The Montreux Jazz Festival & Rhône River Cruise

Calling all jazz fans - as well as lovers of food, wine, art and history - for the Montreux Jazz Festival! Join KJazz host Jose Rizo and a shipful of fellow music lovers for a delicious and entertaining journey beginning in Lausanne, Switzerland where you'll stay on the shores of Lake Geneva. Then board your luxury small ship MS Amadeus Provence

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The Montreux Jazz Festival & Rhône River Cruise

Updated: 3/7/2018 15:40

Calling all jazz fans - as well as lovers of food, wine, art and history - for the Montreux Jazz Festival! Join KJazz host Jose Rizo and a shipful of fellow music lovers for a delicious and entertaining journey beginning in Lausanne, Switzerland where you'll stay on the shores of Lake Geneva. Cruise the lake by day and attend the world famous festival for two nights. The fun continues as you travel to Lyon and on to nearby Vienne, for the Vienne Jazz Festival. Take in some tunes, then board your luxury small ship MS Amadeus Provence headed for the famous Rhone Valley. In addition to strolling through open markets and wandering in impossibly picturesque villages, you'll ride a historic steam locomotive into the spectacular Doux Gorges with magnificent views of stunning landscape. Play some "boules" with the locals, take a nature walk and rub elbows with international jazz musicians and fans alike. A perfect blend of jazz, history, food and wine - space is limited and this trip will sell out before you can snap your fingers. Join KJazz for the ultimate jazz adventure! (Black berets optional)

It's Included

  • With KJazz host Jose Rizo and the Franck Amsallem Trio
  • Guided by Earthbound Co-founder, Matthew Brumley
  • 3 pre-cruise nights in Lausanne, Switzerland in a centrally-located 4 star hotel
  • Two included concerts at Montreux Jazz Festival
  • On board jazz concerts
  • Special wine tastings with the producers in the Rhone Valley
  • Outings to colorful local markets
  • Historic Ardèche steam train ride in the Doux Gorges
  • 7 nights on board the newly built first class MS Amadeus Provence
  • In-depth city walking tours of Lyon, Avignon and Arles with local experts
  • Entrances to and tours of all museums and sights listed in itinerary
  • A tax-deductible donation to KJazz

Trip Facts

11 Days/10 Nights
Depart USA on July 8, 2018
Return to USA on July 19, 2018
From $4,599 per person
All cabins with outside view (Single Cabins are Limited)
Special KJazz group air option for $1,399 from Los Angeles

Alumni Save $100 per person
Reserve before February 15th and save up to $1,200 pp
Pay your Final Balance by Check and save $100 pp

Your KJazz host and on-board jazz musicians

Jose Rizo
KJAZZ on air host & artist

Jose Rizo was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Oxnard, California. He played trumpet in high school, but it was not until he was a student at U.C. Santa Barbara that he developed his passion for jazz. Rizo began hosting "Jazz on the latin Side" on KLON (now KJazz) in early 1990. He was intricately involved on KLON's "Latin Jazz Club Caravans" and served as a member of the Grammy's Screening committee for Latin Jazz.

Franck Amsallem
Trio (Pianist)

Algerian-born, Franck grew up in Nice, France. He studied in the uS at Berklee College of Music and Manhattan School of Music. In 2002, Franck returned to France and settled in Paris. He has performed in countless jazz festivals around the world and has received high praise from the critics for his numerous recordings, both piano and vocal. Franck has composed pieces for big band and for string and chamber orchestra.

Matthew Brumley
Founder, Senior Guide

Founder and guide for Earthbound Expeditions, Matthew has been leading and creating adventures worldwide for 25 plus years. After completing his undergraduate studies at the universities of Copenhagen and Moscow, he went on to attend the graduate program at the London School of Economics. Listen to Matthew's travel segment Going Places which is aired weekly on KNKX – NPR.

Sara Lazarus
Award winning vocalist

Sara started singing at an early age, picking up piano and saxophone throughout her school years. While studying English literature at Harvard, Sara continued playing and singing jazz ultimately pursuing a career in music. After graduation, Sara moved to Paris and worked steadily in various club and concert settings. In 1994, she was awarded rst prize in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition. She has recorded several CDs and tours extensively through France.

Rick Margitza
Renowned Tenor Saxophonist

Rick is an American jazz tenor saxophonist based in Paris. His paternal grandfather, a Hungarian Gypsy violinist, taught him to play the violin at the age of four. Following this he played piano and oboe, and eventually settled on tenor sax in high school. Rick toured with Maynard Ferguson and Flora Purim in the 1980s, and moved to New york City in 1988, where he played with Miles Davis. He has recorded copiously and has also composed a saxophone concerto and two symphonies for orchestra.

Stephane Belmondo
Acclaimed Trumpeter

Stephane is a French jazz trumpeter, ugelhornist, and drummer. Stephane has repeatedly won numerous awards for Best French album and Best Artist.In addition to performing throughout the world and recording extensively, Stephane was also part of the development of new bugle and trumpet models which are marketed under the name "Concept TT" by the instrument maker Selmer.

Reserve your space today. Call 800-723-8454 or visit

YOUR Jazz Journey Begins...

July 8: Depart USA
Depart USA for France

July 9: Arrive In Geneva
Bienvenu à Genève! Those on the group flight will be privately transferred by coach to the comfy hotel and have time to stretch their legs before joining the group for a welcome and orientation dinner hosted by Jose Rizo and your Earthbound Expeditions guide, Matthew Brumley. Sleep in Lausanne.

