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Provence & Spain

Spend 3 nights in Paris, travel by high-speed TGV train to Lyon, then embark upon an enchanting 7-night cruise through Provence, ending with 3 nights in Barcelona
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14 Days – Travel to Paris and return from Barcelona or reverse

OVERVIEW

From the magic of Paris to the romance of Barcelona, this itinerary is truly captivating. Begin with three nights in Paris, then travel in style aboard the high-speed TGV train to Lyon. From there, cruise through France’s legendary wine growing regions, home to such famous vintages as Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône. Marvel at ancient Roman ruins, stroll through medieval villages and shop for Provencal crafts. Your itinerary includes the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avignon as well as Arles, the city where Vincent Van Gogh spent much of his life. Conclude your journey with three nights in magnificent Barcelona.


  • SELECT DIRECTION:
DayDestinationActivities
1ParisHotel check-in
2ParisCity tour
3ParisFree time
4ParisTGV high-speed train to Lyon
LyonCooking demonstration
EMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
5LyonCity tour
Free time
6CollongesBeaujolais excursion
VienneFree evening
7VienneWalking tour
OR ViaRhôna bike tour
OR Mount Pipet hike
8TournonSteam train ride
OR Red wine and chocolate tasting
OR Hermitage hike and wine tasting
ViviersGhost Walk
OR Boulangerie Baker's Experience
9AvignonGrignan excursion and truffle farm visit
Walking tour and Papal Palace
OR Pont du Gard
OR Provencal cooking lesson
10ArlesLes Baux and olive farm excursion
OR Artist Experience tour
Walking tour
OR Bike tour
11ArlesDISEMBARKATION
PerpignanFree time for lunch
Transfer to Barcelona
BarcelonaHotel check-in
12BarcelonaCity tour
13BarcelonaFree time
14BarcelonaReturn flight home
DayDestinationActivities
1BarcelonaHotel check-in
2BarcelonaCity tour
3BarcelonaFree time
4BarcelonaTransfer to Arles
PerpignanFree time
ArlesEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
5ArlesLes Baux excursion and olive farm visit
OR Artist Experience tour
Walking tour
6AvignonWalking tour and Papal Palace
OR Pont du Gard
ViviersGhost walk
OR Boulangerie Baker's Experience
7ViviersGrignan excursion and truffle farm visit
8TournonSteam train ride
OR Red wine and chocolate tasting
OR Hermitage hike and wine tasting
9VienneWalking tour
OR ViaRhôna bike tour
OR Mount Pipet hike
LyonCity tour
OR Les Halles Market
10LyonMorning at leisure
CollongesBeaujolais excursion
11LyonDISEMBARKATION
Cooking demonstration
TVG high-speed train to Paris
ParisHotel check-in
12ParisCity tour
13ParisFree Time
14ParisReturn flight home
DayDestinationActivities
1LyonEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
2LyonCity tour
Free time
3CollongesBeaujolais excursion
VienneFree evening
4VienneWalking tour
OR ViaRhôna bike tour
OR Mount Pipet hike
5TournonSteam train ride
OR Red wine and chocolate tasting
OR Hermitage hike and wine tasting
ViviersGhost Walk
OR Boulangerie Baker's Experience
6AvignonGrignan excursion and truffle farm visit
Walking tour and Papal Palace
OR Pont du Gard
OR Provencal cooking lesson
7ArlesLes Baux and olive farm excursion
OR Artist Experience tour
Walking tour
OR Bike tour
8ArlesDISEMBARKATION
DayDestinationActivities
1ArlesEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
2ArlesLes Baux excursion and olive farm visit
OR Artist Experience tour
Walking tour
3AvignonWalking tour and Papal Palace
OR Pont du Gard
ViviersGhost walk
OR Boulangerie Baker's Experience
4ViviersGrignan excursion and truffle farm visit
5TournonSteam train ride
OR Red wine and chocolate tasting
OR Hermitage hike and wine tasting
6VienneWalking tour
OR ViaRhôna bike tour
OR Mount Pipet hike
LyonCity tour
OR Les Halles Market
7LyonMorning at leisure
CollongesBeaujolais excursion
8LyonDISEMBARKATION

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 3 nights hotel in Paris at the Pullman Paris Montparnasse (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel to Lyon via high-speed TGV train
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom, most with French balconies
  • Shore excursions in every port with personal headset included
  • Limited Edition Tours
  • Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Multiple dining venues
  • Unlimited red and white wines from France's great wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Motorcoach from the ship in Arles to Perpignan and on to Barcelona
  • 3 nights hotel in Barcelona at the Le Meridien (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own and 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)
  • Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways
  • All local taxes

