Join this exclusive, nine-day French sojourn in world-famous Provence and in the Burgundy and Beaujolais wine regions during the best time of year. Cruise from historic Lyon along the fabled Rhône and Saône Rivers aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe Amadeus Provence. Enjoy an excursion to Beaujolais for a private wine tasting and a walking tour of Old Lyon. Visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune, the Roman amphitheater in Arles, the Roman city of Orange and the medieval Papal Palace of Avignon. Experience a specially arranged wine and chocolate tasting in Vienne.
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International River Voyages
- Departure Dates
Sep 6, 2023 - Sep 14, 2023
Tom Moriarity is a nationally recognized preservationist and urban development specialist. Trained as an architect, Tom was one of the founders of the National Trust’s pioneering Main Street Program. As Managing Principal at Retail & Development Strategies LLC, Tom has been involved in major restoration and urban rehabilitation projects across the U.S. and the world. He will bring his expertise on architecture, architectural history, historic preservation and adaptive use that will help each traveler better understand the beauty and significance of the places we will visit. Tom holds two degrees in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.
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CANCELLATION FEES: Final payment is due at least 95 days prior to departure.
Cancellation fees and penalties apply as follows:
PRIOR TO DEPARTURE
96 days or more prior – Full refund
95-61 days prior* – 50% of program price
60-45 days prior* – 75% of program price
44-0 days prior – 100% of program price
*All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Gohagan & Company. In the event of a cancellation between 45 and 95 days prior to departure, the refund will be by credit, usable on a future Gohagan & Company trip which commences on or before December 31, 2023. In addition, for all bookings, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply. Click here for more information.
day 1 & 2
Depart home city/ Lyon, France/ Embark river boat
Arrive in the captivating city of Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers, and embark the Amadeus Provence. Enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Reception on board this evening.
Tournus for Beaune/Mâcon for Beaujolais
Visit enchanting Beaune, founded in the fifth century B.C. and the longtime capital of Burgundy wines. See the magnificent 15th-century Hôtel-Dieu and then take an excursion to the vineyards of Beaujolais to tour the 10th‑century Château de Montmelas, where a member of the resident family will greet you. Enjoy a private, specially arranged performance of fortepiano music, accompanied by a wine tasting and local canapés.
From Lyon’s lofty Fourvière Hill, enjoy views of the neo-Byzantine Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Walk the tree-lined streets of restored Old Lyon, where well‑preserved Gothic and Renaissance mansions attest to the wealth of the city’s long-standing silk industry. Stroll through the ancient quarter of Saint‑Jean and its narrow, covered pedestrian passageways, called traboules.
Visit the ancient, UNESCO‑inscribed city of Avignon to tour the grand papal palace, the largest château-fort built in Europe during the Gothic era and a testament to Avignon’s golden age. At the river’s edge, see the remaining four arches of the Pont d’Avignon (also known as Pont Saint-Bénézet), the only bridge built across the Rhône during the Middle Ages.
Tour the magnificently restored amphitheater in the Provençal city of Arles, built in the first century B.C. for 20,000 spectators, and the 12th‑century Église Saint‑Trophime, a former cathedral known for its Last Judgment-themed portal. The city’s colorful houses inspired Vincent van Gogh, who produced over 200 works during his 14-month stay in 1888, including The Sunflowers and The Café Terrace at Night.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape for Orange and Pont du Gard
Traverse the pastoral French countryside, passing colorful fields and stucco houses en route to Orange. Explore the Roman city’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including a visit to the ancient Roman Theater and a stop to see the Triumphal Arch, built in the late first century in testimony to Augustus Caesar. Conclude your tour with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage‑designated Pont du Gard, a 2,000‑year‑old Roman aqueduct that triumphs as one of Europe’s most impressive archaeological sites.
See Vienne’s pristinely preserved Temple of Augustus and Livia, built around 10 B.C. in honor of Rome’s greatest emperor, and the beautifully restored amphitheater at the foot of Mont Pipet, seating up to 13,000 spectators and still in use today. The town’s most notable medieval landmark is the Romanesque-Gothic Cathédrale de Saint-Maurice, constructed between the 12th and 16th centuries. Enjoy a specially arranged wine and Valrhona chocolate tasting with a well-known French oenologist on board the boat and attend the Farewell Reception this evening.
Lyon/Disembark ship/ Return to the U.S.
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