View the stunning landscapes of Provence and its historic cities on a seven-night cruise along the Saône and Rhône rivers aboard the AmaDagio

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 The Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct in Provence  Landscape of sunflowers in Provence  Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild Credit: Berthold Werner  St. Trophime in Arles, France  The Roman amphitheater of Arles  Typical flower market and charming square in Aix-en-Provence Credit: Sundrenched Gardens/Alamy  Arles, France Credit: Wolfgang Staudt  Palais des Papes, Avignon  The Hotel-Dieu in Beaune

The Romantic Rhône

A River Cruise from Arles to Lyon

11 days from $5,995

View the stunning landscapes of Provence and its historic cities on a seven-night cruise along the Saône and Rhône rivers aboard the AmaDagio

or Call 855-330-1542

SOLO TRAVELERS

No single supplement for solo travelers on select cabins! Please call for details.

Overview

Delve into the arts of Provence, discover Burgundy, and learn about the influence of the Roman and medieval eras in southern France during our cruise of the Saône and Rhône rivers. 

Highlights Include:

  • Nice and St. Tropez: Stay 
on the glamorous French Riviera and visit the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, the Musée Marc Chagall in Nice, and
 the Musée de l’Annonciade in St. Tropez.
  • Arles and Aix-en-Provence: Choose to visit sites featuring Roman history or French art.
  • Avignon: Explore the medieval Palais des Papes, where six popes held court, tour the cathedral with its private gardens, and visit the Roman Pont du Gard.
  • Grenoble: See 
a superb collection of art at the Musée de Grenoble.
  • Mâcon: Tour the 17th-century “Gilded Rooms” and gardens of Château de Cormatin and enjoy a private concert in the Orangerie.
  • Dijon and Beaune: See the 15th-century tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy and other treasures at the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the famous tile-roofed Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune.
  • Lyon: Choose from excursions focused on art and cuisine, and tour charming Vieux Lyon, the first protected historic district in France. 

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Itinerary

Delve into the arts of Provence, discover through Burgundy, and learn about the influence of the Roman and medieval eras in southern France during our cruise of the Rhône River. 

Highlights Include:

  • Nice and St. Tropez: Stay 
on the glamorous French Riviera and visit the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, the Musée Marc Chagall in Nice, and
 the Musée de l’Annonciade in St. Tropez.
  • Arles and Aix-en-Provence: Choose to visit sites featuring Roman history or French art.
  • Avignon: Explore the medieval Palais des Papes, where six popes held court, tour the cathedral with its private gardens, and visit the Roman Pont du Gard.
  • Grenoble: See 
a superb collection of art at the Musée de Grenoble.
  • Mâcon: Tour the 17th-century “Gilded Rooms” and gardens of Château de Cormatin and enjoy a private concert in the Orangerie.
  • Dijon and Beaune: See the 15th-century tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy and other treasures at the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the famous tile-roofed Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune.
  • Lyon: Choose from excursions focused on art and cuisine, and tour charming Vieux Lyon, the first protected historic district in France. 

Day 1 — Depart U.S.

Depart New York for an overnight flight to Nice, France.

Day 2 — Nice, France

Upon arrival in Nice on the glamorous French Riviera, transfer to the centrally located Hotel Beau Rivage on Promenade des Anglais. This afternoon tour the lovely Musée des Beaux-Arts, housed in a Belle Époque mansion with an English-style garden. Later, gather for a cocktail reception including introductory remarks by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert. (R)

Day 3 — Nice

This morning admire the largest public collection of works by Marc Chagall at his dedicated museum. Following lunch, drive to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat​ and visit Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild’s magnificent gardens overlooking the sea. Alternatively, explore Monaco’s famed casino and oceanographic museum. Return to Nice for dinner at leisure. (B,L)

Day 4 — St. Tropez / Arles / Embark AmaDagio

Stop in St. Tropez to visit the Musée de l’Annonciade, with its fine collection of modern art by Vuillard, Bonnard, and Signac among others. Lunch is at leisure in this seaside village. Continue to Arles, with its picturesque streets, shops, and markets immortalized by Vincent van Gogh, to embark the AmaDagio. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner onboard the ship tonight. (B,D)

the ship tonight. (B,D) Day 5 — Arles / Aix-en-Provence

Choose between two wonderful options today: See the Romanesque church of St. Trophime, one of France’s great treasures, in Arles along with the Roman amphitheater, and a cemetery dating from the time of Julius Caesar. Or, alternatively, travel to Aix-en-Provence for its lovely 17th- and 18th-century architecture, and the fine collection of French paintings and sculpture at the Musée Granet. Rejoin the AmaDagio and sail for Avignon. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Avignon

Visit the medieval palace at Avignon, where six popes held court. This impressive building reminds us that money was no object when it came to building palaces and commissioning works of art. You may wish to have lunch on your own in this charming city. In the afternoon, join an excursion to see the Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard, one of the greatest feats of engineering surviving from the ancient world. Accompanied by a wine tasting, you’ll have the option to admire the gardens of the private Château de Saint Privat or visit the elegant home and garden of a former curator of the Louvre in Villeneuve-les-Avignon. Wrap up the day with a wine tasting in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Then return to the AmaDagio as it continues upriver this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Grenoble

Drive to Grenoble to explore one of the best collections of 19th and 20th-century art in France at the Musée de Grenoble. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely day cruising up the Rhone River aboard the AmaDagio. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Macon

From Macon, visit the 17th-century Château de Cormatin, with its “Gilded Rooms” and delightful gardens. You will also be treated to a private concert in the Orangerie. Reboard the AmaDagio for lunch followed by a relaxing afternoon on the river with the option of attending a lecture. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Dijon, Beaune

Arrive this morning in Chalon-sur-Saône and drive to Dijon to see the spectacular 15th-century tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy and other treasures at the Musée des Beaux-Arts. The center of the city has many shops and bistros where you may wish to have lunch. Continue to Beaune and visit the residence of the Burgundian dukes until the 14th-century. Later in Beaune we will discover the famous tile-roofed Hôtel-Dieu housing Rogier Van der Weyden’s Last Judgment. (B,L,D)

Day 10 — Lyon

During a morning tour of Lyon‘s Old Town, admire highlights of the collection at the Musée des Beaux-Arts or discover the market of this gastronomic capital. Following lunch, explore the revitalized Lyon Confluence district, featuring an impressive new museum, or visit the diverse collections at the Textiles and Decorative Arts Museums. Gather this evening for a festive farewell dinner hosted by the ship's captain. (B,L,D)

Day 11 — Lyon / Depart for U.S.

Disembark the AmaDagio and transfer to the Lyon Airport for flights home or continue your journey with our optional Roanne Post-Program option. (B)