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Paris, Burgundy & a South of France Cruise (2017)

Stay in boutique hotels in Paris and Beaune; attend an exclusive, hands-on baking class at a boulangerie; and ply the Saône and Rhône rivers during a seven-night cruise through the south of France, disembarking for Connections-exclusive shore excursions, including a day trip to Sénanque and Arles.

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29th May 2017
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Paris, Burgundy & a South of France Cruise (2017) Arrive in Paris, where you are met and transferred to your elegantboutique hotel for check-in. This evening, meet your ResidentTour Director — exclusive to Connections guests — for dinneratop Tour Montparnasse.
30th May 2017
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Paris, Burgundy & a South of France Cruise (2017) Set out with your group for a tour of the city, including stops atthe iconic Eiffel Tower and the lovely Cathédrale Notre-Dame deParis. After lunch, try your skills as a baker during a hands-onclass at a traditional boulangerie.
31st May 2017
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Paris, Burgundy & a South of France Cruise (2017) After a morning at leisure in Paris, travelwith Connections guests by privatevehicle to the winelands of Beaune. Visitthe Hôtel-Dieu before settling into yourboutique accommodations, a collection ofconnected 14th-through-16th-century buildings that epitomizethe historic town, complete with period furnishings andtrompe l’oeil and Renaissance sculptures.
1st Jun 2017
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Paris, Burgundy & a South of France Cruise (2017) Meet your Resident Tour Director and travel to a traditional,family-run mustard mill for a private small-group tour andopportunity to make the piquant condiment. Join a local expertsommelier in his home for a tutored tasting of memorablevintage wines, followed by lunch. Next, travel to Lyon for priorityembarkation aboard ‘Amadeus Provence.’ Take time to settle intoyour premium cabin or suite with an open-air French or walk-outbalcony. Then, gather this evening for a welcome cocktail anddinner.
2nd Jun 2017
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Paris, Burgundy & a South of France Cruise (2017) Arrive this morning in Mâcon. Travel privately by small groupto Cluny to tour the abbey. After lunch, continue to Chardonnayon a Connections-only excursion. Sample its namesake grape foryourself at a private wine tasting.
3rd Jun 2017
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Paris, Burgundy & a South of France Cruise (2017) Dock in picturesque Chalon-sur-Saône.Your Resident Tour Director shares anorientation before you set off on a morningat leisure to explore this delightful riversidetown with its graceful cathedral. Afterlunch on board, visit medieval Brancion, continuing to the17th-century Château de Cormatin. See its turrets, gilded roomsand ornate, English-style gardens. Half in ruins, it remains underthe same private ownership today.
4th Jun 2017
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Paris, Burgundy & a South of France Cruise (2017) Arrive in Lyon to tour its old quarter,walking the charming, centuries-oldstreets of this UNESCO World HeritageSite by small group, with insight fromyour Resident Tour Director and localguide. See the traboules (hidden passageways) of Croix-RousseHill. Proceed to the Gallo-Roman amphitheater, and attend aConnections-only silk-screening demonstration in the heart ofthis region known for the craft. Later, cruise the Rhône River andenjoy a private pre-dinner cocktail party in the ship’s AmadeusClub, hosted by your Resident Tour Director. End the evening atan exclusive Chef's Highlights dinner with fellow Connectionsguests.
5th Jun 2017
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Paris, Burgundy & a South of France Cruise (2017) Meet your intimate group and embark on a full-day excursion,starting at the Pont du Gard, a towering Roman aqueduct. Enjoya Connections-exclusive lunch in its shadow before taking afascinating tour of Avignon. Its center, surrounded by medievalstone ramparts, features the prominent Palais des Papes and theremains of Saint-Bénezet bridge (Pont d’Avignon). After visitingthe Palais des Papes, explore the city at your own pace, with timeat leisure. This evening, step ashore to experience the flavors of theSouth of France during a Connections-only dinner at a speciallychosen restaurant.
6th Jun 2017
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Paris, Burgundy & a South of France Cruise (2017) Begin your exclusive, day-longConnections excursion at the CistercianAbbey of Sénanque, famous for its fieldsof lavender. In Saint Paul-de-Mausole, seethe asylum where Vincent van Gogh wasvoluntarily interned for a year, taking note of the gardens thatinspired some of his famous paintings. Then, stop at Mas de laPyramide — a family-run Provençal farm — for a lunch brimmingwith fresh-plucked, home-grown produce. Talk with your hosts asyou gain an inside perspective on rural life. Complete the day inArles, a city settled since 800 BC. Discover its massive Romanamphitheater, beautiful basilica and the Place du Forum, whereVan Gogh painted his Café Terrace at Night. You have the chanceto stand in the exact spot where the master artist set up his easel.
7th Jun 2017
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Paris, Burgundy & a South of France Cruise (2017) Arrive this morning in Viviers, a small walled city steeped inhistory and nestled on the Rhône River. Travel by Connectionsvehicle to meet locals and learn about — and play — a traditionalgame of pétanque. Tonight, gather a final time with fellow guestsand join the captain for a celebratory gala dinner.
8th Jun 2017
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Paris, Burgundy & a South of France Cruise (2017) After breakfast, transfer to the Lyon airport, where you board yourhomebound flight for departure.

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Stay in boutique hotels in Paris and Beaune; attend an exclusive, hands-on baking class at a boulangerie; and ply the Saône and Rhône rivers during a seven-night cruise through the south of France, disembarking for Connections-exclusive shore excursions, including a day trip to Sénanque and Arles.

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Strauss-Deck

Stay in boutique hotels in Paris and Beaune; attend an exclusive, hands-on baking class at a boulangerie; and ply the Saône and Rhône rivers during a seven-night cruise through the south of France, disembarking for Connections-exclusive shore excursions, including a day trip to Sénanque and Arles.

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Stay in boutique hotels in Paris and Beaune; attend an exclusive, hands-on baking class at a boulangerie; and ply the Saône and Rhône rivers during a seven-night cruise through the south of France, disembarking for Connections-exclusive shore excursions, including a day trip to Sénanque and Arles.

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eus Suite Mozart-Deck

Stay in boutique hotels in Paris and Beaune; attend an exclusive, hands-on baking class at a boulangerie; and ply the Saône and Rhône rivers during a seven-night cruise through the south of France, disembarking for Connections-exclusive shore excursions, including a day trip to Sénanque and Arles.

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Strauss-Deck

Stay in boutique hotels in Paris and Beaune; attend an exclusive, hands-on baking class at a boulangerie; and ply the Saône and Rhône rivers during a seven-night cruise through the south of France, disembarking for Connections-exclusive shore excursions, including a day trip to Sénanque and Arles.

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Strauss-Deck

Stay in boutique hotels in Paris and Beaune; attend an exclusive, hands-on baking class at a boulangerie; and ply the Saône and Rhône rivers during a seven-night cruise through the south of France, disembarking for Connections-exclusive shore excursions, including a day trip to Sénanque and Arles.

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