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Burgundy and Provence - Côte d'Azur to Paris

Take a wondrous journey through beautiful France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too!

Begin with an overnight on the captivating Côte d’Azur. Explore this elegant area and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. On the Rhône River sits Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheatre. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world.

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 Rhône and Saône 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.

This river cruise vacation across France would not be complete without a stay in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! The City of Lights has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. A city tour will show you all the must-see sights and you’ll have free time to bask in the lavish cafés and enjoy the city at your own pace. Take time to leisurely take in the graceful lifestyle in Burgundy and Provence, enjoy the specialities of the region and the warmth of its residents while sailing through France’s exquisite shores.

Your cruise at a glance

  • Arles
    • The capital of the Provence region, Van Gogh spent his most productive year in Arles, creating more than 180 paintings and drawings. Explore the city and discover what inspired him, and explore the Roman amphitheatre, still in use to this day.
  • Wine tasting in Châteauneuf du Pape
    • Take an optional excursion to a boutique traditional winery in the heart of the Châteauneuf du Pape region for a special wine tasting, and find out more about the traditional growing methods.
  • Lyon
    • Tour of the Roman remains, renaissance architecture, UNESCO-listed Old Town and museums, led by our local guide. Free day to explore the markets, with optional excursions.

Pont du Gard

  • Pont du Gard
    • This Roman aqueduct was built in the first century AD to carry water to Nîmes, and it's one of the best-preserved in the world. Take an optional excursion with an expert local guide to explore the area and the Pont du Gard museum.
  • Paris
    • Expert-led sightseeing to show you Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, plus free time to explore these at leisure.


Multiple itineraries are available:

Day 1 UK - Côte d'Azur

Bienvenue en France!

Travel to Nice where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to start exploring this beautiful city.

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

Day 2 Côte d'Azur Arles— (Embarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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 Rhône for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting).


Day 3 Arles

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights


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.

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Arles—the captivating city of the Provence region. You’ll visit the Roman Amphitheatre 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.


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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 three types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:


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.


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.


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.

Prices & cabin details

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Staterooms available

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Fairmont Monte Carlo

An iconic hotel nestled between Monte Carlo's famous casino and the Mediterranean. With 602 rooms and suites, the hotel also boasts three restaurants and numerous facilities that are sure to make your stay in the Principality of Monaco a memorable one. Official rating: 4 star.

  • Location
    • Situated in the heart of Monte Carlo, ideally situated for sightseeing.

  • Facilities
    • Three restaurants
    • Bar
    • Shopping arcade
    • Casino
    • Fitness centre
    • Rooftop pool
Fairmont Monte Carlo

InterContinental Carlton Cannes

Evoke the glamour of the past at this stylish hotel that was featured in Hitchcock's 1955 film 'To Catch a Thief'. The hotel’s Belle Epoque façade overlooks the Bay of Cannes, with enviable sea views and a private beach. Official rating: 5 star

  • Location
    • Located on the Boulevard de Croisette overlooking the Bay of Cannes.

  • Facilities
    • Exclusive beach restaurant
    • Bar
    • Café
    • Health Centre and Fitness Centre
    • Beauty Centre
    • Swimming pool

Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris

The Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris sits among iconic Paris landmarks, 10 minutes' walk from the Champs-Élysées. Step back to the glamour of the 1930s as you indulge in the mosaic-decorated spa or soak up the Art Deco style at the Purple Bar. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location
    • The hotel faces Parc Monceau, 15 minutes from the Eurostar terminal at Gare du Nord. The Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe are a few minutes' walk away.

  • Facilities
    • Restaurant and bar
    • Spa with 7 treatment rooms
    • Fitness room
    • Room service
    • Free WiFi
Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris

InterContinental Paris - Le Grand

Lavish historic charm in the heart of Paris. The hotel, which dates back to 1862, overlooks the famous Palais Garnier, home to the esteemed Paris Opera. Two acclaimed restaurants await you - Café de la Paix, with its rich history, and La Verrière, set in a beautiful winter garden. Official rating: 4 stars.

  • Location
    • A 4-minute walk from Opera metro station.

  • Facilities
    • Spa Fitness centre Fine dining restaurant Bar Sauna

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel Hotel

This recently renovated hotel is a stone's throw from the Eiffel Tower and within easy reach of Paris' major attractions. Enjoy a bite to eat or a glass of wine with stunning views of Paris' most iconic landmark. Official rating: 4 stars.

  • Location
    • Set in the heart of Paris, on the doorstep of the Eiffel Tower and the Trocadero. 

