Trip Details at-a-Glance
|Lodging:||6 nights hotels, 7 nights aboard a premier river vessel|
|Meals:||All meals included aboard ship and with the group ashore, including house wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard|
|Activity:||Cultural Adventures, Walking, River Cruising|
6-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours
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On this delightful voyage on France's Rhône River, we discover France’s legendary wine growing regions, home to such famous vintages as Beaujolais and Côte du Rhône, enjoy wine tastings at local vintners, marvel at ancient Roman ruins, and stroll through fascinating medieval villages. Our adventure includes explorations of the magnificent cities of Paris and Barcelona.
Arrive in Paris and check into the hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.
Enjoy some of Paris’ most famous sights during your guided tour this morning, including the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame Cathedral. The afternoon is free to explore the “City of Light.” Or, join the optional “Seine Cruise & Eiffel Tower” tour this morning and/or the optional “Montmartre & Illuminations” tour this evening.
The day is free to explore on your own. This evening, an optional “Parisian Cabaret at Paradis Latin” dinner show is available.
TGV to Lyon / Embark AmaDagio
We board the TGV high-speed train that whisk us through the French countryside to Lyon. Nestled between the Saone and Rhone rivers, Lyon is one of France’s most important cities and its gastronomic capital. Upon arrival, we enjoy some free time for lunch on our own before a private cooking demonstration. Later, we transfer to our luxurious ship, where we gather this evening for a Welcome Dinner.
Our panoramic tour of Lyon brings us to Place Bellecour with its equestrian statue of Louis XIV, Place des Terreaux with Bartholdi’s Fountain, and the Town Hall. Afterwards, we visit Fourvière, part of the historic region designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as the “Hill of Prayers,” Fourvière is famous for its iconic white Basilica of Notre-Dame, ruins of an ancient Roman theater, and majestic views of the city below. The ship departs for Belville this evening.
Beaujolais wine region / Vienne
This morning’s tour will take us through the Beaujolais wine region, also known as the Pays d’Or (“land of the golden stones,” named for the ochre limestone used to build local homes and castles). We visit the medieval hilltop village of Oingt as well as the home of a local vintner, where we enjoy a wine tasting, vineyard tour, and explanation of the history of the region’s wine production. Return to the ship in the afternoon and continue cruising towards Vienne, where we have a free evening to explore on our own.
Vienne / Tournon
Situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, Vienne’s Roman past can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. This morning, we take a mini train tour and see the 1st-century Roman Temple of Augustus and Livia, the ruins of a Roman theater, and the medieval churches of St. Andre-Le-Bas and Abbey St. Pierre. Our ship departs at midday for Tournon. This evening, explore the town on your own.
Cornas / Viviers
We visit Cornas, the premier producer of Côtes du Rhone wines, and enjoy a wine tasting and free time to visit the 16th-century castle that is now a town hall. Return to the ship for lunch as we cruise to Viviers. After arriving this evening, we may take a “Ghost Walk” through this medieval town with colorful stories brought to life by local residents.
Grignan / Avignon or visit Pont du Gard and Uzes
We enjoy an excursion to Grignan, a hilltop village surrounded by lavender fields whose Renaissance castle provides a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. Return to the ship and cruise to Avignon, site of the bridge made famous by the French children’s song “Sur le pont d’Avignon” (“On the Bridge of Avignon”). Seven popes once resided in the magnificent Papal Palace, which wel visit during our walking tour. We also see the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As an alternative, take an excursion to the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that is a masterpiece of engineering and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our tour also visits Uzes, a lovely town known for its castle (still occupied by the Duke of Uzes and his family), medieval streets, and picturesque town square. We enjoy free time for shopping before returning to our ship.
Les Baux or Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum / Walking or biking tour of Arles
We arrive in Arles and board a motor coach for an excursion to the village of Les Baux de Provence. The village’s castle has a fascinating exhibit of medieval weapons. Later, we visit an olive farm to learn about this age-old Provençal farming tradition. As an alternative, take the “Impressionist Experience” tour to the Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Van Gogh once lived and painted such well-known works as "The Irises" and "Starry Night." We also visit the Carrieres de Lumieres, a stone quarry that projects European artwork on its walls, including many of Van Gogh’s famous paintings. Late this afternoon, a city tour of Arles takes us to the Romanesque cathedral and the Roman Amphitheater. Another option is a guided bike tour to a Roman museum (capacity controlled).The ship moors overnight in Arles.
