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Provence & Spain

3 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Paris, 7-Night Cruise from Lyon to Arles, 3 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Barcelona (or reverse)

Amawaterways Provence and Spain

Provence and Spain Cruise
2017 Departure Dates & Pricing

Paris to Barcelona (or reverse) - 14 days

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Detailed Itinerary: Paris to Barcelona

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Day 1: Arrive in Paris, France

Arrive in Paris and transfer to your hotel. Take the balance of the day to relax or explore the “City of Lights.”

Day 2: Paris

Enjoy Paris’ famous sights during this morning’s guided tour where you will see the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde, and the Eiffel Tower. Conclude your visit at the famous Notre Dame Cathedral. The afternoon is free for you to explore the “City of Light.” This evening, an optional Parisian Cabaret dinner theater excursion is available. (B)

Day 3: Paris

Your last day in Paris is free for you to enjoy at your leisure. Or, you may decide to join the optional Seine Cruise & Eiffel Tower excursion this morning or the optional Montmartre & Illuminations tour this evening. (B)

Day 4: Paris - transfer to Lyon (Embarkation Day)

After checking out of your hotel, you will board the TGV high-speed train that will whisk you through the French countryside to Lyon. Nestled between the Saone and Rhone rivers, Lyon is one of France’s most important cities and gastronomic capitals. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time for lunch on your own before your included Lyon Cooking Demonstration. Later, transfer to your luxurious ship. Gather this evening on board for a Welcome Dinner. (B,D)

Day 5: Lyon - Trévoux

Today your panoramic tour of Lyon will take 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 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 a Roman theater, and majestic views of the city below. Later, your ship will depart for the historic village of Trévoux. Upon arrival, you will take a walking tour of this former capital of the ancient principality of Dombes. The town’s landmarks include a Parliament building, medieval ramparts and a hillside Chateau. You will also enjoy a traditional game of boules, otherwise known as pétanque. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Trévoux - Vienne

This morning’s tour will take you through the chateaux, fields and vineyards of the Beaujolais wine region, the Pays d’Or or “land of the golden stones,” named for the ochre limestone of its homes and castles. You will visit the medieval hilltop village of Oingt. You will also visit a local winery for a wine tasting and explanation of the history of wine production in the region. Return to the ship in the early afternoon and continue cruising towards Vienne. Enjoy paired French wines at dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Vienne - Tournon

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. This morning, you will take a mini train tour 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. As an alternative, you may choose to visit the castle (when available). Your ship will depart at midday for Tournon. This evening, explore the town on your own. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Tournon - Viviers

This morning, visit Tain L’Hermitage, Tournon’s “twin” town located across the Rhone River and linked by a 19th-century suspension bridge. The fertile soil and ideal climate of the region has made Tain L’Hermitage the premier producer of the Côtes du Rhone wines. Enjoy a wine tasting and then free time this afternoon to visit the 16th-century castle which is now a town hall. Return to the ship for lunch as we cruise to Viviers. Arriving this evening, you will enjoy a unique view of the town’s history and legends. Participate in an onboard nougat demonstration or follow along on a “ghost walk” through this once-thriving medieval town, as fascinating and poignant stories of its past are brought to life by the town’s current residents. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Viviers - Avignon

After breakfast, choose one of two excursions. Visit Grignan, a magnificent village perched upon a hill surrounded by lavender fields, topped by a Renaissance castle. From the castle, enjoy a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. In the alternative, you can visit the magnificent gothic Papal Palace of Avignon, home of seven popes. You will also see the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, visit the renowned Chateau Neuf-du-Pape winery or in the 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 small town known for its Castle of the Duke of Uzes (still occupied by the Duke and his family), medieval streets and a picturesque town square framed by archways. Enjoy free time for shopping in Uzes before returning to your ship. This evening, mingle with your fellow guests at the Captain’s Dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Avignon - Les Baux - Arles

