A Luxury River Cruise ** From Arles to Lyon plus 3 days in Paris

August 24 - September 3, 2023

Looking for a next-level experience in travel?

If you love elevated, exclusive luxury travel, then join us in August 2023 for the first ever “Soulful Epicurean Experience” with the AmaWaterways river cruiseline.

By the end of this cruise, you will be relaxed, rejuvenated, and recharged from your river cruise with like-minded travelers who enjoy fine wine, delectable cuisine, jazz tours, and the Black heritage of France.


From romantic cities to gourmet havens and artistic epicenters, this itinerary enlivens all your senses. So, embark in Arles, and enjoy cruising to Lyon, France's culinary capital. 


Savor the beauty of legendary vineyards and imbibe in local vintages like Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône. 


You can even become an expert in all things culinary: search for the highly prized "Black Diamond" truffles; learn how to pair chocolate with wine; and discover how olives turn into the Mediterranean's nectar, olive oil. 


Trace the steps of famous artists in Arles and Carriéres de Lumiéres.

Imagine .....

Arriving in France and stepping onboard your distinctive award-winning river cruise ship. After the crew greets you, you will be escorted to your elegantly-appointed stateroom, which will be your personal oasis for rejuvenation for the next week.


Become acquainted with your stateroom, then join the other guests in the lounge area to grab a refreshing drink and a quick bite to eat or you can begin exploring the city.


Ah.. the delights of France! Let me tell you more….

Prepare yourself for days of exclusive and unique experiences and over-the-top personalized service. 


Explore the cultural history of Marseille, delight in live performances on board and onshore, and conclude your journey in Paris, where many Black artists, writers, and entertainers made their mark. 


Enjoy a variety of experiences exclusive to this unique itinerary, such as guided tours showcasing jazz, food, and wine, all while shining a light on Black heritage.

You will go home with new friends and memories that will truly last a lifetime. Then, it's time to enjoy life!

What is a river cruise? Why river cruise? Why this river cruise?


If you have never been on a river cruise, you will be hooked! 

It is a relaxing, luxurious way to see numerous cities and become immersed in the culture. Because the ships are small (AmaKristina has 156 passengers), they are able to dock in the city centers so you can walk off the ship and immediately start exploring. 


You will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours on this river cruise. In addition, you will often have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes, and Special Interest Tours. 


A large variety of activities will also be available so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.

Unpack once and enjoy your floating hotel.


There are so many choices when it comes to river cruise lines, ships and itineraries. 

Why would you want to sail on the Soulful Epicurean Experience river cruise? Here are a few reasons: 

Then, there is Paris...
Enjoy three days in Paris

Paris is known as a prime destination for travelers from around the world, where you’ll have the chance to eat, drink and enjoy, so you can take the memories home long after the trip.

Your Home for the Week

You’ll have a distinctive experience aboard this phenomenal, award-winning river ship. 


Imagine starting your morning with a delicious breakfast. Stroll on the Sun Deck and enjoy early risers’ tea or coffee with your freshly baked pastries. Or, enjoy a full breakfast in the main restaurant.


Save room for a lunch selection of as little or as much as you wish from the tastiest choices. 


The day’s culinary highlight is the exquisite dinner. The menus include international classics, dishes that reflect the regions passed, with hand-picked selections from local markets.

Enjoy some time in the lounge, library or the pool. Here, you will have conversations with your fellow travelers. You will be sure to create new friendships before you leave!

The staterooms.....Both a French and outside balcony, in most staterooms, allow you to enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. 


Enjoy multi-jet shower heads, soothing bath and body products, cozy robes, and hair dryers in the marble bathroom.


Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower.

Also enjoy:

  • Entertainment on Demand system providing complimentary TV, movies and music library
  • Complimentary internet and Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily



The AmaKristina has a massage and hair salon, gift shop, specialty coffee station, heated pool with swim-up bar, fitness center, sun-deck walking track and a fleet of onboard bikes. 

The Delights...

Her Main Restaurant is a taste of the outdoors, with vines and branches infused in the décor, and expert chefs preparing their signature exquisite cuisine with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients—both in the Main Restaurant and at The Chef’s Table.

Your Home in Paris for three days

Experience the City of Lights from the Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe hotel located just few steps from the great Parisian monuments such as the Champs-Elysées, the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum or Sacré Coeur. 

Discover unforgettable Paris from this modern five-star hotel.

Meet your hosts - Tillie and Joe, Owners of Tillie James Travel

While we serve our clients in many ways, our focus lies in the group and luxury travel market, connecting busy professionals with an experience they won't forget. We particularly enjoy river and small ship cruising. Talk about an experience of irresistible indulgence while only needing to unpack once.


Three years ago, we experienced our first European river cruise. We cruised through 4 countries, including Germany, Hungary, Austria, and Czech Republic. We were hooked!! 


This Colors of Provence cruise in France during the Christmas Markets, was one of the river cruises we ventured on last year. We immediately thought about how much we wanted to share this experience with you. So, we've partnered with AmaWaterways to bring you this first-ever Soulful Epicurean Experience!


Join us in August 2023 for a memorable experience!



Suite - $8,098 Per person (double occupancy) 350 sq. ft. SOLD OUT!

French & Outside Balcony - $7,208 Per person (double occupancy) 210 sq. ft. ONLY 6 Staterooms remaining!!

French Balcony - $6,208 Per person (double occupancy) 155 sq. ft. SOLD OUT!

Fixed Window - $4,499 Per person (double occupancy) 160 sq. ft. (Category E) SOLD OUT!

PRICE PER PERSON = 7-night cruise + 3-night Paris post-land package**


Solo travelers in a double occupancy must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any eligible discounts. Upgrades, port charges, airfares, optional land programs, visas and gratuities are additional. 

**A $210.00 port charges will be added to your stateroom costs shown above.

$400.00 per person deposit is required when booking your stateroom. 50% of this deposit is non-refundable.

Availability is limited and will sell out very quickly.

Other restrictions may apply.

Bon Voyage

Prior to take off we will have a Bon Voyage get together that will set you on the right track for preparing for your trip! 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I have never been out of the country, I wouldn't even know where to start. No worries! We can map it out for you and help you along the way. It is MUCH easier than you think.

I don’t know about traveling with people I don’t know. Oh! This is easy! We will host a pre-retreat call so that we can all connect and get comfortable with each other!

Do I have to participate in all of the activities? Of course not! Each activity has been selected and arranged with the larger mission in mind, which is to acquaint you with river cruising and learning all about France. However, you can opt-out of any experience. (Please note however, there will not be any monetary credits made for opting out in scheduled activities). In addition, keep in mind that there will be time for rest and rejuvenation built into the itinerary. But please know, you always have the option of creating your own experience and relaxing in your room.

Can I stay longer? If you are looking to extend your stay on either end of your trip we are happy to offer suggestions and recommendations!

Will I need a passport?  Yes you will.

How do I get to Arles? We will guide you through this process.


AmaWaterways will gladly assist with booking your flights.

Who can I talk to, I have more questions? We are always happy to jump on a call and speak with you! In fact we would LOVE it! Just email hello@tilliejamestravel.com and we will get a call set up right away for you! Or call us at 804.997.9460.


You will return home with new friends and memories that will truly last a lifetime.