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Spain & France Land and River Cruise
May 2-15, 2022


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Barcelona

Barcelona was the starting point of our tour

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Barcelona

Antonio Gaudi is Barcelona's famous architect
Barcelona

The beautiful Custom House is located at the port

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Barcelona

The Cathedral can be found in the Gothic Quarter

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Train

And here arrives our train taking us up to the mountains.

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Montserrat

On the way we enjoy breathtaking views
Montserrat

And soon we arrive at the Abbey of Montserrat

Montserrat

We learn a lot about the Abbey during our guided tour

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Black Madonna

The Black Madonna of Montserrat

Montserrat

High mountains dominate the surrounding area

Barcelona

We arrive at the train station in Barcelona. Here we embark the TGV, the high-speed train to France.

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TGV

Boarding the TGV

TGV

Comfortable Seating
TGV

TGV

TGV

TGV

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TGV



Nimes

After an approximate four hour train ride, we arrive in Nimes, France

Nimes

Our guided walking tour in Nimes starts at the Roman Amphitheater

Nimes

We are surprised to see that the ancient Romans are in town

Nimes

The city was an important outpost of the Roman Empire

Nimes

The Roman Temple is very well preserved

ship

Our ship, the AmaKristina is waiting for us in Avignon

Nimes

Our group on board the AmaKristina, our floating home for seven days

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Arles

In the morning, some of us joined the Van Gogh tour in Arles

Arles

Others opted for the Arles walking tour

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light show

In the afternoon, we continued to Les Baux ...

light show

where we enjoyd an amazing light show in a former quarry

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Les Baux

Les Baux is a quaint old village

Les Baux

Visitors have to navigate small but steep streets

Les Baux

Time to rest at the old fountain

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Les Baux

The small church is a must see for every visitor

Avignon

We had three tour options in Avignon

Avignon

One group decided to join a culinary tour

Avignon

The culinary tour "Tastes of Avignon" included a visit of the Market Hall.

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Avignon

Other guests in our group went to the Papal Palace

Avignon

The famous bridge of Avignon

Avignon

The thrid tour option was a bike tour

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Avignon

Back on the ship, we celebrated Betsy's birthday

Avignon

Dining at the Chef's Table Restaurant

Avignon

Chef's Table

Avignon

Thank you to the Chef and his team for the delicious dinner

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Truffel

The visit of a Truffel Farm was an interesting experience

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Truffel

At this farm, dogs are used to find the precious Truffels

Truffel

And that's what Truffels look like coming out of the ground

Truffel

In the Truffel Farm's store

Truffel

We raised our glass to a wonderful tour, great hospitality ...

Truffel

and enjoy Truffels and wine

Grignan

Our next stop was magnificant Grignan

Grignan

Grignan is perched upon a hill with many narrow lanes

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Grignan

We had to get on top of the hill ...

Grignan

to see the splendour of the Renaissance castle

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Wedding Anniversary

A River Cruise is a great way to celebrate ...

Wedding Anniversary

a Wedding Anniversary like Tom and Laurie did

Chef's Table

The Chef's Table restaurant is small and intimate ...

Chef's Table

it is an alternative to the dining restaurant

Chef's Table

Guests at the Chef's Table enjoy a 7-course menu

Chef's Table

each course is a superbly created dish

Steam Train

The Steam Train ride along the Doux River ...

Steam Train

was a trip through beautiful scenery of the Ardeche

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Steam Train

It is a historic train maintained by the locals

Steam Train

The slow pace allowed to enjoy this romantic way of travel

Steam Train

At the end point, the locomotive had to be turned around

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Steam Train

It was cosy to travel in this old style train

Wedding Anniversary

Celebrating another Wedding Anniversary

Wedding Anniversary

Each anniversary couple is surprised with a customized cake

Dining

Enjoying great service and delicious food ...

