Paris, Burgundy and a South of France Cruise

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River Cruise
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.

Overview

Trip type
River Cruise
Lodging level
Luxury - 5 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

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

What's this trip about?

    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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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeSmall Group - max of 24 people
Age range12 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityParis
End CityLyon

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Family Friendly
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

  • Europe
  • France

Attractions

  • Acropolis
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Burgundy
  • Champs-Élysées
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Lyon
  • Musée d’Orsay
  • Paris

Activities

  • Historic sightseeing
  • Nature
  • River cruise
  • Ruins & Archaeology
  • Wine Tasting

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 connec...

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 tasti...

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 grace...

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 lo...

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 fas...

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 Gog...

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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Price From $7,695
Price per day$700
Last Updated: 8/2/2018

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New ‘Amadeus Provence’
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.
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
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  • 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
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Meals Included

10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 8 Dinners

Age Requirements
12 years and up
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