2019 : Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers (WLJ-T1) - Poetry II

11 Day River Cruise Cote d'Azur to Paris

Take a wondrous journey through beautiful France along the Rhone and Saone Rivers with guided sightseeing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems! Begin with an overnight on the captivating French Riviera, also known as the Cote d'Azur. Explore this elegant area and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. On the Rhone 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-and, later on join an excursion to the wine region of Chateauneuf du Pape. 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 Rhone and Saone 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. Take then a guided tour to Beaujolais and the following day to Chardonnay, where you will have the opportunity to taste local wines.

A Master of Wine will travel with you on this cruise and will hold lectures, tastings and will introduce you to food and wine pairing. After disembarkation, taste some of Burgundy wines before reaching Paris. The "City of Lights" is home to Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum. A city tour will show you all the must-see sights and you'll have free time to relax in the sidewalk cafés and consider attending a classic Parisian cabaret show!

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Cote d'Azur: Welcome to France
Day 2 Cote d'Azur-Transfer to Arles (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception; scenic cruising in the Camargue region (daylight permitting)
Day 3 Arles: Guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre
Day 4 Avignon: Guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes; guided tour to Chateauneuf du Pape
Day 5 Cruising-Viviers: Onboard lecture; guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral
Day 6 Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage-Vienne: Guided walk in Tournon; onboard chocolate and wine tasting; guided walk in Vienne; onboard food & wine pairing dinner
Day 7 Lyon: Guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill; guided tour to Beaujolais
Day 8 Cruising-St. Jean de Losne: Chardonnay excursion; wine & cheese tasting on board
Day 9 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)-Beaune-Dijon-Paris: Choice of visit the Hotel-Dieu in Beaune or visit a wine cellar; TGV train from Dijon to Paris
Day 10 Paris: Choice of guided sightseeing or "Heart of Paris" walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral
Day 11 Paris: Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    AVALON CHOICE

    Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise: Classic Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites. Discovery We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore. Active Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

    Day 1

    CÔTE D'AZUR, FRANCE

    Bienvenue en France!
    Take free time today to admire Cote d'Azur-with its enchanting yachts, glamorous villas, and famous events. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Cote d'Azur stretches along France's Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy.

    Day 2

    (B, L)

    CÔTE D'AZUR ARLES- (EMBARKATION)

    The Camargue National Park

    After breakfast this morning, you'll drive to Arles to board your Suite Ship®. Before dinner sail toward the mouth of the Rhone for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting).

    Day 3

    (B, L, D)

    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.

    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

    Day 4

    (B, L, D)

    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.
    Discovery Enjoy a trip to the famed wine cellars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhone wine region.

    Guided Optional Excursions include a visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard.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

    Day 5

    (B, L, D)

    VIVIERS

    World History in a Charming French Country Village Discovery Join an Onboard Lecture hosted by your Master of Wine while sailing 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

    Day 6

    (B, L, D)

    TOURNON/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 Rhone River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage.

    In the late morning cruise to Vienne Discovery Enjoy an Onboard chocolate and wine tasting hosted by your Master of Wine while sailing
    VIENNE

    Roman and Middle Age History Classic Join a Guided Walking Tour of Vienne and discover this charming little town surrounded by steep hills. Discovery This evening, join an Onboard food and wine pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine

    Enjoy live entertainment while sailing to Lyon.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON

    Day 7

    (B, L, D)

    LYON

    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. Discovery Take a guided tour to the lovely Beaujolais area and learn more about its light and pleasant wine.

    Spend free time riding a bike through Lyon's town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhone and Saone rivers meet.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ST. JEAN DE LOSNE

    Day 8

    (B, L, D)

    ST. JEAN DE LOSNE

    Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saone

    Enjoy a leisurely cruising day along the majestic Saone River. Discovery Join an excursion that will take you to a Chardonnay cellar for a wine tasting. Discovery Later, enjoy a delicious wine and cheese tasting hosted by your Master of Wine while sailing to St. Jean de Losne.

    Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ST. JEAN DE LOSNE

    Day 9

    (B)

    ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (DISEMBARKATION)- BEAUNE- DIJON- PARIS

    Drive to Beaune and take a High-Speed Train from Dijon to Paris. 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 a typical Burgundy wine cellar

    This afternoon, take a high-speed train from Dijon to Paris.

    Day 10

    (B)

    PARIS

    Cafés, Cathedrals, and Canvases-The City of Lights Truly Shines Classic Take a Guided Walking Tour through the Heart of Paris to see the historic Île St. Louis, Île de la Cité, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, OR:
    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 C?ur.

    Day 11

    (B)

    PARIS

    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    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.
  • Call (508) 881-8242 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14029105

    Cruise Line
    Avalon Waterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2018
    Duration
    11 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Poetry II

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Cote d'Azur  
    Day 2Arles  
    Day 3Arles  
    Day 4Avignon  
    Day 5Viviers  
    Day 6Vienne  
    Day 7Lyon  
    Day 8ST. JEAN DE LOSNE  
    Day 9Paris  
    Day 10Paris  
    Day 11Paris  
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    10/14/2019Quote
    10/28/2019Quote
    Disclaimer

    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 Cote d'Azur:
    in single room from $242 to $541, in twin room from $152 to $295

    Extra nights per person in Paris:
    in single room from $418 to $739, in twin room from $238 to $398

    All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on 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

    Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.

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