JULY 10 & 11: Montreux Jazz Festival
For the next two days you'll enjoy the rhythm and beat of jazz at one of the world's most respected jazz festivals. Montreux offers stunning views, world-class restaurants and of course, outstanding jazz concerts. Enjoy independent time to relax and wander during the day or enjoy the free concerts starting in the early afternoon. Transport and tickets to two evening concerts included*. Sleep in Lausanne.

JULY 12: Lyon And Vienne
Founded by the Romans, Lyon is the third largest city in France, a UNESCO heritage site and a vibrant place to visit with the well-deserved title of the gastronomic capital of France. It has a 2000 year history and possesses a dynamic economic, industrial and cultural heritage. After a private walking tour with a local expert, drive to Vienne. This thriving city was transformed into a Roman colony in 47 BCE under Julius Caesar, due to its ideal location along the Rhône river. There remain some impressive Roman ruins in Vienne, including the Roman arena where some of the jazz festival concerts take place. Enjoy a Welcome Aboard dinner and anyone interested can head to the Vienne Jazz Festival. Sleep on board the Amadeus Provence.

JULY 13: Cruise to avignon
Turn your smiles to the sun today as you enjoy a scenic sail down the Rhône, along which there will be winetasting, Roman ruin walking and toe-tapping music. We arrive in Avignon in time to enjoy dinner on board and the energetic can head out to the Avignon Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts tonight. Sleep on board.

JULY 14: Avignon
Joyeux 14 juillet! It's Bastille Day and market day in Avignon. Enjoy the lively and festive atmosphere before departing for an excursion to the 2,000 year old Pont du Gard. This Roman aqueduct, considered to be the best preserved antiquity in Europe is a stunning feat of Roman engineering. Built without mortar, the massive stones were perfectly carved and placed to staunchly survive centuries of floods, plagues, wars, and humankind. It is an unbelievable legacy of the Romans and a sight to behold. We'll re-board the ship in time to dine and dance "sous le Pont d'Avignon" until we depart! Sleep on board.

JULY 15: Arles - The "Lirrle Rome Of Gaul"
Arles is Provence at its quintessential best: filled with Roman ruins that are still used today, with shops displaying the traditional Provençal fabrics and wares such as herbes de Provence, honey, lavender and soap. Arles has also become quite well known for the visual arts: the Musée Réattu contains many of Picasso's sketches, there are year-round photography expositions and galleries and the Van Gogh Foundation, featuring mostly modern works. Enjoy an in-depth walking tour highlighting the remarkable Roman heritage and time to relax in an outdoor café. Sleep on board.

JULY 16: St Remy, Van Gogh and Wine Tasting
Head into the scenic countryside to the delightful town of St Rémy. Stroll the village, then enjoy a walk around the grounds of the peaceful St Paul Mausole, a veritable masterpiece of Provençal Romanesque art, built in the neighborhood of the Gallo-Roman site of Glanum. This is the famous asylum where Vincent Van Gogh spent time resting and painting, and is still a psychiatric institution today, which encourages therapy through art. You may glimpse some irises and other frequent subjects of Van Gogh's paintings on the grounds here. Finally, stop to taste some of the wonderfully aromatic wines of this region before heading back to Arles to board the ship. Sleep on board.

JULY 17: Viviers
When disembarking at Viviers, you have the impression of entering a village where time has stood still. Boasting the oldest cathedral in France that's still in use, along with impressive examples of Renaissance and 18C architecture, Viviers is a lovely stop for pondering the illustrious past. Residents gather to play "petanque," so you may be able to acquire the advice of experts here or have time for a walk in the surrounding scenic countryside. Sleep on board.

JULY 18: Tournon + The Gorges du Doux
Turning North again, sail back up to the Auvergne Rhone-Alpes region. The area where you are headed, called the Ardèche, has a river by the same name that has carved the largest natural canyon in Europe and the caves that dot the cliffs (which go as high as 1,000 feet) are known for signs of prehistoric inhabitants (arrowheads and flint knives are often found). Embark an authentic steam train to revel in this spectacular scenery of Les Gorges du Doux (Doux canyon), traveling through tunnels, following the scenic and winding river. Return to the ship this evening in time to enjoy a farewell gala dinner together and sail all evening back to Lyon. Sleep on board.

JULY 19: Lyon - Trip concludes
Arrive back in Lyon in the early morning, so those extending their journey are welcome to depart at any time. Breakfast will be served as usual and those on the group flight will be transferred by motor coach to Geneva. We wish you all "un très bon voyage!"

Your River Ship: MS Amadeus Provence

The new flagship for the Amadeus fleet with first-time operation in 2017 is named MS Amadeus Provence. Extending 360 feet in length creates not only space for cabins but allows for quite a number of innovative features in the premium market segment to come to fruition.

The cruise ship has 62 standard cabins (172-188 sq. feet). Those on the Mozart and Strauss decks will have an innovative form of French balcony offering the option of making the panoramic window front (which extends across the whole cabin width) automatically drop-down so that the cabin becomes a balcony in itself. The eight Amadeus Balcony Suites (284 sq. feet), moreover, have 'walk-out' exterior balconies with their own seating groups, enormous panoramic windows and comfortable bathrooms with bath, separate WC and separate shower.

You'll enjoy the signature Luftner hospitality and impeccable service from the 40 crew members. Enjoy a dip in the pool and drinks on the Sun Deck from the Lido or Panorama Bar, ride the complimentary bicycles into town, or work out in the Fitness Room. There's also a Hair Salon and Massage Room. This truly is a "luxury floating hotel."

Reserve your space today. Call 800-723-8454 or visit


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