Colors of Provence Cruise (Barcelona to Paris) 2020

Colors of Provence Cruise (Barcelona to Paris) 2020

Operator: AmaWaterways
Ship: AmaCello
Starts: Barcelona, Spain on Mon, May 04, 2020
Ends: Paris, France on Sun, May 17, 2020

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

France, Spain

Rivers Visited

Rhone

River Cruise Itinerary

Spend 3 nights in Paris, travel by high-speed TGV train to Lyon, and embark upon an enchanting 7-night cruise through Provence, ending with 3 nights in Barcelona

Day 1 (Mon, May 04, 2020):

ARRIVE IN BARCELONA, SPAIN. Arrive in Barcelona and check in to your hotel. (B)

Day 2 (Tue, May 05, 2020):

BARCELONA. Barcelona, the bustling capital of Catalonia, is an artist'''s, architect'''s, foodie'''s, historian'''s and culturist'''s dream. Tour the cobblestoned lanes of the Gothic Quarter in the medieval city center and Las Ramblas. Visit Montju''c Hill and see some imaginative architectural creations, highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage Site '''Works of Antoni Gaudi,''' including La Sagrada Familia. (B)

Day 3 (Wed, May 06, 2020):

BARCELONA. Join an excursion to the mountain Montserrat, which is home to the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat, located about 30 miles from Barcelona. Once there, you'''ll ride a scenic funicular to the top of the mountain and experience an indescribable view of the Catalonia landscape. The monastery, officially founded in 1025, soon began to receive pilgrims and visitors who contributed to the spread of stories of miracles and wonders performed by the Virgin Mary. The whole of Montserrat is built around facilitating the worship of the Black Madonna in the Basilica. While here, you'''ll see the famous Black Madonna sculpture, which sits at the back of the church, above the altar area. The stairway leading to the statue, plus the room and altar in which the statue sits are ornate, golden and pay tribute to the wonder that is the Virgin herself. (B)

Day 4 (Thu, May 07, 2020):

BARCELONA ''' N''MES, FRANCE ''' ARLES ''' EMBARKATION. Check out of the hotel and board the TGV high-speed train to N''mes. See the highlights of this delightful town with one of the finest collections of Roman buildings in France before transferring via motorcoach to Arles, where you'''ll board your luxury ship. (B,D)

Day 5 (Fri, May 08, 2020):

ARLES. Considered one of the most beautiful cities in France, Arles enchants. Join a walking tour of Arles highlighting top sights, including the Romanesque cathedral and Roman amphitheater. For art lovers, you'''ll wish to visit Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Vincent van Gogh once lived and painted. Afterwards, go to the Carri''res de Lumi''res, where you'''ll be treated to a spectacular presentation of art, sound and history projected on the walls of caves. Or venture to the medieval hilltop village, Les Baux de Provence, followed by a visit to an olive farm where you'''ll learn about age-old Proven''al traditions from a master olive miller as well as sample the olive oil. In the evening, cruise to Avignon for a romantic illuminations cruise through the city. (B,L,D)

Day 6 (Sat, May 09, 2020):

AVIGNON. Avignon, aptly named the '''City of Popes,''' was the center of the Catholic Church in the 14th century when its '''Palais des Papes''' was the equivalent of today'''s Vatican. Depending on your interests, you have three choices of excursions. Discover the history of Avignon on a guided walking tour that includes the Papal Palace and the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, you can go to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the impressive Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that is a masterpiece of ancient engineering. Or if you prefer, visit three venues around Avignon to taste regional specialties including macarons, cheese and wine, and tapenades. During the afternoon, you can enjoy free time in Avignon, go on a bike tour through the city. (B,L,D)

Day 7 (Sun, May 10, 2020):

VIVIERS. Take in the quaint surroundings of Viviers, a charming commune that sidles up to the right bank of the Rhone. From Viviers, travel to the magnificent hilltop village, Grignan. After visiting this enchanting Proven''al town, go in search of the highly prized '''Black Diamond''' truffles with a farmer and his trustworthy canine companion. (B,L,D)

Day 8 (Mon, May 11, 2020):

