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Connections European River Cruise Journeys

Paris, Burgundy & a South of France Cruise 2019


11 days from $8,995

Limited to 24 guests

Stay in boutique hotels in Paris and Beaune, sample fresh-baked pastries on a food walk through Montmartre, 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 and dinner in Avignon

Disembark for enlightening Connections-exclusive shore excursions, including a day trip to the Abbey of Sénanque and Arles

Set out on a food walk in the colorful Montmartre district of Paris, stopping to sample local delicacies along the way

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
ARRIVE PARIS, FRANCE
DAY 2
PARIS | Surveying the City of Light
Day 3
BEAUNE | Medieval Marvel
DAY 4
BEAUNE | Wine Capital of Burgundy
DAY 5
MÂCON | A Taste of Chardonnay
DAY 6
CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE | Riverside Town
DAY 7
LYON | Historic Old Quarter
DAY 8
AVIGNON | Magnificent Palais des Papes
DAY 9
SÉNANQUE & ARLES | Footsteps of Van Gogh
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.

Hôtel Napoléon
Meals: Dinner
DAY 2
PARIS | Surveying the City of Light

Explore the heart of medieval Paris this morning, with stops at Sainte-Chapelle, the Conciergerie and the lovely Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. After lunch at a local restaurant, the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Hôtel Napoléon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3
BEAUNE | Medieval Marvel

Set out on a food walk in Montmartre with your intimate group of Connections guests, stopping to sample fresh-baked pastries, just-plucked produce and a variety of local delicacies. Transfer to Beaune to visit Hôtel-Dieu, a 15th-century charity hospital, before settling into your historic, boutique accommodations, an intimate hideaway brimming with antiques and period charm.

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

Travel to a traditional, family-run mustard mill for a private small-group tour and opportunity 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. Gather this evening for a welcome cocktail and dinner.

'Amadeus Provence'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5
MÂCON | A Taste of Chardonnay

Arrive this morning in Mâcon. Travel privately to Cluny to tour the abbey. After lunch, continue to Chardonnay to sample its namesake grape at a private wine tasting.

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

Dock in picturesque Chalon-sur-Saône and spend a morning at leisure exploring this delightful riverside town. After lunch aboard ship, visit medieval Brancion, continuing to the 17th-century Château de Cormatin.

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

Arrive in Lyon to tour its old quarter, walking the hidden passageways of Croix-Rousse Hill and visiting a silk weavers’ workshop. Visit the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, which overlooks the city.

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

Explore the Pont du Gard, a towering Roman aqueduct. Enjoy an exclusive lunch in its shadow before taking a fascinating tour of Avignon, with time to explore on your own. This evening, enjoy dinner at a restaurant on shore.

'Amadeus Provence'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9
SÉNANQUE & ARLES | Footsteps of Van Gogh

Begin your exclusive excursion at the Cistercian Abbey of Sénanque, famous for its fields of lavender. In Saint Paul-de-Mausole, stop at a family-run Provençal farm for a home-cooked lunch. Complete the day in Arles, where Vincent van Gogh painted Café Terrace at Night, and stand in the exact spot where the artist set up his easel.

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

Visit Viviers on the Rhône River, meet some residents and learn about — and play — a traditional game of pétanque. Tonight, join the captain for a celebratory gala dinner.

'Amadeus Provence'
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.

  • Jun 03 - Jun 13
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Availability
    Cabin Class
    B-4 Strauss-Deck
    Price
    $8,995
    Single Supplement
    $2,295
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    B-1 Strauss-Deck
    Price
    $9,495
    Single Supplement
    $3,295
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    A-1 Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $10,795
    Single Supplement
    $4,395
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Amadeus Suite Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $11,595
    Single Supplement
    $6,795
    Availability
    Available

    This departure operates on Amadeus Star

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  • Sep 16 - Sep 26
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Availability
    Cabin Class
    B-4 Strauss-Deck
    Price
    $8,995
    Single Supplement
    $2,295
    Availability
    Call for Availability
    Cabin Class
    B-1 Strauss-Deck
    Price
    $9,495
    Single Supplement
    $3,295
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    A-1 Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $10,795
    Single Supplement
    $4,395
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Amadeus Suite Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $11,595
    Single Supplement
    $6,795
    Availability
    Available

    This departure operates on Amadeus Star

    How many people are travelling in your group?
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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