DETAILED ITINERARY


Select Direction:       or  

Day 1ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE
Arrive in Paris and check in to your hotel. The balance of the day is yours to start exploring this beautiful city.
Day 2PARIS
Today, you’ll visit Notre Dame and then enjoy some free time to explore the “City of Light.” Afterwards, you’ll see some of the most famous sights on a panoramic city tour, followed by a photo stop at Champs de Mars for views of the Eiffel Tower. (B)
Day 3PARIS
Today is yours to enjoy however you wish. Explore Paris’ multitude of landmarks, museums, cafes and shops. (B)
Day 4PARIS - LYON - EMBARKATION
After checking out of your hotel, you will board the TGV high-speed train that will whisk you through the French countryside to Lyon. Nestled between the Saône and Rhone rivers, Lyon is one of France’s most important cities and its gastronomic capital. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time for lunch on your own before an exclusive hands-on cooking lesson. Later, transfer to your luxurious ship, where you will gather with your fellow travelers at tonight’s festive Welcome Dinner. (B,D)
Day 5LYON
Today, you will visit Fourvière Hill, part of the city’s historic region that is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. After some free time to see Notre Dame Basilica and take in majestic views of Lyon, you will join a panoramic tour that will take you past the Place Bellecour with its equestrian statue of Louis XIV, Place des Terreaux with Bartholdi’s Fountain and the Town Hall. Later, enjoy a walking tour of Old Lyon. (B,L,D)
Day 6COLLONGES – VIENNE
This morning’s tour will take you through the enchanting Beaujolais wine region, also known as the Pays d’Or or “land of the golden stones,” named for the richly colored 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 who will invite you for a wine tasting and vineyard tour as he shares the history of the region’s wine production. Return to the ship in the afternoon and continue cruising towards Vienne. Upon arrival, make the most of your free time and venture about on your own or simply unwind on board. (B,L,D)
Day 7VIENNE - TOURNON
Situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, Vienne’s Roman past can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. This morning, choose from one of three options to explore Vienne this morning. Your first option is to take a walking tour and see an ancient Roman temple, the ruins of a Roman theater, and the medieval Abbey Church of St. Pierre, today an Archaeological Museum. Your second option is a guided bike tour along a portion of the ViaRhôna bike route. Your third option is a guided hike from the ship up to the Monastery at Mount Pipet and back. Your ship departs at midday for Tournon. (B,L,D)
Day 8TOURNON - VIVIERS
You have one of three options in which to enjoy your morning in Tournon. Your first option is an exciting ride in a panoramic train car as you discover the magnificent landscape carved along the Gorge du Doux. After riding through the gorge, you will stop at the charming little station of Colombier le Vieux-Saint Barthélemy le Plain, where you can watch the train maneuver in preparation for its return journey. Your second option is a visit to Le Chateau de Tournon for a very special presentation and tasting with a local expert on the paring of red wine and chocolate. Your third option is a hike followed by a wine tasting in the village of Tain Hermitage. After arriving this evening in Viviers, you may take a Ghost Walk tour through this medieval town, with colorful stories brought to life by local residents. Alternatively, join the Boulangerie Baker’s Experience and visit a local bakery to learn the process of making baguettes and nougat from start to finish. End your experience by tasting fresh baked bread. (B,L,D)
Day 9VIVIERS - AVIGNON
This morning, join an excursion to Grigan, a hilltop village surrounded by lavender fields. The village’s Renaissance castle provides a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. Afterwards, you will visit a truffle farm and learn about truffle harvesting. This afternoon, you’ll have a choice of one of three different activities. Your first option is to travel by motor coach to Avignon, site of the bridge made famous by the French children’s song "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. Your second option is to take an excursion to the impressive Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that is a masterpiece of ancient engineering and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your third option is a Provencal Cooking Lesson with a local chef where you will learn how to prepare a savory Provencal dish. (B,L,D)
Day 10AVIGNON - 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. Alternatively, take the Artist Experience tour to the the Carrières de Lumières, a stone quarry that projects artwork on its walls, and then Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Van Gogh once lived and painted such well-known works as The Irises and Starry Night. Later this afternoon, you have your choice between a city tour of Arles that will show you the city’s top sights, including the Romanesque cathedral and Roman amphitheater, or a guided bike tour through to the Roman ruins. The ship moors overnight in Arles. (B,L,D)
Day 11ARLES - DISEMBARKATION - BARCELONA, SPAIN
Disembark your ship in Arles and transfer to Barcelona. Along the way, you will stop in the medieval French town of Perpignan, where you will have free time for lunch and exploring on your own. (B)
Day 12BARCELONA
Your full day in Barcelona begins with a driving tour to the Gothic Quarter in the medieval center of the city. Next, you will go to the top of Montjuic Hill where you will enjoy glorious views of the city below. During your tour, you will see some of Antoni Gaudi’s unique architectural works, 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. The evening is yours to explore Barcelona on your own. (B)
Day 13BARCELONA
Your last day in Barcelona is yours to explore at your leisure. (B)
Day 14DEPART BARCELONA
Bid farewell to Barcelona and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Day 1ARRIVE 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 2BARCELONA
Your full day in Barcelona begins with a driving tour to the Gothic Quarter in the medieval center of the city. Next, you will go to the top of Montjuic Hill where you will enjoy glorious views of the city below. During your tour, you will see some of Antoni Gaudi’s unique architectural works, 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. The evening is yours to explore Barcelona on your own. (B)
