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Legendary Wine Regions of the Rhone (Wine Themed)

Spend 3 nights in Barcelona, then savor an enchanting 7-night cruise through Provence, ending with a 3-night stay in Paris.
15 Days – Travel to Barcelona & return from Paris

OVERVIEW

Special Wine Hosts:

March 29 - James Cluer, MW of Fine Vintages, Ltd

November 8 - Gerry and Rosie Wilson of Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula, CA

November 22 - Lee Fuqua of Fuqua Winery

From the magic of Barcelona to the romance of Paris, this wine cruise itinerary is one of our most captivating. Begin with three nights in Barcelona, then transfer to Arles, stopping to visit medieval Perpignan along the way. Overnight aboard your luxurious vessel in Arles, the city where Vincent Van Gogh lived near the end of his life. From Arles, cruise to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avignon, where a wine tasting excursion takes you to the renowned Châteanueufdu-Pape. Continue to Viviers and Tournon, where you will visit the L’Hermitage Winery and also enjoy a chocolate tasting. Cruise to Tournon for a Beaujolais evening, followed by a winery visit and tasting the next day. Your Rhone wine cruise comes to an end in Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France. Enjoy a champagne tasting before embarking on a high-speed TGV train to Paris for your post-cruise program.




  • SELECT DIRECTION:
DayDestinationActivities
1Overnight flight to Spain
2BarcelonaHotel check-in
3BarcelonaFree time
City tour
OR Tapas Tasting tour
4BarcelonaOptional Montserrat excursion
5BarcelonaTransfer to Arles
PerpignanFree time
ArlesEMBARKATION
Welcome Aboard Wine Toast
6ArlesLes Baux excursion
OR "Impressionist Experience" tour
Olive farm tour with tasting
City tour
Onboard wine lecture & tasting
7AvignonWalking tour & Papal Palace
OR Pont du Gard & Uzes excursion
Visit to Châteanueuf-du-Pape
ViviersGhost walk
8ViviersGrignan excursion
Onboard wine lecture & tasting
TournonWinery visit
9TournonChocolate & red wine pairing at Tournon Castle
Onboard wine lecture & tasting
Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs Dinner with wine pairing
10VienneWalking tour
11LyonCity tour
Fourvière visit
CollongesBeaujolais vineyard tour & wine tasting
12LyonDISEMBARKATION
Champagne tasting
OR Lyonnaise cooking demonstration
High-speed TGV from Lyon to Paris
ParisHotel check-in
Optional “Montmartre & Illuminations” tour
13ParisCity tour
Optional “Parisian Cabaret at Paradis Latin”
14ParisFree time
Optional “Seine cruise and Montparnasse Tower” tou
15ParisReturn flight home
DayDestinationActivities
1ArlesEMBARKATION
Welcome Aboard Wine Toast
2ArlesLes Baux excursion
OR "Impressionist Experience" tour
Olive farm tour with tasting
City tour
Onboard wine lecture & tasting
3AvignonWalking tour & Papal Palace
OR Pont du Gard & Uzes excursion
Visit to Châteanueuf-du-Pape
ViviersGhost walk
4ViviersGrignan excursion
Onboard wine lecture & tasting
TournonWinery visit
5TournonChocolate & red wine pairing at Tournon Castle
Onboard wine lecture & tasting
Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs Dinner with wine pairing
6VienneWalking tour
7LyonCity tour
Fourvière visit
CollongesBeaujolais vineyard tour & wine tasting
8LyonDISEMBARKATION

