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    Tour overview

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    7-NIGHT CRUISE WITH 3 NIGHTS PARIS PRE-CRUISE AND 3 NIGHTS BARCELONA POST-CRUISE


    7-NIGHT CRUISE WITH 3 NIGHTS PARIS PRE-CRUISE AND 3 NIGHTS NICE POST-CRUISE

     


     

      

     

    Itinerary

    1. Day1
      DEMBARKATION – LYON, FRANCE

       

      Board your cruise in Lyon. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers as the ship moors overnight. (D)


    2. Day2
      B,L,DLYON

       

      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)


    3. Day3
      B,L,DVIENNE

       

      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, enjoy the afternoon at your leisure before sailing to Vienne. (B,L,D)


    4. Day4
      B,L,DVIENNE – 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 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)


    5. Day5
      B,L,DTOURNON

       

      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, cycle through the French countryside or 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)


    6. Day6
      B,L,DAVIGNON

      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, visit three venues around Avignon to taste regional specialties including macarons, cheese and wine, and tapenades. 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 Provençal town, go in search of the highly prized “Black Diamond” truffles with a farmer and his trustworthy canine companion. In the evening, enjoy an illuminations cruise around Avignon. (B,L,D)


    7. Day7
      B,L,DARLES

       

      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. 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. 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, 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)


    8. Day8
      BARLES – DISEMBARKATION

       

      Disembark your ship in Arles. (B)


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    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

    • Wellness Activities with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.

    • 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