Lyon, arriving mid-afternoon and mooring overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 11LYON – COLLONGES – BELVILLE – LYON
This morning, your panoramic tour of Lyon will show you the historic section of town known as Vieux Lyon (“Old Lyon”). The ship departs after noon and cruises to Collonges for your excursion through the Beaujolais wine region, the Pays d’Or (“land of the golden stones,” named for the ochre limestone used to build local homes and castles). You will visit the medieval hilltop village of Oingt and the home of a local vintner, where you will enjoy a wine tasting and vineyard tour, and learn about the history of wine production in the region. Rejoin the ship in Belleville and return to Lyon, arriving late tonight. We will moor overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 12LYON - DISEMBARKATION - PARIS - EMBARKATION
After disembarking your ship, you will be treated to a demonstration of Lyonnaise cooking. You will have free time for lunch on your own before boarding a high-speed TGV train that will whisk you through the French countryside to Paris. Upon arriving in Paris, you will be transferred to your ship. We depart later tonight. (B)
Day 13VERNON
Spend the morning enjoying the scenery along the Seine as you cruise to the provincial town of Vernon. In the afternoon you will visit Giverny and the home and gardens of Impressionist master Claude Monet. The artist lived here for more than four decades and immortalized his ponds and flower gardens in some of his most iconic paintings. Alternatively, you will have the opportunity to tour the Palace and Gardens of the Chateau de Bizy (when available). Inspired by Versailles, Chateau de Bizy was constructed as a Royal Chateau and is still home to descendants of Emperor Napoleon. The ship moors overnight in Vernon. (B,L,D)
Day 14VERNON - ROUEN
After a scenic morning cruise on the Seine, arrive in Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy. You will have a choice of two different tours. The first option is to visit Honfleur, a historic and picturesque port with pastel-colored houses that was a favorite subject of artists such as Courbet, Boudin and Monet. The town’s medieval Sainte-Catherine church, with its separate bell tower, is the largest wooden church in France. As an alternative, choose the "Routes des Abbayes" excursion spotlighting Normandy's famous abbeys, more than 100 of which once covered this region. You will visit the ruined abbey in Jumièges as well as St. Wandrille, still a working monastery. (B,L,D)
Day 15ROUEN – NORMANDY BEACHES
Today, you have the choice of three different excursions. “D-Day Remembered” is a full day excursion to the US sector, Omaha and Utah beaches. Your first stop will be Arromanches, with free time to visit the museums and have lunch before visiting St.Laurent-sur-Mer, the US Cemetery at Omaha Beach. The last stop of your excursion is the Ranger monument at Pointe du Hoc before returning to the ship in Rouen. As an alternative, you can tour the Gold, June & Sword beaches in the British and Canadian sectors. Your first stop will be Arromanches, with free time to visit the museums and have lunch before visiting the Juno Beach Centre. Later, you’ll stop at the Pegasus Monument in Ranville. A third option is an excursion to rural Normandy, which includes a visit to the Pays d’Auge and “Routes du Cidre” (the Cider Road). You will visit traditional Norman locales such as Beuvron-en-Auge, Crevecoeur-en-Auge and Crambremer (some of France’s most beautiful villages), and tour a Calvados distillery where you may sample apple cider and apple brandy. The ship moors overnight in Rouen. (B,L,D)
Day 16ROUEN – LES ANDELYS
Enjoy a morning walk through this medieval city and see the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, painted numerous times by Monet, and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred. Afterwards, you will have free time to explore Rouen on your own, perhaps stopping to sample some of Normandy’s famous and delicious cheeses. This afternoon, enjoy scenic cruising on the Seine to Les Andelys. (B,L,D)
Day 17LES ANDELYS – CONFLANS
A stroll along the river in Les Andelys offers beautiful views of the Seine Valley’s dramatic white cliffs, centuries-old half-timbered houses, and the hilltop ruins of Chateau-Gaillard. This former stronghold of Richard the Lionhearted changed hands a number of times during the Hundred Years War. More athletic guests may hike up to visit the ruins of this historic castle before we continue our cruise along the Seine. The ship arrives tonight in Conflans and moors overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 18CONFLANS – PARIS
Today, you have a choice of two excursions. The first option is to visit Chateau Malmaison, former home of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine. Your tour includes the chateau’s interior, gardens and museum. Alternatively, travel to the town of Auvers-sur-Oise, a town famous for the Impressionist painters who lived there in the 19th century – such as Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro and Vincent van Gogh. Your “Artists’ Walk” tour will include many sites associated with their works, including the Auberge Ravoux, former home of Vincent van Gogh. The upstairs room where Van Gogh died has been meticulously preserved. He and his brother Theo are both buried in the nearby town cemetery. The ship departs this afternoon for Paris, arriving in the evening and mooring overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 19PARIS - DISEMBARKATION
