Paris, Provence & Barcelona by River Cruise

12 days from $6996 pp*
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From the magic of Paris to the romance of Barcelona, this itinerary is one of our most captivating. Begin with few nights in Paris and visit the city with your private expert guide. Travel to Lyon France's gastronomical capital. From there, cruise through France’s legendary wine growing regions, home to famous wines such as Beaujolais and Côte du Rhône. Enjoy wine tastings at local vintners, marvel at Roman ruins, stroll through medieval villages and shop for Provencal crafts. Your itinerary includes the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avignon as well as Arles, the city where Vincent Van Gogh spent much of his life. Disembark and continue to the magnificent Barcelona. Show More »

Cruise Departure Dates:

Barcelona-Paris (2015): May 7, Jul 16, Aug 13, Sep 10, Oct 8,22, Nov 5,19, Dec 3

Paris-Barcelona (2015): Apr 2,16, May 14,28, Jun 11, Jul 9, Aug 6, Sep 3, Oct 1,29, Nov 26, Dec 10

*Please note cruise itinerary may be subject to modification based on seasonality. « Show Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Paris
    Paris
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (CDG or Orly) - Vehicle/Driver
    Hotel d`Aubusson (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Paris
    Paris
    • Private - 1/2 Day Walking Tour of Montmartre (3 hrs) - Guide
    • Private - 1/2 Day Versailles (with Audio guide) - Vehicle/Driver
    Hotel d`Aubusson (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Paris to Lyon to Rhone Cruise
    Paris to Lyon to Rhone Cruise
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Paris - Lyon [2 hrs] - 1st Class Train Ticket
    • Transfer - Private - Port - Vehicle/Driver
    • Embarkation; Welcome Cocktail & Dinner
    • Port Charges
    AmaDagio ship, (B,L,D)
  • Day 4 Lyon
    Lyon
    • City Tour
    • Lunch on Board
    • Dinner on Board
    AmaDagio ship, (B,L,D)
  • Day 5 Belleville
    Belleville
    • Beaujolais Excursion
    • Lunch on Board
    • Dinner on Board
    AmaDagio ship, (B,L,D)
  • Day 6 Vienne to Tournon
    Vienne to Tournon
    • City Tour
    • Lunch on Board
    • Time at leisure
    • Dinner on Board
    AmaDagio ship, (B,L,D)
  • Day 7 Tournon to Viviers
    Tournon to Viviers
    • Chocolate & Wine Pairing
    • Lunch on Board
    • Ghost Walk
    • Dinner on Board
    AmaDagio ship, (B,L,D)
  • Day 8 Viviers to Avignon
    Viviers to Avignon
    • Grignan Excursion
    • Lunch on Board
    • Walking Tour & Papal Palace OR Pont du Gard Excursion
    • Dinner on Board
    AmaDagio ship, (B,L,D)
  • Day 9 Arles
    Arles
    • Les Baux Excursion; Olive Farm Visit
    • Lunch on Board
    • Arles Walking Tour
    • Dinner on Board
    AmaDagio ship, (B,L,D)
  • Day 10 Arles to Barcelona
    Arles to Barcelona
    • Disembark
    • Transfer - Private - Arles - Barcelona [4.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    Barcelona Center (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 11 Barcelona
    Barcelona
    • Private - City Tour with Picasso Museum (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Barcelona Center (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 12 Barcelona
    Barcelona
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Paris

Meet your driver for a private transfer to the airport.

Accommodation: Hotel d`Aubusson (4*)

The Aubusson Hotel boasts the sheer ambience and elegance of days gone by. This 17th century stately home located in Saint-Germain des Prés has been entirely re-designed to meet the requirements of the modern day traveler.  All of the suites are decadently designed with strict attention to detail, with some even featuring the original structural beams and canopied four-poster beds. All of the suites are spacious and offer an array of modern amenities. Dining at the Aubusson Hotel is a sure treat, from the hot breakfast buffet served beneath the towering salon ceiling to the friendly staff and posh atmosphere of the renowned Café Laurent, all within footsteps of your room.  A pleasing room service menu is also made available for guests. In the morning and afternoon hours, guests are sure to enjoy the serenity of the hotel’s inner courtyard, with its faint echoes of the onsite babbling water feature. On those brisk Parisian evenings, guests can enjoy the cozy comforts of the Grand Salon, featuring antique furniture, genuine Aubusson tapestries, and a classic stone fireplace.

