Join this exclusive, nine-day French sojourn in world‑famous Provence and in the Burgundy and Beaujolais wine regions during springtime, the best time of year to visit. Cruise from historic Lyon to Provençal Arles along the fabled Rhône and Saône Rivers aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe Amadeus Provence, launched in 2017.
Grace Gary, an architectural historian with degrees from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and the University of Virginia, is a veteran leader of more than 30 Trust tours. Most recently she served as the executive director of Nemours Mansion and Gardens in Wilmington, DE, where she oversaw an award-winning, multi-year, $70 million restoration of building and gardens. She and fellow National Trust lecturer Dwight Young are the authors of Nemours: A Portrait of Alfred I. DuPont’s House. Grace also is the author of two volumes in the Trust’s “Information” series and has also served as director of the Trust’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, Preservation PA, and Longue Vue House and Gardens. She was the first director of Colonial Williamsburg’s Tourism Leadership Center. Grace has led more than forty tours over thirty years to countries on four continents.
1 Depart the U.S.
2 Lyon, France/Embark Amadeus Provence
3 Chalon-sur-Saone for Beaune/Macon for Beaujolais
5 Tournon-sur-Rhone and Tain-l’Hermitage
6 Saint-Etienne-des-Sorts for Orange and Pont du Gard/Chateauneuf du Pape
9 Arles/Disembark ship/Marseille/Return to the U.S.
Geneva and the French Alps Pre-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.Palette of
Provence Post-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.