Dining

in the Dining Restaurant

Vienne

Vienne has a significant Roman history

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Bicycle tour

A walking tour, a hiking tour and a Bicycle tour were offered

Ship

We arrived in Lyon, the confluence of the Rhone and Saone

Lyon

A city sightseeing tour took us up to Fourviere

Lyon

Fourviere allows for a spectacular city view

Lyon

Walking tour thourgh the Old Town of Lyon

Lyon

Lyon is famous for its Traboules ...

Lyon

kind of secret passageways between the alley lanes

Lyon

Lyon is famous for its restaurants, called Bouchons

Lyon

Some of the courtyards are open for the public

Lyon

The city helps to maintain the Traboules

Lyon

Our group standing at the historic court house in Lyon

Beaujolais

Our ship docking in the Beaujolais region

Oingt

Visiting one of the Golden Villages in Beaujolais, Oingt

Oingt

Beaujolais is called 'The Land of the Golden Stones'

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Oingt

Oingt is a gem with lots of character

Oingt

To visit the church in Oingt, one has to climb the stairs

Oingt

Oingt is classified as one of the most beautiful French villages

Beaujolais

When visiting Beaujolais, a wine tasting is a MUST

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Beaujolais

Beaujolais wines are made of the Gamay grape

Beaujolais

Beaujolais

Wine tasting

Wine tasting

Wine tasting

We had a marvelous time at the wine tasting in the famous Beaujolais at the Domaine Paire

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Lyon

Back in Lyon, the old hospital

Lyon

A public swimming pool next to the Rhone river

Lyon

The cathedral in the Old Town, above the church of Fourviere

Lyon

The cathedral is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist

Lyon

A monument honoring Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ...

Lyon

who is the author of the famous book 'The Little Prince'

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Lyon

Our walking tour took us through fancy passages ...

Lyon

and districts with grandious buildings and fountains

Lyon

We had a nice rest for a Wine Tasting at the newly renovated Hotel Dieu, the old hospital

Lyon

The old hospital has been out of use since 2010. It has been converted to a luxury hotel and shopping center.

Paris

After a 2-hour train ride on the TGV, we arrived in Paris

Louvre

The Louvre is the world's most visited museum

Paris

Pre-celebrating upcoming birthdays ...

Paris

with some gift arrangements

Paris



Paris



Paris

Palais de Chaillot at the Trocadero Square

Paris

The Dome des Invalides, resting place of Emperor Napoleon I

Paris

The museum Gare d'Orsay is a former railway station

Paris

View to the Ile de la Cite

Paris

Place de la Concorde

Paris

Notre Dame still under reconstruction after the fire

Paris

Arc de Triomphe at the western end of the Champs-Élysées

Paris

Courtyard of the Deaf School in Paris

Paris

Our group standing in the street that honors L'Abbey de L'Epee

Paris

Our group in front of the deaf school 'Institut National de Jeunes Sourds de Paris'

Paris

We took a stroll through the Jardin de Luxembourg

Paris

The famous Moulin Rouge cabaret

Paris

A mini train took us up to Sacre Coeur

Paris

Our Illumination Tour ended at the Eiffel Tower

Paris

Our group in front of the Eiffel Tower during our Paris City Tour

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FEEDBACK FROM OUR CLIENTS

We had a GREAT time in our trip, wish it didnt have to end! Barb and Richard


This was my first trip to Spain and France. I'm grateful to Ama Waterways for giving me the opportunity to visit two different countries with distinct cultures in the Spain of three weeks and for providing knowledgeable local guides in each place we visited. ... A charming moment was visiting the statue of the author of the Little Prince. My favorite places are Arles, where we felt the presence of van Gogh through the fields he painted in and buildings he had entered and of course Paris. ... I loved being on the water, passing through several rivers and being lifted through many locks. There is so much more I could say, but I will end here. I also enjoyed making new friends and seeing a few old ones again. Anne


Our trip was really a blast and we thank you for your help to make it possible for our enjoyment!! Tom and Laurie




Thank You Note from Alice and Mitch



GLORIA

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