View enchanting landscapes, Roman and medieval historic sites, and the colorful cities of Burgundy and Provence as you cruise along the Saône and Rhône Rivers aboard the Amadeus Provence. This cruise features visits to Avignon and the Côtes du Rhône wine region.

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 Lyon, France  The village of Tournon and vineyards  Palais des Papes, Avignon  The Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct in Provence  The portal of the Romanesque Church of St. Trophime, Arles  A town square in Arles  Landscape of sunflowers in Provence  The Roman Triumphal Arch of Orange, Provence.  Roman Theater of Orange  Vineyards in Burgundy  Market in Lyon  The Hotel-Dieu in Beaune  Traditional wine cellar

A River Cruise of Provence

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

9 days | Full tour details to be announced soon

View enchanting landscapes, Roman and medieval historic sites, and the colorful cities of Burgundy and Provence as you cruise along the Saône and Rhône Rivers aboard the Amadeus Provence. This cruise features visits to Avignon and the Côtes du Rhône wine region.

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Overview

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

Highlights Include

  • Arles and Avignon: During a walking tour of Arles, a World Heritage site, see the Roman amphitheater and Romanesque Cathedral de St. Trophime. In Avignon, stroll the hallways that were once home to medieval popes at the imposing Palais des Papes and see the famous Pont d’Avignon.
  • Orange: Stand in awe at major Roman sites such as the ancient theater and Pont du Gard aqueduct, both World Heritage sites.
  • Vienne and Tournon: Take a walking tour of charming Vienne, including the Roman Theater. In 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, Beaune, Beaujolais: Enjoy walking tours of Lyon and Beaune, both World Heritage sites, and visit Beaune’s 15th-century Hôtel Dieu and Château de Rully. In Beaujolais, savor a private wine tasting and take a vineyard tour at the exquisite Château Montmelas. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Day 2 — Arrive Marseille, Franc

After an overnight flight, arrive in the sun-kissed city of Marseille and embark the deluxe Amadeus Provence. Enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Reception this evening before dinner. (R,D)

Day 3 — Arles / Avignon

The distinctive joie de vivre in the archetypal Provençal city of Arles 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. The ship cruises to Avignon tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Avignon / Châteauneuf-du-Pape for Pont du Gard and Orange / 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 in 1378, World Heritage-designated Avignon is an ancient city built on the banks of the Rhône River. 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 remaining examples of medieval fortifications, the Pont St-Bénezet (Pont d’Avignon), the only bridge built to span 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 World Heritage-designated Pont du Gard, an exquisitely built, 2000-year-old Roman aqueduct. Constructed of stones that fit together seamlessly without mortar, the aqueduct once supplied over nine million gallons of water daily to the city of Nîmes. Visit the Roman city of Orange and its awe-inspiring World Heritage sites. Explore the well-preserved ancient Roman Theater, still hosting performances today, and see the Triumphal Arch, built in the late A.D. first century as a tribute to Augustus and a symbol of Roman imperial glory.

Reembark the ship in Saint-Étienne-des-Sorts and enjoy a pleasantly crisp springtime evening as you cruise along the Rhône. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage / Vienne

Facing one another across opposite shores of the Rhône River are the twin cities of Tournon, one of France’s oldest medieval sites, and Tain-l’Hermitage, surrounded by vineyards and granite slopes. This region of the Ardèche département is known as the birthplace of the Syrah grape variety, also known as Shiraz, and for vineyards that produce both red and white Hermitage, the finest and most expensive of all Côtes du Rhône wines. In Tournon, encounter impressive examples of architecture dating from the 11th to 16th centuries, and the oldest secondary school in France, Lycée Gabriel-Faure. In Tain‑l’Hermitage, visit the boutique at world-renowned Valrhona Cité du Chocolate and enjoy an artisanal chocolate tasting.

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 those 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 Lyon (Old Town), 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

Amid 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. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)