Dental Cruise along the Rhone, Burgundy and Provence

8 - 16 Jun 2023
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

Enjoy this uniquely beautiful cruise from Lyon along the French rivers, the Rhône and the Saône. Experience picturesque villages, world famous wine regions such as the Côte d'Or, impressive and historic cities and unforgettable landscapes as you cruise through Provence and Burgundy.

Food, wine, art, architecture, scenery and history combine in glorious harmony in the south of France. The cruise combines a range of specialist excursions that focus on each of these.

There are a series of dental talks on the cruise and a specialist professional visit to Lyon Dental School with experienced tour leader Professor Phillip Dowell, a past European President for the International College of Dentists.

Travel in comfort and style on the luxury Amadeus Provence cruise ship and enjoy the cuisine and fine wines of the region at a beautiful time of year. The cruise ends in Lyon, known for is charming architecture, cuisine and textiles. Extend in Lyon or go to Dijon, Montpellier or beyond.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, ​Professor Phillip Dowell

​Professor Phillip Dowell

Professor Phillip Dowell is a specialist periodontist and past president of the British Society of Periodontology. He qualified at The London Hospital and after a number of hospital jobs, he entered general practice. Some years later, after working in the West Indies, he won an international fellowship to study at the Eastman Dental Centre in the USA. He continued his post graduate studies at the University of Wales College of Medicine and subsequently taught both undergraduates and postgraduates in the area of periodontology.

Phillip Dowell has lectured both nationally and internationally and is the author of many publications. He has been a visiting Professor at the University of Surrey and President of the European Section as well as the International President of the International College of Dentists (ICD).

He is currently Director of Development of the ICD and chair of its Global Visionary Fund (GVF). He has led previous study tours to China, Ecuador, South Africa, Vietnam, Isreal, Cambodia and around the Mediterranean.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: Lyon (Thurs, 8 June) Embark on the Amadeus Provence. Welcome dinner and start the cruise.
  • Day 2: Mâcon (Fri, 9 June) Arrive in Mâcon in southern Burgundy. This historic wine region produces some of the finest and most expensive wines in the world. Explore Mâcon and visit some of the Beaujolais and Mâconnais vineyards and ”Hameau Duboeuf” wine museum and learn of the history of Burgundy wines. Take part in a tasting of Beaujolais wines. Following lunch on board, there are optional excursions to either Cluny Abbey or Chateau de Pierreclos, with its romantic wine cellars, for a tasting of local wines and cheeses.
  • Day 3: Chalon-sur-Saône (Sat, 10 June) Visit Chalon-sur-Saône and continue to Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Visit the ancient hospice of Hôtel-Dieu, founded in 1443, and enjoy a wine tasting experience at one of Beaune’s famous cellars. There is also a lively Saturday market. Optional afternoon excursions include a visit the Château de Cormatin, one of the most opulent castle interiors in Burgundy, or a guided tour to Tournus, a picturesque little town. CPD dental lecture.
  • Day 4: Lyon (Sun, 11 June) Lyon is known known for its gastronomy and textiles. Take part in a curated culinary tour of Lyon’s food market. Explore with a local guide the best producers in Lyon at Les Halles Paul Bocuse, including cheese makers, chocolatiers, bakers, pastry chefs, delicatessens, charcuteries and wine merchants. At leisure and cruise south along the Rhone. CPD dental lecture.
  • Day 5: Avignon (Mon, 12 June) Spend the day exploring the Provençal city of Avignon, once the seat of the Catholic Pope, on a walking tour. See the grand Palace of the Popes, one of the world’s most fascinating examples of Gothic architecture. Explore the city at your own pace or join an optional excursions either to the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct, or the Roman city of Nîmes; or visit the nearby town of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a wine tasting tour (this is an additional private excursion based on minimum numbers).
  • Day 6: Arles (Tues, 13 June) Cruise to Arles, which once captured the imagination of the Impressionist painter, Vincent van Gogh. Morning CPD Open Forum. Optional visit to Tarascon, a Provençal town or explore Arles at your leisure. Excursion to the Camargue Nature Park. The region (the delta of the Rhône River) is home to an astonishing range of wildlife, including the renowned Camargue bulls and the white Camargue horses who roam freely. Continue to Saintes Maries de la Mer, where the Rhône joins the ocean.
  • Day 7: Châteauneuf-du-Rhône (Wed, 14 June) The option of a full day at leisure onboard. Optional guided tour to the Ardèche Gorge or to themedieval village of Grigna to see Grignan castle and a traditional truffle farm for a tasting.
  • Day 8: Lyon (Thurs, 15 June) Disembark following breakfast. Orientation tour of Lyon and see the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, standing high on a hill, offering unforgettable views of the city. Continue to explore Lyon’s Old Town and check into the hotel. Dental visit to the Lyon Dental School with a talk and meeting or at leisure in Lyon. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant with the wines of Burgundy.
  • Day 9: Lyon (Fri, 16 June) Depart Lyon with the option to further explore France.

Tour cost

Cabins start at USD $4,193 per person sharing. See brochure for details.

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