Savor the romance of river cruising through a landscape of bucolic countryside, flourishing vineyards and lavender-scented foothills, culinary traditions and world-renowned landmarks as you cruise the Rhône and Saône Rivers in Southern France. Unpack once and travel with ease as you enjoy seven nights on an exclusively chartered first-class ship. Visit the Palais des Papes in the medieval walled city of Avignon and follow in the footsteps of gladiators in Arles. Sip world-class burgundian wines in Beaune, the capital of Burgundy's celebrated wine industry, and delight in Lyon, replete with scenic parks and riverside paths. In several ports, choose from a selection of included excursions. Consider a guided bike tour along the river or a safari in Camargue, France’s rugged cowboy country. Witness medieval Avignon, a city that served as the center of the Roman Catholic world from 1309-1377. Experience five UNESCO World Heritage sites (1. Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments, 2. Roman Theatre and its surroundings and the "Triumphal Arch" of Orange, 3. Historic Site of Lyon, 4. Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, 5. Pont du Gard). This delightful journey in Southern France includes an extensive meal plan, plus wine and beer with lunch and dinner.
Day 1: Depart gateway city
Day 2: Marseille, France | Arles
Day 3: Arles
Day 4: Avignon
Day 5: Viviers | Lyon
Day 6: Lyon
Day 7: Macon | Cluny | Chalon-sur-Saône
Day 8: Chalon-sur-Saône | Beaune
Day 9: Depart for gateway city
Barbara Will is a professor of English at Dartmouth College, where she has taught since 1994, and is currently the Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities. Additionally, Professor Will led the Moving Dartmouth Forward initiative in 2014-2015. Before coming to Dartmouth she taught for four years at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She received her B.A. from Yale, her M.A. from Bryn Mawr, and her PhD. from Duke in the Literature Program. Her primary field is modernist literature and culture, and she is a specialist on the work of Gertrude Stein. She is the author of two books, including the just-published “Unlikely Collaboration: Gertrude Stein, Bernard Faÿ, and the Vichy Dilemma”. Her first book, “Gertrude Stein, Modernism, and the Problem of ‘Genius’” won a Choice Outstanding Academic Title award in 2001. She has received fellowships with the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Camargo Foundation, and several internal fellowships from Dartmouth – including the Russell Ladd Newcomb Fellowship, and the Leslie Humanities Center Fellowship. Professor Will has received two Huntington Manley Awards for Outstanding Teaching at Dartmouth.