Famous Burgundy region of France & L. Paul Vezzetti [2021]

August 11 - 19, 2021

Essence of Burgundy & Provence Cruise with The Vineyard at Hershey

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Booking Deadline: May 01, 2021

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Stateroom Category Rate Per Person Double Occupancy
Category S         Suite $6,779
Category A         French Balcony $5,569
Category B         French Balcony $5,479
Category C         French Balcony $5,199
Category D         Window $4,549
Category E         Window $4,279

Airfare is not included in the above rates. Airfare will be added when rates and schedules become available.

Rates are subject to availability at time of booking and include taxes, fees and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 30 full-fare passengers.

Included Features

  • Free parking with roundtrip transfers to local international airport
  • Roundtrip airport/hotel/pier transfers
  • Seven night cruise aboard the Amacello in select category
  • Meals, snacks and onboard entertainment
  • “Sip and Sail” daily cocktail hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Unlimited complimentary wine, beer and soda with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access onboard
  • Guided shore excursions in every port
  • All baggage handling
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Featured Vintner from The Vineyard at Hershey and Wine Host, L. Paul Vezzetti
  • Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager


Wednesday, August 11: Depart for Arles, France

Motorcoach from Central PA to a local International airport for an overnight flight to Marseille, France.

Thursday, August 12: Arles

Transfer from the airport and embark on the AMACELLO, for your Essence of Burgundy & Provence wine river cruise.

Friday, August 13: Arles, Tarascon, Avignon

Arles is 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, 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 Foundations, showcasing his legacy. Alternately, you may take a guided bike tour through town. Later in the day, bike from Tarascon to Avignon, aptly named the “City of Popes”. Or enjoy a walking tour that includes the Papal Palace and the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a more flavorful experience, visit venues around Avignon to taste regional specialties including macarons, cheese, wine, and tapenades. During the evening, enjoy an illuminations cruise.

Saturday, August 14: Valence

Valence is 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. 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 Rhone’s red Cornas wines. For a more active adventure, pedal through this bicycle-friendly city.

Sunday, August 15: Vienne, Lyon

Vienne 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 ViaRhona bike route or a guided hike from the ship to the Monastery at Mount Pipet. Later in the day, discover dynamic Lyon, starting in the 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.” 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. Or get active, take guided bike tour through the city designed with cyclists in mind. In the evening, sit back to see the city illuminated during a scenic nighttime cruise.

Monday, August 16: Dresden, Macon, Tournus

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-leChantel. 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. Later in the day, enjoy a panoramic view from the Sun Deck as you sail to Tournus, or opt for a bike ride from Macon to Tournus. Or enjoy a delicious tasting of the region’s famous white Maconnais wines.

Tuesday, August 17th: Tournus

Today you have a choice of a number of excursions as you explore Tournus. Let your knowledgeable guide lead you through Tournus and to its magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Saint Philibert. Or choose instead to visit the moated Chateau 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. Later in the day, enjoy scenic cruising as you sail toward Chalon-Sur-Saone, or opt for a bike tour if you’re feeling adventurous.

Wednesday, August 18th: CHALONSUR SAÔNE

Located in southern Burgundy at the heart of the Cote Chalonnaise wine region, Chalon-Sur-Saone, whispers the secrets of its medieval past which you will discover on your historic city tour. You’ll also stop at a local market where you can see and taste some of the local fare. Alternatively, choose an excursion in Beaune, a walled town nestled in the heart of Coted’Or Vineyards where you’ll stroll the cobblestone streets and take in such sights as the mosaic-tiled roof of the Hotel-Dieu de Beaune, founded in the 15th century as a hospital for the less fortunate. Or, visit the storybook Chateau de Couches, a medieval fortress enveloped in idyllic hills and greenery that once served the Dukes of Burgundy. Later in the day, treat your palate to a tasting of Chalonnaise wines.

Thursday, August 19: CHALONSUR SAÔNE

Disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight and transportation back to Central, PA.

Itinerary is subject to change at any time without notification and/or compensation.

Tour Activity Level: 2
This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestoned streets.

General Information

Travel Documents

Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, and with at least one blank visa page for visa stamp(s).


Deposit of $400 per person will confirm your reservation. Final Payment is due to AAA by May 1, 2021.
Solo Travelers Rewards Club maximum voucher redemption: $100


Day of deposit to April 13, 2021-$200 per person, plus…
From April 14-May 13, 2021-$400 per person/$800 per person, plus any additional suppliers fees
From May 14-June 13, 2021-35% of gross fare per person, plus any additional suppliers fees
From June 14-July 13, 2021-50% of gross fare per person, plus any additional suppliers fees
From July 14-August 5, 2021-80% of gross fare per person, plus any additional suppliers fees

After August 5, 2021-100% NON-REFUNDABLE

*Airfare becomes non-refundable after final payment


For your protection AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.


Air arrangements are handled by the tour operator. Seat assignments cannot be confirmed until the tour operator releases names to the airline(s) 30 days prior to departure. Specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Some flights may contain code share agreements.


Average temperatures in this region for August is in the 70s and 80s. Pack for a variety of temperatures. Casual clothes that can be layered work best. Comfortable walking shoes and a small umbrella are recommended. Evenings require country club casual attire.


Two suitcases per person will be allowed by the cruise line. You may also bring a small carry-on bag. Baggage fees are not included in the price of the trip. Baggage fees and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airport.

Travel Assistance 

For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the needed assistance.

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