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Enjoy the beautiful scenery, charming towns and historic architecture along the Rhone and Saone Rivers on a leisurely cruise through the wine country of France. Meals and excursions are included onboard as you explore these rivers from the comfort of your river vessel, MS Amadeus Symphony.
Outings & Adventures has exclusively chartered the entire vessel.
Be surrounded by likeminded gay men and our friends on this signature voyage operated by family owned Mayflower Tours departing October 8, 2014

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11 Days • 23 Meals

The scenic Rhône River Valley from Lyon to the north and Avignon to the south is an important wine growing region famous for its red wines. On a peaceful and relaxing cruise along the Rhône, you’ll visit many small towns and villages where you mingle with the locals. Cruise includes all shore excursions and two nights in Paris.

It’s all about you!
Custom tailor your experience with activities such as:

  • Walking tours
  • Cooking demonstrations by ships’s Chef
  • Themed evening socials
  • Two wine tasting sessions in local venues
  • Guided bike tour
  • Sunset social & t-dance on the sun deck
  • Live entertainment
  • Drag bingo
  • Exhilarating morning fitness class
  • Soak under the stars in the ship’s ‘fun pool’
  • Insightful presentation on Gastronomy
  • Spend two nights in Paris, “City of Light”
  • Hike the countryside of century old villages
  • Sightseeing lead by local English speaking guides
  • Take to the historic streets of Avignon to invade the gay bars
  • 4 course dining, entrée options, afternoon and evening gourmet snacks

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The 146 passenger fully air-conditioned MS Amadeus Symphony is the perfect place to relax and unwind as you explore the waterways of France. Warm colors throughout the ship welcome you aboard and enhance the inviting atmosphere. An attentive onboard staff takes care of your needs to ensure your comfort and enjoyment during the voyage.

Ample Public Spaces
The classic and inviting main lounge has large picture windows and is furnished with comfortable sofas and chairs. It is one of the many ideal places from where passengers may choose to enjoy this unique river cruise. A full-service bar and dance floor are welcoming areas of the main lounge. Panoramic views of the ever changing scenery surround you from the open Sun Deck where one can relax as the ship sails along the river. A walking track, “fun pool,” oversized chess set and Lido Bar can also be found on the Sun Deck for your enjoyment.

Interactive themed socials and live entertainment each evening enhance the classic environment and the relaxed atmosphere onboard. A gift shop offers both sundries and souvenirs while the Amadeus Club has an internet station for your convenience.

Fitness Room
Exercise equipment is available in the Fitness Room to help you keep fit during your cruise, if you so choose!

Comfortable, Well-appointed Staterooms
After boarding, unpack only once. All luxury staterooms offer excellent river views. Among other amenities, each is equipped with a TV, phone, writing desk and chair, private bath with shower and individually controlled air-conditioning. The Mozart Deck features suites and staterooms with French balconies. The Amadeus suites have a bathtub.

All Meals Included Onboard
Three meals daily are served graciously at one leisurely single seating in the exquisite dining room and feature local and international specialties. All dinners are four courses and are served with complimentary regional wines. While dining, you will enjoy the splendid views of the passing scenic landscapes through the large picture windows. You’ll find complimentary coffee or tea served throughout the day in the lounge. Enjoy a special treat of afternoon tea with snacks and late evening snacks served daily in the comfortable lounge.

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Day 1: Overnight transatlantic flight to Lyon, France
Day 2: Arrive in Lyon, transfer to the MS Amadeus Symphony, home for the next 7 nights

        • Afternoon at leisure in Lyon
        • Welcome reception and dinner onboard
        • Ship departs for Macon, France

Day 3: Breakfast, lunch, tea with snacks and dinner onboard

        • Ship arrives in Macon, France
        • Included excursion to the Beaujolais area of France
        • Ship departs Macon this evening

