Ama Waterways River Cruises

Colors of Provence
Provence & Spain

Journey on the Rhone River

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

 

From romantic cities to foodie havens and artistic epicenters, this itinerary enlivens all your senses. Enjoy three nights pre-cruise in romantic Paris and enjoy an evening illumination tour to start off your 7-night cruise. Then transfer to Lyon, France’s culinary capital, and savor the beauty of legendary vineyards and imbibe in local vintages like Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône. You can even become an expert in all things culinary: go in search of the highly prized “Black Diamond” truffles and learn how to pair chocolate with wine. Trace the steps of famous artists in Arles and Carriéres de Lumiéres. Lower the drawbridge of your fantasies in Avignon, a sprawling commune with an overwhelming array of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, intriguing art museums and historic charm. After your cruise, spend three nights in Barcelona taking in the top sites, as well as views of the mountains of Montserrat.

Lyon to Avignon

 

Provence River Cruise Itinerary

 

 

DAY 1, 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 2, PARIS

Enjoy a morning tour taking in the signature sites of Paris, including the awe-inspiring Arc de Triomphe and iconic Eiffel Tower. In the evening, 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. You’ll be taken on an evening illumination tour, discovering why Paris is renowned as the “City of Light.” (B)

DAY 3, PARIS

Visit the Atelier des Lumières where you’ll be treated to an immersive digital experience with art, sound and history displayed throughout the various rooms and walls of the formerly 18th-century steel factory building. (B)

DAY 4, PARIS – LYON – EMBARKATION

Check out of your Paris hotel and head to the train station to board the TGV high-speed train through the French countryside to Lyon. Once in the “food capital of France,” marvel at an indoor market hall where you’ll have a chance to sample of the delicacies offered by butchers, bakers, chocolatiers and cheesemongers while taking in the colorful sights and enticing aromas around you. Afterward, embark the ship in Lyon for your Colors of Provence cruise. (B,D)

DAY 5, 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.” Alternately, join a guided bike tour through the city designed with cyclists in mind. In the afternoon, enjoy the rest of your day at your own leisure to explore the city. (B,L,D)

DAY 6, 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. After rejoining the ship, you will then sail to Vienne. (B,L,D)

DAY 7, 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. Follow the footsteps of the ancient Romans on 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 hike from the ship to the Monastery at Mount Pipet or a guided bike tour along a portion of the ViaRhôna bike route. (B,L,D)

DAY 8, TOURNON

Walk through the steep vineyards as you learn about the history and techniques of winemaking in this area. Following the guided tour, join your host for a tasting of the Hermitage wines for which this region is celebrated. Alternatively, 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. 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 or cycle through the French countryside. (B,L,D)

DAY 9, TARASCON - ARLES

Provençal town Tarascon is known for its medieval architecture and charming tales – especially the legend of the Tarasque monster. Join a guided walking tour where you’ll visit the Roman ruins of Arles such as its Roman Amphitheater and the Church of Saint Trophime, famous for its Romanesque architecture. Alternatively, you can enjoy a bike ride along the Rhône, through town to the Langlois Bridge, a famous subject from several Vincent Van Gogh paintings. 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. During the afternoon, you’ll visit the enchanting medieval fortress, the Castle of Tarascon – a fortress designed to protect but surprises all with its elegant interior, fit for royalty. Or, delve deeply into the Carrières de Lumières, where you’ll be treated to a spectacular presentation of art, sound and history projected on the former limestone quarry walls of caves. Alternately, you can enjoy an excursion to explore the medieval, walled village of Aiges-Mortes. Then, you'll drive to the beautiful Camargue National Park, a protected natural territory that lines the Mediterranean Sea south of Arles. Afterwards, venture to the medieval hilltop village, Les Baux de Provence. In the evening, enjoy an illuminations cruise around Avignon. (B,L,D)

DAY 10, AVIGNON

Depending on your interests, you have three choices of excursions for the morning. 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. 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. You can visit three venues around Avignon to taste regional specialties including macarons, cheese and wine, and tapenades or you can enjoy a bike tour. During the afternoon, you can go to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the impressive Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that is a masterpiece of ancient engineering. Alternately, you can go to the magnificent hilltop village, Grignan. After visiting this enchanting Provençal 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 – DISEMBARK – BARCELONA, SPAIN

Disembark your ship in Avignon and board the TGV high-speed train to the city that inspired Antoni Gaudí and is certain to inspire you. (B)

DAY 12, 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. See some of Antoni Gaudí’s imaginative architectural creations, La Sagrada Familia. (B)

DAY 13, 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’ll ride a scenic funicular to the top of the mountain and experience an indescribable view of the Catalonia landscape. 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. (B)

DAY 14, DEPART BARCELONA

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

 

Avignon to Lyon

 

Day 1 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 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. See some imaginative architectural creations, highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Works of Antoni Gaudi,” including 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’ll ride a scenic funicular to the top of the mountain and experience an indescribable view of the Catalonia landscape. 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. (B)

