7 N I G H T S | S E P T E M B E R 2 0 , 2 0 1 8 | A M A C E L LO
Join your host, Chef Eric Arrouzé, on an 8 day Colours of Provence River Cruise.
Is there a better way for foodies to travel throughout France than with a renowned native French Chef? Over the years Chef Eric has run numerous trip to all French regions and has established a network of passionate partners from food producer, farmers, vintners, wine producers, wine makers, cavistes, Chefs & local sommeliers. With Chef Eric you will experience French Art de Vivre as it’s best. Cruise through France’s legendary wine growing regions, home to such famous vintages as Beaujolais and Côte du Rhône. Enjoy wine tastings at local vintners, marvel at ancient Roman ruins, stroll through medieval villages and shop for Provencal crafts. Your itinerary includes the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avignon as well as Arles, the city where Vincent Van Gogh spent much of his life.
Guests will also have the option of a 4-night pre-cruise package with Eric in Burgundy from only €1,590* (euros) pp.
WITH AMAWATERWAYSTM, YOU’LL FIND AN EXCEPTIONAL VACATION EXPERIENCE.
In addition you’ll enjoy the finest onboard service of any river cruise line. Gourmet dining on the AmaCello restaurant brings you sophisticated and outstanding cuisine with delightful, attentive service. The fine regional cuisine is prepared under the direction of gold medal-winning chefs from Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Savor culinary masterpieces and free-flowing local wines at dinner, while surrounded by Europe’s heartland. Set your own pace on shore excursions. Enjoy the full attention of your guide. AMAWATERWAYS ensures that you’re treated with personalized attention, on land as well as on the river. Our complimentary Small Group Shore Excursions provide a world-class land tour in every destination.
Decorated in a vibrant palette of gold and orange, the AmaCello debuted in 2008. Most staterooms feature French balconies and range in size from 170-255 sq. ft. Enjoy all the amenities of a fine hotel: plush down bedding, marble appointed bathrooms, large closets, complimentary high-speed Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies. Enjoy additional complimentary amenities such as Wi-Fi, a specialty coffee station and a fleet of bicycles. The AmaCello also features a fitness area, sauna, Sun Deck with a walking track and whirlpool, Chef’s Table restaurant and a stylish Main Lounge.
DAY 1 | EMBARKATION – LYON, FRANCE Board your cruise in Lyon. Gather this evening on board for a Welcome Dinner. (D)
DAY 2 | LYON Today, you will visit Fourvière Hill, part of the city’s historic region that is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. After some free time to see Notre Dame Basilica and take in majestic views of Lyon,
you will join a panoramic tour that will take you past the Place Bellecour with its equestrian statue of Louis XIV, Place des Terreaux with Bartholdi’s Fountain and the Town Hall. Later, enjoy a walking tour of Old Lyon. The afternoon is free to enjoy however you wish. (B,L,D)
DAY 3 | COLLONGES – VIENNE This morning’s tour will take you through the enchanting Beaujolais wine region, also known as the Pays d’Or or “land of the golden stones,” named for the richly colored limestone used to build local homes and castles. You will visit the medieval hilltop village of Oingt as well as the home of a local vintner who will invite you for a wine tasting and vineyard tour as he shares the history of the region’s wine production. Return to the ship in the afternoon and continue cruising towards Vienne. Upon arrival, make the most of your free time and venture about on your own or simply unwind on board. (B,L,D)
DAY 4 | VIENNE – TOURNON Situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, Vienne’s Roman past can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. This morning, choose from one of three options to explore Vienne this morning. Your first option is to take a walking tour and see an ancient Roman temple, the ruins of a Roman theater, and the medieval Abbey Church of St. Pierre, today an Archaeological Museum. Your second option is a guided bike tour along a portion of the ViaRhôna bike route. Your third option is a guided hike from the ship up to the Monastery at Mount Pipet and back. Your ship departs at midday for Tournon. (B,L,D)
DAY 5 | TOURNON You have one of three options in which to enjoy your morning in Tournon. Your first option is an exciting ride in a panoramic train car as you discover the magnificent landscape carved along the Gorge du Doux. After riding through the gorge, you will stop at the charming little station of Colombier le Vieux-Saint Barthélemy le Plain, where you can watch the train maneuver in preparation for its return journey. Your second option is a visit to Le Chateau de Tournon for a very special presentation and tasting with a local expert on the paring of red wine and chocolate. Your third option is a hike followed by a wine tasting in the village of Tain Hermitage. (B,L,D)
DAY 6 | VIVIERS – AVIGNON This morning, you’ll have a choice of one of three different activities. Your first option is to travel by motor coach to Avignon, site of the bridge made famous by the French children’s
song “On the Bridge of Avignon.” Seven popes once resided in the magnificent Papal Palace, which you will visit during your walking tour. You will also see the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your second option is to take an excursion to the impressive Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that is a masterpiece of ancient engineering and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your third option is a Provencal cooking lesson with a local chef where you will learn how to prepare a savory local dish. Later, enjoy an excursion to Grignan, a hilltop village surrounded by lavender fields. The village’s Renaissance castle provides a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. Afterwards, you will visit a truffle farm and learn about truffle harvesting. (B,L,D)
DAY 7 | AVIGNON – LES BAUX – ARLES This morning, you will arrive in Arles and board a motor coach for an excursion to the village of Les Baux de Provence. The village’s castle has a fascinating exhibit of medieval weapons. Later, visit an olive farm to learn about this age-old Provençal farming tradition. Alternatively, take the Artist Experience tour to the the Carrières de Lumières, a stone quarry that projects artwork on its walls, and then Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Van Gogh once lived and painted such well-known works as The Irises and Starry Night. Later this afternoon, you have your choice between a city tour of Arles that will show you the city’s top sights, including the Romanesque cathedral
and Roman amphitheater, or a guided bike tour through to the Roman ruins. The ship moors overnight in Arles. (B,L,D)
DAY 8 | ARLES – DISEMBARKATION Disembark your ship in Arles. (B)
|Category S – Suite||$7,872*|
|Category A – Balcony||$6,372*|
|Category B – Balcony||$6,247*|
|Category C – Balcony||$5,997*|
|Category D – River view||$5,247*|
|Category E – River view||$4,873*|
Taxes are $210pp. Waived single supplement on Riverview Staterooms & 150% on French Balconies.*
This exclusive hosted voyage includes welcome & farewell cocktail parties, a cooking class, hosted dinner, & optional private and unique shore excursions.
STATEROOMS & SUITES
Suite (Cat. S) - 255 sq. ft.
French Balcony (Cat. A, B, C) – 170 sq. ft.
Riverview (Cat. D, E) – 170 sq. ft.
*All prices are per person in CAD, based on double occupancy for the first & second passengers only, on specific stateroom categories and are subject to availability at time of booking. Expedia Extras offers are per stateroom and apply to new bookings only, are not combinable with any other offer, are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Additional restrictions may apply. Contact us for full terms & conditions. CPBC License Number:25615/6