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Paris, Burgundy and a South of France Cruise 2020
(Connections Journey)

11 days with Abercrombie & Kent  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1 ARRIVE PARIS, FRANCE
Arrive in Paris, where you are met and transferred to your elegant boutique hotel for check-in. (Dinner)
 
DAY 2 PARIS | SURVEYING THE CITY OF LIGHT
Explore the heart of medieval Paris this morning, with stops at Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie and views of Notre-Dame de Paris. After lunch at a local restaurant, the remainder of the day is at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch)
 
DAY 3 BEAUNE | MEDIEVAL MARVEL
Set out on a food walk in Montmartre, stopping to sample fresh-baked pastries, just-plucked produce and a variety of local delicacies. Transfer to Beaune to visit Hôtel-Dieu, a 15th-century charity hospital. (Breakfast)
 
DAY 4 BEAUNE | WINE CAPITAL OF BURGUNDY
Travel to a family-run mustard mill for a private small-group tour and opportunity to make the piquant condiment. Join a local sommelier in his home for a tasting of vintage wines, followed by lunch. Next, travel to Lyon and board your ship with priority embarkation. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 5 MÂCON | A TASTE OF CHARDONNAY
Arrive this morning in Mâcon. Travel to Cluny to tour the abbey. After lunch, continue to Chardonnay for a private wine tasting. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 6 CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE | RIVERSIDE TOWN
Dock in picturesque Chalon-sur-Saône and spend a morning at leisure exploring this delightful riverside town. After lunch aboard ship, visit medieval Brancion, continuing to the 17th-century Château de Cormatin. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 7 LYON | HISTORIC OLD QUARTER
Arrive in Lyon to tour its old quarter, walking the hidden passageways of Croix-Rousse Hill and visiting a silk weavers’ workshop. Visit the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, which overlooks the city. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 8 AVIGNON | MAGNIFICENT PALAIS DES PAPES
Explore Avignon, the 14th-century seat of Catholic popes. Continue to Pont du Gard for lunch in the shadow of the great aqueduct, followed by a tour. Back in Avignon, enjoy an exclusive dinner ashore. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 9 SÉNANQUE & ARLES | FOOTSTEPS OF VAN GOGH
Begin your excursion in Arles, where Vincent van Gogh painted Café Terrace at Night, and stand in the exact spot where the artist set up his easel. In Saint Paul-de-Mausole, stop at a family-run Provençal farm for a home-cooked lunch. Complete the day at the Cistercian Abbey of Sénanque, famous for its fields of lavender. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 10 VIVIERS | LOCAL PASTIMES
Visit Viviers on the Rhône River, meet some residents and play a traditional game of pétanque. Tonight, join the captain for a celebratory gala dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 11 DEPART LYON
After breakfast, transfer to Lyon Airport, where you board your homebound flight for departure. (Breakfast)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Cruise the Saône and Rhône rivers, experiencing 11 days of exclusive 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 splendors
  • Enjoy seven meals ashore that highlight authentic local cuisine, including lunch at a Provençal farmhouse and dinner in Avignon
  • Set out on a food walk in the colorful Montmartre district of Paris, stopping to sample local delicacies along the way
All This Included
Stay in boutique hotels in Paris and Beaune, sample fresh-baked pastries on a food walk through Montmartre, and ply the Saône and Rhône rivers during a seven-night cruise through the south of France, with exclusive shore excursions.
  • Exclusive Onshore Excursions with Dedicated Vehicles and Local Guides
  • Private Shipboard and Onshore Dining
  • A Complete Itinerary on River and Land with Stays in Hand-Selected Boutique Hotels
  • English-Speaking Resident Tour Director® and Local Guides
  • Internet Access (Where Available)
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • House Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks with Meals
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
  • Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests
Accommodations on this Tour
Paris: Hôtel Napoléon
Beaune: Hotel Le Cep
Cruising: Cabin onboard Amadeus Provence
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • High or low water levels may impact sailing and require changes to the itinerary.
  • 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.
  • Please ask your Vacations to Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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