Colors of Provence: 2021 French River Cruise

September 23 – 30, 2021 • Add pre-cruise touring in Paris and post-cruise touring in Barcelona

Only 3 suites available! $400 per person deposit required to reserve

 


Hosted by Corinne Goodman, Founder, and Douglas Herbert, Vice President

From romantic cities to foodie havens and artistic epicenters, this itinerary enlivens all your senses. Embark in Lyon, France’s culinary capital, and enjoy an evening illumination cruise. Savor the beauty of legendary vineyards and imbibe in local vintages like Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône.

You can even become an expert in all things culinary: go in search of the highly prized “Black Diamond” truffles; learn how to pair chocolate with wine; and discover how olives turn into the Mediterranean’s nectar, olive oil. Trace the steps of famous artists in Arles and Carriéres de Lumiéres before your return flight home.


Exclusive Offer from Down Under Endeavours

Receive $500 savings + $200 shipboard credit per cabin
Book by December 31 and receive an ADDITIONAL $500 discount per cabin!

(Pricing and discounts are based on 2 people per cabin. Please call for solo traveler rates.)


What’s Included

7-night Colors of Provence River Cruise

From $4,199 per person

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom aboard the AmaKristina
  • An Array of Amenities
    • Wellness activities with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both onboard and onshore
    • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
    • Internet and Wi-Fi access
    • Sun deck whirlpool and walking track
    • Fitness room, massage services, and hair salon
    • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
    • Daily entertainment, including cultural performances
  • Award-Winning Dining
    • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
    • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
    • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
    • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks, and refreshments served daily
  • A World of Exploration
    • Immersive tours in every destination
    • Gentle, regular, active, and late-riser tour options
    • Bike tours and hikes
    • Special interest tours
    • Knowledgeable guides
    • Personal headset for easy exploration

Port charges: $196 per person additional

Optional Pre-Cruise Touring in Paris

$1,500 per person

  • 3 nights hotel in Paris at the Renaissance Arc de Triomphe (or similar)
  • City tour, Montmartre, and illumination tour in Paris
  • Transfer from Paris hotel to Lyon for embarkation via high-speed TGV train
  • Daily breakfast

Optional Post-Cruise Touring in Barcelona

$1,170 per person

  • Transfer from the ship in Arles to Nîmes with highlights tour and then high-speed TGV train to Barcelona
  • 3 nights hotel in Barcelona at Renaissance Barcelona (or similar)
  • Daily breakfast

Day by Day Itinerary

Optional Pre-Cruise Touring in Paris

September 20, 2021
Arrive in Paris and check-in to your hotel.

September 21, 2021
Enjoy the morning tour taking in the signature sites of Paris. You’ll stroll the Champs Elysees with its cinemas, sidewalk cafes and luxury specialty shops. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore such landmarks as the Lourve museum with its famous glass pyramid, or to enjoy a fresh, flaky croissant at one of the city’s legendary cafes.

September 22, 2021
Enjoy a full day at your leisure to explore some of the city’s legendary sites.

‘Colors of Provence’ River Cruise on the Rhoyne

September 23, 2021: Lyon
Embarkation
Board your cruise in Lyon. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers as the ship moors overnight.

September 24, 2021: Lyon
Lyon city tour, bike tour, or free time
Discover dynamic Lyon, starting in Fourviere Hill, part of the city’s historic region that is now designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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”.

September 25, 2021: Beaujolais wine region
Beaujolais wine tasting excursion with free evening
Travel to the Beaujolais wine region – known as the Pays d’Or or the land of golden stones. Indulge in a wine tasting at a traditional winery and learn about the history and techniques of their vineyard. After rejoining the ship, enjoy the afternoon at your leisure before sailing to Vienne.

September 26, 2021: Vienne
Footsteps of the Ancient Romans walking tour, ViaRhona bike tour, or Mount Pipet hike
Situated between the wine regions of Beaujolais and Cotes du Rhone lies Vienne with a Roman past that can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. Follow the footsteps of the ancient Romans on a walking tour to see the amazingly well-preserved Augusts and Livia Temple, the Saint Maurice Cathedral, a Gothic church that took more than 500 years to build. For those wishing to be more active, you can either take a guided bike tour along a portion of the ViaRhone bike tour or a guided hike from the ship to the Monastery at Mount Pipet.