Paris
Paris
Aubusson Hotel
Aubusson Hotel

Day 2: Paris

Enjoy your walking tour of Montmartre with your private English-speaking guide. Topped by 19th century Sacre-Coeur white basilica, Montmartre is the highest Paris hill at 130 meters. You will discover gardens and steep streets with beautiful Paris views.

Enjoy a 4 hour visit of the Palace of Versailles with a private car and English speaking driver. A superb Baroque palace known to the world as a symbol of civilization and pleasure, the Palace of Versailles dates back to 1038, and was the official residence of the Kings of France from 1682 until 1790. Used by Louis XIV initially as a hunting lodge he had the property expanded to become the magnificent site of French classical architecture complete with extensive manicured gardens that it is today. The interior showcases magnificent examples of baroque furnishings, a rare collection of objects d'art and houses special exhibitions. Visit with audioguide in the State Apartments (Hall of Mirrors, King and Queen`s Apartments). At the end of the tour, you will be dropped at accommodation or in a central location of your choice in the city (Includes entrance). Please let your Advisor know if you would like to have a Guide accompany you for this excursion and this tour can be re-priced for you.

Accommodation: Hotel d`Aubusson (4*)
Versailles
Versailles
Montmartre
Montmartre

Day 3: Paris - Lyon - Rhone Cruise

Take a private train station transfer with a private vehicle and driver. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.

Relax and enjoy the two hour train ride from Paris to Lyon on the high-speed TGV.

Port transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking driver in Lyon.

Embark your luxurious ship. Gather this evening on board for a Welcome Dinner.

Port charges are included in your multi-day itinerary.

Accommodation: AmaDagio ship, (B,L,D)

Launched in 2006 the MS Amadagio carries 148 passengers in unequaled luxury, comfort and style and is staffed by a highly-trained professional crew, with an ongoing emphasis on personal service. The ship feature an array of amenities specifically designed for comfort, convenience and luxury on the great waterways of Europe.

AmaDagio
AmaDagio

Day 4: Lyon

Today your group panoramic tour of Lyon will take you to Place Bellecour with its equestrian statue of Louis XIV, Place des Terreaux with Bartholdi’s Fountain, and the Town Hall. Afterwards, visit Fourvière, part of the historic region designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as the “Hill of Prayers,” Fourvière is famous for its iconic white Basilica of Notre-Dame, ruins of an ancient Roman theater, and majestic views of the city below. The ship departs for Belleville this evening.

Accommodation: AmaDagio ship, (B,L,D)

Launched in 2006 the MS Amadagio carries 148 passengers in unequaled luxury, comfort and style and is staffed by a highly-trained professional crew, with an ongoing emphasis on personal service. The ship feature an array of amenities specifically designed for comfort, convenience and luxury on the great waterways of Europe.

Bellecour Square & Fourviere Basilica
Bellecour Square & Fourviere Basilica

Day 5: Belleville

This morning's group tour will take you through the chateaux, fields and vineyards of the Beaujolais wine region, the Pays d’Or or “Land of the golden stones,” named for the ochre limestone of its homes and castles. You will visit the medieval hilltop village of Oingt. You will also visit the winery and home of a local vintner, which will include wine tasting, a vineyard tour and explanation of the history of wine production in the region. Return to the ship in the early afternoon and continue cruising towards Vienne.

Accommodation: AmaDagio ship, (B,L,D)

Launched in 2006 the MS Amadagio carries 148 passengers in unequaled luxury, comfort and style and is staffed by a highly-trained professional crew, with an ongoing emphasis on personal service. The ship feature an array of amenities specifically designed for comfort, convenience and luxury on the great waterways of Europe.

Beaujolais Region
Beaujolais Region

Day 6: Vienne - Tournon

Situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, Vienne has a signifi cant Roman history, which is highlighted by its marvelously preserved ruins and remains. This morning, you will take a mini train tour and see the 1st-century Roman Temple of Augustus and Livia, the ruins of a Roman theater and the medieval churches of St. Andre-Le-Bas and Abbey St. Pierre. As an alternative, you may choose to visit the castle (when available). Your ship will depart at midday for Tournon.

