Wine Harvest Cruise, Treasures of Burgundy and Provence
8 Days aboard the Amadeus Provence
November 1 - 8, 2018
Cruise along the Rhône and Saône Rivers, from the vineyards of Burgundy to the lavender fields of Provence
Prices start at $1,321 /person
Food, wine, art, architecture, scenery and history — it all comes together in glorious harmony in the South of France. Over the centuries, these delights have been celebrated by artists, emperors, saints, sophisticates, pilgrims, and even Popes. Join us on this sumptuous 8-day cruise along the Rhône and Saône Rivers, and you will see — and taste — these wonders for yourself, from the vineyards of Burgundy to the lavender fields of Provence.
See how centuries of craftsmen have perfected the art of creating world-famous wines, honey, saffron, truffles, foie gras, chocolates, and other delicacies … wander through marvelously preserved Roman theatres and medieval market squares … relax on deck and watch some of the world’s most venerated vineyards slip by … here in the South of France, the good life is all around you.
Traveling in comfort and style the Roman emperors would have envied, you’ll find yourself falling under the timeless spell of southern France on a journey that is nothing less than magnifique!
Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies
Day 1 - Lyon, France
Embarkation from 4:00pm. Welcome Cocktail and Welcome Dinner.
Day 2 - Lyon
Morning City Tour of Lyon — the third-largest city in France situated at the confluence of the Rhone and the Saone covers the many sights of the city including the Basilica, the Roman theatre and the ‘Vieux Lyon’ or Old Quarter. The afternoon is spent cruising the Rhone.
Day 3 - Chalon sur Saone/Macon
This morning’s excursion leads you through famous vineyards such as Pommard and Puligny to the small town of Beaune. Beaune and Burgundy Excursion including wine tasting.This afternoon’s Excursion to Brancion and Cormatin features the small medieval town of Brancion with its intact 12th century church and Cormatin with a moated castle. Rejoin the ship in Tournus.
Day 4 - Macon
Morning excursion features the town of Mâcon in southern Burgundy. From here join a panoramic excursion of the wine producing region with a visit to the wine museum dedicated to the history and production of Burgundy wines. Mâconnais excursion and wine museum. Afternoon tour of Cluny Abbey — founded in 910 the Abbey of Cluny was founded by Benedictine monks.
Highlight dinner with French wine pairings.
Day 5 - Vienne/Tournon
Walking tour of Vienne in the morning.
Winery visit to Northern Rhone village in the afternoon.
Day 6 - St. Etienne des Sorts/Chateaunuf du Pape
Morning excursion to Pont du Gard and Uzes.
Walking visit to Southern Rhone village in the late afternoon.
Day 7 - Avignon/Arles
Morning City Walk of Avignon including Papal Palace delves into the rich religious history of Avignon once the seat of Western Christianity during the 14th century.
Afternoon City walk of Arles with its familiar settings such as the arena, the Café Terrace among others, captured by the brilliant Impressionist painter Van Gogh.
Captain's Gala Dinner with Specialty wine pouring.
Day 8 - Arles
Disembarkation after breakfast.