Join us for this exclusive nine-day French sojourn through Provence and the wine regions of Burgundy, Beaujolais, and the Rhône Valley during fall harvest season. Cruise for seven nights from historical Lyon to the ancient city of Arles along the fabled Rhône and Saône rivers aboard the deluxe, exclusively chartered Amadeus Provence.
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International River Voyages
- Departure Dates
Aug 28, 2024 - Sep 5, 2024
Aix-en-Provence Pre-Program for Sep. 4 Departure:
September 2 to 5, 2024 (Tour Begins: September 3)
Our 2-day post-cruise extension explores the beautiful, medieval city of Aix-en-Provence—located in the heart of France’s Provençal region—which captures the quintessential élan of all that is Provence. Stroll the Mazarin district and Old Aix with its mansions on Cours Mirabeau. Walk the footsteps of painter Paul Cézanne with a visit to his studio just outside Aix, and drive along the colorful, Provençal “Route Cézanne” to the foot of Saint-Victoire Mountain, the artist’s muse for many of his paintings.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $995
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $1,295
Lyon – Post-Program for Sep. 4 Departure:
September 12 to 14, 2024 (Tour Ends: September 14)
Experience fine cuisine and wine, art and architecture, and Provençal beauty in the captivating, UNESCO World Heritage City of Lyon. Choose from excursions ranging from a tour of local delicacies on display at Les Halles Paul Boucuse covered market, or a bike ride through Lyon and along the river banks one day; and a gourmet French cooking class or an art and architecture tour on another. Indulge in a wine tasting and cheese pairing with a French sommelier to learn about vintages and grape varieties.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $1,795
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $2,395
Airport transfers and luggage handling abroad are only included if air arrangements are booked through Gohagan & Company. If travelers make their own air arrangements, transfers and luggage handling are not included; transfers can be organized through Gohagan & Company and purchased by the traveler.
> Grace Gary’s relationship with the National Trust began when, while in graduate school, she was chosen as a National Trust Maritime Intern. She’s hard to pin down on how many years ago that was, but she admits to having served as a lecturer on more-than fifty Trust tours over a span of more-than thirty years. She is also the author of two titles in the Trust’s “Information” series and served as director of the Trust’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office. She also served as executive director of Preservation Pennsylvania, Longue Vue House and Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg’s Tourism Leadership Program, and Nemours Mansion and Gardens. While at Nemours she oversaw an $80 million restoration program, which received the highest award from the AIA ever bestowed on a restoration project. She and fellow National Trust Tours lecturer Dwight Young also co-authored “Nemours: A Portrait of Alfred I. DuPont’s Home,” which was published by Rizzoli. She is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and has a Master’s in architectural history from the University of Virginia, where she had the privilege of living on the Range in one of the original, Thomas Jefferson-designed rooms.
A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 per person will apply for all cancellations received more than 7 days after booking and before other fees take effect at 120 days:
120 days $300 per person admin fee after 7-day grace period from booking
120 – 91 days 25% of full invoice fare
90 – 61 days 50% of full invoice fare
60 – 31 days 75% of full invoice fare
30 – 0 days 100% of full invoice fare
Separate airfare Terms & Conditions apply
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 and Dinner on board this evening.
On a panoramic city tour, stop at the top of Lyon’s Fourvière Hill to appreciate the breathtaking views. Then, stroll 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. Walk through the ancient quarter of Saint‑Jean and its narrow, covered pedestrian passageways, called traboules. Return to the ship for lunch and explore more of Lyon at leisure this afternoon.
Visit enchanting Beaune, founded in the fifth century B.C. Visit the medieval fortress, Château de Rully, for a private tour by current owner Count Raoul de Ternay, followed by a wine tasting in the medieval kitchen or wine cellar. Visit the magnificent 15th‑century Hôtel-Dieu, including a viewing of polyptych altarpiece painting, The Last Judgment, by Rogier Van der Weyden at the Hospices de Beaune. After a French pique-nique of baguettes, charcuterie, cheese, and local wine, continue along the Route des Grands Crus, one of the oldest, most celebrated wine routes in France. Stop at Clos Vougeot vineyard to savor a wine tasting.
Mâcon for Cluny/ Montmerle-sur‑Saône/ Trévoux
Tour the 12th-century, Romanesque Cluny Abbey, a former Benedictine monastery and one of the most significant abbeys of the Christian Middle Ages. Return to the ship and sail to Montmerle‑sur‑Saône. Disembark and journey through the bucolic French countryside during a scenic drive to Ravatys Castle, a wine château in the beautiful Beaujolais region. Enjoy a tour and wine tasting with canapés. Re-board the ship in Trévoux
Begin your tour of charming Vienne with a short mini‑train ride to the top of Mount Pipet. Appreciate the stunning view of the village and river, and then continue on a walking tour of the village. See the ornate, medieval Cathédrale Saint‑Maurice d’Angers. Return to the ship for lunch and a special wine and chocolate tasting on board with a local wine expert. Disembark in Tournon to begin your excursion. Choose from walking tour of the picturesque villages of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, with a wine tasting; or choose a historical, scenic train ride through the hills around Tournon aboard the Train de l’Ardèche
St-Étienne-des‑Sorts for Orange and Pont du Gard/ Châteauneuf-du‑Pape/ Avignon
Traverse the picturesque French countryside, passing colorful fields and stucco houses en route to visit 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. Next, travel to Orange to 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 as a symbol of Roman imperial glory. Next, travel to Châteauneuf-du-Pape for time at leisure around the famed wine-making village and surrounding vineyards. Return to the ship, now docked in Avignon.
Embark on a walking tour of the ancient, UNESCO‑inscribed city of Avignon, regarded for its architectural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Stroll past Gothic churches, beautiful facades of townhouses and Cardinals’ palaces, and the extensive city wall. At the river’s edge, see the remaining four arches of Pont d’Avignon (also known as Pont Saint‑Bénézet), the only bridge built across the Rhône during the Middle Ages. Then, tour the grand Papal Palace, the most grandiose château built in Europe during the Gothic era and a testament to Avignon’s golden age. Re board the ship for lunch. Then, in Arles, take a walking tour of the coastal city brimming with Roman ruins, colorful pastel houses, and artistic inspiration. Enjoy an inside visit to the colossal, Roman Arles Amphitheatre. Pass by Le Café La Nuit, which inspired Vincent Van Gogh’s Café Terrace at Night, featuring his iconic starry sky. Say farewell at the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner this evening.
Arles/Disembark river boat/Marseille
Following breakfast, transfer to Marseille Airport for your return flight home.
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