11D Burgundy and Provence | dates from Mar-Oct 2021 | Free upgrade to Suite
Paris - Port Saint Louis
Mode of Travel
River Cruise Vessels
Deluxe outside accommodations with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection Beds
10 Breakfast, 6 Lunch, 7 Dinner
Paris to Marseille | The best time way to visit this Southern France region is during the Lavender season in July and Aug
DAY 1: PARIS, 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 2: PARIS
Cafes, Cathedrals, and Canvases-The City of Light 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, Opera Garnier, and the famous Champs-Elysees. Spend your free time strolling through the Champs-Elysees for cafe au lait and croissants, see the exhibits at the Louvre, or visit Montmartre's Basilica of the Sacre Coeur. Consider browsing Paris' classic shopping avenues and literary cafes for a true Parisian experience, or have your portrait sketched by a Parisian artist in the square at Place du Tertre. (B)
DAY 3: DIJON-BEAUNE-ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (EMBARKATION)-SEURRE
Take a High-Speed Train from Paris to Dijon, to drive on to Beaune. CLASSIC - Visit the Hotel-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, OR: DISCOVERY - Visit one of the biggest cellar in Burgundy, one of France's main wine producing areas. 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 4: MACON
Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saone Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Macon along the majestic Saone 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 Trevoux this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN TREVOUX (B,L,D)
DAY 5: LYON
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 Fourviere Hill with its numerous churches. You'll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafes, 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 Rhone and Saone rivers meet. DISCOVERY - Be our guest for a WWII & French resistance your lecture on board your ship. Later enjoy live entertainment after dinner. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON (B,L,D)
DAY 6: LYON
French Food and Wine-La Vie En Rose in Lyon DISCOVERY - Join a Culinary Walk through the city to discover why Lyon is known as the gastronomic capital of France. The rest of 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. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
EVENING CRUISE TO TOURNON (B,L,D)
DAY 7: TOURNON/TAIN L’HERMITAGEA
Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards. DISCOVERY - 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 Rhone River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting paired with chocolate at the Cite du Chocolat at Valrhona, OR ACTIVE - Hike in the vineyards and take in the breathtaking views from the hills (weather permitting). 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 8: AVIGNON
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, OR DISCOVERY - Enjoy a trip to the famed wine cellars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhone wine region. Alternatively take a guided Optional Excursions to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard or 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-Benezet. Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.
EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES
DAY 9: ARLES
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, 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 Carrieres de Lumieres (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 Cafe Van Gogh for a glass of wine, to relax and watch the world go by. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES (B,L,D)
DAY 10: ARLES (DISEMBARKATION)-COTE D’AZUR.
Spectacular Seascapes of the French Riviera. After breakfast this morning, you'll drive to the Cote d'Azur for your last night in France. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Cote d'Azur stretches along France's Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy. (B)
DAY 11: COTE D’AZUR.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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