Cruising Burgundy & Provence to the Cote d'Azur

Highlights & InclusionsItineraryPricing Information Terms & Conditions
Departure Date: August 10, 2017
Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights
Price from: $3,395
Single Room Supplement: $595

In order to bring you the greatest selection of destinations and itineraries, Gutsy Women Travel has worked with our partner GCCL to reserve space on this 2017 guided vacation. This trip is open to men and women, and will operate with a larger group size than our traditional Gutsy Women departures.


Highlights & Inclusions

  • Be sure to mention booking code G7-25972 to receive all the Gutsy benefits!
  • Airport transfers are included when you purchase our operator's International air to coincide with trip's day by day agenda.
  • Available Pre-trip: Paris, France
  • Available Post-trip: Nice, France
  • International airfare, airport transfers, government taxes, fees, and airline fuel surcharges, unless you choose to make your own air arrangements
  • Accommodations for 2 nights at the Millenium Hotel Paris Opera or similar, 7 nights aboard the M/S Provence with wireless Internet access now in all common areas and cabins, and 2 nights at the B4 Nice Plaza or similar
  • 26 meals: Daily breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners—including 3 meals in local restaurants—plus all onboard house beer & wine, as well as soft drinks
  • 6 included tours with personal headsets and 6 exclusive Discovery Series events—French market experience • Cooking lesson • French language lesson • Herbs de Provence presentation • Bull farm visit • Rhone American Cemetery
  • Local Program Directors, a Grand Circle Cruise Line exclusive: These dedicated experts are with you (and no more than 46 travelers) every step of the way to provide insider’s knowledge and the perspective that will enrich your experience
  • Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers
  • All port charges: a value of $165 per person
  • Baggage handling for 1 piece of luggage per person, including tips
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit toward your next Grand Circle trip—an average of $295


Itinerary

Come marvel at the lights of Paris, the capital of romance ... then explore France by River Cruise Tour, where you'll sail throughout the French countryside aboard one of Grand Circle’s private French river cruisers—which offer a more intimate cruising experience, with a maximum of just 46 American travelers. Along the way, you'll discover the lovely landscapes and enchanting villages that inspired the great artists of the 19th and 20th centuries ... revel in picturesque scenery, like gently sloping hills and vineyards that sustain one of the greatest wine industries in the world ... visit ornate papal palaces, Gothic cathedrals, medieval fortifications, and ancient Roman ruins ... and cap off your explorations in the elegant Cote d’Azur, with its golden sands and opulent casinos.

DAY 1 Depart U.S.

Depart today on your overnight flight to Paris, France.

DAY 2 Paris, France

Arrive in Paris today, where you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You can choose to join your Program Director for a leisurely orientation walk with to get acquainted with the area around your hotel.

This evening, gather with your Program Director and traveling companions, including those from the Paris, France pre-trip extension, for a Welcome Drink and briefing before enjoying dinner on your own.

DAY 3 Paris


MEALS: B D
OVERNIGHT: Novotel Paris Eiffel Tower

Get to know the famed "City of Lights" this morning, starting with a panoramic tour of its highlights. Witness the metropolis from different perspectives as you travel along the notable Champs-Elysees—and as it ends at the large central roundabout, where twelve elegant tree-lined avenues converge, see the Arc de Triomphe, commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 and completed in 1836. You'll also drive by the magnificent Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame and iconic Eiffel Tower. Then, get a sense of daily life in Paris during a walking tour of one of the city’s residential neighborhoods.

The afternoon is yours in Paris to pursue your own interests. Head to the Louvre using public transportation, exploring its many galleries at your leisure, or venture out to gilded Palace of Versailles to set eyes on its magnificent Grand Chambers and the Hall of Mirrors, where the Treaty of Versailles, ending World War I, was signed in 1919.

This evening, join your fellow travelers at a brasserie for a distinctly Parisian Welcome Dinner.

DAY 4 Paris • Burgundy wine experience • Macon • Embark ship


MEALS: B L D
OVERNIGHT: M/S Provence

Travel through the renowned province of Burgundy today, departing Paris after breakfast for Macon.

France is renowned for its legendary wine—a deeply ingrained part of its heritage and source of national pride. One of the country's eleven major wine regions, Burgundy's rich soil produces many of the world's finest varietals and its enchanting landscapes are doted with vineyards. Stop along the way late this morning for an exclusive Discovery Series Burgundy wine experience, during which you'll visit a local château to learn more about this famed region and enjoy lunch.

