7-nt European Waterways AmaCello
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CRUISE FROM : Lyon to Arles
From romantic cities to foodie havens and artistic epicenters, this itinerary enlivens all your senses. Starting from Lyon, France's culinary capital, savor the beauty of legendary vineyards and imbibe in local vintages like Beaujolais and C“tes du Rh“ne. Enjoy hunting for truffles, refining your Proven‡al cooking skills, and learning how to pair chocolate with wine. Trace the steps of famous artists in Arles and Avignon and be inspired!
Colors of Provence
At A Glance
On our cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.
- 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with French balconies)
- Computer for internet access
- Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
- Desk and sitting area
- Bottled water replenished daily
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
- Internet and Wi-Fi access
- Sun deck whirlpool and walking track
- Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
- Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- All onboard dining in a variety of venues
- Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
- The Chef's Table specialty restaurant
- Welcome cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La ChaIne des R“tisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
- La ChaIne des R“tisseurs exclusive dining experience
- Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
- Immersive tours in every destination
- Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
- Bike tours and hikes
- Special Interest Tours
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
This spectacular 148-passenger ship contains marble-appointed bathrooms, Wi-Fi throughout the ship, an Aft lounge perfect for small gatherings, and local entertainment along the way.
Decorated in a vibrant palette of gold and orange, the AmaCello debuted in 2008. Most staterooms feature French balconies and range in size from 170-255 sq. ft. Enjoy all the amenities of a fine hotel: plush down bedding, marble appointed bathrooms, large closets, complimentary high-speed Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies. Enjoy additional complimentary amenities such as Wi-Fi, a specialty coffee station and a fleet of bicycles. The AmaCello also features a fitness area, sauna, Sun Deck with a walking track and whirlpool, an intimate Aft Lounge and a stylish Main Lounge.
Ship Length: 360 Total Staff: 41 Guest Capacity: 148
Day 1 : EMBARKATION - ARLES, FRANCE
Board your cruise in Arles. This evening, meet your fellow passengers for a Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2 : ARLES
Considered one of the most beautiful cities in France, Arles enchants. For art lovers, you'll wish to visit Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Vincent van Gogh once lived and painted such well-known works as "The Irises" and "Starry Night." Many people consider Van Gogh's Arles period to be the most creative of his career. Afterwards, go to the CarriЉres de LumiЉres, where you'll be treated to a spectacular presentation of art, sound and history projected on the walls of caves. Alternatively, venture to the medieval hilltop village, Les Baux de Provence, followed by a visit to an olive farm where you'll learn about age-old Proven‡al traditions from a master olive miller as well as sample the olive oil. During the afternoon, you can join a walking tour of Arles highlighting top sights, including the Romanesque cathedral and Roman amphitheater; or take a guided bike tour to the Roman ruins. And for those who 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. (B,L,D)
Day 3 : AVIGNON
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. Depending on your interests, you have three choices of excursions. 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. Alternatively, you can go to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the impressive Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that is a masterpiece of ancient engineering. Or if you prefer, indulge in Tastes of Provence. (B,L,D)
Day 4 : VIVIERS
Visit the magnificent medieval hilltop village, Grignan. The village offers unique panoramic views to the north, south, east and west. After visiting this enchanting Provencal town, go in search of the highly prized "Black Diamond," truffles, with a farmer and his trustworthy canine companion. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : TOURNON
Take a train ride past magnificent landscape carved along the Gorge du Doux stopping at the charming little station of Colombier le Vieux-Saint Barthelemy le Plain, where the train maneuvers in preparation for its return journey. Alternatively, lovers of wine and chocolate will want to visit Le Chateau de Tournon for a presentation and tasting on the pairing of red wine and chocolate. For a more active adventure, take a hike through the vineyards of Tain l'Hermitage, followed by a visit to a local winery where you'll sample some of the wines. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : VIENNE - LYON
Situated between the wine regions of Beaujolais and C“tes du Rh“ne lies Vienne with a Roman past that can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. Take a walking tour to see the amazingly well-preserved Augustus and Livia Temple, the Saint Maurice Cathedral, a Gothic church that took more than 500 years to build, and St. Pierre Abbey-one of the oldest surviving churches in France, and now an Archaeological Museum. For those wishing to be more active, you can either take a guided bike tour along a portion of the ViaRh“na bike route or a guided hike from the ship to the Monastery at Mount Pipet. Later in the day, set sail to Lyon. Discover dynamic Lyon, starting in FourviЉre 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 FourviЉre. 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 for those more interested in discovering why Lyon is France's culinary capital, visit the city's famed indoor food market, which has nearly five-dozen stalls selling countless gourmet delights. (B,L,D)
Day 7 : LYON
Enjoy free time in Lyon or travel to the Beaujolais wine region-known as the Pays d'Or or "land of the golden stones." While there, indulge in a wine tasting at a traditional winery and learn about the history and techniques of their vineyard. (B,L,D)
Day 8 : LYON - DISEMBARKATION
Disembark your cruise in Lyon. (B)