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.
Photo Credits: AmaWaterways
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.
Daily Itinerary & Inclusions

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Flights depart various CDC Distributors cities for Paris, France.

Monday, October 12, 2020

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.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Breakfast at the hotel.
Depart for a 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.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day at leisure in Paris with hop-on/hop-off pass.
Dine around evening in Paris.
Overnight in Paris.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Breakfast at the hotel.
Hotel checkout and transfer to Lyon.
Arrive Lyon and embark AmaCello
Remainder of the afternoon at leisure in Lyon.
Dinner as a group on board.
Overnight in Lyon. (On board)

Friday, October 16, 2020

Breakfast on board.
Included tour options in Lyon.
Remainder of the afternoon at leisure in Lyon.
Dinner on board.
Overnight in Lyon. (On board)

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Breakfast on board.
Morning departure for Collonges, France.
Arrival in Collonges, France.
Included tour options in Collonges.
Afternoon departure for Vienne, France.
Arrival in Vienne, France.
Evening at leisure in Vienne.
Dinner as a group on board.
Overnight in Vienne. (On board)

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Breakfast on board.
Included tour options in Vienne.
Afternoon departure for Tournon, France.
Arrive in Tournon, France
Evening at leisure in Tournon, France
Dinner on board.
Overnight in Tournon. (On board)

Monday, October 19, 2020

Breakfast on board.
Included tour options in Tournon.
Afternoon departure for Avignon, France.
Dinner on board.
Overnight on board.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Breakfast on board.
Morning arrival in Avignon, France.
Included tour options in Avignon.
Remainder of the day at leisure Avignon.
Dinner on board.
Overnight on board.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Morning departure for Arles, France.
Breakfast on board.
Morning arrival in Arles, France.
Included tour options in Arles, France.
Remainder of the day at leisure in Arles.
Farewell dinner on board.
Overnight in Arles. (On board)

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Breakfast on board.
Disembark and transfer to the airport for flights home.
Itinerary is subject to change without notice.
Looking for more information on your trip?  Below are some useful links and documents to get you started.  The documents are available in Adobe PDF format, and you will need a suitable PDF reader to view them.

In addition to the information below, 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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Your journey features an incredible itinerary, beginning with three nights in Paris.  From there, you will board the AmaCello in Lyon 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.
Ports of Call
Known throughout the world as the "City of Lights", Paris is celebrated for its beautiful architecture, museums, bridges, cathedrals, parks, shopping, sidewalk cafés, wide and luxurious boulevards, elegant cuisine, and numerous monuments.

People from all over the world travel to Paris to discover and experience the aura of romance and mystery that has been the setting for many novels and movies.
In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944 allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in an effort to wrestle control from the occupying German forces.  Nearly 10,000 U.S. troops lost their lives in the battle.  Today, the area serves as a humbling reminder of the cost of freedom. 

Visitors can walk the beaches where blood spilled more than 74 years ago.  Then visit the  Normandy American Cemetery, the final resting site of 9,385 U.S. soldiers.
Due to its strategic location, Lyon has served as an important outpost since the early Roman times.  Today, it is the third-largest city in France and offers visitors a wealth of enticing experiences.  The city boasts France's oldest ancient ruins, medieval quarters, and fine Renaissance houses, earning it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Lyon is also home to some of France’s most celebrated restaurants.
Photo Credit: Galerie Lyon France - Tristan Deschamps
With its turreted houses and narrow alleyways, the medieval city of Collonges looks as if it were pulled straight out of a fairytale.  A walk through the city reveals a dramatic contrast between the red sandstone brick facades, green pastures and purple wisteria plants that line the streets.  Built on a gentle incline in the midst of walnut groves, its easy to see why Collonges is considered one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Due to its location along the Rhone River, Vienne became an important port city to the Roman Empire.  Today, visitors will find an impressive collection of Roman monuments throughout the city, including the Temple of Augustus (one of the best preserved Roman temples in the world), and the Roman Theater. The city also boasts a beautiful medieval heritage that you can discover by strolling through its old, narrow streets.
As your ships approaches Tournon, you'll be greeting by terraced vineyards and striking vistas.  Upon arrival to its city center, you will immediately notice the imposing castle standing guard over the city below. Take time to stroll in the historic city center, offering a pedestrian street with plenty of small shops, or to discover the Garden of Eden.  If time permits, continue your day across the bridge and visit Torunon’s neighboring city Tain l'Hermitage.
Located in the heart of France’s Provence region,  Avignon is perhaps best known for its legendary lavender fields.  But there’s more to this city than its aroma. Strategically situated high above the Rhone River, the city is encircled by medieval ramparts, and its old town is a maze of cobbled streets, lantern-lit passageways and architectural treasures.
Inspired by it’s architectural diversity and vibrant colors, Vincent van Gogh spent 15 months in Arles, from 1888 to 1889. While there, he descended into madness and finished more than 200 paintings.  With your free time, you can visit some of the sites in Arles that were immortalized by van Gogh on canvas, including Place du Forum, where he depicted beautiful landscapes and local café life, and the Langlois Bridge above.
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 relax dip in the Jacuzzi.  Stay in shape in the fitness room.  Or relax, and take in the breathtaking scenery from the observation lounge. 
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.