Explore the sun-drenched region of Provence during our cruise along the Saône and Rhône Rivers. Explore the Burgundy and Beaujolais wine regions in the spring, when poppies, iris, and flowering trees herald the new season.

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 Landscape of sunflowers in Provence  Lyon, France  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  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

Cruise the Rhône and Saône Rivers Aboard the 130-guest Amadeus Provence

9 days from $3,995

Explore the sun-drenched region of Provence during our cruise along the Saône and Rhône Rivers. Explore the Burgundy and Beaujolais wine regions in the spring, when poppies, iris, and flowering trees herald the new season.

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Overview

Discover the sun-drenched region of Provence during our cruise along the Saône and Rhône Rivers. Explore the Burgundy and Beaujolais wine regions in the spring when poppies, iris, and flowering trees herald the new season.

Highlights Include

  • Beaune, Beaujolais, Lyon: In the idyllic Burgundy countryside, enjoy a tour of the Château de Rully, a private estate dating to the 12th century. Explore the World Heritage site of Beaune, longtime capital of Burgundy wines, and see the 15th-century Hôtel Dieu. You’ll also visit Mâcon and Beaujolais, situated along the banks of the Saône River. Later, walk the tree-lined streets of the restored Vieux Lyon, where well-preserved Gothic and Renaissance mansions attest to the wealth of Lyon’s long-standing silk industry.
  • Vienne: Take a walking tour of charming Vienne, and see important landmarks, including the Roman theater. Plus, savor a wine and chocolate tasting with a local expert.
  • Orange, Avignon, Arles: In this quintessential Provençal region, explore significant Roman remains and World Heritage sites. See exquisitely built ancient sites such as the Pont du Gard aqueduct, and a Roman theater and Triumphal Arch in Orange. Cruising to Avignon, stroll through the imposing Palais des Papes, once home to medieval popes, and witness the Pont d’Avignon, the only bridge to span the Rhône during the Middle Ages.  You’ll also see the Roman amphitheater and Romanesque Cathédrale de St. Trophime in Arles. 

*Please note: The May 15 departure will run in reverse. 

*During this voyage, we will share the ship with other leading cultural and educational institutions, which will add to the excitement and energy of the experience.

Fall 2018 Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Day 2 —Lyon, France / Embark ship

Arrive in Lyon, a World Heritage site located at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Embark the deluxe M.S. Amadeus Provence and enjoy the Captain’s welcome reception this evening before dinner. (R,D)

Day 3 —Lyon

From Lyon’s lofty Fourvière Hill or, Praying Hill, enjoy views of the ornate 19th-century Basilica of Notre Dame and then walk the tree-lined streets of the restored Vieux Lyon, where well-preserved Gothic and Renaissance mansions attest to the wealth of the city’s long-standing silk industry. Stroll the ancient quarter of St. Jean and explore the unique, often hidden traboules—narrow, covered pedestrian passageways. The ship cruises the Saône River to Chalon-sur-Saône tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Chalon-sur-Saône / Beaune

From historic Chalon-sur-Saône, travel into the idyllic Burgundy countryside to visit the enchanting Château de Rully, a picturesque medieval fortress surrounded by vineyards. Count Raoul de Ternay will lead 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. and the longtime capital of Burgundy wines, in the famous Côte d’Or département. Tour the legendary, Burgundian Renaissance-style Hôtel-Dieu—one of the best examples of 15th-century French architecture—once a charitable hospital and today famous for its iconic tiled roof pattern. 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 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 of southern France. Visit the museum dedicated to the inventor of the photograph, Joseph Nicéphore-Niépce, or stroll across the picturesque Saint-Laurent bridge. Cruise the Saône to Mâcon this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Mácon for Cluny / Montmerle for Beaujolais / Trévoux

From Mâcon, travel through Burgundy’s Saône-et-Loire département 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. Reembark the ship for lunch. France’s youngest and fruitiest wines are cultivated in the lovely vineyards of Beaujolais, the “land of the golden stones.” 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 Delphine d’Harcourt 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 renowned local pianist and enjoy a wine tasting with canapés. Reembark the ship in Trévoux. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Vienne / Tournon / Tain I'Hermitage

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Vienne, a delightful river town located at a scenic bend in the Rhône. 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. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Saint-Étienne-des-Sorts / Pont du Gard / Orange / Avignon

Arrive in the historic riverfront village of Saint-Étienne-des-Sorts this morning and 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.

