Cruise Provence and Burgundy

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Sip a glass of Burgundy while cruising the Rhône and Saône rivers through Southern France. Follow the footsteps of French popes in Avignon and step into the middle ages in Arles. Taste the bucolic French landscape reflected in the region’s celebrated cuisine in Lyon, explore Camargue National Park and enjoy opportunities to personalize your adventure on this first-class 7-night journey.

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$3,795

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Trip Type
Individual Travel Tour, International River Voyages
Departure Dates
Sep 15, 2021 - Sep 23, 2021

SHIP

Aboard the 105-passenger MS Van Gogh, experience a cultural journey to charming river towns along the Rhône and Saône rivers. The bright, panoramic restaurant serves traditional European cuisine, complete with local wine during lunch and dinner, all at one seating. Strike a pose on the dance floor or relax in the lounge with a choice of complimentary refreshments. Absorb the passing scenery from the sun deck or shop in the gift store. Wi-Fi is complimentary.

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

CANCELLATION-Cancellations for any reason from date of booking to 76 days prior to trip departure will be subject to a $300 per person administrative fee. The withheld administrative fee may be applied to a future AHI Travel program that will operate in the current calendar year or year following cancellation. The credit will be applied to the final billing and may not be used as part of the initial deposit. It is non-transferable and is not valid toward the purchase of an AHI Cruises independent cruise. Cancellations from 75 to 60 days prior to departure will result in forfeiture of 25% of the entire cost of the trip per person; 59-30 days, 50% of the trip cost per person; cancellations from 29 days up to the time of departure will result in 100% forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip. TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE IS AVAILABLE. AN APPLICATION WILL BE SENT AFTER YOU RESERVE. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to AHI Travel. CANCELLATION OF TRIP OPTIONS-Purchases of optional excursions, trip extensions and additional hotel nights become fully non-refundable 45 days prior to departure. Air transportation and private transfer purchases are subject only to penalties assessed by the airlines and transfer suppliers.

TOUR MAP

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ITINERARY

  • day 1

    Depart the U.S.

    Depart for Marseille, France. Please check your luggage from your gateway city to your arrival city.

  • day 2

    Marseille, France | Arles

    Arrive at Marseille Provence Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Cruise Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the Arrivals Hall, where an AHI Travel representative will meet you.

    Transfer to the pier and embark the MS Van Gogh.

    Gather this evening for an onboard Welcome Reception and Dinner to kick off your river journey.

    Please note, embarkation begins from 3 p.m. Your cabins will be available from 4 p.m.

  • day 3

    Arles | Camargue Nature Park

    Enrichment: The History of Provence and the Rhône River.
    Join a local speaker for some perspective on the importance of the Rhône River and its influence on the development of Provence.

    Discovery: Arles Walking Tour.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Extraordinary Roman and Romanesque monuments fill the city of Arles, which has been recognized with World Heritage status. Les Arènes, the ancient amphitheater, testifies to the city’s prestige within the Roman Empire. Audiences still gather there today, but they enjoy plays, concerts and bullfights instead of gladiator battles. Other highlights of Arles include the ruins of the impressive Baths of Constantine and the Place du Forum, which was the center of Roman Arles and the subject of Vincent van Gogh’s “Café Terrace at Night.” The Cathedral of St. Trôphime is also a beautiful sight. The church is one of the stops along the Arles route of the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, the famous pilgrimage route to Spain.

    Return to the ship for lunch.

    Discovery: Camargue Nature Park.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Explore Camargue Regional Nature Park, one of the most beautiful spots in Provence. Encompassing the Rhône River delta, these wetlands are a protected habitat for more than 270 species of birds, including flamingos, egrets, and herons. The varied habitats include freshwater and saltwater marshes, ponds, grasslands, beaches and woods. The Camargue also is famous for its white horses that have lived in this region for thousands of years. This region has been designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve because of its diverse flora, fauna and landscapes.

  • day 4

    Avignon

    Enrichment: The Avignon Papacy.
    Delve into the 68-year period during the 14th century when Roman Catholic popes abandoned Rome for Avignon. A local expert explains the political and religious tensions of the time that led to this remarkable event.

