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Essence of Burgundy & Provence Cruise Only

From Chalon-Sur-Saone, France to Arles, France
Length: 8 Days - Departs: Thu, Jun 01, 2023
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Departure
Jun 01, 2023
Arrival
Jun 08, 2023

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Exclusive, Free Upgrade & Prepaid Gratuities

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During our exclusive AmaWaterways when you book a select 2023 Europe, Asia or Egypt river cruise you'll receive up to $1000 savings per stateroom in amenities. Book a Balcony stateroom and receive complimentary prepaid gratuities and a complimentary stateroom upgrade or book a suite and receive complimentary prepaid gratuities, $100 onboard credit and a complimentary private roundtrip airport transfer from and to the airport in Europe. (Blackout dates apply, contact your Travel Consultant for applicable dates.)
Combinable with Free Land offer.
Must Book By Sat, Dec 31, 2022
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Upgrade Rewards Program is valid on select 2023 Europe, Asia, and Egypt sailings, applicable to new FIT and Group bookings made between October 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022. Offer is combinable with current retail promotions of $1,000 per stateroom savings (or more) or Free Land promotions. Offers are combinable with AmaWaterways’ Past Passenger Loyalty Program, Future Cruise Benefit Program, Referral program, Combination Cruise savings, and Consortia programs. Offer is not applicable with reduced single supplement offers of less than 50%, Private Sales, FAM, Interline, or corporate bookings. Complimentary upgrades are applicable to guests booked in a balcony stateroom in Categories CB, CA, C, B, A, BB, BA, AB, AA (AmaMagna – booked in Categories AB, AA); offer includes one category upgrade, excluding suites; and is subject to availability at time of booking. Prepaid gratuities apply to the cruise portion only. Complimentary Private Roundtrip Airport Transfers are only applicable to guests booked in Suite Categories AA+, A+, S, SS, SB, SA, GS, OS, LS, MS; offer includes private transfers to/from the airport in Europe (excluding Munich, Marseille, and Le Havre). An air schedule is required before transfers may be applied to booking. Onboard credit of $100 per stateroom ($50 per person) is based on double occupancy; solo travelers will receive half and is only applicable to guests booked in Suite categories AA+, A+, S, SS, SB, SA, GS, OS, LS, MS. $100 Gift Card is issued after guests sail (not combinable with other enhanced commission offers). Upgrade Rewards Program is limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change without notice. Other restrictions apply. AmaWaterways reserves the right to correct any errors or omissions at any time. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

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$100 per person Military Service Member Savings

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If you are an active or retired military service member you will receive a $100 per person discount on any river cruise.
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Military discount is $100 [C$120] off per person, applicable to cruise only, and is valid on new bookings only. Must be active military or retired with valid military ID. Offer is combinable with other promotions and discounts available at the time of booking. Offer is limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.


River Cruise Itinerary

Spend 3 nights in Paris, travel by high-speed TGV train to Lyon, and embark upon an enchanting 7-night cruise through Provence, ending with 3 nights in Barcelona

