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 dinner.
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.