Paris, Provence & Barcelona by River Cruise

14 days from $8,700 pp*
  • Multi-night Rhone River cruise between Lyon and Arles.
  • Private guided tour of the lavish palace and grounds of Versailles.
  • Explore lavender-rich Provence on shore excursions during your cruise.
  • Private guided tour of cosmopolitan Barcelona, including the Picasso Museum.
  • Premium accommodations throughout.
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Revel in the romance of Paris, the City of Love, before embarking on a cruise of the Rhone through picturesque Provence. Conclude in sun-soaked Barcelona with a private guided city discovery.

The allure of Paris is one that calls time and time again, no matter how many times you've been, there's always more to uncover. Meet your private guide and embark on a tour of the trendy Latin Quarter, full of cheerful cafes, bar, and shops to explore. Next, make a trip out to magnificent palace and grounds of Versailles with your private guide, and discover the unfettered royal decadence which eventually led to the revolt of the bourgeoisie, and the French Revolution. Journey onward to Lyon, where you'll embark a refined river cruiser, your water-based hotel for the next 7 evenings. Voyage the remarkable Rhone, making your way through the picturesque countryside of Provence, making daily excursions to explore historic towns, and remarkable scenery, with fields of lavender never too far in the distance. Disembark in Arles, then head to enchanting Barcelona, where the city's embrace will dazzle you. Explore Barcelona with a private guide, visiting Gaudi's iconic La Sagrada Familia, and the posh Picasso Museum. Head to the Montserrat monastery complex, perched in the mountains on the outskirts of the city, and enjoy stunning views from this remote Benedictine abbey. Lasting memories await. ... Show More »

Cruise departures:

2017: May 4, Jun 1,15,29, Jul 13, Aug 10,24, Sep 7,21, Oct 5,19, Nov 2

2018: Mar 22, Apr 5

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Paris
    Paris
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (CDG or Orly) - Vehicle/Driver(2)
  • Day 2 Paris
    Paris
    • Tour - Private - Latin Quarter Walking Tour (3 hrs) - Guide(10)
  • Day 3 Paris
    Paris
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Versailles (with Guide) (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(2)
  • Day 4 Paris to Lyon to Rhone Cruise
    Paris to Lyon to Rhone Cruise
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Paris - Lyon [2 hrs] - 1st Class Train Ticket
    • Transfer - Private - Port - Vehicle/Driver(4)
    • Embarkation; Welcome Cocktail & Dinner
    • Port Charges
  • Day 5 Lyon to Rhone Cruise
    Lyon to Rhone Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board - (0)
    • Shared - City Tour
    • Lunch on Board
    • Dinner on Board
  • Day 6 Belleville to Rhone Cruise
    Belleville to Rhone Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board - (0)
    • Shared - Beaujolais Excursion
    • Lunch on Board
    • Dinner on Board
  • Day 7 Vienne to Tournon to Rhone Cruise
    Vienne to Tournon to Rhone Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board - (0)
    • Shared - City Tour
    • Lunch on Board
    • Time at leisure
    • Dinner on Board
  • Day 8 Tournon to Viviers to Rhone Cruise
    Tournon to Viviers to Rhone Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board - (0)
    • Shared - Chocolate & Wine Pairing
    • Lunch on Board
    • Shared - Ghost Walk
    • Dinner on Board
  • Day 9 Viviers to Avignon to Rhone Cruise
    Viviers to Avignon to Rhone Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board - (0)
    • Shared - Grignan Excursion
    • Lunch on Board
    • Shared - Walking Tour & Papal Palace OR Pont du Gard Excursion
    • Dinner on Board
  • Day 10 Arles to Rhone Cruise
    Arles to Rhone Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board - (0)
    • Shared - Les Baux Excursion; Olive Farm Visit
    • Lunch on Board
    • Shared - Arles Walking Tour
    • Dinner on Board
  • Day 11 Arles to Barcelona
    Arles to Barcelona
    • Breakfast on Board - (0)
    • Disembark
    • Arles - Barcelona [4.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(4)
  • Day 12 Barcelona
    Barcelona
    • Tour - Private - City Tour with Picasso Museum (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(3)
  • Day 13 Barcelona
    Barcelona
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Montserrat Mountain & Monastery (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(3)
  • Day 14 Barcelona
    Barcelona
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(3)
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Paris

Relax on a private airport transfer in Paris in a private vehicle with a professional 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.

Accommodation: Hotel Le Littre (4*)

The charming and traditional Hotel Le Littre places you in the heart of the city of Paris, located between Saint Germain des Prés and Montparnasse districts, close to Notre Dame Cathedral. Each of the rooms and suites is modern and feature panoramic views over the city. Some rooms have a separate living area, as well as a balcony or terrace with gorgeous views of the capital. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment.  A delicious buffet breakfast is served in the grand breakfast room, featuring traditional French pastries and more. Unwind with a cocktail at Le Littre Bar, showcasing a very cozy British-style atmosphere. The multilingual staff at Le Littre are happy to assist guests in booking an exciting Seine River cruise, as well as many other tours and excursions.

Paris, Provence & Barcelona by River Cruise Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Paris
Paris
Paris, Provence & Barcelona by River Cruise Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Le Littre
Hotel Le Littre

Day 2: Paris

Enjoy your tour today around the Latin Quarter with your private guide. The Latin Quarter is located on the left bank of the River Siene, and is a lively area of Paris that is near the Sorbonne University. This trendy area is full of cheerful cafes, bar, and shops to explore.

