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7A-ROSA STELLA - A Taste of Burgundy & Provence 2014

From Lyon to Mâcon, Chalon-sur-Saône, Tournus, Lyon, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Avignon, Arles, Viviers, La Voulte-sur-Rhône, Lyon

All Dates
09/27 and 10/04/2014
From $ 2,669 cruise-only Per Person
All-inclusive | Cabin S-Outside includes open bar, all gratuities, shore excursions and port taxes & fees

Picture why France is the most popular holiday destination in the world: experience savoir-vivre in pure culture. You start in Lyon, the city where the Rhône and Saône kiss. Then you discover the wine-growing areas of the Côte d’Or with their excellent wines and the unique scenery of Burgundy. Then it’s on to Arles and Avignon. And at the end? Ideally, you’d like to start your journey again from the beginning!

Station Arrival Departure
Lyon 8pm
The old town “Vieux Lyon” features Renaissance houses making it worthy of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is for gourmets too: Lyon is dubbed “la ville de gueule” – the gourmet town. Furthermore it is known for its high-quality silk products and the Basilica of Notre-Dame die Fourvière above the city.
Mâcon 4am 7pm
Mâcon nowadays is known for being a vibrant and lively town. You can take a walk on the main business roads (Rue Carnot, Rue Dombey) for shopping or relax in one of the many cafes. The oldest building in Mâcon is located on the Place aux Herbes. The house is practically entirely covered with unique woodland sceneries.
Excursions

Cluyn Cloister

Cluny is one of the most significant abbeys of the Christian Middle Ages. With the power of the great abbeys on one hand and the Mystic Movement and the strict adherence to religious principles on the other, the Cluny order spread quickly into the western world : In the 12th century, there were more than  1 200 abbeys and  about 25 000 monks in the world. You will stand in front of the former Benedictine Abbey, which was nearly destroyed during the French Revolution. Your guide will provide a background for you to picture the extent of the old buildings and of the power of the Cluny spirit. Built between 1088 and 1130, the Abbey had a total length of 575 feet, 5 naves, 2 transepts, 5 belfries, 300 windows and 225 choir stalls. A massive belfry tower and the ruins of the southern transept testify to its former glory. Research by the American archaeologist Professor Kenneth Conant has facilitated the reconstruction of a model which provides an overall view of the sacred building.

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Hameau en Beaujolais

A beautiful excursion into the heart of the vineyards around Mâcon, a delightful wine growing region, which is typical of the French countryside. This is where the gently undulating hills of the Beaujolais meet those of the Mâconnais. The tour takes you to the prehistoric site of Solutré with stone weapons and tools dating from 2000 to 1500 BC. The rock of Solutré dominates the valley of the Saône and the wine-growing area of Pouilly-Fuissé. You follow then the Wine Road through Saint-Véran, Saint-Amour, Juliénas... to the Hameau-en-Beaujolais, where you will visit the Hameau du Vin, an exceptional wine park dedicated to the history and art of wine-making. The wine Museum offers a unique collection of wine artifacts and tools dating back more than two millennia & after the visit, you will be invited to a wine tasting.

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Chalon-sur-Saône 3am 02:30pm
Excursions

Best Burgundy in Beaune

Undoubtedly, some of the world’s best wines originate from the region of Burgundy, especially the well-known Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. On your way to Beaune, you will pass some of the most famous wine cities of the Côte d’Or, such as Pommard and Meursault, Chassagne and Puligny. In Beaune you will have plenty of time to stroll through the picturesque old town. Furthermore you will visit the Hôtel-Dieu, a former hospital from the late middle ages that was still working until the beginning of the last century.

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Dijon, the City of Dukes

Your tour route will take you through vineyards and over the “Route des Grands Crus” to the Renaissance palace “Clos du Vougeot”, before continuing on to Dijon, the historic city and capital of Burgundy. In the 14th and 15th centuries, a powerful empire reigned over from the Palace of the Dukes. Back in those times, the great Dukes, such as Philip the Bold, had powers equal to those of the French King. These rich patrons were great advocates of the arts, something that is still apparent in Dijon today. Indeed, it is considered one of the most beautiful city’s in France. A transfer shuttle will then take you to Tournus, where your A-ROSA cruise ship will be waiting for you.

