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Avalon Waterways Burgundy & Provence – Southbound (WJL)

11 days Paris to Cote d'Azur 
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! The City of Light has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. A guided city tour will show you all the must-see sights.

You’ll visit 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.

Beautifully nestled among vineyards, you’ll find the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, where you’ll go on a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Continue your river cruise to historical Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world. On the Rhône River sits Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day.

You’ll conclude your historical and delightful French river cruise with an overnight stay on the picturesque Côte d’Azur. Explore this captivating area and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. You’ll revel in the relaxing and inspiring sights and culinary delights during your French river cruise and Mediterranean vacation!

Ships: Poetry II
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  • Save $500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/24/18, 06/07/18
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Paris: welcome to France

Day 2 Paris: guided sightseeing

Day 3 Paris–Dijon–Beaune–St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation)–Seurre: TGV train from Paris to Dijon. Motorcoach transfer to Beaune, visit the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Seurre–Mâcon: leisurely cruising; free time in Mâcon; onboard cheese tasting

Day 5 Lyon: guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill

Day 6 Lyon: a free day to explore this fascinating city at leisure

Day 7 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Viviers: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 8 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes

Day 9 Arles: guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre; cruise into the Camargue region(daylight permitting)

Day 10 Arles (Disembarkation)–Côte d’Azur: travel by motorcoach to Côte d’Azur

Day 11 Côte d’Azur: your vacation ends this morning

Special Interest Departures

11/03/2019 - Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers

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Itinerary (2019)

 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.
 Cafés, Cathedrals, and Canvases—The City of Lights 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.

 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 Van der Weyden’s painting of the Last Judgment and is one of France’s architectural highlights.

This afternoon, travel to St. Jean de Losne to board your Suite Ship® and enjoy a brief evening cruise to Seurre.


 Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône

Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Mâcon along the majestic Saône River. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin.

DISCOVERY Later, enjoy a delicious Cheese Tasting on board your ship.

Enjoy live entertainment while sailing for Trévoux this evening.


 Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France

Sail for lovely Lyon this morning.

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.

Later on board your ship, be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance Lecture, and enjoy live entertainment after dinner.


 French Food and Wine—La Vie En Rose in Lyon

Enjoy a free day in Lyon, or choose a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through the city to discover why it is known as the gastronomic capital of France!

Your day is free to explore, relax, or shop in France’s third largest city. Take a bike from the ship and explore local produce markets and parks, or take a leisurely tour of the city’s more than 100 murals.


 A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards

CLASSIC 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.


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.


 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.

Guided Optional Excursions include a visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard, or 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.


 Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights

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 that inspired the works of Vincent van Gogh.

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.


 Spectacular Seascapes of the French Riviera

After breakfast this morning, you’ll drive to the Côte d’Azur for your last night in France. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Côte d’Azur stretches along France’s Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy.

 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.


Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights per person in Paris:
in single room from $418 to $758, in twin room from $238 to $398

Extra nights per person in Cote d'Azur:
in single room from $242 to $541, in twin room from $152 to $295

All prices per person based on double occupancy. Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $199
B / Sapphire Deck / $1149
A / Sapphire Deck / $1199
P / Royal Deck / $1299
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2199

  • Special Interest Cruise: Wine Appreciation November 3

Avalon Notes

  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

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Tour Land StartAvalon RetailRequest Quote
05/10/2018 $4,399.00
05/24/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $4,499.00
06/07/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $4,499.00
06/21/2018 $4,449.00
07/05/2018 $4,249.00
08/02/2018 $4,249.00
08/16/2018 $4,349.00
08/30/2018 $4,649.00
09/13/2018 $4,649.00
09/27/2018 $4,549.00
04/07/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,279.00
04/21/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,479.00
05/05/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,579.00
06/02/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,679.00
06/16/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,679.00
07/14/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,679.00
07/28/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,679.00
08/25/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,679.00
09/08/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,779.00
10/06/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,579.00
10/20/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,429.00
*11/03/2019 $4,029.00
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