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Colors of Provence Cruise Land Forward

From Paris, France to Barcelona, Spain
Length: 14 Days - Departs: Mon, Nov 04, 2024
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Departure
Nov 04, 2024
Arrival
Nov 17, 2024

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Complimentary Land Package

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Complimentary Land Package

Complimentary Land Package

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For a limited time, receive a complimentary 2-, 3-, or 4-night land package before or after select 2024 and 2025 Europe river cruises. With more than 20 different land packages available with this offer, you have a variety of ways to extend your vacation. Plus, this offer is combinable with special AirPlus fixed rates on airfare – a great value on your entire journey. (Not all packages are applicable, contact your Travel Consultant for details.)
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Complimentary Land Package offer is valid on new FIT and Group reservations made between January 1 through March 31, 2024; applies to select 2024 and 2025 Europe sailings and is based on double occupancy. Tour Operators are eligible; additional restrictions apply. Certain sailings and/or land packages may not be available due to special local events. Not all advertised Land Packages are eligible for this offer – details advised at time of booking. Additional land packages associated with mentioned itineraries are also available at an additional cost. Complimentary Land is only valid with the purchase of a participating cruise at full fare. Hotel to/from ship transfer is included with eligible complimentary land package. Airport arrival and departures transfers are not included but may be purchased at an additional cost. Offer is combinable with AirPlus Rates, Combination Cruise Savings, Past Guest Savings and Future Cruise Benefit Program. Solo Travelers must pay full cruise fare, inclusive of full fare single supplement rates, in order to receive complimentary land on eligible land packages. Offer is not applicable to travel advisors and does not apply to industry rates or other offers deemed by AmaWaterways. We will seek to use hotels listed (if any) on your confirmation. Changes may be necessary; therefore, hotel brand name listed on invoice is not guaranteed. An effort will be made to substitute similar hotels, but the level of similarity may vary. When possible, AmaWaterways will book guests traveling together on conjunction bookings in the same hotel if the requests are made. All requests are subject to availability. AmaWaterways will provide the confirmed details for the hotel after the promotion ends. Must request promo code FREELAND-PRE or FREELAND-POST at time of booking for double occupancy; Single occupancy bookings must request promo code LANDSOLO-PRE or LANDSOLO-POST. Port charges, other optional land packages, visas, airfares and gratuities are additional. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. AmaWaterways reserves the right to correct any errors or omissions at any time. Other restrictions apply.

Solo Traveler Savings

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With a variety of itineraries in fascinating destinations, you have every reason to take advantage of special savings reserved exclusively for solo travelers. Solo travelers have three easy ways to save; enjoy waived single supplement on select 2024 Europe sailings, 25% single supplement is available on fixed window staterooms on all Europe sailings as well as category C staterooms on all Mekong sailings or waived single supplements on select ships in Europe that offer a limited number of specially designed single occupancy staterooms with French balconies. (Not all sailings are applicable, contact your Travel Consultant for full details.)
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Single Supplement Waived offer is valid on new FIT and Group reservations made between November 30, 2023 - March 31, 2024; applicable to select 2024 Europe sailings; excludes A+, AA+, Suites, Grand Suites, and Owner’s Suites. Must mention promo code SOLOWAIVED at time of reservation in order to receive. 25% Single Supplement is available on fixed window staterooms on all Europe sailings and category C staterooms on all Mekong sailings. Must mention promo code SOLO25 at time of reservation in order to receive. Single Supplement offers are applicable to solo travelers only. Offers apply to cruise only and do not apply to land packages; guests must pay standard single supplement rate. Upgrades, port charges, transfers, land packages, gratuities and airfare are additional. Offers are combinable with Loyalty Benefits, Future Cruise Benefit Program, and AirPlus promotions; not combinable with any other offers. Tour Operators are eligible to receive Single Supplement offers; restrictions apply. Offers are limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change without notice. AmaWaterways reserves the right to correct any errors or omissions at any time. Other restrictions apply


