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zProvence & Spain Cruise and Tour - AmaWaterways

14 days

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

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

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Day
1

Arrive in Paris, France

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

Day
2

Paris

Enjoy some of Paris’ most famous sights during your guided tour this morning, such as the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame Cathedral. The afternoon is free for you to explore the “City of Light.” Or, you may decide to join the optional “Seine Cruise & Montparnasse Tower” tour this morning and/or the optional “Montmartre & Illuminations” tour this evening. Meals B

Day
3

Paris

Your last day in Paris is free for you to enjoy at your leisure. This evening, an optional “Parisian Cabaret at Paradis Latin” dinner show is available for you to enjoy. Meals B

Day
4

Paris - Lyon - Embarkation

After checking out of your hotel, you will board the TGV high-speed train that will whisk you through the French countryside to Lyon. Nestled between the Saone and Rhone rivers, Lyon is one of France’s most important cities its gastronomic capital. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time for lunch on your own before a private cooking demonstration. Later, transfer to your luxurious ship, where you will gather this evening for a Welcome Dinner. Meals B,D

Day
5

Lyon

Today your panoramic tour of Lyon will take you to Place Bellecour with its equestrian statue of Louis XIV, 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 an ancient Roman theater, and majestic views of the city below. The ship departs for Belville this evening. Meals B,L,D

Day
6

Belville - Vienne

This morning’s tour will take you through the Beaujolais wine region, also known as the Pays d’Or (“land of the golden stones,” named for the ochre limestone used to build local homes and castles). You will visit the medieval hilltop village of Oingt as well as the home of a local vintner, where you will enjoy a wine tasting, vineyard tour and explanation of the history of the region’s wine production. Return to the ship in the afternoon and continue cruising towards Vienne, where you’ll have a free evening to explore on your own. Meals B,L,D

Day
7

Vienne - Tournon

Situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, Vienne’s Roman past can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. 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 Chateâu Roussillon and Pottery (when available). Your ship will depart at midday for Tournon. This evening, explore the town on your own. Meals B,L,D

Day
8

Tournon - Viviers

This morning, visit Cornas, the premier producer of Côtes du Rhone wines. Enjoy a wine tasting and free time this afternoon to visit the 16th-century castle that is now a town hall. Return to the ship for lunch as we cruise to Viviers. After arriving this evening, you may take a “Ghost Walk” through this medieval town with colorful stories brought to life by local residents. Meals B,L,D

Day
9

Viviers - Avignon

After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Grignan, a hilltop village surrounded by lavender fields. The village’s Renaissance castle provides a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. Return to the ship and cruise to Avignon, site of the bridge made famous by the French children’s song “Sur le pont d’Avignon” (“On the Bridge of Avignon”). Seven popes once resided in the magnificent 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. As an 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 town known for its castle (still occupied by the Duke of Uzes and his family), medieval streets and picturesque town square. Enjoy free time for shopping before returning to your ship. Meals B,L,D

Day
10

Avignon - Les Bauz - Arles

This morning, you will arrive in Arles and board a motor coach for an excursion to the village of Les Baux de Provence. The village’s castle has a fascinating exhibit of medieval weapons. Later, visit an olive farm to learn about this age-old Provençal farming tradition. As an alternative, take the “Impressionist Experience” tour to the Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Van Gogh once lived and painted such well-known works as The Irises and Starry Night. You will also visit the Carrieres de Lumieres, a stone quarry that projects European artwork on its walls, including many of Van Gogh’s famous paintings. Late this afternoon, a city tour of Arles takes you to the Romanesque cathedral and the Roman Amphitheater. Another option is a guided bike tour to a Roman museum (capacity controlled).The ship moors overnight in Arles. Meals B,L,D

Day
11

Arles - Disembarkation - Barcelona, Spain

Disembark your ship in Arles and transfer to Barcelona. Along the way, you will pass through the eerie Camargue marshland and stop in the medieval town of Perpignan in France, where you will have free time for lunch and some exploring on your own. Meals B

Day
12

Barcelona

Your full day in Barcelona begins with a driving tour to the top of Montjuic Hill where you will enjoy glorious views of the city below. Continue along the waterfront to Las Ramblas, an iconic tree-lined boulevard, and explore the Gothic Quarter in the medieval center of the city. Your tour also includes the unique architectural works of Antoni Gaudí, including Casa Milà, Casa Batlló and La Sagrada Familia, the basilica and UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been under construction for over a century. As an alternative, choose the “Tapas & Boqueria” tour of local tapas bars, where you will sample local favorites and take a guided tour of the Market of la Boqueria. Meals B

Day
13

Barcelona

Enjoy a full day at your leisure, or take part in an optional excursion to Montserrat to visit the famous Benedictine Abbey atop Montserrat Mountain. Meals B

Day
14

Depart Barcelona

Bid farewell to Barcelona and prepare for your homeward flight. 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 – $1099
A – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $1199
S – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $2399

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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