This morning, you will arrive in Arles and board a motor coach for an excursion to the village of Les Baux de Provence. This hilltop village and fortress was a Protestant stronghold during the French Wars of Religion until destroyed by Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu in 1633. At the castle, you will see examples of medieval siege weaponry. Later, visit an olive farm to learn about this age-old Provençal farming tradition. In the alternative, choose to take the “Van Gogh” tour which will take you the Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum. Here, Van Gogh painted some of his most well-known paintings such as The Irises and Starry Night. Late this afternoon, your city tour of Arles takes you to the Romanesque cathedral and the Roman Amphitheater. The ship moors overnight in Arles. (B,L,D)

Day 11: Arles, France (Disembarkation Day) - transfer to Barcelona, Spain

Disembark your ship in Arles and transfer to Barcelona. Along the way, pass through the Camargue, the unique marshland that extends to the sea. Stop in the medieval town of Perpignan, France, where you will have free time for lunch and some exploring on your own. (B)

Day 12: 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, the iconic tree-lined boulevard at the heart of the city. You will explore the Gothic Quarter, the medieval center of the city. Your tour also includes the unique architectural works of Antoni Gaudí, including Casa Milà, Casa Batlló and La Sagrada Familia, the basilica and UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been under construction for over a century. In the alternative, choose the “tapas and boqueria” excursion where you will visit tapas bars and sample local favorites. Also, discover why Mediterranean cuisine is internationally known due to its ingredients during your guided tour of the “Market of la Boqueria.” (B)

Day 13: 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)

Day 14: Depart Barcelona

Your vacation comes to an end as you transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Barcelona to Paris

Skip to Paris to Barcelona itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Barcelona, Spain

Arrive in Barcelona and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.

Day 2: 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, the iconic tree-lined boulevard at the heart of the city. You will explore the Gothic Quarter, the medieval center of the city. Your tour also includes the unique architectural works of Antoni Gaudí, including Casa Milà, Casa Batlló and La Sagrada Familia, the basilica and UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been under construction for over a century. In the alternative, choose the “tapas and boqueria” excursion where you will visit tapas bars and sample local favorites. Also, discover why Mediterranean cuisine is internationally known due to its ingredients during your guided tour of the “Market of la Boqueria.” (B)

Day 3: 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)

Day 4: Barcelona - transfer to Arles, France (Embarkation Day)

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, France, close to the Mediterranean. Here, you will have free time for lunch and some exploring on your own. Continue on your transfer, passing through the unique marshland region of the Camargue before arriving in Arles. This evening, meet your fellow passengers for a Welcome Dinner. (B,D)

Day 5: Arles - Les Baux - Avignon

This morning, you will arrive in Arles and board a motor coach for an excursion to the village of Les Baux de Provence. This hilltop village and fortress was a Protestant stronghold during the French Wars of Religion until destroyed by Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu in 1633. At the castle, you will see examples of medieval siege weaponry. In the alternative, choose to take the “Van Gogh” tour which will take you the Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum. Here, Van Gogh painted some of his most well-known paintings such as The Irises and Starry Night. Later, visit an olive farm to learn about this age-old Provençal farming tradition. Late this afternoon, your city tour of Arles takes you to the Romanesque cathedral and the Roman Amphitheater. This evening cruise to nearby Avignon. As your ship docks, look for the Avignon Bridge, made famous by the French children’s song “Sur le pont d’Avignon” (“On the Bridge of Avignon”). (B,L,D)

Day 6: Avignon - Viviers

This morning, you will have your choice of two excursions in and around historic Avignon. Home to the papacy from 1309 to 1377, Avignon was an important center of the Catholic Church. Seven popes resided in the magnificent Gothic Papal Palace, which you will visit during your walking tour. You will also see the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the alternative, you can 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 small town known for its Castle of the Duke of Uzes (still occupied by the Duke and his family), medieval streets and a picturesque town square framed by archways. Enjoy free time for shopping in Uzes before returning to your ship. You will then cruise to Viviers. Arriving this evening, you will enjoy a unique view of the town’s history and legends. Participate in an onboard nougat demonstration or follow along on a “ghost walk” through this once-thriving medieval town, as fascinating and poignant stories of its past are brought to life by the town’s current residents. The ship moors overnight in Viviers. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Viviers - Tournon

