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Amacello

Colours of Provence

Making her debut in 2008, the Amacello forms part of the state-of-the-art fleet, the line that has redefined European river cruising with innovations that have set new standards in the industry. Like her sisterships, the Amacello accommodates no more than 148 passengers in unparalleled luxury, comfort and style. The ship is staffed by a highly-trained professional crew, with an ongoing emphasis on personal service.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Lyon.

Day 1: Lyon

Board the ship in Lyon this afternoon. After settling into your cabin, the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. In the evening you are invited to a welcome reception and your first gourmet dinner on board.

Day 2: Lyon

Enjoy a city tour of Lyon taking you to Place Bellecour with its equestrian statue of Louis XIV, the Town Hall and to the historic district of Fourviere, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area is famous for the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, ancient Roman theatre and stunning views over the city. The ship departs for Belville this evening. During the afternoon, enjoy leisure time or join a guided bike tour through the city designed with cyclists in mind

Day 3: Collonges - 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. Later, set sail for Vienne, where you’ll enjoy free time to explore the town.

Day 4: Vienne - Tournon

Located between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, Vienne has a significant Roman history, highlighted by the 1st century Roman Temple of Augustus. Join a walking tour and see the ancient Roman ruins and the medieval Abbey Church of St Pierre, today an Archaeological Museum. The ship departs midday You can also take either 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.

Day 5: Tournon

Today you can choose from three excursions. Join a train ride past magnificent landscape carved along the Gorge du Doux, stopping at the 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 can 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.

Day 6: Avignon

Aptly named the “City of Popes,”, Avignon, was the centre of the Catholic Church in the 14th century when its “Palais des Papes” was the equivalent of today’s Vatican. Discover the city on a walking tour that will take you to the magnificent Gothic Papal Palace and the well-preserved medieval walls which surround the historic centre, now a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Alternatively, take an excursion out to Pont du Gard, the famous Roman aquaduct, a masterpiece of engineering and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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.

Day 7: Arles

Today offers a plethora of interesting tours and excursions in and around of one of the most beautiful cities in France, Arles. For art lovers, 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. Alternatively 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.

Day 8: Arles

Your voyage ends in Arles where you will disembark the ship.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Arles.

Includes

  • 7 Nights' accommodation on board the Amacello
  • All meals on board, including early-riser coffee, buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
  • Welcome cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
  • Bottled water in every cabin, replenished daily
  • All-inclusive daily sightseeing programs as outlined in the itinerary
  • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
  • All local taxes (these are shown separately and will be charged at the time of booking)

Excludes

  • International flights
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages, other than thiose already mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Visas
  • Personal expenses
 

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