Colors of Provence Rhone River Cruise October 25-November 1, 2018 with Pearmund Cellars

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Rhône River Cruise

Embarkation Date: Thursday, October 25th, 2018

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Day 1: Thursday, October 25th

Arrive in Arles, France - Embarkation

Board your cruise in Arles. This evening, meet your fellow passengers for a Welcome Dinner. (D)

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Day 2: Friday, October 26th

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Art lovers will wish to visit Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Vincent van Gogh once lived and painted such well-known works as “The Irises” and “Starry Night.” Afterwards, go to the Carrières de Lumières, where you’ll be treated to a spectacular presentation of art, sound and history projected on the walls of caves. Alternatively, venture to the medieval hilltop village, Les Baux de Provence, followed by a visit to an olive farm where you’ll get to taste the different olive oils. For a different adventure, journey to Aigues-Mortes, known for its well preserved medieval walls and guard towers.  Follow with a visit to the beautiful Camargue National Park, a protected natural territory with more than 400 different species of birds. During the afternoon, join a walking tour of Arles highlighting top sights, including the Romanesque cathedral and Roman amphitheater, or take a bike tour to the Roman ruins. And for those who wish to delve further into Van Gogh’s Arles, join a special walking tour along with a visit to the Vincent van Gogh Foundation, showcasing his legacy. (B,L,D)

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Day 3: Saturday, October 27th

Avignon

Avignon, aptly named the “City of Popes,” was the center of the Catholic Church in the 14th century when its “Palais des Papes” was the equivalent of today’s Vatican. Depending on your interests, you have three options of excursions. Discover the history of Avignon on a guided walking tour that includes the Papal Palace and the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, you can go to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the impressive Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that is a masterpiece of ancient engineering. Or if you prefer, learn the art of Provençal cooking by joining a local chef as he shares his insight with you, and afterwards, taste the fruits of your labor. During the afternoon, you can enjoy free time in Avignon; go on a bike tour; or go to the magnificent hilltop village, Grignan. After visiting this enchanting Provencal town, go in search of the highly prized “Black Diamond,” truffles, with a farmer and his trustworthy canine companion. (B,L,D)

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Day 4: Sunday, October 28th

Tournon

Wine and chocolate lovers will enjoy visiting Tournon located in the heart of Côtes du Rhône. You have a choice of three excursions. Take a train ride past magnificent landscape carved along the Gorge du Doux stopping at the charming little station of Colombier le Vieux-Saint Barthélemy le Plain, where the train maneuvers in preparation for its return journey. Alternatively, lovers of wine and chocolate will want to visit Le Château de Tournon for a presentation and tasting on the pairing of red wine and chocolate. For a more active adventure, take a hike through the vineyards of Tain l’Hermitage, followed by a visit to a local winery where you’ll sample some of the wines. (B,L,D)

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Day 5: Monday, October 29th

Vienne

Situated between the wine regions of Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône lies Vienne with a Roman past that can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. Take a walking tour to see the amazingly well-preserved Augustus and Livia Temple, the Saint Maurice Cathedral, a Gothic church that took more than 500 years to build, and St. Pierre Abbey—one of the oldest surviving churches in France, and now an Archaeological Museum. For those wishing to be more active, you can either take a guided bike tour along a portion of the ViaRhôna bike route or a guided hike from the ship to the Monastery at Mount Pipet. (B,L,D)

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Day 6: Tuesday, October 30th

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Travel to the Beaujolais wine region—known as the Pays d’Or or “land of the golden stones.” Indulge in a wine tasting at a traditional winery and learn about the history and techniques of their vineyard. (B,L,D)

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Day 7: Wednesday, October 31st

Lyon

Discover dynamic Lyon, starting in Fourvière Hill, part of the city’s historic region that is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the 19th-century basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Continue on to the old town of Lyon, followed by a guided walk through the St. Jean district, where you will be introduced to the city’s unique covered walkways, known as “traboules.” During the afternoon, enjoy leisure time or join a guided bike tour through the city designed with cyclists in mind. (B,L,D)

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Day 8: Thursday, November 1st

Lyon - Disembarkation

After disembarking the ship, make your way to the airport. (B)

LAND TOUR OPTIONS:

BARCELONA, SPAIN – PRE CRUISE TOUR OPTION

SPAIN Arrival Date: Monday, October 22, 2018

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Day 1: Monday, October 22nd

Arrive In Barcelona, Spain

Arrive in Barcelona and check-in to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.

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Day 2: Tuesday, October 23rd

Barcelona

Barcelona, the bustling capital of Catalonia, is an artists, architects, foodies, historians and culturists’ dream. Tour the cobblestoned lanes of the Gothic Quarter in the medieval city center and Las Ramblas. Visit Montjuïc Hill and see some of Antoni Gaudí’s imaginative architectural creations, including Casa Milà, Casa Batlló and La Sagrada Familia. (B)

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Day 3: Wednesday, October 24th

Barcelona

Spend a full day at leisure to discover the vast treasures of this eclectic city. (B)

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Day 4: Thursday, October 25th

Barcelona - Nîmes, France– Embarkation – Arles, France

Check out of the hotel and board the TGV high-speed train to Nîmes. See the highlights of this delightful town with one of the finest collections of Roman buildings in France before transferring via motorcoach to Arles, where you’ll board your luxury ship. (B,D)

PARIS – POST CRUISE TOUR OPTION

Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018

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Day 1: Thursday, November 1st

Lyon - Disembarkation - Paris, France

Disembark the ship and board the TGV train through the French countryside to Paris, the majestic “City of Light.” (B)

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Day 2: Friday, November 2nd

Paris City Tour

Get acquainted with Paris on a city tour. (B)

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Day 3: Saturday, November 3rd

Paris at Leisure

Enjoy your last full day in Paris at your leisure. (B)

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Day 4: Sunday, November 4th

Depart Paris

Your splendid vacation comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

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