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Rhône & Saône Wine Tour

From £2,992 pp

This special itinerary offers guests a perfect blend of wine-related experiences and excursions in vibrant cities and charming towns.  Taste local cuisine, discover how wine is made and, of course, partake in tastings.

Whether you have a seasoned appreciation for fine wine, or simply indulge in a sip here and there, this is a wonderful way to uncork the traditions and local culture of this wonderful part of the world.

What’s Included

Choice of immersive tours & experiences in every destination

  • Options for gentle walking or more active hikes and bike tours let you explore at your own pace
  • Wine tastings and presentations led by your expert ‘Wine Host’
  • Special interst tours providing immersive experiences for small groups looking for something a bit different
  • All tours are led by knowlegeable local guides with personal remote headsets
  • Prefer to explore independently?  Set out on foot or on one of the ship’s bicyles

Award winning dining

  • All onboard meals provided with regionally inspired cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients
  • Intimate ‘Chef’s Table’ specialty restaurant where you can enjoy a lavish tasting menu paired with specially selected local wines – all prepared before your eyes
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner; sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Pre-dinner ‘Sip & Sail’ cocktail hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Lounge
  • Speciality tea & coffee station available throughout the day

Luxurious staterooms & suites

  • Staterooms and suites are all outside facing, most with floor to ceiling windows
  • Deluxe hotel-style bedding with Egyptian linen, down pillows and duvet
  • En-suite marble bathrooms, with multijet shower, spa quality bath products and robes.
  • Complimentary wifi, computer for interent access and on-demand news, TV, movies and music.
  • Bottled water replenished daily

Onboard amenities

  • Personalized service from your Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views, bar & bow terrace, sun deck with whirlpool and walking track, fitness room, massage services and hair salon
  • Professional Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques
  • Daily entertainment including local cultural performances and demonstrations
Tain l'Hermitage
Day 1 - Chalon-sur-Saône (Embarkation)

Board your cruise in Chalon-sur-Saône. This evening, meet your fellow passengers and enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

Dinner

Day 2 - Chalon-sur-Saône & Tournus

Chalon-sur-Saône

  • Historic City tour with local market
  • OR Beaune walking tour
  • OR Château de Couches

Scenic Cruising, Chalon-sur-Saône to Tournus

  • Chalon to Tournus bike ride
  • OR Chalonaise wine tasting
Day 2 - Chalon-sur-Saône & Tournus

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Tournus & Macon

Tournus

  • Tournus city tour & Abbey of Saint Philibert visit
  • OR Château Cormatin
  • OR Medieval Brancion
  • OR Bike tour to Brancion

Scenic cruising to Macon

  • Tournus-Macon bike tour
  • OR Maconnais wine tasting
Day 3 - Tournus & Macon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Mâcon, Villefranche-sur-Saône & Lyon

Mâcon

  • “The South Burgundy City” Mâcon tour
  • OR Cluny & Berze-le-Chatel visit
  • OR Monastère de Brou
  • OR Bike tour to Berze-le-Chatel

Scenic Cruising to Villefranche-sur-Saône

  • Beaujolais wine tasting

Lyon

  • Illuminations cruise
Day 4 - Mâcon, Villefranche-sur-Saône & Lyon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Lyon & Vienne

Lyon

  • “France’s Culinary Capital” city tour
  • OR Lyon bike tour
  • OR Lyon tasting tour

Vienne

  • Mini train Vienne tour
  • OR ViaRhôna bike tour
  • OR Mount Pipet hike
Day 5 - Lyon & Vienne

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Vienne & Valence

Scenic cruising to Valence

  • Valence city tour
  • OR Bike tour
  • OR Cooking school
  • OR Cornas wine tasting
Day 6 - Vienne & Valence

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Avignon

Avignon

  • Walking tour and Papal Palace
  • OR Tastes of Avignon
  • OR Avignon-Tarascon bike tour

Arles

  • Arles walking tour
  • OR Van Gogh walking tour
  • OR Arles bike tour
Day 7 - Avignon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Arles (Disembark)

Disembark your cruise in Arles after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Breakfast

