Shannon Lamarche

Premiere Luxury Travel

Essence of Burgundy and Provence river cruise on Ama Waterways

Mar 27, 2022 to Apr 8, 2022

                 We are excited to announce a group wine river cruise down the Rhône and the Saône
                               rivers in the Burgundy and Provence regions of France on March 31, 2022!

                         *Book by December 1, 2021, and save $250 per person on cruise fare*

Embark on a 7-night cruise from Arles to Chalone-Sur-Saône

Any Questions?  Please contact Shannon Lamarche, Luxury Travel Advisor
at 615.395.2313 or

What's included in this trip:

7 nights elegantly appointed accommodations in an outside stateroom (most with French balconies)
Computer for internet access                                                                
Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations 
Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area 
Bottled water replenished daily

Wellness Activities with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
Personalized services of a highly trained professional Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
Unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
Sun deck whirlpool and walking track
Fitness room, massage services and hair salon (additional charge for massage and salon services)
Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
Daily entertainment including cultural performances
Wine Host, often from a renowned winery in North America


Fine dining, including unlimited complimentary hand-selected wines, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board 

Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients

The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant

Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner

La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience

Unlimited fine wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge


Immersive tours in every destination

Small group guided shore excursions with a variety of choices and activity levels 

Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options

Bike tours and hikes

Special Interest Tours

Knowledgeable guides

Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways*


  • Wine Host from a renowned winery in North America (TBD)
  • Special tours and tastings at local wineries and private cellars
  • Onboard wine pairings with award-winning cuisine


  • PRE-CRUISE:  3 nights hotel in Barcelona at the Renaissance Barcelona (or similar) including daily breakfast, city tour, excursions, and transfer from Barcelona to the ship in Arles (from $1,170 per person)
  • POST-CRUISE:  3 nights hotel in Geneva at the Hotel Rotary Geneva MGallery (or similar) including daily breakfast, city tour, excursions, and transfer from the ship to Geneva (from $1,590 per person)
  • OR let Premiere Luxury Travel help plan your time before and after the river cruise  

Full payment on the booking is due on December 31, 2021

*For more information, please email Shannon Lamarche at:

What's not included:

  1. Airfare
  2. Travel insurance (please accept or decline below)
  3. Meals other than specified above
  4. Expenses of a personal nature and incidentals at hotels before/after the cruise
  5. Gratuities for shipboard crew and tour manager
  6. Transportation, sightseeing, and admission fees other than specified
  7. This list is illustrative and not a complete list of every item not included

Cruise Itinerary:

    March 31, 2022 | ARLES, FRANCE – EMBARKATION. Embark your ship in Arles, France for your Essence of Burgundy & Provence river cruise. (D)

    April 1, 2022 | ARLES – TARASCON – AVIGNON, FRANCE.  
    Arles is considered one of the most beautiful cities in France. Let your experienced guide lead you to the top sights, including the Romanesque cathedral and Roman amphitheater; or take a guided bike tour to the Roman ruins. If you wish to delve further into Van Gogh’s Arles, join a special walking tour along with a visit to the Vincent van Gogh Foundation, showcasing his legacy. Or take some time to focus on wellness with a guided bike tour through town. Later in the day, bike from Tarascon to Avignon, aptly named the “City of Popes. Or enjoy a walking tour that includes the Papal Palace and the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a more flavorful experience, visit three venues around Avignon to taste regional specialties including macarons, cheese and wine, and tapenades. During the evening, enjoy an Illuminations cruise. (B,L,D). 

    April 2, 2022 | VALENCE, FRANCE. Valence is a designated “City of Art and History,” where you can see such sites as its 11th-century Cathedral of St. Apollinaris or perhaps its House of Heads (named for the carved heads of its façade and courtyard) on your city tour. For a more active adventure, pedal through this bicycle-friendly city. Or indulge your culinary wanderlust by attending a specialized excursion to a local French cooking school. If you prefer a more relaxing excursion, taste the Northern Rhône’s red Cornas wines. (B,L,D)

    April 3, 2022 | VIENNE – LYON, FRANCE. Vienne boasts a Roman past that can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. There you can ride the charming mini train around the city. For those wishing to be more active, you can either take a guided bike tour along a portion of the ViaRhôna bike route or a guided hike from the ship to the Monastery at Mount Pipet. Later in the day, discover dynamic Lyon, starting in Fourvière Hill, part of the city’s historic region that is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the 19th-century basilica NotreDame de Fourvière. Continue on to the old town of Lyon, followed by a guided walk through the St. Jean district, where you will be introduced to the city’s unique covered walkways, known as “traboules.” Or get active a guided bike tour through the city designed with cyclists in mind. If you’re a self-described foodie, our Lyon tasting tour is for you, during which you’ll have a chance to taste some of Lyon’s local delights. In the evening, sit back to see the city illuminated during a scenic nighttime cruise. (B,L,D)

    April 4, 2022 | MÂCON – TOURNUS, FRANCE. Join a guided tour through the “South Burgundy City” of Mâcon, learning about its local vineyards, museums, historical sites, and perhaps its famous son, the poet, and minister Alphonse de Lamartine. Or venture somewhat off the beaten path to Cluny, known for its large abbey, and the nearby castle Berze-le-Chatel, a well-preserved fortress perched on a rocky hill offering stunning views below. Should architecture or religion be one of your main interests, perhaps choose the excursion to the Royal Monastery of Brou, built in the 16th century, and boasting a glorious white façade as well as a beautifully tiled roof. Later in the day, bike from Mâcon to Tournus or enjoy a delicious tasting of the region’s famous white Mâconnais wines. (B,L,D)