Day 3BARCELONA
Enjoy a full day at your leisure. (B)
Day 4BARCELONA - 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. (B,D)
Day 5ARLES - LES BAUX - AVIGNON
This morning, 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. Alternatively, take the Artist Experience tour to the the Carrières de Lumières, a stone quarry that projects artwork on its walls, and then Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Van Gogh once lived and painted such well-known works as The Irises and Starry Night. Later this afternoon, join a city tour of Arles that will show you the city’s top sights, including the Romanesque cathedral and Roman amphitheater. Early this evening cruise to Avignon. 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”). (B,L,D)
Day 6AVIGNON - VIVIERS
This morning, arrive in Avignon, where 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. You may also opt to take an excursion to the impressive Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that is a masterpiece of ancient engineering and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch, the ship cruises to Viviers. Upon arrival you may take a Ghost Walk tour through this medieval town, with colorful stories brought to life by local residents. Alternatively, join the Boulangerie Baker’s Experience and visit a local bakery to learn the process of making baguettes and nougat from start to finish. End your experience by tasting fresh baked bread. (B,L,D)
Day 7VIVIERS – 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, homemade lavender soaps and other crafts. You will also have the opportunity to visit a truffle farm and learn about truffle harvesting. The ship will then cruise to Tournon, arriving early this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 8TOURNON - VIENNE
You have one of three options in which to enjoy your morning in Tournon. Your first option is an exciting ride in a panoramic train car as you discover the magnificent landscape carved along the Gorge du Doux. After riding through the gorge, you will stop at the charming little station of Colombier le Vieux-Saint Barthélemy le Plain, where you can watch the train maneuver in preparation for its return journey. Your second option is a visit to Le Chateau de Tournon for a very special presentation and tasting with a local expert on the paring of red wine and chocolate. Your third option is hike followed by a wine tasting in the village of Tain Hermitage. After lunch, the ship sails to Vienne, situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, arriving early evening. (B,L,D)
Day 9VIENNE – LYON
Situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, Vienne’s Roman past can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. You have three options in which to explore Vienne this morning. Your first option is to take a walking tour and see an ancient Roman temple, the ruins of a Roman theater, and the medieval Abbey Church of St. Pierre, today an Archaeological Museum. Your second option is a guided bike tour along a portion of the ViaRhôna bike route. Your third option is a guided hike from the ship up to the Monastery at Mount Pipet and back. After lunch, your ship will depart for Lyon. Upon arrival, you may choose to join a city tour and visit Fourvière Hill, part of the city’s historic region that is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. After some free time to see Notre Dame Basilica and take in majestic views of Lyon, you will join a panoramic tour that will take you past the Place Bellecour with its equestrian statue of Louis XIV, Place des Terreaux with Bartholdi’s Fountain and the Town Hall. Afterwards, enjoy a walking tour of Old Lyon. Alternatively, visit Les Halles market for a tasting of various meats, cheeses, wine and pastries. The ship moors overnight in Lyon. (B,L,D)
Day 10LYON – COLLONGES
Enjoy a morning at leisure in Lyon before the ship departs in the early afternoon. Cruise 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. (B,L,D)
Day 11LYON - DISEMBARKATION - PARIS, FRANCE
After disembarking the ship, guests continuing on to Paris will be treated to an exclusive hands-on cooking lesson. 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 hotel. (B)
Day 12PARIS
Today, you’ll visit Notre Dame and then enjoy some free time to explore the “City of Light.” Afterwards, you’ll see some of the most famous sights on a panoramic city tour, followed by a photo stop at Champs de Mars for views of the Eiffel Tower. (B)
Day 13PARIS
Enjoy your last full day in Paris at your leisure. (B)
Day 14DEPART PARIS
Your splendid vacation comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Day 1LYON - EMBARKATION
Board your cruise in Lyon. Gather this evening on board for a Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2LYON
Today, you will visit Fourvière Hill, part of the city’s historic region that is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. After some free time to see Notre Dame Basilica and take in majestic views of Lyon, you will join a panoramic tour that will take you past the Place Bellecour with its equestrian statue of Louis XIV, Place des Terreaux with Bartholdi’s Fountain and the Town Hall. Later, enjoy a walking tour of Old Lyon. (B,L,D)
Day 3COLLONGES – VIENNE
This morning’s tour will take you through the enchanting Beaujolais wine region, also known as the Pays d’Or or “land of the golden stones,” named for the richly colored 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 who will invite you for a wine tasting and vineyard tour as he shares the history of the region’s wine production. Return to the ship in the afternoon and continue cruising towards Vienne. Upon arrival, make the most of your free time and venture about on your own or simply unwind on board. (B,L,D)
Day 4VIENNE - TOURNON
Situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, Vienne’s Roman past can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. This morning, choose from one of three options to explore Vienne this morning. Your first option is to take a walking tour and see an ancient Roman temple, the ruins of a Roman theater, and the medieval Abbey Church of St. Pierre, today an Archaeological Museum. Your second option is a guided bike tour along a portion of the ViaRhôna bike route. Your third option is a guided hike from the ship up to the Monastery at Mount Pipet and back. Your ship departs at midday for Tournon. (B,L,D)
