Cruise through picturesque Provence along the Saône and Rhône Rivers while you explore important World Heritage sites, charming villages, and the wine regions of the Rhône Valley and Burgundy.

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 View of Lyon and the Rhône River  The Roman amphitheater in Arles  The portal of the Romanesque Church of St. Trophime, Arles  Palais des Papes, Avignon  The Pont du Gard  Roman theater, Orange  The Roman Triumphal Arch, Orange  The city of Lyon, along the Rhône River  The Benedictine Abbey of Cluny  The 15th-century Hôtel Dieu, Beaune  Vineyards in Burgundy  Landscape of sunflowers in Provence

A River Cruise of Provence

9 days from $4,490

Cruise through picturesque Provence along the Saône and Rhône Rivers while you explore important World Heritage sites, charming villages, and the wine regions of the Rhône Valley and Burgundy.

or Call 855-330-1542


Sep 15 - 23, 2021 Departure
Kevin D. Murphy

Kevin D. Murphy

Kevin D. Murphy holds the Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University where he is also Professor and Chair in the Dept. of History of Art. He is an architectural historian who has spoken and lectured widely on French art and architecture. His first book concerned the restoration, in the mid-nineteenth century, of the Church of the Madeleine at Vezelay, a famed Romanesque pilgrimage church in Burgundy. Also, Murphy has published articles on Le Corbusier and other modern French architects in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and other academic journals and general-readership magazines.

Murphy knows France well. As an undergraduate, he lived for six months in Grenoble, and then as a doctoral candidate, for several years in Paris. He once hitchhiked from Nice to Bourdeaux and has made several tours of the Loire Valley to which he is anxious to return. Throughout his career, Murphy has taught onsite in the US and abroad. Recently, he traveled as a faculty expert on a trip to the Netherlands and Belgium. A former Fulbright Fellow, as well as Mary Davis Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (National Gallery of Art, Washington), and Chester Dale Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Professor Murphy received his Ph.D. in Art History at Northwestern University, his M.A. in Preservation Studies from Boston University, and his B.A. in Art History from Swarthmore College.

(Photo © Daniel Dubois/Vanderbilt) 

Sep 22 - 30, 2021 Departure
Stephen Clancy

Stephen Clancy

Stephen Clancy is an art historian with special expertise in ancient, medieval, and Renaissance art and architecture. A popular Smithsonian Journeys Expert, he has led more than 15 tours and cruises through the Mediterranean region and northern Europe.

Stephen Clancy recently retired as Professor of Art History at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where he taught for twenty-seven years.  After receiving his Ph.D from Cornell University, Stephen taught the history of Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance art and architecture, as well as courses on visual persuasion and the rhetoric of art.  His research career began with a focus on fifteenth-century French and Flemish illuminated manuscripts, specifically with works connected to the artists Jean Fouquet (about whom he has written a book, a book chapter, and several articles) and Simon Marmion (for which he received a 1995-96 Fulbright Scholarship in Brussels, Belgium).  Stephen is a recipient of grants from the Hewlett and Keck foundations. 

Stephen worked with a team of students and faculty from the University of Melbourne in Australia to investigate how technology can open up new avenues for understanding the art and architecture of the distant past, in a project entitled “Virtual Chartres Cathedral.” More recently he was a Visiting Fellow at the Australia National University in Canberra, investigating the roles that images play in shaping cultural identity, in a project entitled “Visualizing the Self and Others: Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Medieval Iberia.”

Stephen’s latest research project has seen him develop a course entitled “Jewish Imagery and Images of Jews,” and has taken him to a number of medieval Jewish cultural sites in Spain, Germany, and France, where the past is being revived and reinvented in interesting and sometimes controversial ways. The academic pursuit he has enjoyed above all others is teaching and sharing his knowledge of art and architecture. He has served as a lecturer on numerous tours over the past twenty-two years in the Mediterranean and in northern Europe, from Scandinavia to Russia.