  • Facilities
    • Fitness centre Restaurant Bar Room service WiFi

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative similar standard hotels to those shown.


"excellent holiday"

21st September 2017 - Mr Robert Webb

"Polite, knowledgeable, helpful..."

8th September 2018 - Mrs Alyson Davies

"Great holiday"

6th September 2018 - Trusted Customer

They assisted in the purchase and called back when they had agreed to I would book again with them and recommend them

Fabulous cabin , great staff and wonderful places to visit on the river route - also fabulous trips included in the holiday and not forgetting the excellent meals

"Pleasant and efficient but disappointed about the flight choice"

1st September 2018 - Trusted Customer

I was a little disappointed that we could not get a direct flight to Nice from North west England when there was a direct flight available but is not an airline that Avalon would use (admittedly it was easyjet from Liverpool) but that's still better than two flights on a better airline from Manchester, for such a short hop. A very early start that morning. Otherwise the booking was very pleasant and efficient.

Absolutely fantastic! There was a lot of sightseeing to do so quite a few early mornings but plenty to go and see. The food and wine was superb and the food seemed endless, from breakfast until snacks in the lounge at 22:30. We met lots of lovely people and had a great time.

"No fuss quick and easy telephone booking - yes would recommend..."

26th July 2018 - Mr Stuart Rivers

No fuss quick and easy telephone booking - yes would recommend

Food could have been better quality at dinner - night time in house entertainment very poor - musical content needs updating and entertainer must at least look like he’s enjoying it! Tours at 8.30 too early. Otherwise very enjoyable, very friendly atmosphere and well organised

"Overall very good but just short of 5 star rating."

5th October 2017 - Mrs Dianne Ennew

Food was very good although the service was at times lacking high standard and waiters generally service oriented. However one waiter was patently bored, poorly organised and surly with little interaction with guests. Stateroom housekeeping was particularly good and personal housekeeper Anna was deserving of praise. Upon arrival in Paris some rooms were available, but many were diverted to the bar with a drink voucher. This was very disappointing as we waited '3/4 of an hour after a very long day and I was in the midst of a migraine. I fail to see how a hotel which claims 5 star service and with plenty of advance booking failed in this department. The Avalon rep at the hotel was unsympathetic, blaming the hotel for the situation. Most guides on tours were excellent although 2 made some guests feel insignificant with their manner of speaking to them, to the extent that questions were asked as in a test to see how well the group had been listening to their guiding. Very off putting.

Visit to Pont du Gard was excellent. Guide was very good and sufficient independent time for visiting museum and Pont.

"Efficient and friendly"

4th October 2017 - Trusted Customer

Plenty of info, very precise. Staff always friendly and helpful. Excellent food and service .

An exciting holiday for those of an older generation.

"Busy, relaxed, comfortable and stimulating"

21st September 2017 - Mr Gregory Peters

Not sure how broad the term service is, but I really cannot fault anything.

Great introduction for our first cruise of this type.

"All happened as it should have...."

7th September 2017 - Trusted Customer

All happened as it should have.

Great trip, good on board experience, interesting included trips.

"Cruise terrific: Pre-cruise customer service poor"

6th September 2017 - Mr Timothy Johnston

Pre-cruise the Customer Service from the UK office was a mixture of initially good, then very poor when dealing with the non-delivery of the dozen wine included in the special offer deal. Telephone calls from Australia had to be made several times to try and obtain a response, and eventually the offer of a rather unsatisfactory GBP50 voucher towards a future Avalon/Globus holiday was made! On the cruise, we had a most enjoyable time with cruise director John Lou being very efficient and all the crew members were very friendly and helpful. All the tours were well organised, with good and informative guides and everything went like a well oiled machine. Apart from the pre-cruise service, we would have rated you a lot higher and would be happy to recommend Avalon to our friends.

We upgraded to what was described as a stateroom with a balcony and full picture sliding window. The description is false advertising as there was NO balcony, only some bars across as a barrier to prevent someone from falling out when the sliding window was opened. Otherwise, the cruise was very enjoyable, with what appeared to be a happy team of polite and helpful crew. The "Affinity" needs some upgrading of the public area furniture and the quality of the external entertainers needs to be greatly improved, were negatives which didn't spoil the overall good experience. The final 2 nights in Paris could probably be improved, plus the 1st 2 nights/days in Monte Carlo, which involved a lot of time travelling before getting to Arles. Food was good, well varied and plentiful and the bar staff were also good. Although mostly unseen, the behind the scenes crew all did an excellent job and made the cruise smooth sailing.

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