Treasures of Burgundy and Provence: Rhône & Saône

8 days itinerary round trip from/to Lyon, France

Enjoy this uniquely beautiful cruise along the French rivers Rhône and Saône. Experience picturesque villages, world famous wine regions such as the Côte d’Or, unforgettable stretches of land in the regions of Provence and Burgundy, and impressive views of historic cities and monuments.

Food, wine, art, architecture, scenery and history – it all comes together in glorious harmony in the South of France.

Traveling in comfort and style the Roman emperors would have envied, you’ll find yourself falling under the timeless spell of southern France on a journey that is nothing less than “magnifique”!

Your Cruise Itinerary

Day 1: LYON

Embark this afternoon and make yourself comfortable in your cabin, which will be your luxurious home for the coming week. In the evening, join fellow travellers for a Welcome Cocktail and delectable Welcome Dinner.

Ship departure 10:00pm

Day 2: MACON

In the morning, your ship arrives in Mâcon, located in southern Burgundy. With a history stretching back more than 2,000 years, Mâcon is an architectural treasure trove and a gateway to the vineyards of the Côte Mâconnais. This historic wine region produces some of the finest and most expensive wines in the world. Enjoy a guided tour and admire the peaceful vineyards of the Beaujolais and Mâconnais wine regions. A highlight is the visit to the “Hameau Duboeuf“ wine museum, featuring the history and production of Burgundy wines, and a wine tasting.

Stay Macon: 06:00am – 06:00pm

Optional Excursions: Macon & the Beaujolias, Chateau de Pierreclos with wine tasting or Visit to Cluny Abbey

Day 3: CHALON-SUR-SAONE> TOURNUS

Continue exploring the Burgundy wine region in Chalon-sur-Saône, where half-timbered houses overlook a square teeming with art galleries and specialty shops. Enjoy a scenic drive through the Burgundy wine route on the (optional) morning tour. Your bus will stop in Beaune, where you will see the beautiful Hôtel-Dieu and enjoy a wine tasting at one of Beaune’s famous cellars. After lunch on board, unwind and admire the scenery as the vessel continues along the Saône or, alternatively, join the (optional) afternoon excursion, which departs from Chalon-sur-Saône overland for the medieval towns of Brançion and Cormatin. The Château de Cormatin is a beautiful castle with magnificent French gardens. It was built in the 17th Century with the aim to impress. Rejoin your vessel in time for dinner on board.

Stay Chalon-Sur-Saone 1:00am – 2:30pm

Optional Excursions: Beaune and the Burgundy, Medieval Brancion and Cormatin

Stay Tournus 5:30pm-7:30pm

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Day 4: LYON

Today your AMADEUS vessel returns to Lyon, which is known not only for its architectural beauty but also for its gastronomic excellence. On the guided tour, discover this UNESCO World Heritage site with its most famous landmarks including the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and the charming Renaissance Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon), or join the optional excursion to the covered food market of Paul Bocuse and sample the local delicacies. At midday, the ship leaves Lyon.

Stay Lyon 07:00 am – 12:00pm

Optional Excursions: Lyon – Gastronomic capital of France or Les Halles by Paul Bocuse with tasting

Day 5: AVIGNON

Spend the day exploring the Provençal city of Avignon and discovering its momentous history. In the morning, take part in a guided (optional) walking tour of Avignon, the seat of the Catholic popes from 1309 to 1377. Admire the grand Palace of the Popes, one of the world’s most fascinating examples of Gothic architecture and the Pont d’Avignon. After lunch, join the (optional) excursion to the hilltop town of Uzès and to the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct and great masterpiece of engineering. In the evening, dinner is followed by entertainment by a local music band. We depart for Arles this evening.