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Lyon 6am 4pm
The old town “Vieux Lyon” features Renaissance houses making it worthy of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is for gourmets too: Lyon is dubbed “la ville de gueule” – the gourmet town. Furthermore it is known for its high-quality silk products and the Basilica of Notre-Dame die Fourvière above the city.
Excursions

City Tour of Lyon

The stunning city of Lyon is located at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône. One of the oldest towns in France, it is widely praised for its high-quality silk products and its gastronomy. Take a walk through the old town, the so-called Vieux Lyon, which was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Have a look at the houses built in Italian Renaissance style, the Roman theatre and the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. During a visit to an old silk printing shop you will be shown some essential information about the French silk industry, which made Lyon rich and famous all over the world.

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Paul Bocuse Restaurant Experience

Everyone is invited to lunch at this world famous three Michelin star restaurant. After your morning city tour you will be brought back to the A-Rosa Stella to prepare for this culinary experience. Buses depart at 12:30PM for the restaurant.<xml></xml>

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape 10:30am 11am
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is firmly entwined with papal history. In 1308, Pope Clement V, former Archbishop of Bordeaux, relocated the papacy to the city of Avignon. While the Avignon Papacy did much to advance the reputation of wines from Burgundy, the papacy also promoted viticulture in the surrounding area, more specifically the area 5–10 km north of Avignon, close to the banks of the Rhône River. Prior to the Avignon Papacy, viticulture of the area had been initiated and maintained by the Bishops of Avignon, largely for local consumption.
Excursions

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

A very well known wine area is situated only about a mile from your docking place and 12 miles north of Avignon – the village of Chateauneuf du Pape! You will visit the small museum of PERE ANSELM and taste some of the best wines in the world. After some free time you will drive to your A-ROSA vessel to Avignon to enjoy a late lunch.

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City Walking Tour an Popes Palace

Through small alleys, along past the numerous small city palaces, chapels and churches, this excursion will lead you to the famous Palais du Pape, which can be explored during an extensive tour. Each year in July, one of the largest theater festivals in the world takes place around this principal and most impressive landmark in all of Provence. For about four weeks, the streets of Avignon turn into a colorful market of creativity. You pass the church of St. Agricol, continue your walk to the picturesque point of Rocher des Domes to enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the Rhône Valley and the famous Pont d’Avignon.

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Private Flight over Provence

This excursion will take you on a panoramic flight through the Avignon area. After your 30 minute drive, you will meet your pilot for a briefing to tell you about the tour. Then, you will embark on board a Cessna or Piper for a 30 minute panoramic flight of Pont du Gard, St Rémy de Provence, Les Alpilles, Les Baux de Provence, Tarascon and Beaucaire. This lovely area in Provence is sure to be a highlight of your trip.

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Avignon 1pm overnight
“On the bridge of Avignon, we all dance there” – the words of a folk song from the 15th century pay tribute to the unbridled joie de vivre at the foot of the Palace of the Popes. And this joie de vivre is still very much alive today.
Excursions

Famous Pont du Gard & Uzès

This prestigious monument is located in a magnificent setting at the end of the Gordon gorges. This is a magical site drawing its power from the strength of elements present, limestone rocky outcrops, water and Mediterranean vegetation. The PONT DU GARD site is a water crossroads where the aqueduct snakes through the dense green countryside surging out onto the Pont du Gard to cross the Gordon River. You will have time to take photos and relax along the river. Then you will re board your coach and drive to Uzès, the City of Art. Completely restored in 1962, visitors to Uzès have marveled at the sights every step of the way discovering the small, narrow streets and town squares stand against the very medieval character of the towers. But it’s only after entering the private townhouses that you become fully aware of the significant role this town played in history. After the walking tour, you will have time at your leisure to stroll along the neighborhood cafes and shops before returning to the ship.

