Cruisetour featuring 2 nights in the French Alps town of Annecy + Geneva • 7 night Rhone & Saone river cruise • Optional Loire Valley Extension

14 Days - Tour Dates: October 15 - 28, 2018 - Guaranteed Departure!
30 Meals Included

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Price Per Person:

From $4948.00 per person, double occupancy

Deposit of $500pp
Price below includes Air from LAX - See Highlights section for other cities

Tour Highlights:

  • Round Trip Home Pick-up
  • Round Trip Air from LAX ONLY for these prices - ADD $50 pp for San Diego, Orange County, San Antonio, Austin, Vegas, & Phoenix
  • Chris McCool & Chuck Denny are your AFC tour managers on this French food & wine themed cruise
  • AFC Ship Charter - AFC has blocked 50% of the ship for our group
  • Pre-cruise French Alps tour included: 2 nights in the alpine resort town of Annecy  plus a tour of Geneva
  • 7-Night Cruise Round Trip Lyon onboard the NEW 5-Star Amadeus PROVENCE
  • 24 Meals:  All 9 B, 6 L, & All 9 Dinners
  • Wine with all dinners onboard ship
  • 8 Ports of Call with 7 Included Shore Excursions: Macon in Burgundy, Chalon-sur-Soane & Tournus, Old Lyon, Avignon, Arles Pont du Gard / Uzes, and Ardeche Gorge
  • Onboard music, lectures, & cooking demos
  • Baggage Handling & Airport Transfers
  • Unpack Once: 3 nights in Amboise
  • 6 MEALS: 3 Breakfasts (B), 3 Dinners (D)
  • Amboise historic town walking tour
  • Champagne vineyard tour & tasting
  • Tour two magnificient chateaus
  • Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Motorcoach transfer from Amboise to Paris
  • Deluxe Motocoach throughout
  • Fully Escorted by Chris McCool
  • Baggage handling at hotel

Daily Itinerary:

Day 1 Monday, 10/15/2018 - Fly to Lyon
Home Pick-up to the airport. Overnight flight to Lyon, France.
Day 2 Tuesday, 10/16/2018 - Arrive / To Annecy
Arrive and board the motorcoach for Annecy in the French Alps. Check into your hotel and enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
Day 3 Wednesday, 10/17/2018 - Annecy                                    
Located on Lake Annecy, the town is known for its Vieille Ville (old town), with cobbled streets, winding canals, and pastel-colored houses. On the hill is the medieval Château d’Annecy, once home to the Counts of Geneva. Enjoy an included lake cruise and spend the day exploring the town, before an included dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 4 Thursday, 10/18/2018 - Geneva / ms Provence                                
Coach into Switzerland for a tour of metropolitan Geneva, with its dramatic views of Mont Blanc.  French influence is everywhere: the language, the food, the Bohemian districts. Continue to Lyon and board the NEW ms Provence, in the style of the award-winning AMADEUS Silver ships. Enjoy not only generous public areas but also spacious cabins. Designed to enhance the open deck experience, the ship features an innovative pool deck centered around an infinity-style plunge pool.
Day 5 Friday, 10/19/2018 - Macon
Start this wine & food cruise in southern Burgundy, with a visit to the wine museum. Take an afternoon tour of Cluny Abbey. Founded in 910, by Benedictine monks, it was once head of a monastic ‘empire’ of 10,000 monks.
Day 6 Saturday, 10/20/2018 - Chalon sur Saone / Tournas
Take a scenic drive along France’s Burgundy wine route and arrive in Beaune, wine capital of Burgundy, for a guided tour of beautiful Hôtel Dieu, founded as a hospice in 1443. Later, enjoy a wine tasting at one of Beaune’s famous cellars.
Day 7 Sunday, 10/21/2018 - Lyon              
Tour Lyon, the third-largest city in France, at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône. See the Basilica, the Roman theatre, and the ‘Vieux Lyon’ or Old Quarter. Visit the cathedral on the hill for a spectacular view of the city.  This afternoon, cruise south on the Rhône River.
Day 8 Monday, 10/22/2018 - Avignon  
Tour medieval Avignon, and the Papal Palace, once the seat of Catholic popes during the 14th century and one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe.
Day 9 Tuesday, 10/23/2018 - Camargue Nature Park
Just south of Arles, the landscape changes, with long, level roads crisscrossing the marshes and farmlands. It’s home to Camargue bulls and horses living in semi-freedom, and many species of birds. Also, visit Sainte Marie de la Mer, steeped in history and sporting stunning beaches, where the Rhône joins the Mediterranean Sea.
Day 10 Wednesday, 10/24/2018 - Viviers /  Le Pouzin 
Morning sightseeing to the “Grand Canyon of Europe,” Ardeche Gorge, plunging 984 ft. Follow the famous Gorge Trail and see beautiful viewpoints such as Pont d’Arc and Serre de Tourre. Rejoin the vessel in Le Pouzin for afternoon cruising. This evening enjoy the Captain’s Gala Dinner.
Day 11 Thursday, 10/25/2018 - Lyon / Fly Home OR Optional Extension to the Loire Valley            
Disembark and transfer to the Lyon airport for your return flight home OR...
Board the motorcoach and travel through the countryside to Vichy, for lunch on your own in this historic spa town. Arrive in Amboise, in the Loire Valley. Check into our hotel for 3 nights.
Day 12 Friday, 10/26/2018 - Optional Extension: Amboise / Champagne
Enjoy a walking tour of historic Amboise, visiting its castle and narrow streets. Free time in town for shopping and lunch on own. Later visit a champagne vineyard for a tour and tasting.
Day 13 Saturday, 10/27/2018 - Optional Extension: Tour 2 Chateaux
Today we spend the day touring two fabulous historic chateaux in the Loire Valley. These magnificent, medieval fortress homes were the summer mansions for many French Kings. Tonight's Farewell Dinner is at a local restaurant.
Day 14 Sunday, 10/28/2018 - To Paris / Fly Home
Motor north to the Paris airport for your return flight home.  Ask about our Paris hotel extension.

Additional Tour Information:

  • Annecy (2) - Hotel Ibis (or similar)
  • Ship (7) - Amadeus ms Provence
  • Amboise (3) - Novotel (or similar)
Prices are Per Person, Double Occupancy (or Single, as noted)
ADD the Extension Prices below the price chart

Cabin Type                  Price BEFORE      Book by Mar 15th        Your AFC
 & Deck                            Discount                & SAVE               CRUISE PRICE    
C-1 Haydn- SM. WINDOW  $4,299                     $200                    $4,099 pp    
C-2 Haydn- SM. WINDOW  $4,399                     $200                    $4,199 pp
C-3 Single- SM. WINDOW  $5,649                     $200                    $5,449 
B-1 Strauss- FR. BAL.        $5,199                     $600                    $4,599 pp 
B-2 Strauss- FR. BAL.        $5,299                     $600                    $4,699 pp
B-3 Strauss- FR. BAL.        $5,349                     $600                    $4,799 pp
A-1 Mozart- FR. BAL.         $5,699                     $800                    $4,899 pp
A-2 Mozart- FR. BAL.         $5,799                     $800                    $4,999 pp
S-1 Mozart- SUITE             $6,999                   $1,200                   $5,799 pp   

SAVE $1,800 per cabin off regular price French Balcony compared to Viking & AMA
SAVE $2,800 per cabin over the competition on a SUITE!

ADD $160 p.p. Port Taxes - Deposit of $500 pp

ADD the Loire Valley Extension
Double ADD $849 per person
Single ADD $1,139

Air Upgrades: Economy Plus ADD from $550 pp
Premium Economy ADD from $989 pp