During your intimate small ship cruise, dock in the heart of each port town and visit six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the wonderfully preserved Roman Amphitheater in Arles, the medieval Papal Palace of Avignon and the Roman city of Orange. 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. 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.
PALETTE OF PROVENCE
1 Depart the U.S.
2 MARSEILLE, FRANCE/ARLES /Embark AMADEUS PROVNCE (R,D)
3 ARLES/AVIGNON (B,L,D)
4 AVIGNON/CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE for PONT DU GARD and ORANGE /SAINT-ÉTIENNE-DES-SORTS (B,L,D)
5 TOURNON-SUR-RHÔNE and TAIN-L’HERMITAGE/VIENNE (B,L,D)
6 LYON (B,L,D)
7 CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE for BEAUNE (B,L,D)
8 MÂCON for CLUNY/MONTMERLE-SUR-SAÔNE for BEAUJOLAIS/TRÉVOUX (B,L,R,D)
9 LYON/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S. (B)
◆ GENEVA AND THE FRENCH ALPS POST-CRUISE OPTION
Palette of Provence Pre-Cruise Option
Discover the beautiful, medieval city of Aix-en-Provence, located in the heart of France’s sun-drenched 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.
Geneva and the French Alps Post-Cruise Option
Delight in the unique beauty and dramatic scenery of the Savoie Mont-Blanc region where France, Switzerland and Italy converge. Visit the world-class city of Geneva, Switzerland, ideally located on the magnifi cent shores of Lake Geneva, the largest lake on the course of the Rhône and fed by the waters fl owing down through the Alpine valleys. Enjoy a specially arranged tour of the interior chambers of the Palais des Nations, a United Nations headquarters. Explore the picturesque French village of Chamonix, the historic capital of Alpine skiing and host of the first Winter Olympic Games in 1924, and see France’s largest glacier, the legendary Mer de Glace. Accommodations are for three nights in the INTERCONTINENTAL GENEVA, a deluxe, centrally located hotel. The Pre- and Post-Cruise Options are available at additional cost.