River Cruises France Provence 2018 with Barcelona

Paris to Barcelona with River Cruise in Provence  on the Rhone River from Lyon to Arles or reverse from Barcelona to Paris. The cruise part of the program is between Arles (province) and Lyon with land arrangements added to Barelona and Paris

3 nights in Paris, train from Paris to Lyon, 
7-night Provence cruise and 3 nights in Barcelona

Book by 30 Nov 2017 and receive discounts on 2018 programs

France rhone river cruise

ITINERARY- Provence &Spain Cruise on MS Amacello

Arrive in Paris and check-in to your hotel. The balance of the day is yours to start exploring this beautiful city.
Enjoy some of Paris most famous sights during your guided tour this morning, such as the Champs lyses, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame Cathedral. The afternoon is free for you to explore the City of Light. Or, you may decide to join the optional Seine Cruise & Eiffel Tower tour this morning and/or the optional Montmartre & Illuminations tour this evening. (B)

Your last day in Paris is free for you to enjoy at your leisure. This evening, an optional Parisian Cabaret at Paradis Latin dinner show is available for you to enjoy. (B)

Map Southern France River Cruise

After checking out of your hotel, you will board the TGV high-speed train that will whisk you through the French countryside to Lyon. Nestled between the Saone and Rhone rivers, Lyon is one of Frances most important cities and a gastronomic capital. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time for lunch on your own before a private cooking demonstration. Later, transfer to your luxurious ship, where you will gather this evening for a Welcome Dinner. (B,D)

Day 5 LYON
Today your panoramic tour of Lyon will take you to Place Bellecour with its equestrian statue of Louis XIV, Place des Terreaux with Bartholdis Fountain, and the Town Hall. Afterwards, visit Fourvire, part of the historic region designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as the Hill of Prayers, Fourvire is famous for its iconic white Basilica of Notre-Dame, ruins of an ancient Roman theater, and majestic views of the city below. We will continue with a walking tour of the old city with its famed Renaissance houses and inner courtyards. Afternoon at leisure.  The ship departs for Collonges this evening. (B,L,D)

This mornings tour will take you through the Beaujolais wine region, also known as the Pays dOr (land of the golden stones, named for the ochre limestone used to build local homes and castles). You will visit the medieval hilltop village of Oingt as well as the home of a local vintner, where you will enjoy a wine tasting, vineyard tour and explanation of the history of the regions wine production. Return to the ship in the afternoon and continue cruising towards Vienne, where you'll have a free evening to explore on your own or relax on board.. (B,L,D)

Situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, Viennes Roman past can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. Today you will have 3 different tours to choose from: take a walking tour and see the 1st-century Roman Temple of Augustus and Livia, the ruins of a Roman theater, and the medieval churches of St. Andre-Le-Bas and Abbey St. Pierre. As an alternative, for more active guests we offer a guided bike tour along the town or hike to the Monastery of Mount Pipet for great views of the city below. Your ship will depart at midday for Tournon. (B,L,D)

This morning, again you will have three different tours to choose from. The first option is a scenic train ride through the Gorge du Doux with a stop at the charming little station of Colombierle Vieux Saint Barthelemy from where your train will maneuver back to your starting point in Tournon. An other option is to visit Le Chateau Tournon for presentation and tasting of local wines and chocolates. Or if you are energetic, you might wan to hike up to the nearby Village of Tain Hermitage famous for its chocolate making and red wines. (B,L,D)

After arrival at Viviers, enjoy a coach tour to Avignon, site of the bridge made famous by the French children's song Sur le pont d Avignon (On the Bridge of Avignon). Seven popes once resided in the magnificent Papal Palace, which you will visit during your walking tour. You will also see the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  As an alternative, take an excursion to the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that is a masterpiece of engineering and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The third alternative today is a cooking demonstration by a local chef to introduce you to the secrets of Provencal cooking.  Later you will have an opportunity to visit by coach Grignan a hilltop village surrounded by levanter fields. From the Renaissance castle of the village you can enjoy great views o f the surrounding Provencal countryside.  We finish today's activities with a visit to a local truffle farm so you can learn the secrets of harvesting this expensive and unique delicacy. (B,L,D)

This morning, you will arrive in Arles and board a motor coach for an excursion to the village of Les Baux de Provence. The villages castle has a fascinating exhibit of medieval weapons. Later, visit an olive farm to learn about this age-old Provenal farming tradition. As an alternative, take the Impressionist Experience tour to the Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Van Gogh once lived and painted such well-known works as The Irises and Starry Night. You will also visit the Carrieres de Lumieres, a stone quarry that projects European artwork on its walls, including many of Van Gogh's famous paintings. Late this afternoon, a city tour of Arles takes you to the Romanesque cathedral and the Roman Amphitheater. An other option is an excursion to Aigues-Mortes, a Medieval town surrounded by original 1600 metres of fortified 13th century town walls, followed by an excursion to the Camargue National Park at the Rhone river delta. The ship moors overnight in Arles. (B,L,D)

Disembark your ship in Arles and depart to Nimes, once an important hub on the main road connecting Italy with Spain during the time of the Roman Empire. The city is famous for its several Roman buidlings among them the Roman arena, original gates, a temple and the well preserved Pont du Guard aqueduct. After the city tour boardd the speed train to Barcelona, Catalonia's excuting capital. (B)