Day 5TOURNON - VIVIERS
You have one of three options in which to enjoy your morning in Tournon. Your first option is an exciting ride in a panoramic train car as you discover the magnificent landscape carved along the Gorge du Doux. After riding through the gorge, you will stop at the charming little station of Colombier le Vieux-Saint Barthélemy le Plain, where you can watch the train maneuver in preparation for its return journey. Your second option is a visit to Le Chateau de Tournon for a very special presentation and tasting with a local expert on the paring of red wine and chocolate. Your third option is a hike followed by a wine tasting in the village of Tain Hermitage. After arriving this evening in Viviers, you may take a Ghost Walk tour through this medieval town, with colorful stories brought to life by local residents. Alternatively, join the Boulangerie Baker’s Experience and visit a local bakery to learn the process of making baguettes and nougat from start to finish. End your experience by tasting fresh baked bread. (B,L,D)
Day 6VIVIERS - AVIGNON
This morning, join an excursion to Grigan, a hilltop village surrounded by lavender fields. The village’s Renaissance castle provides a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. Afterwards, you will visit a truffle farm and learn about truffle harvesting. This afternoon, you’ll have a choice of one of three different activities. Your first option is to travel by motor coach to Avignon, site of the bridge made famous by the French children’s song "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. Your second option is to take an excursion to the impressive Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that is a masterpiece of ancient engineering and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your third option is a Provencal Cooking Lesson with a local chef where you will learn how to prepare a savory Provencal dish. (B,L,D)
Day 7AVIGNON - 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. Alternatively, take the Artist Experience tour to the the Carrières de Lumières, a stone quarry that projects artwork on its walls, and then Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Van Gogh once lived and painted such well-known works as The Irises and Starry Night. Later this afternoon, you have your choice between a city tour of Arles that will show you the city’s top sights, including the Romanesque cathedral and Roman amphitheater, or a guided bike tour through to the Roman ruins. The ship moors overnight in Arles. (B,L,D)
Day 8ARLES - DISEMBARKATION
Disembark your ship in Arles. (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, 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. Alternatively, take the Artist Experience tour to the the Carrières de Lumières, a stone quarry that projects artwork on its walls, and then Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Van Gogh once lived and painted such well-known works as The Irises and Starry Night. Later this afternoon, join a city tour of Arles that will show you the city’s top sights, including the Romanesque cathedral and Roman amphitheater. Early this evening cruise to Avignon. 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”). (B,L,D)
Day 3AVIGNON - VIVIERS
This morning, arrive in Avignon, where 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. You may also opt to take an excursion to the impressive Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that is a masterpiece of ancient engineering and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch, the ship cruises to Viviers. Upon arrival you may take a Ghost Walk tour through this medieval town, with colorful stories brought to life by local residents. Alternatively, join the Boulangerie Baker’s Experience and visit a local bakery to learn the process of making baguettes and nougat from start to finish. End your experience by tasting fresh baked bread. (B,L,D)
Day 4VIVIERS – 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, homemade lavender soaps and other crafts. You will also have the opportunity to visit a truffle farm and learn about truffle harvesting. The ship will then cruise to Tournon, arriving early this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 5TOURNON - VIENNE
You have one of three options in which to enjoy your morning in Tournon. Your first option is an exciting ride in a panoramic train car as you discover the magnificent landscape carved along the Gorge du Doux. After riding through the gorge, you will stop at the charming little station of Colombier le Vieux-Saint Barthélemy le Plain, where you can watch the train maneuver in preparation for its return journey. Your second option is a visit to Le Chateau de Tournon for a very special presentation and tasting with a local expert on the paring of red wine and chocolate. Your third option is hike followed by a wine tasting in the village of Tain Hermitage. After lunch, the ship sails to Vienne, situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, arriving early evening. (B,L,D)
Day 6VIENNE – LYON
Situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, Vienne’s Roman past can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. You have three options in which to explore Vienne this morning. Your first option is to take a walking tour and see an ancient Roman temple, the ruins of a Roman theater, and the medieval Abbey Church of St. Pierre, today an Archaeological Museum. Your second option is a guided bike tour along a portion of the ViaRhôna bike route. Your third option is a guided hike from the ship up to the Monastery at Mount Pipet and back. After lunch, your ship will depart for Lyon. Upon arrival, you may choose to join a city tour and visit Fourvière Hill, part of the city’s historic region that is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. After some free time to see Notre Dame Basilica and take in majestic views of Lyon, you will join a panoramic tour that will take you past the Place Bellecour with its equestrian statue of Louis XIV, Place des Terreaux with Bartholdi’s Fountain and the Town Hall. Afterwards, enjoy a walking tour of Old Lyon. Alternatively, visit Les Halles market for a tasting of various meats, cheeses, wine and pastries. The ship moors overnight in Lyon. (B,L,D)
Day 7LYON – COLLONGES
Enjoy a morning at leisure in Lyon before the ship departs in the early afternoon. Cruise 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. (B,L,D)
Day 8LYON - DISEMBARKATION
Disembark your cruise in Lyon. (B)

