Ama Waterways River Cruises

Colors of Provence
Provence & Spain

Journey on the Rhone River

7 night Lyon to Arles and 3 night in Paris and 3 nights land tour in Barcelona

From the magic of Paris to the romance of Barcelona, this itinerary is one of our most captivating. Begin with three nights in Paris then travel in style aboard the high speed TGV train to Lyon, France's gastronomical capital. From there, cruise through France’s legendary wine growing regions, home to famous wines such as Beaujolais and Côte du Rhône. Enjoy wine tastings at local vintners, marvel at Roman ruins, stroll through medieval villages and shop for Provencal crafts. Your itinerary includes the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avignon as well as Arles, the city where Vincent Van Gogh spent much of his life. Disembark and continue to the medieval town of Perpignan for a stop en route to your post-cruise program in magnificent Barcelona.

Lyon to Arles

 

Provence River Cruise Itinerary

 

 

DAY 1, DEPART USA/CANADA

Board your overnight flight to Paris, France.

DAY 2, ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE

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

DAY 3, PARIS

Spend your first day in Paris getting acquainted with it on a city tour. (B)

DAY 4, PARIS

Your last day in Paris is free for you to enjoy at your leisure. (B)

DAY 5, PARIS – LYON – EMBARKATION

After checking out of your hotel, board the TGV train through the French countryside to Lyon, France’s culinary capital. Upon arrival, enjoy free time before being treated to an exclusive hands-on cooking lesson. Later, transfer to your luxurious ship. (B,D)

DAY 6, 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.” During the afternoon, enjoy leisure time or join a guided bike tour through the city designed with cyclists in mind. (B,L,D)

DAY 7, COLLENGES – 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 8, VIENNE – TOURNON

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. (B,L,D)

DAY 9, TOURNON

Wine and chocolate lovers will enjoy visiting Tournon located in the heart of Côtes du Rhône. 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 Barthélemy le Plain, where the train maneuvers in preparation for its return journey. Alternatively, lovers of wine and chocolate will want to visit Le Château 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 10, 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 Provençale 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 11, AVIGNON – LES BAUX – 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 12, ARLES – DISEMBARK – BARCELONA, SPAIN

Disembark your ship in Arles and travel a short distance to Nîmes. See the highlights of this delightful town with one of the finest collections of Roman buildings in France. Afterwards, board the TGV high-speed train to the city that inspired Antoni Gaudí and is certain to inspire you. (B)

DAY 13, 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 Batlló and La Sagrada Familia. (B)

DAY 14, BARCELONA

Enjoy a full day at your leisure. (B)

DAY 15, DEPART BARCELONA

Transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. (B)

 

Arles to Lyon

 

Day 1 DEPART USA/CANADA

Board your overnight flight to Barcelona, Spain.

Day 2 ARRIVE IN BARCELONA, SPAIN

Arrive in Barcelona and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.

Day 3 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 Batlló and La Sagrada Familia. (B)

Day 4 BARCELONA

Spend a full day at leisure to discover the vast treasures of this eclectic city. (B)

Day 5 BARCELONA - NIMES - EMBARKATION - ARLES, FRANCE

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 6 ARLES

Art lovers will 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.” 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 get to taste the different olive oils. Or for a different adventure, journey to Aigues-Mortes, known for its well preserved medieval walls and guard towers, followed by a visit to the beautiful Camargue National Park, a protected natural territory with more than 400 different species of birds. During the afternoon, join a walking tour of Arles highlighting top sights, including the Romanesque cathedral and Roman amphitheater, or take a 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 7 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 Provençal 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 8 TOURNON

Wine and chocolate lovers will enjoy visiting Tournon located in the heart of Côtes du Rhône. 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 Barthélemy le Plain, where the train maneuvers in preparation for its return journey. Alternatively, lovers of wine and chocolate will want to visit Le Château 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

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. (B,L,D)

Day 10 COLLENGES

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. (B,L,D)

Day 11 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.” During the afternoon, enjoy leisure time or join a guided bike tour through the city designed with cyclists in mind. (B,L,D)

Day 12 LYON - DISEMBARKATION - PARIS, FRANCE

Disembark the ship and board the TGV train through the French countryside to Paris, the majestic “City of Light.” (B))

Day 13 PARIS

Get acquainted with Paris on a city tour. (B)

Day 14 PARIS

Enjoy your last full day in Paris at your leisure. Or join the optional Seine Cruise & Eiffel Tower excursion this morning or the optional Parisian Cabaret dinner theater excursion this evening. (B)

Day 15 DEPART PARIS

Your splendid vacation comes to an end as you transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. (B)

Itineraries and excursions are subject to change.

