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Avalon Waterways Burgundy & Provence – Cruise Only Northbound (WLJ0)

8 days Arles to St. Jean-de-Losne 
Take a wondrous river cruise journey through beautiful France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in known French treasures and also discover some hidden gems along the way!

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. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage are beautifully nestled among vineyards, and you’ll go on a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle.

Enjoy exploring Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Explore this showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture, and visit the popular Place des Terreaux for lively cafés and monuments and stand in front of the famous fountain you’ve seen on postcards.

As you cruise up the Saône River to St. Jean de Losne, be sure to have your camera ready to capture the beautiful scenery and quaint villages passing by—a perfect ending to this delightful river cruise vacation!

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): 09/03/19, 10/01/19
  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/16/19, 04/02/19
  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/30/19, 05/28/19, 06/11/19, 07/09/19, 07/23/19, 08/20/19
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/02/19, 04/16/19, 04/30/19, 06/11/19, 07/23/19, 08/20/19, 09/03/19, 10/01/19
  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 08/11/18
  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/16/18, 08/25/18
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/02/18, 07/14/18, 09/08/18, 09/22/18, 10/06/18
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
Restrictions May Apply

Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Arles (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)

Day 2 Arles: guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre

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

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

Day 5 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Vienne

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

Day 7 Cruising–St. Jean de Losne: day at leisure; cheese tasting on board

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

Special Interest Departures

06/30/2018 - Sounds of Jazz from Burgundy & Provence - Cruise Only
07/28/2018 - Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers - Cruise Only
10/20/2018 - Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers - Cruise Only
10/15/2019 - Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers – Cruise Only
10/29/2019 - Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers – Cruise Only

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WLJ - Take this cruise with land stays

Itinerary (2019)

Day 1ARLES (EMBARKATION)
 The Camargue National Park

Board your Suite Ship®in Arles.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Before dinner sail toward the mouth of the Rhône for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting).

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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 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 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

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/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.

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 ST. JEAN DE LOSNE

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

Enjoy a leisurely cruising day 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 on board this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ST. JEAN DE LOSNE

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

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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 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 / 1149
A / Sapphire Deck / $1199
P / Royal Deck / $1299
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2199

NOTE:
  • Special Interest Cruises: Wine Appreciation October 14 & October 28 & 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
*06/02/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,549.00
*06/16/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,549.00
*06/30/2018 $3,499.00
*07/14/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,299.00
*07/28/2018 $3,299.00
*08/11/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,349.00
*08/25/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,549.00
*09/08/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,699.00
*09/22/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,699.00
*10/06/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,299.00
*10/20/2018 $3,049.00
*04/02/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,099.00
*04/16/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,399.00
*04/30/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,599.00
*05/28/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,699.00
*06/11/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,699.00
*07/09/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,699.00
*07/23/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,699.00
*08/20/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,699.00
*09/03/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,799.00
*10/01/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,699.00
*10/15/2019 $3,599.00
*10/29/2019 $3,199.00
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