Colors of Provence : 2019 - 7-NIGHT CRUISE WITH 3 NIGHTS PRE-CRUISE AND 3 NIGHTS POST-CRUISE : Barcelona to Paris : ms AmaCello

OVERVIEW

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 Côtes du Rhône. Enjoy hunting for truffles, refining your Provençal cooking skills, and learning how to pair chocolate with wine. Trace the steps of famous artists in Arles and Avignon and be inspired!

COUNTRIES: France

RIVERS: Rhone

Colors of Provence

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.

INCLUDED FEATURES

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 ChaÎne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La ChaÎne des Rôtisseurs 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

Land Program

  • 3 nights hotel in Paris at the Renaissance Arc de Triomphe or the Renaissance Paris Le Parc Trocadero (or similar), including city tour, Montmartre, Musee d'Orsay and daily breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel to Lyon via high-speed TGV train
  • Transfer from the ship in Arles to NÎmes with highlights tour and then high-speed TGV train to Barcelona
  • 3 nights hotel in Barcelona at Le Meridien Barcelona (or similar), including city tour, Montserrat and daily breakfast

    DETAILED ITINERARY

    Day 1 : ARRIVE IN BARCELONA, SPAIN
    Arrive in Barcelona and check in to your hotel. (B)

    Day 2 : BARCELONA
    Barcelona, the bustling capital of Catalonia, is an artist's, architect's, foodie's, historian's and culturist's dream. Tour the cobblestoned lanes of the Gothic Quarter in the medieval city center and Las Ramblas. Visit Montjuïc Hill and see some of Antoni Gaudí's imaginative architectural creations, including Casa Milà, Casa Batllo and La Sagrada Familia. (B)

    Day 3 : BARCELONA
    Join an excursion to the mountain Montserrat, which is home to the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat, located about 30 miles from Barcelona. Once there, you can experience an indescribable view of the Catalonia landscape from the top of the mountain. The monastery, officially founded in 1025, soon began to receive pilgrims and visitors who contributed to the spread of stories of miracles and wonders performed by the Virgin Mary. The whole of Montserrat is built around facilitating the worship of the Black Madonna in the Basilica. While here, you'll see the famous Black Madonna sculpture, which sits at the back of the church, above the altar area. The stairway leading to the statue, plus the room and altar in which the statue sits are ornate, golden and pay tribute to the wonder that is the Virgin herself. On leaving the Black Madonna, you will exit via the Cami de l'Ave Maria, another moving place where you will be given the opportunity, should you wish, to pay homage to the statue that you have just seen by lighting a candle. (B)

    Day 4 : BARCELONA - NÎMES, FRANCE - ARLES - EMBARKATION
    Check out of the hotel and board the TGV high-speed train to NÎmes. See the highlights of this delightful town with one of the finest collections of Roman buildings in France before transferring via motorcoach to Arles, where you'll board your luxury ship. (B,D)

    Day 5 : 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 Carrières de Lumières, 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 Provençal 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 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 choices 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, indulge in Tastes of Provence. (B,L,D)

    Day 7 : VIVIERS
    Visit the magnificent medieval hilltop village, Grignan. The village offers unique panoramic views to the north, south, east and west. 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 8 : TOURNON
    Take a train ride past magnificent landscape carved along the Gorge du Doux stopping at the charming little station of Colombier le Vieux-Saint Barthelemy le Plain, where the train maneuvers in preparation for its return journey. Alternatively, lovers of wine and chocolate will want to visit Le Chateau 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 9 : VIENNE - LYON
    Situated between the wine regions of Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône 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 ViaRhôna bike route or a guided hike from the ship to the Monastery at Mount Pipet. Later in the day, set sail to Lyon. Discover dynamic Lyon, starting in Fourvière 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 Fourvière. 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." Or for those more interested in discovering why Lyon is France's culinary capital, visit the city's famed indoor food market, which has nearly five-dozen stalls selling countless gourmet delights. (B,L,D)

    Day 10 : LYON
    Enjoy free time in Lyon or travel to the Beaujolais wine region-known as the Pays d'Or or "land of the golden stones." While there, indulge in a wine tasting at a traditional winery and learn about the history and techniques of their vineyard. (B,L,D)

    Day 11 : LYON - DISEMBARKATION - PARIS
    Disembark the ship and board the TGV train through the French countryside to Paris, the majestic "City of Light." (B)

    Day 12 : PARIS
    Enjoy a morning tour of Paris, taking in all its iconic sites. Later in the day, visit Montmartre, long known as the city's premier artist's enclave. During the mid to late 1800s, artists also began calling Montmartre home. Pissarro and Jongkind were two of the first to live there, followed by other notable artists, including Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Pablo Picasso. For easy access to Montmartre, you'll hop aboard the funicular railroad that ascends the hill. Montmartre's most recognizable landmark is the Basilica du Sacre-Coeur, constructed from 1876 to 1912. The white dome of this Roman Catholic basilica sits at the highest point in the city. After your visit to Montmartre, you'll be taken on an illumination tour, discovering why Paris is renowned as the "City of Light." (B)

    Day 13 : PARIS
    You'll visit one of the world's most renowned museums, the Musee d'Orsay. Housed in the train station building, constructed by Victor Laloux for the 1900 World Fair, the Orsay is a national museum devoted to all the arts between 1848-1914. The various artistic movements represented include Academism, Realism, Impressionism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau. Among the featured artists are Cezanne, Courbet, Daumier, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Millet, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Rodin, Seurat, Sisley and Van Gogh. (B)

    Day 14 : DEPART PARIS
    Bid farewell to Paris and prepare for your flight home. (B)

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    Cruise Line
    AmaWaterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 3/31/2018
    Duration
    14 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms AmaCello

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Barcelona  
    Day 2Barcelona  
    Day 3Barcelona  
    Day 4Nimes  
    Day 5Arles  
    Day 6Avignon  
    Day 7Viviers  
    Day 8Tournon  
    Day 9Lyon  
    Day 10Lyon  
    Day 11Paris  
    Day 12Paris  
    Day 13Paris  
    Day 14Depart Paris  
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    03/25/2019$4,539.00* (USD)Quote
    04/08/2019$4,939.00* (USD)Quote
    04/22/2019$5,139.00* (USD)Quote
    06/03/2019$5,839.00* (USD)Quote
    07/29/2019$5,589.00* (USD)Quote
    08/26/2019$5,689.00* (USD)Quote
    09/23/2019$5,939.00* (USD)Quote
    10/07/2019$5,589.00* (USD)Quote
    10/21/2019$5,389.00* (USD)Quote
    11/04/2019$4,489.00* (USD)Quote
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