Day 4: Breakfast, lunch, tea with snacks and dinner onboard

        • Ship arrives in Chalon sur Saône, France
        • Experience Beaune and the Burgundy area during the included excursion
        • Discover medieval Brancion and Cormatin on an included afternoon excursion
        • Ship departs this afternoon

Day 5: Breakfast, lunch, tea with snacks and dinner onboard

        • Arrive Lyon, France early this morning
        • Enjoy an included city tour of Lyon
        • Ship departs for Avignon late this afternoon

Day 6: Breakfast, lunch, tea with snacks and dinner onboard

        • Arrive Avignon, France
        • Discover the city during an included walking tour and explore the Palace of the Popes
        • Ship remains docked in Avignon overnight

Day 7: Breakfast, lunch, tea with snacks and dinner onboard

        • Depart on an included excursion to the Pont du Gard
        • Ship departs for Arles, France
        • Included walking tour of Arles upon arrival
        • Ship departs for Viviers, France, this evening

Day 8: Breakfast, lunch, tea with snacks and dinner onboard

        • Ship arrives Viviers this morning
        • Depart the ship for an included excursion to the Valley of the Ardèche
        • Ship sails for Lyon

Day 9: Breakfast onboard

        • Ship arrives Lyon this morning
        • Disembark the ship and transfer by coach to Paris
        • Overnight accommodation in Paris
        • Dinner in Paris

Day 10: Breakfast at the hotel

        • Included city tour of Paris
        • Remainder of the day at leisure in Paris
        • Overnight accommodation in Paris

Day 11: Breakfast at the hotel

          • Transfer to the Charles de Gaulle Airport for flight home

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Welcome aboard the Rhône and Saône French Rivers Cruise
Enjoy the beautiful scenery and lovely towns along the Rhône and Saône Rivers on a leisurely cruise through the wine country of France. All meals and excursions are included onboard as you explore these rivers from the comfort of our exclusively chartered river vessel, the MS Amadeus Symphony.

Bordered by the Rhône River on the East and the Saône River on the West, Lyon is the embarkation and disembarkation port for your river cruise. Known for its historical and architectural landmarks, you’ll see the highlights and the city centre with its elegant squares and ancient buildings during the guided tour. The old quarter along the bank of the Saône is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Set in the lovely countryside on the western bank of the Saône River, Macon is the southernmost city of the Burgundy region. Discover the beauty of the area on a tour that takes you past the scenic landscape of castles and vineyards as you drive along the wine trail of the Beaujolais. The wine tasting session is sure to be a highlight of the tour!

Chalon Sur Saône
Located on the Saône River in the south of the Burgundy region of France this port was once a distribution point for the local wines which were sent up and down the river. Today’s tour takes you into the ancient walled city of Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, where you’ll take a trip through the history of viniculture and enjoy a local wine tasting. Visit the Hotel-Dieu, a former charitable almshouse founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, Chancellor of Burgundy, as a hospital for the poor and needy. The original hospital building is one of the finest examples of fifteenth-century French architecture. An afternoon tour takes you to the medieval villages of Brancion and Cormatin. Stroll through Brancion with its old castle towering above and visit the magnificent Château of Cormatin.

Situated on the left bank of the Rhône River, Avignon is one of the few French cities to have preserved its ramparts, historic centre, churches and other buildings. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is well known for the imposing Palace of the Popes. On the city tour you’ll see the medieval ruins and walls as well as learn about Avignon’s relationship with the Papacy during your visit to the Palace of the Popes. While the ship remains docked in Avignon overnight you’ll have time to stroll through the narrow streets and squares of the historic quarter. The perfectly preserved Roman aqueduct, Pont du Gard, will be seen during another included excursion. One of the architectural masterpieces of the ancient world, this aqueduct supplied water to vast tracts of the Roman provinces in southern France.

