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Avalon Waterways Burgundy & Provence (Northbound) (WLJ)

8 days Port-Saint-Louis to St. Jean-de-Losne 
Take a wondrous journey through beautiful views of France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sight-seeing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too! Embark your ship in Port St. Louis, France, and sail to Arles—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world. The city of Tournon is beautifully nestled among vineyards and you’ll go on a guided walk of this medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers and is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Visit the popular Place des Terreaux and stand in front of the famous fountain you’ve seen on postcards.

Ships: Poetry II
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Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises (combinable with $299 Air)*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 03/24/20
  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/07/20, 10/20/20
  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/21/20, 06/02/20, 06/30/20, 07/14/20, 08/11/20, 10/06/20
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/19/20, 08/25/20, 09/08/20
  • Receive $299 Air (plus $1000 per couple) from select US cities on select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 03/24/20
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 03/24/20, 04/07/20, 04/21/20, 05/19/20, 06/30/20, 07/14/20, 08/11/20, 08/25/20, 10/20/20
  • Save $1,000 per couple (plus $299 Air) on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/29/19, 07/22/19, 08/19/19
  • Receive $299 Air (plus $1000 per couple) from select US cities on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/29/19, 07/22/19, 08/19/19
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/27/19, 09/02/19, 10/14/19
  • Save $300 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 10/28/19
  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 07/08/19
  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/10/19, 09/30/19
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 07/08/19, 04/29/19, 07/22/19, 08/19/19
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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Port St. Louis (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop

Day 3 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes

Day 4 Viviers: guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 5 Tournon–Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Vienne

Day 6 Lyon: guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill

Day 7 St. Jean de Losne: cheese tasting on board

Day 8 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

Special Interest Departures

10/14/2019 - Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers
10/28/2019 - Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers
10/06/2020 - Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers (Northbound)
10/20/2020 - Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers (Northbound)

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WLJ - Burgundy & Provence (Northbound)
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WLJQ - With 1 Night in Marseille
WLJY - With 1 Night in Marseille & 2 Nights in Paris
WLJ1 - With 1 Night in Marseille, 2 Nights in Paris & 3 Nights in London
WLJ2 - With 1 Night in Marseille, 2 Nights in Paris, 3 Nights in Venice & 3 Nights in Rome
WLJ3 - With 2 Nights in Paris & 3 in Nights London
WLJ4 - With 2 Nights in Paris, 3 Nights in Venice & 3 Nights in Rome
WJL - Burgundy & Provence (Southbound)

Itinerary (2020)

Day 1PORT ST. LOUIS, FRANCE (EMBARKATION)
 Welcome to France. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding

Flights into Marseille must arrive by 3 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES

(B,D)
Day 2ARLES
 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, 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, before sailing to Avignon.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON

(B,L,D)
Day 3AVIGNON
 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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON

(B,L,D)
Day 4VIVIERS
 World History in a Charming French Country Village

Enjoy a leisurely morning sail to Viviers.

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 TOURNON

(B,L,D)
Day 5TOURNON
 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.

In the late morning cruise to Vienne.

VIENNE

Roman and Middle Age History

CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of Vienne and discover this charming little town surrounded by steep hills.

Enjoy live entertainment while sailing to Lyon.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON

(B,L,D)
Day 6LYON
 Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France

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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNUS

(B,L,D)
Day 7TOURNUS— ST. JEAN DE LOSNE
 Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône

Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin. Alternatively enjoy a leisurely cruising morning along the majestic Saône River on your way to St. Jean de Losne.

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

Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ST. JEAN DE LOSNE

(B,L,D)
Day 8ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (DISEMBARKATION)
 Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

Flights should not leave Lyon airport before Noon.

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$182

Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included on Avalon portion only.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travel
ers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

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 / 1,149
A / Sapphire Deck / $1,199
P / Royal Deck / $1,299
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2,199

NOTE:
  • Special Interest Cruises: Culinary March 29; Wine Appreciation October 6 & October 20 & October 25

Avalon Notes

  • 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.

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*06/10/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,679.00
*07/08/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,679.00
*07/22/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,679.00
*08/19/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,679.00
*09/30/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,679.00
*10/14/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,579.00
*10/28/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,179.00
*03/24/2020 Special Offer/Promotion $2,999.00
*04/07/2020 Special Offer/Promotion $3,399.00
*04/21/2020 Special Offer/Promotion $3,499.00
*05/19/2020 Special Offer/Promotion $3,899.00
*06/02/2020 Special Offer/Promotion $3,849.00
*06/30/2020 Special Offer/Promotion $3,849.00
*07/14/2020 Special Offer/Promotion $3,849.00
*08/11/2020 Special Offer/Promotion $3,849.00
*08/25/2020 Special Offer/Promotion $3,849.00
*09/08/2020 Special Offer/Promotion $3,999.00
*10/06/2020 Special Offer/Promotion $3,899.00
*10/20/2020 Special Offer/Promotion $3,549.00
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