CRUISETOUR

Colors of Provence (14 Days)

Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
Ship: AmaCello  |  28 Reviews
Barcelona, Spain to Paris, France
DAY
PORT
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Barcelona, Spain

Arrive in Barcelona and check into your hotel. (B)

DAY 2
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, the bustling capital of Catalonia, is an artist, architect, foodie, historian, and culturist's dream. Tour the cobblestoned lanes of the Gothic Quarter in the medieval city center and Las Ramblas. Visit Montjuïc Hill and see some imaginative architectural creations, highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Works of Antoni Gaudí", including La Sagrada Família. (B)

DAY 3
Barcelona, Spain
Montserrat Abbey, Spain, Spain
Barcelona, Spain

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)

DAY 4
Barcelona, Spain
Nîmes, France
Arles, France

Check out of the hotel and board the TGV high-speed train to Nîmes. See the highlights of this delightful town with one of the finest collections of Roman buildings in France before transferring via motorcoach to Arles, where you'll board your luxury ship. (B,D)

DAY 5
Arles, France
Les Baux-de-Provence, France
Arles, France

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 Carrières de Lumières, 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 Provençal 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 Amphitheatre. After dinner, enjoy a special scenic Illuminations Cruise toward the renowned Avignon Bridge. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
Avignon, France

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 four 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, visit three venues around Avignon where you can taste regional specialties, including cheese, chocolate, lavender-infused drinks, wine, and more. Or pedal your way along the Rhône to the island of Barthelasse, one of Europe's largest river islands, and stop at an authentic farm while taking in sights along the way on a guided bike tour. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
Viviers, France
Grignan, France
Viviers, France

Head to a truffle farm and go in search of the highly prized "Black Diamond" truffle with a farmer and his trustworthy canine companion. Afterward, visit the magnificent medieval hilltop village, Grignan, where you'll visit a Renaissance chateau perched on a hill surrounded by lavender fields. This enchanting Provençal town offers unique panoramic views to the north, south, east, and west. Enjoy some free time to explore before heading back to the ship. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
Tournon, France
Walk
Tain-l'hermitage, France
Walk
Tournon, France

Enjoy the views from a panoramic train car as you ride past magnificent landscape carved along the Gorges du Doux stopping at the charming little station of Colombier-le-Vieux–Saint-Barthélemy-le-Plain, where the steam train maneuvers in preparation for its return journey. Alternatively, lovers of wine and chocolate will want to visit Château de Tournon for a presentation and tasting on the pairing of red wine and chocolate. For a more active adventure, take a walking tour of Tain-l'Hermitage, followed by a visit to a local winery where you'll sample some of the region's celebrated Hermitage appellation. Or bike along the ViaRhôna cycling route, winding through forest and looping back through dense orchards with hills of vineyards in the distance before returning to Tournon for a short tour of the town center. (B,L,D)

DAY 9
Vienne, France
Lyon, France

Situated between the wine regions of Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône 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 ViaRhôna 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 Fourvière 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 Fourvière. 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—including sausage, cheese, and pastries, which you will get to sample. Or take a guided bike ride to the modern urban area of La Confluence along the Saône River. (B,L,D)

DAY 10
Lyon, France

Enjoy morning free time in Lyon and then 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 11
Lyon, France
Paris, France

Disembark the ship and depart for a demonstration of traditional Lyonnaise cooking in a city that is rapidly gaining a reputation as the capital of gastronomy in France. After lunch, transfer to the train station to board the TGV high-speed train for the ride through the French countryside to Paris.