Disembark / Transfer to Barcelona via Perpignan
We disembark our ship in Arles and transfer to Barcelona. Along the way, we pass through the eerie Camargue marshland and stop in the medieval town of Perpignan in France, where we have free time for lunch and some exploring on our own.
Our full day in Barcelona begins with a driving tour to the top of Montjuic Hill where we enjoy glorious views of the city below. Continue along the waterfront to Las Ramblas, an iconic tree-lined boulevard, and explore the Gothic Quarter in the medieval center of the city. Our tour also includes the unique architectural works of Antoni Gaudí, including Casa Milà, Casa Batlló and La Sagrada Familia, the basilica and UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been under construction for over a century. As an alternative, choose the “Tapas & Boqueria” tour of local tapas bars, where we sample local favorites and take a guided tour of the Market of la Boqueria.
Enjoy a full day at leisure, or take part in an optional excursion to Montserrat to visit the famous Benedictine Abbey atop Montserrat Mountain.
Barcelona / Depart
Transfer to the airport and depart on homeward-bound flight.
2015 Cruise Collection Brochure
We’ve searched the world to find the finest small ships and most active adventures, from Greenland to New Zealand to the great rivers of Europe.
What the Trip is Like
The trip is rated Level 1, Easiest, and is appropriate for anyone in good health who is physically active. Cruising days provide ample opportunities to relax on board, while shore excursions require a moderate amount of walking, often along uneven cobblestone streets and up and down stairs. To better accommodate our guests and their individual fitness levels, three levels of walking tours are offered whenever possible: "Regular Walkers" go at an average pace, "Gentle Walkers" proceed in a more relaxed manner, and "Active Walkers" move at a faster pace, which allows them some extra free time. Whenever possible, a "Late Starters" group is offered for guests who prefer to sleep in a bit.
Departures and Trip Cost
Price is per person in Category E, a deluxe stateroom with a window. Cabin upgrades are available at additional cost (listed below this chart).
|Barcelona||Oct 6-19, 2014||AmaDagio||Arles||Oct 9||$3,699||$5,469|
|Barcelona||Oct 20-Nov 2, 2014||AmaDagio||Arles||Oct 23||$3,399||$5,169|
|Paris||Oct 27-Nov 9, 2014||AmaDagio||Lyon||Oct 30||$3,299||$5,069|
|Barcelona||Nov 3-16, 2014||AmaDagio||Arles||Nov 6||$3,099||$4,869|
|Barcelona||Nov 17-30, 2014||AmaDagio||Arles||Nov 20||$2,999||$4,769|
|Paris||Nov 24-Dec 7, 2014||AmaDagio||Lyon||Nov 27||$3,099||$4,869|
|Paris||Mar 30-Apr 12, 2015||AmaDagio||Lyon||Apr 2||$2,999||$4,799|
|Barcelona||May 4-17, 2015||AmaDagio||Arles||May 7||$3,599||$5,399|
|Paris||May 11-24, 2015||AmaDagio||Lyon||May 14||$3,699||$5,499|
|Paris||May 25-Jun 7, 2015||AmaDagio||Lyon||May 28||$3,699||$5,499|
|Paris||Jun 8-21, 2015||AmaDagio||Lyon||Jun 11||$3,699||$5,499|
|Paris||Jul 6-19, 2015||AmaDagio||Lyon||Jul 9||$3,499||$5,299|
|Barcelona||Jul 13-26, 2015||AmaDagio||Arles||Jul 16||$3,499||$5,299|
|Paris||Aug 3-16, 2015||AmaDagio||Lyon||Aug 6||$3,499||$5,299|
|Barcelona||Aug 10-23, 2015||AmaDagio||Arles||Aug 13||$3,599||$5,399|
|Paris||Aug 31-Sep 13, 2015||AmaDagio||Lyon||Sep 3||$3,899||$5,699|
|Paris||Sep 28-Oct 11, 2015||AmaDagio||Lyon||Oct 1||$3,899||$5,699|
|Barcelona||Oct 5-18, 2015||AmaDagio||Arles||Oct 8||$3,799||$5,599|
|Barcelona||Oct 19-Nov 1, 2015||AmaDagio||Arles||Oct 22||$3,499||$5,299|
|Paris||Oct 26-Nov 8, 2015||AmaDagio||Lyon||Oct 29||$3,399||$5,199|
|Barcelona||Nov 2-15, 2015||AmaDagio||Arles||Nov 5||$3,199||$4,999|
|Barcelona||Nov 16-29, 2015‡||AmaDagio||Arles||Nov 19||$3,099||$4,899|
|Paris||Nov 23-Dec 6, 2015‡||AmaDagio||Lyon||Nov 26||$3,199||$4,999|
|Barcelona||Nov 30-Dec 13, 2015||AmaDagio||Arles||Dec 3||$3,199||$4,999|
|Paris||Dec 7-20, 2015||AmaDagio||Lyon||Dec 10||$3,199||$4,999|
‡ “In Celebration of Wine” cruise.
