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From Paris to Barcelona aboard the AmaDagio

Overview

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.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

Itinerary

PARIS TO BARCELONA ITINERARY

Day 1
Arrive Paris

Arrive in Paris and check into the hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.

Day 2
Paris

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.

Day 3
Paris

The day is free to explore on your own. This evening, an optional “Parisian Cabaret at Paradis Latin” dinner show is available.

Day 4
TGV to Lyon / Embark AmaDagio

Board the TGV high-speed train that whisk you 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, enjoy some free time for lunch on your own before a private cooking demonstration. Later, transfer to the luxurious ship and gather this evening for a Welcome Dinner.

Day 5
Lyon

Your panoramic tour of Lyon brings you to Place Bellecour with its equestrian statue of Louis XIV, Place des Terreaux with Bartholdi’s Fountain, and the Town Hall. Afterwards, 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.

Day 6
Beaujolais wine region / Vienne

This morning’s tour will take you 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). Visit the medieval hilltop village of Oingt as well as the home of a local vintner, where you 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 you have a free evening to explore on your own.

Day 7
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, 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. The ship departs at midday for Tournon. This evening, explore the town on your own.

Day 8
Cornas / Viviers

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 while cruising to Viviers. After arriving this evening, you may take a “Ghost Walk” through this medieval town with colorful stories brought to life by local residents.

Day 9
Grignan / Avignon or visit Pont du Gard and Uzes

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 you'll visit during a walking tour. You'll 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. Your 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. Enjoy free time for shopping before returning to the ship.

Day 10
Les Baux or Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum / Walking or biking tour of Arles

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,  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." You'll 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 includes 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.

Day 11
Disembark / Transfer to Barcelona via Perpignan

Disembark the ship in Arles and transfer to Barcelona. Along the way, pass through the eerie Camargue marshland and stop in the medieval town of Perpignan in France, where you have free time for lunch and some exploring on your own.

Day 12
Explore Barcelona

Your full day in Barcelona begins with a driving tour to the top of Montjuic Hill where you 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. Your 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 you sample local favorites and take a guided tour of the Market of la Boqueria.

Day 13
Barcelona

Enjoy a full day at leisure, or take part in an optional excursion to Montserrat to visit the famous Benedictine Abbey atop Montserrat Mountain.

Day 14
Barcelona / Depart

Transfer to the airport and depart on homeward-bound flight.

 

BARCELONA TO PARIS ITINERARY

Day 1
Barcelona, Spain

Arrive in Barcelona and check in to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.

Day 2
Barcelona

Your full day in Barcelona begins with a driving tour to the top of Montjuic Hill, where you will enjoy glorious views of the city below. Continue along the waterfront to Las Ramblas, an iconic tree-lined boulevard, and explore the city’s Gothic Quarter. Your tour also includes the unique architectural works of Antoni Gaudí, including Casa Milà, Casa Batlló and La Sagrada Familia basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been under construction for over a century. This evening, explore Barcelona by night on your own, or elect to participate in an optional tapas tasting tour.

Day 3
Barcelona

Enjoy a full day at your leisure, or take part in the optional “Montserrat Excursion,” visiting the famous Benedictine Abbey atop Montserrat Mountain.

Day 4
Barcelona / Embarkation / Arles, France

After breakfast, you will transfer from Barcelona to Arles, the gateway to Provence. Along the way, you will stop in the medieval town of Perpignan in France and have some free time for lunch and exploring on your own. Continue on your transfer, passing through the eerie marshland region of the Camargue before arriving in Arles and boarding your ship. This evening, meet your fellow passengers at a Welcome Dinner.

Day 5
Arles / Les Baux / Avignon

This morning, you will board a motor coach for an excursion to the hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence. The village’s castle has a fascinating exhibit of medieval siege weaponry. Later, 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 Vincent Van Gogh painted such well-known works as "The Irises" and "Starry Night". You will 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, your city tour of Arles takes you to the Romanesque cathedral and the Roman Amphitheater. Early this evening cruise to Avignon. As your ship docks, look for the illuminated Avignon Bridge made famous by the French children’s song “Sur le pont d’Avignon” (“On the Bridge of Avignon”).

Day 6
Avignon / Viviers

This morning, you will have your choice of two excursions in and around historic Avignon. Seven popes once resided in the magnificent Gothic Papal Palace, which you will visit during your city walking tour. You will 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. After lunch, the ship cruises to Viviers, arriving later this evening. You may join a “Ghost Walk” through this medieval town, with colorful stories brought to life by local residents. The ship moors overnight in Viviers.

Day 7
Viviers / Tournon

After breakfast, you’ll have an excursion to Grignan, a magnificent hilltop village surrounded by lavender fields. The village’s Renaissance castle provides a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. Enjoy some free time to explore local shops for confections, home-made lavender soaps, and other crafts. You will also have an opportunity to visit a truffle farm and learn about truffle harvesting. Rejoin the ship in Le Pouzin, then cruise to Tournon as you enjoy an onboard wine lecture. This evening, enjoy a special chocolate and red wine paring and a winery visit in Tournon.

Day 8
Tournon / Vienne

This morning, enjoy a special Hermitage winery visit and tasting. Arrive this evening in Vienne, situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais. Vienne has a significant Roman history, highlighted by its marvelously preserved ruins and remains.

Day 9
Vienne / Lyon

Vienne’s Roman past can be readily seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. This morning, you will have a guided walking tour of Vienne 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. Enjoy an onboard wine lecture and tasting as your ship departs for Lyon, arriving mid-afternoon. Your panoramic tour of Lyon takes you to the Place Bellecour with its equestrian statue of Louis XIV, the Place des Terreaux with Bartholdi’s Fountain, and the Town Hall. Afterwards, visit Fourvière, part of the historic region designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as the “Hill of Prayers,” Fourvière is famous for its iconic white Basilica of Notre-Dame, ruins of a Roman theater, and majestic views of the city below. Tonight’s Captain’s Gala Dinner will be a memorable feast for the senses. The ship moors overnight in Lyon.

Day 10
Lyon / Collonges / Belleville

This morning, enjoy some free time in Lyon to explore on your own or shop for souvenirs and gifts. The ship departs after noon and cruises to Collonges for your excursion through the Beaujolais wine region, the Pays d’Or (“land of the golden stones,” named for the ochre limestone used to build local homes and castles). You will visit the medieval hilltop village of Oingt and the home of a local vintner, where you will enjoy a wine tasting and vineyard tour, and learn about the history of wine production in the region. Rejoin the ship in Belleville and return to Lyon, arriving late tonight.

Day 11
Lyon / Disembarkation / Paris

After disembarking the ship, guests continuing on to Paris will be treated to a demonstration of Lyonnaise cooking. You will have free time for lunch on your own before boarding a high-speed TGV train that will whisk you through the French countryside to Paris. Upon arriving in Paris, you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening, an optional “Montmartre & Illuminations” tour is available for you to enjoy.

Day 12
Paris

Enjoy some of Paris’ most famous sights during this morning's guided tour, such as the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame Cathedral. The afternoon is free for you to explore the “City of Lights.” This evening, an optional “Parisian Cabaret at Paradis Latin” dinner show is available.

Day 13
Paris

Enjoy your last full day in Paris at your leisure. You may also take an optional “Seine Cruise & Eiffel Tower” tour this morning.

Day 14
Depart

Your splendid vacation comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight.

Highlights

Details

Length: 14 days
Cost From: $2899  
Arrive: Paris, France (or Barcelona, Spain)
Depart: Barcelona, Spain (or Paris, France)
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
Trip Level:

6-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours

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