 

 

DATES & RATES

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Aug 1ParisAug 2AmaDagioLyonAug 5$3,599$5,399Has Sailed
Aug 8 BarcelonaAug 9AmaDagioArlesAug 12$3,599$5,399Has Sailed
Aug 15ParisAug 16AmaDagioLyonAug 19$3,699$5,499Has Sailed
Aug 22BarcelonaAug 23AmaDagioArlesAug 26$3,799$5,599Has Sailed
Aug 29ParisAug 30AmaDagioLyonSep 2$3,899$5,699Has Sailed
Sep 5BarcelonaSep 6AmaDagioArlesSep 9$3,899$5,699Has Sailed
Sep 12ParisSep 13AmaDagioLyonSep 16$3,899$5,699Has Sailed
Sep 26ParisSep 27AmaDagioLyonSep 30$3,899$5,699Click to view upgrades
Oct 3BarcelonaOct 4AmaDagioArlesOct 7$3,799$5,599Click to view upgrades
Oct 17BarcelonaOct 18AmaDagioArlesOct 21$3,499$5,299Click to view upgrades
Oct 24ParisOct 25AmaDagioLyonOct 28$3,399$5,199Click to view upgrades
Oct 31BarcelonaNov 1AmaDagioArlesNov 4$3,199$4,999Click to view upgrades
Nov 7ParisNov 8AmaDagioLyonNov 11$3,099 $4,899 Click to view upgrades
Nov 14 BarcelonaNov 15AmaDagioArlesNov 18$3,099 $4,899 Click to view upgrades

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

Port Charges:  $168 per person.

Single Supplement for Cruise:  50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.

Single Supplement for Land:  $900 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).


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SHIP(S)

AmaDagio

Christened in 2006, the beautifully-appointed 148-passenger AmaDagio features spacious staterooms, most with French Balconies, whirlpool, Internet/WiFi access and more.

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SHOREX


PARIS CITY TOUR
  • Excursion Time: Morning
  • Duration: 4 hrs
  • Level of Difficulty : 2-3
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 1 hr 30 mins

Summary of Excursion

Enjoy Paris’ most famous sights during this morning’s panoramic tour. Begin first with a visit to the famous Notre Dame Cathedral where you will have time to wander inside and admire its awe-inspiring beauty. Afterwards, continue on through Paris and see such sights as the Champs Élysées with its cinemas, sidewalk cafés and luxury specialty shops, the Arc du Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. This afternoon is free to explore the city as you choose, perhaps to visit the Louvre with its iconic glass pyramid, stroll along the boulevards of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, or enjoy a croissant at one of the city’s legendary cafés, les Deux Magots or Café de Flore.

What you will see:

Latin Quarter, Place de la Concorde, Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Musée d’Orsay, Louvre

Photo stop:

View the Eiffel Tower from Champs des Mars & Les Invalides

What you will visit:

Notre Dame Cathedral


PARIS TO LYON TGV TRANSFER & LYON COOKING DEMONSTRATION
  • Excursion Time: Full Day
  • Duration: 6 hrs 45 mins
  • Level of Difficulty : 1
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 1 hr
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 1 hr
  • Duration of Train Ride: 2 hrs 10 mins

Summary of Excursion

After checking out of your hotel, you will be taken to Gare de Lyon station to board the TGV. The TGV is a high speed train that travels up to 190 mph, whisking you through the French countryside to Lyon. Nestled between the Saone and Rhone Rivers, Lyon is one of France’s most important cities. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time for lunch on your own and an included cooking demonstration of regional cuisine and culinary techniques. Lyon is rapidly gaining a reputation as the capital of gastronomy in France, known for specialties such as Beef Lyonnaise and Fish Quenelles. Later, you’ll be transferred to your luxurious river cruise ship, the AMADAGIO.

What you will see:

Demonstration of Lyonnaise Cooking


LYON CITY TOUR
  • Excursion Time: Morning
  • Duration: 4 hrs
  • Level of Difficulty : 2
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 2 hrs
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 1 hr

Summary of Excursion

This tour starts by leading you up Fourvière Hill to see the 19th century basilica Notre Dame de Fourvière as well as a fantastic view of Lyon. Back down at the foot of Fourvière Hill you will find the old town of Lyon (Vieux Lyon), filled with charm and character and beautiful Gothic and Renaissance houses. During a guided walk through the St Jean district, you will be introduced to the city’s unique covered walkways, known as ‘traboules.’ Later, we will drive along the river for a panoramic tour of the peninsula, the city center of Lyon.