After disembarking the ship this morning, guests participating in the post extension will enjoy a panoramic tour of Paris and a visit to one of the city’s most renowned museums, the Musee D’Orsay. Located on the Left Bank, the museum was built in a former railway station and now houses an extensive collection of French art. Its collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces is the largest in the world and includes iconic works by Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. After touring the museum, you will be transferred to your hotel. (B)
Day 20PARIS
Today is yours to enjoy however you wish. Explore Paris’ multitude of landmarks, museums, cafes and shops, or choose an optional tour, the “Seine Cruise and Montparnasse Tower” tour or “Montmartre & Illuminations” tour. (B)
Day 21DEPART PARIS
Your river cruise vacation comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Day 1DEPART USA/CANADA
Board your overnight flight to Paris, France.
Day 2ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE
Arrive in Paris and check-in to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to begin exploring this romantic city on your own.
Day 3PARIS
Today is a free day to explore the many sights of Paris. (B)
Day 4PARIS - EMBARKATION
Enjoy a panoramic tour of Paris today and a visit to one of the city’s most renowned museums, the Musée D’Orsay. Located on the Left Bank, the museum was built in a former railway station and now houses an extensive collection of French art. Its collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces is the largest in the world and includes iconic works by Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. Embark upon your luxurious ship. Meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. (B, D)
Day 5VERNON
Spend the morning enjoying the scenery along the Seine as you cruise to the provincial town of Vernon. In the afternoon you will visit Giverny and the home and gardens of Impressionist master Claude Monet. The artist lived here for more than four decades and immortalized his ponds and flower gardens in some of his most iconic paintings (open seasonally). Alternatively, you will have the opportunity to tour the Palace and Gardens of the Chateau de Bizy (when available). Inspired by Versailles, Chateau de Bizy was constructed as a Royal Chateau and is still home to descendants of Emperor Napoleon. The ship moors overnight in Vernon. (B,L,D)
Day 6VERNON - ROUEN
After a scenic morning cruise on the Seine, arrive in Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy. You will have a choice of two different tours. The first option is to visit Honfleur, a historic and picturesque port with pastel-colored houses that was a favorite subject of artists such as Courbet, Boudin and Monet. The town’s medieval Sainte-Catherine church, with its separate bell tower, is the largest wooden church in France. As an alternative, choose the "Routes des Abbayes" excursion spotlighting Normandy's famous abbeys, more than 100 of which once covered this region. You will visit the ruined abbey in Jumièges as well as St. Wandrille, still a working monastery. (B,L,D)
Day 7ROUEN – NORMANDY BEACHES
Today, you have the choice of three different excursions. “D-Day Remembered” is a full day excursion to the US sector, Omaha and Utah beaches. Your first stop will be Arromanches, with free time to visit the museums and have lunch before visiting St.Laurent-sur-Mer, the US Cemetery at Omaha Beach. The last stop of your excursion is the Ranger monument at Pointe du Hoc before returning to the ship in Rouen. As an alternative, you can tour the Gold, June & Sword beaches in the British and Canadian sectors. Your first stop will be Arromanches, with free time to visit the museums and have lunch before visiting the Juno Beach Centre. Later, you’ll stop at the Pegasus Monument in Ranville. A third option is an excursion to rural Normandy, which includes a visit to the Pays d’Auge and “Routes du Cidre” (the Cider Road). You will visit traditional Norman towns and villages, such as Beuvron-en-Auge, Crevecoeur-en-Auge and Crambremer, some of the most beautiful villages in France, and tour a Calvados distillery where you may sample apple cider and apple brandy. (B,L,D)
Day 8ROUEN – LES ANDELYS
Enjoy a morning walk through this medieval city and see the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, painted numerous times by Monet, and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred. Afterwards, you will have free time to explore Rouen on your own, perhaps stopping to sample some of Normandy’s famous and delicious cheeses. This afternoon, enjoy scenic cruising on the Seine to Les Andelys. (B,L,D)
Day 9LES ANDELYS – CONFLANS
