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Connections European River Cruises

Paris, Burgundy & a South of France Cruise 2017


11 Days from TBA

Limited to 24 guests

Stay in boutique hotels in Paris and Beaune; attend an exclusive, hands-on baking class at a boulangerie; and ply the Saône and Rhône rivers during a seven-night cruise through the south of France, disembarking for Connections-exclusive shore excursions, including a day trip to Sénanque and Arles.

A&K Advantages

Cruise the Saône and Rhône rivers, experiencing 11 days of exclusive Connections sightseeing in your private small-group vehicle, escorted by your own Resident Tour Director

Stay at intimate hotels in Paris and Beaune, carefully chosen for their central locations and historic splendor

Enjoy seven meals ashore that highlight authentic, local cuisine, including lunch at a Provençal farmhouse

Disembark for enlightening Connections-exclusive shore excursions, including a hands-on baking class at a Parisian boulangerie and a day trip to Sénanque and Arles

Enjoy lunch beneath the ancient Pont du Gard — where you marvel at the Roman aqueduct — and a tour of Avignon

Walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh, visiting the hospital where the artist admitted himself and painted his surroundings

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
ARRIVE PARIS, FRANCE
DAY 2
PARIS | Baking at a Boulangerie
DAY 3
BEAUNE | Prelude to the Journey
DAY 4
BEAUNE | Wine Capital of Burgundy
DAY 5
MÂCON | Medieval Wonder
DAY 6
CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE | Riverside Town
DAY 7
LYON | Historic Old Quarter
DAY 8
AVIGNON | Magnificent Palais des Papes
DAY 9
SÉNANQUE & ARLES | An Exclusive Experience
DAY 10
VIVIERS | Local Pastimes
DAY 11
DEPART LYON
DAY 1
ARRIVE PARIS, FRANCE

Arrive in Paris, where you are met and transferred to your elegant boutique hotel for check-in. This evening, meet your Resident Tour Director — exclusive to Connections guests — for dinner atop Tour Montparnasse.

Hôtel Napoléon
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Meals: Dinner
DAY 2
PARIS | Baking at a Boulangerie

Set out with your group for a tour of the city, including stops at the iconic Eiffel Tower and the lovely Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. After lunch, try your skills as a baker during a hands-on class at a traditional boulangerie.

Hôtel Napoléon
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 3
BEAUNE | Prelude to the Journey

After a morning at leisure in Paris, travel with Connections guests by private vehicle to the winelands of Beaune. Visit the Hôtel-Dieu before settling into your boutique accommodations, a collection of connected 14th-through-16th-century buildings that epitomize the historic town, complete with period furnishings and trompe l’oeil and Renaissance sculptures.

Hôtel Le Cep
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Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
BEAUNE | Wine Capital of Burgundy

Travel to a traditional, family-run mustard mill for a private small-group tour andopportunity to make the piquant condiment. Join a local expert sommelier in his home for a tutored tasting of memorable vintage wines, followed by lunch. Next, travel to Lyon for priority embarkation aboard ‘Amadeus Provence.’ Take time to settle into your premium cabin or suite with an open-air French or walk-out balcony. Then, gather this evening for a welcome cocktail and dinner.

'Amadeus Provence'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5
MÂCON | Medieval Wonder

Arrive this morning in Mâcon. Travel privately by small group to Cluny to tour the abbey. After lunch, continue to Chardonnay on a Connections-only excursion. Sample its namesake grape for yourself at a private wine tasting.

'Amadeus Provence'
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6
CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE | Riverside Town

Dock in picturesque Chalon-sur-Saône. Your Resident Tour Director shares an orientation before you set off on a morning at leisure to explore this delightful riverside town with its graceful cathedral. After lunch on board, visit medieval Brancion, continuing to the 17th-century Château de Cormatin. See its turrets, gilded rooms and ornate, English-style gardens. Half in ruins, it remains under the same private ownership today.

'Amadeus Provence'
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7
LYON | Historic Old Quarter

Arrive in Lyon to tour its old quarter, walking the charming, centuries-old streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site by small group, with insight from your Resident Tour Director and local guide. See the traboules (hidden passageways) of Croix-Rousse Hill. Proceed to the Gallo-Roman amphitheater, and attend a Connections-only silk-screening demonstration in the heart of this region known for the craft. Later, cruise the Rhône River and enjoy a private pre-dinner cocktail party in the ship’s Amadeus Club, hosted by your Resident Tour Director. End the evening at an exclusive Chef's Highlights dinner with fellow Connections guests.

'Amadeus Provence'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8
AVIGNON | Magnificent Palais des Papes

Meet your intimate group and embark on a full-day excursion, starting at the Pont du Gard, a towering Roman aqueduct. Enjoy a Connections-exclusive lunch in its shadow before taking a fascinating tour of Avignon. Its center, surrounded by medieval stone ramparts, features the prominent Palais des Papes and the remains of Saint-Bénezet bridge (Pont d’Avignon). After visiting the Palais des Papes, explore the city at your own pace, with time at leisure. This evening, step ashore to experience the flavors of the South of France during a Connections-only dinner at a specially chosen restaurant.

'Amadeus Provence'
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9
SÉNANQUE & ARLES | An Exclusive Experience

Begin your exclusive, day-long Connections excursion at the Cistercian Abbey of Sénanque, famous for its fields of lavender. In Saint Paul-de-Mausole, see the asylum where Vincent van Gogh was voluntarily interned for a year, taking note of the gardens that inspired some of his famous paintings. Then, stop at Mas de la Pyramide — a family-run Provençal farm — for a lunch brimming with fresh-plucked, home-grown produce. Talk with your hosts as you gain an inside perspective on rural life. Complete the day in Arles, a city settled since 800 BC. Discover its massive Roman amphitheater, beautiful basilica and the Place du Forum, where Van Gogh painted his Café Terrace at Night. You have the chance to stand in the exact spot where the master artist set up his easel.

'Amadeus Provence'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10
VIVIERS | Local Pastimes

Arrive this morning in Viviers, a small walled city steeped in history and nestled on the Rhône River. Travel by Connections vehicle to meet locals and learn about — and play — a traditional game of pétanque. Tonight, gather a final time with fellow guests and join the captain for a celebratory gala dinner.

'Amadeus Provence'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 11
DEPART LYON

After breakfast, transfer to the Lyon airport, where you board your homebound flight for departure.

Meals: Breakfast

NOTE: High or low water levels may impact sailing and require changes to the itinerary.


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

Journey Details

Minimum age is 12 years.

First group event: welcome dinner at 6:00 p.m. on Day 1.

Last group event: ship arrival in Lyon at 8:00 a.m. on Day 11.


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