DAY 12
Paris, France

Enjoy a morning tour taking in the signature sites of Paris, including the awe-inspiring Notre-Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, and iconic Eiffel Tower. You'll also stroll the Champs-Élysées with its cinemas, sidewalk cafés, and luxury specialty shops. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore such landmarks as the Louvre museum with its famous glass pyramid, or to enjoy a fresh flaky croissant at one of the city's legendary cafés. (B)

DAY 13
Paris, France

After a full day at leisure, visit Montmartre, long known as the city's premier artist 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)

DAY 14
Paris, France

Bid farewell to Paris and prepare for your flight home. (B)

Colors of Provence map

About the Ship

AmaCello Regensburg
AmaCello

AmaCello's staterooms feature French balconies and range in size from 170-255 sq. ft. Enjoy the amenities of a fine hotel: plush down bedding, marble appointed bathrooms, large closets, complimentary Wi-Fi and Entertainment-on-Demand. The AmaCello also features a fitness area, Sun Deck with a walking track and whirlpool, Chef's Table restaurant.

What's Included

Included

    • Land program as detailed in itinerary

    • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms offer French balconies

    • Entertainment on demand 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

    • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise

    • Multiple dining venues

    • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board

    • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily

    • Sun Deck whirlpool

    • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner

    • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music

    • Choice of life enriching tours and excursions in every port with personal headset included

    • Small-Group "Limited Edition Tours" including guided biking, hiking and culinary delights excursions

    • Fleet of bicycles available to explore on your own

    • Services of professional Cruise Manager

    • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)

    • Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways

    • All local taxes

Not Included

  • Airfare | Passport fees | Baggage fees | Port taxes and fees | Travel, health, accident or other insurance | Vaccinations | Laundry | Additional food and beverages | Optional excursions | Gratuities or other items of a personal nature

About Us

At AmaWaterways, we love what we do - providing our guests with the best travel experiences possible. In fact, "Ama" is derived from the Latin word for "love." It is a concept that permeates every aspect of our river cruises, from the design of our ships to the development of our itineraries to the high levels of service we deliver to our guests. Experience more ways to discover, more ways to indulge and more onboard amenities. With an award-winning fleet in Europe, Vietnam, Cambodia and Africa, critically acclaimed dining and unique tour options, you will have the trip of a lifetime on our cruises.

Insider Tip

AmaWaterways is proud to be the only river cruise line inducted into La Chaine des Rotisseurs, one of the world's most prestigious culinary organizations.

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per-person, U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy of a cabin, or standard hotel room, unless indicated otherwise. | Single rates are available for the cruise-only, at a supplement of plus-50% for standard rooms, plus-100% for other rooms, such as deluxe rooms and suites. | Single rates for land are available at a supplement. | Please see individual itineraries for amount of the supplement. | Pricing accuracy is assured only at time of printing. | If any of the cost factors increases, such as airfare, port or dock charges, fuel, insurance, taxes, surcharges or other, we reserve the right to increase cruise or cruise tour prices without notice.

Cancellation Policy: For any cruise/land booking, whether under deposit, partially paid, or paid in full, including air packages, the following travel agent or guest-requested situations are considered cancellations and penalties will apply as noted below: changes to departure date; substitutions of itinerary; substitution of another person for original booked guest(s); or changing to a promotional fare. All cancellations must be in writing. For all air-inclusive packages cancelled after issuance of an airline ticket, the air portion of the refund, if any, will be processed only after the return of airline ticket. The following cancellation charges will be assessed for all written cancellations received prior to departure up to the scheduled time of departure.

Cancellation received | Following charges will apply: (Broken out by days before departure) 121 days or more is $200 per person | 120-90 days is $400 per person | 89-60 days is 35% of full fare | 59-30 days is 50% of full fare | 29-7 days is 80% of full fare | 6 days prior to sailing is 100% cancellation. Full Fare is defined as the full cost of any cruise, land or air component purchased from AmaWaterways. All air purchased through AmaWaterways has a cancellation penalty of $350 per person for Economy and $600 per person for Business class. In the event you purchase a non-refundable ticket, the full fare is under penalty.

*Certain airline tickets, including all intra-Asia Flights within 90 days of departure and published price tickets, are 100% non-refundable. Penalty rates shown are for flight arrangements deposited/booked from July 1, 2014 onward. Except as otherwise provided in your Passenger Ticket Contract, after travel begins, there is no refund for unused services, or unused portions of cruise, cruise/tour or airfare.

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