Continue your journey this afternoon with a scenic ride along Burgundy's Route des Vins (Wine Road), arriving in Macon late this afternoon and embarking your ship.

This evening, savor your first dinner aboard the ship.

DAY 5 Macon • Lyon


MEALS: B L D
OVERNIGHT: M/S Provence

Begin cruising along the Saone River to Lyon early this morning, enjoying a relaxing start the day soaking in the passing riverside scenery.

Arrive after lunch and disembark for a tour of historic Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once the capital of Gaul under the Romans, Lyon flourished as a Renaissance trading center based on its extensive silk industry—and the first automatic loom able to weave complex patterns was invented here in the 1800s. In a country known for its fine cuisine, Lyon is said to be a gastronomic capital. Explore Old Lyon, once hidden behind medieval ramparts, and make the most of an included 2-day Metro Pass during your tour.

This evening, gather for a Welcome Drink, followed by your Captain's Welcome Dinner.

DAY 6 Lyon • French market experience • Optional Beaujolais tour & wine tasting


MEALS: B L D
OVERNIGHT: M/S Provence

Start the day with an exclusive Discovery Series French market experience, which takes place both onboard and off. First, explore a local market in Lyon, taking in the scenes of local life and varied sweet and savory items for sale. Then return to the ship to learn more about—and sample—regional specialties, including the many kinds of French breads, from the long, thin baguettes to the plumper loaves.

The afternoon is yours to continue discovering Lyon with your included Metro Pass. Or, you can choose to join an optional tour to explore the beautiful Beaujolais region north of Lyon, home to 13 French wine appellations, and partake in a wine tasting.

DAY 7 Lyon • Cooking lesson • French language lesson • Tournon


MEALS: B L D
OVERNIGHT: M/S Provence

Enjoy a relaxing day cruising along the Rhone, taking in scenic views of vineyards, farmhouses, sleepy villages, and emerald-green wooded hillsides.

This afternoon, partake in two Discovery Series events as your travel. First, learn how to prepare (and sample) a few of France's culinary delights as your ship's chef demonstrates cooking techniques. Later, brush up on your conversational French during a language lesson.

Arrive in Tournon this evening, disembarking after dinner to experience in a local pastime—Petanque. Akin to horseshoes, the players aim to get hollow hollow metal balls as close to a wooden ball as possible without stepping outside of a marked circle. Head to a Petanque court, supported in part by the Grand Circle Foundation, for a up-close glimpse the action.

DAY 8 Viviers • Herbs de Provence presentation


MEALS: B L D
OVERNIGHT: M/S Provence

Arrive in Viviers—the gateway to Provence—early this morning. After breakfast, get a closer look at this charming town during walking tour, followed by free time to explore on your own.

Return to the ship for lunch, and set off for Avignon. During your afternoon cruise, find a comfortable deck chair and relax as you pass through a lovely stretch of the Ardeche region, an area of ancient villages and spa towns set against the backdrop of a rugged, natural landscape. You'll also learn about Herbs de Provence and its use in the legendary foods associated with this region during an exclusive Discovery Series event.

Enjoy dinner onboard this evening, and dock in Avignon tonight.

DAY 9 Avignon • Optional Afternoon in Provence


MEALS: B L D
OVERNIGHT: M/S Provence

Explore Avignon, known as the "City of Popes," on a morning walking tour. For most of the 14th century, the popes left the turmoil of Rome and installed themselves in this calm possession of the Catholic Church. Beginning with Clement V (who was born here), they built residences, chateaux, a number of fortified palaces, and churches in Avignon, and you'll have guided exploration of the impressive Papal Palace during your tour.

The afternoon is yours to make your own discoveries in Avignon. Wend the winding streets of some of the city's ancient neighborhoods, or relax at an outdoor cafe. Or, join an optional Afternoon in Provence to visit Provencal village of Les Baux de Provence and the Carrieres de Lumieres, where artwork is displayed on the walls of carved limestone chambers.

Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers for the Captain's Farewell Dinner.

DAY 10 Arles • Bull farm visit


MEALS: B L D
OVERNIGHT: M/S Provence

In the early morning hours, begin cruising to Arles. Arrive after breakfast and set off on a walking tour of the town beloved by Vincent van Gogh—and find signs indicating places rendered in his works. See the Cafe l'Alcazar, the still-standing establishment where van Gogh stayed and used the manager, Madame Ginoux, as his model for his painting l'Arlesienne.