Day 4 BARCELONA - NIMES - EMBARKATION - AVIGNON, FRANCE

Check out of the hotel and board the TGV high-speed train to Nimes. Then you will transfer via bus to Avignon where you’ll board your luxury ship. (B,D)

Day 5 TARASCON - AVIGNON

Provençal town Tarascon is known for its medieval architecture and charming tales – especially the legend of the Tarasque monster. Join a guided walking tour where you’ll visit the Roman ruins of Arles such as its Roman Amphitheater and the Church of Saint Trophime, famous for its Romanesque architecture. Alternatively, you can enjoy a bike ride along the Rhône, through town to the Langlois Bridge, a famous subject from several Vincent Van Gogh paintings. 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. During the afternoon, you’ll visit the enchanting medieval fortress, the Castle of Tarascon – a fortress designed to protect but surprises all with its elegant interior, fit for royalty. Or, delve deeply into the Carrières de Lumières, where you’ll be treated to a spectacular presentation of art, sound and history projected on the walls of caves. Afterwards, venture to the medieval hilltop village, Les Baux de Provence. Alternately, you can enjoy an excursion to explore the medieval, walled village of Aiges-Mortes. In the evening, enjoy an illuminations cruise around Avignon. (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 in the morning. 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. Or, you can visit three venues around Avignon to taste regional specialties including macarons, cheese and wine, and tapenades. During the afternoon, you can go to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the impressive Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that is a masterpiece of ancient engineering. Alternately, you can enjoy a bike tour through the city. (B,L,D)

Day 7 VIVIERS

Take in the quaint surroundings of Viviers, a charming commune that sidles up to the right bank of the Rhone. From Viviers, travel to the magnificent hilltop village, Grignan. After visiting this enchanting Provençal 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

Admire the hilltop village of Tournon with its imposing castle. You have a choice of four 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, or cycle through the French countryside. (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. Follow the footsteps of the ancient Romans on 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 hike from the ship to the Monastery at Mount Pipet or a guided bike tour along a portion of the ViaRhôna bike route. Later in the day travel to Lyon, considered the “Food Capital of France.” Take a walking tour that starts 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.” You can also visit the famous indoor market hall Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse, named after the late chef renowned for his Michelin-starred l’Auberge du Pont de Collonges restaurant. There you’ll have a chance to sample of the delicacies offered by butchers, bakers, chocolatiers and cheesemongers while taking in the colorful sights and enticing aromas around you. Alternately, join a guided bike tour through the city designed with cyclists in mind (B,L,D)

Day 10 LYON

Visit a traditional Beaujolais winery and learn the history and techniques of their vineyard. Plus, enjoy a tasting of their specialty. (B,L,D)

Day 11 LYON - DISEMBARKATION - PARIS, FRANCE

Disembark the ship and enjoy tasting some local Lyon specialties before boarding your high-speed train to Paris and checking into your hotel. (B)

Day 12 PARIS

Enjoy taking in the signature sites of Paris in your guided city tour, including the awe-inspiring Arc de Triomphe and iconic Eiffel Tower. You’ll see Champs Élysées with its cinemas, sidewalk cafes and luxury specialty shops. In the evening, 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. You’ll be taken on an evening illumination tour, discovering why Paris is renowned as the “City of Light.” (B)

Day 13 PARIS

Visit the Atelier des Lumières where you’ll be treated to an immersive digital experience with art, sound and history displayed throughout the various rooms and walls of the formerly 18th-century steel factory building. In the afternoon, spend the rest of your day at your full leisure exploring such landmarks as the Louvre museum with its famous glass pyramid, or sampling a fresh, flaky croissant at one of the city’s legendary cafes. (B)

Day 14 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: AmaKristina  

2021 Per Person Cruise Fares

Cruise
Departure
Ship:
Piano Deck - Cat E w/window
Piano Deck - Cat D w/window
Violin/Cello Deck - Cat C w/ French balcony aft
Cello Deck - Cat BB w/twin balconies fwd & mid
Violin Deck - Cat BA aft w/twin balconies
Cello Deck - Cat AB w/twin balconies
Violinr Deck - Cat AA w/twin balconies
Violin Deck - Suite w/twin balconies

