Provence Cruise 2017 with Deacon Hank Babin

9 days
Starting from $2598*

Travel north on the Rhone River aboard the luxurious AmaCello departing October 25th, 2017 with Guest Speaker Deacon Hank Babin!

What’s Included

  • Cruise
  • Meals on Ship
  • Select Shore Excursions

Daily Itinerary


Board your overnight flight to Marseille, France.


Arrive in Marseille and to transfer to Arles, France to board your cruise. This evening, meet your fellow passengers for a Welcome Dinner. (D)


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 Provencal farming tradition. As an alternative, take the “Impressionist Experience” tour to the Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Vincent Van Gogh painted such wellknown 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 Amphitheater. 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”). (B,L,D)


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 center 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. After lunch, the ship cruises to Viviers, arriving later this evening. You may join a “Ghost Walk” through this medieval town, with colorful stories brought to life by local residents. The ship moors overnight in Viviers. (B,L,D)


After breakfast, you’'ll have an excursion to Grignan, a magnificent hilltop village surrounded by lavender fields. The village'’s Renaissance castle provides a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. Enjoy some free time to explore local shops for confections, homemade lavender soaps and other crafts. You will also have an opportunity to visit a truffle farm and learn about truffle harvesting. Rejoin the ship in Le Pouzin, then cruise to Tournon as you enjoy an onboard wine lecture. (B,L,D)


Take an exciting ride in a panoramic train car as you discover the magnificent landscape carved along the Gorge du Doux. After riding through the gorge, you will stop at the charming little station of Colombier le Vieux-Saint Barthelemy le Plain, where you can watch the train maneuver in preparation for its return journey. Arrive this evening in Vienne, situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais. Vienne has a significant Roman history, which is highlighted by its marvelously preserved ruins and remains. (B,L,D)


Vienne’s Roman past can be readily seen in its marvelously 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 theater, and the medieval churches of St. Andre-Le-Bas and Abbey St. Pierre. Enjoy an onboard wine lecture and tasting as your ship departs for Lyon, arriving mid-afternoon. Your panoramic tour of Lyon takes you to the Place Bellecour with its equestrian statue of Louis XIV, the Place des Terreaux with Bartholdi’'s Fountain, and the Town Hall. Afterwards, visit Fourviere, part of the historic region designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as the “"Hill of Prayers,"” Fourviere is famous for its iconic white Basilica of Notre-Dame, ruins of a Roman theater, and majestic views of the city below. Tonight’'s Captain’'s Gala Dinner will be a memorable feast for the senses. The ship moors overnight in Lyon. (B,L,D)


This morning, enjoy some free time in Lyon to explore on your own or shop for souvenirs and gifts. 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 (B,L,D)


Disembark your cruise in Lyon, France and prepare for your return to the US. (B)

Enhance Your Journey

Barcelona 5 Day Pre-Tour $900

~~October 22 ‐ DEPART USA Board your overnight flight to Barcelona, Spain.
October 23 ‐ ARRIVE IN BARCELONA, SPAIN Arrive in Barcelona and check‐in to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.
October 24 ‐ BARCELONA Your full day in Barcelona begins with a driving tour to the top of Montjuic Hill, where you will enjoy glorious views of the city below. Continue along the waterfront to Las Ramblas, an iconic tree‐lined boulevard, and explore the city’s Gothic Quarter. Your tour also includes the unique architectural works of Antoni Gaudi, including Casa Mila, Casa Batllo and La Sagrada Familia basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been under construction for over a century. This evening, explore Barcelona by night on your own, or elect to participate in an optional tapas tasting tour. (B)
October 25 ‐ BARCELONA Enjoy a full day at your leisure, or take part in the optional “Montserrat Excursion,” visiting the famous Benedictine Abbey atop Montserrat Mountain. (B)
October 26 ‐ BARCELONA ‐ EMBARKATION ‐ ARLES, FRANCE After breakfast, you will transfer from Barcelona to Arles, the gateway to Provence. Along the way, you will stop in the medieval town of Perpignan in France and have some free time for lunch and exploring on your own. Continue on your transfer, passing through the eerie marshland region of the Camargue before arriving in Arles and boarding your ship. This evening, meet your fellow passengers at a Welcome Dinner. (B,D) 

Paris 4 Day Post-Tour $900

November 2 ‐ LYON ‐ DISEMBARKATION ‐ PARIS, FRANCE After disembarking the ship, guests continuing on to Paris will be treated to a demonstration of Lyonnaise cooking. You will have free time for lunch on your own before boarding a high‐speed TGV train that will whisk you through the French countryside to Paris. Upon arriving in Paris, you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening, an optional “Montmartre & Illuminations” tour is available for you to enjoy. (B)
November 3 ‐ PARIS Enjoy some of Paris’ most famous sights during this morning's guided tour, such as the Champs Elysees, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame Cathedral. The afternoon is free for you to explore the “City of Lights.” This evening, an optional “Parisian Cabaret at Paradis Latin” dinner show is available. (B)
November 4 ‐ PARIS Enjoy your last full day in Paris at your leisure. (B)
November 5 ‐ DEPART PARIS Your splendid vacation comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B) 

Departure Dates

*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount