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The Leader in Small Ship and River Cruising Worldwide

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2018 Cruising Burgundy & Provence to the Cote d'Azur

Paris • Macon • Lyon • Vienne • Viviers • Avignon • Arles • Nice

ABOARD THE PRIVATELY OWNED 46-PASSENGER M/S PROVENCE DESIGNED FOR AMERICAN TRAVELERS
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13 Days from only $3395 including international airfare

Activity Level:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

Courtesy Michael Gisselere
Château de Versailles

View Versailles’ gilded grounds in this drone-shot film before discovering them on your own during your free time in Paris.

Trip Experience

Watch travelers explore the "City of Lights" and more on this French River Cruise Tour.

Courtesy Small World Productions
France’s Burgundy and Loire Regions

Revel in the art of good living as travel expert Rudy Maxa explores the legendary Burgundy region.

Trip Extension: Paris

Visit Paris's iconic sites via Metro or savor the tastes of France in a local restaurant on our optional extension.

Courtesy BBC.com Travel
In Paris, The Drink That Drove Van Gogh Mad

Toast to the legendary (and infamous) Green Fairy with this in-depth examination of absinthe.

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NEW: Activity Level

Our NEW Activity Level rating system ranks our trips on a scale of 1 (easiest) to 5 (most difficult) to help you determine if a trip is right for you. The information below is a general guide to our rating system, but see our itineraries for much more detailed physical activity information about each trip.

Activity Level 1:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5

Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Post-trip: Italian Riviera & the Cinque Terre

4 nights from: $1245 Single Supplement: FREE

This lovely seaside resort town is home to several medieval relics, like a 16th-century castle, and the Abbazia della Cervara (Abbey of Cervara), which was erected in the late 1300s, and features an expansive garden overlooking the sea. Santa Margherita is a charming place to relax and sample the town's vintages.

It's Included:
Accommodations for 4 nights
Daily breakfasts
Included tours: Portofino • Cinque Terre
Dedicated services of a local Program Director
Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers
All transfers
  • After your Cruising Burgundy & Provence to the Cote d'Azur River Cruise Tour, you'll transfer to Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy. Depending on your arrival time, enjoy free time for lunch, and in the afternoon your Program Director will provide an orientation walk of Santa Margherita Ligure. Dinner is on your own.

  • After breakfast, you will take a walking tour of Santa Margherita Ligure with your Program Director before embarking on a boat ride to Portofino, one of the gems of the Italian Riviera. You will have a discovery walk of Portofino, and free time to explore and eat lunch on your own. 

    You'll take the boat back to Santa Margherita Ligure in the afternoon, and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner is on your own.

    Please note: Boat ride depends on weather conditions, and is not available from mid-October through November, as well as in March. In these instances, the boat will be replaced by a bus ride.

  • After breakfast, we will depart for an included tour of Cinque Terre National Park, where clusters of terraces are fastened to cliffs that drop dramatically into the sea. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is comprised of five captivating villages, most of which are solely connected by pathways and train stations, making them delightfully free of car traffic. We'll explore by local train and on foot today.

    Please note: Seats on public trains in Italy are available on a first-come first-served basis. Overcrowded passenger cars may require travelers to stand throughout the duration of their hour and fifteen-minute journey. Departure and arrival delays are common. For boarding and exiting the train, riders must climb and descend three steep steps.

    Lunch will be on your own, and you'll take the train back to Santa Margherita Ligure, arriving in the early evening. Tonight, you'll enjoy dinner on your own.

  • After an included breakfast, take advantage of a full day to savor the delights of the Italian Riviera according to your own interests. Perhaps you will visit the Abbazia della Cervara (Abbey of Cervara), or the cerulean bay of Paraggi, which is a little over a mile away and accessible by boat or bus.

    Or, join us today for an optional tour of Genoa, the capital of the Italian Riviera. A short drive along the coast takes us to this grand maritime city that was once a rival to Venice, Pisa, and Amalfi for control of the Mediterranean. Genoa is also known as the hometown of explorer Christopher Columbus.

    After a panoramic drive, we'll begin our walking tour, accompanied by an expert local guide, of the monumental Strada Nuova. This 400-year-old street is lined with elegant mansions that have been celebrated by Rubens in pictures, as well as by Lord Byron and Mark Twain in words. We'll continue our walking tour by exploring the Caruggi, an intricate maze of the picturesque streets that connect the town center with the port docks—where, until the 1960s, giant transatlantic liners departed for the U.S. with Italian emigrants seeking new opportunities. We'll enjoy lunch in a local trattoria before we return to our hotel this afternoon.

    Join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Drink before free time to discover one of the area's charming locally-owned restaurants independently.

    • Meals included:
    This morning, after breakfast, you will have a one-hour transfer to the airport in Genoa, Italy, for your return flight home.

Italian Riviera & the Cinque Terre is a post-trip extension on the Paris to Cote d’Azur itinerary and a pre-trip extension on the Cote d’Azur to Paris itinerary. Please note: This extension may not be available on all departures.

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