  1. Day 1
    Thu, Jun 01, 2023
    EMBARKATION ''' CHALON-SUR-SA''NE. Board your ship in preparation for your 7-night Essence of Provence & Burgundy cruise. (B,D)
  2. Day 2
    Fri, Jun 02, 2023
    CHALON-SUR-SA''NE - TOURNUS. Located in southern Burgundy at the heart of the C''te Chalonnaise wine region, Chalon-Sur-Sa''ne 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 H''tel-Dieu de Beaune, founded in the 15th century as a hospital for the less fortunate. Or, visit the storybook Ch''teau 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 M''connais wines. Alternatively, pedal from Chalon-Sur- Sa''ne to Tournus on an exhilarating guided bike tour. (B,L,D)
  3. Day 3
    Sat, Jun 03, 2023
    TOURNUS, FRANCE - MACON, FRANCE. 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 Ch''teau 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 M''con Or, instead, join a guided bike tour from Tournus to M''con or go wine tasting and meet the ship in M''con. (B,L,D)
  4. Day 4
    Sun, Jun 04, 2023
    MACON, FRANCE - VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-SA''NE - LYON. Join a guided tour through the '''South Burgundy City''' of M''con, 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 fa''ade 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-Sa''ne, 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)
  5. Day 5
    Mon, Jun 05, 2023
    LYON - VIENNE. Discover dynamic Lyon, starting in Fourvi''re 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 Fourvi''re. 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 ViaRh''na bike route or a guided hike from the ship to the Monastery at Mount Pipet. (B,L,D)
  6. Day 6
    Tue, Jun 06, 2023
    VIENNE - VALENCE. 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 fa''ade 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 Rh''ne'''s red Cornas wines. (B,L,D)
  7. Day 7
    Wed, Jun 07, 2023
    AVIGNON - ARLES. 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)
  8. Day 8
    Thu, Jun 08, 2023
    ARLES ''' DISEMBARKATION. Bid farewell to Arles and prepare for your return flight home. (B)

Countries Visited

France

Rivers Visited

Rhone, Saone

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Inclusions

  • SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with French balconies)
  • 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
  • Wellness Activities with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
  • 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
  • AWARD-WINNING DINING
  • 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 Cha''ne des R''tisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La Cha''ne 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
  • Land Program
  • 3 nights hotel in Geneva at the Hotel Rotary Geneva-MGallery (or similar)
  • Transfer from the ship in Arles to Aix-en-Provence with city tour and then transfer to Nice
  • 3 nights hotel in Nice at Le Meridien (or similar), including daily breakfast

Health and Safety Protocols for AmaWaterways

Whether you are a loyal past guest or are considering river cruising with us for the first time, we thank you for entrusting AmaWaterways with your future river cruise plans. Here are some of the measures we are taking to protect our guests on board and ashore:

Pre-Cruise

  • Prior to boarding, an online health and contact screening questionnaire will be required.

Embarkation

  • At embarkation, guests’ temperatures will be taken with no-contact infrared thermometers. If, for any reason, further testing is required, shoreside medical treatment centers are within close proximity.
  • Your luggage handles will be sanitized before delivery to your stateroom.

On Board

  • Protocols continue to change; however, at this time, guests are required to wear face coverings when moving through public spaces.
  • We will have ample hand sanitizers available throughout the ship and their frequent use is required by all guests and crew.
  • Our crew has implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures throughout the ship.
  • We use state-of-the-art fan coil air conditioning units; there is no recirculating of air on board our ships.
  • There will be limitations to the number of guests allowed to sail with us.
  • Safety and social distancing will be enhanced throughout our dining room.
  • You will still get plenty of fresh air and exercise as our bicycles, fitness mats and equipment will be thoroughly sanitized after each use. Use of the Fitness Room is by appointment with cleaning time between use. Throughout Europe and Asia, we provide a variety of onboard wellness activities led by professionally trained Wellness Hosts. Whenever weather permits, these small-group classes will be held on our spacious open-air Sun Decks.
  • Non-essential visitors are not permitted on board.

Exploring Ashore

  • Your personal portable Quietvox commentary systems will allow you to hear guides while social distancing.
  • Shore excursions will be conducted in small groups. Guests must use hand sanitizers when getting on and off our coaches that are thoroughly cleaned each morning.
  • In the event that ships are docked side by side, guests will be required to pass over Sun Decks.

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4.7
Itinerary
4
Professional Staff
4.7
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
4.2

Ratings based off 12 reviews - currently showing 2 reviews with comments only

Cruise with AmaWaterways - with extensions in Paris and Barcelona - was excellent. Main suggestions - provide more time at some stops along the Rhine River such as Nimes or Avignon. Also provide meals for first evening in new city - especially arrival at first stop in Paris when travelers are jet-lagged.

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