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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. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avignon as well as Arles, the city where Vincent Van Gogh spent much of his life. This voyage offers you the opportunity to choose between an extensive lineup of included tours such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes, and Limited Edition tours. Choose how you want to explore and live your adventure. No matter your preference, your days are full of discovery and wonder.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Paris, France
Day 2 : Paris, France
Day 3 : Paris
Day 4 : Paris | Lyon | Embark
Day 5 : Lyon, France
Day 6 : Collonges | Vienne, France
Day 7 : Vienne | Tournon, France
Day 8 : Tournon, France
Day 9 : Tarascon
Day 10 : Avignon
Day 11 : Avignon | Disembark | Barcelona, Spain
Day 12 : Barcelona
Day 13 : Barcelona
Day 14 : Depart Barcelona

Highlights

  • Ride a train through the countryside to Lyon, France’s culinary capital
  • Visit the enchanting Beaujolais wine region, also known as the Pays d’Or
  • Join a Provencal cooking lesson & learn how to prepare a savory local dish
  • Admire Antoni Gaudi’s architectural works, including La Sagrada Familia

Ship

MS Amakristina

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sprawling vineyards of France Wander the stretching Champs de Elysees as you tour Paris Visit a local wine cellar for a tasting Famous view of Lyon, France Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona

Day 1 Arrive in Paris, France

Arrive in Paris and check in to your hotel. The day is yours to start exploring this beautiful city.

Day 2 Paris, France

Spend your first day in Paris getting acquainted with it on a city tour. 

Day 3 Paris

Today is yours to enjoy however you wish. Explore Paris’s multitude of landmarks, museums, cafes, and shops.

Day 4 Paris | Lyon | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
After checking out of your hotel, board the TGV train through the French countryside to Lyon, France’s culinary capital. Upon arrival, enjoy free time before being treated to an exclusive hands-on cooking lesson. Later, transfer to your luxurious ship. 

Day 5 Lyon, France

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover dynamic Lyon, starting in Fourvière Hill, part of the city’s historic region that is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the 19th-century basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Continue on to the old town of Lyon, followed by a guided walk through the St. Jean district, where you are introduced to the city’s unique covered walkways, known as “traboules.” During the afternoon, enjoy leisure time or join a guided bike tour through the city designed with cyclists in mind. 

Day 6 Collonges | Vienne, France

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to the Beaujolais wine region—known as the Pays d’Or or “land of the golden stones.” Indulge in a wine tasting at a traditional winery and learn about the history and techniques of their vineyard. After rejoining the ship, enjoy the afternoon at your leisure before sailing to Vienne.

Day 7 Vienne | Tournon, France

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Situated between the wine regions of Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône lies Vienne with a Roman past that can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. Take a walking tour to see the amazingly well-preserved Augustus and Livia Temple, the Saint Maurice Cathedral, a Gothic church that took more than 500 years to build, and St. Pierre Abbey—one of the oldest surviving churches in France, and now an Archaeological Museum. For those wishing to be more active, you can either take a guided bike tour along a portion of the ViaRhôna bike route or a guided hike from the ship to the Monastery at Mount Pipet. 

Day 8 Tournon, France

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You have a choice of three excursions. Take a train ride past magnificent landscape carved along the Gorge du Doux, stopping at the charming little station of Colombier le Vieux­Saint Barthélemy le Plain, where the train maneuvers in preparation for its return journey. Alternatively, lovers of wine and chocolate will want to visit Le Château de Tournon for a presentation and tasting on the pairing of red wine and chocolate. For a more active adventure, cycle through the French countryside or take a hike through the vineyards of Tain l’Hermitage, followed by a visit to a local winery where you’ll sample some of the wines.

Day 9 Tarascon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Provençal town Tarascon is known for its medieval architecture and charming tales – especially the legend of the Tarasque monster. Join a guided walking tour where you’ll visit the Roman ruins of Arles such as its Roman Amphitheater and the Church of Saint Trophime, famous for its Romanesque architecture. Alternatively, you can enjoy a bike ride along the Rhône, through town to the Langlois Bridge, a famous subject from several Vincent Van Gogh paintings. And for those who wish to delve further into Van Gogh’s Arles, join a special walking tour along with a visit to the Vincent van Gogh Foundation, showcasing his legacy. During the afternoon, you’ll visit the enchanting medieval fortress, the Castle of Tarascon – a fortress designed to protect but surprises all with its elegant interior, fit for royalty. Delve deeply into the Carrières de Lumières, where you’ll be treated to a spectacular presentation of art, sound, and history projected on the walls of caves. Afterward, venture to the medieval hilltop village, Les Baux de Provence. In the evening, enjoy an illuminations cruise around Avignon

Day 10 Avignon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
 Avignon, aptly named the “City of Popes,” was the center of the Catholic Church in the 14th century when its “Palais des Papes” was the equivalent of today’s Vatican. Discover the history of Avignon on a guided walking tour that includes the Papal Palace and the well­preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Depending on your interests, you have two choices of excursions for the morning. You can enjoy a bike tour along the Rhône where you will see the Avignon ramparts, or you can visit three venues around Avignon to taste regional specialties including macarons, cheese and wine, and tapenades. During the afternoon, you can go to the magnificent hilltop village, Grignan. After visiting this enchanting Provençal town, go in search of the highly prized “Black Diamond” truffles with a farmer and his trustworthy canine companion. Alternatively, you can go to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the impressive Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that is a masterpiece of ancient engineering. 

Day 11 Avignon | Disembark | Barcelona, Spain

 Disembark your ship in Avignon and board the TGV high­speed train to the city that inspired Antoni Gaudí and is certain to inspire you.

Day 12 Barcelona

Barcelona, the bustling capital of Catalonia, is an artist’s, architect’s, foodie’s, historian’s and culturist’s dream. Tour the cobblestoned lanes of the Gothic Quarter in the medieval city center and Las Ramblas. Visit Montjuïc Hill and see some of Antoni Gaudí’s imaginative architectural creations, including Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, and La Sagrada Familia. 

Day 13 Barcelona

Spend a full day at leisure to discover the vast treasures of this eclectic city. 

Day 14 Depart Barcelona

  • 1 Breakfast
Bid farewell to Barcelona and prepare for your homeward flight.

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Included Features:
- 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with French balconies)
- Computer for internet access
- Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
- Desk and sitting area
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Wellness Program with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
- Internet and Wi-Fi access
- Sun deck whirlpool and walking track
- Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
- Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- All onboard dining in a variety of venues
- Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
- The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
- Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
- La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
- Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
- Immersive tours in every destination
- Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
- Bike tours and hikes
- Special Interest Tours
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- Airport transfers with purchase of air from the expedition company
- Land Program
- 3 nights hotel in Barcelona at Le Méridien Barcelona (or similar), including dailybreakfast
- Transfer with high-speed TGV train from Barcelona to Nîmes with highlights tour and then transfer to the ship in Arles
- Transfer from Lyon to Paris via high-speed TGV train
- 3 nights hotel in Paris at the Renaissance Arc de Triomphe or the Renaissance Paris Le Parc Trocadero (or similar), including daily breakfast
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