September 27, 2021: Tournon
Steam train ride, red wine & chocolate tasting, or Tain-l’Hermitage hike/bike tour with wine tasting
You have a choice of three excursions! Take a train ride past magnificent landscape carved along Gorge du Doux, stopping at the charming little station of Colombier le Vieux-Saint Barthelmy le Plain, where the train maneuvers in preparation for its return journey. Alternatively, lovers of wine and chocolate will want to visit Le Chateau de Tournon for a presentation and tasting on the pairing of red wine and chocolate. For a more active adventure, cycle through the French countryside or take a hike through the vineyards of Tain l’Hermintage, followed by a visit to a local winery where you’ll sample some of the wines.

September 28, 2021: Avignon
Walking tour and Papal Palace, Pont du Gard, or Tastes of Avignon tour; Grignan excursion and truffle farm visit or Avignon bike tour; Avignon Illuminations cruise
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 three 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 to taste regional specialties including macarons, cheese and wine, and tapenades.

During the afternoon, you can enjoy free time in Avignon, go on a bike tour, or go to the magnificent hilltop village, Grignan. After visiting this enchanting Provençal town, go in search of the highly prized “Black Diamond” truffles with a farmer and his trustworthy canine companion. In the evening, enjoy an illuminations cruise around Avignon.

September 29, 2021: Arles
Les Baux and olive farm excursion, Van Gogh Asylum and Carrieres de Lumineres, Camargue and Aigues-Mortes, Arles walking tour, Van Gogh walking tour, or Arles bike tour
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. 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. Or for a different adventure, journey to Aigues-Mortes, known for its well preserved medieval walls and guard towers, followed by a visit to the beautiful Camargue National Park, a protected natural territory with more than 400 different species of birds.

During the afternoon, you can join a walking tour of Arles highlighting top sights, including the Romanesque cathedral and Roman amphitheater, or take a guided bike tour to the Roman ruins. And for those who wish to delve further into Van Gogh’s Arles, join a special walking tour along with a visit to the Vincent van Gogh Foundation, showcasing his legacy.

September 30, 2021: Avignon
Disembarkation
Disembark your ship in Avignon.

Optional Post-Cruise Touring in Barcelona

September 30, 2021
Barcelona is an artist’s, architect’s, foodie’s, historian’s and culturist’s dream. Tour the cobblestone lanes of the Gothic Quarter in the medieval city center and Las Ramblas. See some imaginative architectural creations, highlights of the UNESCO Worth Heritage Site “World of Antoni Guadi,” including La Sagrada Familia.

October 1, 2021
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.

October 2, 2021
Say farewell to Barcelona and prepare for your homeward flight.


How to Book

A deposit of $400 per person is required to secure a specific cabin. Call (888) 229-0082 or email cgoodman@downunderendeavours.com to secure your spot!


Room Categories

Category SS – 3 left!

$7,798 per person (based on 2 passengers)

  • Violin Deck
  • 350 sq. ft.
  • French Balcony & Outside Balcony

Category AA – 8 left!

$6,398 per person (based on 2 passengers)

  • Violin Deck
  • 235 sq. ft.
  • French Balcony & Outside Balcony

Category BB – 15 left!

$5,798 per person (based on 2 passengers)

  • Violin Deck
  • 210 sq. ft.
  • French Balcony & Outside Balcony

Additional Categories

  • AB – $6,198 per person – 8 available
    • 235 sq. ft. French Balcony & Outside Balcony
  • BA $5,998 per person – 11 available
    • 210 sq. ft. French Balcony & Outside Balcony
  • CA $5,198 per person – 14 available
    • 170 sq. ft. French Balcony
  • CB $4,898 per person – 4 available
    • 155 sq. ft. French Balcony
  • D $4,498 per person – 8 available
    • 160 sq. ft. Fixed Windows
  • E $4,199 per person – 3 available
    • 160 sq. ft. Fixed Windows

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