One of the most distinctive towns in enchanting Provence, visiting Arles is like journeying back to Ancient Rome. The town is filled with landmarks and ruins dating from its periods of Roman domination that began in 30 BC. Witness the outside of the colossal hilltop Roman amphitheater, where 21,000 spectators thrilled to gladiator fights in the first century—and where bullfights are held today, more than 20 centuries later. You'll also see the 7,000-seat Antique Theater. Enjoy a bit of time on your own to continue exploring the cobbled lanes.

Then, head into the Camargue region—Europe's largest delta, a dramatic landscape caught between land and sea—for an exclusive Discovery Series visit to a bull farm. The keepers of this land are its gardians, akin to our cowboys. They live here with their families, often several generations together, carving out lifestyles in sync with the land, following the rhythms of nature and the needs of the livestock they tend. Experience traditional daily life at a gardian's bull farm, sharing lunch and the friendliness of their down-to-earth hospitality. You'll also climb aboard a farm truck to see the bulls in their natural environment.

Tonight, savor a Provencal-themed dinner onboard the ship.

DAY 11 Arles • Disembark ship • Rhone American Cemetery • Nice


MEALS: B
OVERNIGHT: B4 Nice Plaza or similar

Conclude the river cruise portion of your trip this morning, disembarking after breakfasting to travel through scenic Provence to Nice on the Cote d'Azur (the French Riviera).

Stop en route this morning in Draguignan to visit to the Rhone American Cemetery, set on twelve acres outside the city. Established just days after Allied troops landed and began an offensive against the German Army in southern France and the Rhone Valley, the cemetery commemorates one of the important battles that followed the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy. Today, 861 American soldiers are buried at the memorial site.

Continue on to Nice, arriving in the mid-afternoon. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon to settle in, relax, and get to know the area, with dinner on your own tonight.

DAY 12 Nice


MEALS: B
OVERNIGHT: B4 Nice Plaza or similar

Nice is the Cote d'Azur's premier Riviera resort—a city of art and theater known for its lush gardens and superb setting on the Mediterranean's Bay of Angels. Set off on a morning discovery walk with your Program Director, taking in the city's unique, seaside spirit as you stroll Vieux Nice (Old Town) and the Promenade des Anglais.

Enjoy lunch on your own to experience the city's diverse culinary options, and the rest of the day to pursue your own interests in Nice, like unwind on a smooth pebbeled beach or witnessing famed works in Musée Matisse.

Gather with your fellow travelers this evening for a farewell toast, then enjoy dinner on your own.

DAY 13 Nice • Return to U.S.


MEALS: B This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or continue your discoveries with the Nice, France or Italian Rivieria & the Cinque Terre post-trip extensions.






Pre-trip: Paris, France

Often referred to as the "City of Light," the French capital is one of Europe's most stunning and influential metropolitan centers, featuring renowned landmarks and world-famous art museums—combined with romance, style, and a certain je ne sais quoi that make it one of the world's leading travel destinations.

It's Included:

  • Accommodations for 3 nights
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Included tour: Paris 2-day Paris Metro pass
  • Dedicated services of a local
  • Program Director
  • Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers
  • All transfers

DAY 1 Depart U.S Depart today on your overnight flight to Paris, France.

DAY 2 Paris, France


OVERNIGHT: Novotel Paris Eiffel Tower or similar Arrive today in Paris. After checking into the hotel, you can join your Program Director on a vicinity walk of the neighborhood around your hotel. With the assistance of your Program Director, use your included 2-day Paris Metro pass, which can take you all over the city.

Join your fellow travelers and Program Director this evening for a Welcome Drink and briefing. Dinner tonight is on your own; your Program Director can offer advice about local restaurants.

DAY 3 Paris • Optional French Cabaret Dinner & Show


MEALS: B
OVERNIGHT: Novotel Paris Eiffel Tower or similar Experience one of Paris’ most famous and lively districts, Montmartre, this morning utilizing the city's Metro. Visit the famed Sacre Coeur Basilica, with its dramatic perch on the top of the Montmartre hill. Delight in the views of Paris below, and spend some time exploring the charming streets of this romantic neighborhood.

The rest of your day is at leisure to do as you please. You may want to visit the Musee d'Orsay, known as much for the building in which it is housed as for its superb collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Art Nouveau artists. It was classified as a Historical Monument in 1976 and inaugurated as a museum in 1986.

Enjoy this evening at your leisure. Or join a different optional outing for a lively French Cabaret Dinner & Show. Enjoy dinner with a French cabaret performance, and find out why this kind of theater has been celebrated for so many years—in both France and throughout the world.

