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An Introduction to the Wines of Burgundy

Lyon →  Lyon

8 Days

Multiple journeys are to be enjoyed throughout your travels on this unique river cruise along the French rivers of the Rhône and Saône. From the luxury of the AMADEUS Provence, watch picturesque villages transform to breathtaking landscapes to bustling ports.

Awaken your senses as you explore the regions through a mecca of flavors, stand in awe before towering castles, feel the texture of vines that produce the wines of Burgundy and the Provence and taste your way through France’s gastronomic capital, Lyon. Scenic drives transport you through rolling hills dotted with charming Châteaux and leafy fields to specially selected estates lined with vineyards plump with grapes waiting to be produced into future masterpieces. Deepen your soul with the history, art, architecture and natural beauty surrounding you. Explore all of the destinations on this spectacular river cruise, and enjoy the journey of a lifetime.

(We reserve the right to make amendments to the timetable and program.)



Embark in the afternoon and make yourself comfortable in your luxrious stateroom. In the evening, a Welcome Cocktail awaits you, followed by a delectable Welcome Dinner.

Stay Lyon
Departure at 10pm

In the morning, your ship arrives in Mâcon, located in southern Burgundy. This historic wine region produces some of the finest and most expensive wines in the world. Just a few miles north of the town of Mâcon, in the district of Villefranche-sur-Saône, the small but impactful wine-growing locality known as Fleurie is centrally located in the heart of the Beaujolais Crus. In the morning, enjoy a walking tour through the small village where the authenticity of the Rhône region is evident among its people and architecture.

After lunch on board, join a visit to the heart of Beaujolais to the estate Château des Ravatys. Enjoy dinner on board in the evening.

Stay Macon
6am - 7pm

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 along the Burgundy wine route to Beaune and visit the museum Hotel Dieu Beaune. 

After lunch onboard, unwind and admire the scenery as the vessel continues along the Saône or, alternatively, join the afternoon excursion, which departs from Chalon-sur-Saône overland to the prestigious Castle of Cormatin, which undoubtedly houses one of the most opulent castle interiors in Burgundy. In the late afternoon, rejoin your vessel in time for dinner on board.

Stay Chalon-sur-Saône
1am - 2.30pm
Stay Tournus
5.30pm - 7.30pm

Today your AMADEUS vessel returns to Lyon, which is known not only for its architectural beauty but also for its gastronomic excellence. This photogenic city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and its most famous landmarks include the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and the charming Renaissance Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) area along the bank of the Saône. Always worth a visit: Lyon's gourmet market hall by Paul Bocuse. You can explore these unmissable sights on the guided tour or on your own.

At midday, the cruise ship leaves Lyon and glides past picturesque countryside vistas, heading south.

Stay Lyon
7am - 12pm

Spend the day exploring the Provencal city of Avignon and discovering its momentous history. In the morning, take part in a guided walking tour of Avignon, the seat of the Catholic popes from 1309 to 1377. You will be able to admire the Papal Palace, one of the world’s most fascinating examples of Gothic architecture. During the second part of the excursion you will discover the inner workings of a boulangerie where bread is considered one of the more important products made.

In the afternoon visit the renowned centerpiece of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and explore the vineyards by e-bike.

In the evening, enjoy a well-deserved rest and a delicious dinner while your cruise ship remains in Avignon overnight.

Stay Avignon

Wine enthusiasts depart the ship in Avignon for a full-day of exploring the Alpilles, a chain of limestone mountains culminating at 498 meters. Enjoy also an olive oil tasting and discover the flavor of the Alpilles and the skill of the millers.

In the evening, while you are at dinner, the cruise ship will continue on its way to Châteauneuf-du-Rhône.

Stay Avignon
Departure 5am
Stay Arles
8am - 6.30pm

You can choose to spend a tranquil day on board or disembark for a final excursion. After a scenic drive through rolling fields of lavender with mountain vistas in the background, you arrive at an eleven hectare truffle farm surrounding the plains of Grignan.

You will rejoin the vessel in time for lunch in the charming small town of Le Pouzin. In the afternoon, your ship will make its way back up the beautiful waterways of the Provence. In the evening, celebrate your unforgettable cruise experience at the Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Stay Châteauneuf-du-Rhône
4.30am - 08.30am
Stay Le Pouzin
12pm - 2pm

Indulge in one more breakfast on board before disembarking. The crew of the AMADEUS Provence bids you farewell and hopes to welcome you again soon!

Stay Lyon
Arrival at 2am

Dates & Prices

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  • Package "AN INTRODUCTION TO THE WINES OF BURGUNDY": all exclusive wine excursions included
  • Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks
    with every lunch and dinner onboard
  • Gourmet dining onboard 
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking onboard Cruise Director
  • 24 hour coffee and tea station​
  • All onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and nightly piano music
  • Fitness room (open 24 hours)
  • Bottled water in every stateroom 
  • In-stateroom infotainment center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for optional excursions
  • All local taxes & port charges included

Excursions and excursion packages

Cruise your way and choose from a carefully curated selection of immersive and inspiring excursions and adventures! Select one of our packages offered at a discounted rate when purchased in advance or book individual shore excursions at regular rates on board your cruise.

Cruise Lyon - Lyon Unit Price
Tour the Village of Fleurie with Wine Experience at Château Portier in Domaine du Moulin-a-Vent included
Château des Ravatys vineyard tour with wine tasting included
Excursion to Hotel Dieu Beaune & Caves Patriarches for wine tasting included
Excursion to Cormatin Castle and Tour of Goat Farm included
Walking tour of Old Lyon, A UNESCO World Heritage Site and excursion to Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse included
Avignon and Baguette Making Class included
Heart of The Vineyards Bike Ride through Châteauneuf-du-Pape with wine tasting included
Full-Day excursion to Alpilles with lunch; wine and olive oil tasting in Les Baux included

Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

Additional Services

Arrival & Transfer

You're in good hands with us from the start: Let us book you a transfer from the airport or train station to the ship port and back. The following prices apply per person per transfer.

Airport – Port $ 73
Train station – Port $ 50