Springtime in Provence and Burgundy | May 18 - 26, 2022
Travel with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from May 18 - 26, 2022, on a nine-day French sojourn through Provence and the wine regions of Burgundy . Cruise for seven nights round trip from historic Lyon along the fabled Rivers Rhône and Saône. During your intimate, small-ship cruise, dock in the heart of each port town and visit six UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Roman city of Orange, the medieval papal palace of Avignon, and the wonderfully preserved Roman amphitheater in Arles.
Visit the Burgundy region where the hallowed climats of Beaune surround alluring medieval streets. Tour the legendary 15th‑century Hôtel-Dieu, a vast galleried almshouse famous for its Gothic architecture, and discover flourishing Lyon, France’s gastronomique gateway. The latticed streets of Old Lyon are home to Renaissance-inspired architecture and hidden traboules—tunneled passageways that sheltered silk-weavers as they moved their delicate wares. Enjoy an excursion to the Beaujolais vineyards for a private tour, world-class piano concert, and wine tasting at the Château Montmelas.
Experience Avignon, one of Europe’s great cultural centers, and authentic Arles, where stone houses and colorful market stalls are bathed in the region’s signature golden light. Admire the Pont du Gard aqueduct, a true masterpiece of ancient architecture. Tour charming Vienne, where a wealth of antiquities attests to past glories and three important medieval churches recall the city’s historic past.