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zLegendary Wine Regions of the Rhone Cruise 2013

8 days

8 Day River Cruise

Our Exclusive In Celebration of Wine Discoveries:

  • After your scenic evening cruise to Avignon, enjoy a special shipboard wine lecture and tasting.
  • As you enjoy a scenic afternoon cruise toward Tournon, our expert host will offer an onboard lecture about the region’s esteemed vintages… Then step ashore in this historic town to visit a local winery.
  • Enjoy a specially arranged winery event in the historic village of Trévoux, the former capital of the ancient principality of Dombes.
  • Journey into the picturesque heart of the Beaujolais wine region to visit the winery, vineyards and charming home of a local vintner… Learn about the history of the region’s wine production and enjoy a tasting.

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Day 1: Barcelona - Embarkation - Arles, France

After breakfast, you will transfer from Barcelona to Arles, the gateway to Provence. Along the way, you will stop in the medieval town of Perpignan, France, close to the Mediterranean. Here, you will have free time for lunch and some exploring on your own. Continue on your transfer, passing through the unique marshland region of the Camargue before arriving in Arles. This evening, meet your fellow passengers for a Welcome Dinner. Meals B,D


Day 2: Arles - Les Baux - Avignon

This morning, you will arrive in Arles and board a motor coach for an 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. In the alternative, choose to take the “Van Gogh” tour which will take you the Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum. Here, Van Gogh painted some of his most well-known paintings such as The Irises and Starry Night. Later, visit an olive farm to learn about this age-old Provençal farming tradition. Late this afternoon, your city tour of Arles takes you to the Romanesque cathedral and the Roman Amphitheater. This evening cruise to nearby 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”). Enjoy a wine lecture and tasting this evening. Meals B,L,D


Day 3: Avignon - Viviers

This morning, you will have your choice of two excursions in and around historic Avignon. Home to the papacy from 1309 to 1377, Avignon was an important center of the Catholic Church. Seven popes resided in the magnificent Gothic Papal Palace, which you will visit during your walking tour. You will also see the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the alternative, take an excursion to the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that is a masterpiece of engineering and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour will also visit Uzes, a lovely Provencal small town known for its Castle of the Duke of Uzes (still occupied by the Duke and his family), medieval streets and a picturesque town square framed by archways. Enjoy free time for shopping in Uzes before returning to your ship. In the afternoon, visit the renowned Chateau Neuf-du-Pape. You will then cruise to Viviers. Arriving this evening, you will enjoy a unique view of the town’s history and legends. The ship moors overnight in Viviers. Meals B,L,D


Day 4: Viviers - Tournon

After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Grignan, a magnificent village perched upon a hill surrounded by lavender fields, topped by a Renaissance castle. From the castle, enjoy a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. Enjoy some free time to explore local shops for confections, home-made lavender soaps and other crafts. Your ship will depart at midday for Tournon as you join an onboard wine lecture. This evening, enjoy a winery visit in Tournon. Meals B,L,D


Day 5: Tournon - Vienne

This morning, enjoy a chocolate tasting and wine tour in Tournon. Enjoy free time this afternoon to visit the 16th-century castle which is now a town hall. You will have an onboard wine lecture this afternoon. This evening, you will arrive in Vienne. Situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, Vienne has a significant Roman history, which is highlighted by its marvelously preserved ruins and remains. Enjoy paired French wines at dinner. Meals B,L,D


Day 6: Vienne - Trevoux

This morning, you will take 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. As an alternative, you may choose to visit the castle (when available). Returning to the ship, you will enjoy an onboard wine lecture as you cruise to 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. This evening, you will take part in a winery event in Trevoux. Meals B,L,D


Day 7: Trevoux - Lyon

This morning’s tour will take you through the chateaux, fields and vineyards of the Beaujolais wine region, the Pays d’Or or “land of the golden stones,” named for the ochre limestone of its homes and castles. You will visit the medieval hilltop village of Oingt. You will also visit the winery and home of a local vintner, which will include wine tasting, a vineyard tour and explanation of the history of wine production in the region. After lunch, depart your ship in Collonges and travel to Lyon. Today your panoramic tour of Lyon will take you to the “Place Bellecour” with its equestrian statue of Louis XIV, the “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 a Roman theater, and majestic views of the city below. Later, rejoin your ship now docked in Lyon, where you will enjoy the captain’s dinner this evening onboard. Meals B,L,D


Day 8: Lyon - Disembarkation

Desmbark your ship to end your cruise. Meals B


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

Port charges: $147 per person
Single Supplement for Cruise Only: 50% of twin price; Jr. Suites: 100% of twin price

Prices are per person in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom with window.