Accommodation: Hotel Le Littre (4*)
Paris, Provence & Barcelona by River Cruise Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Latin Quarter
Latin Quarter

Day 3: Paris

Enjoy a half day visiting the Palace of Versailles, traveling in a private car and English speaking driver-guide.  This magnificent Baroque palace is 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, the property expanded to become the majestic site of French classical architecture complete with extensive manicured gardens. The interior showcases brilliant examples of Baroque furnishings, a rare collection art, and special exhibitions. Your guide will lead you through the most beautiful rooms, the State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Queen’s private Apartments. Free time is allocated at the end of the tour for a walk in the French style gardens which feature exalted statues, busts, and marble vases. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped at accommodation or in a central location of your choice in the city. This tour includes entrance to the palace and the gardens.

Accommodation: Hotel Le Littre (4*)
Paris, Provence & Barcelona by River Cruise Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Versailles
Versailles

Day 4: 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.

Paris, Provence & Barcelona by River Cruise Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Rhone River
Rhone River
Paris, Provence & Barcelona by River Cruise Tours 2017 - 2018 -  AmaDagio
AmaDagio

Day 5: Lyon - Rhone Cruise

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)
Paris, Provence & Barcelona by River Cruise Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Bellecour Square & Fourviere Basilica
Bellecour Square & Fourviere Basilica

Day 6: Belleville - Rhone Cruise

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)
Paris, Provence & Barcelona by River Cruise Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Beaujolais Region
Beaujolais Region

Day 7: Vienne - Tournon - Rhone Cruise

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)
Paris, Provence & Barcelona by River Cruise Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Roman Temple of Augustus
Roman Temple of Augustus

Day 8: Tournon - Viviers - Rhone Cruise

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)
Paris, Provence & Barcelona by River Cruise Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Wine Tasting
Wine Tasting
Paris, Provence & Barcelona by River Cruise Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Ghost Walk
Ghost Walk

Day 9: Viviers - Avignon - Rhone Cruise

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)
Paris, Provence & Barcelona by River Cruise Tours 2017 - 2018 -   Grignan
Grignan

Day 10: Arles - Rhone Cruise

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)
Paris, Provence & Barcelona by River Cruise Tours 2017 - 2018 -   Les Baux de Provence
Les Baux de Provence

Day 11: 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 located in the heart of the Eixample district in Barcelona. With it’s fantastic central location, the hotel offers the highest quality, exquisite gastronomy and the most modern technology. Modern and comfortable rooms allow guests to enjoy a space to read, work, and take a well-deserved rest. Enjoy exquisite cuisine with Mediterranean and fresh-produce twists at Balmes 101 restaurant. Discover Mojito Center, the hotel’s panoramic terrace whose modern space combines music, cocktails and gastronomy. Take a moment to relax in on of the hot tubs that can also be found on the terrace.

Paris, Provence & Barcelona by River Cruise Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Barcelona Center Hotel
Barcelona Center Hotel

Day 12: 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. Includes entrances fee to: Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, and Gothic Cathedral.

Accommodation: Barcelona Center (4*)

Day 13: Barcelona

Enjoy a four hour private guided tour to the Montserrat Mountain and Monastery. The site of a Benedictine abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat, is located on the mountain and hosts the Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary which is identified by some with the location of the Holy Grail in Arthurian myth. The summit of Montserrat is called Sant Jeroni (Saint Jerome) and stands at 1,236 meters (4,055 feet) above sea-level. It is accessible by hiking trails which connect from the top entrance to the Sant Joan funicular, the monastery, or the base of the mountain. Enjoy taking the funicular up to the site and check out the open air Museum. At the end of the tour, you will be brought back to your hotel or Barcelona city centre.

Accommodation: Barcelona Center (4*)
Paris, Provence & Barcelona by River Cruise Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Montserrat Monastery
Montserrat Monastery

Day 14: 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: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Hotel Le Littre (4*): Paris

The charming and traditional Hotel Le Littre places you in the heart of the city of Paris, located between Saint Germain des Prés and Montparnasse districts, close to Notre Dame Cathedral. Each of the rooms and suites is modern and feature panoramic views over the city. Some rooms have a separate living area, as well as a balcony or terrace with gorgeous views of the capital. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment.  A delicious buffet breakfast is served in the grand breakfast room, featuring traditional French pastries and more. Unwind with a cocktail at Le Littre Bar, showcasing a very cozy British-style atmosphere. The multilingual staff at Le Littre are happy to assist guests in booking an exciting Seine River cruise, as well as many other tours and excursions.

Paris, Provence & Barcelona by River Cruise Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Le Littre
Hotel Le Littre
Paris, Provence & Barcelona by River Cruise Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Littre View from Guest Room Balcony
Hotel Littre View from Guest Room Balcony

AmaDagio ship, (B,L,D): Rhone Cruise

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.

Paris, Provence & Barcelona by River Cruise Tours 2017 - 2018 -  AmaDagio
AmaDagio

Barcelona Center (4*): Barcelona

Hotel Barcelona Center is located in the heart of the Eixample district in Barcelona. With it’s fantastic central location, the hotel offers the highest quality, exquisite gastronomy and the most modern technology. Modern and comfortable rooms allow guests to enjoy a space to read, work, and take a well-deserved rest. Enjoy exquisite cuisine with Mediterranean and fresh-produce twists at Balmes 101 restaurant. Discover Mojito Center, the hotel’s panoramic terrace whose modern space combines music, cocktails and gastronomy. Take a moment to relax in on of the hot tubs that can also be found on the terrace.

Paris, Provence & Barcelona by River Cruise Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Barcelona Center Hotel
Barcelona Center Hotel

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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