A stroll along the river in Les Andelys offers beautiful views of the Seine Valley’s dramatic white cliffs, centuries-old half-timbered houses, and the hilltop ruins of Chateau-Gaillard. This former stronghold of Richard the Lionhearted changed hands a number of times during the Hundred Years War. More athletic guests may hike up to visit the ruins of this historic castle before we continue our cruise along the Seine. The ship arrives tonight in Conflans. (B,L,D)
Day 10CONFLANS -- PARIS
Today, you have a choice of two excursions. The first option is to visit Chateau Malmaison, former home of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine. Your tour includes the chateau’s interior, gardens and museum. Alternatively, travel to the town of Auvers-sur-Oise, a town famous for the Impressionist painters who lived there in the 19th century – such as Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro and Vincent van Gogh. Your “Artists’ Walk” tour will include many sites associated with their works, including the Auberge Ravoux, former home of Vincent van Gogh. The upstairs room where Van Gogh died has been meticulously preserved. He and his brother Theo are both buried in the nearby town cemetery. The ship departs this afternoon for Paris, arriving in the evening. (B,L,D)
Day 11PARIS - DISEMBARKATION - LYON - EMBARKATION
After disembarking your ship, you will board a TGV high-speed train that will whisk you through the French countryside to Lyon. Nestled between the Saone and Rhone rivers, Lyon is one of France’s most important cities its gastronomic capital. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time for lunch on your own before a private cooking demonstration. Later, transfer to your luxurious ship, where you will gather this evening for a Welcome Dinner. (B,D)
Day 12LYON
Today your panoramic tour of Lyon will take you to Place Bellecour with its equestrian statue of Louis XIV, Place des Terreaux with Bartholdi’s Fountain, and the Town Hall. Afterwards, visit Fourvière, part of the historic region designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as the “Hill of Prayers,” Fourvière is famous for its iconic white Basilica of Notre-Dame, ruins of an ancient Roman theater, and majestic views of the city below. The ship departs for Belville this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 13BELLEVILLE – VIENNE
This morning’s tour will take you through the Beaujolais wine region, also known as the Pays d’Or (“land of the golden stones,” named for the ochre limestone used to build local homes and castles). You will visit the medieval hilltop village of Oingt as well as the home of a local vintner, where you will enjoy a wine tasting, vineyard tour and explanation of the history of the region’s wine production. Return to the ship in the afternoon and continue cruising towards Vienne, where you’ll have a free evening to explore on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 14VIENNE - TOURNON
Situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, Vienne’s Roman past can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. This morning, you will take a mini train tour and see the 1st-century Roman Temple of Augustus and Livia, the ruins of a Roman theater, and the medieval churches of St. Andre-Le-Bas and Abbey St. Pierre. Your ship will depart at midday for Tournon. This evening, explore the town on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 15TOURNON - VIVIERS
This morning, visit Cornas, the premier producer of Côtes du Rhone wines. Enjoy a wine tasting and free time this afternoon to visit the 16th-century castle that is now a town hall. Return to the ship for lunch as we cruise to Viviers. After arriving this evening, you may take a “Ghost Walk” through this medieval town with colorful stories brought to life by local residents. (B,L,D)
Day 16VIVIERS - AVIGNON
After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Grignan, a hilltop village surrounded by lavender fields. The village’s Renaissance castle provides a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. Return to the ship and cruise to Avignon, site of the bridge made famous by the French children’s song “Sur le pont d’Avignon” (“On the Bridge of Avignon”). Seven popes once resided in the magnificent Papal Palace, which you will visit during your walking tour. You will also see the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As an alternative, take an excursion to the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that is a masterpiece of engineering and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour will also visit Uzes, a lovely town known for its castle (still occupied by the Duke of Uzes and his family), medieval streets and picturesque town square. Enjoy free time for shopping before returning to your ship. (B,L,D)
Day 17AVIGNON - LES BAUX - ARLES