Enjoy a scenic transfer to World Heritage-designated Avignon, an ancient city built on the banks of the Rhône River and the center of Western Christendom from 1309—when Pope Clement V moved the papal capital here—until the Great Schism with Rome in 1378, 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. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Avignon / Arles

Enjoy a morning at leisure in Avignon before cruising 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. Attend the Captain’s farewell reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 9 — Arles / Marseille / U.S.

Disembark the ship this morning in Arles and continue on the Aix-En-Provence Post-Cruise Option or transfer to the airport in sun-kissed Marseille for your return flight home. (B)

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

May 15 - 23, 2019 Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Day 2 —Marseille, France / Arles / Embark ship

Arrive in the sun-kissed city of Marseille and transfer to Arles to embark the deluxe Amadeus Provence. Enjoy the Captain’s welcome reception this evening before dinner. (R,D)

Day 3 — Arles / Avignon

Few places on Earth can match the distinctive joie de vivre of Arles. This archetypal Provençal city is home to several of the world’s most majestic Roman monuments, all designated a World Heritage site. On the walking tour, visit the magnificently restored 20,000-spectator Amphitheater, built in the first century B.C., and the 12th-century Église Saint-Trophime, a former cathedral known for its fascinating Last Judgment-themed portal, a superb example of Romanesque sculpture. Nearby, the subject of Vincent van Gogh’s 1888 painting, The Café Terrace at Night, is still open for business on the Place du Forum.

The ship cruises to Avignon tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Avignon

The center of Western Christendom from 1309, when Pope Clement V moved the papal capital here until the Great Schism with Rome (1378), Avignon is a World Heritage site and an enchanting ancient city built on the banks of the Rhône.

On a 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. Walk to the splendid Garden of the Popes and the Rocher des Doms, a hilltop park offering spectacular panoramic views of the Rhône Valley. At the river’s edge, see the remaining four arches of one of the finest surviving examples of medieval fortifications, the Pont Saint-Bénezet (Pont d’Avignon), the only bridge built across the Rhône during the Middle Ages. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Avignon / Châteauneuf-du-Pape for Pont du Gard and Orange / Saint-Étienne-des-Sorts

Cruise to Châteauneuf-du-Pape to visit World Heritage-designated 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. This masterpiece of engineering was constructed of limestone cut to fit together seamlessly without mortar, using arches to support the weight.

Traverse the beautiful Provençal countryside, passing springtime blooms and 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 Caesar and a symbol of Roman imperial glory.

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

Day 6 — Vienne

In Vienne, visit one of France’s oldest cities, where a Roman Theater is still in use today.  See landmarks from the medieval and Roman times, including the Cathedral de Saint-Maurice and the Augustus and Livia Temple.

Enjoy a wine and chocolate tasting on board with a local wine expert.  (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Lyon for Beaujolais / Trévoux

Cruise to the captivating city of 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 Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Fourvière.

Walk the tree-lined streets of the restored Vieux Lyon, where well-preserved Gothic and Renaissance mansions attest to the wealth of Lyon’s long-standing silk industry. Stroll through the ancient quarter of Saint-Jean and explore the unique, often hidden traboules—narrow, covered pedestrian passageways. 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 Delphine d’Harcourt 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 canapés. Reembark the ship in Trévoux this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Chalon-sur-Saône for Beaune / Mâcon

Amidst the idyllic Burgundy countryside, visit the enchanting Château de Rully, a picturesque medieval fortress surrounded by Chardonnay vineyards. Count Raoul de Ternay will greet you and guide 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. and the longtime capital of Burgundy wines, located in the famous Côte d’Or département. This historic city and its surrounding Burgundy terroirs, vineyards and cultural landscape comprise a World Heritage site. Here, tour the legendary, Burgundian Renaissance-style Hôtel-Dieu—one of the best examples of 15th-century French architecture, famous for its iconic, colorful tiled roof and once a charitable hospital. After lunch in a local restaurant, travel to Mâcon through Burgundy’s Saône-et-Loire département amid green vineyards growing lusher at this time of year. Re-embark the ship and enjoy the Captain’s farewell reception and dinner on board. (B,L,R,D)

Day 9 — Lyon / Disembark ship / Return to the U.S.

