From romantic cities to foodie havens and artistic epicenters, this cruise enlivens all your senses. Tour by walking, hiking, biking or steam train to take in scenic landscapes such as colorful lavender fields, the 14th century Papal Palace, ancient cathedrals, enchanting towns, and more. Hunting for truffles, olive tasting, sampling chocolates, and art from famous French artists will fill each day with new experiences.
The 1st Annual Colors of Provence President's Cruise with James Ridgway, Jr. departs on July 14, 2021. Prices start at $3,998* for a fixed window stateroom.
*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount
- Beverages with All Meals
- Meals on Ship
- Select Shore Excursions
- Deluxe cruise accommodations (based on double occupancy)
Day 1 JULY 14: DEPART USA
Board your overnight flight to Paris.
Day 2 JULY 15: EMBARKATION – LYON, FRANCE
Board your cruise in Lyon. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers as the ship moors overnight. (D)
Day 3 JULY 16: LYON
Discover dynamic Lyon, starting in Fourvière Hill, part of the city’s historic region that is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the 19th-century basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Continue on to the old town of Lyon, followed by a guided walk through the St. Jean district, where you will be introduced to the city’s unique covered walkways, known as “traboules.” During the afternoon, enjoy leisure time or join a guided bike tour through the city designed with cyclists in mind. (B, L, D)
Day 4 JULY 17: VIENNE
Travel to the Beaujolais wine region—known as the Pays d’Or or “land of the golden stones.” Indulge in a wine tasting at a traditional winery and learn about the history and techniques of their vineyard. After rejoining the ship, enjoy the afternoon at your leisure before sailing to Vienne. (B, L, D)
Day 5 JULY 18: VIENNE – TOURNON
Situated between the wine regions of Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône lies Vienne with a Roman past that can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. Follow the footsteps of the ancient Romans on a walking tour to see the amazingly well- preserved Augustus and Livia Temple, the Saint Maurice Cathedral, a Gothic church that took more than 500 years to build, and St. Pierre Abbey—one of the oldest surviving churches in France, and now an Archaeological Museum. For those wishing to be more active, you can either take a guided bike tour along a portion of the ViaRhôna bike route or a guided hike from the ship to the Monastery at Mount Pipet. (B, L, D)
Day 6 JULY 19: TOURNON
You have a choice of three excursions. Take a train ride past magnificent landscape carved along the Gorge du Doux, stopping at the charming little station of Colombier le Vieux-Saint Barthélemy le Plain, where the train maneuvers in preparation for its return journey. Alternatively, lovers of wine and chocolate will want to visit Le Château de Tournon for a presentation and tasting on the pairing of red wine and chocolate. For a more active adventure, cycle through the French countryside or take a hike through the vineyards of Tain l’Hermitage, followed by a visit to a local winery where you’ll sample some of the wines. (B, L, D)
Day 7 JULY 20: AVIGNON
Avignon, aptly named the “City of Popes,” was the center of the Catholic Church in the 14th century when its “Palais des Papes” was the equivalent of today’s Vatican. Depending on your interests, you have three choices of excursions. Discover the history of Avignon on a guided walking tour that includes the Papal Palace and the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, you can go to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the impressive Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that is a masterpiece of ancient engineering. Or if you prefer, visit three venues around Avignon to taste regional specialties including macarons, cheese and wine, and tapenades. During the afternoon, you can enjoy free time in Avignon, go on a bike tour, or go to the magnificent hilltop village, Grignan. After visiting this enchanting Provençal town, go in search of the highly prized “Black Diamond” truffles with a farmer and his trustworthy canine companion. In the evening, enjoy an illuminations cruise around Avignon. (B, L, D)
Day 8 JULY 21: ARLES
Considered one of the most beautiful cities in France, Arles enchants. For art lovers, you’ll wish to visit Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Vincent van Gogh once lived and painted. Afterwards, go to the Carrières de Lumières, where you’ll be treated to a spectacular presentation of art, sound and history projected on the walls of caves. Alternatively, venture to the medieval hilltop village, Les Baux de Provence, followed by a visit to an olive farm where you’ll learn about age-old Provençal traditions from a master olive miller as well as sample the olive oil. Or for a different adventure, journey to Aigues-Mortes, known for its well preserved medieval walls and guard towers, followed by a visit to the beautiful Camargue National Park, a protected natural territory with more than 400 different species of birds. During the afternoon, you can join a walking tour of Arles highlighting top sights, including the Romanesque cathedral and Roman amphitheater; or take a guided bike tour to the Roman ruins. And for those who wish to delve further into Van Gogh’s Arles, join a special walking tour along with a visit to the Vincent van Gogh Foundation, showcasing his legacy. (B, L, D)
Day 9 JULY 22: ARLES – DISEMBARKATION
Disembark your ship in Arles. (B)
Enhance Your Journey
PRE-TOUR PARIS Starting from $1225
July 11: DEPART USA
Board your overnight flight to Paris.
July 12: ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE
Arrive in Paris and check in to your hotel
July 13: PARIS
Enjoy a morning tour taking in the signature sites of Paris, including the awe-inspiring Notre-Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe and iconic Eiffel Tower. You’ll also stroll the Champs Élysées with its cinemas, sidewalk cafes and luxury specialty shops. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore such landmarks as the Louvre museum with its famous glass pyramid, or to enjoy a fresh, flaky croissant at one of the city’s legendary cafes. (B)
July 14: PARIS
Enjoy a full day at your leisure to explore some of the city’s legendary sites more in-depth. In the evening, visit Montmartre, long known as the city’s premier artist's enclave. During the mid to late 1800s, artists also began calling Montmartre home. Pissarro and Jongkind were two of the first to live there, followed by other notable artists, including Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Pablo Picasso. You’ll be taken on an evening illumination tour, discovering why Paris is renowned as the “City of Light.” (B)
July 15: PARIS – LYON – EMBARKATION
Check out of your Paris hotel and head to the train station to board the TGV high-speed train through the French countryside to Lyon. Once in the “food capital of France,” marvel at the famous indoor market hall Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse, named after the late chef renowned for his Michelin-starred l’Auberge du Pont de Collonges restaurant. There you’ll have a chance to sample the delicacies offered by butchers, bakers, chocolatiers and cheesemongers while taking in the colorful sights and enticing aromas around you. Afterward, embark the ship in Lyon for your Colors of Provence cruise. (B,D)
POST-TOUR: NICE & MONACO Starting from $1200
JULY 22: AVIGNON – DISEMBARKATION – AIX-EN-PROVENCE - NICE
Disembark your ship in Avignon and head to Aix-en-Provence, birthplace of renowned painter Paul Cézanne. See the highlights of this delightful city known for its provincial markets. Afterward, take a scenic ride to Nice where you’ll enjoy a panoramic tour before checking in to your hotel. (B)
JULY 23: NICE
Tour the scenic capital of the French Riviera, where tourism has been alive for three centuries. Gaze at the azure waters of the Mediterranean and take in such sites as the Russian Orthodox cathedral, opera house and Prefecture Palace. (B)
JULY 24: NICE – MONACO-VILLE – MONTE CARLO
Head to the hilltop town of Eze for a scenic walking tour along its charming cobblestone streets. Later, explore intimate Monaco-Ville, a sleepy medieval village, before taking in the luxury and beauty of Monte Carlo, famous for its opulent casino. (B)
JULY 25: DEPART NICE
Bid farewell to Nice and prepare for your flight home. (B)
Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.