    April 5, 2022 | TOURNUS. Today you have a choice of a number of excursions as you explore Tournus. Let your knowledgeable guide lead you through Tournus and to its magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Saint Philibert. Or choose instead to visit the moated Château de Cormatin, which dates back to the early 17th century and features ornate apartments as well as a beautifully manicured garden. As an alternative, venture to the medieval village of Brancion with its preserved gateway, church, and market hall. Later in the day, if you’re feeling adventurous, bike to Chalon-Sur-Saône. (B,L,D)

    April 6, 2022 | CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE, FRANCE. Located in southern Burgundy at the heart of the Côte Chalonnaise wine region, Chalon-Sur-Saône whispers the secrets of its medieval past which you will discover during your historic city tour. You’ll also stop at a local market where you can see and taste some of the local fare. Alternatively, choose an excursion in Beaune, a walled town nestled in the heart of Cote d’Or vineyards where you’ll stroll the cobblestone streets and take in such sights as the mosaic-tiled roof of the Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune, founded in the 15th century as a hospital for the less fortunate. Or, visit the storybook Château de Couches, a medieval fortress enveloped in idyllic hills and greenery that once served the Dukes of Burgundy. Later in the day, treat your palate to a tasting of Chalonnaise wines. (B,L,D)

    April 7, 2022 | CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE – DISEMBARKATION. Disembark your ship in Chalon-sur-Saône and transfer to the airport for your journey home, or for your next European destination. 

    Cancellation policy:

    Your deposit of $400 per person has a 50% non refundable status as soon as it is made. In the unfortunate event a participant must cancel travel, notice to AmaWaterways must be via email, which must include a return receipt and read notation, or other writing stating clearly and correctly each guest’s name, ship name, start and end date of the cruise and a brief statement of the reason for cancellation. Other forms of notice are not sufficient. The effective date of the cancellation is the date we receive the written cancellation notice. A name change or substitution of participant is also treated as a cancellation in that all cancellation charges apply. Cancellation charges are per-person, based on the cancellation date, as follows: after Group Review Date and up to 121 days before departure: $200 loss of deposit; 120-90 days before departure: $400 loss of deposit; 89-60 days before departure: 35% of cruise and land price; 59-30 days before departure: 50% of cruise and land price; 29-7 days before departure: 80% of cruise and land price; 6 days or less before departure: 100% of cruise and land price. Deposits for A+, AA+ and Suites are non-refundable. Protection plan premiums are non-refundable. After travel begins, there is no refund for unused services, or unused portions of cruise, cruise/tour or airfare.

    Terms and Conditions:

    All rates are per person in USD for cruise only based on double occupancy.  Solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts.  Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice.  Other restrictions apply.  Port charges, airfare and gratuities are additional.  Travel protection is available: please ask your travel advisor about your protection options or contact your local provider.  Ama Waterways reserves the right to revise any errors on the flyto availer; itinerary subject to change.  Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. CST #2065452-20. V20AUG21SI.

    See the full itinerary here: Essence of Burgundy and Provence

    Any Questions?  Please contact Shannon Lamarche, Luxury Travel Advisor at 615.395.2313 or



    Decorated in a palette of gold and orange that reflects Europe’s brilliant autumn foliage, the AmaCello is a floating delight. The glorious Sun Deck offers a soothing whirlpool, giant chess set, and recliners from which to drink up the extraordinary scenery. Inside, enticing aromas waft from the beautiful Main Restaurant and The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, each previewing a masterfully plated dish created by an expert chef using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. And after just one bite, you’ll understand why the AmaCello, like all our European ships, was inducted into the internationally renowned culinary society known as La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs! Keeping with the French theme, most staterooms feature a French balcony as well as amenities that include Entertainment-On-Demand, climate-controlled air conditioning, and an in-room safe. A fitness room, sauna, and massage room are also available for your enjoyment onboard this incredible river ship.

    Note: Elevator reaches Main Restaurant, Lobby/Main Lounge and staterooms on Violin and Cello Deck (does not reach Piano Deck or Sun Deck).
    Stateroom Categories
    • Single

    Available Packages

    Suite Cabin - French Balcony
    Unavailable as of December 1, 2021

    Deposit: $400.00

    Category A Cabin - French Balcony
    Unavailable as of December 1, 2021

    Deposit: $400.00

    French Balcony, Category A, 170 Square Feet - includes port charges | pricing is per person, based on double occupancy *Promotional Pricing Expires 12/1/21

    Category B Cabin - French Balcony
    Unavailable as of December 1, 2021

    Deposit: $400.00

    Extra Options

    NOTE: Clicking "Book Now" is a REQUEST for a cabin; I will confirm availability at the time of your request. I update availability weekly. Available until December 1, 2021
    Unavailable as of December 1, 2021


    Optional Pre-Cruise Add-on: Barcelona
    Unavailable as of December 1, 2021


    Day 1: Hotel Check-in

    Day 2: Best of Barcelona Tour - Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas, Montjuïc, and Gaudi tour, including La Sagrada Familia

    Day 3: Mountains and Abbey of Montserrat excursion

    Day 4: Hotel checkout, high speed train to Nîmes, highlight tour of Nîmes (former outpost of the Roman Empire), then embark on ship in Arles


    * rates do not include Intra-Air flight segments. Please reference Ama Waterways brochure for the latest prices.

    Optional Post-Cruise Add-on: Geneva
    Unavailable as of December 1, 2021


    Day 1: Disembark ship in Chalôn-sur-Saône, visit Dijon, France, stop in Bourg-en-Bresse

    Day 2: Get acquainted with Geneva, the "peace city," the gateway to the Swiss Alps with traditions in both watchmaking and chocolate making

    Day 3: Pearl of the Swiss Alps Annecy excursion, home to Château d'Annecy and Chillon Castle

    Day 4: Bid farewell to Geneva and prepare for your flight home