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
    Mon, Nov 04, 2024
    PARIS. Check into your Paris hotel for the beginning of your Colors of Provence pre-cruise land program.
  2. Day 2
    Tue, Nov 05, 2024
    PARIS. Enjoy a morning tour taking in the signature sites of Paris, including the awe-inspiring Arc de Triomphe and iconic Eiffel Tower. (B)
  3. Day 3
    Wed, Nov 06, 2024
    PARIS. Enjoy a full day at your leisure to discover more of this romantic city, such as the world-renowned Louvre Museum or Mus''e d'''Orsay. Perhaps go shopping in the Faubourg Saint-Honor'' district or simply relax and spend the day like a local ''' by scoping out a local caf'' for a caf'' au lait, toasted baguette or croissant. In the evening, visit Montmartre, long known as the city'''s premier artist's enclave. During the mid to late 1800s, artists also began calling Montmartre home. Pissarro and Jongkind were two of the first to live there, followed by other notable artists, including Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Pablo Picasso. You'''ll be taken on an evening illumination tour, discovering why Paris is renowned as the '''City of Light.''' (B)
  4. Day 4
    Thu, Nov 07, 2024
    PARIS ''' LYON ''' EMBARKATION. Check out of your Paris hotel and head to the train station to board the TGV high-speed train through the French countryside to Lyon. Once in the '''food capital of France,''' marvel at an indoor market hall where you'''ll have a chance to sample of the delicacies offered by butchers, bakers, chocolatiers and cheesemongers while taking in the colorful sights and enticing aromas around you. Afterward, embark the ship in Lyon for your Colors of Provence cruise. (B,D)
  5. Day 5
    Fri, Nov 08, 2024
    LYON. 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.''' Alternately, indulge in rich cheeses, fresh breads and charcuterie in Les Halles Market or join a guided bike tour through the city designed with cyclists in mind. Later in the day, enjoy free time in Lyon. Pop into an outdoor caf'' for an authentic French meal or visit one of the city'''s many amazing museums. (B,L,D)
  6. Day 6
    Sat, Nov 09, 2024
    LYON ''' VIENNE. Travel to the Beaujolais wine region'''known as the Pays d'''Or or '''land of the golden stones.''' Indulge in a wine tasting at a traditional winery and learn about the history and techniques of their vineyard. (B,L,D)
  7. Day 7
    Sun, Nov 10, 2024
    VIENNE ''' TOURNON. 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. Follow the footsteps of the ancient Romans on 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 hike from the ship to the Monastery at Mount Pipet or a guided bike tour along a portion of the ViaRh''na bike route. (B,L,D)
  8. Day 8
    Mon, Nov 11, 2024
    TOURNON - VIVIERS. Take a steam train ride past magnificent landscape carved along the Gorge du Doux, stopping at the charming little station of Colombier le Vieux-Saint Barth''lemy le Plain, where the train maneuvers in preparation for its return journey. Alternatively, lovers of wine and chocolate will want to visit Le Ch''teau 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. Later, stroll through the city accompanied by a guide in Renaissance attire as former '''residents''' in period costumes reenact events and legends of centuries gone by. This special historical tour is sure to bring a smile to your lips ''' or perhaps send shivers down your spine! (B,L,D)
  9. Day 9
    Tue, Nov 12, 2024
    AVIGNON. Depending on your interests, you have three choices of excursions for the morning. 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. You can visit three venues around Avignon to taste regional specialties including macarons, cheese and wine, and tapenades or you can enjoy a bike tour. During the afternoon, you can go to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the impressive Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that is a masterpiece of ancient engineering. Alternately, you can go to the magnificent hilltop village, Grignan, where you will go in search of the highly prized '''Black Diamond''' truffles with a farmer and his trustworthy canine companion. (B,L,D)
  10. Day 10
    Wed, Nov 13, 2024
    ARLES. Considered one of the most beautiful cities in France, Arles enchants all with its tantalizing history, formerly a Roman center of trade. In the morning, venture to Les Baux de Provence, a hilltop village and ruined castle. Enjoy time in the '''old village,''' its shops, art galleries, and cafes interspersed among the historic ruins. You will also have a unique experience at the Carri''res de Lumi''res, where you will be treated to a spectacular presentation of art, sound, and history projected on the walls of a former limestone quarry set to music. Next, visit an olive farm to learn about this age-old Proven''al tradition and enjoy a tasting. Finally, experience the beauty of Saint R''my de Provence, the location where Van Gogh painted some of his most famous paintings, including Starry Night. Later in the day, join a guided walking tour where you'''ll visit the Roman ruins of Arles such as its Roman Amphitheater and the Church of Saint Trophime, famous for its Romanesque architecture. Alternatively, you can enjoy a bike ride along the Rh''ne, through town to the Langlois Bridge, a famous subject from several Vincent Van Gogh paintings. 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)
  11. Day 11
    Thu, Nov 14, 2024
    ARLES ''' DISEMBARKATION ''' BARCELONA. Disembark your ship in Arles and board the TGV high-speed train to the city that inspired Antoni Gaud'' and is certain to inspire you. (B)
  12. Day 12
    Fri, Nov 15, 2024
    BARCELONA. Barcelona, the bustling capital of Catalonia, is an artist'''s, architect'''s, foodie'''s, historian'''s and culturist'''s dream. Tour the cobblestoned lanes of the Gothic Quarter in the medieval city center and Las Ramblas. See some of Antoni Gaud'''''s imaginative architectural creations, La Sagrada Familia. (B)
  13. Day 13
    Sat, Nov 16, 2024
    BARCELONA. Join an excursion to the mountain Montserrat, which is home to the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat, located about 30 miles from Barcelona. Once there, you'''ll ride a scenic funicular to the top of the mountain and experience an indescribable view of the Catalonia landscape. The monastery, officially founded in 1025, soon began to receive pilgrims and visitors who contributed to the spread of stories of miracles and wonders performed by the Virgin Mary. The whole of Montserrat is built around facilitating the worship of the Black Madonna in the Basilica. While here, you'''ll see the famous Black Madonna sculpture, which sits at the back of the church, above the altar area. The stairway leading to the statue, plus the room and altar in which the statue sits are ornate, golden and pay tribute to the wonder that is the Virgin herself. (B)
  14. Day 14
    Sun, Nov 17, 2024
    DEPART BARCELONA. Bid farewell to Barcelona and prepare for your flight home. (B)