Departures on the: Amadagio   

2017 / 2018 Per Person Cruise Fares

Cruise Departure
Ship:
Lower Deck -
Cat E
w/window
Lower Deck -
Cat D w/window
Middle Deck - Cat C
w/French balcony
Middle Deck - Cat B
w/French balcony
Upper Deck - Cat A
w/French balcony
Upper Deck - Suite
w/French balcony

Arles to Lyon

27-Apr-17 AmaCello
$3,599
$3,898
$4,498
$4,698
$4,798
$5,998
25-May-17 AmaCello
$3,699
$3,998
$4,598
$4,798
$4,898
$6,098
6-Jul-17 AmaCello
$3,599
$3,898
$4,498
$4,698
$4,798
$5,998
3-Aug-17 AmaCello
$3,599
$3,898
$4,498
$4,698
$4,798
$5,998
26-Oct-17 AmaCello
$3,399
$3,698
$4,298
$4,498
$4,598
$5,798
9-Nov-17 AmaCello
$3,099
$3,398
$3,998
$4,198
$4,298
$5,498
               
29-Mar-18
AmaCello
$2,999
$3,298
$3,898
$4,098
$4,198
$5,398
10-May-18 AmaCello
$3,699
$3,998
$4,598
$4,798
$4,898
$6,098
2-Aug-18 AmaCello
$3,599
$3,898
$4,498
$4,698
$4,798
$5,998
11-Oct-18 AmaCello
$3,699
$3,998
$3,099
$3,398
$4,898
$6,098
25-Oct-18 AmaCello
$3,399
$3,698
$4,298
$4,498
$4,598
$5,798
8-Nov-18 AmaCello
$3,099
$3,398
$3,998
$4,198
$4,298
$5,498

 


Cruise Departure
Ship:
Lower Deck -
Cat E
w/window
Lower Deck -
Cat D w/window
Middle Deck - Cat C
w/French balcony
Middle Deck - Cat B
w/French balcony
Upper Deck - Cat A
w/French balcony
Upper Deck - Suite
w/French balcony

Lyon to Arles

23-Mar-17 AmaCello
$2,899
$3,198
$3,798
$3,998
$4,098
$5,298
6-Apr-17 AmaCello
$3,199
$3,498
$4,098
$4,298
$4,398
$5,598
20-Apr-17 AmaCello
$3,399
$3,698
$4,298
$4,498
$4,598
$5,798
4-May-17 AmaCello
$3,599
$3,898
$4,498
$4,698
$4,798
$5,998
15-Jun-17 AmaCello
$3,699
$3,998
$4,598
$4,798
$4,898
$6,098
29-Jun-17 AmaCello
$3,599
$3,898
$4,498
$4,698
$4,798
$5,998
13-Jul-17 AmaCello
$3,599
$3,898
$4,498
$4,698
$4,798
$5,998
10-Aug-17 AmaCello
$3,599
$3,898
$4,498
$4,698
$4,798
$5,998
24-Aug-17 AmaCello
$3,799
$4,098
$4,698
$4,898
$4,998
$6,198
7-Sep-17 AmaCello
$3,899
$4,198
$4,798
$4,998
$5,098
$6,298
21-Sep-17 AmaCello
$3,899
$4,198
$4,798
$4,998
$5,098
$6,298
5-Oct-17 AmaCello
$3,799
$4,098
$4,698
$4,898
$4,998
$6,198
19-Oct-17 AmaCello
$3,499
$3,798
$4,398
$4,598
$4,698
$5,898
2-Nov-17 AmaCello
$3,199
$3,498
$4,098
$4,298
$4,398
$5,598
               
22-Mar-18 AmaCello
$2,899
$3,198
$3,798
$3,998
$4,098
$5,298
05-Apr-18 AmaCello
$3,199
$3,498
$4,098
$4,298
$4,398
$5,598
19-Apr-18 AmaCello
$3,399
$3,698
$4,298
$4,498
$4,598
$5,798
03-May-18 AmaCello
$3,599
$3,898
$4,498
$4,698
$4,798
$5,998
31-May-18 AmaCello
$3,699
$3,998
$4,598
$4,798
$4,898
$6,098
14-Jun-18 AmaCello
$3,699
$3,998
$4,598
$4,798
$4,898
$6,098
26-Jul-18 AmaCello
$3,599
$3,898
$4,498
$4,698
$4,798
$5,998
09-Aug-18 AmaCello
$3,599
$3,898
$4,498
$4,698
$4,798
$5,998
23-Aug-18 AmaCello
$3,799
$4,098
$4,698
$4,898
$4,998
$6,198
20-Sep-18 AmaCello
$3,899
$4,198
$4,798
$4,998
$5,098
$6,298
04-Oct-18 AmaCello
$3,799
$4,098
$4,698
$4,898
$4,998
$6,198
18-Oct-18 AmaCello
$3,599
$3,898
$4,498
$4,698
$4,798
$5,998
01-Nov-18 AmaCello
$3,199
$3,498
$4,098
$4,298
$4,398
$5,598
15-Nov-18 AmaCello
$3,099
$3,398
$3,998
$4,198
$4,298
$5,498

 

PORT FEES OF $168 (2017 / 2018)

2 Night land program in Barcelona and Paris - $1800 (2017 / 2018) per person additional.

Rates include: standard or SLIDING GLASS DOOR CABIN, excursions, free internet, and wine with dinner



LINK TO AMA DAGIO