Explore Burgundy from your balcony

Add a unique, epicurean dimension to this itinerary with one of our exclusive Wine Cruises. On this sailing, you will uncork local traditions, savor intense flavors and enjoy palate-pleasing adventures as you explore wondrous and unforgettable destinations. You will have the choice to join special tours that are designed to bring Europe’s rich wine heritage to life and, what’s more, a dedicated wine expert will be on board to lead tastings and suggest pairings with our award-winning cuisine. This cruise is a one-of-a-kind way to not only see, but also to taste – don’t miss this chance to indulge as you cruise along the legendary waterways of Europe.Cruise through France’s legendary wine growing regions, home to such famous vintages as Beaujolais and Côte du Rhône. Enjoy wine tastings at local vintners, marvel at ancient 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.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 Limited Edition tours. There are always 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.

DAY 1: LYON – EMBARKATION

Board your cruise in Lyon. Gather this evening on board for a Welcome Dinner.

DAY 2: 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 afternoon is free to enjoy however you wish. The ship departs for Belleville this evening.

DAY 3: BELVILLE – VIENNE

This morning’s tour will take you through the enchanting Beaujolais wine region, also known as the Pays d’Or or “land of the golden stones,” named for the richly colored 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 who will invite you for a wine tasting and vineyard tour as he shares the history of the region’s wine production. Return to the ship in the afternoon and enjoy a wine lecture and tasting onboard as you continue cruising towards Vienne. Upon arrival, make the most of your free time and venture about on your own or simply unwind on board.

DAY 4: 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 walking tour and see an ancient Roman temple, the ruins of a Roman theater, and the medieval Abbey Church of St. Pierre, today an Archaeological Museum. Return to the ship and enjoy an onboard lecture and wine tasting as you sails towards Tournon. This evening, enjoy a “Red Wine & Chocolate Pairing” at the Tournon Chateau.

DAY 5: TOURNON – VIVIERS

This morning, enjoy a scenic drive to the Tain-l’Hermitage region for a wine tasting. Later, enjoy an on board wine lecture and tasting this afternoon as we cruise to Viviers. After arriving this evening, you may take a “Ghost Walk” tour through this medieval town, where colorful stories and local legends are brought to life by local residents.

DAY 6: VIVIERS – AVIGNON

Today you arrive in Avignon, site of the bridge made famous by the French children’s song “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. In the afternoon, visit the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape region where you will enjoy a wine tasting, tour a local vineyard and learn about the wines and winemaking process.

DAY 7: AVIGNON – ARLES

After arriving Arles this morning, 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 “Artist 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 Carrières de Lumières, a stone quarry that projects artwork on its walls. Late this afternoon, a city tour of Arles will show you the city’s top sights including the Romanesque cathedral and Roman amphitheater. The ship moors overnight in Arles.

DAY 8: ARLES – DISEMBARKATION

Disembark your ship in Arles.

Depart Nov 2, 2017
Cruise Hosted by: Dave Miner, Owner of Miner Family Winery,
Oakville, CA & Sondra Bernstein,
Owner of “the girl & the fig” Restaurant, Sonoma, CA
$3,367 pp dbl USD
Includes port charges

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with French balconies)
Computer for internet access
Entertainment on Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news and music
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
Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinnerv 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
Limited Edition Tours
Knowledgeable guides
Personal headset for easy exploration
Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways

 

 

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