Experience a special GetAway “Essence of Burgundy & Provence” with Spring City Wine House on a journey through one of the worlds most iconic wine regions in France
November 11 – 18, 2021
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This special All-Inclusive river cruise is hosted by Tom and Stacy Hockel, owners of Spring City Wine House in Waukesha, WI. Tom is a Certified Specialist of Wine and has been selling wines for over 20 years.
Indulge in French flavors on a palate-pleasing itinerary that highlights the essence of France’s Burgundy and Provence. Uncover the Roman history of Chalon-sur Saône and delight in charming Tournus with its towering Romanesque abbey and historic apothecary shop. Visit French châteaux from Burgundy to Provence, taste your way through the French culinary capital of Lyon and visit the Papal Palace in Avignon. While you’ll get more than a taste of Burgundy and Provence during this itinerary, the essence of these destinations will linger on your palate – and in your heart – for a lifetime!
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, 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 on board this incredible river ship.
Here is what’s included in our GetAway Taste of Bordeaux group with Spring City Wine House –
- 7 nights on-board the AmaCello in Stateroom with French Balcony (Suite, CatA and CatB)
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Breakfast and lunch buffets featuring regional cuisine
- Exquisite multi-course dinners made with fresh local ingredients
- Hand-selected wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- Sip & Sail Cocktail hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- All-day tapas menu and afternoon tea
- 24-hour coffee station
- Featured excursions with knowledgeable local guides and personal headsets.
- Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
- Bike tours and hikes
- Port fees*
- Pre-paid Gratuities*
- Premium Drink Package*
- Special AMA wine cruise with on-board wine host. Discover how wine is made and partake in included tastings.
*GetAway Travel LLC – Spring City Wine House – Essence of Burgundy & Provence exclusive
Day 1 Chalon-sur-Saône
Board your ship in preparation for your 7 night Essence of Provence & Burgundy cruise
Day 2 Chalon-sur-Saône & Tournus
Located in southern Burgundy at the heart of the Côte Chalonnaise wine region, Chalon SurSaône whispers the secrets of its medieval past which you will discover on your historic city tour. 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 mosaictiled 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, enjoy a scenic sailing to Tournus, or pedal from ChalonSur Saône to Tournus on an exhilarating guided bike tour. Alternatively, once in Tournus, sample the region’s famous white Mâconnais wines.
Featured Excursions –
Chalon-sur Saône Historic City tour with local market
or Beaune walking tour
or Château de Couches
Tournus Chalon-Tournus bike tour
or Chalonnaise wine tasting
Day 3 Tournus – Macon
Today you have a choice of a number of excursions as you explore the cities of Tournus and Macon. 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, or pedal through the charming town. Return to the ship and enjoy a scenic cruise to Mâcon, or instead join a guided bike tour from Tournus to Macon and meet the ship in the latter. If you chose to cruise, you will later enjoy a tasting of Chalonnaise wines.
Tournus city tour & Abbey of Saint Philibert visit
or Château Cormatin
or Medieval Brancion
or Bike tour to Brancion
Tournus- Macon bike tour
or Maconnais wine tasting
Day 4 Mâcon – Villefranche-Sur-Saône
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. Alternately, you can enjoy a guided bike tour to Berze-le-Chatel. 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. Return to the ship and head to the Sun Deck to enjoy a light lunch and the passing landscapes on the way to Villefranche-sur-Saône. For those traveling by ship, enjoy a tasting of Beaujolais wines once you arrive. During the evening, enjoy a special Illuminations cruise – a highlight of your river cruise – as you enter the city of Lyon.
“The South Burgundy City” Macon tour
or Cluny & Berze-le-Chatel visit
or Monastère de Brou
or Bike tour to Berze-le-Chatel
Beaujolais wine tasting
Day 5 Lyon & Vienne
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 Notre-Dame 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. Later in the day, sail to Vienne, which 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.
“France’s Culinary Capital” city tour
or Lyon bike tour
or Lyon tasting tour
Mini train Vienne tour
or ViaRhôna bike tour
or Mount Pipet hike
Day 6 Vienne & Valence
Sip your coffee on your balcony or the Sun Deck as you cruise to Valence, 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.
Valence city tour
or Bike tour
or Cooking school
or Cornas wine tasting
Day 7 Avignon & Arles
Avignon, aptly named the “City of Popes,” was the center of the Catholic Church in the 14th century when its “Palais des Papes” was the equivalent of today’s Vatican. Discover the history of Avignon on a guided walking tour that includes the Papal Palace and the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternately, you can visit three venues around Avignon to taste regional specialties including macarons, cheese and wine, and tapenades. Or, you can enjoy a bike tour along the Rhône from Avignon to the provençal town of Tarascon. Later in the day, cruise to Arles, 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.