Countries Visited

France, Spain

Rivers Visited

Rhone

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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 Paris at the RenaissanceArc de Triomphe (or similar), including city tour,Montmartre, illumination tour and daily breakfastd'''Orsay and daily breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel to Lyon via high-speedTGV train
  • Transfer from the ship in Arles to N''mes with highlights tour and then high-speed TGV train to Barcelona
  • 3 nights hotel in Barcelona at Renaissance Barcelona (or similar), including dailybreakfast

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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
4.7
Accommodations
4.8
Itinerary
4.6
Professional Staff
4.9
Repeat with Operator
4.6
Value for Money
4.8

Ratings based off 18 reviews - currently showing 10 reviews with comments only

This company's standards are great as well as their products. There were extra entertainment in 3 of the 7 nights and each one was different and a big hit. The captains dinner was quite delightful because we saw a fun side of our captain and truly understand his job.

This trip was advertised as a French Christmas market cruise and, although, there were two Christmas markets, they really only had food. This is not to be confused with German Christmas market! That being said, Amawaterways is awesome and we have another cruise booked for next year.

I appreciated the tips for preparation before we travelled. The trip exceeded our expectations and was just wonderful! The onboard per person credit was useful for small purchases aboard ship and helped pay gratuities at the end of our cruise.

Amawaterways is an exceptional company! They went above and beyond when my sister fell and shattered her elbow the day before she, her husband and I were scheduled to start our Rhine River Cruise with Amawaterways in Basal. She and her husband had to remain in Basal so my sister could undergo surgery. I went on the cruise alone. Amawaterways sent their representative to the University Hospital Basal every day of her stay and helped with paperwork and offered much needed advice. In the meantime, the staff and passengers onboard the AmaKristina ensured that I had a wonderful time. A day did not pass that they didn't inquire about my sister's recovery. When she returned home, she received flowers and a lovely note from the company president. Amawaterways is definitely number one in my book.

Staff was wonderful and extremely accommodating Boat was nice very clean and and in good working order Food was good not excellent Service was excellent and chef did accommodate special requests Specialty restaurant food was excellent But can only go once

The staff was so friendly and the made the trip even more enjoyable. The cruise manager, Marc, was amazing!

The entire AMA Waterways Cruise experience was excellent!

The AMA Kristina was a brand new boat and extremely nice. The staff was wonderful as well as the food. We really enjoyed the organization of the tours and the guides were really good.

Great cruise and great time of the year. As expected, some docking spots needed more time to fully appreciate, and others had too much time with too little to see, but the travelers are all different. Wonderful ship and crew, and the food was fantastic. AMA always does a wonderful job and is most attentive to their travelers. On the extensions, a city tour is very valuable, but if one does not choose the additional excursions offered, there is way too much free time in cities which offer fewer options to a newcomer on their own. Perhaps include a page of alternate sightseeing options, museums, trip advisor tours or such rather than just "free time" on your own, and meals on your own in a strange city. Once on the extension, we did not see our tour director a great deal even though hours were posted for the table in the lobby. Hotel staff was most helpful in question answering and pulling boarding passes, directions, etc.

AMA Waterways is an excellent provider of high quality river cruises. This was our 4th river cruise with AMA and we are planning number 5. Never a problem, everything works moothly and timely. Cruise managers are truly top quality as well as the local tour guides. I can't say enough positive things about AMA Waterways!

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