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The Wine Route: Bordeaux & Alsace

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Visit: Bordeaux, St. Emilion, Medoc wine region, Strasbourg, Colmar, Alsace

Get the best of both worlds by sampling Bordeaux’s bountiful wines before heading to the cultural melting pot of Strasbourg and the surrounding Alsatian areas.

Can’t decide whether you prefer a French Bordeaux or an Alsatian Riesling? With this tour, you don’t have to. Start off in the UNESCO World Heritage site of the city of Bordeaux (also known as the Sleeping Beauty due to enjoying less popularity than Paris and other French cities) where you will enjoy a walking tour of all the sights the city has to offer, from Saint Andrews Cathedral to the Monument of the Girondins. As well as the history of the Bordeaux region, you will sample the products of its renowned wine-producing villages, from the complex Merlots of Saint Émilion to the Cabernet Sauvignons from the Chateaux and wineries of the Medoc region. To contrast you’ll then have the delight of staying in the quaint, canal peppered city of Strasbourg, which will be your launch pad for exploring the sloping valleys and vineyards of the Alsatian wine region, famed for its Rieslings, Pinot Gris, Sparkling Crémant, Sylvaner, and many more.

Day 1 (Friday): Arrival Bordeaux

On arrival in Bordeaux, make your own way to your hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 2 (Saturday): Bordeaux & St. Emilion

Welcome to Bordeaux! Guided private visit of the city.  Coined the “Sleeping Beauty”, the city has over gone a radical transformation leading it to be declared UNESCO World Heritage in 2007. Follow your guide on this 3 hour tour and walk through imposing squares and handsome avenues, discover Saint Andrews Cathedral, the Monument of the Girondins, the Grand theatre and all the most important landmarks this city has to offer. In the afternoon, join a small group tour to St. Emilion.

Discover the wines & village of Saint Émilion. Begin the tour with the visit of a carefully selected Grand Cru winery that elaborates complex Merlot based red wines. Then follow your guide on a walking tour of the village. Finally, you have the option to taste more wines in the village at no extra cost or enjoy some free time for personal discovery as the village is without a doubt one of the most beautiful in the region.  Overnight in Bordeaux.

Meals: Breakfast, Wine Tasting

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Paris & Provence

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Visit: Paris, Provence

Get lost in both the lilac lavender fields of Provence and the enduring beauty of “The City of Love.”

After two days sampling the French capitals historic and culinary delights (mainly of the cheese variety!) this tour enables you to head south (away from the hustle and bustle of the city) to the rolling vineyards, pastel lavender fields, and medieval architectural gems of Provence. Start off by visiting a variety of villages from the Middle Ages, from Les Baux de Provence with its imposing castle ruins, to the city of Avignon, which boasts the biggest gothic palace in Europe. After an evening sampling sumptuous wines in the charming and famous surroundings of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards, your final day will be spent in the sunny squares, and broad tree-lined avenues of Aix-en-Provence. Here you’ll follow a gourmet walking tour allowing you to taste the tantalising treats of the region including the traditional French candy ‘Calisson’.

Day 1 (Friday): Arrival Paris

On arrival in Paris, make your own way to your hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 2 (Saturday): The best of Paris, Louvre & River Cruise

This Paris walking tour allows you to spend an attraction-filled half day exploring the old heart of Paris under the guidance of a local expert. You'll meet your guide in front of the fountain at Place Saint-Michel. From there your guide will take you to the site of Notre Dame explaining it’s fascinating 850 years of history, secrets and mysteries. See how this historic structure still stands proud after the recent fire and discover what the future holds for this magnificent building.

Your Paris walking tour continues in the picturesque lanes of the Île de la Cite and Latin Quarter, where you'll see iconic buildings, like the Conciergerie, and learn about some of the historic personalities that strolled these streets before you. Visit the impressive church of St. Germain l'Auxerrois built in the 13th century. Arriving at the crowded entrance to the Louvre, you'll skip the entrance lines and head straight inside for a full Louvre tour with your expert guide, including all the highlights of the world-famous collection. At the end of the walking tour, you will board a Seine river cruise to enjoy a relaxing ride and enjoy the city from the water. Overnight in Paris.

Meals: Breakfast

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Christmas Cruise on the Rhine

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Visit: Cologne, Koblenz, Speyer, Strasbourg, Mainz, Cologne

Celebrate Christmas in a whole new way – on board our festively decorated AMADEUS cruise ship. Enjoy the Christmas stories, decorating the Christmas tree, and a joyous celebration of Christmas Eve on board.

On this day, the restaurant will prepare a special gourmet dinner, after which you will have the option of attending a traditional midnight mass.

 

Day 1: Cologne

Your Christmas cruise along the Rhine begins in the old Hanseatic town of Cologne. After an opportunity to explore your AMADEUS ship, you are invited to join the cruise director at a Welcome Cocktail. Thereafter, enjoy the lovingly prepared Welcome Dinner on board, which will put you in the right mood for the festive time ahead. Your ship weighs anchor during the night and travels towards Koblenz.  Depart Cologne at 10pm.

Meals: Welcome Dinner

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Magic of Advent on the Rhine: Cologne to Strasbourg

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Visit: Cologne, Koblenz, Rüdesheim, Speyer, Strasbourg

The dreamy landscapes of the Middle Rhine Valley await you, snowy and festively lit, as well as trips to the most beautiful Christmas markets of the region, where the scent of roasted almonds, gingerbread and glühwein fills the air.

You will see romantic towns by the water’s edge, where the pre-Christmas mood prevails. A Rhine cruise during this most peaceful time of year offers you relaxation and contemplation in dream destinations, glowing with wintery Christmas cheer.

