Setting sail from Chalon-sur-Saône
Chalon-sur-Saône was once a key trading centre and port, situated at the meeting of Roman roads, the river Saône and several other inland waterways. Chalon is also the birthplace of Nicéphore Niépce, widely credited as the inventor of photography. The city's distinguished history is reflected in its handsome buildings, and this is an excellent base from which to explore the southern Burgundy wine regions.
The riverside town of Tournus is known for the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Saint Philibert, of which the Romanesque 11th-century church is the main surviving element. Other nearby sights include the splendid Château de Cormatin, the medieval village of Brancion and the Mâconnais wine region, home of the Chardonnay grape.
The little town of Mâcon lies on the west bank of the Saône, at the southern edge of Burgundy, and it’s a great base for sampling the region’s famous wines. A popular excursion is a trip to nearby Beaune, home to the magnificent medieval Hospices de Beaune and its prestigious wine estate.
Situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon is one of France’s most appealing cities. Its reputation for gastronomic excellence is well deserved, with hundred of wonderful restaurants, and the UNESCO listed historic centre boasts a marvellous ensemble of Renaissance-era buildings.
Vienne was an important trading centre during Roman times, and spectacular remnants of this era survive, including a remarkably well preserved temple and a hillside amphitheatre with marvellous views across the red-tiled rooftops. The city also hosts a renowned jazz festival during July, featuring some of the world’s most talented musicians.
The former papal stronghold of Avignon cuts a dramatic figure, perched above the Rhône and ensconced behind towering walls. The Palais des Papes was home to a succession of 14th century pontiffs, and still looms large over Avignon’s atmospheric old town.
30 June - 1 July
Arriving in Arles
The charming little town of Arles sits at the head of the Rhône delta, on the northern fringe of the sprawling marshlands of the Camargue. It's a town with a long history, as evidenced by an impressive array of Roman ruins, and though the gladiators may be long gone the 20,000 seater amphitheatre still plays host to the bloody and controversial spectacle of the corrida (bullfight). Whether or not you approve of all the local traditions, Arles is a great place to sample the essence of Provençal culture, and we particularly recommend the vibrant Saturday market.
Visit the Fondation Vincent van Gogh for its great exhibitions.
Your home from home
Custom built for AmaWaterways, AmaCello's staterooms are spacious and beautifully decorated, the modern public areas create a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, and the main restaurant is excellent.
What we love
AmaCello offers the perfect home from home for 144 guests, with a comfortable lounge and two dining options including the main dining room and the excellent Chef's Table, a speciality restaurant which provides an intimate alternative where you can watch the chef prepare your gastronomic delights.
41 European Staff
Relaxed and informal during the day, giving way to an elegant evening atmosphere.
Tailor-make your trip
Our favourite hotel in Arles
We like the pretty Hotel Particulier, a lovely 19th century mansion.
Art in Arles
Arles is a great base for learning more about Van Gogh in Provence. Take a guided tour to learn more and see some great masterpieces.