This morning, you will arrive in Arles and board a motor coach for an excursion to the village of Les Baux de Provence. The village’s castle has a fascinating exhibit of medieval weapons. Later, visit an olive farm to learn about this age-old Provençal farming tradition. As an alternative, take the “Impressionist Experience” tour to the Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Van Gogh once lived and painted such well-known works as The Irises and Starry Night. You will also visit the Carrieres de Lumieres, a stone quarry that projects European artwork on its walls, including many of Van Gogh’s famous paintings. Late this afternoon, a city tour of Arles takes you to the Romanesque cathedral and the Roman Amphitheater. Another option is a guided bike tour to a Roman museum (capacity controlled).The ship moors overnight in Arles. (B,L,D)
Day 18ARLES - DISEMBARKATION - BARCELONA, SPAIN
Disembark your ship in Arles and transfer to Barcelona. Along the way, you will pass through the eerie Camargue marshland and stop in the medieval town of Perpignan in France, where you will have free time for lunch and some exploring on your own. (B)
Day 19BARCELONA
Your full day in Barcelona begins with a driving tour to the top of Montjuic Hill where you will enjoy glorious views of the city below. Continue along the waterfront to Las Ramblas, an iconic tree-lined boulevard, and explore the Gothic Quarter in the medieval center of the city. Your tour also includes the unique architectural works of Antoni Gaudí, including Casa Milà, Casa Batlló and La Sagrada Familia, the basilica and UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been under construction for over a century. As an alternative, choose the “Tapas & Boqueria” tour of local tapas bars, where you will sample local favorites and take a guided tour of the Market of la Boqueria. (B)
Day 20BARCELONA
Enjoy a full day at your leisure, or take part in an optional excursion to Montserrat to visit the famous Benedictine Abbey atop Montserrat Mountain. (B)
Day 21DEPART BARCELONA
Bid farewell to Barcelona and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Day 1EMBARKATION - ARLES, FRANCE
Board your cruise in Arles. This evening, meet your fellow passengers for a Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2ARLES - LES BAUX - AVIGNON
This morning, you will board a motor coach for an excursion to the hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence. The village’s castle has a fascinating exhibit of medieval siege weaponry. Later, visit an olive farm to learn about this age-old Provençal farming tradition. As an alternative, take the “Impressionist Experience” tour to the Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Vincent Van Gogh painted such well-known works as The Irises and Starry Night. You will also visit the Carrieres de Lumieres, a stone quarry that projects European artwork on its walls, including many of Van Gogh’s famous paintings. Late this afternoon, your city tour of Arles takes you to the Romanesque cathedral and the Roman Amphitheater. Early this evening, cruise to Avignon, arriving late tonight. As your ship docks, look for the illuminated Avignon Bridge made famous by the French children’s song “Sur le pont d’Avignon” (“On the Bridge of Avignon”). The ship moors in Avignon overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 3AVIGNON - VIVIERS
This morning, you will have your choice of two excursions in and around historic Avignon. Seven popes once resided in the magnificent Gothic Papal Palace, which you will visit during your city walking tour. You will also see the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As an alternative, take an excursion to the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that is a masterpiece of engineering and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour will also visit Uzes, a lovely Provencal town known for its castle (still occupied by the Duke of Uzes and his family), medieval streets and picturesque town square. Enjoy free time for shopping in Uzes before returning to your ship. After lunch, the ship cruises to Viviers, arriving later this evening. You may join a “Ghost Walk” through this medieval town, with colorful stories brought to life by local residents. The ship moors overnight in Viviers. (B,L,D)
Day 4VIVIERS – GRIGNAN – TOURNON
After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Grignan, a magnificent hilltop village surrounded by lavender fields. The village’s Renaissance castle provides a commanding view of the area’s beautiful countryside. Enjoy some free time to explore local shops for confections, home-made lavender soaps and other crafts. This afternoon, the ship will cruise to Tournon, arriving early this evening. We moor overnight in Tournon. (B,L,D)
Day 5TOURNON – VIENNE
This morning, visit Cornas, Tournon’s “twin” town located across the Rhône River and linked by a 19th-century suspension bridge. The fertile soil and ideal climate of the region has made Cornas the premier producer of Côtes du Rhône wines, which you will have an opportunity to sample. After lunch, the ship sails to Vienne, situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, arriving early evening. The ship moors overnight in Vienne. (B,L,D)
Day 6VIENNE – LYON
