Wine Cruise of Burgundy and Provence
Welcome to this weeks wine cruise. We are showcasing a Wine Appreciation Cruise of Burgundy and Provence. On this cruise we will be visiting all the major wine regions on the Saone and Rhone Rivers of France. Your palate will applaud as this enriching adventure teaches you what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished wine authority will teach us the ropes as we visit a wine village and attend tastings to test our new-found talent. A remarkable journey that starts in Chalon-sur-Saone and takes us through the Burgundy wine regions. To Provence where we will admire slopes covered with lavender, olives, vineyards, and sunflowers. The Provence region not only has great scenic beauty, but a wealth of culture and history as well. Our journey ends on the Cote d’Azur, France where we have 3 optional overnight stays to enjoy the French Riviera. This is another one of my favorite cruises.
Check out this amazing itinerary:
DAY 1 | CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE, FRANCE
Fly to Lyon. Transfer from the airport to our ship docked in Chalon-sur-Saône. After boarding, take free time to explore this quaint town, or join a “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and start getting oriented. (D)
DAY 2 | BEAUNE, FRANCE
After breakfast, take a scenic drive along France’s Burgundy wine route through Pommard, Volnay and Meursault. Arrive in Beaune, wine capital of Burgundy, for a guided tour of beautiful Hôtel Dieu, founded as a hospice in 1443. Learn about local viticulture and enjoy a wine tasting at one of Beaune’s famous cellars. Return to the ship for lunch. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. As always, our Program Director can help you plan your free time. Or, take an optional excursion to the picturesque Burgundy town of Cluny. Return aboard for dinner. (B, L, D)
DAY 3 | LYON, FRANCE
After early morning cruising through the picturesque countryside, arrive in Lyon during breakfast and take a morning tour of Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We begin with a drive to the top of Fourvière Hill for amazing views of the city. Visit the Basilica of Notre Dame and drive through town past the magnificent St. Jean Cathedral and the Palace of Justice. Then take a walking tour through the cobbled streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Town), with free time to shop for souvenirs or sample some of the fine French cuisine for which Lyon is world famous. Dinner served aboard. (B, L, D)
DAY 4 | LYON & VIENNE, FRANCE
The morning is free to further explore this remarkable 2,000-year-old city in the heart of France. Depart just before lunchtime. This afternoon, take a walking tour of Vienne, a beautiful town with an ancient Roman past. Visit the Temple of Augustus & Livia, the Roman amphitheater and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Maurice; then spend some time discovering more of this charming riverside town on your own. Dine aboard and depart this evening. (B, L, D)
DAY 5 | TOURNON & VIVIERS, FRANCE
Awaken in Tournon. During a guided tour of the area, learn about the region’s winemaking traditions and taste some famous regional red wines. Then visit the Musée de Tain l’Hermitage located in the oldest house in the region. Lunch aboard and cruise through the afternoon; arrive after dinner in Viviers, a quaint town in a mountainous setting. We join our Program Director for an evening stroll through the Old Town with its medieval and Renaissance buildings. Enjoy free time before retiring for the evening. (B, L, D)
DAY 6 | ARLES, FRANCE
Arrive during breakfast and meet our guide for a walking tour of Arles with its diverse architectural highlights. Experience the city’s vibrant colors and the striking quality of light that have inspired artists. Arles is also the site of some impressive Roman ruins, including Les Arènes, an arena that seats 20,000 and is still in use, as well as Romanesque monuments such as the Church of Saint-Trôphime, completed in the 15th century. Return aboard for lunch, followed by afternoon free time to explore or shop for handcrafted gifts. Dinner is served as we depart. (B, L, D)
DAY 7 | AVIGNON, FRANCE
This morning, we set out on a guided walk of Avignon, nicknamed “City of Popes” because it was home to seven popes from 1309 to 1377. Stroll through the historic center, stop at the picturesque Pont d’Avignon and walk the Place de l’Horloge. Continue to the renowned Palace of the Popes for a guided tour through this rambling maze of Gothic architecture which served as papal residence, fortress, church and palace. You can join the optional tour to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, visiting the vineyards and tasting the famous wine. Lunch and dinner served aboard. Our ship remains docked overnight. (B, L, D)
DAY 8 | AVIGNON, FRANCE
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Marseille airport for our return flight.* Or, extend your time in France with 3 nights in the French Riviera. (B) I will be staying over to visit Monaco and Monte Carlo.
The following meals are included: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner
BONUS: Early booking discount: 2 for 1 cruise and discounted airfare. Limited time offer. Added bonus: Private Vineyard Visit and Wine Tasting with my compliments.
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