Provence and Spain route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $2999  
Length: 14 days
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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On this delightful voyage on France's Rhône River, 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. Your adventure includes explorations of the magnificent cities of Paris and Barcelona.

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

A 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, 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 your 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. The 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 takes you 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.

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. The 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.

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.

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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.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures and Trip Cost

Price is per person in Category E, a deluxe stateroom with a window. Cabin upgrades are available at additional cost per person (listed below this chart).

START
CITY
DATES SHIP
NAME
EMBARK
CITY
EMBARK
DATE
CRUISE
ONLY
CRUISE &
LAND
ParisAug 31-Sep 13, 2015AmaDagioLyonSep 3$3,899$5,699
ParisSep 28-Oct 11, 2015AmaDagioLyonOct 1$3,899$5,699
BarcelonaOct 5-18, 2015AmaDagioArlesOct 8$3,799$5,599
BarcelonaOct 19-Nov 1, 2015AmaDagioArlesOct 22$3,499$5,299
ParisOct 26-Nov 8, 2015AmaDagioLyonOct 29$3,399$5,199
BarcelonaNov 2-15, 2015AmaDagioArlesNov 5$3,199$4,999
BarcelonaNov 16-29, 2015 ‡AmaDagioArlesNov 19$3,099$4,899
ParisNov 23-Dec 6, 2015 ‡AmaDagioLyonNov 26$3,199$4,999
BarcelonaNov 30-Dec 13, 2015AmaDagioArlesDec 3$3,199$4,999
ParisDec 7-20, 2015AmaDagioLyonDec 10$3,199$4,999
Barcelona Mar 22-Apr 4, 2016 ‡ AmaDagio Arles Mar 25 $2,899 $4,699
Paris Mar 29-Apr 11, 2016 AmaDagio Lyon Apr 1 $2,999 $4,799
Barcelona Apr 5-18, 2016 ‡ AmaDagio Arles Apr 8 $3,199 $4,999
Paris Apr 12-25, 2016 AmaDagio Lyon Apr 15 $3,299 $5,099
Barcelona Apr 19-May 2, 2016 AmaDagio Arles Apr 22 $3,399 $5,199
Paris Apr 26-May 9, 2016 AmaDagio Lyon Apr 29 $3,599 $5,399
Barcelona May 3-16, 2016 AmaDagio Arles May 6 $3,599 $5,399
Paris May 10-23, 2016 AmaDagio Lyon May 13 $3,699 $5,499
Barcelona May 17-30, 2016 AmaDagio Arles May 20 $3,699 $5,499
Paris May 24-Jun 6, 2016 AmaDagio Lyon May 27 $3,699 $5,499
Barcelona May 31-Jun 13, 2016 AmaDagio Arles Jun 3 $3,699 $5,499
Paris Jun 7-20, 2016 AmaDagio Lyon Jun 10 $3,699 $5,499
Barcelona Jun 14-27, 2016 AmaDagio Arles Jun 17 $3,699 $5,499
Paris Jun 21-Jul 4, 2016 AmaDagio Lyon Jun 24 $3,699 $5,499
Barcelona Jun 28-Jul 11, 2016 AmaDagio Arles Jul 1 $3,599 $5,399
Paris Jul 5-18, 2016 AmaDagio Lyon Jul 8 $3,599 $5,399
Barcelona Jul 12-25, 2016 ‡ AmaDagio Arles Jul 15 $3,599 $5,399
Paris Jul 19-Aug 1, 2016 AmaDagio Lyon Jul 22 $3,599 $5,399
Barcelona Jul 26-Aug 8, 2016 AmaDagio Arles Jul 29 $3,599 $5,399
Paris Aug 2-15, 2016 AmaDagio Lyon Aug 5 $3,599 $5,399
Barcelona Aug 9-22, 2016 ‡ AmaDagio Arles Aug 12 $3,599 $5,399
Paris Aug 16-29, 2016 AmaDagio Lyon Aug 19 $3,699 $5,499
Barcelona Aug 23-Sep 5, 2016 AmaDagio Arles Aug 26 $3,799 $5,599
Paris Aug 30-12, 2016 AmaDagio Lyon Sep 2 $3,899 $5,699
Barcelona Sep 6-29, 2016 AmaDagio Arles Sep 9 $3,899 $5,699
Paris Sep 13-26, 2016 AmaDagio Lyon Sep 16 $3,899 $5,699
Barcelona Sep 20-Oct 3, 2016 AmaDagio Arles Sep 23 $3,899 $5,699
Paris Sep 27-Oct 10, 2016 AmaDagio Lyon Sep 30 $3,899 $5,699
Barcelona Oct 4-17, 2016 AmaDagio Arles Oct 7 $3,799 $5,599
Paris Oct 11-24, 2016 AmaDagio Lyon Oct 14 $3,599 $5,399
Barcelona Oct 18-31, 2016 AmaDagio Arles Oct 21 $3,499 $5,299
Paris Oct 25-Nov 7, 2016 AmaDagio Lyon Oct 28 $3,399 $5,199
Barcelona Nov 1-14, 2016 AmaDagio Arles Nov 4 $3,199 $4,999
Paris Nov 8-21, 2016 AmaDagio Lyon Nov 11 $3,099 $4,899
Barcelona Nov 15-28, 2016 ‡ AmaDagio Arles Nov 18 $3,099 $4,899

‡ “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 per person (see below).

AmaDagio Cabin Upgrade Pricing Per Person

Category Deck Stateroom 2015 2016
D Piano Window add $299 add $299
C Violin/Cello French Balcony add $799 add $899
B Violin/Cello French Balcony add $999 add $1099
A Violin French Balcony add $1,099 add $1,199
S Violin French Balcony add $2,299 add $2,399

Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price.
Single Supplement for Land: $840 per person.

Port Charges: $168 per person

Important: Dates, prices and itineraries for 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: 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.

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*

Minimum fee: $200 per person
120-90 days prior to departure: $400 per person
89-60 days prior to departure: 35% of trip cost
59-30 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
29-7 days prior to departure: 80% of trip cost
6 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Deck Plan

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.

Expedition Details

PASSPORT
A valid passport is required for traveling on this trip.  Be sure to check the expiration date.  Your passport must be valid for six months after the conclusion of your trip.  It is a good idea to carry photocopies of your passport photo page in case your passport is lost or as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos.

VISA
No visa is required for US Citizens traveling to France and Spain.

MEDICAL
We recommend checking the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov should you have any international health concerns.

INOCULATIONS
No inoculations are currently required for Europe.

AmaDagio

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.