Vienne’s Roman past can be readily seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. This morning, you will have a guided walking tour of Vienne and see the 1st-century Roman Temple of Augustus and Livia, the ruins of a Roman theater, and the medieval churches of St. Andre-Le-Bas and Abbey St. Pierre. As an alternative, you may choose to visit the Chateau Roussillion and Pottery (when available). After lunch, your ship will depart for Lyon, arriving mid-afternoon and mooring overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 7LYON – COLLONGES – BELVILLE – LYON
This morning, your panoramic tour of Lyon will show you the historic section of town known as Vieux Lyon (“Old Lyon”). The ship departs after noon and cruises to Collonges for your excursion through the Beaujolais wine region, the Pays d’Or (“land of the golden stones,” named for the ochre limestone used to build local homes and castles). You will visit the medieval hilltop village of Oingt and the home of a local vintner, where you will enjoy a wine tasting and vineyard tour, and learn about the history of wine production in the region. Rejoin the ship in Belleville and return to Lyon, arriving late tonight. We will moor overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 8LYON - DISEMBARKATION - PARIS - EMBARKATION
After disembarking your ship, you will be treated to a demonstration of Lyonnaise cooking. You will have free time for lunch on your own before boarding a high-speed TGV train that will whisk you through the French countryside to Paris. Upon arriving in Paris, you will be transferred to your ship. We depart later tonight. (B)
Day 9VERNON
Spend the morning enjoying the scenery along the Seine as you cruise to the provincial town of Vernon. In the afternoon you will visit Giverny and the home and gardens of Impressionist master Claude Monet. The artist lived here for more than four decades and immortalized his ponds and flower gardens in some of his most iconic paintings. Alternatively, you will have the opportunity to tour the Palace and Gardens of the Chateau de Bizy (when available). Inspired by Versailles, Chateau de Bizy was constructed as a Royal Chateau and is still home to descendants of Emperor Napoleon. The ship moors overnight in Vernon. (B,L,D)
Day 10VERNON - ROUEN
After a scenic morning cruise on the Seine, arrive in Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy. You will have a choice of two different tours. The first option is to visit Honfleur, a historic and picturesque port with pastel-colored houses that was a favorite subject of artists such as Courbet, Boudin and Monet. The town’s medieval Sainte-Catherine church, with its separate bell tower, is the largest wooden church in France. As an alternative, choose the "Routes des Abbayes" excursion spotlighting Normandy's famous abbeys, more than 100 of which once covered this region. You will visit the ruined abbey in Jumièges as well as St. Wandrille, still a working monastery. (B,L,D)
Day 11ROUEN – NORMANDY BEACHES
Today, you have the choice of three different excursions. “D-Day Remembered” is a full day excursion to the US sector, Omaha and Utah beaches. Your first stop will be Arromanches, with free time to visit the museums and have lunch before visiting St.Laurent-sur-Mer, the US Cemetery at Omaha Beach. The last stop of your excursion is the Ranger monument at Pointe du Hoc before returning to the ship in Rouen. As an alternative, you can tour the Gold, June & Sword beaches in the British and Canadian sectors. Your first stop will be Arromanches, with free time to visit the museums and have lunch before visiting the Juno Beach Centre. Later, you’ll stop at the Pegasus Monument in Ranville. A third option is an excursion to rural Normandy, which includes a visit to the Pays d’Auge and “Routes du Cidre” (the Cider Road). You will visit traditional Norman locales such as Beuvron-en-Auge, Crevecoeur-en-Auge and Crambremer (some of France’s most beautiful villages), and tour a Calvados distillery where you may sample apple cider and apple brandy. The ship moors overnight in Rouen. (B,L,D)
Day 12ROUEN – LES ANDELYS
Enjoy a morning walk through this medieval city and see the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, painted numerous times by Monet, and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred. Afterwards, you will have free time to explore Rouen on your own, perhaps stopping to sample some of Normandy’s famous and delicious cheeses. This afternoon, enjoy scenic cruising on the Seine to Les Andelys. (B,L,D)
Day 13LES ANDELYS – CONFLANS
A stroll along the river in Les Andelys offers beautiful views of the Seine Valley’s dramatic white cliffs, centuries-old half-timbered houses, and the hilltop ruins of Chateau-Gaillard. This former stronghold of Richard the Lionhearted changed hands a number of times during the Hundred Years War. More athletic guests may hike up to visit the ruins of this historic castle before we continue our cruise along the Seine. The ship arrives tonight in Conflans and moors overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 14CONFLANS – PARIS
