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Treasures of Burgundy and Provence: Rhône and Saône

Lyon →  Lyon

8 Days

Enjoy this uniquely beautiful cruise along the French rivers Rhône and Saône. Experience picturesque villages, world famous wine regions such as the Côte d'Or, unforgettable stretches of land in the regions of Provence and Burgundy, and impressive views of historic cities and monuments. Food, wine, art, architecture, scenery and history - it all comes together in glorious harmony in the South of France.

Traveling in comfort and style the Roman emperors would have envied, you'll find yourself falling under the timeless spell of southern France on a journey that is nothing less than "magnifique"!

Please note:
Slightly changed itinerary on departure April 29 - May 6 2021; further information on request


Embark in the afternoon and make yourself comfortable in your cabin, which will be your luxurious home for the coming week. In the evening, a Welcome Cocktail awaits you, followed by a delectable Welcome Dinner.

Stay Lyon
Departure at 10pm

In the morning, your ship arrives in Mâcon in southern Burgundy. This historic wine region produces some of the finest and most expensive wines in the world. Enjoy a morning tour through peaceful vineyards and be enchanted by the Mediterranean charm of the Beaujolais and Mâconnais wine regions. A highlight of this excursion is the visit to the Hameau Duboeuf wine museum, where you will gain fascinating insight into the history and production of Burgundy wines. The tour concludes with a wine tasting. After returning to your vessel for lunch, you can join the afternoon excursion to Cluny Abbey, which was founded in 910 and was home to over 10,000 monks at its height. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner on board in the evening.

Stay Macon
8am - 7pm

Continue exploring the Burgundy wine region in Chalon-sur-Saône, where half-timbered houses overlook a square teeming with art galleries and specialty shops. Enjoy a scenic drive through the Burgundy wine route on the morning tour. Your bus will stop in Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, where you will see the beautiful Hôtel-Dieu and enjoy a wine tasting at one of Beaune’s famous cellars. You will then return to your cruise ship for lunch.

Unwind and admire the scenery as the vessel continues along the Saône or, alternatively, join the afternoon excursion which departs from Chalon-sur-Saône and takes you to the medieval towns of Brançion and Cormatin in a comfortable bus. Among other things, you will be able to admire the Château de Cormatin, which undoubtedly houses one of the most opulent castle interiors in Burgundy. In the late afternoon, rejoin your cruise ship in Tournus.

Stay Chalon-sur-Saône
8am - 2.30pm
Stay Tournus
5.30pm - 7.30pm

Today your AMADEUS vessel returns to Lyon, which is known not only for its architectural beauty but also for its gastronomic excellence. This photogenic city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and its most famous landmarks include the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and the charming Renaissance Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) area along the bank of the Saône. You can explore these unmissable sights on the guided tour or on your own.

At midday, the cruise ship leaves Lyon and glides past picturesque countryside vistas, heading south.

Stay Lyon
6am - 12pm

Spend the day exploring the Provencal city of Avignon and discovering its momentous history. In the morning, take part in a guided walking tour of Avignon, the seat of the Catholic popes from 1309 to 1377. You will be able to admire the Papal Palace, one of the world’s most fascinating examples of Gothic architecture. Another must-see is the Pont d’Avignon, a ruined 12th-century bridge that once spanned the Rhône and is immortalized in a folk song.

If you wish to see more of this unique historic area, join the afternoon excursion to the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct which is a masterpiece of engineering, and the town of Uzès with its many medieval towers. In the evening, enjoy a well-deserved rest and a delicious dinner while your cruise ship remains in Avignon overnight.

Stay Avignon
Over Night

Your ship will leave Avignon early in the morning and make its way to Arles, which once captured the imagination of the brilliant Impressionist painter, Vincent van Gogh. Learn more about the rich history of Arles during the morning tour and take a break at the café that served as the model for Vincent van Gogh’s “Café Terrace at Night.” Indeed, walking through the town might induce a sense of déjà vu, since many of the settings may be familiar from some of van Gogh‘s best known pieces.

In the afternoon, recharge in the tranquility of nature by joining the excursion to the Camargue Nature Park, home to the renowned Camargue bulls and white Camargue horses. You will also pay a visit to the historic coastal village of Saintes Maries de la Mer. In the evening, while you are at dinner, the cruise ship will continue on its way to Châteauneuf-du-Rhône.

Aufenthalt Avignon
Departure at 05:00am
Stay Arles
8am - 6.30pm

You can choose to spend a tranquil day on board or disembark for a final excursion to the Ardèche Gorge, another natural wonder of this area. Visit the “Grand Canyon of Europe,” where spectacular limestone cliffs tower over the meandering river below.

You will rejoin the vessel in time for lunch in the charming small town of Le Pouzin. In the afternoon, your ship will make its way back up the beautiful waterways of the Provence. In the evening, celebrate your unforgettable cruise experience at the Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Stay Châteauneuf-du-Rhône
4.30am - 08.30am
Stay Le Pouzin
12pm - 2pm

Indulge in one more breakfast on board before disembarking. The crew of the AMADEUS Provence bids you farewell and hopes to welcome you again soon!

Stay Lyon
Arrival at 8am



Dates & Prices

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  • Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with drop-down panoramic windows; Walk-out balconies in Suites on Amadeus Provence
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks
    with every lunch and dinner onboard
  • Gourmet dining onboard 
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking onboard Cruise Director
  • 24 hour coffee station​
  • All onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and nightly piano music
  • Bottled water in every stateroom 
  • In-stateroom infotainment center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for optional excursions
  • All local taxes & port charges included

Excursion Packages

Owing to the variety of available excursions it‘s often difficult to choose between them - so on this cruise we offer you tailor-made and carefully composed sets of excursions that you can book in advance with 15% discount. All excursions can of course also be booked individually at regular rates on board.

Cruise Highlights Unit Price A B C
Maconnais excursion incl. Wine Museum tour $ 84.00
Visit to Cluny Abbey $ 70.00
Burgundy - Excursion to Beaune incl. wine tasting $ 81.00
Excursion to Brancion und Cormatin $ 70.00
City tour of Lyon $ 46.00
Avignon walking tour incl. Papal Palace $ 46.00
Excursion to Pont du Gard and Uzès $ 57.00
Arles walking tour $ 34.00
Excursion to the Camargue Nature Park $ 55.00
Excursion to the Ardèche Gorge $ 55.00
Onboard Booking Price $ 291.00 $ 437.00 $ 598.00
Prices for packages booked in advance $ 247.00 $ 373.00 $ 510.00

Additional Services

Arrival & Transfer

You're in good hands with us from the start: Let us book you a transfer from the airport or train station to the ship port and back. We can also reserve a parking place in Lyon for your car. The following prices apply per person per transfer.

Airport – Port $71
Train station – Port $49