ESSENCE OF BURGUNDY & PROVENCE
August 18 - 25, 2022 | Hosted by Ariane Henry
7-night river cruise from Arles to Chalon-Sur-Saone onboard the AmaCello
Category E Window stateroom CA $4,917.00 per person including port taxes & fees
Indulge in French flavors on a palate-pleasing itinerary that highlights the essence of France’s Burgundy and Provence. Uncover the Roman history of Chalon-sur Saône and delight in charming Tournus with its towering Romanesque abbey and historic apothecary shop. Visit French châteaux from Burgundy to Provence, taste your way through the French culinary capital of Lyon and visit the Papal Palace in Avignon. While you’ll get more than a taste of Burgundy and Provence during this itinerary, the essence of these destinations will linger on your palate – and in your heart – for a lifetime!
With AmaWaterways, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. You can choose from a large variety of activities so that you can explore how you wish. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.
Book by March 31, 2021 and Save CA $900 per person on cruise fare PLUS Complimentary Pre-paid Gratuities.
Onboard Cruise Inclusions
- 7-night cruise in elegantly appointed accommodations
- Fine dining, including unlimited complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Sip & Sail cocktail hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaine des Rotisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
- Small group guided shore excursions with a variety of choices and activity levels
- Live local entertainment
- Unlimited Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
- Professionally trained Welleness Host
- Services of a professional Cruise Manager
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Pre-cruise | Barcelona
Enjoy 3 nights in Barcelona at the Renaissance Barcelona (or similar), including daily breakfast, city tour and a variety of excursions. As well as a transfer from Barcelona to the ship in Arles.
Post-cruise | Geneva
Enjoy 3 nights in Geneva at the Hotel Rotary Geneva-MGallery (or similar), including daily breakfast, city tour and a variety excursions. As well as a transfer from the ship to Geneva.
ArlesAugust 18 2022 | Embarkation
Board your ship in preparation for your 7-night Essence of Provence & Burgundy cruise. Spend time getting to know your new home the AmaCello - Decorated in a palette of gold and orange that reflects Europe’s brilliant autumn foliage, the AmaCello is a floating delight. The glorious Sun Deck offers a soothing whirlpool, giant chess set and recliners from which to drink up the extraordinary scenery. Inside, enticing aromas waft from the beautiful Main Restaurant and The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, each previewing a masterfully plated dish created by an expert chef using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. And after just one bite, you’ll understand why the AmaCello, was inducted into the internationally renowned culinary society known as La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs!
ArlesAugust 19 2022
Located in southern Burgundy at the heart of the Côte Chalonnaise wine region, Chalon-Sur-Saône whispers the secrets of its medieval past which you will discover on your historic city tour. Alternatively, choose an excursion in Beaune, a walled town nestled in the heart of Cote d’Or vineyards where you’ll stroll the cobblestone streets and take in such sights as the mosaic-tiled roof of the Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune, founded in the 15th century as a hospital for the less fortunate. Or, visit the storybook Château de Couches, a medieval fortress enveloped in idyllic hills and greenery that once served the Dukes of Burgundy. Later in the day, enjoy a scenic sailing to Tournus, or pedal from Chalon-Sur- Saône to Tournus on an exhilarating guided bike tour. Alternatively, once in Tournus, sample the region’s famous white Mâconnais wines.
ValenceAugust 20 2022
Valence is a designated “City of Art and History,” where you can see such sites as its 11th-century Cathedral of St. Apollinaris or perhaps its House of Heads (named for the carved heads of its façade and courtyard) on your city tour. If you prefer a more relaxing excursion, taste the Northern Rhône’s red Cornas wines. For a more active adventure, pedal through this bicycle-friendly city.
Vienne and LyonAugust 21 2022
Vienne boasts a Roman past that can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. There you can ride the charming mini train around the city. For those wishing to be more active, take a guided bike tour along a portion of the ViaRhôna bike route or a guided hike from the ship to the Monastery at Mount Pipet. Later in the day, discover dynamic Lyon, starting in Fourvière Hill, part of the city’s historic region that is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the 19th-century basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Continue on to the old town of Lyon, followed by a guided walk through the St. Jean district and explore the city’s unique covered walkways, known as “traboules.” If you’re a self-described foodie, a Lyon tasting tour is for you, during which you’ll have a chance to taste some of Lyon’s local delights. In the evening, sit back to see the city illuminated during a scenic nighttime cruise.
Macon and TournusAugust 22 2022
Join a guided tour through the “South Burgundy City” of Mâcon, learning about its local vineyards, museums, historical sites and perhaps its famous son, the poet and minister Alphonse de Lamartine. Or venture somewhat off the beaten path to Cluny, known for its large abbey, and the nearby castle Berze-le-Chatel, a well-preserved fortress perched on a rocky hill offering stunning views below. Alternately, you can enjoy a guided bike tour to Berze-le-Chatel. Should architecture or religion be one of your main interests, perhaps choose the excursion to the Royal Monastery of Brou, built in the 16th century and boasting a glorious white façade as well as a beautifully tiled roof. Later in the day, enjoy a panoramic view from the Sun Deck as you sail to Tournus, or opt for a bike ride from Mâcon to Tournus. Or, enjoy a delicious tasting of the region’s famous white Mâconnais wines.
TournusAugust 23 2022
Today you have a choice of a number of excursions as you explore Tournus. Let your knowledgeable guide lead you through Tournus and to its magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Saint Philibert. Or choose instead to visit the moated Château de Cormatin, which dates back to the early 17th century and features ornate apartments as well as a beautifully manicured garden. As an alternative, venture to the medieval village of Brancion with its preserved gateway, church and market hall. Later in the day, enjoy scenic cruising as you sail toward Chalon-Sur-Saône, or opt for a bike tour if you’re feeling adventurous.
Chalon-sur-SaôneAugust 24 2022
Located in southern Burgundy at the heart of the Côte Chalonnaise wine region, Chalon-Sur-Saône whispers the secrets of its medieval past which you will discover on your historic city tour. You’ll also stop at a local market where you can see and taste some of the local fare. Alternatively, choose an excursion in Beaune, a walled town nestled in the heart of Cote d’Or vineyards where you’ll stroll the cobblestone streets and take in such sights as the mosaic-tiled roof of the Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune, founded in the 15th century as a hospital for the less fortunate. Or, visit the storybook Château de Couches, a medieval fortress enveloped in idyllic hills and greenery that once served the Dukes of Burgundy. Later in the day, treat your palate to a tasting of Chalonnaise wines.
Chalon-sur-SaôneAugust 25 2022 | Disembarkation
Disembark your ship in Chalon-sur-Saône and prepare for your return flight home.