Arrive Paris, FranceArrive in Paris and check-in to your hotel. The day is yours to start exploring this beautiful city.
Explore Paris, FranceEnjoy some of Paris’ most famous sights during your guided tour this morning - visit the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame Cathedral. The afternoon is free for you to explore the "City of Light." Or, you may decide to join the optional "Montmartre & Illuminations" tour this evening.
Free day Paris, FranceEnjoy a full free day to explore the most romantic city in the world or decide to join the optional "Seine Cruise & Eiffel Tower" tour this morning. This evening, an optional "Parisian Cabaret at Paradis Latin" dinner show is available for you to enjoy.
Train to Lyon, France / EmbarkAfter checking out of your hotel, board the TGV train, which transports you at top speed (up to 186 mph) in smooth, quiet comfort through the French countryside to Lyon. Nestled between the Saône and Rhône rivers, Lyon is the gastronomic capital of France. Its rich ancient history includes Roman ruins and early Christian sites. Upon arrival, enjoy free time for lunch on your own before enjoying a cooking demonstration. Later, transfer to your luxurious small ship, to gather for a Welcome Dinner after settling into your cabins and preparing for the upcoming river cruise.
Lyon, FranceToday your panoramic tour of Lyon takes 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 Belleville this evening.
Belleville - Vienne, FranceThis morning’s tour takes 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). Visit the medieval hilltop village of Oingt as well as the home of a local vintner, where you can 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 your European river cruise towards Vienne, where you have a free evening to explore on your own.
Vienne - Tournon, FranceSituated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, Vienne’s Roman past can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. This morning, 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 departs at midday for Tournon. This evening, explore the town on your own.
Tournon - Viviers, FranceToday enjoy an indulgent chocolate and red wine pairing. Relax on board as the ship cruises 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.
Viviers - Avignon, FranceAfter 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 also have the opportunity to visit a truffle farm and learn about truffle harvesting. Continue 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 can visit during your walking tour. Also look out for 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 also visits Uzes, a lovely town known for its castle, medieval streets and picturesque town square. Enjoy free time for shopping before returning to your ship.
Arles - Les Baux, FranceThis morning, 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. 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.
Arles, France - Barcelona, Spain / DisembarkComplete the river cruise portion of your European tour when you disembark your ship in Arles and transfer to Barcelona. Along the way, pass through the eerie Camargue marshland and stop in the medieval town of Perpignan in France, where you have free time for lunch and some exploring on your own.
Barcelona, SpainYour full day in Barcelona begins with a driving tour to the top of Montjuic Hill to 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. This evening, explore Barcelona by night on your own or elect to participate in an optional tapas tasting tour.
Free Day Barcelona, SpainEnjoy a full day at your leisure, or take part in an optional excursion to Montserrat to visit the famous Benedictine Abbey atop Montserrat Mountain.
Depart Barcelona / Return HomeBid farewell to Barcelona and prepare for your homeward flight.