Cruise for seven nights from historic Lyon to Provençal Arles along the fabled Rivers Rhône and Saône aboard the deluxe Amadeus Provence, launched in 2017. During your intimate small ship cruise, dock in the heart of each port town and visit six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Roman city of Orange, the medieval Papal Palace of Avignon and the wonderfully preserved Roman Amphitheater in Arles. Tour the legendary 15th‑century Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune, famous for its intricate and colorful tiled roof, and picturesque Lyon, France’s gastronomique gateway. Enjoy an excursion to the Beaujolais vineyards for a private tour, world-class piano concert and wine tasting at the Château Montmelas, guided by the châtelaine, and visit the Burgundy region for an exclusive tour of Château de Rully, a medieval fortress among the vineyards which has belonged to the family of your guide, Count de Ternay, since the 12th century.
Barbara Horlbeck, M.A., is an arts and culture professional with extensive global experience. She is a lecturer, writer, independent researcher and adjunct instructor of art history, and has developed and teaches innovative virtual and face-to-face college-level art history courses. As Founder of Arts and Influences, Barbara developed the successful Food for Thought Lecture and Lunch Series and created a series of in-depth seminars covering a broad range of topics from “Arts of the Medieval World,” to “Collectors, Collections, and the Modern Museum.” As a docent at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Barbara has led tours for educators, specialists and the general public for 15 years. She has traveled in more than 35 countries, including five continents and the North Pole. Barbara will help travelers focus on developing a deeper understanding of our artistic and cultural legacy while placing works of art and architecture within their rich historical context.
1 Depart the U.S.
2 Lyon, France/Embark Amadeus Provence (r,d)
3 Lyon (b,l,d)
4 Chalon-sur-Saône for Beaune (b,l,d)
5 Mâcon for Cluny/Montmerle‑sur‑Saone for Beaujolais/Trévoux (b,l,d)
6 Vienne/Tournon-sur-Rhône and Tain‑l’Hermitage (b,l,d)
7 Saint-Étienne-des-Sorts for Orange and Pont du Gard /Avignon (b,l,d)
8 Avignon /Arles (b,l,r,d)
9 Arles/Disembark ship/Marseille
Return to the U.S. (b)
Palette of Provence Post-Cruise Option
Geneva and the French Alps Pre-Cruise Option
Delight in the mountainous beauty of the Savoie Mont-Blanc region where France, Switzerland and Italy converge. Visit the world‑class city of Geneva, ideally located on the crystalline shores of Lake Geneva, the largest lake on the course of the Rhône and fed by the waters flowing down through the valleys of the Swiss Alps. Enjoy a specially arranged tour of the interior chambers of the Palais des Nations, a United Nations headquarters; and explore the picturesque French village of Chamonix, the historic capital of alpine skiing and host of the first Winter Olympic Games in 1924.
Accommodations are for three nights in the deluxe, centrally located Hotel Bristol Geneve.
Palette of Provence Post-Cruise Option
Discover the beautiful, medieval city of Aix‑en‑Provence, located in the heart of France’s golden Provençal region and which perhaps captures best the quintessential élan of all that is Provence. Walk in the footsteps of Paul Cézanne and discover the rich history, renowned cuisine and vibrant culture of Aix. Visit one of the colorful daily markets, stroll through the Mazarin district and old Aix and enjoy lunch in the city’s oldest café on the famous Cours Mirabeau, a classic, grand boulevard lined with plane trees and elegant 17th‑ and 18th-century townhouses. Accommodations for two nights are in the ideally located, deluxe Grand Hôtel Roi René.
The Pre- and Post-Program Options are available at additional cost.
Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.