Treasures of Burgundy and Provence: Rhône & Saône
8 Days
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Treasures of Burgundy and Provence: Rhône & Saône

2023

2022


LyonLyon

8 Days

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"!

Itinerary

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 travelers for a Welcome Cocktail and delectable Welcome Dinner.

Stay Lyon

Departure at 10:00pm

 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. Enjoy a morning stroll through this lovely town on a guided tour or join an excursion through 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.

After lunch on board, join the afternoon excursion to Cluny Abbey, which was founded in 910 and was home to over 10,000 monks at its height, or visit Chateau de Pierreclos with its romantic wine cellars and vineyard. Enjoy dinner on board in the evening.

Stay Macon

6:00am - 6:00pm

Excursions

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 morning tour. Your bus will stop in Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, where you will see the beautiful Hôtel-Dieu and enjoy a wine tasting at one of Beaune’s famous cellars.

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 for the medieval towns of Brançion and Cormatin. Among other things, you will be able to admire the Château de Cormatin, which undoubtedly houses one of the most opulent castle interiors in Burgundy. Alternatively, join the guided tour to Tournus, a picturesque little town on the banks of the Saône, home to the abbey church St. Philibert. In the late afternoon, rejoin your vessel in time for dinner on board.

Stay Chalon-sur-Saône

1:00am - 2:30pm

Excursions

Stay Tournus

5:30pm - 6:30pm

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 excursion to the market halls of Paul Bocuse and sample the local delicacies.

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

Stay Lyon

7:00am - 12:00pm

Excursions

Spend the day exploring the Provençal 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. Admire the grand Palace of the Popes, one of the world’s most fascinating examples of Gothic architecture and the Pont d’Avignon, a ruined 12th-century bridge that once spanned the Rhône.

This afternoon explore the city on your own or join the excursion to the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct which is a great masterpiece of engineering. Another afternoon option is a visit the Roman city of Nîmes. In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner while your cruise ship leaves Avignon.

Stay Avignon

9:00am - 7:00pm

Excursions

Enjoy your morning in Alres, which once captured the imagination of the brilliant Impressionist painter, Vincent van Gogh. Learn more about the rich history of Arles during the morning tour including a visit to the Arena. Alternatively, choose to explore Tarascon, a genuine Provençal town with its medieval chateau dominating the town center.

This afternoon, recharge in the tranquility of nature by joining the excursion to the Camargue Nature Park, home to the renowned Camargue bulls and white Camargue horses. For art enthusiasts, join the afternoon excursion exploring more of Vincent Van Gogh in Arles including a stop at the Van Gogh Arles museum. After a full day in Arles, your vessel will continue cruising the Rhône river.

Stay Arles

12:01am - 6:30pm

Excursions

You can choose to spend a day on board or join a 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.

Alternatively, explore the world of truffles with a visit and tasting to a local truffle farm. Rejoin the vessel in the small town of Le Pouzin in time for lunch. This afternoon, relax onboard 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 Châteauneuf-du-Rhône

4:00am - 8:30am

Excursions

Stay Le Pouzin

12:30pm - 2:00pm

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

Stay Lyon

Arrival at 2:00am

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

$150pp Early Booking Discount

Save $150 per person for all 2023 bookings made before November 30, 2022.

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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
  • Massage services and hair salon
  • 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 

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.

Introductory Excursion Package | for only $ 341 per person

Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.
Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.

  • Mâcon and the Beaujolais
  • Beaune and the Burgundy
  • Avignon walking tour with Papal Palace
  • Arles walking tour
  • Camargue Nature Reserve
  • Grignan with truffle farm and tasting

Save up to $ 175 per person

Full Excursion Package | for only $ 513 per person

Pick from our selection of unforgettable shore excursions, plus enjoy a discounted rate when purchased in advance. 
Book our full excursion package prior to departure for a great value. Create your personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favorite tours from our list of exciting options in each port. Please note, a discounted excursion may not be exchanged for another while during your cruise.

Lyon – Lyon

Unit Price

Mâcon and the Beaujolais

$ 88

OR Mâcon walking tour

$ 24

Château de Pierreclos with Wine Tasting

$ 70

OR Visit to Cluny Abbey

$ 75

Beaune and the Burgundy

$ 86

Medieval Brancion and Cormatin

$ 75

OR Tournus walking tour and the abbey Church St. Philibert

$ 47

Lyon - France's Culinary Capital

$ 49

OR Visit of Les Halles du Paul Bocuse with tasting

$ 60

Avignon walking tour with Papal Palace

$ 49

Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard and Uzès

$ 61

OR On the footsteps of the Romans in Nîmes

$ 71

Arles walking tour

$ 36

OR Tarascon - in the middle of the Provence

$ 44

Arles & Vincent van Gogh

$ 38

OR Camargue Nature Reserve

$ 59

Valley of the Ardèche Gorge

$ 59

OR Grignan with truffle farm and tasting

$ 84

Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

Additional Services

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:

Lyon (France)

Train Station - Port $ 52

Airport - Port $ 76

Parking garage 8 days $ 133

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