Provence & Spain

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Embark upon an enchanting 7-night cruise through Provence

Cruise through 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, stroll through medieval villages and shop for Provencal crafts. Your itinerary includes the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avignon as well as Arles, the city where Vincent Van Gogh spent much of his life.

Included Features

  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily
  • 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, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances
  • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board
  • All local taxes

Extend your journey with a land tour. Spend 3 nights in Paris and end with 3 nights in Barcelona

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Book early and EO will pay
for your gratuities
SPACE IS LIMITED AND OFFERS
ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
WITHOUT NOTICE

This offer not valid on EO Group Departures with Guest Lecturers


Full Itinerary

LYON - EMBARKATION

 

After checking out of your hotel, you will board the TGV high-speed train that will 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 your luxurious ship, where you will gather this evening for a Welcome Dinner. (B,D)

LYON

 

Today your panoramic tour of Lyon will take 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 Belleville this evening. (B,L,D)

BELLEVILLE – 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). You will visit the medieval hilltop village of Oingt as well as the home of a local vintner, where you will 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’ll have a free evening to explore on your own. (B,L,D)

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, go on a walking tour and see an ancient Roman temple, the ruins of a Roman theater, and the medieval Abbey Church of St. Pierre, today an Archaeological Museum. Your ship departs at midday for Tournon. (B,L,D)

TOURNON - VIVIERS

 

Today you will enjoy an indulgent chocolate and red wine pairing. Relax on board today as we cruise to Viviers. After arriving this evening, you may take a “Ghost Walk” tour through this medieval town, with colorful stories brought to life by local residents. (B,L,D)

VIVIERS - AVIGNON

 

After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Grignan, a hilltop village surrounded by lavender fields. The village’s Renaissance castle provides a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. You will also have the opportunity to visit a truffle farm and learn about truffle harvesting. 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 will visit during your 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. (B,L,D)

AVIGNON - LES BAUX - ARLES

 

This morning, you will 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 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, a city tour of Arles takes you to the Romanesque cathedral and the Roman Amphitheater.The ship moors overnight in Arles. (B,L,D)

ARLES - DISEMBARKATION

 

Disembark your ship in Arles. (B)


2016 Departure Dates

Ship Name Embarkation Discount* Price**
AmaDagio 11/18/16 $750 $3099

* Special offer applies to Cat. E through AA based on double occupancy
** Cabin category pricing will vary

Register for any of the dates above by contacting Amy Kroslak at Educational Opportunities.

Email: akroslak@travelwithus.com
or call: 1.800.247.0017 ext. 336

 

Important: Dates, prices & itineraries for 2015 sailings are subject to change. Port Charges: $168 per person. Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price & Suites 100% of twin price. Single Supplement for Land: $700 per person. 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). *Balcony Celebration promotional pricing applicable to select dates in balcony stateroom categories C-AA (excludes categories E, D, Single, A+, AA+ and Suites). Offers are not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, are limited to availability, are capacity controlled and are subject to change or termination without notice.