View the enchanting landscapes, glorious gardens, and historic cities of Burgundy and Provence on a cruise along the Saône and Rhône Rivers aboard the Amadeus Provence, featuring visits to Avignon and the world-famous Côtes du Rhône wine region.

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 A town square in Arles  The Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct in Provence  Landscape of sunflowers in Provence  Iconic lavender fields of Provence (in full bloom July and August)  The magnificently engineered Pont du Gard in Provence.  The famous Louvre museum, with the glass entrance designed by I.M. Pei  The portal of the Romanesque Church of St. Trophime, Arles  Palais des Papes, Avignon  The Hotel-Dieu in Beaune  Market in Lyon  The Roman Triumphal Arch of Orange, Provence.  Roman Theater of Orange

A River Cruise of Provence

Springtime on the Rhône and Saône Rivers Aboard the 130-guest Amadeus Provence

9 days from $3,695

View the enchanting landscapes, glorious gardens, and historic cities of Burgundy and Provence on a cruise along the Saône and Rhône Rivers aboard the Amadeus Provence, featuring visits to Avignon and the world-famous Côtes du Rhône wine region.

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Overview

Explore the sun-drenched region of Provence during our new cruise along the Rhône and Saône Rivers.

Highlights Include:

  • Marseille: Visit the bustling Vieux Port and the neo-Byzantine Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica.
  • Arles: During a walking tour of this World Heritage site, see the Roman amphitheater and Romanesque Cathedral de St. Trophime. 
  • Avignon: Stroll the hallways once home to medieval popes at the imposing Palais des Papes and stop by the famous Pont d’Avignon.
  • Orange: Stand in awe at major Roman sites such as the ancient theater and famous Pont du Gard aqueduct, both World Heritage sites.
  • Tournon: Visit one of France’s oldest medieval cities as well as Tain-l’Hermitage, situated among the vineyards between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of Hermitage, the birthplace of Syrah.
  • Lyon and Beaune: Enjoy walking tours of these towns, both World Heritage sites and visit Beaune’s 15th-century Hôtel Dieu and Château de Rully.
  • Beaujolais: Savor a private wine tasting and vineyard tour at the exquisite Château Montmelas. 

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Day 2 — Marseilles, France

Upon arrival in the sun-kissed city of Marseilles, check into the InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu. Enjoy an afternoon tour of this captivating city, named the 2013 European Cultural Capital. See the vibrant Vieux Port (Old Port), where Greek settlers first landed and set up a trading post in 600 B.C.; visit the ancient, colorful Panier district and walk its small cobblestoned streets and alleyways; and tour the neo-Byzantine Notre Dame de la Gare basilica, located on a hilltop promontory providing breathtaking panoramic views across the city and harbor. The evening is at leisure. 

Day 3 — Marseilles / Arles / Avignon

Admire the bucolic French countryside en printemps (in springtime) as you travel to the archetypal Provençal city of Arles, where the distinctive joie de vivre is like nowhere else on Earth. On the walking tour, see one of the world’s most majestic Roman monuments—the magnificently restored 20,000-spectator Amphitheater—built in the first century B.C., and visit the 12th-century Cathedral of St. Trophime with its fascinating Last Judgment-themed portal, a superb example of Romanesque sculpture and a World Heritage site. Enjoy time at leisure to explore this charming city, perhaps stopping by the subject of Vincent van Gogh’s 1888 painting, The Café Terrace at Night, which is still open for business on the Place du Forum.

Embark the deluxe Amadeus Provence and enjoy the captain’s welcome reception this evening before dinner. The ship cruises to Avignon tonight. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 — Avignon / Châteauneuf-du-Pape for Orange and Pont du Gard / Saint-Étienne-des-Sorts

The center of Western Christendom from 1309, when Pope Clement V moved the papal capital here until the Great Schism with Rome (1378), Avignon, a World Heritage site, is an ancient city built on the banks of the Rhône. On the walking tour, visit the grandiose Palais des Papes (Papal Palace), the largest château-fort built in Europe during the Gothic era and the primary testament to Avignon’s golden age. Stand at the river’s edge to see the remaining four arches of one of the finest surviving examples of medieval fortifications, the Pont St-Bénezet (Pont d’Avignon), the only bridge built across the Rhône during the Middle Ages.

Return to the ship for lunch and cruise to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Traverse the beautiful Provençal countryside, dotted with vibrantly hued stucco houses accented by blue shutters, en route to the Roman city of Orange and its awe-inspiring World Heritage sites. Visit the well-preserved ancient Roman Theater, still hosting performances today, and see the Triumphal Arch, built in the late first century as a tribute to Augustus and a symbol of Roman imperial glory. Visit the World Heritage site of Pont du Gard, an exquisitely built 2000-year-old Roman aqueduct that once supplied over nine million gallons of water daily to the city of Nîmes and was constructed of stones made to fit together seamlessly without mortar, cleverly using arches to support the weight.