 

Day 1: Cologne

Although the weather in Cologne is mild, even in December, and the thermometer rarely drops below zero degrees, nevertheless, the Rhine metropolis welcomes you with wintery charm. After embarkation in the afternoon, you will have plenty of time to explore your festively decorated AMADEUS ship, followed by a Welcome Cocktail with the on-board cruise management. Thereafter, you will savor your first culinary delights on board at our stylish AMADEUS Welcome Dinner, during which our chef will put you in an appropriately celebratory mood for your upcoming winter trip. Late at night your ship will set off for Koblenz.

Meals: Welcome Dinner

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Seine Enchanting New Year's

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Visit: Paris, Rouen, Caudebec-en-Caux, Vernon, Paris

Parisians celebrate New Year on the Champs-Elysees, on Montmartre (the highest natural point in the city) and in the Trocadero, the space in front of the Eiffel Tower.  They ring in the new year with the words "...trois, deux, un, zero... Bonne annee!".  and the sound of champagne corks popping.  Needles to say, you'll also have a fantastic view of the Seine from your river cruise ship.  When the light and laser show behind the Eiffel Tower illuminates the night sky, the champage sparkles in your glass, and everybody arm in arm, you'll have no doubt that you're celebrating New Year in one of the most beautiful places in the world.  There's a great deal to discover by the Seine on the days before and after the biggest party of the year.  You can travel back to the Middle Ages, for example.  In the narrow streets of Rouen, it feels as if time has stood still.  As you follow in the footsteps of Joan Arc, you'll experience both history and art close up.  The cathedral as a moel for Claude Monet, for example.  Just as picturesque are the abbeys and palaces you'll see on the banks of the Seine towards Caudebec.  The river leads you on to teh beautiful village of Les Andelys, located below Richard the Lionheart's imposing fortress.  This wild and rugged castle looking down on the Seine could hardly be more different from Louis XIV's legendary Palace of Versailles, which you can visit from Le Pequ.  End the year on a note of grandeur before beginning what we hope will be a happy new year in the city of love.

 

Early Booking Discount: Receive $160 per person when you book and pay in full by 31 January 2020. 

 

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Seine Enchanting Christmas

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Visit: Paris, Rouen, Mantes-la-Jolie, Paris

Spending Christmas on the move.  It may seem strange to some people.  But it's also a tempting ides: not having to worry about anything and knowing that everything on your cruise ship will be arranged to give you the most festive Christmas ever.  It's obvious that we love Christmas.  Then there are the settings, like the city of 100 bell towers, medieval Rouen.  A few contemplative moments in the abbey chich in picturesque Vernon and then, of course, Paris.  Paris is always a feast for the eyes, but as darkness falls on Christmas evenings, the city becomes overwhelmingly beautiful.  It's as if the belle epoque buildings were erected especially for Christmas.  You might hesitate before taking a picture of the sparkling Eiffel Tower, becuase you don't want to seem too cheesy (but you do it anyway).  And if you're lucky, it might snow, and the city's beauty will bring a tear to your eye.  Enjoy it.  After all, it's Christmas.

 

Early Booking Discount: Receive $80 per person when you book and pay in full by 31 January 2020. 

 

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The Pink Granite Coast & Brehat Island

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Visit: Lannion, Perros-Guirec, Tréguier, Paimpol, L’île de Bréhat, Lannion

Day 1: Arrival in Lannion

Upon arrival, make you own way to the hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Discovery of Lannion historical city centre: its churches, manors, its nice streets. Overnight in Lannion.

Day 2: From Lannion to Perros-Guirec (Approx. 47km)

After breakfast, departure from the hotel to Trébeurden, a small city on the seaside coast with lovely beaches. Your trip follows on to Trégastel, where natural landscapes are protected on the seaside. Further on, you will reach the incredible pink granite rocks of Ploumanac’h and Perros-Guirec. Overnight in Perros-Guirec.

Meals: Breakfast

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Rennes to Mont-Saint-Michel Bay

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Visit: Rennes, Hédé, Dinan, Saint-Malo, Cancale, Mont-Saint-Michel

Day 1: Arrival in Rennes

Upon arrival, make you own way to the hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Rennes, the capital of Brittany raised has many architectural treasures: the Parliament of Brittany, half-timbered houses, Tabor’s beautiful garden. Overnight in Rennes.

Day 2: From Rennes to Hédé (Approx. 43km)

You reach quickly a secure path along the Rance river to the direction of the 11 Locks of Hédé. A bucolic and shady route along the canal. Overnight in Hédé.

Meals: Breakfast

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Channel Islands by Bike

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Visit: Saint-Malo, Jersey, Saint-Ouen Bay, Mont Orgueil, Guernsey, Sark, Lihou Island, Saint-Malo

Day 1: Arrival in Saint-Malo

Arrival in Saint-Malo. Transfer on your own to the hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Saint-Malo.

Day 2: Crossing to Jersey and West Coat by bike : Saint-Ouen Bay (Approx. 37km)

Early in the morning, head by bike or by car to the harbour (no luggage transfer). Boat crossing to Jersey and first trip on the West Coast, along the stretched St. Ouen’s Bay, surrounded by Corbière Point and the cliffs of Groznez. It is possible to discover many Second World War fortifications all along this day trip. Overnight in Sain-Helier.

Meals: Breakfast

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In Van Gogh's Footsteps

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Visit: Avignon, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Les Baux-de-Provence, Maussane, Les Baux, La Chapelle Saint-Gabriel, Arles

Day 1: Arrival Avignon

Your trip starts in Avignon. Arrival any time during the day. Stay inside Avignon’s fortified city for the first night. Discover the beauty of one of Provence’s great cities.

Day 2: Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Free morning in Avignon. Transfer after lunch to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Free afternoon in St. Remy, with the option to follow the “Van Gogh’s” walking tour in and around town.

Meals: Breakfast

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