Burgundy and Provence - Côte d'Azur to Paris

Experience the historical, cultural and epicurean delights of France on this 11-day cruise through its cosmopolitan cities, pretty market towns, glorious coastline and quiet rolling countryside. You’ll begin your cruise with an overnight stay on the glamorous and beautiful Côte d'Azur, then travel to Arles to board your ship and meet your crew. You’ll cruise through Provence, visiting Avignon, Viviers and picturesque Tournon before reaching Lyon for a two-day stay. Here, you’ll have a tour with a local guide, plus a free day to explore its famous food markets, cafes and restaurants. Then set sail for Mâcon, lovely Seurre and St Jean de Losne before transferring to Dijon to board the TGV train for Paris. You’ll finish your stay with a two-night stay in the capital city, with expert guiding and free time. This cruise offers a host of activities both on board and ashore that will bring the French spirit of le joie de vivre to life.

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.

Itinerary

Multiple itineraries are available:

Day 1

Côte d'Azur

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Travel to Nice where you will be met and transferred to your hotel, the Fairmont Monte Carlo or Carlton InterContinental, Cannes (or similar) for a one night stay.

Day 2

Côte d'Azur - Arles (Embarkation)

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

Day 3

Arles

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

Prices & cabin details

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Hotels

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
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

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.

Reviews

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

5th October 2017 - Mrs Dianne Ennew

"Efficient and friendly"

4th October 2017 - Trusted Customer

"excellent holiday"

21st September 2017 - Mr Robert Webb

everything

all good from home pick up to home drop off.

"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.

"Organisation was good and would recommend...."

31st August 2017 - Mr Ronald Thornfield

Organisation was good and would recommend.

"A First Class Experience"

30th August 2017 - Trusted Customer

Everything was fantastic, the organisation of the holiday, from leaving home to delivering back again ran like clockwork. The standard of facilities, the information provided, the expertise of the cruise director and tour guides, the food on board and the hotels en route were all first class. We enjoyed our holiday very much.

"The whole experience from beginning to end was perfect"

25th August 2017 - Mrs Pamela Dodson

The whole process from booking to arriving on boat was excellent. The crew were helpful polite and happy. Such a marvellous time Thankyou all so much

Could not be faulted because everything was left to us to decide how much and what to participate in

"Great cruise."

24th August 2017 - Mr Bill Parkinson

The service was excellent. The staff were polite, helpful and friendly - a great asset to any organisation. The food was of a high quality which we both enjoyed. I didn't appreciate being 'downgraded' from cabin 202 to 101 without an explanation but that didn't spoil the rest of the holiday.

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