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Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights in Paris & 1 Night in Marseille for Wine Lovers 2020 (Southbound)

11 days with Avalon Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 PARIS, FRANCE
Bienvenue en France!

Take free time today to fall in love with the world’s most romantic city. Get inspired by its architectural icons, exquisite cuisine, chic boutiques, and priceless artistic treasures.

Day 2 PARIS
Cafés, Cathedrals, and Canvases—The City of Light Truly Shines

CLASSIC Join a Guided City Tour that shows the iconic sites of Paris, such as the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Opéra Garnier, and the famous Champs-Élysées.

Spend your free time strolling through the Champs-Élysées for café au lait and croissants, see the exhibits at the Louvre, or visit Montmartre’s Basilica of the Sacré Cœur.

Consider browsing Paris’ classic shopping avenues and literary cafés for a true Parisian experience, or have your portrait sketched by a Parisian artist in the square at Place du Tertre. (B)

Day 3 DIJON—BEAUNE—ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (EMBARKATION) 
Take a High-Speed Train from Paris to Dijon, to drive on to Beaune.

CLASSIC Visit the Hôtel-Dieu Charity Hospital in Beaune, built in 1443, today home of the Van der Weyden’s painting of the Last Judgment and one of France’s architectural highlights.

This afternoon, travel to St. Jean de Losne to board your Suite Ship®.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MÂCON (B,D)

Day 4 MÂCON
Wine on the Stunning Saône

Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Mâcon along the majestic Saône River.

DISCOVERY Join a lecture about wine hosted by your Master of Wine while sailing to Mâcon.

DISCOVERY Join an excursion that will take you to a Chardonnay cellar for a wine tasting.

Enjoy live entertainment while sailing for Trévoux this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN TRÉVOUX (B,L,D)

Day 5 LYON
Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France

Sail for lovely Lyon this morning.

DISCOVERY Enjoy an onboard cheese and wine tasting hosted by your Master of Wine while sailing to Lyon.

CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon from Fourvière Hill with its numerous churches. You’ll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafés, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux. 

Spend free time riding a bike through Lyon’s town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet.

DISCOVERY Be our guest for a WWII & French Fesistance your lecture on board your ship. 

Later enjoy live entertainment after dinner.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON (B,L,D)

Day 6 LYON 
French Food and Wine—La Vie En Rose in Lyon

DISCOVERY Join a Culinary Walk through the city to discover why Lyon is known as the gastronomic capital of France.

DISCOVERY Take a guided tour to the lovely Beaujolais area and learn more about its light and pleasant wine.

DISCOVERY This evening, join an onboard food and wine pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

EVENING CRUISE TO TOURNON (B,L,D)

Day 7 TOURNON
A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards

DISCOVERY Take a morning Guided Walking Tour to explore Tournon—one of France’s oldest medieval cities. See its 16th-century castle, and Roman ruins between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage.The tour also includes a wine and chocolate tasting at the Cité du Chocolat at Valrhona, OR:

ACTIVE Hike in the vineyards and take in the breathtaking views from the hills (weather permitting). 

Enjoy a leisurely sail to Viviers after lunch.

VIVIERS

World History in a Charming French Country Village

CLASSIC Explore the pale-stone buildings of Viviers on a late afternoon Guided Walking Tour of this charming village. You’ll see its Romanesque cathedral and Old Town with a mix of historical Christian, Roman, and medieval influences.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AVIGNON (B,L,D)

Day 8 AVIGNON
The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence

CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the fortress city of Avignon—with its ramparts encircling the city—and a visit to the amazing Palace of the Popes.

DISCOVERY Enjoy a trip to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhône wine region. 

Explore Avignon on your own for the city’s art and culture, theatre, and museums. Be sure to snap photos of the captivating countryside, historic monuments, and the medieval Pont Saint-Bénézet.

Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.

EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES (B,L,D)

Day 9 ARLES
Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk.

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Arles—the captivating city of the Provence region. You’ll visit the Roman Amphitheater in this visually stunning city, OR:

DISCOVERY Attend a Painting Workshop to learn the style and techniques of Vincent van Gogh. You’ll create your own painting in the style of the classic master who took inspiration from the Provence light and landscape in Arles.

Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) to immerse yourself in a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d’Enfer.

Take advantage of any free time remaining with a stop in Le Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine, to relax and watch the world go by.

EVENING CRUISE TO PORT ST. LOUIS (B,L,D)

Day 10 PORT ST. LOUIS (DISEMBARKATION)—MARSEILLE
Spectacular Seascapes of the Mediterranean Coast French Riviera

Disembark your ship and join a motorcoach transfer to Marseille.