Viviers Region
Viviers is the starting point for your touring expedition to the Ardèche Gorge, one of France’s most interesting geographical features. Almost 100 feet deep in some places, it was created over several millennia by the sheer force of water flowing through the limestone. As your coach follows the path of the river and meanders through the gorge you’ll see an icon of this region: the famous Pont d’Arc – a natural stone bridge standing almost 100 feet high that was carved out by the Ardèche River. Be sure to have your camera ready!

As your river voyage comes to end, journey to Paris for two nights accommodations.

Your journey concludes with a 2 night stay in Paris, the magnificent “City of Light.” Located in the heart of the Íle-de-France region, along the banks of the Seine River, it’s the perfect place to begin embracing the French culture. On an included panoramic tour of this capital city you’ll see such famous sites and landmarks as the Louvre, Opéra Garnier, Place Vendôme, the trendy district of Le Marais on the Right Bank, Place de la Concorde, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Bastille, the Trocadéro and the pièce de rèsistance… the Eiffel Tower. Free time will also be available for you to explore this amazing city on your own.

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$400 deposit per person secures your specific chosen stateroom
†All cabins and stateroom suites on this deck feature French balconies
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*Guarantee Share Program for Single Travelers, If you are a non-smoker and would like a roommate, let us know at least 30 days before departure. You will be paired with another traveler at the twin rate. If no roommate is available, you will get a single room yet only pay the twin rate!
Outings & Adventures is a proud contributor to The SMART Ride, a portion of each sale is passed along benefiting the country’s second largest AIDS bike ride.

Air Fare
Roundtrip air inclusive of taxes, fuel surcharges and roundtrip transfers in France
Tampa • Ft. Lauderdale • Miami $1,400
New York $1275
Los Angeles • San Francisco $1,350
Other departure city information available upon request

Travelers Protection Plan (TPP) for River Cruises
Is a nonrefundable fee that provides you a refund during the instance that you have to cancel your trip. Plan details available for your review upon request. Plan and benefits offered and administered by Trip Mate, Inc.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Why is everyone booking so early?
Our Early Booking Savings has travelers across the country booking early to secure their specific chosen cabin at a great savings. With a maximum capacity of 140 guests, the choice cabins will not be available for long.
How much money is due and when?
Your individual reservation is confirmed with a $400 deposit, the remaining balance is not due until July 8, 2014
I want the cabin to myself, do I have to pay double to do so?
Traditionally, it is standard on the big ship cruises to pay double when wanting a room to yourself. On our river cruise, both the Haydn and Strauss decks have available a Single Supplement program that offers the traveler a discount of nearly $1,000 versus paying the per person rate twice.
What is the Guaranteed Share program?
If you’re a solo traveler, a non-smoker and want to take advantage of the per person pricing, we’ll gladly match you up with a roommate. Doing so, you avoid the Single Supplement charge. We guarantee to match you, if there is no roommate available, you get the cabin to yourself at no additional charge.
Where in Paris are we staying?
Our two night’s accommodations in Paris are at the Crowne Plaza Republique in the trendy gay district of Le Marais on the Right Bank or a comparable property.
What’s the benefit of booking my airfare through the tour operator?
The airfare price purchased on your own or via the tour operator is going to be nearly the same. The major advantage of purchasing it with Mayflower Tours is that deluxe motor coach transfers to and from the airport are included!
How is this cruise different from the big gay cruises?
River cruising is an intimate experience where you are one of 140 guests onboard! Culture, sightseeing, architecture, food and wine are all very much part of the adventure as our vessel sails waterways rich in historical significance.
On our cruise shore excursions are included as is unlimited complimentary regional wines with dinner. There are no up charge dining options; all onboard meals are included as are afternoon and evening snacks.
Port charges, all applicable taxes and fees are included. There are no hidden fees.
How much money should I plan on allowing for gratuities during my trip?
The average amount one should anticipate for tipping the ship’s personnel, Mayflower Tours cruise staff and guides is approximately $125.00 This does not include gratuity for extra services. A complete guideline with a detailed breakdown of suggested gratuity will be provided to all passengers within a general information booklet placed in your cabin.

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