Price above is per person in Category E, a deluxe stateroom with a window. Cabin upgrades are available at additional cost (see below).
AmaDagio Cabin Upgrade Pricing
|D||Piano||Window||add $249||add $299|
|C||Violin/Cello||French Balcony||add $649||add $799|
|B||Violin/Cello||French Balcony||add $849||add $999|
|A||Violin||French Balcony||add $979||add $1,099|
|S||Violin||French Balcony||add $1,999||add $2,299|
Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; Jr. Suites & Suites 100% of twin price.
Single Supplement for Land: $840 per person.
Port Charges: $161 (2014) or $168 (2015) per person
Important: Dates, prices and itineraries for 2015 sailings are subject to change.
Bedding: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).
Alternate Extension: As an alternative to 3 nights in Barcelona, you may opt to spend 2 nights in Marseille; ask for details.
Round trip airfare packages are available. Call for details.
Note: These cruises are not exclusive Wilderness Travel departures. The itinerary, lecturers, and other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the ship operator.
Trip Cost Includes:
- 3 nights hotel in Paris at the Pullman Paris Montparnasse (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- Transfer to Lyon via High-speed TGV train
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom, most with French balconies
- Life enriching tours and excursions daily
- State-of-the-art Infotainment System in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library & English language TV stations
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
- Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding
- Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise
- Free-flowing red & white wines from France's great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
- Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
- Motorcoach from Arles to Perpignan and on to Barcelona
- 3 nights hotel in Barcelona at the Le Meridien or 2 nights in Marseille at the Grand Hotel Beauvau (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
- Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
- Services of professional Cruise Manager
- All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
- All transfers with the purchase of cruise, land & air package
- All local taxes
Trip Cost Does Not Include:Airfare; arrival/departure transfers; taxes or government fees; passports or visa fees baggage fees; travel, health, accident or other insurance vaccinations; laundry; any meals or beverages not specified in itinerary; optional excursions; gratuities or other items of services of a personal nature.
Trip Payment Schedule*
At time of reservation: $400
100 days prior to departure: Balance
*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.
Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*
More than 121 days prior to departure: $200 per person
120-90 days prior: $400
89-60 days prior: 35% of cruise or trip price
59-30 days prior: 50% of cruise or trip price
29-7 days prior: 80% of cruise or trip price
6 days or fewer days prior: 100% of cruise or trip price
*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.
This beautifully appointed vessel features spacious staterooms ranging from 170 to 244 square feet, most with French balconies. Staterooms feature plush down bedding, marble-appointed bathroom, terry robes and slippers, and complimentary bottled water. Gather with fellow guests in the Main Lounge or relax in the intimate Aft Lounge. You'll also find a fitness area and sauna and a Sun Deck with a whirlpool and walking track. The ship carries a fleet of bicycles and safety helmets free for you to use. The bicycles let you venture out and explore the riverside bikeways or meander through quaint cobblestone streets. The bikes are set up and ready for use as soon as the ship docks. Thanks to the computer provided in your stateroom and high-speed Internet access plus Wi-Fi, you can stay connected with friends and family back home. The exclusive movies-on-demand system offers Hollywood’s current releases, a selection of classic films, or entertaining travel videos chosen to coincide with your itinerary. You’ll also enjoy a variety of English-language news, sports and satellite TV stations, as a selection of music channels. It’s all available on your flat-panel TV, and it’s completely complimentary.