Walking tour and Papal Palace
or Tastes of Avignon
or Avignon Tarascon bike tour
Arles walking tour
or Van Gogh walking tour
or Arles bike tour
Day 8 Arles DISEMBARKATION
Today you disembark the ship. Your amazing GetAway on board the AmaCello has come to an end, but you can continue on if you wish. Some of you may go home, some may stay longer in France or Europe – we can help make any plans you desire.
About the Wine Regions we’ll visit – Burgundy, Beaujolais and the Rhône Valley
Burgundy – aka “Bourgogne” may be a small wine region in size but its influence is huge. Yes it is home to some of the most expensive wines in the universe, but there are seriously tasty and affordable ones as well. The primary focus of Burgundy wine is Pinot Noir for Bourgogne Rouge and Chardonnay for Bourgogne Blanc. 200 million years ago, Burgundy was part of a vast tropical sea which created the limestone soils that are the secret to the zesty minerality that’s the hallmark of Burgundy wines. Climbing up the hierarchy are district appellations such as Chablis, for white wines, Mâcon for white and red wines, Côte de Beaune for reds, and so on. Rising again in quality while the area of the appellation gets smaller are village appellations, including Pommard and Nuits-St-Georges among others. In these villages, certain superior vineyards are designated premier cru — and you will find the name of the vineyard on the label. At the top of the quality ladder are the single vineyard appellations – the Grand Crus.
Beaujolais – the wine region just south of Bourgogne that’s devoted to Gamay-based wines. Most Beaujolais are simple, rustic reds, but the 10 Crus offer exceptional quality. Gamay grapes are harvested and instead of being crushed, the whole clusters are placed in vat or tank, with the weight of the fruit bearing down to express juice at the bottom. When this juice comes in contact with indigenous yeast on the grape skins, fermenting begins – C02 is generated which forces oxygen out of the tank. This enzymatic form of fermentation makes the grape berries explode! After a period of 4 – 8 days the free juice is removed and skins are pressed producing more juice. Everything is then mixed together and completed as regular wine. This style of winemaking gives Beaujolais distinctive aromas of candied fruit, pear, raspberry, cranberries and yes..banana!
Rhône Valley – The Rhône Valley was created during the last ice age as a massive Glacier carved its way south through what is now France. Today, the Rhône River begins in the Alps and winds for 505 miles to the Mediterranean Sea. The vineyards are located on both sides of the river between Vienne and Avignon. The Northern and Southern Rhône are unique, each with vastly different geography, climate, soils and grape varieties, but share one thing in common – the Rhône River. The steep hillsides of the Northern Rhone are terraced to keep the soil from eroding while also retaining the warmth of the sun. This is the birthplace of Syrah. As the river moves southward the valley widens and the climate changes, taking on a Mediterranean influence: long summers, mild winters and less rain. If Syrah is King of the North, Grenache is King of the South, forming the foundation of many popular red blends including Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
The Ship – AMAWaterways AMADolce
Length: 360 ft, Width 38 ft, Crew 45, Passengers 144
Enjoy the sweet life aboard AmaCello. Your experience starts in your elegantly appointed stateroom, where Entertainment-On-Demand and soothing bath and body products bring you the ultimate in comfort before your cozy bed envelops you in sweet dreams. Warm caramel and honey-colored tones adorn the room while a French balcony allows you to indulge in scenic views. Follow your nose to the Main Restaurant or clink glasses in the bar, where rich, chocolate-hued woods bring beauty to the backdrop of your every craving. The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant is the cherry on top of an already exquisite culinary experience on board that includes lunch and dinners paired with unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks. And should you wish to stay active, a Sun Deck walking track, fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles are ready and waiting to assist you on your wellness journey.
- Spacious River-view staterooms with French Balconies
- Marble bathrooms, multi-jet showers, soothing bath products, cotton bathrobes, slippers and hair dryer
- Generous closet and storage space with in-room safe
- Entertainment-On-Demand with high speed internet, movies, music and English-language TV
- Individually controlled air-conditioning
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Suite has larger sitting area, mini-fridge, bathtub and separate shower
Suite with French Balcony – 255 sq ft. (only 1 available)
Cat A/B/C with French Balcony – 170 sq ft.
More about AMAWaterways
We have contracted directly with AMAWaterways for special pricing for our cruise. Our exclusive GetAway Travel – Spring City Wine House -Essence of Burgundy & Provence price is a fantastic value and includes all port fees, premium drink package and pre-paid gratuities.
Please call us for more details. 262-538-2140