Provence & Spain (Wine Themed) : 2017 - Arles to Lyon : ms AmaCello (Cruise Only)
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, France's gastronomical capital. From there, cruise through France's legendary wine growing regions, home to such famous vintages as Beaujolais and Cote du Rhone. Enjoy wine tastings at local vintners, 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 or opt for a 2 night stay in Marseille, one of France's most vibrant cities.
Day 1 : EMBARKATION - ARLES, FRANCE
Board your cruise in Arles. This evening, meet your fellow passengers for a Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2 : ARLES - AVIGNON
This morning, 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. Later, visit an olive farm to learn about this age-old Provencal farming tradition. As an alternative, take the "Impressionist Experience" excursion to the Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Van Gogh painted such well-known works as The Irises and Starry Night. 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"). (B,L,D)
Day 3 : AVIGNON - 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. In the afternoon, visit the renowned Chateauneuf-du-Pape region where you will enjoy a wine tasting, tour a local vineyard and learn about the wines and winemaking process. Return to the ship and cruise to Viviers, where the ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 4 : VIVIERS - 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. You will also have an opportunity to visit a truffle farm and learn about truffle harvesting. Rejoin the ship in Le Pouzin, then cruise to Tournon as you enjoy an onboard wine lecture. This evening, enjoy a "Red Wine & Chocolate Pairing" at the Tournon Chateau. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : TOURNON - VIENNE
This morning, enjoy a scenic drive to the Tain-l'Hermitage region for a wine tasting. Return to the ship in time for lunch onboard as we sail towards Vienne. Arrive this afternoon 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. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : VIENNE - 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. Enjoy an onboard wine lecture and tasting as your ship departs for Lyon, arriving mid-afternoon. Your panoramic tour of Lyon takes 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 Fourviere, part of the historic region designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as the "Hill of Prayers," Fourviere is famous for its iconic white Basilica of Notre-Dame, ruins of a Roman theater, and majestic views of the city below. Tonight's Captain's Gala Dinner will be a memorable feast for the senses. The ship moors overnight in Lyon. (B,L,D)
Day 7 : LYON - COLLONGES - BELLEVILLE - LYON
This morning, enjoy some free time in Lyon to explore on your own or shop for souvenirs and gifts. 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 Collonges and return to Lyon, arriving late tonight (B,L,D)
Day 8 : LYON - DISEMBARKATION
Disembark your cruise in Lyon. (B)
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- ms AmaCello
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Port Charges: $168 per person.
Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price.
Single Supplement for Land: $960 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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