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FRENCH ALPS AND PROVENCE


CRUISING FROM ARLES TO LYON ABOARD THE M.S. REMBRANDT

October 18 - 27, 2011

Experience the joie de vivre in provincial France in the Rhône River valley on this unique 10-day journey through the timeless allure of the ancient provinces of Burgundy and Provence to the tranquil beauty of the French Alps. Cruise for five nights aboard the M.S. REMBRANDT, to navigating the waterways of the French countryside through rolling hills and lush family-owned vineyards then spend three nights in Annecy.

Explore the ancient monuments of Arles; walk in the footsteps of medieval popes in Avignon. Enjoy a private wine tasting in a medieval castle amid the famous Beaujolais villages and savor the world-renowned cuisine of Provence and Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France. Enjoy deluxe, lakeside accommodations for three nights in charming Annecy, the gem of the French Alps. Explore its lovely medieval quarter, cruise on stunning Lac d'Annecy and ascend l'Aiguille du Midi by cable car for magnificent views of snowcapped Mont Blanc. Join the exclusive two-night Aix-en-Provence Pre-Program Option in the historic "City of a Thousand Fountains" and follow in the footsteps of the city's most famous son, Paul Cézanne.

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Preliminary Itinerary
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OPTIONAL PRE-PROGRAM EXTENSION

AIX-EN-PROVENCE

Extend your Provence experience with two nights in historic Aix-en-Provence, "City of a Thousand Fountains." Follow in the footsteps of the city's most famous son, Paul Cézanne, to discover this center of art and academics, while staying in the centrally located, deluxe Grand Hotel Roi Rene. Just steps from your hotel awaits famous Cours Mirabeau, a classic, tree-lined avenue of elegant 17th- and 18th-century townhouses with exquisite wrought-iron balconies. Walk through the two main districts of Aix and the colorful Aix-en-Provence market, admire the Provençal landscapes that inspired Cézanne and enjoy lunch in the city's oldest café.


FULL ITINERARY

October 18 - Depart

Depart from the U.S.

October 19 - Marseille, France/Embark M.S. REMBRANDT/Arles

Today we will begin our journey in Marseille; known as the "port of the empire" Marseille remains Frances largest port city and second most populous city. A site frequented by artists such as Renoir and Cezanne, Marseille is a city of the arts and history. One of its major attractions The Cathedral of Sainte-Marie-Majeure founded in the 4th century, enlarged in the 11th century and completely rebuilt in the second half of the 19th century by the architects Léon Vaudoyer and Henri-Jacques Espérandieu. The present day cathedral is a gigantic edifice in Romano-Byzantine style. Another place to see is the Abbey of Saint-Victor, one of the oldest places of Christian worship in Europe. Its fifth-century crypt and catacombs occupy the site of a Hellenic burial ground, later used for Christian martyrs and venerated ever since. Today we will board the M.S. Rembrandt

October 20 - Arles

Today we will embark on a walking excursion in Arles, a city highlighted by its famous Roman and Romanesque monuments. Loved by many Roman Emperors including Julius Caesar who stationed his sixth legion in the city, and Constantine and his sons, who rewarded the city with public projects eventually making the city the capital of the Western Roman Empire in 408AD; the city contains a variety of ruins from throughout the Roman Empire. Arles also served as the home of Vincent Van Gogh from 1888-1889 during which time he produced over 300 paintings and drawings. For a photo-op be sure to stop by the Café Van Gogh, known for its depictions in many of Van Gogh's works.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


October 21 - Avignon

Walking tour of Avignon, including the Papal Palace.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

October 22 - Avignon/Tournon

Today we will arrive in Tournon where we will take a drive to the village of Bouciey-le-Roi. Taking a guided walk through the traditional village of Boucieu-le-Roi, we will finish our afternoon there with a reception hosted by the nuns of the Convent of the Blessed Sacrament.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

October 23- Lyon/Chalon sur Saône/ Disembark M.S. REMBRANDT/Annecy

Walking tour of Old Lyon, with lunch in a local restaurant Scenic transfer from Lyon to Annecy.

October 24 - Annecy/Mâcon/Trévoux

Tour of the ruins of the massive, 10th-century Cluny Abbey, historic center of monastic culture. Visit to the world-renowned Burgundy hills vineyards and a private wine tasting at the exquisite Château Montmelas.
Meals: Breakfast

October 25 - Annecy

Half-day tour of the picturesque old town highlights of Annecy. Relaxing cruise on spectacular Lac d'Annecy.
Meals: Breakfast

October 26 - Chamonix/Annecy

Today includes an excursion by cable car to the summit of l'Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix to enjoy views of Mont Blanc, with lunch in a typical mountain restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast

October 27 - Annecy/Geneva, Switzerland/Return to the U.S.