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing in Marseille—France’s second-largest city. (B)

Day 11 MARSEILLE
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Day 1 Paris: welcome to France
  • Day 2 Paris: guided sightseeing
  • Day 3 Dijon—Beaune—St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation): high-speed train to Dijon; motor coach transfer to Beaune, visit the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception
  • Day 4 Mâcon: leisurely cruising; onboard lecture about wine; Chardonnay excursion
  • Day 5 Lyon: on board cheese and wine tasting; guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill; lecture on board
  • Day 6 Lyon: culinary tour; guided tour to Beaujolais; on board food & wine pairing dinner
  • Day 7 Tournon—Viviers: guided walk in Tournon with wine and chocolate tasting, or hike in the vineyards (weather permitting); guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral
  • Day 8 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes; guided tour to Châteauneuf du Pape
  • Day 9 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater, or painting workshop
  • Day 10 Port St. Louis (Disembarkation)—Marseille: travel by motorcoach to Marseille; guided tour
  • Day 11 Marseille: your vacation ends this morning
All This Included
Take a wondrous river cruise through beautiful France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too! This France river cruise adventure begins in style with two overnights in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities. A guided city tour will show you all the must-see sights. Board your Suite Ship and join a lovely excursion to the Chardonnay wine area. Then reach Lyon, a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture, as well as France’s gastronomic capital!

Situated at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers, Lyon offers wonderful sights, including the popular Place des Terreaux with its famous fountain seen on postcards. Do not miss a guided tour to Beaujolais, for a tasting of its famous wines. Beautifully nestled among vineyards, you’ll find the city of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle, where you’ll go on a guided walk, which will also include a wine and chocolate tasting. Alternatively, you can join a guided hike in the vineyards. Continue your river cruise to historical Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Châteauneuf du Pape region and taste some of its wines. On the Rhône River sits Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheatre, which hosts plays and concerts to this day. A Master of Wine will travel with you on this cruise and will hold lectures, tastings and introduce you to food and wine pairing.

Enjoy your last night in France in the captivating Marseille. Relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea—a perfect ending to this once-in-a-lifetime European river cruise!
  • Ship Amenities - Avalon Poetry II:
    • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
    • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, shade awnings, & outdoor deck game area
    • Non-smoking staterooms & ship interior
    • Convenient Elevator Service
    • Elegant, contemporary design
    • Outside viewing deck
    • Headsets for guided shore excursions
    • English-speaking friendly crew, staff & professional Cruise Director
    • Sightseeing with Expert Local Guides
    • Onboard lectures, activities & entertainment
    • Complimentary room service for Continental breakfast
    • Sky Deck whirlpool
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
    • Biking excursions available in Amsterdam and Breisach
    • Onboard Adventure Center with active gear, bikes, Nordic walking sticks, watercraft & maps
    • Casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
    • Avalon Choice® cruising experience
    • Behind-the-scenes galley tour
    • Choice of Classic, Active or Discovery excursions so that you can experience your cruise your way
    • Nordic walking sticks available onboard for complimentary check-out
    • Onshore & Onboard experiences with regional customs, cultures & tastings with local artisans, experts & entertainers
    • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
    • Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
    • Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro's tasting menu for a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere
    • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
    • Well-stocked library with books, cards, and board games
    • State-of-the-art fitness center
    • Complimentary bottled water, fresh fruit, and cookies available throughout the day
    • Full-size closet mirror
  • Ship Dining - Avalon Poetry II:
    • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
    • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
    • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine & canapés
    • Spacious, open-seating Panorama Dining Room
    • Daily early-riser breakfast
    • Daily late-riser breakfast
    • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine and made-to-order egg station
    • Lunch buffet with carving and pasta stations
    • Al fresco lunch in the Sky Grill
    • Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
    • Healthy Corner options including low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, and high energy choices
    • Vegetarian options at every meal, as well as vegan and allergy-free selections
    • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
    • Happy Hour every evening including featured drink specials
    • Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
    • Chef-prepared onboard meals with regional cuisine and familiar favorites
    • Four-course dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts or cheese
    • Complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner
    • Complimentary room service for Continental breakfast
    • Panorama Lounge & Bar with premium spirits, cozy seating, panoramic windows & dance floor
    • Healthy meal options
    • Casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
    • Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro's tasting menu for a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere
    • Tastings - sample the destination's famous delicacies
    • Coffee or tea after dinner
    • Light lunch in the Panorama Lounge
    • FlexDining flexible dining times with menu & venue options
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Avalon Poetry II
Paris: InterContinental Paris Le Grand, Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris or The Westin Paris-Vendome
Marseille: Intercontinental Marseille Hotel Dieu

Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Paris: 
in single room from $444 to $569, in twin room from $251 to $313

Extra nights per person in Marseille: 
in single room from $228 to $287,in twin room from $133 to $165
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Port charges: $182
  • Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.
  • Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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