Rhone River Cruise, August 1-8, 2019 with Phelps Creek Winery

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Rhone River Cruise

Embarkation Date: Thursday, August 1, 2018

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DAY 1, THURSDAY, AUGUST 1ST

ARRIVE ARLES – EMBARKATION

Fly into Marseille and make your way to Arles where you’ll board AmaCello, your luxury ship for the next seven nights. (D)

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DAY 2, FRIDAY AUGUST 2ND

ARLES

Considered one of the most beautiful cities in France, Arles enchants. For art lovers, you’ll 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.” Many people consider Van Gogh’s Arles period to be the most creative of his career. 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 learn about age-old Provençal traditions from a master olive miller as well as sample the olive oil. During the afternoon, you can join a walking tour of Arles highlighting top sights, including the Romanesque cathedral and Roman Amphitheatre. After dinner, enjoy a special scenic Illuminations Cruise toward the renowned Avignon Bridge. (B,L,D)

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DAY 3, SATURDAY AUGUST 3RD

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 four choices 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, visit three venues around Avignon where you can taste regional specialties, including cheese, chocolate, lavender-infused drinks, wine and more. Or pedal your way along the Rhône to the island of Barthelasse, Europe’s largest river island, and stop at an authentic farm while taking in sights along the way on a guided bike tour. (B,L,D)

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DAY 4, SUNDAY AUGUST 4TH

VIVIERS

Head to a truffle farm and go in search of the highly prized “Black Diamond” truffle with a farmer and his trustworthy canine companion. Afterward, visit the magnificent medieval hilltop village, Grignan, where you’ll visit a Renaissance chateau perched on a hill surrounded by lavender fields. This enchanting Provençal town offers unique panoramic views to the north, south, east and west. Enjoy some free time to explore before heading back to the ship. (B,L,D)

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DAY 5, MONDAY AUGUST 5TH

TOURNON

Enjoy the views from a panoramic train car as you 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 steam 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 walking tour of Tain l’Hermitage, followed by a visit to a local winery where you’ll sample some of the region’s celebrated Hermitage appellation. Or bike along the ViaRhôna cycling route, winding through forest and looping back through dense orchards with hills of vineyards in the distance before returning to Tournon for a short tour of the town center. (B,L,D)

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DAY 6, TUESDAY AUGUST 6TH

VIENNE – LYON

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. Later in the day, set sail to 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.” Or for those more interested in discovering why Lyon is France’s culinary capital, visit the city’s famed indoor food market, which has nearly five-dozen stalls selling countless gourmet delights—including sausage, cheese and pastries, which you will get to sample. Or take a guided bike ride to the modern urban area of La Confluence along the Saone River. (B,L,D)

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DAY 7, WEDNESDAY AUGUST 7TH

LYON

Enjoy morning free time in Lyon and then travel to the Beaujolais wine region—known as the Pays d’Or or “land of the golden stones.” While there, 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 8, THURSDAY AUGUST 8TH

LYON – DISEMBARKATION

Disembark the ship and make your way to the airport for outward flights.

OPTIONAL: PRIVATE PHELPS CREEK POST-CRUISE TOUR

BURGUNDY & PARIS: August 8 - 11, 2019

DAY 1, THURSDAY AUGUST 8TH

DISEMBARKATION: LYON / CHATEAU DE LA CREE / BEAUNE

Disembark the AmaCello and depart Lyon for Beaune.  En route enjoy a private cellar tour and lunch at Chateau de la Cree.  This renowned Burgundy chateau was purchased in 2015 by Ken & Grace Evenstad, the Minneapolis couple who also own Domaine Serene in the Dundee Hills of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Tonight enjoy a special dinner at the Hotel Le Cep’s Loiseau des Vignes restaurant.  Tonight Bob Morus promises a special guest!  (B,L,D)

OVERNIGHT: HOTEL LE CEP – BEAUNE

DAY 2, FRIDAY AUGUST 9th

BEAUNE / GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN & BURGUNDY VINEYARDS

After breakfast travel by coach 40 minutes to Gevrey-Chambertin and Domaine Marc Roy.  We are special guests of our own Alexandrine Roy, the 4th generation Burgundian winemaker who crafts many of our Phelps Creek wines. Visit and experience a guided tour of historic Clos de Vougeot, the Grand Cru vineyard started in 1109 by Cistercian monks, followed by a tasting at Domaine d’Ardhuy, a 112 acre vineyard that produces outstanding Premier Cru pinot noirs.  Both wineries have extraordinary histories. Later tour the backroads and famous vineyards of Burgundy on our return to Beaune, with many photo opportunities.   Tonight enjoy summer dining at Aupres du Clocher, the Michelin star restaurant under acclaimed Chef Jean-Christophe Moutet.  (B,D)

OVERNIGHT: HOTEL LE CEP – BEAUNE

DAY 3 SATURDAY AUGUST 10th

BEAUNE / DIJON / PARIS CDG

This morning check out after breakfast.  Experience a guided tour of the iconic Hospice de Beaune, built as a medieval hospital for the poor and now a major French historic site.  Here, each third week of November is held Les Trois Glorieuses de Bourgogne (“The Three Glorious Days of Burgundy”), the world’s most famous charity wine auction.  In nearby Dijon tour the Fallot Mustard Museum.  After lunch depart for Paris Charles de Gaulle.  Relax tonight in the modern and chic Pullman Roissy Hotel before flying home tomorrow morning.  (B)

OVERNIGHT: HOTEL PULLMAN ROISSY – CDG AIRPORT

DAY 4 SUNDAY AUGUST 11th

DEPART PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT

Tour ends.  Exiting the hotel, walk across the lane and board the train for a short ride into Terminal 2 at Charles de Gaulle Airport.  Most flights to the USA depart before 1pm from Terminal 2.  (B)

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PLEASE NOTE:

A reasonable degree of mobility is required for all passengers on this program. Most of the guided tours provided on your cruise are walking tours.  Many historic villages in Europe are located on hilltops, where it is necessary to walk up and down hilly, cobblestone streets that may have narrow passageways.  Ships docked in port are often rafted side-by-side to another river ship.  Passengers are then required to ascend and descend flights of 12 or more stairs to walk up to observation deck, down to gang planks to enter or exit the rafted ships. To participate in tours and get on and off the ship, travelers must be able to walk unaccompanied.

 

Disabilities and Wheelchairs
Persons with a walking disability or an injury, or who require a wheelchair/scooter or other mobility assisted device, must have another dedicated person traveling with them to assist/push etc.  The ship’s crew and other cruise guests will not be available to assist persons with limited mobility. On customized pre or post cruise land programs, the Expanding Horizons tour manager is authorized to remove, or ask to leave from the tour, any traveler incapable of, unwilling to, or impeding the overall movement and progress of the tour group.