Burgundy & Provence - Côte d'Azur to Paris

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11 Days from £2,440
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6th Apr - 19th Oct
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Introduction

Opportunities abound on this delightful holiday to learn about France and the French. Your adventure begins with an overnight on the French Riviera, also known as the Côte d'Azur. Then, travel to Arles in the Provence region to board your ship and sail into the peaceful Camargue area during dinner (daylight permitting), before returning to Arles. Avignon, charming Viviers, medieval Tournon, Vienne, France's gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as St. Jean de Losne, and fascinating Beaune await ...

“The crew were extremely friendly and helpful and the cuisine was first class”

The crew were extremely friendly and helpful and the cuisine was first class
The cabin accommodation was excellent, the crew were extremely friendly and helpful and the cuisine was first class.
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The Avalon experience

Included Highlights

  • CAMARGUE sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)
  • ARLES Guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre
  • AVIGNON Guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes
  • VIVIERS Guided walk; visit the Old Town and the cathedral
  • TOURNON Guided walk
  • VIENNE Guided walk, see Roman Theatre
  • LYON Guided sightseeing; picture stop at Fourviere Hill
  • CRUISING Cheese tasting
  • BEAUNE Visit to the Hôtel Dieu
  • TGV TRAIN Dijon to Paris
  • PARIS Guided sightseeing or 'Heart of Paris' walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral
  • CAPTAIN'S RECEPTION, WELCOME AND FAREWELL DINNERS

Included in the price

  • Your personal Avalon chauffeur service by executive car for you and your travelling companions to and from your UK departure point (within 100 miles of airport)

  • Flights Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Category E Deluxe Stateroom flying from London. In addition a wide range of flights from UK regional airports are also available.

  • 7 nights deluxe accommodation in a spacious stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection® style beds, ensuite facilities and river views. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and a French Balcony in most staterooms 1 night on the Côte d'Azur at the Fairmont Monte Carlo, Méridien or Carlton Intercontinental, Cannes (or similar) 2 nights in Paris at the Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel, or Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe, or Hotel InterContinental Paris (or similar)

  • All meals on board including full breakfast , buffet lunch and waiter service evening meal; afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats; midnight snack, choice of premium teas and coffees & soft drinks throughout the day. Wine and beer is included with lunch and dinner. Buffet breakfast in NCote d'Azur and Paris hotels.

  • Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours; headsets provided on excursions

  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director

  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew

  • Special on board and on shore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans and experts designed to enrich your cruise. On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music

  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners

  • A choice of pre- or post- holiday extensions

  • All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes

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Day 1 Côte d'Azur.

Travel to Nice where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 Côte d'Azur - Arles (Embarkation).

This morning, enjoy free time to explore or join an optional excursion. In the early afternoon, transfer by to Arles in the Provence region, where you’ll board the ship. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception, then sail towards the mouth of the Rhône for a taste of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting). (B, D)

Day 3 Arles.

Included today: Arles guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre. In Arles, capital of the Provence region, join a guided city tour. See the church of St. Trophime, dating from the 12th century, and visit the Roman Amphitheatre. Still used today, it dates to the 1st century, and was constructed to hold over 20,000 spectators. Vincent Van Gogh was inspired by the special light of Provence and spent a very productive year in Arles. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Avignon.

Included today: Avignon guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes. 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 5 Cruising - Viviers.

Included today: Viviers guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral. A leisurely morning on board to relax and enjoy the passing scenery as you cruise. After lunch, join your local guide for a walk in the charming town of Viviers, which was developed around its Romanesque cathedral. The old town has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman and medieval influences. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Tournon & Tain l'Hermitage - Vienne.

Included today: Guided walks in Tournon and 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. Tournon, with its imposing 16th century castle and Roman ruins, is one of France's oldest medieval cities. Enjoy a walking tour before cruising to Vienne, a charming little town surrounded by steep hills. Explore the town centre on a guided walk to see the Roman Theatre and the Augustus and Livia Temple, built around 20BC and converted into a church in the Middle Ages. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Lyon.

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Picture stop on Fourvière Hil Lyon is France's third-largest city and its gastronomic capital. Founded by the Romans in 43BC, the city's prosperity dates back to the 16th century and is due to commercial, industrial and banking activities. Today Lyon offers up a wealth of Roman ruins, excellent museums and Renaissance architecture. With a local guide, 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 cafes, monuments and the famous fountain. Be sure to sample Beaujolais, the wine of the region. Before dinner tonight, attend an on-board lecture and learn more about French culture. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Cruising - St. Jean de Losne

Included today: Cheese tasting. A leisurely day today or if you prefer, there's a choice of optional excursions available including a visit to a wine cellar. Whilst sailing to St. Jean de Losne, enjoy an on board cheese tasting. (B, L, D)

Day 9 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation) - Beaune - Dijon - Paris.

Included today: Visit Hôtel Dieu. After breakfast, drive to Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Côte d’Or area and Burgundy’s wine capital. Although life here centres around wine, Beaune offers much more with its ramparts, medieval houses, cobblestone streets, and historical monuments. Visit the Hotel-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 Judgment and is one of France’s architectural highlights. After lunch, continue to Dijon, where you board the TGV to Paris. (B)

Day 10 Paris.

Included today: Guided sightseeing or 'Heart of Paris' walk. One of the world’s most romantic and lively cities, Paris delights the senses. Your included city sightseeing shows you magnificent must-see sights, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. Alternatively, you may wish to join a guided walk through historic Île St. Louis with its narrow one-way streets and Île de la Cité, the center of Paris where the medieval city was founded and home to Notre Dame Cathedral. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tert (B)

Day 11 Paris.

Transfer to the airport or station for your journey to the UK. (B)

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DECK Indigo - Forward Indigo - Aft Saphire - Aft Saphire - Forward Royal Deck Royal Deck
SIZE 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 300 sq ft
WINDOW Window Window Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony
BEDS Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony
BATHROOM En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower and separate toilet
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  11. Internet centre
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  13. Lift
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  15. Hair Salon
  16. Club Lounge
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  19. Fitness centre

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