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, one of Spain's most vibrant cities.
Day 1 : LYON - EMBARKATION
Board your cruise in Lyon. Gather this evening on board for a Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2 : LYON
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 Fourviere, part of the historic region designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as the "Hill of Prayers," Fourviere 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 Belleville this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 3 : BELLEVILLE - 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 4 : VIENNE - TOURNON
Situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, Vienne's Roman past can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. This morning, go on 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 ship departs at midday for Tournon. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : TOURNON - VIVIERS
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 Barthelemy le Plain, where you can watch the train maneuver in preparation for its return journey. Relax on board today as we cruise to Viviers. After arriving this evening, you may take a "Ghost Walk" tour through this medieval town, with colorful stories brought to life by local residents. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : VIVIERS - 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. You will also have the opportunity to visit a truffle farm and learn about truffle harvesting. 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. (B,L,D)
Day 7 : AVIGNON - 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 Provencal 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.The ship moors overnight in Arles. (B,L,D)
Day 8 : ARLES - DISEMBARKATION
Disembark your ship in Arles. (B)
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- 8 Days
- Cruise Ship
- 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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