DAY 4 Paris • Optional Giverny tour


MEALS: B
OVERNIGHT: Novotel Paris Eiffel Tower or similar The day is yours to explore Paris on your own. Or spend the morning in Giverny on an optional tour to the countryside to see the lovely landscapes that inspired Monet.

DAY 5 Paris


MEALS: B Enjoy another day to discover Paris at your own pace. Perhaps you’ll explore the magnificent Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame and the Place de la Concorde or take advantage of the fine shopping to be had in Paris’s fashionable shops and boutiques.

This evening, you’ll meet your fellow travelers and begin your Cruising Burgundy & Provence to the Cote d'Azur River Cruise Tour.






Post-trip: Nice, France

Elegant hotels, fashionable seaside promenades, an opulent casino, and famous sunny beaches—Nice more than merits her title as the grande dame of the Cote d'Azur. Stroll the ancient lanes of this city, where the French Riviera phenomenon began more than a century ago.

It's Included:

  • Accommodations for 3 nights
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Included tour: Cannes & Antibes
  • Dedicated services of a local Program Director
  • Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers
  • All transfers

DAY 1 Nice


OVERNIGHT: B4 Nice Plaza or similar After your Cruising Burgundy & Provence to the Cote d'Azur River Cruise Tour, you'll transfer to Nice, France.

Your first day here is free to explore the delightful seaside town at your own pace. Perhaps you’ll stroll the Promenade des Anglais and admire the ocean on one side of you and Nice’s finest hotels, restaurants, and shops on the other. You could spend a day relaxing on one of the city beaches for which Nice is known throughout Europe. Or you might visit one of the city’s many museums, including the Matisse Museum, featuring work from the great artist's long and storied career.

Enjoy dinner on your own this evening.

DAY 2 Nice • Optional Monaco tour


MEALS: B
OVERNIGHT: B4 Nice Plaza or similar After breakfast, join us on a full-day optional tour, which begins with a visit to the gardens and ground floor of the stunning Villa Rothschild. We'll then explore the old town of Monaco and enjoy a walking tour, which includes a visit the 19th-century Monaco Cathedral, final resting-place of the Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly. We'll stop in Monte Carlo and its most famous square, Place du Casino, home of the legendary Grand Casino. Later, we'll travel a portion of the Grand Prix Motor Race circuit. Our day ends with a drive along the magnificent Moyenne Corniche, with panoramic views of the Cote d'Azur.

Or, enjoy a day at leisure.

Dinner is on your own this evening.

DAY 3 Nice • Cannes & Antibes


MEALS: B
OVERNIGHT: B4 Nice Plaza or similar Spend the day exploring the Provencal countryside—beginning in seaside Cannes. Famous for its film festival, Cannes has also earned the reputation as a destination for the rich and famous. Stroll La Croisette, the waterfront boulevard known for its picturesque beaches, restaurants, cafes, and boutiques. Continue on to Antibes, lined with picturesque Mediterranean beaches and an old town encircled in 16th-century ramparts. Enjoy time on your own here to soak in the atmosphere and stop for lunch on your own.

Then, head into the countryside for visit to a producer of Provence specialties. Here you'll learn how local delicacies are created and have the chance to taste locally produced olives, tomatoes, and tapenade.

Return this evening to join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Drink before dinner on your own.

DAY 4 Nice • Return to U.S.


MEALS: B After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodations

Pricing Information

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Arrival DateSingleSharedDouble
Aug 10, 2017 $3,990 n/a $3,395
Air from JFK $1,400
Pre-trip: Paris $645
Post-trip: Nice, France $645

Be sure to mention booking code G7-25972 to receive all the Gutsy benefits!

Savings have been reflected in pricing noted online & subject to availabilty, so book soon!

Pricing is based on lowest priced cabin category, is subject to change as this price is a lead in price that is subject to availability. Upgrade opportunities are available and will be added to inquiry cabin selection request shortly. Please call (866) 464 8879 to discuss single supplement discounts available to GWT customers.

For pricing on cabin upgrades please speak to our river cruise specialist at time of booking.

In order to qualify for the GWT Past Traveler Discount of 5% on the land portion of the trip, you must advise the reservation specialist at time of depositing on your 2017 trip which GWT trip you traveled on (date/name of departure and year) over the past 5 years.

Please note this departure is not exclusive to women but will be comprised of Gutsy Women Travel participants co-sharing the overall trip capacity with members of GCCL resulting in a larger group size compared to the traditional Gutsy Women Travel trips designed exclusively for women.

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Double Room - two people, traveling together in same accommodation

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