Featured Trip: Dukes, Popes & Painters: Lyon to Arles aboard M.S. AmaDagio, October 2 to 11, 2013

During a cruise from Lyon to Arles, call at charming towns to view fine paintings and lovely churches, and enjoy exceptional food and wine.

Here are a few highlights of the voyage.

Spend a night in Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France

Lyon and Saone RiverStay at the Sofitel Lyon Bellecour, overlooking the river, to discover Lyon’s strong cultural heritage and stunning architecture.  Visit the Textiles and Decorative Arts Museums, see highlights of the collection at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, admire the Basilica of Nôtre Dame de Fourvière, with its fabulous panoramic views of the city, and enjoy a traditional lunch. Then board M.S. AmaDagio for a scenic one-week cruise along the Saône and Rhône Rivers.

Discover enchanting cities and glorious gardens

Step ashore in Tournus to visit the 17th-century Château de Cormatin, with its grand staircase, “Gilded Rooms,” and delightful gardens.  In Dijon, tour the vieux quartier and admire the spectacular 15th-century tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy at the Musée des Beaux-Arts.  At Aix-en-Provence, once an early Roman settlement, see the ruins of the old city, the impressive St. Sauveur Cathedral, and the lovely 17th- and 18th-century architecture.

Visit a former Louvre curator’s home for a special reception

AvignonSee the medieval palace at Avignon, where six popes held court.   In the afternoon, join an excursion to the Pont du Gard aqueduct and the Château de Saint Privat, with a wine tasting, or visit a former curator of the Louvre at her home in Villeneuve-les-Avignon and see her personal collection.

Savor exceptional food and wine throughout the journey

Stop in Collonges au Mont d’Or, where a Bocuse-trained chef will share tips and recipes, followed by dinner. Savor fine wine in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. At Tournon, enjoy a tasting of artisanal pastries and chocolate. Aboard AmaDagio, a highlight will be a musical performance followed by a delectable dessert buffet.

Find out more about “Dukes, Popes & Painters” on our website.


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