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7-Night Essence of Burgundy & Provence

Wine Cruise

May 11 – May 18, 2023

 

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Price:

Starting At: $4,199.00 (USD) per person double occupancy

Activities:

Over 40 activities

Approximate Flight Time:

11hrs, from  IAD to LYS

OUR CULINARY JOURNEY

From romantic cities to foodie havens and artistic epicenters, this itinerary enlivens all your senses. Our journey begins in Lyon, France’s culinary capital, and we enjoy an evening illumination cruise. Savor the beauty of legendary vineyards and imbibe in local vintages like Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône.

On this culinary travel experience you can even become an expert in all things culinary: go in search of the highly prized “Black Diamond” truffles; learn how to pair chocolate with wine; and discover how olives turn into the Mediterranean’s nectar, olive oil. Trace the steps of famous artists in Arles and Carriéres de Lumiéres before your return flight home.

FULL PACKAGE INCLUDES: 

  • Distinctive Voyage Host
  • Private Welcome Reception
  • 7 nights onboard AmaCello
  • Taxes, fees and port expenses
  • All transfers
  • Prepaid gratuities
  • Private Wine Tastings
  • Private City Tours
  • An Exclusive Amenity
  • Amazing Swag Bag
  • English Speaking Local Guide
  • Follow Food & Wine Lover Group Members To Share The Experience With

ABOUT AMACELLO

Decorated in a palette of gold and orange that reflects Europe’s brilliant autumn foliage, the AmaCello is a floating delight. The glorious Sun Deck offers a soothing whirlpool, giant chess set and recliners from which to drink up the extraordinary scenery. Inside, enticing aromas waft from the beautiful Main Restaurant and The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, each previewing a masterfully plated dish created by an expert chef using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.

And after just one bite, you’ll understand why the AmaCello, like all our European ships, was inducted into the internationally renowned culinary society known as La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs! Keeping with the French theme, most staterooms feature a French balcony as well as amenities that include Entertainment-On-Demand, climate-controlled air conditioning and an in-room safe. A fitness room, sauna and massage room are also available for your enjoyment on board this incredible river ship.

AWARD-WINNING DINING

  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
  • Welcome cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain’s Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge

AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES

  • Wellness Activities with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun deck whirlpool and walking track
  • Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances

7-Night Essence of Burgundy & Provence

 

Board your home away from home for your 7-night Essence of Provence & Burgundy culinary adventure. (D)

Arles is considered one of the most beautiful cities in France. Let your experienced guide lead you to the top sights, including the Romanesque cathedral and Roman amphitheater. Or, if you 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. Alternatively, you may take a guided bike tour through town. Later in the day, enjoy a walking tour in Avignon, aptly named the “City of Popes,” that includes the Papal Palace and the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a more flavorful experience, visit three venues around Avignon to taste regional specialties including macarons, cheese and wine, and tapenades. In the evening, enjoy a short cruise to Pont d’Avignon bridge, illuminated against the night sky. (B,L,D)

Valence is a designated “City of Art and History,” here you will enjoy a relaxing excursion tasting the Northern Rhône’s red Cornas wines. (B,L,D)

Vienne boasts a Roman past that can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. There you can enjoy a guided walking tour around the city. 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, 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.” If you’re a self-described foodie, our Lyon tasting tour is for you, during which you’ll have a chance to taste some of Lyon’s local delights. Or get active a guided bike tour through the city designed with cyclists in mind. In the evening, enjoy a cruise past the city of Lyon, illuminated against the night sky. (B,L,D)

You will enjoy a guided tour through the “South Burgundy City” of Mâcon, learning about its local vineyards, museums, historical sites and perhaps its famous son, the poet and minister Alphonse de Lamartine. Later in the day, you will enjoy a delicious tasting of the region’s famous white Mâconnais wines. (B,L,D)

Today you have a choice of a number of excursions as you explore Tournus. Let your knowledgeable guide lead you through Tournus and to its magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Saint Philibert. Or choose instead to visit the moated Château de Cormatin, which dates back to the early 17th century and features ornate apartments as well as a beautifully manicured garden. As an alternative, venture to the medieval village of Brancion with its preserved gateway, church and market hall. Later in the day, enjoy scenic cruising as you sail toward Chalon-Sur-Saône, or opt for a bike tour if you’re feeling adventurous. (B,L,D)

Located in southern Burgundy at the heart of the Côte Chalonnaise wine region, Chalon-Sur-Saône whispers the secrets of its medieval past which you will discover on your historic city tour. You’ll also stop at a local market where you can see and taste some of the local fare. Alternatively, choose an excursion in Beaune, a walled town nestled in the heart of Cote d’Or vineyards where you’ll stroll the cobblestone streets and take in such sights as the mosaic-tiled roof of the Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune, founded in the 15th century as a hospital for the less fortunate. Or, visit the storybook Château de Couches, a medieval fortress enveloped in idyllic hills and greenery that once served the Dukes of Burgundy. Later in the day, treat your palate to a tasting of Chalonnaise wines. (B,L,D)

Disembark your ship in Chalon-sur-Saône and prepare for your return flight home. (B)

RESERVE YOUR SPOT

Unforgettable Culinary Journey

Relax in spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms with amenities including Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring high-speed Internet, movies, music and TV; air conditioning; and an in-room safe. Enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath products, robes and hair dryers. Indulge in added comforts including a sauna, whirlpool, massage and hair salon, inviting Main Lounge, and specialty coffee station. You’ll be treated to exquisite cuisine paired with wine and beer. Enjoy a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring a tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy during your cruise.