After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Grignan, a magnificent village perched upon a hill surrounded by lavender fields, topped by a Renaissance castle. From the castle, enjoy a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. Enjoy some free time to explore local shops for confections, home-made lavender soaps and other crafts. You will cruise to Tournon this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Tournon - Vienne

This morning, visit Tain L’Hermitage, Tournon’s “twin” town located across the Rhône River and linked by a 19th-century suspension bridge. The fertile soil and ideal climate of the region has made Tain L’Hermitage the premier producer of the Côtes du Rhône wines. Enjoy a wine tasting and then free time this afternoon to visit the 16th-century castle which is now a town hall. This evening, you will arrive 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)

Day 9: Vivienne - Trévoux

This morning, you will take a mini train tour 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. As an alternative, you may choose to visit the castle (when available). Later, your ship will depart for the historic village of Trévoux. Upon arrival, you will take a walking tour of this former capital of the ancient principality of Dombes. The town’s landmarks include a Parliament building, medieval ramparts and a hillside Chateau. You will also enjoy a traditional game of boules, otherwise known as pétanque. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Trévoux- Lyon

This morning’s tour will take you through the chateaux, fields and vineyards of the Beaujolais wine region, the Pays d’Or or “land of the golden stones,” named for the ochre limestone of its homes and castles. You will visit the medieval hilltop village of Oingt. You will also visit the winery and home of a local vintner, which will include wine tasting, a vineyard tour and explanation of the history of wine production in the region. After lunch, depart your ship in Collonges and travel to Lyon. Today your panoramic tour of Lyon will take 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 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 a Roman theater, and majestic views of the city below. Later, rejoin your ship now docked in Lyon. (B,L,D)

Day 11: Lyon (Disembarkation) - transfer to Paris, France

After disembarking your ship, you will be treated to a demonstration of Lyonnaise cooking. You will then have free time for lunch on your own before transferring to the train station to board a TGV high-speed train that will whisk you through the French countryside to Paris. Upon arrival in Paris, you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening, an optional Montmartre & Illuminations excursion is available. (B)

Day 12: Paris

Enjoy Paris’ famous sights during this morning’s guided tour where you will see the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde, and the Eiffel Tower. Conclude your visit at the famous Notre Dame Cathedral. The afternoon is free for you to explore the “City of Light.” This evening, an optional Parisian Cabaret dinner theater excursion is available. (B)

Day 13: Paris

Enjoy your last full day in Paris at your leisure. Or it you choose, join the optional Seine Cruise & Eiffel Tower excursion this morning or the optional Parisian Cabaret dinner theater excursion this evening. (B)

Day 14: Depart Paris

Your splendid vacation comes to an end as you transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. (B)

Departures & Pricing

Advisments:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.
  • Alternate Extension: Instead of the 3 nights in Barcelona, you may opt to spend two nights in Marseille. Package includes: transfer from/to ship, 2 nights hotel accommodation at Grand Hotel Beauvau, buffet breakfast daily and half day Marseille sight seeing tour. Marseille option is additional $600 per person + Cruise Only Rates.

2017 Departure Dates

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin
From Barcelona
Program Start Date
Cruise Embarkation Date (from Arles)
Lower Deck aft - Category E w/window
Lower Deck - Category D w/window
Middle Deck - Category C w/french balcony
Middle Deck - Category B w/ french balcony
Upper Deck - Category A w/french balcony
Upper Deck - Jr. Suite w/french balcony
Apr 24, 2017
Apr 27, 2017
$6,029
$6,328
$6,928
$7,128
$7,228
$8,428
May 22, 2017
May 25, 2017
$6,129
$6,428
$7,028
$7,228
$7,328
$8,528
Jul 3, 2017
Jul 6, 2017
$6,029
$6,328
$6,928
$7,128
$7,228
$8,428
Jul 31, 2017
Aug 3, 2017
$6,029
$6,328
$6,928
$7,128
$7,228
$8,428
Oct 23, 2017
Oct 26, 2017
$5,829
$6,128
$6,728
$6,928
$7,028
$8,228
Nov 6, 2017
Nov 9, 2017
$5,529
$5,828
$6,428
$6,628
$6,728
$7,928
 
