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Avalon Waterways Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights Aix-en-Provence & 2 Nights Nice – Southbound (WJL1)

14 days Paris to Nice 
Opportunities abound on this delightful river cruise vacation to learn about France and the French. Your adventure begins with two overnights and guided sightseeing in Paris, then take the high-speed train to Dijon and continue by motorcoach to fascinating Beaune for a visit of Hôtel-Dieu. Next, board your river cruise ship in quaint St. Jean de Losne and set sail for lovely Seurre, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles. Daylight permitting, sail into the peaceful Camargue area.

Disembark your cruise ship in Arles and transfer to Aix en Provence for the start of your Monograms extension. With two overnights, enjoy guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide, and visit the Cathedral of the Holy Savior, known for its mishmash of architectural styles. This was Cézanne’s hometown, and in your free time, you may want to take a tour following in his footsteps.

Finally, we’ll whisk you via high-speed train to Nice for your final two nights in France. Here, you’ll walk through the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais, Nice’s most famous boulevard. In your free time, perhaps take an excursion to Monaco, St. Tropez, or Cannes—known for its famous film festival. In both cities, we provide the services of Local Hosts®—a “friend in the city” to answer questions, share inside information, and help arrange your activities and excursions.

Ships: Poetry II
Special Offer/Promotion

Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Save $500 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/02/19, 06/16/19, 09/08/19
  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/07/19
  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/21/19, 05/05/19, 07/14/19, 07/28/19, 08/25/19, 10/06/19, 10/20/19
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/21/19, 06/02/19, 06/16/19, 07/28/19, 08/25/19, 10/06/19, 10/20/19
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/07/18, 06/21/18, 07/05/18, 08/02/18, 08/16/18, 08/30/18, 09/13/18, 09/27/18
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 07/19/18, 10/11/18
Restrictions May Apply

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–Vivers: 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: cruise into the Camargue region (daylight permitting); guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater

Day 10 Arles (Disembarkation)–Aix-en-Provence: transfer to Aix-en-Provence; guided walking tour, visit Cathedral of the Holy Saviour

Day11 Aix-en-Provence: day at leisure

Day 12 Aix-en-Provence–Nice: travel to Nice by high speed TGV train (first class); guided walking tour with Promenade des Anglais and the old town

Day 13 Nice: day at leisure

Day 14 Nice: your vacation ends this morning

Special Interest Departures

11/03/2019 - Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights Aix-en-Provence & 2 Nights Nice for Wine Lovers

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Itinerary (2019)

Day 1PARIS, 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 2PARIS
 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, 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 3DIJON—BEAUNE—ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (EMBARKATION)—SEURRE
 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 is one of France’s architectural highlights.

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

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN SEURRE

(B,D)
Day 4MÂCON
 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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN TRÉVOUX

(B,L,D)
Day 5LYON
 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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON

(B,L,D)
Day 6LYON
 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.

EVENING CRUISE TO TOURNON

(B,L,D)
Day 7TOURNON/TAIN L’HERMITAGE
 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.

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 CRUISE TO AVIGNON

(B,L,D)
Day 8AVIGNON
 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.

EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES

(B,L,D)
Day 9ARLES
 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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES

(B,L,D)
Day 10ARLES (DISEMBARKATION)—AIX-EN-PROVENCE
 Leave your Avalon vacation one day early upon disembarkation in Arles, and take the included transfer to Aix-en-Provence to join your Monograms package. Your guided walking tour includes a visit to the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour, known for its interesting combination of architectural styles and The Burning Bush triptych art masterpiece by Nicolas Froment.

(B)
Day 11AIX-EN-PROVENCE
 Enjoy a full day at leisure in Cézanne’s hometown. Your Local Host will help you get the most out of your stay.

(B)
Day 12AIX-EN-PROVENCE-NICE
 Travel by high-speed TGV train (first class) to Nice. Your guided sightseeing features the Promende des Anglais, originally built in the second half of the 18th century and the most famous boulevard in Nice and a walk through the charming Old Town.

(B)
Day 13NICE
 Your Local Host has recommendations for your full day at leisure on the beautiful Côte d’Azur.
(B)
Day 14NICE
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$182

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 Nice:
in single room from $133 to $574, in twin room from $75 to $288

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

NOTE:
  • 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
*07/05/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,523.00
*08/02/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,320.00
*08/16/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,420.00
*08/30/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,787.00
*09/13/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,787.00
*09/27/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $5,665.00
*04/07/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,301.00
*04/21/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,617.00
*05/05/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,818.00
*06/02/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,934.00
*06/16/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,903.00
*07/14/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,832.00
*07/28/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,832.00
*08/25/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,887.00
*09/08/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $6,026.00
*10/06/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,709.00
*10/20/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $5,451.00
*11/03/2019 $5,020.00
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