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City Walking Tour Arles

This excursion will take you to the heart of traditional Provence. You will embark on a walking tour of the city to discover the Roman Coliseum, now used for bullfights, and see the ruins of an ancient theater before continuing through the narrow streets to make a brief stop at Republic Square to admire the Church Ste Trophime with its cloister, the 17th century Town Hall, and the Roman Obelisk.

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Camargue - A Natural Environment of Beauty

In the marshlands of the Camargue, land and sea merge to create a breathtakingly lovely retreat for people and animals alike. Here, you can enter the world of the white horses and enjoy the region’s unspoiled natural landscape. Whether on horseback, out for a swim at the seemingly endless beach at Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, on one of the many tours of the area’s romantic towns, or at a (mostly harmless) bullfight: the unique Camargue region has something for everyone.

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Jeep Tour Camargue

The Camargue is one of the last coastal areas of the Mediterranean Sea that is not covered by large holiday resorts, private mansions or apartments. On this excursion you will discover the regions on a jeep tour through the marshlands of the Camargue with its beautiful landscapes and see the typical white horses, Flamingos and beautiful beaches. The jeep tour starts from the lovely village of Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

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Avignon 12pm
Arles 03:30pm 10pm
Even if you haven’t yet paid the ancient Roman town a visit, you’re sure to recognise pictures of it. Vincent van Gogh painted Arles in 187 of his works. A few of his motifs have today been restored to their original state. The famous Camargue is also very close to Arles.
La Voulte 12pm 2pm
La Voulte is a beautiful french village, which will invite you to relax and enjoy a Café au Lait or a local wine in the typical bistros.
Excursions

Southern Ardèche

Over the course of millions of centuries, the typical limestone of the Ardèche has formed one of the most beautiful landscapes in Southern France. Along the river you will drive to one of the numerous grottos of the area, such as the Grottes des Madeleines, which consists of more than 25 subterranean halls, or the Grotte Chauvet, which houses the oldest cave paintings in the world. Continuing your trip to one of the lavender producers in the Ardèche-area, you will be shown the different types and species of lavender, as well as their usage in medicine, decoration and perfume production. Finally, you return to your A-ROSA vessel in La Voulte.

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Lyon 4am

Select your travel date

Arrival Date Ship Cat./Bed/Deck All-Inclusiv Fare
09/27 - 10/04/2014 A-ROSA STELLA Twin Bed - Outside - Deck 1 $ 3,669
A-ROSA STELLA Dbl Bed - Outside - Deck 1 $ 4,269
A-ROSA STELLA Dbl Bed - French Bal. - Deck 2 $ 4,669
A-ROSA STELLA Dbl Bed - French Bal. - Deck 3 $ 4,969
10/04 - 10/11/2014 A-ROSA STELLA Twin Bed - Outside - Deck 1 $ 2,819
A-ROSA STELLA Dbl Bed - Outside - Deck 1 $ 2,869
A-ROSA STELLA Dbl Bed - French Bal. - Deck 2 $ 3,419
A-ROSA STELLA Dbl Bed - French Bal. - Deck 3 $ 3,819


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A-ROSA All-Inclusive

2014

  • Complimentary transfers on day of embark and debark
  • Prepaid gratuities
  • Open bar throughout the ship to include soft drinks, tea & coffee specialties, beer, wine, sparkling wine & Prosecco, cocktails and spirits
  • Complimentary bottled water & fruit bowl in your stateroom
  • All port charges, taxes and fees
  • 2 - 3 complimentary excursions from which to choose for most ports
  • Open dining to enjoy a meal with whomever you wish with served dinner service of outstanding cuisine paired with beautiful wines from the region
  • European, English-speaking staff – professional, warm & friendly
  • Comfortable accommodations, most with French or full balconies
  • Modern ships complete with spa, sauna and gym, pools or whirlpools, putting green and a large covered area topside for your dining and sightseeing pleasures
  • Complimentary use of available bicycles onboard
  • Optional Coach & Business class air from many gateways across North America
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