What you will see:

Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Théâtre Romains de Fourvière, Vieux Lyon

What you will visit:

UNESCO World Heritage Site – “Historic Site of Lyon”


BEAUJOLAIS EXCURSION
  • Excursion Time: Morning
  • Duration: 4 hrs 15 mins
  • Level of Difficulty : 1-2
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 2 hrs
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 1 hr

Summary of Excursion

This morning’s tour will take you past the châteaux, fields and vineyards of the Golden Stone region, and visit the medieval, hilltop village of Oingt. Another highlight of the tour is a visit to a traditional Beaujolais winery. Join a specialist from the winery as they share with you the history and techniques of their vineyard, techniques often passed down from generation to generation. Of course, what would a visit to a vineyard be without a sampling of their famed wines?

What you will see:

Beaujolais wine area vineyards

What you will visit:

Village of Oingt, Beaujolais Winery

Guests may select TOUR A or TOUR B or TOUR C

VIENNE WALKING TOUR (TOUR A)
  • Excursion Time: Morning
  • Duration: 2 hrs
  • Level of Difficulty : 1
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 1 hr 45 mins

Summary of Excursion

Vienne was once a Roman colony and you will see one of the city’s most important monuments, the amazingly well-preserved August and Livia Temple. The temple was built in honor of Caesar Augustus, son of Julius Caesar, and his wife, Livia. Vienne was also an important religious center in medieval time, a legacy still evident in the Saint-Maurice Cathedral, a Gothic church that took more than 500 years to build. Also you visit the St. Pierre Abbey – one of the oldest surviving churches in France. Nowadays it’s a museum.

What you will see:

Temple of Augustus, Saint-Maurice Cathedral, Saint Andres-le-bas

What you will visit:

Abbey St. Pierre


VIENNE HIKE UP TO MOUNT PIPET (TOUR B)
  • Excursion Time: Morning
  • Duration: 2 hrs
  • Level of Difficulty : 5
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 2 hrs, 3 miles

Summary of Excursion

If you are interested in exercising your legs this morning, you may choose to go on our hike up to Mount Pipet. Your tour begins with walking through Vienne and seeing some of the classic sights of the town, such as the Temple of Augustus and the Saint-Maurice Cathedral. Then your walk goes up hill until you arrive at the top of Mount Pipet where you will get panoramic views of the surrounding area.

What you will see:

Temple of Augustus, Saint-Maurice Cathedral, Panoramic Views from Mount Pipet

Please Note:

This hiking tour is capacity controlled. Please see your Cruise Manager once on board for more information.


VIENNE BIKE TOUR (TOUR C)
  • Excursion Time: Morning
  • Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Level of Difficulty : 5
  • Duration of Bike Tour: 2 hrs 30 mins, 15.5 miles

Summary of Excursion

The Vienne Bike Tour offers you a way to get out of town. Your guide will take you from your ship to ride a portion of the ViaRhona bike route – a bike route that will eventually connect the Swiss Alps to the Mediterranean Basin. Our tour will have you peddle along the banks of the Rhone passing by pleasant vineyards and orchards.

What you will see:

ViaRhona Bike Route, French Countryside

Please Note:

This bike tour is capacity controlled. Please see your Cruise Manager once on board for more information.

Guests may select TOUR A or TOUR B or TOUR C

STEAM TRAIN DES GORGES (TOUR A)
  • Excursion Time: Morning
  • Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Level of Difficulty : 2
  • Duration of Train Ride: 1 hr
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 30 mins

Summary of Excursion

Take an exciting ride in a panoramic train car as you discover the magnificent landscape carved along the Gorge du Doux. After riding through the gorge, you will stop at the charming little station of Colombier le Vieux-Saint Barthélemy le Plain, where you can watch the train maneuver in preparation for its return journey.


LIMITED EDITION TOUR: RED WINE & CHOCOLATE (TOUR B)
  • Excursion Time: Morning
  • Duration: 3 hrs 15 mins
  • Level of Difficulty : 2
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 15 mins

Summary of Excursion

Pairing the right wine with the right chocolate can be a match made in heaven! Visit Le Chateau de Tournon for a very special presentation and tasting with a local expert on the paring of red wine and chocolate.

What you will visit:

Le Chateau de Tournon

Please Note:

This Limited Edition Tour is capacity controlled; please refer to the Limited Edition Tours section at the beginning of this booklet for sign-up information.


LIMITED EDITION TOUR: HERMITAGE WINE TASTING (TOUR C)
  • Excursion Time: Morning
  • Duration: 3 hrs
  • Level of Difficulty : 2
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 30 mins

Summary of Excursion

Begin your morning with a short walking tour of Tain-l’Hermitage. A popular destination amongst epicurean travelers, the town known for its superb Cotes-du-Rhône wines and gourmet chocolates. After your tour, visit a local winery’s tasting room and learn about winemaking and the area’s unique wine heritage. In addition, enjoy a special wine tasting that invites you to savor the distinct aroma and flavor of the region’s celebrated Hermitage appellation.

What you will visit:

Winery Tasting Room

Please Note:

This Limited Edition Tour is capacity controlled; please refer to the Limited Edition Tours section at the beginning of this booklet for sign-up information.

