Colors of Provence : 2018 - 7-Night Cruise : Lyon To Arles : ms AmaCello
CRUISE FROM : Lyon to Arles
From romantic cities to foodie havens and artistic epicenters, this itinerary enlivens all your senses. Starting from Lyon, France's culinary capital, savor the beauty of legendary vineyards and imbibe in local vintages like Beaujolais and CÃ´tes du RhÃ´ne. Enjoy hunting for truffles, refining your ProvenÃ§al cooking skills, and learning how to pair chocolate with wine. Trace the steps of famous artists in Arles and Avignon and be inspired!
At A Glance
On our cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.
SPACIOUS STATEROOMS 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with French balconies) Computer for internet access Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations Desk and sitting area Bottled water replenished daily
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs Internet and Wi-Fi access Sun deck whirlpool and walking track Fitness room, massage services and hair salon Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar Daily entertainment including cultural performances
AWARD-WINNING DINING All onboard dining in a variety of venues Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients The Chef's Table specialty restaurant Welcome cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La ChaÃ®ne des RÃ´tisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner La ChaÃ®ne des RÃ´tisseurs exclusive dining experience Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
A WORLD OF EXPLORATION Immersive tours in every destination Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options Bike tours and hikes Special Interest Tours Knowledgeable guides Personal headset for easy exploration Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
Day 1 : Embarkation - Lyon, France
Board your cruise in Lyon. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers as the ship moors overnight. (D)
Day 2 : Lyon
Discover dynamic Lyon, starting in FourviÃ¨re Hill, part of the city's historic region that is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the 19th-century basilica Notre-Dame de FourviÃ¨re. Continue on to the old town of Lyon, followed by a guided walk through the St. Jean district, where you will be introduced to the city's unique covered walkways, known as "traboules." During the afternoon, enjoy leisure time or join a guided bike tour through the city designed with cyclists in mind. (B,L,D)
Day 3 : Collonges - Vienne
Travel to the Beaujolais wine region-known as the Pays d'Or or "land of the golden stones." Indulge in a wine tasting at a traditional winery and learn about the history and techniques of their vineyard. Later set sail for Vienne, where you'll enjoy free time to explore the town. (B,L,D)
Day 4 : Vienne - Tournon
Situated between the wine regions of Beaujolais and CÃ´tes du RhÃ´ne lies Vienne with a Roman past that can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. Take a walking tour to see the amazingly well-preserved Augustus and Livia Temple, the Saint Maurice Cathedral, a Gothic church that took more than 500 years to build, and St. Pierre Abbey-one of the oldest surviving churches in France, and now an Archaeological Museum. For those wishing to be more active, you can either take a guided bike tour along a portion of the ViaRhÃ´na bike route or a guided hike from the ship to the Monastery at Mount Pipet. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : Tournon
Wine and chocolate lovers will enjoy visiting Tournon located in the heart of CÃ´tes du RhÃ´ne. You have a choice of three excursions. Take a train ride past magnificent landscape carved along the Gorge du Doux stopping at the charming little station of Colombier le Vieux-Saint BarthÃ©lemy le Plain, where the train maneuvers in preparation for its return journey. Alternatively, lovers of wine and chocolate will want to visit Le ChÃ¢teau de Tournon for a presentation and tasting on the pairing of red wine and chocolate. For a more active adventure, take a hike through the vineyards of Tain l'Hermitage, followed by a visit to a local winery where you'll sample some of the wines. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : Avignon
Avignon, aptly named the "City of Popes," was the center of the Catholic Church in the 14th century when its "Palais des Papes" was the equivalent of today's Vatican. Depending on your interests, you have three options of excursions. Discover the history of Avignon on a guided walking tour that includes the Papal Palace and the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, you can go to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the impressive Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that is a masterpiece of ancient engineering. Or if you prefer, learn the art of ProvenÃ§ale cooking by joining a local chef as he shares his insight with you, and afterwards, taste the fruits of your labor. During the afternoon, you can enjoy free time in Avignon; go on a bike tour; or go to the magnificent hilltop village, Grignan. After visiting this enchanting Provencal town, go in search of the highly prized "Black Diamond," truffles, with a farmer and his trustworthy canine companion. (B,L,D)
Day 7 : Avignon - Arles
Considered one of the most beautiful cities in France, Arles enchants. For art lovers, you'll wish to visit Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Vincent van Gogh once lived and painted such well-known works as "The Irises" and "Starry Night." Many people consider Van Gogh's Arles period to be the most creative of his career. Afterwards, go to the CarriÃ¨res de LumiÃ¨res, where you'll be treated to a spectacular presentation of art, sound and history projected on the walls of caves. Alternatively, venture to the medieval hilltop village, Les Baux de Provence, followed by a visit to an olive farm where you'll learn about age-old ProvenÃ§al traditions from a master olive miller as well as sample the olive oil. During the afternoon, you can join a walking tour of Arles highlighting top sights, including the Romanesque cathedral and Roman amphitheater, or take a guided bike tour to the Roman ruins. And for those who wish to delve further into Van Gogh's Arles, join a special walking tour along with a visit to the Vincent van Gogh Foundation, showcasing his legacy. (B,L,D)
Day 8 : Arles - Disembarkation
Disembark your ship in Arles. (B)
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Port Charges not included in cruise price$168 per person.
Single Supplement for Cruise50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.
Single Supplement for Land$960 per person.
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