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Embark your exciting European river cruise in Lyon, France’s gastronomical capital. From there, cruise through France’s legendary wine growing regions, home to such famous vintages as Beaujolais and Côte du Rhône. 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.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Lyon, France | Embark
Day 2 : Lyon, France
Day 3 : Belville | Vienne, France
Day 4 : Vienne | Tournon, France
Day 5 : Tournon, France
Day 6 : Viviers | Avignon, France
Day 7 : Les Baux | Arles, France
Day 8 : Arles, France | Disembark

Highlights

  • Tour the main highlights of Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France
  • Stop at the home of a local vintner and enjoy a wine tasting
  • Learn about the age-old Provencal farming traditions at a local olive farm
  • Take the Artist Experience tour to the Carrières de Lumières

Ship

MS Amacello

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Lavender as far as the eye can see A village overlooks the rocky mountains of Europe Walk through the vineyards of Europe These unique buildings crowd the river Vineyard by the river

Day 1 Lyon, France | Embark

Board your cruise in Lyon. Gather this evening on board for a Welcome Dinner. 

Day 2 Lyon, France

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, 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, join a panoramic tour that takes 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. The afternoon is free to enjoy however you wish.

Wine-themed Cruise: 
Today 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 afternoon is free to enjoy however you wish. The ship departs for Belleville this evening.

Day 3 Belville | Vienne, France

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning’s tour takes 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. Visit the medieval hilltop village of Oingt as well as the home of a local vintner who invites 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 enjoy a wine lecture and tasting onboard as you continue cruising towards Vienne. Upon arrival, make the most of your free time and venture about on your own or simply unwind on board.

Day 4 Vienne | Tournon, France

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Wine-themed Cruise: 
Situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, Vienne’s Roman past can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. This morning, 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. Return to the ship and enjoy an onboard lecture and wine tasting as you sails towards Tournon. This evening, enjoy a “Red Wine & Chocolate Pairing” at the Tournon Chateau.

Day 5 Tournon, France

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, 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.

Wine-themed Cruise:
This morning, enjoy a scenic drive to the Tain-l’Hermitage region for a wine tasting. Later, enjoy an on board wine lecture and tasting this afternoon as you cruise to Viviers. After arriving this evening, you may take a “Ghost Walk” tour through this medieval town, where colorful stories and local legends are brought to life by local residents.

Day 6 Viviers | Avignon, France

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, choose betwen 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 can visit during your walking tour. You can 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 can learn how to prepare a savory local dish. Later, 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. Afterwards, visit a truffle farm and learn about truffle harvesting.

Wine-themed Cruise:
Today arrive in 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. You can also see the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, visit the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape region where you can enjoy a wine tasting, tour a local vineyard and learn about the wines and winemaking process.

Day 7 Les Baux | Arles, France

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This 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. 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 shows 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. 

Day 8 Arles, France | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark your ship in Arles.

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Notes

2017 Included Features:
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom, most with French balconies
- Life enriching tours and excursions daily
- 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
- 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
- Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
- Bicycles to explore on your own
- 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 the expedition company
- All local taxes

2018 Included Features:
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation inriverview stateroom or suite – most stateroomsoffer French balconies
- Fine dining, including unlimited complimentaryhand-selected wines, beer and soft drinks withlunch and dinner on board
- “Sip & Sail” Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentarywine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Cocktail Reception and Captain’s Gala Dinner
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
- Guided shore excursions in every port including Limited Edition Tours
- Live entertainment, cooking demonstration and more
- Complimentary bicycles
- Services of a professionally trained CruiseManager throughout your cruise and land stay
- An all English-speaking staff on board

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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