Guests may select TOUR A or TOUR B

VIVIERS GHOST WALK (TOUR A)
  • Excursion Time: Evening
  • Duration: 1 hr 30 mins
  • Level of Difficulty : 3-4
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 1 hr 30 mins

Summary of Excursion

A local guide in period costume will escort you on an evening stroll through Viviers. This small walled city, once home to 30,000 inhabitants, is now down to only 4,000 “living” people. You will see the House of Knights, a masterpiece of the Renaissance period; the Place de la République, the former Town Square; and the inner courtyard of an old canon’s house, where you will enjoy a musical performance. Who knows who you might see there!

What you will visit:

Town of Viviers


LIMITED EDITION TOUR: “BOULANGERIE” BAKER’S EXPERIENCE (TOUR B)
  • Excursion Time: Evening
  • Duration: 1 hr
  • Level of Difficulty : 1

Summary of Excursion

Enjoy a demonstration at a local bakery.

Please Note:

This Limited Edition Tour is capacity controlled; please refer to the Limited Edition Tours section at the beginning of this booklet for sign-up information.


GRIGNAN EXCURSION
  • Excursion Time: Morning
  • Duration: 5 hrs
  • Level of Difficulty : 2
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 2 hrs
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 1 hr

Summary of Excursion

Truffles are a highly prized delicacy sometimes referred to as “the diamond of the kitchen.” No man or machine can locate them, only specially trained dogs. This morning excursion will introduce you to truffles and their revered place in French gastronomy. We will visit a truffle farm where you will take part in a most unique experience – going out into the orchard with our host to observe the trufflehunting dogs in action. Later, we’ll head to the magnificent town of Grignan to visit a Renaissance Chateau perched on a hill surrounded by lavender fields. The village of Grignan is typically Provencal, with red tiled roofs, tree-lined, winding streets, open-air cafés and colorful markets. Enjoy some free time to explore before returning to the ship now docked in Avignon.

What you will see:

Le Château de Grignan

What you will visit:

Medieval Grignan, Truffle Farm

Guests may select TOUR A or TOUR B or TOUR C

AVIGNON WALKING TOUR (TOUR A)
  • Excursion Time: Afternoon
  • Duration: 2 hrs
  • Level of Difficulty : 3
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 2 hrs

Summary of Excursion

Discover the history and culture of Avignon on this guided walking tour. Avignon was once an important center of the Catholic Church, so important that the papacy relocated here from Rome from 1309 to 1377. Avignon belonged to the papacy for over 400 years until the French Revolution restored the city to France once again. Seven popes resided in the magnificent Gothic Papal Palace, which you will visit during your tour. You will also see well-preserved medieval city walls, sycamore trees shading sidewalk cafés, peaceful passageways, elegant homes and quaint boutiques. Definitely a walk not to be missed!

What you will see:

UNESCO World Heritage Site – “Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace”

What you will visit:

Papal Palace


PONT DU GARD (TOUR B)
  • Duration: Afternoon
  • Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Level of Difficulty : 2
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 1 hr
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 1 hr 15 mins

Summary of Excursion

Today, visit Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that’s considered a masterpiece of Roman engineering. Built in 19 BC, the aqueduct provided water to the fountains, baths and homes of the citizens of Nimes. The only way to fully appreciate the absolutely awe-inspiring Pont du Gard is to see it in person.

What you will see:

UNESCO World Heritage Site – “Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct),”

What you will visit:

Pont du Gard


LIMITED EDITION TOUR: CULINARY STUDIO OF CABESTAN (TOUR C)
  • Excursion Time: Afternoon
  • Duration: 3 hrs
  • Level of Difficulty : 2
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 1 hr

Summary of Excursion

If cooking is your passion, this Provencal-style cooking lesson will be a highlight of your holiday in Avignon. A local chef will greet you onboard the ship and walk you through town to the Studio of Cabestan, where you will learn how to prepare a savory Provencal appetizer buffet. The lesson concludes with – what else? – an opportunity to enjoy your own culinary creations, paired with a glass of fine regional wine.

Please Note:

This Limited Edition Tour is capacity controlled; please refer to the Limited Edition Tours section at the beginning of this booklet for sign-up information.

Guests may select TOUR A or TOUR B

LES BAUX & OLIVE FARM EXCURSION (TOUR A)
  • Excursion Time: Morning
  • Duration: 4 hrs 30 mins
  • Level of Difficulty : 2
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 1 hr 30 mins
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 1 hr 30 mins

Summary of Excursion

This excursion takes you to a hilltop village and castle that was virtually destroyed in the 17th century. Les Baux de Provence has risen from the ashes to become a modern day attraction. Set atop a rocky outcrop, the ruined castle overlooks the plains to the south. The “old village” has shops, art galleries and cafes interspersed amongst the historic ruins. Later, visit Moulin du Calanquet olive farm to learn about this age-old Provençal tradition and enjoy a tasting. The master olive miller will lead you on a walk through the grove and explain how olives are cultivated, harvested and pressed to produce the Mediterranean’s nectar, olive oil.

