Central Holidays

Welcome on board your ''floating hotel''. Tonight a Welcome Cocktail Reception will be held before dinner is served on board. The ship leaves Lyon in the course of the evening. (D)

In the morning you arrive at Macon, a lovely town along the river Saone in the Burgundy region. After breakfast you will have the opportunity to join a ''Maconais and Museum of Wine'' optional tour. The romantic Beaujolais scenery, with its castles and vineyards, unfolds in front of your eyes as we drive along the winding roads lined with vineyards. The highlight of this excursion will be a visit of a museum entirely dedicated to the making of the Beaujolais wines. Lunch on board. An afternoon optional trip to Cluny Abbey is on the itinerary today. In the early Middle Age, Cluny was Europe's most influential monastery controlling several hundred monastic foundations throughout Europe, and the world's largest Christian structure until St. Peter's was built in Rome. Unfortunately, very little survived the French Revolution, but nonetheless, what is left is certainly impressive. After dinner the Amadeus Symphony continues its journey to Chalon-sur- Saone. (B,L,D)

Once we have docked in Chalon-sur- Saone, those who have booked the optional ''Beaune and the Burgundy'' excursion will be driven to Beaune, the epicenter of Burgundy's wine trade. After a visit of the Hotel-Dieu, originally an almshouse dating back to the 15th Century, you will learn the history of viniculture during a wine tasting session. After lunch on board you will be driven to the medieval villages of ''Brancion and Cormatin''. Stroll the streets of Brancion before visiting the magnificent castle of Cormatin and its magnificent gardens. If you prefer not to go on this optional excursion, you can stay on board and just enjoy the lovely scenery. The vessel will briefly stop in Tournus, where those who have been on the optional trip will come back on board. (B,L,D)

Today the Amadeus Symphony docks back in Lyon early in the morning. Our optional guided tour of Lyon enables you to absorb the city's most important sights. The city center has an impressive wealth of elegant squares and buildings, with those in Place des Terreaux being particularly magnificent. During lunch our ship resumes its voyage. (B,L,D)

Morning arrival in Avignon. The folkloristic song about its old stone bridge has made this city's name familiar to people all over the world. Avignon is one of the few cities whose medieval walls are almost completely preserved. The popes who resided here were responsible for building its majestic ''Palais des Papes'', whose steeply rising facade bears witness to their hegemony. It can be visited in the morning in the course of our optional guided city tour. In the afternoon you can either savor the hustle and bustle in the narrow streets and squares of Avignon's old quarter, or join our optional excursion to Pont du Gard and Uzes. The perfectly preserved Pont du Gard ranks as one of the architectural masterpieces of the ancient world. For more than 2,000 years this Roman aqueduct supplied water to vast tracts of the Roman provinces in southern France. You will have time to walk around the picturesque little town of Uzes before returning to the ship for dinner. The vessel remains docked overnight in Avignon. (B,L,D)

Morning optional excursion to the picturesque Camargue region where land and sea seem to merge. Here, where nature reigns - if you are lucky - you might see some of its famous wild horses and flamingoes. The excursion ends in Arles, a good example of the adaptation of an ancient city to medieval European civilization. Arles has plenty of historical buildings and Roman remains for you to explore during our optional city tour. After dinner the vessel resumes its voyage upstream. (B,L,D)

From Viviers you can visit one of France's most interesting geographical features, the Ardeche gorge. Over several millennia waterpower has carved out this very romantic gorge through limestone. The coach will follow the river as it meanders through the gorge which is up to 300 meters deep. During this optional excursion you will have an opportunity to see the famous Pont d'Arc - a natural stone bridge that has become an icon for the Ardeche region. The Amadeus Symphony will continue to Le Pouzin, where those who have been on the optional coach trip will come back on board. The last stretch starts during lunch as the vessel returns to Lyon. Tonight the captain welcomes everyone to a special dinner followed by a night of dancing. (B,L,D)

Disembarkation in Lyon after breakfast. End of the cruise. (B)

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