River Cruising

Your Journey,
Your Way

If you've never experienced a river cruise, you may be wondering "what's all the fuss about?" There is perhaps no better way to explore the small towns and historic cities of the world than on a river cruise. Traveling by car or bus will get you into the heart of the city, at the expense of having to pack and unpack frequently.

Cruising aboard an ocean liner offers you the conveniences of a floating hotel, but the ship usually docks a distance from the city center, requiring a taxi or bus transfer to see the sights. River cruising gives you the best of both worlds, providing "walk-off-the-ship" access to the port cities without the packing hassles. And, with a maximum capacity of less than 200 passengers on most vessels, a river cruise offers a very intimate experience.

Best of all, river cruises tend to be nearly all-inclusive, providing not only your meals, but a selection of beverages, including beer and regional wines, with your meals, as well as informative tours in each port of call. You will be able to immerse yourself into each city with a selection of tours specifically chosen to highlight the historic importance of each port of call. Whether you tour by bus, bike, or foot, your professionally-trained, English-speaking guides will make history come alive. And, with a personal headset, you'll hear every word. 

On board, you will find a variety of activities and entertainment options, including port lectures, cooking demonstrations, music performances by local musicians, and more. Each of the luxurious staterooms provide free on-demand movies, music and English-language television stations. And, complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship.



With a maximum capacity of only 144 passengers, the AmaCello is more intimate than some other river vessels. And, once you step aboard, you will be will impressed with her luxurious appointments; gourmet dining; and friendly, attentive service.

All meals are crafted by expert chefs and feature exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine as well as traditional Western offerings. Each meal is specially paired with premium red and white wines from regional wineries. There’s also sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast, menu service during lunch, as well as delicious tapas and snacks in the Main Lounge between meals. All onboard dining, as well as unlimited wine and beer with lunch and dinner, is included so you can indulge whenever and however you’d like. 

Luxurious Appointments

On Board

Most of her 73 staterooms features deluxe hotel-style bedding, spacious bathroom with multi-jet shower head, ample storage space, and a French balcony to enjoy the panoramic views of the beautiful sights along the river. Additional features include a flat-screen TV that also works as a computer, a unique Entertainment On-demand system providing complimentary TV, movies and music library, wireless Internet access, and even complimentary bottled water replenished daily. And, with a 1:3 staff-to-guest ratio, you'll receive personalized service sure to exceed expectations.

With fewer guests on board, you'll have the space to relax and enjoy your cruise. Indulge in a massage following a day of sightseeing. Take a relaxing dip in the Jacuzzi. Stay in shape in the fitness room. Or relax, and take in the breathtaking scenery from the observation lounge. 

Ports of Call

Your journey features an incredible itinerary, beginning with three nights in Paris. From there, you will board the AmaCello in Chalon-sur-Saone for an eight-day adventure to some of the most picturesque cities in the south of France. Remember that your cruise includes tours in each port, lead by professionally-trained, English-speaking guides.

Daily Itinerary & Inclusions

Our fabulous trip includes all of the features that you have come to expect from CDC Distributors, including round-trip air into Paris and departing from Marseille or Provence, France; three nights accommodations in Paris before your cruise departs; full-day tour to Normandy and the American Cemetery commemorating those who lost their lives during the D-Day invasion; deluxe staterooms on board the AmaCello; all meals as served on board the ship; regional wine; beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; complimentary bottled water; specialty teas and coffees anytime; world-class shore excursions in each port-of-call; round-trip transfers throughout; all baggage handling, gratuities and travel-related taxes throughout; and so much more. Contact your local CDC Distributors territory manager for complete details. 

Below is a brief outline of your itinerary.  While some details may change, this will give you a good idea of what to expect.

Flights depart various CDC Distributors cities for Paris, France.

Morning arrival in Paris.

Clear local immigration and transfer to the hotel.

Remainder of the day at leisure to explore Paris.

Dine around evening in Paris.

Overnight in Paris. 

Breakfast at the hotel.

Full day tour to Normandy, Omaha Beach and the Normandy American Cemetery.

Remainder of the day at leisure in Paris.

Dine around evening in Paris.

Overnight in Paris. 

Breakfast at the hotel.

Full day at leisure in Paris with hop-on/hop-off pass.

Dine around evening in Paris.

Overnight in Paris. 

Breakfast at the hotel.

Hotel checkout and transfer to Chalon-sur-Saone.

Arrive Chalon-sur-Saone and embark AmaCello

Remainder of the afternoon at leisure in Chalon-sur-Saone.

Dinner as a group on board.

Overnight in Chalon-sur-Saone. (On board) 

Breakfast on board.

Included tour options in Chalon-sur-Saone.

Afternoon departure for Tournus, France.

Evening arrival in Tournus.

Dinner on board.

Overnight in Tournus. (On board) 

Breakfast on board.

Included tour options in Tournus.

Afternoon departure for Macon, France.

Evening arrival in Macon.

Dinner on board.

Overnight in Macon. (On board) 

Breakfast on board.

Included tour options in Macon.

Afternoon departure for Villefranche-sur-Saone, France.

Evening arrival in Villefranche-sur-Saone.

Dinner on board.

Illuminations cruise in Lyon.

Overnight in Lyon. (On board) 

Breakfast on board.

Included tour options in Lyon.

Afternoon departure for Vienne, France.

Arrival in Vienne.

Included tour options in Vienne.

Dinner on board.

Overnight in Vienne. (On board) 

Morning departure for Valence, France.

Breakfast on board.

Afternoon arrival in Valence.

Included tour options in Valence.

Evening departure for Avignon, France.

Dinner on board.

Overnight on board. 

Breakfast on board.

Morning arrival in Avignon, France.

Included tour options in Avignon.

Depart for Arles, France.

Afternoon arrival in Arles.

Included tour options in Arles.

Dinner on board.

Overnight in Arles. (On board) 

Breakfast on board.

Disembark and transfer to the airport for flights home. 


More Information

Looking for more information on your trip? Below are some useful links and documents to get you started. The documents are in Adobe PDF format, and you will need a suitable PDF reader to view them.

In addition to the information below, several useful apps are available for both Android and Apple products. We encourage you to visit the "Play Store" on your Android device, or the "App Store" on your Apple device and see. Many are free of charge and some even provide maps that can even be used with data turned off if you need to conserve data.

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