Stay in boutique hotels in Paris and Beaune, sample fresh-baked pastries on a food walk through Montmartre, and ply the Saône and Rhône rivers during a seven-night cruise through the south of France, disembarking for Connections-exclusive shore excursions, including a day trip to Sénanque and Arles.
Day 1 - ARRIVE PARIS, FRANCE
Arrive in Paris, where you are met and transferred to your elegant
boutique hotel for check-in.
Day 2 - PARIS
Explore the heart of medieval Paris this morning, with stops
at Sainte-Chapelle, the Conciergerie and the lovely Cathédrale
Notre-Dame de Paris. After lunch at a local restaurant, the
remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 3 - BEAUNE
Set out on a food walk in Montmartre
with your intimate group of Connections
guests, stopping to sample fresh-baked
pastries, just-plucked produce and a
variety of local delicacies. Transfer to Beaune to visit
Hôtel-Dieu, a 15th-century charity hospital, before settling into
your historic, boutique accommodations, an intimate hideaway
brimming with antiques and period charm.
Day 4 - BEAUNE
Travel to a traditional, family-run
mustard mill for a private small-group
tour and opportunity to make the piquant
condiment. Join a local expert sommelier
in his home for a tutored tasting of
memorable vintage wines, followed by lunch. Next, travel to Lyon
for priority embarkation aboard ‘Amadeus Provence.’ Take time to
settle into your premium cabin or suite with an open-air French or
walk-out balcony. Gather this evening for a welcome cocktail and
Day 5 - MÂCON
Arrive this morning in Mâcon. Travel privately to Cluny to tour
the abbey. After lunch, continue to Chardonnay to sample its
namesake grape at a private wine tasting.
Day 6 - CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE
Dock in picturesque Chalon-sur-Saône and spend a morning at
leisure exploring this delightful riverside town. After lunch aboard
ship, visit medieval Brancion, continuing to the 17th-century
Château de Cormatin.
Day 7 - LYON
Arrive in Lyon to tour its old quarter, walking the hidden
passageways of Croix-Rousse Hill and visiting a silk weavers’
workshop. Visit the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, which
overlooks the city.
Day 8 - AVIGNON
Explore the Pont du Gard, a towering Roman aqueduct. Enjoy an
exclusive lunch in its shadow before taking a fascinating tour of
Avignon, with time to explore on your own. This evening, enjoy
dinner at a restaurant on shore.
Day 9 - SÉNANQUE & ARLES
Begin your exclusive excursion at the Cistercian Abbey of
Sénanque, famous for its fields of lavender. In Saint Paul-de-Mausole, stop at a family-run Provençal farm for a home-cooked
lunch. Complete the day in Arles, where Vincent van Gogh
painted Café Terrace at Night, and stand in the exact spot where
the artist set up his easel.
Day 10 - VIVIERS
Visit Viviers on the Rhône River, meet some residents and learn
about — and play — a traditional game of pétanque. Tonight, join
the captain for a celebratory gala dinner.
Day 11 - DEPART LYON
After breakfast, transfer to the Lyon airport, where you board your
homebound flight for departure.