*This itinerary also operates in the reverse direction.
Meals: Breakfast


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Cost and Program Inclusions

Land/Cruise Tariff (per person, based on double occupancy)
Cabin Category Cabins have private bathroom facilities, climate control, telephone, television and hair dryers Early Booking Price
through             March 14, 2011
Regular Price after
March 14, 2011
 

C

Outside cabin with two small windows and two lower twin beds that convert into a sofa.  Main deck, aft(limited availability) $3, 835 $4,835
B Outside cabin with two small windows and two lower twin beds that convert into a sofa. Main deck $4, 735 $5,735
A Outside cabin with one large window and two lower twin beds that convert into a sofa. Upper Deck $5, 535 $6,535
Junior Suite Outside cabin with sliding glass door with French balcony and one double bed.  Upper Deck (limited availability) $6, 535 $7,535
Singles are available in category B at $7,635 and in category A at $8,435 before March 14, 2011.
Add $1,000 for reservations made after march 14, 2011
Taxes are an additional $295 per person and are subject to change
Aix-en-Provence Pre-Program Extension Double at $780 per person
Single at $1,070
Geneva Post-Program Extension Double starting at $995
Single starting at $1,495
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Spend three nights in the lovely medieval town of Annecy in the French Alps, with a scenic lake cruise and a cable car ride to view breathtaking Mont Blanc.
  • Cruise along the Rhône River through the heart of provincial France aboard the M.S. REMBRANDT, a stylish, four-star river vessel.
  • Drive through Burgundy's scenic wine route and enjoy a private wine tasting in Beaujolais.
  • Visit Lyon, France's second city, renowned for its magnificent Gothic and Renaissance architecture and exquisite cuisine.
  • Savor the cuisine, red wines and beauty of Provence.
  • Extend your Provence experience with the two-night Post-Program in Aix-en-Provence.
INCLUDED FEATURES

ABOARD THE EXCLUSIVE M.S. REMBRANDT
  • Five-night cruise aboard the deluxe M.S. REMBRANDT from Arles to Chalon sur Saône, with calls at Avignon, Tournon, Lyon, Trévoux and Mâcon.
  • Walking excursion in Arles, highlighted by its famous Roman Ruins.
  • Walking tour of Avignon, including the Papal Palace.
  • Guided walk through the traditional village of Boucieu-le-Roi, including a reception hosted by the nuns of the Convent of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • Visit to the world-renowned Burgundy hills vineyards and a private wine tasting at the exquisite Château Montmelas.
  • Tour of the ruins of the massive, 10th-century Cluny Abbey, historic center of monastic culture.
  • Walking tour of Old Lyon, with lunch in a local restaurant.

    Scenic transfer from Lyon to Annecy.
IN ANNECY
  • Three nights in the deluxe Imperial Palace Hotel, located on picturesque Lac d'Annecy in the French Alps.
  • Welcome reception in the hotel.
  • Continental breakfast each morning.
  • Two dinners in the hotel.
  • Half-day tour of the picturesque old town highlights of Annecy.
  • Relaxing cruise on spectacular Lac d'Annecy.
  • Excursion by cable car to the summit of l'Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix to enjoy views of Mont Blanc, with lunch in a typical mountain restaurant.
Enhanced Travel Services
  • All transfers and luggage handling abroad for all participants who have purchased their air tickets through Gohagan & Company and whose arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s).
  • All excursions and visits, as outlined in the itinerary, led by experienced, English-speaking local guides.
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers.
  • Experienced Travel Director to accompany you throughout the travel program.
  • Hospitality desk aboard the ship and in the hotel.
  • Travel document wallet, name badge and pre-departure information.
  • Automatic $250,000 flight insurance policy for each participant ticketed on flights by Gohagan & Company.
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Host Lecturer

Pamela Webb

Pamela Webb is an alumna of Bryn Mawr College (M.A. ’83; Ph.D. ’89). She was a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology (2004-2008), where she taught a wide variety of courses on Roman art and architecture. Dr. Webb will focus on the history and archaeological remains from the reigns of Augustus through Constantine in this important region of the Roman empire, including the ancient cities of Lugdunum (Lyon), Boutae (Annecy), Matisco (Macon), and Arelate (Arles).

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M.S. REMBRANDT

Built in 2003 and accented with rich woods, the M.S. REMBRANDT is testimony to the historical tradition of ship-building excellence.

The M.S. REMBRANDT'S smaller size, with only 39 cabins, offers intimate, informal and graceful comfort. The many large picture windows allow you to see into the very heart of the idyllic countryside of France, whether you are relaxing in the lounge or in your cabin or dining. The best vantage point, of course, is from the enticing chaises and chairs on the sun deck.

Located on two decks, cabins are comfortably appointed and offer the latest amenities, including private bathroom, individual climate control, satellite television, direct dial telephone, closet space and hair dryer. Cabins on the main deck are twin-bedded and have two small windows. Upper deck cabins feature one picture window. Suites have a double bed and French balcony.

Meals are served at single, open seatings in the main dining room and feature delectable cuisine made from the freshest local ingredients. The dining room is lined on both sides by large windows, allowing you to enjoy your dinner while watching the changing landscape.

Professional and personalized service is provided by highly trained and experienced crew

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