Burgundy and Provence - Paris to Côte d'Azur

  • 11 Days

  • France

Experience the historical, cultural and epicurean delights of France on this 11-day cruise through its cosmopolitan cities, pretty market towns and quiet rolling countryside. After two nights in Paris with expert guiding, you’ll glide south on the TGV train to Dijon then transfer to St Jean de Losne to board your Avalon ship and meet your crew. The next day you’ll set sail for lovely Seurre, Mâcon and Lyon – where you’ll have a tour with a local guide, plus free time to explore its famous food markets, cafes and restaurants. You’ll then visit picturesque Tournon, Viviers, Avignon and finish your cruise with an overnight stay on the glamorous and beautiful Côte d'Azur. This tour offers a host of activities both on board and ashore that will bring the French spirit of le joie de vivre to life.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a cruise director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
Excursions
Gratuities on cruise
All airport and port taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

of 11 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 26th October 2017

Meals included: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

At a glance

Paris See the iconic sights of Paris from Notre Dame Cathedral to the Arc de Triomphe.
Lyon Roman remains, excellent museums, and renaissance architecture.
Arles Visit the Roman Amphitheatre, which dates to the 1st century.

Day 1

Paris

Travel to Paris where you will be met and transferred to your hotel, the InterContinental, Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe or Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel (or similar) for a two night stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Paris

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Known as one of the world's most passionate and lively cities, Paris is a delight for all your senses. Your included city sightseeing tour shows you magnificent must-see sights, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre museum or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Paris - Dijon - Beaune - St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation) - Chalon-sur-Saône

Included today: TGV train from Paris to Dijon; coach transfer to Beaune, visit the Hôtel-Dieu. On board welcome reception. This morning, board the TGV train to Dijon and from there, drive to Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Côte d'Or area. Beaune owes its wealth to the production, ageing, and selling of fine wines. Although life here centres around wine, Beaune offers much more. Visit the Hôtel-Dieu charity hospital, built in 1443 and paid for by the chancellor of Burgundy after the Hundred Years' War left many of the town's population destitute. Today it houses Van der Weyden's painting of The Last Judgement and is one of France's architectural highlights. Alternatively, you can join a tasting of the region's famous Burgundy wines. Then continue to St. Jean de Losne where you'll board your ship. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception as your ship departs for Chalon-sur-Saône.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Chalon-sur-Saône - Macon

Included today: Leisurely cruising; free time in Macon; cheese tasting. Enjoy some leisurely cruising this morning, before arriving in Macon, a city that plays an important role in the wine trade. Free time allows you to explore at your own pace. A master of wine will join you on board and will introduce you to some of France’s wines in the coming days. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have. After lunch, we will take you to visit a winery and taste the Chardonnay wine of the region through which you are cruising.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Lyon

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Enjoy some relaxing time on board before arriving in Lyon, 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, excellent museums, and renaissance architecture delight visitors. A local guide joins you as you survey the city from Fourvière Hill and explore the Old Town 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. This evening enjoy an onboard cheese and wine tasting, hosted by the Master of Wine.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Lyon

Enjoy a free day in this fascinating city to explore at leisure. Early risers might like to visit the local produce market. Perhaps wander through one of Lyon’s parks, discover some of the murals (there are over 100), or join an optional excursion. Be sure to taste the gastronomic delights and sample Beaujolais, the wine of the region; wine connoisseurs know that the grapes must be handpicked. Your Cruise Director will have plenty of suggestions for things to do. This evening, enjoy a special on-board food and wine pairing dinner hosted by our Master of Wine, who has specifically chosen the wines for this occasion.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Tournon & Tain l'Hermitage - Viviers

Included today: Guided walks in Tournon and Viviers. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage lie nestled among vineyards between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. A local guide will show you Tournon, one of France’s oldest medieval cities, with its imposing 16th-century castle and Roman ruins. Arriving in Viviers in the afternoon, a guided walk shows you this charming town that developed around its Romanesque cathedral. The old town has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman, and medieval influences.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Avignon

Included today: Guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes. The fortified city of Avignon is the capital of the Vaucluse region, the most picturesque part of Provence with its intact ramparts encircling the entire city, cobblestone streets and squares, and private mansions built in the 18th and 19th centuries. Known as the ‘City of Popes’, it was the centre of the Catholic Church in the 14th century. During your guided tour you may choose to join an included visit of the Palace of the Pope’s, built in the 14th century as the sovereign popes’ residence. A photo of the famous Pont Saint Bénezet (Saint Bénezet Bridge), of the popular song Sur le Pont d’Avignon, is a must. Optional outings to Pont du Gard or to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape are available.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Arles

Included today: Guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre. Located on the northern tip of the Camargue, Arles is the capital of the Provence region. Your local guide will show you highlights of the city and you’ll visit the Roman Amphitheatre. Still used today, it dates to the 1st century and was constructed to hold over 20,000 spectators. This evening, sail toward the mouth of the Rhône for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting).

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Arles (Disembarkation) - Côte d'Azur

After breakfast, disembark your cruise ship and travel by coach to the Côte d'Azur for your final night. Also known as the French Riviera, the Côte d'Azur stretches along France's Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the Italian border and is synonymous with prestige and beauty.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Côte d'Azur

Transfer to the airport or station for your journey to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

Your ship

Avalon Poetry II

The Avalon Poetry II offers a delightfully intimate cruise setting for 128 passengers. Like its sister Suite Ships, it features two full decks of suites with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform 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 passing scenery. Onboard amenities include an alternative dining option in the Panorama Bistro, complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, a fitness centre, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Luxury
  • Class: Suite ship
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 37
  • Number of cabins: 64
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 128 passengers
  • Main language on board: en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 4
  • Length (m): 110
  • Width (m): 11.45
  • Speed in knots: 13
  • Launch year: 2014
Available cabins on this cruise
Royal Suite

These suites feature a 6-person sitting area, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, double sinks, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, marble countertops in bathroom, nightly turn-down service, soft and firm pillows, vanity, well-stocked minibar, alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, coffee table, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, easy under-bed luggage storage, elegant, contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, make-up mirror, memory foam mattress toppers, a sofa, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, wall-to-wall panoramic window with Open-Air Balcony®, and a writing desk.

Details

  • 300 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Panorama Suite

These suites feature a 6-person sitting area, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, easy under-bed luggage storage, elegant, a contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, make-up mirror, memory foam mattress toppers, sofa, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, wall-to-wall panoramic window with Open-Air Balcony®, writing desk, alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, coffee table, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, marble countertops in bathroom, nightly turn-down service, soft and firm pillows, vanity and a well-stocked minibar.

Details

  • 200 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Deluxe Stateroom

These staterooms feature an alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, easy under-bed luggage storage, an elegant, contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, memory foam mattress toppers, soft and firm pillows, two windows, well-stocked minibar, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, nightly turn-down service, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, vanity and a writing desk.

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life onboard

The Avalon Poetry II offers a delightfully intimate cruise setting for 128 passengers. Like its sister Suite Ships, it features two full decks of suites with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform 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 passing scenery. Onboard amenities include an alternative dining option in the Panorama Bistro, complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, a fitness centre, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro.

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