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Burgundy & Provence

River Cruise Southbound: Paris to Côte d'Azur

12 Days: Saturday, October 19–Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Call 617-338-1111 for immediate booking!

Take a wondrous river cruise through beautiful France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too! This France river cruise adventure begins in style with two overnights in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! The City of Light has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. A guided city tour will show you all the must-see sights. You’ll visit Lyon, a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture, as well as France’s gastronomic capital! Situated at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers, Lyon offers wonderful sights, including the popular Place des Terreaux with its famous fountain seen on postcards. Beautifully nestled among vineyards, you’ll find the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, where you’ll go on a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Continue your river cruise to historical Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world. 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. You’ll conclude your historical and delightful French river cruise with an overnight stay on the picturesque Côte d’Azur. Explore this captivating area and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. You’ll revel in the relaxing and inspiring sights and culinary delights during your French river cruise and Mediterranean vacation!

RESERVE IMMEDIATELY
*After deadline, call 617.338.1111 for availability

  • Includes
    • Round-trip airport/hotel/cruise ship transfers
    • FlexDining® for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
    • Avalon Fresh® 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.
    • Enjoy a tasting menu with a view in the Panorama Bistro - a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere while mingling over several satisfying selections
    • 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
    • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • Day-By-Day Itinerary
    • DAY 1 Overnight flight from Boston
    • DAY 2 Arrive Paris, transfer to hotel
    • DAY 3 Paris sightseeing
    • DAY 4 Transfer to Beaune, embarkation
    • DAY 5 Seurre–Mâcon
    • DAYS 6-7 Lyon
    • DAY 8 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Viviers
    • DAY 9 Avignon
    • DAY 10 Arles
    • DAY 11 Arles – Disembarkation, transfer to Côte d’Azur hotel
    • DAY 12 Return flight to Boston
  • Highlights
    • Paris: two night’s hotel accommodations
    • Deluxe 7-night cruise in outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
    • Côte d’Azur: one nights’ hotel accommodations
    • Paris: guided city tour
    • Macon: free time in Mâcon; onboard cheese tasting
    • Lyon: guided sightseeing; day at leisure
    • Tournon & Viviers: guided walks
    • Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes
    • Arles: guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • Panoramic windows
    • English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
    • 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
    • Elevator
  • Avalon Poetry II

    The Avalon Poetry II offers a delightfully intimate cruise setting. Like its sister Suite Ships®, the Avalon Artistry II, Avalon Visionary, Avalon Tapestry II, and Avalon Tranquility II, the Poetry II features two full decks of suites featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony℠. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites℠ are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities include an alternative dining option in the Panorama Bistro, complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, a Fitness Center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro.

  • Avalon Choice

    Avalon Choice Logo

    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.

  • Route Map

    Avalon Burgundy and Provence Cruise Route Map

    Avalon Burgundy and Provence Cruise Route Map

  • Weather

    Average Minimum and Maximum Temperatures in Paris, France

    Average min and max temperatures in Paris, France

    (clicking on image will send you to the weather data website)

  • Pricing and Deposit

    Cabin upgrades available: additional $199-$2,199 pp/do
    Includes cruise taxes and port charges, pre-paid cruise gratuities and Avalon insurance.


Last updated 1/25/2019 2:05:45 PM


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