Essence of Burgundy & Provence Wine Cruise

November 10-17, 2022

Savor the wines of the Burgundy Valley and Provence, explore this region, rich in history, sample culinary perfection in Lyon, the essence of these destinations will delight.

Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Investment: Pricing starts at $2459 per person based on double occupancy

Indulge in French flavors on a palate-pleasing itinerary that highlights the essence of France’s Burgundy and Provence. Uncover the Roman history of Chalon-sur Saône and delight in charming Tournus with its towering Romanesque abbey and historic apothecary shop. Visit French châteaux from Burgundy to Provence, taste your way through the French culinary capital of Lyon and visit the Papal Palace in Avignon. While you’ll get more than a taste of Burgundy and Provence during this itinerary, the essence of these destinations will linger on your palate – and in your heart – for a lifetime!

Tour Highlights

1. Visit French châteaux from Burgundy to Provence.

2. Indulge in France’s palate-pleasing wines and culinary dishes.

3. Uncover the Roman history of Chalon-sur Saône and delight in charming Tournus with its towering Romanesque abbey and historic apothecary shop.

4. Visit the Papal Palace in Avignon.

5. Explore small towns, wineries, farms meeting winemakers and learning about their craft.

PUrple lavender fields with house in background

Itinerary – November 10-17, 2022

Arles (Days 1, 2)

Discover sun-drenched vistas and ancient monuments that inspired Van Gogh and Cezanne. Known as the “Little Rome of Gaul,” a stroll through the narrow and winding streets of Arles is like stepping back in time. Enjoy the many cafes located by the Place du Forum and the Place Voltaire, as well as designer boutiques.

Avignon (Days 2, 3)

Sheltered by medieval walls, Avignon’s maze of narrow streets is filled with churches, museums and palaces tracing the history of this ancient, vibrant city. Visitors can capture a bird’s eye view of the city and surrounding Rhône River valley from the top of Cathedral Hill. Avignon is known as the “City of Popes,” due to the role the city played in the Avignon conspiracy during the 14th century, when a series of popes abandoned Rome and fled to Avignon. Still remaining from this time of this papal residence, the lavish Palais des Papes, a fortress, church and palace was considered the center of the Christian world during the 14th century. From 1309-1377, seven popes resided in this stunning building, one of the world’s most unique and grandiose examples of gothic architecture.

Viviers (Day 4)

Located in one of the most beautiful areas in Southern France, Viviers has retained its Old World charm. The town was developed around its Romanesque cathedral, with facade, porch, and solitary tower that still survive today. Enjoy a privately-arranged organ demonstration.

Tournon (Day 5)

The immposing 16th-century Castle and Roman ruins that dot the countryside of Tournon are a photographer´s dream. Visit the Hermitage and St. Joseph´s vineyards. Consider the optional excursion to the Ardeche region, one of the area´s natural wonders, via the nostalgic steam locomotive “Le Mastrou.”
Attractions & Activities

The fertile surrounding landscape is blanketed with various fruit trees and lies in the heart of the St. Joseph vineyard. Tournon boasts an imposing 16th century castle and flower-lined terrace over the quay with stunning views over the town, river, and surrounding vineyards. From Tournon, a 19th century steam train journeys up the mountaintop on a narrow-gauge railway for a view of the majestic scenery.


Vienne (Day 6)

Surrounded by steep hills and situated between France’s Burgundy and Beaujolais regions, Vienne is the gateway to Lyon’s countryside. The old town is rich in Roman and medieval buildings including ancient market ruins. Vienne’s history can be traed through its architecture, dating back to the Roman Temple of Augustus built in the 1st century. Other landmarks include the Abbey of Saint Pierre and the Church of Saint-Andre-Le-Bas.

Lyon (Days 6, 7, 8)

Set along a narrow peninsula between the Rhone and Saone Rivers, Lyon is located in the heart of France’s Provence region. Visitors can take in panoramic views from atop Fourviere Hill and step into the past when they tour Vieux Lyon’s (Old Lyon’s) cobblestone streets and 16th century architecture. Now an important educational center, Lyon’s cultural life is reflected in its buildings, museums and houses. Dominating the skyline is the Basilica of Fourviere, known for its lavish interior decorations of marble and mosaics.

Pricing:

Pricing depends on cabin type. Final payment is due August 12, 2022. Deposit is $400 per person. 

Your fare includes all meals, excursions, beer and wine with meals and $50 on board credit.

 

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