Treasures of Burgundy & Provence 2021 Amadeus River Cruise
Enjoy this uniquely beautiful cruise along the French rivers Rhone and Saone. You will experience picturesque villages, world famous wine regions such as the Cote d’Or, unforgettable stretches of land in the regions of Provence and Burgundy, and impressive views of historic cities and monuments. A cruise during the inaugural season for the Amadeus Provence is undoubtedly the best way to enjoy the sunny south of France.
Please note all excursions mentioned in the itinerary are not included but can be purchased pre-cruise.
Embark in the afternoon and make yourself comfortable in your cabin, which will be your luxurious home for the coming week. In the evening, a Welcome Cocktail awaits you, followed by a delectable Welcome Dinner.
In the morning, your ship arrives in Mâcon in southern Burgundy. This historic wine region produces some of the finest and most expensive wines in the world. Enjoy a morning tour through peaceful vineyards and be enchanted by the Mediterranean charm of the Beaujolais and Mâconnais wine regions. A highlight of this excursion is the visit to the Hameau Duboeuf wine museum, where you will gain fascinating insight into the history and production of Burgundy wines. The tour concludes with a wine tasting. After returning to your vessel for lunch, you can join the afternoon excursion to Cluny Abbey, which was founded in 910 and was home to over 10,000 monks at its height. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner on board in the evening.
Continue exploring the Burgundy wine region in Chalon-sur-Saône, where half-timbered houses overlook a square teeming with art galleries and specialty shops. Enjoy a scenic drive through the Burgundy wine route on the morning tour. Your bus will stop in Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, where you will see the beautiful Hôtel-Dieu and enjoy a wine tasting at one of Beaune’s famous cellars. You will then return to your cruise ship for lunch.
Unwind and admire the scenery as the vessel continues along the Saône or, alternatively, join the afternoon excursion which departs from Chalon-sur-Saône and takes you to the medieval towns of Brançion and Cormatin in a comfortable bus. Among other things, you will be able to admire the Château de Cormatin, which undoubtedly houses one of the most opulent castle interiors in Burgundy. In the late afternoon, rejoin your cruise ship in Tournus.
Today your AMADEUS vessel returns to Lyon, which is known not only for its architectural beauty but also for its gastronomic excellence. This photogenic city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and its most famous landmarks include the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and the charming Renaissance Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) area along the bank of the Saône. You can explore these unmissable sights on the guided tour or on your own.
At midday, the cruise ship leaves Lyon and glides past picturesque countryside vistas, heading south.
Spend the day exploring the Provencal city of Avignon and discovering its momentous history. In the morning, take part in a guided walking tour of Avignon, the seat of the Catholic popes from 1309 to 1377. You will be able to admire the Papal Palace, one of the world’s most fascinating examples of Gothic architecture. Another must-see is the Pont d’Avignon, a ruined 12th-century bridge that once spanned the Rhône and is immortalized in a folk song.
If you wish to see more of this unique historic area, join the afternoon excursion to the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct which is a masterpiece of engineering, and the town of Uzès with its many medieval towers. In the evening, enjoy a well-deserved rest and a delicious dinner while your cruise ship remains in Avignon overnight.
Your ship will leave Avignon early in the morning and make its way to Arles, which once captured the imagination of the brilliant Impressionist painter, Vincent van Gogh. Learn more about the rich history of Arles during the morning tour and take a break at the café that served as the model for Vincent van Gogh’s “Café Terrace at Night.” Indeed, walking through the town might induce a sense of déjà vu, since many of the settings may be familiar from some of van Gogh‘s best known pieces.
In the afternoon, recharge in the tranquility of nature by joining the excursion to the Camargue Nature Park, home to the renowned Camargue bulls and white Camargue horses. You will also pay a visit to the historic coastal village of Saintes Maries de la Mer. In the evening, while you are at dinner, the cruise ship will continue on its way to Châteauneuf-du-Rhône.
You can choose to spend a tranquil day on board or disembark for a final excursion to the Ardèche Gorge, another natural wonder of this area. Visit the “Grand Canyon of Europe,” where spectacular limestone cliffs tower over the meandering river below.
You will rejoin the vessel in time for lunch in the charming small town of Le Pouzin. In the afternoon, your ship will make its way back up the beautiful waterways of the Provence. In the evening, celebrate your unforgettable cruise experience at the Captain’s Gala Dinner.
Indulge in one more breakfast on board before disembarking. The crew of the AMADEUS Provence bids you farewell and hopes to welcome you again soon!
- Return Flights or Rail travel from London and overseas transfers
- 8 Day River Cruise on board the Amadeus Provence
- Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director
- Gourmet dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating
- Quality red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
- 24-hour coffee station with coffee, tea and hot chocolate
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
- Complimentary WIFI on board
- Complimentary bottled water in cabins
- Special on board entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstration, on board music performances and nightly music by the Amadeus Duo in the Panorama Bar
- Complimentary use of on board bicycles
- Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on the Sun Deck)
- All port taxes and local taxes
- Optional excursions are available from £24pp. Pre book a package and save 15%.