Springtime in Provence | May 15 – 23, 2019

Almond and cherry blossoms bloom white and blush and the crimson poppies, colorful primrose, and purple irises herald the return of spring. Travel with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from May 15 - 23, 2019, on this nine-day sojourn in Provence and the Burgundy and Beaujolais wine regions. Cruise for seven nights from Provençal Arles to historic Lyon along the fabled Rhône and Saône Rivers aboard the specially chartered, deluxe Amadeus Provence, launched in 2017.

During your intimate small ship cruise, dock in the heart of each port town and visit six UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the wonderfully preserved Roman Amphitheater in Arles, the medieval Papal Palace of Avignon and the Roman city of Orange. Tour the legendary 15th-century Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune, famous for its intricate and colorful tiled roof, and picturesque Lyon, France’s gastronomique gateway. Enjoy an excursion to the Beaujolais vineyards for a private tour, world-class piano concert and wine tasting at the Château Montmelas, guided by the châtelaine. Visit the Burgundy region for an exclusive tour of Château de Rully, a medieval fortress among the vineyards that has belonged to the family of your guide, Count de Ternay, since the 12th century. 

A perennial favorite, this travel program is the quintessential Provençal experience and an excellent value featuring a comprehensive itinerary through the south of France when its abundant flora blooms back to life.