Today, you have a choice of two excursions. The first option is to visit Chateau Malmaison, former home of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine. Your tour includes the chateau’s interior, gardens and museum. Alternatively, travel to the town of Auvers-sur-Oise, a town famous for the Impressionist painters who lived there in the 19th century – such as Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro and Vincent van Gogh. Your “Artists’ Walk” tour will include many sites associated with their works, including the Auberge Ravoux, former home of Vincent van Gogh. The upstairs room where Van Gogh died has been meticulously preserved. He and his brother Theo are both buried in the nearby town cemetery. The ship departs this afternoon for Paris, arriving in the evening and mooring overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 15PARIS - DISEMBARKATION
Disembark your cruise in Paris. (B)
Day 1PARIS - EMBARKATION
Board your luxurious ship in Paris. Meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2VERNON
Spend the morning enjoying the scenery along the Seine as you cruise to the provincial town of Vernon. In the afternoon you will visit Giverny and the home and gardens of Impressionist master Claude Monet. The artist lived here for more than four decades and immortalized his ponds and flower gardens in some of his most iconic paintings (open seasonally). Alternatively, you will have the opportunity to tour the Palace and Gardens of the Chateau de Bizy (when available). Inspired by Versailles, Chateau de Bizy was constructed as a Royal Chateau and is still home to descendants of Emperor Napoleon. The ship moors overnight in Vernon. (B,L,D)
Day 3VERNON - ROUEN
After a scenic morning cruise on the Seine, arrive in Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy. You will have a choice of two different tours. The first option is to visit Honfleur, a historic and picturesque port with pastel-colored houses that was a favorite subject of artists such as Courbet, Boudin and Monet. The town’s medieval Sainte-Catherine church, with its separate bell tower, is the largest wooden church in France. As an alternative, choose the "Routes des Abbayes" excursion spotlighting Normandy's famous abbeys, more than 100 of which once covered this region. You will visit the ruined abbey in Jumièges as well as St. Wandrille, still a working monastery. (B,L,D)
Day 4ROUEN – NORMANDY BEACHES
Today, you have the choice of three different excursions. “D-Day Remembered” is a full day excursion to the US sector, Omaha and Utah beaches. Your first stop will be Arromanches, with free time to visit the museums and have lunch before visiting St.Laurent-sur-Mer, the US Cemetery at Omaha Beach. The last stop of your excursion is the Ranger monument at Pointe du Hoc before returning to the ship in Rouen. As an alternative, you can tour the Gold, June & Sword beaches in the British and Canadian sectors. Your first stop will be Arromanches, with free time to visit the museums and have lunch before visiting the Juno Beach Centre. Later, you’ll stop at the Pegasus Monument in Ranville. A third option is an excursion to rural Normandy, which includes a visit to the Pays d’Auge and “Routes du Cidre” (the Cider Road). You will visit traditional Norman towns and villages, such as Beuvron-en-Auge, Crevecoeur-en-Auge and Crambremer, some of the most beautiful villages in France, and tour a Calvados distillery where you may sample apple cider and apple brandy. (B,L,D)
Day 5ROUEN – LES ANDELYS
Enjoy a morning walk through this medieval city and see the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, painted numerous times by Monet, and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred. Afterwards, you will have free time to explore Rouen on your own, perhaps stopping to sample some of Normandy’s famous and delicious cheeses. This afternoon, enjoy scenic cruising on the Seine to Les Andelys. (B,L,D)
Day 6LES ANDELYS – CONFLANS
A stroll along the river in Les Andelys offers beautiful views of the Seine Valley’s dramatic white cliffs, centuries-old half-timbered houses, and the hilltop ruins of Chateau-Gaillard. This former stronghold of Richard the Lionhearted changed hands a number of times during the Hundred Years War. More athletic guests may hike up to visit the ruins of this historic castle before we continue our cruise along the Seine. The ship arrives tonight in Conflans. (B,L,D)
Day 7CONFLANS -- PARIS
Today, you have a choice of two excursions. The first option is to visit Chateau Malmaison, former home of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine. Your tour includes the chateau’s interior, gardens and museum. Alternatively, travel to the town of Auvers-sur-Oise, a town famous for the Impressionist painters who lived there in the 19th century – such as Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro and Vincent van Gogh. Your “Artists’ Walk” tour will include many sites associated with their works, including the Auberge Ravoux, former home of Vincent van Gogh. The upstairs room where Van Gogh died has been meticulously preserved. He and his brother Theo are both buried in the nearby town cemetery. The ship departs this afternoon for Paris, arriving in the evening. (B,L,D)
Day 8PARIS - DISEMBARKATION - LYON - EMBARKATION