What you will visit:

Les Baux de Provence Castle, Moulin du Calanquet Olive Farm


ARTIST EXPERIENCE (TOUR B)
  • Excursion Time: Morning
  • Duration: 4 hrs
  • Level of Difficulty : 2
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 2 hrs
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 1 hr 30 mins

Summary of Excursion

This excursion includes a visit to Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Vincent Van Gogh once admitted himself for treatment. As a patient here from May 1889 to May 1890, Van Gogh painted some of his most well-known paintings such as The Irises and Starry Night. You will also have a unique experience at the Carrières de Lumières. You will take an artistic journey like no other at this audio visual exhibit in a former limestone quarry. Note: A visit to an Olive Farm will be substituted in the event that the Carrières de Lumières is not available.

What you will visit:

Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, Carrières de Lumières

Guests may select TOUR A or TOUR B

ARLES WALKING TOUR (TOUR A)
  • Excursion Time: Afternoon
  • Duration: 2 hrs
  • Level of Difficulty : 1-2
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 2 hrs

Summary of Excursion

Arles is known for its Roman ruins as well as for its association with Van Gogh. Van Gogh was fascinated by the Provencal colors, light and landscapes, and produced many of his most famous works here, including The Night Café and The Yellow Room. Stroll through the same squares and cafés that inspired many of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings. This guided walking tour includes a visit to Arles’ Roman Amphitheatre, a smaller version of the Coliseum in Rome. You’ll also see the Church of Saint Trophime, famous for its Romanesque architecture and for its representation of the Last Judgment.

What you will see:

Church of Saint Trophime, UNESCO World Heritage Site – “Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments”

What you will visit:

Roman Amphitheatre


ARLES BIKE TOUR (TOUR B)
  • Excursion Time: Afternoon
  • Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Level of Difficulty : 5
  • Guided Bike Tour: 2 hrs 30 mins, 7 miles

Summary of Excursion

Today’s bike tour will show Arles from a different perspective. The tour begins with a short ride along the Rhone to the Arles Museum of Antiquity which contains a fascinating collection of Roman Artifacts. From there, the guide will lead the group through town to the Langlois Bridge (Van Gogh Bridge), which you may recognize from several Van Gogh paintings. The tour concludes with a visit to the Alyscamps – a large Roman necropolis which served as Arles’ burial ground for more than 1,000 years.

Please Note:

This bike tour is capacity controlled. Please see your Cruise Manager once onboard for more information.

What you will see:

Van Gogh Bridge

What you will Visit:

Arles Museum of Antiquity, Alyscamps


ARLES TO BARCELONA TRANSFER
  • Excursion Time: Full Day
  • Duration: 8 hrs
  • Level of Difficulty : 1
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 6 hrs

Summary of Excursion

Disembark your ship in Arles and transfer to Barcelona. On the way, pass through Camargue on the southern coast before stopping in the medieval town of Perpignan, close to the Mediterranean, where you will have free time for lunch and some exploring. After lunch, we will continue on to the Catalan city of Barcelona.

What you will see:

Medieval Town of Perpignan


BARCELONA CITY TOUR
  • Excursion Time: Morning
  • Duration: 4 hrs
  • Level of Difficulty : 2
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 2 hrs
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 1 hr

Summary of Excursion

This morning embark on a walking tour of the Gothic Quarter, the medieval heart of the city, where remnants of Barcelona’s Roman past remain interspersed amongst more modern buildings. Afterwards, many highlights of this magnificent city are included on this morning’s panoramic tour. We will stop for photos at Sagrada Família, one of the most imaginative and ambitious works by architect Antoni Gaudí. Then, from the summit of Montjuic Hill, you’ll have a breathtaking view of bustling Barcelona before returning to your hotel.

What you will see:

Montjuic Hill, Plaça Catalunya, Las Ramblas, Sagrada Família, highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage Site – “Works of Antoni Gaudí”

What you will visit:

The Gothic Quarter


OPTIONAL TOUR: MONTSERRAT EXCURSION
  • Excursion Time: Morning
  • Duration: 5 hrs
  • Level of Difficulty : 1-2
  • Duration of Bus Ride: 2 hrs
  • Duration of Walking Tour: 45 mins

Summary of Excursion

For many, a visit to Montserrat is a highlight of their visit to Barcelona. Montserrat is a spectacularly stunning Benedictine mountain retreat, surrounded by simply breathtaking natural beauty. Today, depart Barcelona and travel to the Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat. Begin with a scenic funicular ride up the mountain to the Abbey for a guided tour. You will see the Virgin of Montserrat (or Black Madonna) situated on an altar of gold, a statue depicting the Virgin Mary and infant Christ. The Virgin of Montserrat is highly revered as Catalonia’s favorite saint. Outside the Abbey, enjoy a spectacular view of the Catalonian lowlands.

What you will see:

The Black Madonna, Montserrat Mountain

What you will visit:

Santa Maria de Montserrat

Please Note:

There is an additional cost of 51 euros for this optional tour. Please speak to your Cruise Manager for additional information and to book this tour.