AmaWaterways AmaCello - Avignon

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.  Accommodating 144 passengers in spacious staterooms, many incorporating a French Balcony. The AmaCello offers a range facilities including a sauna, whirlpool, massage and hair salon, a stylish and inviting Main Lounge, and specialty coffee station. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 73 comfortable outside staterooms, many with French Balconies
  • 3 Luxury Suites
  • Sundecks with lounge chairs and shades
  • Fine dining restaurant – offering western cuisine as well as regional specialities
  • Main Lounge with bar, piano and dance floor
  • 24-hour speciality coffee and tea station
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the vessel
  • Walking track
  • Heated pool
  • Fitness room
  • Gift Shop and Library
  • Elevator
  • Bicycles on board
  • Massage and Hair Salon*
  • Laundry service*
  • * Payable locally.

Accommodation & Amenities

73 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and Suites range in size from 170-255 sq. ft.  Most accommodations have a French balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads.

Suites

255 ft² – Violin (Upper) Deck

  • Wall-to-wall windows with French Balcony
  • Expansive bathroom with a bathtub and separate shower with multi-jet shower heads
  • Sitting area features a sofa and two chairs & mini-bar
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding
  • Premium European toiletries, terry bathrobes and slippers
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Cat. A, B & C Staterooms

170 ft² -Violin & Cello (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass windows opening to a French Balcony
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding
  • Premium European toiletries, terry bathrobes and slippers
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Cat. D & E Staterooms

170 ft² – Piano (Lower) Deck

  • Fixed window with river views
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding
  • Premium European toiletries, terry bathrobes and slippers
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Single Staterooms

140 ft² –  Cello (Middle) Deck

  • Cabins 223 & 221 with single bed
  • Floor to ceiling glass windows opening to a French Balcony
  • Bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding
  • Premium European toiletries, terry bathrobes and slippers
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
AmaWaterways AmaCello Deck Plan

Please call for a flight, or rail inclusive price

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Jun 30 EAmaCelloChalon-sur-Saône£3192SAVE 5%Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck170 ft², Fixed Windows£3192 Was £3392  
Cat DLower Deck170 ft², Fixed Windows£3422 Was £3622  
Cat CMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£4032 Was £4237  
Cat BMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£4251 Was £4468  
Cat AUpper Deck170 ft², French Balcony£4325 Was £4545  
SuiteUpper Deck255 ft², French Balcony£5275 Was £5545  

E – Wine Cruises Immerse yourself in the many flavours of Europe on one of our unique Wine Cruises, which let you add a unique, epicurean dimension to one of our European itineraries. Like our standard river cruises, guests have the opportunity to join tours that highlight the famous sights in each port of call. These special itineraries, however, offer guests a perfect blend of wine-related experiences and excursions in grand capitals and charming towns. You’ll taste local cuisine, discover how wine is made and, of course, partake in tastings — all at no additional cost. Whether you have a seasoned appreciation for fine wine, or simply indulge in a sip here and there, this is a wonderful way to uncork the traditions of the local culture and learn about the region you’re visiting.

Rail & Cruise As an alternative to flying to your chosen destination, you can now travel by rail to join your European River Cruise. Watching the beautiful landscapes of Europe pass by as you travel at first through the English countryside, and then into Europe, offers a uniquely scenic way to start your journey. You can travel from London St. Pancras by Eurostar’s high speed-service to the continent, where, on arrival at your final overseas train station, you will be met by a private transfer which will whisk you to your ship. When your cruise finishes, a private transfer will meet you on disembarkation and take you to the train station for your return journey. When you travel by rail you will need to ensure you can manage your luggage throughout the entire journey from home to your final overseas train station. You will also need to be comfortable changing platforms and even train stations on several of our departures. Call on 0800 471 4754 for your Rail & Cruise holidays


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Why Choose This Cruise?

AMAWaterways are rated as having the 10 best ships on the rivers by Berlitz river cruise guide. Included excursions go beyond the ordinary with small groups tours exploring the culture and traditions of the places you visit as well as the main sights.  Real destination enrichment and deeper understanding is in the cost of your cruise.

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