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

8 days from 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. 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 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!

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Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2017 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2017 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
  • Save $2,000 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/05/18, 08/11/18
  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/02/18, 06/16/18, 09/08/18, 09/22/18
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
  • $299 air from select cities on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/07/18, 05/05/18, 07/14/18, 08/11/18, 08/25/18, 10/06/18
  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/07/18, 05/19/18, 07/14/18, 08/25/18, 10/06/18
Restrictions May Apply

Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

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

Day 2 Arles:
guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheater

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

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

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Itinerary (2018)

Day 1Arrive in Arles, France (Embarkation).
 Welcome to France! This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel which is docked in Arles, in the Provence region. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception, then sail toward the mouth of the Rhône for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting). (D)
Day 2Arles.
 In Arles, capital of the Provence, join your Local Guide for a GUIDED CITY TOUR. See the church of St. Trophime, dating from the 12th century, and visit the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER. Still used today, the amphitheater dates to the 1st century, and was constructed to hold over 20,000 spectators. Vincent Van Gogh was inspired by the special light of the Provence and spent a very productive year in Arles. (B,L,D)
Day 3Avignon.
 On your GUIDED TOUR, you may choose to join an included visit of the PALACE OF THE POPES, built in the 14th century as the sovereign popes’ residence. With a living space equivalent to four gothic cathedrals, it is the largest gothic fortress in the world. Alternatively, you may opt for only city sightseeing and more free time to explore on your own, or to join an optional outing to Pont du Gard or to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. (B,L,D)
Day 4Cruising–Viviers.
 A leisurely morning on board to relax and enjoy the passing scenery. After lunch, join your LOCAL GUIDE for a walk around the charming town of Viviers, which developed around its ROMANESQUE CATHEDRAL. The OLD TOWN has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman, and medieval influences. (B,L,D)
Day 5Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Vienne.
 The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage lie nestled among vineyards between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. Enjoy a GUIDED WALK of Tournon, one of France’s oldest medieval cities, with its imposing 16th-century castle and Roman ruins. Arriving in Vienne in the late afternoon, a GUIDED WALK shows you the charming little town surrounded by steep hills—one of the oldest towns in the region. Explore the town center to see the Roman Theater, which once held 13,000 spectators, and the Augustus and Livia Temple, built around 20 BC and converted into a church in the Middle Ages. (B,L,D)
Day 6Lyon.
 Lyon is France’s third-largest city and its gastronomic capital. Founded by the Romans in 43 BC, the city’s prosperity dates back to the 16th century and is due to commercial, industrial, and banking activities. Roman remains, many excellent museums, and much renaissance architecture delight visitors. You are joined by a LOCAL GUIDE as you survey the city from Fourvière Hill and explore the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its maze of medieval alleyways and Place des Terreaux, a popular area with lively cafés, monuments, and the famous fountain often depicted on postcards. Be sure to sample Beaujolais, the wine of the region. (B,L,D)
Day 7Cruising–St. Jean de Losne.
 A leisurely day today as your final day on board. If you prefer to stay busy, a choice of optional excursions, including a visit to a wine cellar, is available. While cruising to St. Jean de Losne, enjoy an onboard CHEESE TASTING. (B,L,D)
Day 8St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation).
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$168

Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included.

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights not available.

Prices shown above include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.

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 / $1,999

NOTE:
  • Departure June 30 is offered as an exclusive Jazz Cruise, including special music features at no additional cost. On our Jazz Cruise, attend the annual Jazz Festival in Vienne, France, and enjoy lively entertainment as local jazz musicians come on board your ship at several ports.
  • Departures July 28 & October 20 are offered as exclusive Wine Appreciation Cruises, including special lectures and tastings at no additional cost. Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished wine authority will teach you the ropes as you visit a wine village and attend tastings to test your newfound talent.

Avalon Notes

  • Departure June 30 is offered as an exclusive Jazz Cruise, including special music features at no additional cost. On our Jazz Cruise, attend the annual Jazz Festival in Vienne, France, and enjoy lively entertainment as local jazz musicians come on board your ship at several ports.
  • Departures July 28 & October 20 are offered as exclusive Wine Appreciation Cruises, including special lectures and tastings at no additional cost. Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished wine authority will teach you the ropes as you visit a wine village and attend tastings to test your newfound talent.
  • 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.
  • Arrival and departure transfers are not included and are not offered for purchase with this cruise-only itinerary.

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Avalon Tour Dates

Tour Land StartAvalon RetailRequest Quote
09/23/2017 $3,499.00
10/03/2017 $3,249.00
10/07/2017 $3,199.00
10/17/2017 $2,949.00
10/21/2017 $2,849.00
04/07/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $2,999.00
05/05/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,449.00
05/19/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,549.00
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
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