Stay Avignon 09:00am – 07:00pm

Optional Excursions Avignon walking tour with Papal Palace, Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard and Uzes, or Live performance by local musicians

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Day 6: ARLES

Old Arles is a delight to wander in and explore, no wonder it once captured the imagination of the brilliant Impressionist painter, Vincent van Gogh. Learn more about its rich history during the morning tour. Inside the Roman amphitheatre, get a good impression of what being a spectator of gladiator fights was like at the end of the first century. This afternoon, recharge in the tranquillity of unspoilt scenery by joining the optional excursion to the natural beauty of the Camargue’s salt marshes, home to the renowned Camargue bulls and wild white horses. This nature preserve is also one of the few European habitats which supports the greater flamingo. After a full day in Arles, your vessel will continue cruising the Rhône River.

Stay Arles 12:001am – 06:30pm

Optional Excursions: Arles walking tour with Arena and Camargue Nature Reserve

Day 7: CHATEAUNEUF-DU-RHONE> LE POUZIN

You can choose to spend a day on board or join an optional morning guided tour the Ardèche Gorge, another natural wonder of this area. Visit the “Grand Canyon of Europe,“ where spectacular limestone cliffs tower over the meandering river below. France is a leading producer of black truffles, so the alternative is an exploration of the world of truffles with a visit and tasting to a local truffle farm. Rejoin the vessel in Le Pouzin in time for lunch.

This afternoon, relax on board as your ship makes its way back up the waterways of the Provence. This evening, celebrate your cruise experience at the Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Stay Chateauneuf-du-Rhone 4:30am-8:30am

Optional Excursions Valley of the Ardeche Gorge or Girgan with truffle farm and tasting

Stay Le Pauzin 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Image by Marc Torfs from Pixabay

 Day 8: LYON

After breakfast, your AMADEUS crew bids you “adieu” and we hope to see you again soon!

Stay Lyon arrival at 2:00am

Please note that itineraries can vary by the Company. Be sure to check with your chosen cruise provider for the most up-to-date information, including specific port arrival and departure times, as well as any optional shore excursions available during your cruise.

Inclusions

Suites & Staterooms

  • Luxury accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice: Spacious Mozart Suites with a walk-out balcony, stateroom cabins on Mozart and Strauss Decks with drop-down Panorama Retractable Windows offering a wide-open view (except Amadeus Brilliant)
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe 
  • Choice of bed configuration in all categories (double or twin bedding)
  • Bottled water in every stateroom  

Gourmet Dining

  • Gourmet dining featuring breakfast, multi-course lunches and dinners with menu choices (including vegetarian options), afternoon tea and late-night snack
  • Free-flowing hand-selected wines from the best wine regions, draft beer, soda as well as coffee and tea with every lunch and dinner 
  • Coffee and tea available 24 hours a day in the Amadeus Club
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner

An Array of Amenities 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Onboard fitness center open 24 hours a day
  • All gratuities on board are included in your cruise fare

Voyage of Discovery

  • Personalized service of an experienced, multilingual AMADEUS Cruise Director 
  • AMADEUS digital audio system for all guided excursions 
  • Variety of enriching onboard programs, including fascinating lectures, cooking demonstrations, local cultural performances, and music by our onboard musicians 
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles for independent exploration 
  • All port taxes, embarkation, disembarkation and lock fees included in your cruise fare 

AMADEUS Provence

Dedicated to the Rhone and Soane rivers, AMADEUS Provence offers a delightfully intimate cruise setting and the most complete French river cruise experiences available. Find yourself within a French Impressionist painting as you cruise through Provence aboard AMADEUS Provence. 

Soft pink and lavender accents set the stage for what unfolds just outside your panoramic window: Collections of yellow Provençal cottages with red tiled rooftops and stone walls, verdant valleys carpeted with lavender fields and vineyards. AMADEUS Provence promises fascinating journeys into the heart of Avignon and Arles and the renowned Le Camargue, the French delta. In the infinity pool, float where blue meets blue as water blends into the river’s horizon. Enjoy a drink at the Lido Bar, unwind on the River Terrace or in the fitness studio, or indulge in a pampering massage. At the day’s end, you’ll realize AMADEUS Provence is a taste of French living at its finest.

Construction:

2017

Flag:

Germany

Length x Width:

360.9ft x 36.1ft

Draft:

1.45

Decks:

4

Cabins/Suits:

62/8

Max. Passangers:

140

Crew members:

approx. 40

Speed:

25 km/h

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