Avignon to Lyon

15-Apr-21 AmaKristina $3,799 $4,098 $4,798 $5,298 $5,498 $5,698 $5,898 $7,198
29-Apr-21 AmaKristina $3,999 $4,298 $4,998 $5,498 $5,698 $5,898 $6,098 $7,398
20-May-21 AmaKristina $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,498
27-May-21 AmaKristina $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,498
10-Jun-21 AmaKristina $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,498
24-Jun-21 AmaKristina $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,498
22-Jul-21 AmaKristina $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,498
5-Aug-21 AmaKristina $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,498
19-Aug-21 AmaKristina $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,498
2-Sep-21 AmaKristina $4,199 $4,498 $5,198 $5,698 $5,898 $6,098 $6,298 $7,598
16-Sep-21 AmaKristina $4,199 $4,498 $5,198 $5,698 $5,898 $6,098 $6,298 $7,598
30-Sep-21 AmaKristina $4,199 $4,498 $5,198 $5,698 $5,898 $6,098 $6,298 $7,598
14-Oct-21 AmaKristina $3,999 $4,298 $4,998 $5,498 $5,698 $5,898 $6,098 $7,398
28-Oct-21 AmaKristina $3,699 $3,998 $4,698 $5,198 $5,398 $5,598 $5,798 $7,098
25-Nov-21 AmaKristina $3,299 $3,598 $4,298 $4,798 $4,998 $5,198 $5,398 $6,698
9-Dec-21 AmaKristina $3,099 $3,398 $4,098 $4,598 $4,798 $4,998 $5,198 $6,498
                   

 

Cruise
Departure
Ship:
Piano Deck - Cat E w/window
Piano Deck - Cat D w/window
Violin/Cello Deck -
Cat C w/ French balcony
aft
Cello Deck - Cat BB w/twin balconies fwd & mid
Violin Deck - Cat BA aft w/twin balconies
Cello Deck - Cat AB w/twin balconies
Violinr Deck - Cat AA w/twin balconies
Violin Deck - Suite w/twin balconies

Lyon to Avignon

18-Mar-21 AmaKristina $3,199 $3,498 $4,198 $4,698 $4,898 $5,098 $5,298 $6,598
25-Mar-21 AmaKristina $3,299 $3,598 $4,298 $4,798 $4,998 $5,198 $5,398 $6,698
1-Apr-21 AmaKristina $3,499 $3,798 $4,498 $4,998 $5,198 $5,398 $5,598 $6,898
8-Apr-21 AmaKristina $3,699 $3,998 $4,698 $5,198 $5,398 $5,598 $5,798 $7,098
15-Apr-21 AmaKristina $3,799 $4,098 $4,798 $5,298 $5,498 $5,698 $5,898 $7,198
22-Apr-21 AmaKristina $3,899 $4,198 $4,898 $5,398 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $7,298
29-Apr-21 AmaKristina $3,999 $4,298 $4,998 $5,498 $5,698 $5,898 $6,098 $7,398
6-May-21 AmaKristina $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,498
13-May-21 AmaKristina $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,498
20-May-21 AmaKristina $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,498
27-May-21 AmaKristina $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,498
3-Jun-21 AmaKristina $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,498
10-Jun-21 AmaKristina $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,498
17-Jun-21 AmaKristina $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,498
24-Jun-21 AmaKristina $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,498
1-Jul-21 AmaKristina $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,498
8-Jul-21 AmaKristina $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,498
15-Jul-21 AmaKristina $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,498
22-Jul-21 AmaKristina $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,498
29-Jul-21 AmaKristina $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,498
5-Aug-21 AmaKristina $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,498
12-Aug-21 AmaKristina $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,498
19-Aug-21 AmaKristina $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,498
26-Aug-21 AmaKristina $4,199 $4,498 $5,198 $5,698 $5,898 $6,098 $6,298 $7,598
2-Sep-21 AmaKristina $4,199 $4,498 $5,198 $5,698 $5,898 $6,098 $6,298 $7,598
9-Sep-21 AmaKristina $4,199 $4,498 $5,198 $5,698 $5,898 $6,098 $6,298 $7,598
16-Sep-21 AmaKristina $4,199 $4,498 $5,198 $5,698 $5,898 $6,098 $6,298 $7,598
23-Sep-21 AmaKristina $4,199 $4,498 $5,198 $5,698 $5,898 $6,098 $6,298 $7,598
30-Sep-21 AmaKristina $4,199 $4,498 $5,198 $5,698 $5,898 $6,098 $6,298 $7,598
7-Oct-21 AmaKristina $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $6,198 $7,498
14-Oct-21 AmaKristina $3,999 $4,298 $4,998 $5,498 $5,698 $5,898 $6,098 $7,398
21-Oct-21 AmaKristina $3,899 $4,198 $4,898 $5,398 $5,598 $5,798 $5,998 $7,298
28-Oct-21 AmaKristina $3,699 $3,998 $4,698 $5,198 $5,398 $5,598 $5,798 $7,098
4-Nov-21 AmaKristina $3,499 $3,798 $4,498 $4,998 $5,198 $5,398 $5,598 $6,898
11-Nov-21 AmaKristina $3,399 $3,698 $4,398 $4,898 $5,098 $5,298 $5,498 $6,798
                   

 

PORT FEES OF / $196 (2021)

3 Night land program in Paris - $1500 (2021) per person additional.
3 Night land program in Barcelona - $1170 (2021) per person additional.

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



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