Springtime in Provence, Burgundy and Beaujolais

Program Overview

Join this specially arranged, nine-day French sojourn in world-famous Provence and the Burgundy and Beaujolais wine regions during the best time of year. Cruise from historical 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 see a wealth of architecture during 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. Geneva Pre-Program Option.

Program Details

May 18 to 26, 2022 (Amadeus Provence)
From approximately $3695 plus air View Terms & Conditions
  • Exclusively chartered, deluxe small ship.
  • Specially designed, one-of-a-kind itinerary cruising France’s storied Rhône and Saône Rivers during the best time of year.
  • One port call every day, often docking in the very heart of each charming French city, town or village—all excursions included.
  • Visit six UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Tour captivating Lyon, France’s gastronomique gateway.
  • Exclusive tour of the Beaujolais wine region’s 10th-century Château de Montmelas, guided by a noble member of the resident family, with a specially arranged fortepiano concert and wine tasting.
  • Complimentary wine and beer with lunch and dinner aboard ship.
  • Specially arranged educational lectures.
  • Geneva Pre-Program Option.

Day 1 - Depart the U.S. or Canada

Day 2 - Lyon, France/Embark Amadeus Provence

Day 3 - Tournus for Beaune/Mâcon for Beaujolais

Day 4 - Lyon

Day 5 - Avignon

Day 6 - Arles

Day 7 - Châteauneuf-du-Pape for Orange and Pont du Gard

Day 8 - Vienne

Day 9 - Lyon/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S. or Canada

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Amadeus Imperial

Exclusively Chartered, Deluxe River Ship

The elegant and meticulously crafted Amadeus Provence features all the comforts of a refined and traditional hotel. The 70 stylish Staterooms and Suites are among
the most spacious of any European river ship (172 to 284 square feet). Suites include a private balcony, and select Staterooms feature a unique floor‑to‑ceiling window that lowers to French-balcony height at the touch of a button.

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Geneva Pre-Program Option

Delight in the mountainous beauty of the Savoie Mont-Blanc region at the convergence of France, Switzerland and Italy. Visit the world‑class city of Geneva, ideally located on the crystalline shores of the largest lake on the course of the Rhône, fed by the waters flowing through the valleys of the Swiss Alps. Enjoy a specially arranged tour of the interior chambers of the Palais des Nations, the historic former European headquarters of the United Nations.

Explore the picturesque French village of Chamonix, the historical capital of Alpine skiing and host of the first Winter Olympic Games in 1924. Board the famous Montenvers cog

railway train to the legendary Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice), the largest glacier in France and its La Grotte. Here, the Ice Cave allows you to walk right into the heart of the four‑mile‑long glacier (conditions permitting).

Enjoy a visit to Annecy, the “Venice of the Alps,” for a guided walking tour. This medieval town is noted for its crystal‑clear canals, pastel-toned houses and old‑world ambiance. Accommodations are for three nights in the deluxe, centrally located Hôtel Bristol Genève.

The Pre-Program Option is available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

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Program Itinerary

Day 1 Departure

Your trip will begin by departing the U.S. or Canada.

Day 2 Lyon, France

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 deluxe Amadeus Provence. Enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Reception this evening.

Day 3, Morning Beaune

Visit enchanting Beaune, founded in the fifth century B.C. and the longtime capital of Burgundy wines, located in the famous Côte d’Or département. This historical city and its surrounding Burgundy terroirs, vineyards and cultural landscape comprise a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, tour the legendary, Burgundian Renaissance-style Hôtel-Dieu, a charitable hospital since the Middle Ages and one of the best examples of 15th-century French architecture, lauded for its varnished, polychrome Flemish tiled roof and Gothic turrets.

Day 3, Afternoon Beaujolais

Travel to Mâcon through Burgundy’s Saône-et-Loire département followed by an excursion to the lovely vineyards of Beaujolais, the “land of the golden stones,” where France’s youthful, fruity nouveau wines are cultivated. Located along the banks of the Saône River, this internationally acclaimed wine region has been known to produce more red wine than the Burgundy vineyards of Chablis, Côte d’Or, Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais combined.

In the heart of Beaujolais, visit the 10th-century Château de Montmelas. A distinguished member of the resident family will greet you upon arrival and guide your exclusive tour through the home. Enjoy a private, specially arranged performance of fortepiano music by an internationally recognized pianist living in Burgundy, accompanied by a wine tasting and local canapés.

Day 4 Lyon

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Lyon is illuminated by the gleaming city lumières, which cast an incandescent glow on the riverfront. 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 Lyon’s long-standing silk industry. Stroll through the ancient quarter of Saint-Jean and its narrow, covered pedestrian passageways, called traboules.

Day 5 Avignon

Built on the banks of the Rhône and ringed by low medieval walls, the ancient city of Avignon is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city formed the axis of Western Christendom from 1309, when Pope Clement V moved the papal capital here until the Great Schism with Rome in 1378.

Tour the grand papal palace, the largest château-fort built in Europe during the Gothic era and the primary 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 and an exceptional example of medieval fortifications.

Day 6 Arles

This archetypal Provençal city is unmatched in its joie de vivre and home to one of the most majestic collections of UNESCO World Heritage-designated Roman monuments. Originally a Celtic settlement, Arles became the Roman capital of Gaul, Britain and Spain. Visit the magnificently restored amphitheater, 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, a fascinating example of Romanesque sculpture. The city’s colorful houses, bathed in golden light, 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—the depicted café on Place du Forum is still open to the public.

Day 7, Morning Orange

Traverse the pastoral French countryside, passing colorful fields and stucco houses en route to Orange. Admire the Roman city’s UNESCO World Heritage sites—visit the ancient Roman Theater, the best-preserved Roman theater in the world, dominated by a colossal stage wall with an ornate façade embellished with columns, doorways and niches. Built in 40 B.C., the theater was closed for several centuries, served as a defensive post during the Middles Ages, and today hosts concerts and performances. See the Triumphal Arch, built in the late first century in testimony to Augustus Caesar and Roman imperial glory.

Day 7, Afternoon Pont du Gard, Occitanie

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Pont du Gard, an exquisitely built, 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct that triumphs as one of Europe’s most impressive archaeological sites. The 31-mile aqueduct once supplied over nine million gallons of water daily to the city of Nîmes and is hailed for its 82-foot arch gap, one of the largest spans in the Roman world. This extraordinary masterpiece of engineering was constructed of limestone cut to fit together seamlessly without mortar, using arches to support the weight.

Day 8 Vienne, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Located at a scenic bend in the Rhône River, Vienne features a trove of architectural treasures. The Romans’ major wine port, Vienne was of great strategic importance and some of the finest Classical antiquities in France attest to its past glory. See the pristinely preserved Temple of Augustus and Livia, with striking Corinthian columns, 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 ship and attend the Farewell Reception this evening.

Day 9 Lyon / Return to U.S. or Canada

Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. or Canada.