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 3 nights hotel in Paris at the Pullman Paris Montparnasse (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Transfer to Lyon via High-speed TGV train
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom, most with French balconies
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily
  • “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
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from France'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
  • Motorcoach from Arles to Perpignan and on to Barcelona
  • 3 nights hotel in Barcelona at the Grand Marina (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and 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, the iconic tree-lined boulevard at the heart of the city. You will explore the Gothic Quarter, 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 Tasting” tour, where you will visit tapas bars to sample local favorites and take a guided tour of the Market of la Boqueria. (B)
Day 4BARCELONA
Enjoy a full day at your leisure, or take part in an optional excursion to Montserrat, where you will visit 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, France, close to the Mediterranean. Here, you will have 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 for a Welcome Dinner. (B,D)
Day 6ARLES - LES BAUX - AVIGNON
This morning, you will arrive in Arles and board a motor coach for an excursion to the hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence. The village’s castle provides a fascinating exhibit of medieval siege weaponry. As an alternative, take the “Impressionist Expressions” excursion to the Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Van Gogh painted such well-known works as The Irises and Starry Night. Later, visit an olive farm to learn about this age-old Provençal farming tradition. Late this afternoon, your city tour of Arles takes you to the Romanesque cathedral and the Roman Amphitheater. This evening cruise to nearby Avignon. As your ship docks, look for the Avignon Bridge, made famous by the French children’s song “Sur le pont d’Avignon” (“On the Bridge of Avignon”). Enjoy a wine lecture and tasting this evening. (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 a picturesque town square. Enjoy free time for shopping in Uzes before returning to your ship. In the afternoon, visit the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape then cruise to Viviers. Arriving this evening, you will enjoy a “Ghost Walk” and hear tales of the town’s history and legends. The ship moors overnight in Viviers (B,L,D)
Day 8VIVIERS - TOURNON
After breakfast, you’ll have an excursion to Grignan, a magnificent hilltop village surrounded by lavender fields. The village’s Renaissance castle provides a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. Enjoy some free time to explore local shops for confections, home-made lavender soaps and other crafts. Rejoin the ship in Le Pouzine, then cruise to Tournon as you enjoy an onboard wine lecture. This evening, enjoy a winery visit in Tournon. (B,L,D)
Day 9TOURNON - VIENNE
This morning, enjoy a chocolate tasting and wine tour in Tournon. Enjoy free time this afternoon to visit the 16th-century castle which is now a town hall. You will have an onboard wine lecture this afternoon and arrive this evening in Vienne. Situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, Vienne has a significant Roman history, which is highlighted by its marvelously preserved ruins and remains. This evening, enjoy a sumptuous Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs Dinner with wine pairing. (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. After lunch, your ship will depart for Lyon, arriving mid-afternoon. The ship moors overnight in Lyon. (B,L,D)
Day 11LYON – COLLONGES – BELLEVILLE – LYON
This morning, your panoramic tour of Lyon will take you to the Place Bellecour with its equestrian statue of Louis XIV, the Place des Terreaux with Bartholdi’s Fountain, and the Town Hall. Afterwards, visit Fourvière, part of the historic region designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as the “Hill of Prayers,” Fourvière is famous for its iconic white Basilica of Notre-Dame, ruins of a Roman theater, and majestic views of the city below. 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 (B,L,D)
Day 12LYON - DISEMBARKATION - PARIS, FRANCE
After disembarking the ship, guests continuing on to Paris will be treated to a Champagne tasting or a demonstration of Lyonnaise cooking. You will then have free time for lunch on your own before transferring to the train station to board a TGV high-speed train that will whisk you through the French countryside to Paris. Upon arrival in Paris, you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening, an optional “Montmartre & Illuminations” tour is available. (B)
Day 13PARIS
Enjoy Paris’ famous sights during this morning's guided tour where you will see the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde, and the Eiffel Tower. Conclude your visit at the famous Notre Dame Cathedral. The afternoon is free for you to explore the “City of Lights.” This evening, an optional “Parisian Cabaret at Paradis Latin” dinner show is available. (B)
Day 14PARIS
Enjoy your last full day in Paris at your leisure. You may also take an optional “Seine Cruise & Montparnasse Tower” tour this morning. (B).
Day 15DEPART PARIS
Your splendid vacation comes to an end as you 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 arrive in Arles and board a motor coach for an excursion to the hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence. The village’s castle provides a fascinating exhibit of medieval siege weaponry. As an alternative, take the “Impressionist Expressions” excursion to the Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Van Gogh painted such well-known works as The Irises and Starry Night. Later, visit an olive farm to learn about this age-old Provençal farming tradition. Late this afternoon, your city tour of Arles takes you to the Romanesque cathedral and the Roman Amphitheater. This evening cruise to nearby Avignon. As your ship docks, look for the Avignon Bridge, made famous by the French children’s song “Sur le pont d’Avignon” (“On the Bridge of Avignon”). Enjoy a wine lecture and tasting this evening. (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 a picturesque town square. Enjoy free time for shopping in Uzes before returning to your ship. In the afternoon, visit the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape then cruise to Viviers. Arriving this evening, you will enjoy a “Ghost Walk” and hear tales of the town’s history and legends. The ship moors overnight in Viviers (B,L,D)
Day 4VIVIERS - TOURNON
After breakfast, you’ll have an excursion to Grignan, a magnificent hilltop village surrounded by lavender fields. The village’s Renaissance castle provides a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. Enjoy some free time to explore local shops for confections, home-made lavender soaps and other crafts. Rejoin the ship in Le Pouzine, then cruise to Tournon as you enjoy an onboard wine lecture. This evening, enjoy a winery visit in Tournon. (B,L,D)
Day 5TOURNON - VIENNE
This morning, enjoy a chocolate tasting and wine tour in Tournon. Enjoy free time this afternoon to visit the 16th-century castle which is now a town hall. You will have an onboard wine lecture this afternoon and arrive this evening in Vienne. Situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, Vienne has a significant Roman history, which is highlighted by its marvelously preserved ruins and remains. This evening, enjoy a sumptuous Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs Dinner with wine pairing. (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. After lunch, your ship will depart for Lyon, arriving mid-afternoon. The ship moors overnight in Lyon. (B,L,D)
Day 7LYON – COLLONGES – BELLEVILLE – LYON
This morning, your panoramic tour of Lyon will take you to the Place Bellecour with its equestrian statue of Louis XIV, the Place des Terreaux with Bartholdi’s Fountain, and the Town Hall. Afterwards, visit Fourvière, part of the historic region designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as the “Hill of Prayers,” Fourvière is famous for its iconic white Basilica of Notre-Dame, ruins of a Roman theater, and majestic views of the city below. 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 (B,L,D)
Day 8LYON - DISEMBARKATION
Disembark your cruise in Lyon. (B)

 

 

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

Port Charges:  $147 per person.

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

Single Supplement for Land:  $780 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.

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