TOURNON. Admire the hilltop village of Tournon with its imposing castle. You have a choice of four excursions. Take a train ride past magnificent landscape carved along the Gorge du Doux, stopping at the charming little station of Colombier le Vieux-Saint Barth''lemy le Plain, where the train maneuvers in preparation for its return journey. Alternatively, lovers of wine and chocolate will want to visit Le Ch''teau de Tournon for a presentation and tasting on the pairing of red wine and chocolate. For a more active adventure, cycle through the French countryside or take a hike through the vineyards of Tain l'''Hermitage, followed by a visit to a local winery where you'''ll sample some of the wines. (B,L,D)

Day 9 (Tue, May 12, 2020):

VIENNE ''' LYON. Situated between the wine regions of Beaujolais and C''tes du Rh''ne lies Vienne with a Roman past that can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. Follow the footsteps of the ancient Romans on a walking tour to see the amazingly well-preserved Augustus and Livia Temple, the Saint Maurice Cathedral, a Gothic church that took more than 500 years to build, and St. Pierre Abbey'''one of the oldest surviving churches in France, and now an Archaeological Museum. For those wishing to be more active, you can either take a guided bike tour along a portion of the ViaRh''na bike route or a guided hike from the ship to the Monastery at Mount Pipet. Later in the day travel to Lyon, considered the '''Food Capital of France.''' Take a walking tour that starts in Fourvi''re Hill, part of the city'''s historic region that is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the 19th-century basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvi''re. Continue on to the old town of Lyon, followed by a guided walk through the St. Jean district, where you will be introduced to the city'''s unique covered walkways, known as '''traboules.''' You can also visit the famous indoor market hall Les Halles de Lyon ''' Paul Bocuse, named after the late chef renowned for his Michelin-starred l'''Auberge du Pont de Collonges restaurant. There you'''ll have a chance to sample of the delicacies offered by butchers, bakers, chocolatiers and cheesemongers while taking in the colorful sights and enticing aromas around you. (B,L,D)

Day 10 (Wed, May 13, 2020):

LYON. Visit a traditional Beaujolais winery and learn the history and techniques of their vineyard. Plus, enjoy a tasting of their specialty. (B,L,D)

Day 11 (Thu, May 14, 2020):

LYON ''' DISEMBARKATION ''' PARIS. Disembark the ship and enjoy tasting some local Lyon specialties before boarding your high-speed train to Paris and checking into your hotel. (B)

Day 12 (Fri, May 15, 2020):

PARIS. Enjoy taking in the signature sites of Paris, including the awe-inspiring Notre-Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe and iconic Eiffel Tower. You'''ll also stroll the Champs ''lys''es with its cinemas, sidewalk cafes and luxury specialty shops. (B)

Day 13 (Sat, May 16, 2020):

PARIS. Spend the day at your leisure exploring such landmarks as the Louvre museum with its famous glass pyramid, or sampling a fresh, flaky croissant at one of the city'''s legendary cafes. In the evening, visit Montmartre, long known as the city'''s premier artist's enclave. During the mid to late 1800s, artists also began calling Montmartre home. Pissarro and Jongkind were two of the first to live there, followed by other notable artists, including Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Pablo Picasso. You'''ll be taken on an evening illumination tour, discovering why Paris is renowned as the '''City of Light.''' (B)

Day 14 (Sun, May 17, 2020):

DEPART PARIS. Bid farewell to Paris and prepare for your flight home. (B)

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Inclusions

  • SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with French balconies)
  • Computer for internet access
  • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
  • Desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
  • Wellness Program with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun deck whirlpool and walking track
  • Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
  • AWARD-WINNING DINING
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef'''s Table specialty restaurant
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Cha''ne des R''tisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La Cha''ne des R''tisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
  • A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Bike tours and hikes
  • Special Interest Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
  • Land Program
  • 3 nights hotel in Paris at the RenaissanceArc de Triomphe (or similar), including city tour,Montmartre, illumination tour and daily breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel to Lyon via high-speedTGV train
  • Transfer from the ship in Arles to N''mes with highlights tour and then high-speed TGV train Barcelona
  • 3 nights hotel in Barcelona at Renaissance Barcelona Barcelona (or similar), including dailybreakfast
  • Land Program
  • 3 nights hotel in Paris at the RenaissanceArc de Triomphe (or similar), including city tour,Montmartre, illumination tour and daily breakfastd'''Orsay and daily breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel in Paris to Lyon via high-speedTGV train
  • Transfer from the ship in Arles to Nice via motorcoach
  • 3 nights hotel in Nice, including Nice city tour, Monaco and Monte Carlo excursion and daily breakfast

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Ship Information

AmaCello


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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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