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Highlights
  • 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

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.

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Abercrombie & Kent Travel Reviews & Ratings
88% Recommend

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Value
4.3 Guide
4.5 Activities
4.5 Lodging
4.5 Transportation
4.5 Meals
4.3
Paris, Burgundy and a South of France Cruise

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HS

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The perfect way to experience African wildlife. January 2017

5.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 3.0
This is a luxury small group safari. 12 people, two land rovers. We spent the arrival night in a hotel in Arusha, two of the nights during the safari in hotels, and the rest of the nights in the luxury camp. The hotels were all good. The food was good, not great. The luxury camp is a two room canvas tent containing a queen size bed or two doubles. then there is a dressing area leading to the "bathroom" which is a toilet seat on a box over a hole in the ground. There is a shower stall in which they fill a canvas bag with hot water from the fire. They will not begrudge you a refill if you want to take your time. The day starts early in the dining tent with breakfast. then it is off to the land rovers to begin the safari. The guides from all the different safari's communicate to share where the most sought after animals are to be found. You will absolutely be up close and personal with lions, elephants, giraffes, monkeys, wildebeest, ostrich, zebra, hyrax, and the bird life. You will also see Water buffallo and hippos, but is best not to get close to them. and you will see plenty of Cheetah and some Rhinos, but usually from afar.

Lunch is usually conducted picnic style in the park. Our A&K picnics were the envy of every other group. Then it is touring until sunset.

When you get back to camp there is a camp fire going and the head guide will present a lecture, while everyone enjoys some much needed libations, of which there is great variety and unlimited quantity. Then dinner in the dining tent, and after dinner back to the campfire for more libations, and usually to review everyone's pictures from that day.

The guides are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. You will actually miss them on your last day. I had a great time and heartily recommend this safari and A&K.

The best part is being inside the game park all day and night. You really dont want to be going back to a hotel, but to stay out in nature.

Some tips: There is a generator in the camp so you may recharge your electrical items every day. They can also launder your clothes. Things to bring: plenty of strong repellent to deter the horse flies, do not skimp on memory cards for your camera, be sure to have a telescopic lens for your camera, a good pair of binoculars with good magnification, a flashlight, a device to view your photos on, a device to copy your photos onto. Dont forget a sweater, its cold at Ngorongoro Crater. For your digestive happiness, I had good results taking probiotic and charcoal capsules every day. You can see my pictures at https://flic.kr/s/aHsiUJWDur
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Recommends

An excellent trip June 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We took a trip to Jordan and Oman planned through our travel councillor and A&K. We chose this upmarket company and certainly had an upmarket holiday. Everything was top notch from beginning to end. We saw all the amazing sights, were given excellent tour guides and the accommodation was 5 star all the way. They included a couple of unusual accommodation choices too such as a rather posh tent in the desert and an Eco tent at the turtle reserve in Oman.
Would fully recommend this whole tour and A&K.
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GD

Does Not Recommend

Abercrombie and Kent June 2016

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
Recently had a holiday booked with Abercrombie and Kent which was so disappointing we left 5 days early and the rest of the family left 3 days early. The way that A&K dealt with the situation and with us as guests was unprofessional and the property manager we dealt with on site was rude and antagonising. We have had numerous holidays with A&K before and never have we had an experience like this. It has been constant excuses and no apologies. We will never travel with them again and have advised our extended family, friends and industry contacts to do the same.
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Recommends

Abercrombie & Kent June 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Nothing could be more seamless or well planned than trips with A&K, however many times one changes one mind, they always manage it. Wouldn't travel to Egypt without them

Operator Abercrombie & Kent

A

Recommends

Stunning holiday October 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Right from the very outset, I realised that I was in the hands of a professional and that was to be reflected and realised in our stunning holiday

Operator Abercrombie & Kent

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Paris, France

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Hôtel Napoléon

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.

Day 2: Paris / Baking at a Boulangerie

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Hôtel Napoléon

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.

Day 3: Beaune / Prelude to the Journey

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hôtel Le Cep

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.

Day 4: Beaune / Wine Capital of Burgundy

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Amadeus Provence

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.

Day 5: Mâcon / Medieval Wonder

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Amadeus Provence

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.

Day 6: Chalon-Sur-Saône / Riverside Town

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Amadeus Provence

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.

Day 7: Lyon / Historic Old Quarter

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Amadeus Provence

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.

Day 8: Avignon / Magnificent Palais des Papes

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Amadeus Provence

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.

Day 9: Sénanque & Arles / An Exclusive Experience

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Amadeus Provence

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.

Day 10: Viviers / Local Pastimes

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Amadeus Provence

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.

Day 11: Depart Lyon

Meals: Breakfast

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

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 7,695

Price Per Day:

$ 700 per person
 

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.
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Ship Name

New ‘Amadeus Provence’

Ship Stats
  • 62 cabins and eight suites
  • Launching in 2017
  • All meals included on board, with house wine and beer at lunch and dinner
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows in public areas
  • Approximately 40 crew members
  • Amenities include a hairdresser, massage room, fitness room, outdoor pool deck and shuffleboard
Ship Description

Launching in 2017, ‘Amadeus Provence’ takes inspiration from innovative, awardwinning vessels ‘Amadeus Silver III’ and ‘Amadeus Silver II.’ Designed for sustainable travel with panoramic windows in all public areas, walk-out balconies in suites and dropdown windows in premium A&K cabins that transform into an open-air French balcony.

Trip Includes
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All Accommodations
  • Internal transportation
  • Services of A&K Tour Director or appropriate Guide on extensions
  • Local bottled water during sightseeing
  • Hotel taxes
Trip Excludes
  • International transportation
  • Passport and visa charges
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Sightseeing not included in the published itinerary
  • Gratuities to the Tour Director/Extension guide/safari driver-guides
Meals Included:

10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 8 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 24
Limited to 24 guests
Start City
Paris
End City
Lyon
Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation fees per person

Luxury Small Group Journeys, Marco Polo Journeys, Connections Land Journeys, and related Group Pre- and Post-Tour Extensions

  • If 91 days prior to departure or more cancellation fee is $500
  • Is 90-61 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 20% of program price
  • If 60-31 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 50% of program price
  • If 30 days prior to departure or less cancellation fee is 100% of the program price

Age Notes

Min. Age: 12

Trip ID#: ParBurAbe

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