Disembark the ship in Lyon and continue to Geneva for the Geneva and the French Alps Post-Cruise Option, or transfer to the Lyon airport for your return flight home. (B)

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

May 8-16, 2019 Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Day 2 — Lyon, France / Embark ship

Arrive in the captivating city of Lyon, a World Heritage site located at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers, and embark the deluxe Amadeus Provence. Enjoy the Captain’s welcome reception this evening before dinner. (R,D)

Day 3 — Chalon-sur-Saône for Beaune / Mâcon / Beaujolais

Amidst the idyllic Burgundy countryside, visit the enchanting Château de Rully, a picturesque medieval fortress surrounded by Chardonnay vineyards. Count Raoul de Ternay will greet you and guide 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. and the longtime capital of Burgundy wines, located in the famous Côte d’Or département. This historic city and its surrounding Burgundy terroirs, vineyards and cultural landscape comprise a World Heritage site. Here, tour the legendary, Burgundian Renaissance-style Hôtel-Dieu—one of the best examples of 15th-century French architecture, famous for its iconic, colorful tiled roof and once a charitable hospital.

Travel to Mâcon through Burgundy’s Saône-et-Loire département, amid green vineyards growing lusher at this time of year, for lunch in a local restaurant followed by an excursion to the lovely vineyards of Beaujolais, the “land of the golden stones,” from which 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 Delphine d’Harcourt 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 canapés. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Lyon

From Lyon’s lofty Fourvière Hill (Praying Hill), enjoy views of the ornate 19th-century Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Fourvière. Walk the tree-lined streets 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 through the ancient quarter of Saint-Jean and explore the unique, often hidden traboules—narrow, covered pedestrian passageways. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Vienne

In Vienne, visit one of France’s oldest cities, where a Roman Theater is still in use today.  See landmarks from the medieval and Roman times, including the Cathedral de Saint-Maurice and the Augustus and Livia Temple.

Enjoy a wine and chocolate tasting on board with a local wine expert.  (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Saint-Étienne-des-Sorts for Orange and Pont du Gard / Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Cruise to Saint-Étienne-des-Sorts and traverse the beautiful Provençal countryside, passing springtime blooms and 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 Caesar and a symbol of Roman imperial glory.

Re-embark the ship in Châteauneuf-du-Pape for lunch. Visit World Heritage-designated 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. This masterpiece of engineering was constructed of limestone cut to fit together seamlessly without mortar, using arches to support the weight.

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

Day 7 — Avignon

The center of Western Christendom from 1309, when Pope Clement V moved the papal capital here until the Great Schism with Rome (1378), Avignon is a World Heritage site and an enchanting ancient city built on the banks of the Rhône. On a 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. Walk to the splendid Garden of the Popes and the Rocher des Doms, a hilltop park offering spectacular panoramic views of the Rhône Valley. At the river’s edge, see the remaining four arches of one of the finest surviving examples of medieval fortifications, the Pont Saint-Bénezet (Pont d’Avignon), the only bridge built across the Rhône during the Middle Ages. (B,L,D)

Day 8 —Arles

Few places on Earth can match the distinctive joie de vivre of Arles. This archetypal Provençal city is home to several of the world’s most majestic Roman monuments, all designated a World Heritage site. On the walking tour, visit the magnificently restored 20,000-spectator Amphitheater, built in the first century B.C., and the 12th-century Église Saint-Trophime, a former cathedral known for its fascinating Last Judgment-themed portal, a superb example of Romanesque sculpture.

Nearby, the subject of Vincent van Gogh’s 1888 painting, The Café Terrace at Night, is still open for business on the Place du Forum. This evening, enjoy the Captain’s farewell reception and dinner on board. (B,L,R,D)

Day 9 — Arles / Disembark ship / Marseille / Return to the U.S.

Disembark the ship in Arles and continue to Aix-en-Provence for Post-Cruise Option, or transfer to the Marseille Airport for your return flight home. (B)

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