Trip Type : River Cruise
Paris, Burgundy and a South of France Cruise  tour

Paris, Burgundy and a South of France Cruise

Abercrombie & Kent Premier
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
11 days
From: $ 7,695 $ 700 / day
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Overview

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

Short Description

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.

These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Trip Type River Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Paris
End City Lyon

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

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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.

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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.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 24

Limited to 24 guests

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

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

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