Your full day in Barcelona begins with a driving tour to the top of Montjuic Hill where you will enjoy glorious views of the city below. Continue along the waterfront to Las Ramblas, an iconic tree-lined boulevard, and explore the Gothic Quarter in the medieval center of the city. Your Barcelona tour also includes the unique architectural works of Antoni Gaud, including Casa Mil, Casa Batll and La Sagrada Familia, the basilica and UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been under construction for over a century. Evening is free for own activities. (B)
Enjoy a full day at your leisure, or take part in an optional excursion to Montserrat to visit the famous Benedictine Abbey atop Montserrat Mountain. (B)

Breakfast, end of services.(B) or join one of  or tours to Spain-Portugal tours starting form Barcelona

Itinerary Outline

Selected Departures*

1 Barcelona Hotel check-in
2 Barcelona City tour
    OR Tapas Boqueria excursion
3 Barcelona Optional Montserrat
4 Barcelona Transfer to Arles
  Perpignan Free time
    Welcome Cocktail & Dinner
5 Arles Les Baux excursion
    OR "Van Gogh" tour
  Avignon Wine lecture & tasting
6 Avignon Walking tour & Papal Palace
    OR Pont du Gard excursion
    Visit Chateau Neuf-du-Pape
7 Viviers Grignan excursion
  Tournon Onboard wine lecture
    Winery visit
8 Tournon Chocolate tasting & wine tour
  Vienne Free Time
  Tournon Onboard wine lecture
9 Vienne Walking tour & mini train
    OR Castle visit
    Onboard wine lecture
  Travoux Walking tour
    Evening winery event
10 Travoux Beaujolais excursion
    Local vintner visit & wine tasting
  Lyon City tour
    Cooking demonstration
    TVG high-speed train to Paris
  Paris Hotel check-in
    Optional Montmartre & Illuminations
12 Paris City tour
13 Paris Optional Seine Cruise & Eiffel Tower
    Optional Parisian Cabaret
14 Paris Departure


Program Includes:

  • 3 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Paris including daily Buffet Breakfast at the Renaissance Trocadero or Arc du Triomphe hotel
  • Transfer from the hotel to Lyon via High-speed TGV train
  • 7 Nights Deluxe Cruise Accommodation in an Outside Stateroom - 82% of the Staterooms with large French Balconies
  • Daily Sightseeing Program as outlined in the Itinerary
  • Superb Dining with all Meals included during your Cruise, multiple dining venues.
  • Free-flowing Wine, beer and soft drinks with every Dinner on board the Ship
  • Bottled Water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Motor-coach from the Ship in Arles to Perpignan and on to Barcelona
  • 3 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Barcelona including daily Buffet Breakfast  hotel Le Meridien
  • Special Highlights including Lectures, Theme Dinners, Cooking Demonstration, onboard Music Performances and afternoon & evening Piano Music
  • Services of Professional Cruise Manager
  • All English Language on board in a non-smoking Environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • All local Taxes

Departure dates and prices (US$) Prices are per person in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom with window.

Check out the special discounted departure dates!

Departure Dates
in 2018
& Land
19 Mar 2018* Paris $ 2899 $5329
All 2018 sailing on the
 Ms AmaCello
26 Mar 2018 Barcelona $ 2999 $5429
2 April * Paris $ 3199 $5629
16 April Paris $ 3399 $5829
30 April Paris $ 3599 $6029
7 May Barcelona $ 3699 $6129
28 May, 11 June, 25 June Paris $ 3699 $6129
23 July Paris $ 3599 $6029
30 July Barcelona $ 3599 $6029
6 Aug Paris $ 3599 $6029
20 Aug Paris $ 3799 $6229
3 Sep, 17 Sep Paris $ 3899 $6329
1 Oct Paris $ 3799 $6229
8 Oct Barcelona $ 3699 $6129
15 Oct Paris $ 3599 $6029
22 Oct Barcelona $ 3399 $5829
29 Oct * Paris $ 3199 $5629
5 Nov * Barcelona $ 3099 $5529
12 Nov Paris $ 3099 $5529

*Celebration of Wine cruise - Itinerary the same but it includes extras: Wine lecture and tasting on board, plus excursion with winery visit and tasting, champagne tasting and also one special  French themed dinner with wine pairing - see detailed programs above price chart

 Port Charges: $168 per person in 2018

Single Supplement for Cruise: waived in category E and D and 50% of twin price in higher categories, Jr. Suites 100% of twin price.

Single supplement for Land: $ 960 in 2018

To upgrade to a higher Category, add the following amount per person:


Price in 2018
French Balcony
French Balcony
French Balcony
French Balcony

Ms Amadagio and AmaCello cruise ship description


Cabin Categories and Sizes


Jr. Suite

Violin Deck

French Balcony

255 sq. ft.


Category A

Violin Deck

French Balcony

170 sq. ft.


Category B

Cello Deck

French Balcony

170 sq. ft.


Category C

Cello Deck

French Balcony

170 sq. ft.


Category D

Piano Deck

Fixed window

170 sq. ft.


Category E

Piano Deck

Fixed window

170 sq. ft.


NOTE: Children under the age of  18 are not accepted on the cruise.

Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking.

The choices are:
Choice A: Two twin beds
Choice B: One large bed (larger than queen size)


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