Burgundy & Provence - Paris to Côte d'Azur

Begin your French adventure with two nights and guided sightseeing in Paris. Ride the TGV train to Dijon, then continue on by coach to fascinating Beaune for a visit to the Hôtel-Dieu. Next, board your ship in quaint St. Jean de Losne and set sail for lovely Seurre, Macon and France's gastronomic capital, Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles. Daylight permitting, sail into the peaceful Camargue area. Round off your holiday with an overnight on the French Riviera, also known as the Côte d'Azur. This holiday has it all—historic sites, delightful towns, and great food and wine.

Itinerary

Multiple itineraries are available:

Day 1

Paris

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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).

Day 2

Paris

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

Day 3

Paris - Dijon - Beaune - St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation) - Seurre

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 Seurre.

Hotels

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

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.

Prices & cabin details

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Reviews

"Fabulous cruise - pity about flights."

2nd August 2017 - Mrs Sally Lang

"UK Avalon customers get poor service from UK agents."

29th July 2017 - J E Davies

"Excellent trip and well worth the money "

19th July 2017 - Mrs Mary Packham

Great trip and well organized. Let down however by the chauffeur service both to and from Gatwick in that the drivers were late on both occasions. This did not bear well on Avalon's good reputation and caused us a lot of concern especially at 4.30 in the morning. The Ship Director was excellent and worked very hard. Also felt it would have been better to spend less time in Paris and an extra day in Monte Carlo instead. The end of the trip was rather frantic and spoilt the peace of the cruise itself. However, we would definitely use Avalon again for another river trip.

"French chique"

15th July 2017 - Trusted Customer

The organisation from start to finish was excellent. Tel admin team helpful, car pick up perfect, hotels, excellent, cruise well thought out and staff excellent. No faults at all

The tour was well thought out and excellent locations. Food couldn't have been better and all staff were fantastic.

"Good route, excellent staff and spot-on execution..."

5th July 2017 - Trusted Customer

Good route, excellent staff and spot-on execution

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