Treasures of Burgundy and Provence River Cruise France

Explore the waterways of Burgundy and Provence aboard the luxurious Amadeus Provence river boat. Visit Lyon and discover picturesque villages and indulge in local wine tasting and gourmet French cuisine.

CRUISE PROGRAM - Scheduled departures - 9-day/7-night package visiting Lyon, Burgundy & Provence. Includes an arrival transfer in Lyon, a 7-night Rhone & Saone cruise with all meals on board and complimentary wine or beer with dinner, and a 1-night hotel stay with breakfast in Lyon.

Includes

  • Transfers per itinerary
  • Hotels per itinerary or similar
  • Meals per itinerary; (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
  • Cruising
  • Port taxes
  • ASTA TOP Tour operator travel funds protection program
  • Complimentary quality European red and white wines with every dinner
  • Services of an experienced cruise director throughout the cruise
  • Special onboard entertainment per itinerary
  • Captain's Gala Dinner
  • On ship gourmet dining including buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water throughout the cruise

Excludes

  • Porterage; one luggage per person
  • Shore excursions
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips and gratuities
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local city taxes
  • Flights

Daily Itinerary

Day

1

Lyon – Arrival – Embark Cruise

Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your cruise ship to embark on your 8-day cruise (check-in starts at 4:00 pm). A welcome cocktail and dinner awaits you tonight. (D)

Day

2

Explore Macon

After breakfast, we suggest you explore the delights of the wine region with an optional tour of Mâconnais with its Mediterranean charm and visit the wine museum Georges Duboeuf’s Hameau du Vin. In the afternoon, consider joining an optional excursion to the ruins of Cluny Abbey. (B,L,D)

Day

3

Explore Burgundy

This morning, join an optional tour with a scenic drive along France’s Burgundy wine route through Pommard, Volnay, and Meursault. During this tour you will arrive in Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, for a guided visit of the beautiful Hôtel Dieu and sample a glass of locally produced wine at one of Beaune’s famous cellars. After lunch, board your coach for an optional charming excursion to the medieval town of Brancion and Cormatin Castle (return to the ship in Tournus). (B,L,D)

Day

4

Explore Lyon

Arrive in Lyon in the morning for a fascinating optional city tour of the gastronomic capital of France, including a visit of the old town Vieux Lyon and the Notre-Dame-de-Fourvière basilica. Indulge in a leisurely afternoon cruising along the Rhône. (B,L,D)

Day

5

Explore Avignon

This morning set out on an optional guided walk of Avignon and see the renowned Pope's Palace, which served as papal residence, fortress, church, and palace. After lunch, consider joining an optional tour to the famous roman aqueduct Pont du Gard, one of the most important bridge buildings in ancient Roman times, and visit the picturesque village of Uzès. (B,L,D)

Day

6

Avignon – Arles – Camargue

After breakfast, join your guide for an optional walking tour of Arles with its famous amphitheater "Les Arènes." Return to the ship in Arles for lunch and this afternoon, begin your optional tour to the nature reserve Camargue, famous for its black bulls and white horses and home to more than 400 species of birds. (B,L,D)

Day

7

Chateauneuf-du-Rhone – Le Pouzin

Arrive this morning in the small town of Chateauneuf-du-Rhone and take an optional short bus ride to the Ardèche Gorge (if you have joined this excursion you will travel to Le Pouzin by bus). The afternoon is at leisure. Enjoy the Captain‘s Gala Dinner in the evening. (B,L,D)

Day

8

Lyon – Disembark Cruise

Disembark from your ship after breakfast. Make your own way to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to discover this historic city. (B)

Day

9

Lyon – Return

Make your own way to the airport or train station for your next destination. (B)