This evening, explore the town of Tournon on your own.

Accommodation: AmaDagio ship, (B,L,D)

Launched in 2006 the MS Amadagio carries 148 passengers in unequaled luxury, comfort and style and is staffed by a highly-trained professional crew, with an ongoing emphasis on personal service. The ship feature an array of amenities specifically designed for comfort, convenience and luxury on the great waterways of Europe.

Roman Temple of Augustus
Roman Temple of Augustus

Day 7: Tournon - Viviers

Today you will enjoy an indulgent chocolate and red wine pairing. Later, relax on board today as the ship cruises to Viviers.

Arriving this evening, you will enjoy a unique view of the town’s history and legends. Follow along on a “ghost walk” through this once-thriving medieval town, as fascinating and poignant stories of its past are brought to life by the town’s current residents.

Accommodation: AmaDagio ship, (B,L,D)

Launched in 2006 the MS Amadagio carries 148 passengers in unequaled luxury, comfort and style and is staffed by a highly-trained professional crew, with an ongoing emphasis on personal service. The ship feature an array of amenities specifically designed for comfort, convenience and luxury on the great waterways of Europe.

Ghost Walk
Ghost Walk
Wine Tasting
Wine Tasting

Day 8: Viviers - Avignon

After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Grignan, a magnificent village perched upon a hill surrounded by lavender fields, topped by a Renaissance castle. From the castle, enjoy a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. Return to the ship and cruise to Avignon.

As your ship docks, look for the Avignon Bridge, made famous by the French children song “Sur le pont d’Avignon” (“On the Bridge of Avignon”). Seven popes resided in the magnificent Gothic Papal Palace, which you will visit during your walking tour. You will also see the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the alternative, you can take an excursion to the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that is a masterpiece of engineering and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour will also visit Uzes, a lovely Provencal small town known for its Castle of the Duke of Uzes (still occupied by the Duke and his family), medieval streets and a picturesque town square framed by archways. Enjoy free time for shopping in Uzes before returning to your ship.

Accommodation: AmaDagio ship, (B,L,D)

Launched in 2006 the MS Amadagio carries 148 passengers in unequaled luxury, comfort and style and is staffed by a highly-trained professional crew, with an ongoing emphasis on personal service. The ship feature an array of amenities specifically designed for comfort, convenience and luxury on the great waterways of Europe.

 Grignan
Grignan

Day 9: Arles

This morning, you will arrive in Arles and board a motor coach for an excursion to the village of Les Baux de Provence. This hilltop village and fortress was a Protestant stronghold during the French Wars of Religion until destroyed by Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu in 1633. At the castle, you will see examples of medieval siege weaponry. In the alternative, choose to take the “Van Gogh” tour which will take you the Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum. Here, Van Gogh painted some of his most well-known paintings such as The Irises and Starry Night. Later, visit an olive farm to learn about this age-old Provençal farming tradition.

Late this afternoon, your group city tour of Arles takes you to the Romanesque cathedral and the Roman Amphitheater. The ship moors overnight in Arles.

Accommodation: AmaDagio ship, (B,L,D)

Launched in 2006 the MS Amadagio carries 148 passengers in unequaled luxury, comfort and style and is staffed by a highly-trained professional crew, with an ongoing emphasis on personal service. The ship feature an array of amenities specifically designed for comfort, convenience and luxury on the great waterways of Europe.

 Les Baux de Provence
Les Baux de Provence

Day 10: Arles - Barcelona

Disembark your ship in Arles.

Meet your driver for a private transfer from Arles, France to Barcelona, Spain.

Accommodation: Barcelona Center (4*)

Hotel Barcelona Center, is a 4 star Superior category hotel located in the heart of the Eixample district. It combines to perfection its fantastic central location with an accommodation offer of the highest quality, exquisite gastronomy and the most modern technology.

Barcelona
Barcelona
Barcelona Center Hotel
Barcelona Center Hotel

Day 11: Barcelona

Meet your private driver and guide this morning at the hotel for a full day tour of the lively Mediterranean city of Barcelona. Head to the city's most renowned landmark, Gaudi's Sagrada Familia- a monumental piece of architecture still under construction over 100 years after building commenced. Stop for some photographs before continuing to Paseo de Gracia in the Gothic Quarter, an area with many fantastic modernist buildings. Walk through the medieval streets to the Gothic Cathedral, completed in 1450, for a visit of its interior. Return to your car for a drive along Paralel Avenue and Espanya Square, before heading to the top of Montjuic Hill, site of the 1992 Olympic Stadium. Circle the Columbus Monument and drive past the maritime facade of Barcelona, before heading to the renowned Picasso Museum for a guided tour. Here you can see one of the most extensive collections of famed 20th century Spanish artist. Afterward, enjoy a return to your hotel. 

