Essence of Burgundy & Provence - 7-NIGHT CRUISE

Day 1 :
Board your ship in preparation for your 7-night Essence of Provence & Burgundy cruise. (B,D)
Day 2 :
Located in southern Burgundy at the heart of the Côte Chalonnaise wine region, Chalon-Sur-Saône whispers the secrets of its medieval past which you will discover on your historic city tour. Alternatively, choose an excursion in Beaune, a walled town nestled in the heart of Cote d’Or vineyards where you’ll stroll the cobblestone streets and take in such sights as the mosaic-tiled roof of the Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune, founded in the 15th century as a hospital for the less fortunate. Or, visit the storybook Château de Couches, a medieval fortress enveloped in idyllic hills and greenery that once served the Dukes of Burgundy. Later in the day, enjoy a scenic sailing to Tournus, or sample the region’s famous white Mâconnais wines. Alternatively, pedal from Chalon-Sur- Saône to Tournus on an exhilarating guided bike tour. (B,L,D)
Day 3 :
Today you have a choice of a number of excursions as you explore the cities of Tournus and Macon. Let your knowledgeable guide lead you through Tournus and to its magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Saint Philibert. Or choose instead to visit the moated Château de Cormatin, which dates back to the early 17th century and features ornate apartments as well as a beautifully manicured garden. As an alternative, venture to the medieval village of Brancion with its preserved gateway, church and market hall. Return to the ship and enjoy a scenic cruise to Mâcon Or, instead, join a guided bike tour from Tournus to Mâcon or go wine tasting and meet the ship in Mâcon. (B,L,D)
Day 4 :
Join a guided tour through the “South Burgundy City” of Mâcon, learning about its local vineyards, museums, historical sites and perhaps its famous son, the poet and minister Alphonse de Lamartine. Or venture somewhat off the beaten path to Cluny, known for its large abbey, and the nearby castle Berze-le-Chatel, a well-preserved fortress perched on a rocky hill offering stunning views below. Alternately, you can enjoy a guided bike tour to Berze-le-Chatel. Should architecture or religion be one of your main interests, perhaps choose the excursion to the Royal Monastery of Brou, built in the 16th century and boasting a glorious white façade as well as a beautifully tiled roof. Return to the ship and head to the Sun Deck to enjoy a light lunch and the passing landscapes on the way to Villefranche-sur-Saône, later choosing between scenic cruising or a tasting of Beaujolais wines. In the evening, enjoy a cruise to the city of Lyon, illuminated against the night sky. (B,L,D)
Day 5 :
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.” Or get active a guided bike tour through the city designed with cyclists in mind. If you’re a self-described foodie, our Lyon tasting tour is for you, during which you’ll have a chance to taste some of Lyon’s local delights. Later in the day, sail to Vienne, which boasts a Roman past that can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. There you can enjoy a guided walking tour around the city. 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 :
Take your coffee on your balcony or the Sun Deck as you cruise to Valence, a designated “City of Art and History,” where you can see such sites as its 11th-century Cathedral of St. Apollinaris or perhaps its House of Heads (named for the carved heads of its façade and courtyard) on your city tour. For a more active adventure, pedal through this bicycle-friendly city. If you prefer a more relaxing excursion, taste the Northern Rhône’s red Cornas wines. (B,L,D)
Day 7 :
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. 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. Alternately, you can visit three venues around Avignon to taste regional specialties including macarons, cheese and wine, and tapenades. Later in the day, rejoin the ship in Arles, considered one of the most beautiful cities in France. Let your experienced guide lead you to the top sights, including the Romanesque cathedral and Roman amphitheater; or take a guided bike tour to the Roman ruins. If you 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. Or take some time to focus on wellness with a guided bike tour through town. (B,L,D)
Day 8 :
Bid farewell to Arles and prepare for your return flight home. (B)
(B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner)


March 16 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $3,299
March 23 Chalon-sur-Saône Arles AmaCello $3,399
March 30 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $3,599
April 6 Chalon-sur-Saône Arles AmaCello $3,799
April 13 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $3,899
April 20 Chalon-sur-Saône Arles AmaCello $3,999
April 27 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $4,099
May 11 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $4,199
May 18 Chalon-sur-Saône Arles AmaCello $4,199
May 25 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $4,199
June 1 Chalon-sur-Saône Arles AmaCello $4,199
June 8 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $4,199
June 15 Chalon-sur-Saône Arles AmaCello $4,199
June 22 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $4,199
June 29 Chalon-sur-Saône Arles AmaCello $4,199
July 6 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $4,199
July 13 Chalon-sur-Saône Arles AmaCello $4,199
July 20 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $4,199
July 27 Chalon-sur-Saône Arles AmaCello $4,199
August 3 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $4,199
August 10 Chalon-sur-Saône Arles AmaCello $4,199
August 17 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $4,199
August 24 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaKristina $4,899
August 31 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $4,299
September 7 Chalon-sur-Saône Arles AmaCello $4,299
September 14 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $4,299
September 21 Chalon-sur-Saône Arles AmaCello $4,299
September 28 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $4,299
October 5 Chalon-sur-Saône Arles AmaCello $4,199
October 12 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $4,099
October 19 Chalon-sur-Saône Arles AmaCello $3,999
October 26 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $3,799
November 2 Chalon-sur-Saône Arles AmaCello $3,599
November 9 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $3,499
March 14 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $3,599
March 21 Dijon Arles AmaCello $3,699
March 28 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $3,899
April 4 Dijon Arles AmaCello $4,099
April 11 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $4,199
April 18 Dijon Arles AmaCello $4,299
April 25 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $4,399
May 16 Dijon Arles AmaCello $4,499
May 23 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $4,499
June 13 Dijon Arles AmaCello $4,499
June 20 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $4,499
July 11 Dijon Arles AmaCello $4,499
July 18 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $4,499
August 8 Dijon Arles AmaCello $4,499
August 15 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $4,499
September 5 Dijon Arles AmaCello $4,599
September 12 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $4,599
October 3 Dijon Arles AmaCello $4,499
October 10 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $4,399
October 17 Dijon Arles AmaCello $4,299
October 24 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $4,099
October 31 Dijon Arles AmaCello $3,899
November 7 Arles Chalon-sur-Saône AmaCello $3,799

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