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8 Day Small Group Tour and European River Cruise

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Engaging Discoveries for our World Travelers

  • Set sail on an all-inclusive cruise along the Rhône enjoying sightseeing, fine meals and free-flowing local wines with dinner.
  • Discover the “golden stone” villages of Beaujolais and spend time with a local winemaker, touring his vineyard and sampling his fine wines.
  • Explore ancient Vienne, nestled between the Burgundy and Beaujolais wine regions since Roman times.
  • Visit the handsome Renaissance castle of Grignan, with great views over the lavender-scented fields of Provence. Discover 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites c

This is a Cruise Only itinerary. Click here for a Cruise & Tour program.

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Day
1

Welcome aboard in Lyon

Your elegant river ship awaits you here in historic Lyon, the Gastronomic Capital of France! This evening, gather with your fellow passengers for a Welcome Dinner onboard. Meals D

Day
2

Explore Lyonc and historic Trévoux

This morning’s panoramic tour of Lyon will take you to Place Bellecour with its equestrian statue of Louis XIV and Place des Terreaux with Bartholdi’s Fountain. See Lyon’s impressive Town hall and then explore the historic Fourvière district. Known as the “Hill of Prayers,” Fourvière is famous for its iconic white Basilica of Notre-Dame, ruins of a Roman theater, and majestic views of the city below. Later, your ship will depart for the historic village of Trévoux. Upon arrival, you will take a walking tour of this former capital of the ancient principality of Dombes. The town’s landmarks include a Parliament building, medieval ramparts and a hillside Chateau. You will also enjoy a traditional game of boules, otherwise known as pétanque. Meals B,L,D

Day
3

Wine tasting in Beaujolais

This morning’s tour showcases the lovely “golden stone” village of Beaujolais, one of France’s most celebrated wine regions. Visit the medieval hilltop village of Oingt and stop by the home of a local vintner for a tour of his vineyards and a tasting of his fine wines. Return to the ship in the early afternoon and continue cruising towards Vienne. Meals B,L,D

Day
4

Vienne and Tournon

Situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, Vienne has a significant Roman history, evident in its marvelously preserved ancient ruins. This morning, you will set out on 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. Return to ship and cruise to Tournon where you will have free time this evening to explore on your own. Meals B,L,D

Day
5

Tain L’Hermitage and on to Viviers

This morning, visit Tain L’Hermitage, located across the Rhône River from Tournon and linked by a 19th-century suspension bridge. The fertile soil and ideal climate of the region has made Tain L’Hermitage the premier producer of Côtes du Rhone wines. Enjoy a wine tasting and then free time this afternoon to visit the 16th-century castle which is now a town hall. Return to the ship for lunch as we cruise to Viviers. Arriving this evening, you will enjoy a unique view of the town’s history and legends: Participate in an onboard nougat demonstration or follow along on a “ghost walk” through this once-thriving medieval town, as fascinating and poignant stories of its past are brought to life by the town’s current residents. Meals B,L,D

Day
6

Sail to Avignon c

After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Grignan, a magnificent village perched upon a hill surrounded by the lavender fields of Provence and topped by a Renaissance castle. From the castle, enjoy a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. Return to the ship and cruise to Avignon. As your ship docks, look for the Avignon Bridge, made famous by the French children’s song “Sur le pont d’Avignon” (“On the Bridge of Avignon”). Seven popes resided in the magnificent Gothic Papal Palace, which you will visit during your guided walking tour. You will also see the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meals B,L,D

Day
7

Onward to Arles c

Arrive in Arles after breakfast and board our waiting motorcoach for your excursion to the village of Les Baux de Provence. This hilltop village and fortress was a Protestant stronghold during the French Wars of Religion until destroyed by Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu in 1633. At the castle, you will see examples of medieval siege weaponry. Late this afternoon, your city tour of Arles takes you to the Romanesque cathedral and the Roman Amphitheater. The ship moors overnight in Arles. Meals B,L,D

Day
8

Disembark in Arles

Your Rhône River cruise comes to an end this morning when you disembark here in charming Arles following breakfast. Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

A Delightful Stay in London

Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package includes 3 nights in your choice of city-center hotel, private airport transfers, daily breakfast, Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing with a Thames River Cruise, ticket for the London Eye and 3-day London Travel Card

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In Celebration of Wine Cruises  

These special sailings feature renowned hosts and include complimentary lectures, wine tastings and excursions to historic vineyards and cellars. Passengers will learn about the regions' centuries-old wine traditions and sample award-winning vintages, and enjoy exclusive wine-themed excursions. AmaWaterways executives will accompany each cruise, in addition to celebrity wine hosts from some of the top wineries in the U.S.
2 Departures in 2015

Note: Shore excursions and sightseeing tours on this program are offered by AmaWaterways and are not limited to 16 guests.

2016 Port charges: $168 per person
2015 Port charges: $168 per person
Single Supplement for Cruise Only: 50% of twin price; Suites: 100% of twin price

2016 Prices are per person in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom with window. To upgrade to a higher Category, add per person:

Cat – Deck – Stateroom – Price
D – Piano Deck – Window – $299
C – Violin & Cello Deck – French Balcony – $899
B – Violin & Cello Deck – French Balcony – $1,099
A – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $1,199
S – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $2,399

2015 Prices are per person in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom with window. To upgrade to a higher Category, add per person:

Cat – Deck – Stateroom – Price
D – Piano Deck – Window – $299
C – Violin & Cello Deck – French Balcony – $799
B – Violin & Cello Deck – French Balcony – $999
A – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $1099
S – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $2299


Note: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The choices are: Choice A: Two twin beds; Choice B: One large bed (larger than queen size)

Ask about international air service on Lufthansa. See your travel agent or call us for current international airfare associated with this program. We offer both economy and business class fares. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Availability is limited.

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
  • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
  • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
  • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!

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