Itinerary Highlights

  • Embark on a luxury seven-night cruise through picturesque France
  • Enjoy a three-night pre-cruise say in Barcelona
  • Discover France's finest vineyards and Medieval villages
  • Conclude with a three-night post-cruise stay in Paris

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  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
14 nights from £5,199 per person
3 - 16 October 2024

Nicola

Travel Specialist

These voyages are a small taste of what we offer. Contact our Cruise Specialists for bespoke suggestions and post-cruise options

Embark on a luxury seven-night cruise through picturesque France, beginning with a three-night pre-cruise say in Barcelona. Admire Gaudi’s architectural creations, before winding your way through France’s finest vineyards, Gothic churches, and quaint medieval hilltop villages. Round-off your holiday with a three-night post-cruise stay in Paris for another dose of spectacular art, culture, food, and history.

When you’re not enjoying long sips of crisp white wine in quiet vineyards and tracing the footsteps of some of the world’s most celebrated artists, you’ll be surrounded by comfort and elegance on board AmaWaterways’ AmaKristina, a small 156 passenger luxury vessel. Experience award-winning dining, a heated pool with swim-up bar, a sundeck walking track and a fleet of onboard bikes to explore your surroundings.

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Itinerary

Check into Renaissance Barcelona for a three-night stay for the beginning of your Colours of Provence pre-cruise land programme.
A luxury city break in the bustling capital of Catalonia will delight art-lovers, foodies, historians, and culture vultures alike. Stroll the cobblestoned lanes of the Gothic Quarter in the medieval city centre and lively pedestrian boulevard, Las Ramblas. Follow the trail of architect Antoni Gaudi to see his imaginative creations including La Sagrada Familia – a tribute to his enduring Catholic faith.
Join an excursion to the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat, around 30 miles away from Barcelona. Set high on a mountain, you’ll enjoy unparalleled views of the Catalonia landscape. Inside the monastery, officially founded in 1025, you’ll see the famous Black Madonna sculpture. Exit via the Cami de l'Ave Maria where you can pay homage to the statue by lighting a candle.
Check out of the hotel and board the TGV high-speed train to Nimes. Then, transfer via bus to Avignon where you’ll board your luxury ship, AmaKristina. Receive a warm welcome onboard and a wine toast to mingle with fellow guests.
Join a guided walking tour in Arles, considered one of France’s most beautiful cities. Visit its Roman treasures or cycle along the Rhône to the Langlois Bridge, featured numerous times in Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings. Delve further into Van Gogh’s Arles at the Vincent van Gogh Foundation, then head to the medieval hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence. In the evening, enjoy a short cruise to Avignon and admire Pont d’Avignon bridge, beautifully illuminated against the starry night.
In the early 1300s, the Provençal town of Avignon was the centre of the Roman Catholic world. So, it’s little surprise it boasts an impressive legacy of ecclesiastical architecture – most notably the Papal Palace and the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic centre of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taste regional specialties including macarons, cheese and wine, or enjoy a bike tour. Later, be wowed by Pont du Gard, an impressive Roman aqueduct.
Visit the magnificent hilltop village of Grignan then go in search of the highly prized “Black Diamond,” truffle with a farmer and his trained dog in the surrounding countryside. Later, enjoy a delicious pairing of red wine and chocolate at the 15th-century Le Château de Tournon on the peaceful banks of the Rhône.
Feel the river breeze brush your skin on the way to Tournon. Disembark and explore vertiginous vineyards, tasting Hermitage wines for which the region is celebrated. Alternatively, take a private train ride past the Gorge du Doux to the charming little station of Colombier le Vieux-Saint Barthélemy le Plain, or hike the vineyards of Tain l’Hermitage.
Situated between two wine regions, Vienne has a Roman past that can be seen in its marvellously preserved ruins. Explore 2,000 years of history with a walking tour of Saint Maurice Cathedral and St. Pierre Abbey—one of the oldest surviving churches in France. Or enjoy a guided bike tour along the picturesque Rhône River. Cruise to the old town of Lyon to see the famous “traboules” or pick up gourmet delights at the food market.
Enjoy leisure time in Lyon or travel to Beaujolais between the Rhône and Burgundy wine regions. Indulge in tastings at a traditional winery, learn about the history of the vineyards and indulge in some of the region’s fine foods.
Disembark the ship and savour some local Lyon specialties in the capital of gastronomy. Then board your high-speed train to Paris and check into Renaissance Paris for a 3-night stay.
Enjoy a guided tour of this romantic city, taking in signature sites including the Champs Élysées, the iconic Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower.
Enjoy a full day at your leisure. Perhaps visit the world-renowned Louvre Museum or Musée d’Orsay. Go on a spree in the Faubourg Saint-Honoré shopping district or simply relax and spend the day people-watching at a local café. In the evening, visit Montmartre and walk around the rest of the illuminated streets to discover why Paris is renowned as the “City of Light.”
Bid farewell to Paris and prepare for your homeward flight.

Nicola

Travel Specialist

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14 nights from £5,199 per person

3 - 16 October 2024

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