    Discovery: Avignon and the Palais des Papas.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Take a walking tour through Avignon, a walled city nestled on the banks of the Rhône River. This lovely city is home to many remarkable buildings, including the Chapelle de l’Oratoire, a church built in the 17th century, and the Saint-Agricol Church, Avignon’s oldest church. The imposing Palace of the Popes, an outstanding example of Gothic architecture, is a sight to remember. Two distinct buildings compose the palace: the austere Old Palace, built by Pope Benedict XII, and the ornate New Palace, built by Pope Clement VI. Enjoy exploring the immense staterooms and the private papal apartments.

    Personalize Your Journey | Choose one of the following excursions.
    • Orange.
    Activity level: Moderate

    This pretty city boasts rich UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the well-preserved Antic Theater that features an intact stage wall.
    • Pont du Gard.
    Activity level: Moderate

    See the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct in the Provençal countryside, a true testament to Roman engineering prowess.

    Rejoin the ship in Chateaneuf-du-Pape and cruise to Viviers this evening.

  • day 5

    Viviers | Lyon

    Personalize Your Journey | Choose one of the following excursions.
    • Côte du Rhône.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Journey through a sun-kissed land to France’s second largest appellation, which includes 171 counties across six different departments. Here, rolling hills melt into azure skies and vineyards are bathed in golden sunshine. First cultivated by ancient Romans, this storied region is famed for producing delicious wines including: Crozes Hermitage, Saint Peray and Saint-Joseph. During your journey, learn about the region’s varied terroirs, exceptional climate and dedicated artists who work the land and stop at a winery in the Tain l’Hermitage area to taste wine from the region.
    • Gorges de l’Ardèche.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Delight in a panoramic tour to this spectacular deep canyon, an unspoiled landscape tucked into Mediterranean France. Carved by the mighty Ardèche River, this region is a true portrait of beauty. Witness natural forests of pine and oak trees, as well as towering limestone walls. Plus, view the spectacular Pont d’Arc, a natural arch stretching over the river.

    Return to the ship and sail to Lyon.

  • day 6

    Lyon

    Personalize Your Journey | Choose one of the following excursions.
    • Panoramic Lyon.
    Activity level: Mild

    Get to know Lyon, one of France’s most vibrant cities, on a panoramic tour. See many of the sights that have earned the city its UNESCO World Heritage status.
    • Guided E-Bike Tour of Lyon.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Take a leisurely bike ride through Lyon while your guide regales you with legends, and enjoy a tasting of Lyon’s famous products.

    Free Time: Spend leisure time in Lyon this afternoon.

    Later tonight, enjoy the sites of Lyon during a nighttime cruise on the Saône and Rhône rivers.

  • day 7

    Macon | Cluny | Chalon-sur-Saône

    Discovery: Cluny Abbey.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Travel to the walled town of Cluny, a quintessential Burgundian town known for its Benedictine abbey. Delight in its storybook atmosphere as you continue to Cluny Abbey, founded in 910 by the Guillaume d’Aquitaine, also known as William IX, Duke of Aquitaine and William the Pious. This abbey was home to more than 10,000 monks and it also was the mother abbey for more than 1,200 priories across Europe, wielding tremendous influence over the church and government not only in France, but also in Italy and Spain.

    Rejoin the ship for lunch and continue to Chalon-sur-Saône.

  • day 8

    Chalon-sur-Saône | Beaune

    Disembark the ship in Chalon-sur-Saône and take a scenic drive to Beaune.

    Discovery: Beaune Walking Tour.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Journey by motor coach through the Côte de Beaune, a wine growing region known for producing delicious and complex white wines. In Beaune, stroll along cobbled streets, passing ramparts, inviting squares and intimate cafes. Visit the Hôtel-Dieu, or the Hospices de Beaune, a medieval hospital for the indigent. Today, care is provided in modern buildings while the historic, half-timbered building is a museum. The 15th-century building features an intricately designed, multicolored tiled roof and inside, the halls brims with treasures such as tapestries, statues, furniture and paintings. The hospital also owns nearly 150 acres of vineyards that produce excellent wine, and it holds an annual wine auction to support its charitable mission and to maintain the medieval structure. Held the third Sunday of each November, the auction is one of the most vaunted charitable auctions in the world. Taste some local wine varietals during a tasting at a wine cellar in Beaune.

    Tonight, celebrate an enriching week of exploring this beautiful region at a Farewell Reception and Dinner.

  • day 9

    Disembark ship/ Return to the U.S.

    After breakfast, bid farewell to France. AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for a group transfer and Cruise Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer depart for Lyon Airport for your return flights home. Your Travel Director will provide the details.

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