Treasures of Burgundy & Provence Cruise
Prices from £1,175 per person
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Discover some of France’s most pictures villages and world-famous wine regions on this exciting cruise. Passing through Provence and Burgundy, you also take in famous Roman landmarks and UNESCO-listed medieval cities.
This 7 night / 8 day cruise holiday includes First Class rail from London to Lyon via Paris (Standard Premier service on Eurostar with light meal and drinks), full board accommodation on board the Amadeus Provence, plus private taxi transfers in Paris. Prices are from £1,175 per person (based on 2 people travelling together, staying in an outside C4 grade en-suite cabin). Other cabin types are available – Please click here or see below for a full list of prices.
Day 1 – London to Lyon
Your holiday begins as you enter beautifully restored London St. Pancras International Station; take the time to admire the stunning glass roof. Then sit back, relax and watch the countryside glide past as you travel by Eurostar through France at speeds of up to 186mph. Enjoy your at seat meal and drinks as you watch the ever changing scenery flash by. In Paris your private taxi transfers you to the Gare de Lyon where you board your high speed TGV service for your journey in First Class to France’s second city, Lyon. On arrival at Lyon Part-Dieu station make your own way to your floating hotel for the next 7 nights, the elegant, highly-rated Amadeus Provence, newly launched in 2017. Take the time to settle in to your cabin before this evening’s welcome cocktail and dinner.
Day 2 – Mâcon
This morning you arrive in Mâcon. This attractive town in southern Burgundy is in the heart of the celebrated vineyards that yield some of the world’s best-loved wines. Here you can spend the morning exploring the city, or perhaps join the optional excursion on the Mâconnais Wine Road, discovering some of the vineyards that have made this region famous. The excursion also includes a visit to the wine museum, housed in a former railway station and dedicated to the history and production of Burgundy wines.
Near the city of Mâcon is the Cluny Abbey, a Benedictine monastery founded in 910 AD. This afternoon you have the opportunity to visit the abbey and discover ‘the spiritual heart of medieval Europe’.
Day 3 – Chalon-sur-Saône
Today you moor in the attractive town of Chalon-sur-Saône. Here you may wish to discover the half-timbered houses lining the central square, or explore the galleries and shops or even the museum dedicated to photography (the world’s first durable photo was created here in 1827). Alternatively, join the optional excursion through the charming wine towns of Burgundy to delightful Beaune – where you can sample the celebrated wines and explore the medieval centre. This afternoon you may like to visit Cormatin with its grand castle on an optional excursion; otherwise you may prefer to simply relax on board the ship as it sails towards Tournus.
Day 4 – Lyon
Lyon has been an important port in France for centuries, and today you enjoy a visit to this dynamic city. You can take the optional guided tour, or explore the city at your own pace. Whilst in Lyon make sure you visit the Old Town and the Croix-Rousse quarter, now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to uncover its narrow cobbled streets and trademark traboules, alleyways used by silk workers and, later on, the Resistance during World War II. You could also perhaps visit the huge 16th-century Gothic cathedral and astrological clock on Place St. Jean or take the funicular to the landmark Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière, topped by twin turrets. Lyon has a number of interesting museums, including the Centre d’Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation, which provides a fascinating and poignant reminder of Lyon’s role during the Second World War.
Day 5 – Avignon
You sail into beautiful Avignon this morning, where you can discover this UNESCO-listed city either on an optional walking tour or independently. Whilst in Avignon take the opportunity to visit the fascinating walled old town and stroll among the maze of medieval streets and tree-lined squares. No visit to Avignon would be complete without seeing the Palais des Papes and the Pont St. Bénezet (both covered on the walking tour). You can watch the world go by from this attractive central square or visit the impressive Hôtel de Ville and Opera House, decorated with statues of Corneille and Molière. In the afternoon, you can join the optional excursion to the magnificent Pont du Gard, the famous three-level Roman stone aqueduct, which crosses the Gardon River Valley. This feat of engineering is among the most-photographed landmarks in Europe.
Day 6 – Arles
The stately Roman city of Arles is your destination today. Beautifully set on the banks of the Rhône, the broad boulevards and Mediterranean-styled architecture captured the imagination of the Impressionist painter Van Gogh. Here you are free to explore independently, or take in the UNESCO-listed centre’s many attractions, including its Roman remains, on an optional guided tour. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Camargue river delta, a nature park home to rare creatures such as semi-wild bulls, white horses and even flamingos.
Day 7 – Ardeche Gorge
Enjoy a day to relax on board and make the most of the ship’s facilities, or take the chance to visit the majestic Ardeche Gorge on an optional tour. Known as ‘the Grand Canyon of Europe’, here incredible limestone cliffs tower over the river below. The tour takes you along the gorge trail that winds through this outstanding area. Back on the vessel this evening, enjoy a special gala dinner to mark your final night on board.
Day 8 – Homeward bound
After breakfast this morning, you disembark from the ship and make your way to the station where you board your TGV service to Paris. Sit back and relax as your high-speed train whisks you northwards through the changing scenery of France. In Paris your private taxi whisks you across to the Gare du Nord where you board your Eurostar. Take time to reflect on the magnificent sights, sounds and tastes which you have enjoyed on your holiday as you enjoy a light meal and drinks before your arrival into London St Pancras, and your onward journey home.
Cabin upgrades and prices
Below is a breakdown of the different cabin types, and prices for each of these on the different departure dates:
|C4, Haydn Deck||C1, Haydn Deck||B4, Strauss Deck||B1, Strauss Deck||A1 Mozart Deck|
|28th March 2019||from £1,175 per person||from £1,350 per person||from £1,595 per person||from £1,725 per person||from £1,925 per person|
|4th April 2019||from £1,375 per person||from £1,650 per person||from £1,950 per person||from £2,125 per person||from £2,350 per person|
|25th April, 10th October 2019||from £1,695 per person||from £1,975 per person||from £2,275 per person||from £2,450 per person||from £2,795 per person|
6th, 20th June
19th September 2019
|from £1,995 per person||from £2,295 per person||from £2,575 per person||from £2,795 per person||from £3,250 per person|
|1st, 8th August 2019||from £1,950 per person||from £2,195 per person||from £2,495 per person||from £2,650 per person||from £3,095 per person|
|24th October 2019||from £1,625 per person||from £1,875 per person||from £2,175 per person||from £2,350 per person||from £2,675 per person|
|31st October 2019||from £1,195 per person||from £1,425 per person||from £1,650 per person||from £1,795 per person||from £1,995 per person|