This culinary travel adventures get to the heart of what truly embodies a destination, not only through savoring local food and wine, but through one-of-a-kind, immersive experiences that weave together a portrait of culture, tradition, history and people through food.

Club Veranda Stateroom

Interior

DOUBLE: $4,458.00 per person

SINGLE: $8,916.00 per room

French Balcony

DOUBLE: $5,658.00 per person

SINGLE: $11,316.00 per room

Suite - French Balcony

DOUBLE: $6,958.00 per person

SINGLE: $13,916.00 per room

ACCOMMODATIONS

Interior

  • Fixed Windows, 170 sq. ft.
  • In-room temperature control
  • Deluxe hotel-style bedding with Egyptian linen, down pillows and duvet
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone
  • And much more…
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French Balcony

  • French Balcony, 170 sq. ft.
  • In-room temperature control
  • Deluxe hotel-style bedding with Egyptian linen, down pillows and duvet
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone
  • And much more…

Suite – French Balcony

  • French Balcony, 255 sq. ft.
  • In-room temperature control
  • Deluxe hotel-style bedding with Egyptian linen, down pillows and duvet
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone
  • And must more…

ONBOARD DINING OPTIONS

Our ships in Europe are members of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs – a prestigious international culinary society – and with good reason. Our expert chefs craft menus that feature exquisite, locally-sourced cuisine as well as traditional Western offerings. We are the only river cruise line that has The Chef’s Table, an intimate specialty restaurant included in the price of the cruise where you can watch the chef prepare a lavish multi-course menu right in front of you. Each dinner at The Chef’s Table is served with complimentary hand-selected local reds and whites from Europe’s renowned wine regions. There’s also sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast, menu service during lunch, as well as delicious tapas and snacks in the Main Lounge between meals. All onboard dining, as well as unlimited wine and beer with lunch and dinner, is included so you can indulge whenever and however you’d like.

Join a few of your fellow travelers at The Chef’s Table, where the kitchen — usually hidden — becomes part of the entertainment. You’ll have the opportunity to watch the chef prepare a special multi-course meal right in front of you. The menu here is unique, making this a truly distinct gastronomic experience. Indulge in delectable dishes served with unlimited fine wines, hand-selected just for this dinner. It is the only venue of its kind on the river.

You will enjoy complimentary, unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks during lunch and dinner, as well as sparkling wine and fresh-squeezed juices during breakfast. We hand pick only the highest quality wines and pair them with our cuisine. You’ll have the chance to savor different wines on each day of your cruise.

Our reds and whites are of the highest quality, and come from local wineries and vineyards. It is a fantastic way to savor the flavor of each region you are visiting. Rieslings from the Wachau Valley, Sauternes in Bordeaux and Calvados from Normandy are just a few examples of how you can indulge.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Vaccination Requirements: Not Required

    Covid-19 Testing Requirements: Not Required

    Quarantine: Not Required

    Additional Documentation: Not Required

    Covid-19 Insurance Coverage: Strongly Recommended 

    Masks & Social Distancing: France does not require masks to be worn.

    More information: Entry Requirements for France, Health & Safety Protocols

If more than 90 days prior to departure, a $400 per person deposit is due to confirm booking, of which, $200 per person is non-refundable. Verbal confirmation of reservations can be made over the phone, by depositing using a credit card. Reservations without deposit are not considered firm and may be canceled once the option has expired without any notice. Furthermore, once a deposit has been received, normal cancellation fees will apply.

  • Single occupancy = one person to a room
  • Double occupancy = two persons to a room
  • Each person in a room will have his or her own bed. Couples will have one king bed.
  • Gratuities for Driver and Tour Guide
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Flights

The fear of missing (FOMO) is a horrible feeling…but losing your hard earned money you paid for your vacation is far worse. Because all of Wine Lovers Group d/b/a Be Relaxed Destinations, LLC are non-refundable and non-transferable, travel insurance is therefore highly recommended for this trip. Your premium is related to your trip cost, so you don’t have to worry about being over-insured. Click the link for our preferred travel insurance vendor list. If you choose not to purchase travel insurance you will be required to complete a form declining this options. This is to ensure you understand the repercussion of not purchasing travel insurance. 