Enjoy a pleasantly crisp springtime evening as you cruise along the Rhône River. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Tournon / Vienne

Facing one another across opposite shores of the Rhône River, visit the twin cities of Tournon, one of France’s oldest medieval sites, and Tain-l’Hermitage, surrounded by the vineyards and granite slopes of Hermitage.

In Tournon, encounter impressive examples of architecture dating from the 11th-, 14th- and 16th-centuries, and the 16th-century Lycée Gabriel-Faure, the oldest secondary school in France. This region of the Ardèche département is known as the birthplace of Syrah and for its vineyards that produce both red and white Hermitage, the finest and most expensive of all Côtes du Rhône wines.

Cruise to Vienne, a delightful river town located at a scenic bend in the Rhône and enjoy a guided walking tour. From exquisite Roman ruins to an ornate medieval cathedral, few towns in southern France can offer a trove of architectural treasures equal to that of Vienne. The Romans highly valued the town’s strategic location and endowed it with some of the finest Classical antiquities in France, including the nearly perfectly preserved Temple d’August et Livie, built in 25 B.C. in honor of Rome’s greatest emperor, and the Théâtre Romain, a beautifully restored amphitheater at the foot of Mont Pipet that seats up to 13,000 spectators. The town’s most notable medieval landmark is the impressive Cathédrale de St-Maurice, which was constructed between the 12th- and 16th-centuries and combines classic elements of Romanesque and Gothic design. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Lyon

This morning, arrive in Lyon, a World Heritage site located at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. From lofty Fourvière Hill (Praying Hill), enjoy views of the ornate 19th-century Basilica of Notre Dame, and then walk the tree-lined streets—just now coming into full bloom—of the restored Vieux (old) Lyon, where well-preserved Gothic and Renaissance mansions attest to the wealth of Lyon’s long-standing silk industry. Stroll the ancient quarter of St. Jean and explore the unique, often hidden traboules—narrow, covered pedestrian passageways. The afternoon is at leisure in Lyon. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Chalon-sur-Saône for Beaune

Amidst the idyllic Burgundy countryside, visit the enchanting Château de Rully, a picturesque medieval fortress surrounded by vineyards. Count Raoul de Ternay will take you on a private tour of the estate, his family's ancestral home since the 12th-century.

Continue to Beaune, founded in the fifth century B.C. in the famous Côte d’Or département and the longtime capital of Burgundy wines. Tour the legendary 15th-century Burgundian Renaissance-style Hôtel-Dieu, famous for its tiled roof pattern and once a charitable hospital. The meticulously restored chambers provide a fascinating glimpse into medical science across six centuries and house an impressive collection of period art, including the brilliant Last Judgment by Rogier van der Weyden.

Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon in the historic, quintessential wine-producing town of Chalon-sur-Saône. Explore lively Place Saint-Vincent, dominated by the Romanesque cathedral and lined with quaint cafés, specialty shops and local wine cellars populated by chic patrons out enjoying the warm spring weather. Visit the museum dedicated to the inventor of the photograph, Joseph Nicéphore-Niépce, or stroll across the picturesque Saint-Laurent bridge. (B,L,D) 

Day 8 — Mâcon for Cluny / Montmerle for Beaujolais / Trévoux

From Mâcon, travel through Burgundy’s Saône-et-Loire département amid green vineyards, growing lusher at this time of year between bud break and flowering, to the distinguished Benedictine Cluny Abbey (A.D. 910), one of the great centers of medieval Christianity. The beautiful and austere remnants of the sprawling abbey complex still provide a fascinating glimpse of what was, until the construction of St. Peter’s in Rome, the largest Christian basilica in the world. Reboard the ship for lunch.

From the lovely vineyards of Beaujolais, the “land of the golden stones,” France’s youngest and fruitiest wines are cultivated. Located along the banks of the Saône River, this internationally acclaimed wine region has been known to produce more red wine than the Burgundy vineyards of Chablis, Côte d’Or, Côte Châlonnaise and Mâconnais combined. In the verdant heart of Beaujolais, visit the 10th-century Château de Montmelas. Châtelaine Blandine de Sonis will greet you upon arrival and guide your exclusive tour through her home. Experience a private, specially arranged performance of fortepiano music by an internationally recognized pianist living in Burgundy, and enjoy a wine tasting with local canapés.

Rejoin the ship in Trévoux this evening for the captain’s farewell reception and dinner. (B,L,R,D) 

Day 9 — Depart Lyon for the U.S.

Disembark and continue to Geneva for the post-program option, or transfer to the airport for your return flight home.