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Embark on your ship and cruise through France's legendary wine growing regions. Enjoy tastings of Beaujolais and Côte du Rhône wines, meet local vintners, marvel at ancient Roman ruins, stroll through medieval villages, and shop for provençal handicrafts. You will also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avignon, as well as Arles, the city where Vincent Van Gogh spent much of his lfe.
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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 theatre, and majestic views of the city below. The ship departs for Belleville this evening.
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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.
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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.
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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 colourful stories brought to life by local residents.
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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. Continue by motor coach to Avignon, site of the bridge made famous by the French children's song "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 centre 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 will also visit Uzes, a lovely town known for its castle, medieval streets and picturesque town square. Enjoy free time for shopping before returning to your ship.
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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.
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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 Amphitheatre. 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").
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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 centre 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 will also visit Uzes, a lovely Provencal 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 in Uzes before returning to your ship. After lunch, the ship cruises to Viviers, arriving later this evening. You may join a "Ghost Walk" through this medieval town, with colourful stories brought to life by local residents. The ship moors overnight in Viviers.
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After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Grignan, a magnificent hilltop village surrounded by lavender fields. The village's Renaissance castle provides a commanding view of the area's beautiful countryside. Enjoy some free time to explore local shops for confections, home-made lavender soaps and other crafts. You will also have the opportunity to visit a truffle farm and learn about truffle harvesting. Rejoin the ship in Le Pouzin and cruise to Tournon, arriving late afternoon.
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This morning, you will enjoy an indulgent chocolate and red wine pairing. After lunch, the ship sails to Vienne, situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, arriving early evening.
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Vienne's Roman past can be readily seen in its marvellously 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 theatre, and the medieval churches of St. Andre-Le-Bas and the medieval Abbey Church of St. Pierre. As an alternative, you may choose to visit the Chateau Roussillon and Pottery (when available). After lunch, your ship will depart for Lyon, arriving mid-afternoon. The ship moors overnight in Lyon.
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This morning, enjoy some free time on your own. 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.
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AmaWaterways' custom-built ships have set new standards in european river cruising and offer a number of exclusive features such as French balconies in most staterooms; complimentary in-room Internet and first-run Hollywood hit movies; exquisite cuisine with unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; complimentary Wi-Fi; free guided bicycle tours and much more
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Begin with a sophisticated and stylish setting. Toss in a cheerful atmosphere. Add our sumptuous cuisine, wonderful regional wines and attentive service; then sprinkle in gorgeous views. The result - an outstanding dining experience.
Primus Perchtold, AmaWaterways' Executive Chef and winner of three gold medals at the European Championship of Culinary Art in Nuremberg, designs exquisite menus for guests' enjoyment in Europe.
Every AmaWaterways vessel cruising in Europe is an official member of La Chaine des Rotisseurs. Membership is considered an achievement of world-class culinary acumen.
AmaWaterways is the only river cruise line invited to join one of the world's most prestigious culinary organizations founded in 1950 in Paris.
Early risers enjoy breakfast in the main lounge while a full buffet breakfast with made-to-order specialties, accompanied by freshly-baked breads and pastries is served from 7am daily.
At lunch, you'll find an enticing buffet laden with fresh salads, pasta dishes, hot entrees, and desserts, as well as meals to order from the menu; a light lunch option is also available in the main lounge.
In the afternoon, stop by the main lounge for tea or complimentary espresso, as well as sandwiches, pastries and cookies.
Dinner is a multi-course affair, accompanied by free-flowing wines and beer.
Every dinner on board includes free-flowing regional wines as well as complimentary beer and soft drinks.
Complimentary sparkling wine is also served with breakfast.
Bottled water, specialty teas and coffees are always available free of charge.
New for 2012, these specially-crafted guided walking tours provide a delectable taste of Europe in select destinations. Tours include visits to cooking schools, stops at culinary specialty shops, chocolatiers and charcuteries and perhaps a bistro or biergarten and more.
After dinner, you are invited to enjoy engaging evening entertainment. You are sure to be enthralled as different performers come on board each night. It's the perfect complement to your daily discoveries.
Set your own pace on shore excursions and the full attention of your guide. AmaWaterways ensures that you're treated with personalized attention, on land as well as on the river. The complimentary Small Group Shore Excursions provide a world-class tour in every destination using the very best local guides. You'll find no more intensive and immersive introduction to the culture and heritage of the region you're visiting.
To cater for different preferences AmaWarterways offer a Gentle Walkers group, for those who'd like to explore at a more leisurely pace. Wherever possible, an Active Walkers group, for those interested in covering more ground, and a Late Starter group for those who prefer to sleep in is also on offer.
AmaWaterways originated the concept of putting bicycles aboard river cruise ships in Europe. The idea sprung from the fact that so many of Europe's rivers are lined with paths that are perfect for pedaling. There are more than two dozen bicycles and plenty of safety helmets on board that are free for you to use. The bicycles give you the freedom to 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.
As you sail through Europe's most beautiful and tranquil scenery, why not take the opportunity to pamper yourself? There are an expert hair stylist, masseuse and beauty therapist at your disposal for the duration of the cruise. Nestled in a peaceful corner of the ship, next to a well equipped Fitness Center, the Massage, Beauty and Hair Salon offers a variety of treatments using only the finest products available. Pamper your body and rejuvenate your spirit while you're on board with AmaWaterways.
With AmaWaterways, you'll find an exceptional vacation experience. In addition you'll enjoy the finest onboard service of any river cruise line. After ten years in business, we believe that a big factor in our award-winning success is superior service and attention.
Our passengers consistently rate our personalized, professional and friendly service as a highlight of their cruise. How do we know? They tell us. Passengers aboard every AmaWaterways ship complete a detailed questionnaire at the end of their cruise, and we diligently read every single one of them. It provides continuous feedback on our passengers' experience, and enables us to guide our onboard staff. We can praise the staff for a job well done, and make quick adjustments before the start of the next cruise.
At AmaWaterways, customer service is our top priority.
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3 nights B&B from: £565pp
Why not extend your stay with a few extra days in Paris to really explore theis city of light and love!
Includes 3 nights in a centrally located Paris Hotel, a guided tour of the city visiting the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde, and the Eiffel Tower and the famous Notre Dame Cathedral. Optional excursions to a Parisian Cabaret, a Seine river criuse and an evening tour of Monmatre & its Illuminations are offered or just take the time to enjoy the city at your own pace.
Transfer between Lyon by TGV high-speed train.
3 nights B&B from: £565pp
Why not extend your stay with an extra 3 days in chic Barcelona.
Includes 3 nights in a centrally located Barcelona Hotel, a guided tour of the city visiting the unique architectural works or Antoni Gaudi such as the Casa Milà, Casa Batlló and La Sagrada de Familla, the basilica and UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been under construction for over a century. Optional excursions to the "Market of la Boqueria", "tapas & boqueria" and the Benedictine Abbey atop Montserrat mountain are offered, or just take the time to enjoy the city at your own pace.
Transfer between Arles, through the Camargue with a stop in medieval Perpignan.
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