Accommodation: Barcelona Center (4*)

Day 12: Barcelona

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer in Barcelona. Please note drivers may or may not speak English, as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another.

Accommodation:

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
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  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Hotel d`Aubusson (4*): Paris

The Aubusson Hotel boasts the sheer ambience and elegance of days gone by. This 17th century stately home located in Saint-Germain des Prés has been entirely re-designed to meet the requirements of the modern day traveler.  All of the suites are decadently designed with strict attention to detail, with some even featuring the original structural beams and canopied four-poster beds. All of the suites are spacious and offer an array of modern amenities. Dining at the Aubusson Hotel is a sure treat, from the hot breakfast buffet served beneath the towering salon ceiling to the friendly staff and posh atmosphere of the renowned Café Laurent, all within footsteps of your room.  A pleasing room service menu is also made available for guests. In the morning and afternoon hours, guests are sure to enjoy the serenity of the hotel’s inner courtyard, with its faint echoes of the onsite babbling water feature. On those brisk Parisian evenings, guests can enjoy the cozy comforts of the Grand Salon, featuring antique furniture, genuine Aubusson tapestries, and a classic stone fireplace.

Aubusson Hotel
Aubusson Hotel
Grand Luxe Room
Grand Luxe Room

AmaDagio ship, (B,L,D):

Launched in 2006 the MS Amadagio carries 148 passengers in unequaled luxury, comfort and style and is staffed by a highly-trained professional crew, with an ongoing emphasis on personal service. The ship feature an array of amenities specifically designed for comfort, convenience and luxury on the great waterways of Europe.

AmaDagio ship, (B,L,D):

Launched in 2006 the MS Amadagio carries 148 passengers in unequaled luxury, comfort and style and is staffed by a highly-trained professional crew, with an ongoing emphasis on personal service. The ship feature an array of amenities specifically designed for comfort, convenience and luxury on the great waterways of Europe.

AmaDagio ship, (B,L,D):

Launched in 2006 the MS Amadagio carries 148 passengers in unequaled luxury, comfort and style and is staffed by a highly-trained professional crew, with an ongoing emphasis on personal service. The ship feature an array of amenities specifically designed for comfort, convenience and luxury on the great waterways of Europe.

AmaDagio ship, (B,L,D):

Launched in 2006 the MS Amadagio carries 148 passengers in unequaled luxury, comfort and style and is staffed by a highly-trained professional crew, with an ongoing emphasis on personal service. The ship feature an array of amenities specifically designed for comfort, convenience and luxury on the great waterways of Europe.

AmaDagio ship, (B,L,D):

Launched in 2006 the MS Amadagio carries 148 passengers in unequaled luxury, comfort and style and is staffed by a highly-trained professional crew, with an ongoing emphasis on personal service. The ship feature an array of amenities specifically designed for comfort, convenience and luxury on the great waterways of Europe.

AmaDagio ship, (B,L,D):

Launched in 2006 the MS Amadagio carries 148 passengers in unequaled luxury, comfort and style and is staffed by a highly-trained professional crew, with an ongoing emphasis on personal service. The ship feature an array of amenities specifically designed for comfort, convenience and luxury on the great waterways of Europe.

AmaDagio ship, (B,L,D):

Launched in 2006 the MS Amadagio carries 148 passengers in unequaled luxury, comfort and style and is staffed by a highly-trained professional crew, with an ongoing emphasis on personal service. The ship feature an array of amenities specifically designed for comfort, convenience and luxury on the great waterways of Europe.

Barcelona Center (4*): Barcelona

Hotel Barcelona Center, is a 4 star Superior category hotel located in the heart of the Eixample district. It combines to perfection its fantastic central location with an accommodation offer of the highest quality, exquisite gastronomy and the most modern technology.

Barcelona Center Hotel
Barcelona Center Hotel
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