Join this exclusive, nine-day French sojourn in the world-famous Provence and Burgundy wine regions during springtime, the best time of year to visit. Spend one night in vibrant Marseilles in the sun-kissed south of France before cruising for six nights from Provencal Arles to historic Lyon along the fabled Rhone and Saone Rivers aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe M.S. AMADEUS PROVENCE, launching in 2017, the newest addition to the fine AMADEUS FLEET. Dock in the heart of each port town and visit the wonderfully preserved Roman Amphitheater in Arles, the medieval Papal Palace of Avignon, the Roman city of Orange and the legendary Hotel Dieu in Beaune. Enjoy a walking tour of Lyon, France's gastronomique gateway, and an excursion to the Beaujolais vineyards for a private wine tasting at the Chateau Montmelas.
Day 1: Depart the U.S. or Canada
Day 2: Marseilles, France
Day 3: Marseilles / Arles / Embark M.S. AMADEUS PROVENCE / Avignon
Day 4: Avignon / Chateauneuf-du-Pape for Orange and Pont du Gard / Saint-Etienne-des-Sorts
Day 5: Tournon / Vienne
Day 6: Lyon
Day 7: Chalon-sur-Saone for Beaune
Day 8: Macon for Cluny / Montmerle for Beaujolais / Trevoux
Day 9: Lyon / Disembark ship / Return to the U.S. or Canada
Optional two night pre-program: Aix-en-Provence
Optional three night post-program: Swiss and French Alps
Lynn A. Higgins is the Edward Tuck Professor of French Studies. She also teaches in Comparative Literature and Film Studies, and she recently completed a 5-year term as Associate Dean of the Faculty for International Studies and Interdisciplinary Programs. She graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in French Literature and went on to earn her Ph.D. in French from the University of Minnesota. She came to Dartmouth College in 1976. Professor Higgins is the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships and prizes , and is the author of many books, articles and edited volumes. Her research is focused on cinema and literature, particularly since the Second World War. Her book "New Novel, New Wave, New Politics: Fiction and the Representation of History in Postwar France" won a Choice Outstanding Book Award and was selected by the Modern Language Association for its Scaglione Prize in French and Francophone Studies. Her most recent publications include a book on filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier and a co-edited collection of interviews with Tavernier. She is currently at work on co-editing a collection of interviews with filmmaker Alain Resnais and a collection of essays on novelist Patrick Modiano. She is also writing a book on adaptation of literature to the screen.