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French Savoir Vivre

Explore the famous wine-growing region of Burgundy along the Saone and discover the historical architectural highlights of Provence along the beautiful Rhone river from Lyon with a choice of superb value optional excursions. Exclusively packaged with flights from the UK and overseas transfers

Exclusive Blue Water Package
7 nights from £1139pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Lyon
  • Burgundy Vineyards
  • Avignon
  • Arles arena
  • Beaune

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Amadeus River Cruises

Save 15% on 2018 departures! Book by 30 Nov 2017. Prices shown include discount

Special flight inclusive package from £1139pp!

French Savoir Vivre - Saone and Rhone River Cruise Special Offer

Explore the beautiful Burgundy, Provence and Camargue regions on this roundtrip from Lyon. Venture north along the Saone from Lyon to some of France's best wine-growing regions before Amadeus Provence cruises south along the Rhone towards the sun-drenched Mediterranean.

Discover the wine-growing region of Burgundy along the Saone. See the picturesque region of Maconnais, known for its Mediterranean charm and Chardonnay wines, and sample Burgundy's local specialities at one of Beaune's famous wine cellars.

Visit Lyon, gastronomic capital, before your luxurious ship continues along the Rhone river. You can visit the renowned Palace of the Popes which was once a papal residence on a tour of Avignon and stroll through historic Arles with its famous amphitheatre. There is a chance to see the Valley of the Ardeche with its magnificent limestone cliffs over the river before returning to Lyon.

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French Savoir Vivre Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Lyon (France)

Fly from the UK to Lyon and embark your ship in Lyon. Enjoy a welcome cocktail with fellow guests followed by a Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 - Macon

Macon is the southernmost city in the Burgundy region which lies along the River Saone. This wine-growing region is known for its Mediterranean flair and Chardonnay wines. Join the optional excursion of the Maconnais region, visiting a regional wine museum for a tour. Return to the ship for lunch. This afternoon, there is an optional guided tour of the ruins of Cluny Abbey, once an influential religious centre.

Day 3 - Chalon sur Saone - Tournus

Explore Chalon sur Saone at leisure or you can take a scenic drive along Burgundy's wine route to Beaune, the capital of this wine region, where you can sample a drop or two. This afternoon there is an optional excursion to the medieval town of Brancion and castle Cormatin before rejoining the ship in Tournus.

Day 4 - Lyon

Explore the gastronomic capital of Lyon on an optional guided city tour visiting the old town of Vieux Lyon and the Notre-Dame-de-Fourviere basilica. This afternoon enjoy leisurely cruising along the Rhone towards Avignon.

Day 5 - Avignon

Today there is the chance to explore Avignon on a guided walking tour and see the renowned Palace of the Popes, one of the largest medieval gothic buildings which served as a papal residence during the 14th century. You will also see the famous Pont d'Avignon. This afternoon you can join an optional tour to the famous roman aqueduct Pont du Gard and visit the picturesque village of Uzes.

Day 6 - Arles

This morning, you can explore Arles on an optional guided walking tour including its famous amphitheatre 'Les Arenes'. Later, join the optional excursion to the Camargue Nature Park which is famous for its black bulls and white horses and home to more than 400 species of birds.

Day 7 - Viviers or Chateauneuf du Rhone - Le Pouzin

From Viviers (2017) or Chateauneuf-du-Rhone (2018) take the optional excursion to the Valley of the Ardeche. The valley has a particularly scenic stretch known as the Ardeche Gorges with limestone cliffs up to 300m high. The most famous feature is the natural Pont d'Arc. Rejoin the ship in Le Pouzin and enjoy a captain's gala dinner this evening.

Day 8 - Lyon - UK

Disembark your ship after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise on Amadeus Provence
  • Flights from the UK and overseas transfers
  • Complimentary wine, draft beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Tea and coffee available all day
  • Complimentary bottled water in cabin replenished daily
  • Complimentary WiFi on board
  • Wireless AMADEUS Audio System for all excursions
  • Cocktail reception, welcome dinner and gala dinner
  • Complimentary bicycles on board
  • Port taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Excursions
  • Travel insurance

Additional Information

  • Optional excursions:
  • Maconnais and wine museum: £54pp
  • Cluny Abbey - 2017: £45pp 2018: £46pp
  • Beaune with wine tasting: £54pp
  • Brancion and Cormatin - 2017: £45pp 2018: £46pp
  • Lyon city tour: £30pp
  • Avignon walking tour with Pope palace: £30pp
  • Pont du Gard and Uzes: £37pp
  • Camargue Nature Reserve: £36pp
  • Arles walking tour: £22pp
  • Ardeche Gorge: £36pp
  • Save 15% with excursion packages - 2017: from £161pp 2018: from £162pp

Special Features

  • Wine Themed Cruise:
  • It is possible to enjoy a wine-themed itinerary on 1 Nov 2018 departure. Includes a village tasting of Southern Burgundy wines, winery visit to taste the wines of the Maconnais, winery visit to a Northern Rhone village and winery visit to a Southern Rhone village.
  • Prices start from £1699pp including full-board cruise, wine-themed excursions, return flights from London, overseas transfers and port charges
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2017 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Departure Date Cruise Only from Exclusive Blue Water Package from
Amadeus Provence
Sep 28£1852£2167
Oct 12£1424£1579
Oct 19£1424£1349
Oct 26£1424£1559

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Departure Date Cruise Only from Exclusive Blue Water Package from
Amadeus Provence
Mar 29£923£1281
Apr 05£1014£1372
May 24, 31; Jun 14, 21£1623£1981
Jul 26; Aug 02, 16£1539£1897
Aug 30£1623£1981
Oct 04, 11, 18£1259£1617
Nov 01£839£1139

Price Information

  • Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a C-4 River View cabin. 12, 26 Oct 2017 - Exclusive Blue Water Package price is based on a C1 Cabin. Single supplements are also available on request
  • Cabin upgrade supplements available on request
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