All cancellations must be received in writing. Penalties are as follows. PTD = Prior to Departure:

  • More than 121 days PTD
    • Europe – $200pp land and cruise cancellation charge
  • 120-90 days PTD:
    • Europe  – $400pp land and cruise cancellation charge
    • 89-60 days PTD
    • 35% of land and cruise price cancellation charge
  • 59-30 days PTD
    • 50% of land and cruise price cancellation charge
  • 29-07 days PTD
    • 80% of land and cruise price cancellation charge
  • 6 days PTD
    • 100% loss of land and cruise price cancellation charge
  • Making reservations for this package signifies your acceptance of our Terms and Conditions.
  • All payments to Wine Lovers Group d/b/a Be Relaxed Destinations, LLC are non-refundable and non-transferable. This is because Wine Lovers Group d/b/a Be Relaxed Destinations, LLC has contractual agreements with cruises, hotels, airlines and other vendors that will not allow us to obtain any refunds. This way we can keep our package prices low and allow you to make monthly payments on your vacation.
  • Passengers are responsible for ensuring that they have the proper travel documents and MUST CHECK with the respective consulate(s) or visa agency to determine whether any visas or passports are required. Passports are required to be valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Some countries require a full blank “VISA” page in the passport for stamping purposes. Any information provided on travel description pertains to US citizens only. Non-US citizens should check with the respective consulate of the country(s) to be visited for current entry requirements.
  • Reservations must be made in your FULL NAME as it appears on your passport. Your name on your invoice MUST match your passport.
  • Missing a vacation is bad enough. Losing the money you paid for your vacation is even worse. Therefore, we recommend Travel Protection that helps provide coverage for Trip Cancellation, Interruption, Baggage Loss or Delay, Medical Expenses and more. We have a full list of travel insurance vendors. Click here to see referrals.
  • Seat assignments are at the discretion of airlines. Wine Lovers Group cannot request seats on your behalf.
  • Seats for this group are only located in economy class. If you require another class of service please purchase our Cruise Only Package and secure your flight on your own.
  • Prices are subject to change without notice. Please make your reservations today at this price to be locked in.
  • Monthly payments are required to keep your reservations current. Your invoice will clearly note your payment plan. We suggest you put this payment plan on your personal calendar.
  • You must ensure your roommate, if applicable, is also making timely monthly payments.
  • Roommate Matching is available. Review our Roommate Matching Program.
  • You can log-in to our member portal to view your account and reservations 24 hours a day.
  • Name changes are allowed with a $100 name change fee up until the final payment date and $250 after final payment date.
  • Late payment of $250 per person is required after final due date listed on your payment plan. Late payment fees are automatically added to your reservations the day after your final due date.
  • All late payment requests must be approved by management before the final payment deadline on your account.
  • Traveling on a Amawaterways cruise requires a valid driver’s license and certified birth certificate or a valid U.S. passport. 
  • Passengers are responsible for ensuring that they have the proper travel documents and MUST CHECK with the respective consulate(s) or visa agency to determine whether any visas or passports are required. Passports are required to be valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Some countries require a full blank “VISA” page in the passport for stamping purposes. Any information provided on travel description pertains to US citizens only. Non-US citizens should check with the respective consulate of the country(s) to be visited for current entry requirements. Reservations must be made in your FULL NAME as it appears on your passport.
  • When making your reservations, you can choose to pay in full or select our convenient payment plan. If you select a payment plan, you will automatically be added to our auto-bill payment plan option. You can opt-out of this program by emailing us at support@berelaxeddestinations.com after you make your reservations.
  • Please review our auto-bill payment plan option.
  • If you choose monthly payment plan, you will receive monthly notices when your payment is processed.
  • Please note if you choose to book your own flight you should begin looking for flights 5 months before event. Some travel sites will allow you to set alerts to advise you when prices are dropping. You should purchase your flight no later than 30 days before the trip.
  • We strongly suggest that you arrive the day before the cruise. However should you choose to fly in the day of, please find a flight to get you into Barcelona no later than 12PM. You should arrive at the cruise port and ship no later than 3PM. No exceptions!
  • The group flight will leave the US on May 10 and arrive in Lyon, France on May 11. 
  • Provided full payment is received no later than your final payment due date, travel documents, itineraries and travel instructions will be sent via email 30 days or earlier prior to travel. All documents will be sent via electronic mail.
  • It is the guests’ responsibility to notify Food & Wine Lovers Travel d/b/a Be Relaxed Destinations, LLC of all email address changes.
  • Only Suite, Single, and Category A Staterooms are available for group booking. 
  • Roommate Matching is offered on this cruise. If you want to be matched, please enter click here to request Roommate Match is available. 
  • Also, please note roommate matching does not take place until after 75% of the cost of the package is paid.
  • This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however, you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Please click here if you would like to reserve mobility assistance such as a scooter or wheelchair. Special Needs At Sea Requests