From Paris
Program Start Date
Cruise Embarkation Date (from Lyon)
Lower Deck aft - Category E w/window
Lower Deck - Category D w/window
Middle Deck - Category C w/french balcony
Middle Deck - Category B w/ french balcony
Upper Deck - Category A w/french balcony
Upper Deck - Jr. Suite w/french balcony
Mar 20, 2017
Mar 23, 2017
$5,329
$5,628
$6,228
$6,428
$6,528
$7,728
Apr 3, 2017
Apr 6, 2017
$5,629
$5,928
$6,528
$6,728
$6,828
$8,028
Apr 17, 2017
Apr 20, 2017
$5,829
$6,128
$6,728
$6,928
$7,028
$8,228
May 1, 2017
May 4, 2017
$6,029
$6,328
$6,928
$7,128
$7,228
$8,428
Jun 12, 2017
Jun 15, 2017
$6,129
$6,428
$7,028
$7,228
$7,328
$8,528
Jun 26, 2017
Jun 29, 2017
$6,029
$6,328
$6,928
$7,128
$7,228
$8,428
Jul 10, 2017
Jul 13, 2017
$6,029
$6,328
$6,928
$7,128
$7,228
$8,428
Aug 7, 2017
Aug 10, 2017
$6,029
$6,328
$6,928
$7,128
$7,228
$8,428
Aug 21, 2017
Aug 24, 2017
$6,229
$6,528
$7,128
$7,328
$7,428
$8,628
Sep 4, 2017
Sep 7, 2017
$6,329
$6,628
$7,228
$7,428
$7,528
$8,728
Sep 18, 2017
Sep 21, 2017
$6,329
$6,628
$7,228
$7,428
$7,528
$8,728
Oct 2, 2017
Oct 5, 2017
$6,229
$6,528
$7,128
$7,328
$7,428
$8,628
Oct 16, 2017
Oct 19, 2017
$5,929
$6,228
$6,828
$7,028
$7,128
$8,328
Oct 30, 2017
Nov 2 , 2017
$5,629
$5,928
$6,528
$6,728
$6,828
$8,028
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Denotes departures offered as "In Celebration of Wine" cruise.
Port charges: Additional $168 per person.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies for Cruise: +50% of twin, for Suites +100% of twin; Single Supplement for Land: $840 per person (for Paris/Barcelona). Single Supplement for Land: $960 per person/ per night (for Paris/ Marseille).
For 7 nights Cruise Only (no Paris & Barcelona): Subtract $2,430 from above per person rates.
Transfers at Start/End of Program are available for purchase. Please call for details.
Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The choices are: Choice A - two twin beds; Choice B - One large beds (larger than queen size)

Prices Include:

▪ 3 nights hotel in Paris at the Pullman Paris Montparnasse (or similar; hotel subject to change), including daily buffet breakfast
▪ Transfer from the hotel to Lyon via High-speed TGV train

▪ 7-night deluxe Cruise from Lyon to Arles (or reverse) in selected cabin category

▪ Life enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included

▪ "Culinary Delights - Bites & Sights" excursions - Experience a unique taste of Europe with visits to historic shops and markets synonymous with traditional culinary specialties.

▪ State-of-the-art Infotainment Sysmtem in all staterooms featuring free-high speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations

▪ Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board

▪ Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms

▪ Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise  

▪ Free-flowing red and white wines from France's great wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every dinner on board

▪ Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily

▪ Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain's Gala Dinner

▪ Motorcoach from the ship in Arles to Perpignan and on to Barcelona

▪ 3 nights hotel accommodations in Barcelona at the Grand Marina (or similar; hotel subject to change), including daily buffet breakfast

▪ Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music

▪ Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
▪ Services of professional Cruise Manager
▪ All English language in board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
▪ All local Taxes 
 
Prices Do Not Include:
▪ Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
▪ Travel Insurance
▪ Port charges
▪ Gratuities
▪ Personal Expenses

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