After disembarking your ship, you will board a TGV high-speed train that will whisk you through the French countryside to Lyon. Nestled between the Saone and Rhone rivers, Lyon is one of France’s most important cities its gastronomic capital. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time for lunch on your own before a private cooking demonstration. Later, transfer to your luxurious ship, where you will gather this evening for a Welcome Dinner. (B,D)
Day 9LYON
Today your panoramic tour of Lyon will take you to Place Bellecour with its equestrian statue of Louis XIV, Place des Terreaux with Bartholdi’s Fountain, and the Town Hall. Afterwards, visit Fourvière, part of the historic region designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as the “Hill of Prayers,” Fourvière is famous for its iconic white Basilica of Notre-Dame, ruins of an ancient Roman theater, and majestic views of the city below. The ship departs for Belville this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 10BELLEVILLE – VIENNE
This morning’s tour will take you through the Beaujolais wine region, also known as the Pays d’Or (“land of the golden stones,” named for the ochre limestone used to build local homes and castles). You will visit the medieval hilltop village of Oingt as well as the home of a local vintner, where you will enjoy a wine tasting, vineyard tour and explanation of the history of the region’s wine production. Return to the ship in the afternoon and continue cruising towards Vienne, where you’ll have a free evening to explore on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 11VIENNE - TOURNON
Situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, Vienne’s Roman past can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. This morning, you will take a mini train tour and see the 1st-century Roman Temple of Augustus and Livia, the ruins of a Roman theater, and the medieval churches of St. Andre-Le-Bas and Abbey St. Pierre. Your ship will depart at midday for Tournon. This evening, explore the town on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 12TOURNON - VIVIERS
This morning, visit Cornas, the premier producer of Côtes du Rhone wines. Enjoy a wine tasting and free time this afternoon to visit the 16th-century castle that is now a town hall. Return to the ship for lunch as we cruise to Viviers. After arriving this evening, you may take a “Ghost Walk” through this medieval town with colorful stories brought to life by local residents. (B,L,D)
Day 13VIVIERS - AVIGNON
After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Grignan, a hilltop village surrounded by lavender fields. The village’s Renaissance castle provides a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. Return to the ship and cruise to Avignon, site of the bridge made famous by the French children’s song “Sur le pont d’Avignon” (“On the Bridge of Avignon”). Seven popes once resided in the magnificent Papal Palace, which you will visit during your walking tour. You will also see the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As an alternative, take an excursion to the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that is a masterpiece of engineering and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour will also visit Uzes, a lovely town known for its castle (still occupied by the Duke of Uzes and his family), medieval streets and picturesque town square. Enjoy free time for shopping before returning to your ship. (B,L,D)
Day 14AVIGNON - LES BAUX - ARLES
This morning, you will arrive in Arles and board a motor coach for an excursion to the village of Les Baux de Provence. The village’s castle has a fascinating exhibit of medieval weapons. Later, visit an olive farm to learn about this age-old Provençal farming tradition. As an alternative, take the “Impressionist Experience” tour to the Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Van Gogh once lived and painted such well-known works as The Irises and Starry Night. You will also visit the Carrieres de Lumieres, a stone quarry that projects European artwork on its walls, including many of Van Gogh’s famous paintings. Late this afternoon, a city tour of Arles takes you to the Romanesque cathedral and the Roman Amphitheater. Another option is a guided bike tour to a Roman museum (capacity controlled).The ship moors overnight in Arles. (B,L,D)
Day 15ARLES - DISEMBARKATION
Disembark your ship in Arles. (B)

 

 

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Important:  Dates, prices & itineraries for 2013 sailings are subject to change.

Port Charges:  $294 per person.

Single Supplement for Cruise:  50% of twin price; Jr. Suites & Suites 100% of twin price.

Single Supplement for Land:  $650 per person.

Bedding:  Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

SHIP(S)

AmaDagio

Christened in 2006, the beautifully-appointed 150-passenger AmaDagio features spacious staterooms, most with French Balconies, whirlpool, Internet/WiFi access and more.

AmaLegro

Christened in 2007, the beautifully-appointed 150-passenger AmaLegro features spacious staterooms, most with French Balconies, whirlpool, Internet/WiFi access and more.

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