COLOURS OF PROVENCE

COLOURS OF PROVENCE

NICE, FRANCE

From romantic cities to foodie havens and artistic epicenters, enliven your senses on this unforgettable luxury cruise experience. With a special focus on wine, this cruise offers the perfect blend of experiential education, culture, and of course plenty of time to savour the flavours of the region. Visit grand capitals, charming towns, and legendary vineyards; taste local cuisine; learn about local wine making practices; and of course, enjoy tastings of local vintages like Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône. With fewer than 144 guests onboard the Amacello, you will experience luxury, comfort, and personalized service. When not on a variety of local excursions, relax in your elegantly appointed stateroom, take in the beautiful views from the sundeck, or enjoy the gourmet cuisine for which
AmaWaterways is renowned.

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Highlights:

Nice | Arles | Avignon | Viviers | Tournon | Vienne | Lyon

Includes:

• One-way train from Nice to Arles
• Roundtrip transfers from Arles train station to pier, or pier to Lyon train station or airport
• AmaWaterways: seven-night sailing onboard Amacello in an outside stateroom
• All meals onboard, featuring regionallyinspired gourmet cuisine
• Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
• Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
• Welcome cocktail, welcome dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs dinner, Captain’s cocktail and Gala dinner
• Free WiFi onboard
• Complimentary access to onboard bicycles
• Daily entertainment including cultural performances
• Shore excursions and gratuities
• Merit Travel tour host**

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7 nights

$4,495* p.p.


Activity Level: easy pace
 
Departs Nice
Mar. 26, 2020

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Day 1
Mar. 26, 2020 | NICE - ARLES (D)
Transfer from Nice to Arles by train. Upon arrival transfer to the pier to board your seven-night cruise, onboard Amacello.
This evening meet your fellow passengers for a welcome dinner.

Day 2
Mar. 27, 2020 | ARLES-AVIGNON (B, L, D)
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 Carrières de Lumières, 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 Provençal 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.

Day 3
Mar. 28, 2020 | AVIGNON (B, L, D)
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 a choice of three excursions. One option is to discover the history of Avignon on a guided walking tour which includes the Papal Palace the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the old town and its walls. Alternatively, visit the Pont du Gard, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This Roman aqueduct is a masterpiece of ancient engineering. Or if you prefer, take a mini-food tour around Avignon to taste regional specialties including macarons, cheese and wine, and tapenades. During the afternoon, you can enjoy free time in Avignon or go on a bike tour through the city.

Day 4
Mar. 29, 2020 | VIVIERS (B, L, D)
Take in the quaint surroundings of Viviers, a charming commune on the right bank of the Rhone. From Viviers, travel to the magnificent hilltop village, Grignan. After visiting this enchanting Provençal town, go in search of the highly prized “Black Diamond” truffles with a farmer and his trustworthy canine companion.

Day 5
Mar. 30, 2020 | TOURNO (B, L, D)
Admire the hilltop village of Tournon with its imposing castle. You have a choice of four excursions. Enjoy a return train journey through the magnificent landscape carved along the Gorge du Doux, including a stop at the charming little station of Colombier le Vieux-Saint Barthélemy le Plain. Alternatively, lovers of wine and chocolate will want to visit Le Château 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.

Day 6
Mar. 31, 2020 | VIENNE - LYON (B, L, D)
Situated between the wine regions of Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône lies Vienne, with a Roman past that can be seen in its marvellously preserved ruins. Follow the footsteps of the ancient Romans on a walking tour to see three historic landmarks: the 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, now an Archaeological Museum. For those wishing to be more active, either take a guided bike tour along a portion of the ViaRhôna 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 Fourvière Hill, part of the city’s historic region, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and home to the 19th-century basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière. 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. You can also visit the famous indoor market, 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 colorful sights and enticing aromas.

Day 7
Apr. 1, 2020 | LYON (B, L, D)
Visit a traditional Beaujolais winery and learn the history and techniques of their vineyard. Plus, enjoy a tasting of their specialty.

Day 8
Apr. 2, 2020 | DEPART LYON (B)
Arrive in Lyon at 8:00 a.m. Disembarkation after breakfast. Transfer to the airport.

CDN$ pp. dbl. occ. Taxes included. Professional fee of $65 plus HST per booking is not included Based on an outside stateroom cat E with twin beds. Upgrade to an outside stateroom cat D or similar $365. Upgrade to a balcony stateroom cat C or similar: $1,219. **Minimum 12 passengers required for a Merit Travel Tour Host.

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