Treasures of Burgundy and Provence

June 17, 2020 - June 27, 2020
11 days / 26 meals
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A Sunrise Tours exclusive charter on the Rhône and Saône Rivers with a two-night post-cruise stay in the French Alps. Just 70 cabins available! Pricing details available soon, please call for details

Day 1: Fly to Lyon, France (D, B in flight)

Day 2: Embarkation
Embark on the Amadeus Provence, a first-class vessel launched in 2017 with a capacity of just 140 operated by Luftner Cruises, a pioneer in European River Cruising for over 30 years. The Provence even features a pool for soaking the warm rays of Southern France! A gourmet welcome dinner is the first of many exquisite meals aboard the Provence. D

Day 3: Macon, Burgundy
Explore the famous wine-producing region of Burgundy with a visit to Macon, a city of 34,000 on the banks of the Saône River. Visit the ruins of the Cluny Abbey, dedicated to St. Peter in 910 and known as the “spiritual heart of medieval Europe”. Once home to 10,000 monks, it was the largest Christian building in the world until St. Peter’s Basilica was rebuilt in Rome in the 16th century. B, L, D

Day 4: Chalon sur Saône
Dock in Chalon sur Saône where half-timbered houses overlook the charming square, art galleries and specialty shops. Take a scenic drive along the famous Burgundy Wine Route through Pommard, Volnay and Meursault. In Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful Hôtel-Dieu, founded as a hospice in 1443. Its great Salle des Pauvres (“hall of the poor”), is decorated with multi-colored beams unique in the world. The rooms overflow with treasures; statues, furniture, pottery, paintings, tapestries and more. Our visit to Beaune is capped with wine tasting in one of its famous cellars. B, L, D

Day 5: Lyon
Located at the confluence of the the Saône and Rhône Rivers, Lyon is France’s third largest city and is considered by many to be its gastronomic capital. Its rich, ancient history includes Roman ruins and early Christian sites, including the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, a well-known pilgrimage church offering unforgettable views of the city. Other highlights include the Cathedral of St. John and the Palace of Justice, followed by free time to take a gentle stroll through the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its Roman theatre and buildings displaying the influence of the Italian Renaissance. B, L, D

Day 6: Avignon
Enjoy a guided walk through Avignon, known as the “City of Popes” due to the role the city played in the Avignon conspiracy of the 14th century, when a pope abandoned Rome and fled to Avignon. The lavish Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), is a fortress, church and palace all in one and was considered the center of the Christian world during the 14th century. From 1309 to 1377, seven popes resided in this impressive building, 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 about dancing on the bridge. B, L, D

Day 7: Arles
Founded by the Gauls, Arles was home to archbishops, became part of the Kingdom of the Franks and, later, capital of the Kingdom of Burgundy. The many Roman sights and monuments make it clear why UNESCO has declared Arles a World Heritage Site. Take a break in the café that served as the model for Vincent Van Gogh’s “Café Terrace at Night”! B, L, D

Day 8: Ardèche Gorge
The Ardèche Gorge, often referred to as the Grand Canyon of Europe, features limestone cliffs towering 1,000 ft above the meandering river below. Enter the Gorge through the famous Pont d’Arc near Vallon, “the largest natural bridge in Europe” and take a moderate walk on the Gorge Trail for beautiful viewpoints of the canyon and the Ardèche River. B, L, D

Day 9: Lyon-Annecy, Switzerland
Disembark and take a scenic drive to Annecy for a two-night stay. Founded in 1110 on the lake of the same name, “The Venice of the Alps” enchants visitors with flowery lanes, romantic canals and views of the Lake and the Alps. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Annecy before a traditional French dining experience. B, D

Day 10: Chamonix
A free day in Annecy or take an optional (additional expense) drive to Chamonix, a traditional alpine village at the foot of one of the most picturesque mountains in the Alps, Mont Blanc. Explore charming Chamonix or take the opportunity to ascend Mont Blanc on the tramway or cable car (additional expense). B, D

Day 11: Fly home from Geneva, Switzerland (D, B in flight)

Just 70 cabins available! Pricing details available soon, please call for details

An optional three-day pre-cruise visit to Paris will be offered, please call for details.

 

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