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Burgundy and Provence - Paris to Côte d'Azur

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

This France river cruise adventure begins in style with two overnights in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! The City of Light has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. A guided city tour will show you all the must-see sights.

You’ll visit Lyon, a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture, as well as France’s gastronomic capital! Situated at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers, Lyon offers wonderful sights, including the popular Place des Terreaux with its famous fountain seen on postcards.

Beautifully nestled among vineyards, you’ll find the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, where you’ll go on a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Continue your river cruise to historical Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world. On the Rhône River sits Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day.

You’ll conclude your historical and delightful French river cruise with an overnight stay on the picturesque Côte d’Azur. Explore this captivating area and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. You’ll revel in the relaxing and inspiring sights and culinary delights during your French river cruise and Mediterranean holiday!

Your cruise at a glance

  • 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.
  • Lyon
    • Tour of the Roman remains, renaissance architecture, UNESCO-listed Old Town and museums, led by our local guide. Free day to explore the world-famous food markets, with optional excursions.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.


Multiple itineraries are available:

Day 1 UK - Paris, France

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

Bienvenue en France!

Take free time today to fall in love with the world’s most romantic city. Get inspired by its architectural icons, exquisite cuisine, chic boutiques and priceless artistic treasures.

Day 2 Paris

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Cafés, cathedrals and canvases - The city of lights truly shines


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.

Join a guided city tour that shows the iconic sites of Paris, such as the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Opéra Garnier and the famous Champs-Élysées.

Spend your free time strolling through the Champs-Élysées for café au lait and croissants, see the exhibits at the Louvre, or visit Montmartre’s Basilica of the Sacré Cœur.

Consider browsing Paris’ classic shopping avenues and literary cafés for a true Parisian experience, or have your portrait sketched by a Parisian artist in the square at Place du Tertre.

Day 3 Dijon - Beaune - St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation) - Seurre

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Take a high-speed train from Paris to Dijon, to drive on to Beaune.


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.

Visit the Hôtel-Dieu charity hospital in Beaune, built in 1443, today home of Van der Weyden’s painting of the Last Judgment and is one of France’s architectural highlights.

This afternoon, travel to St. Jean de Losne to board your Suite Ship and enjoy a brief evening cruise to Seurre.


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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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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

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

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 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

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

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


"Lovely luxurious cruise but please note comments."

7th October 2018 - Mr Roy Huckin

"The holiday was everything we expected and more."

12th September 2018 - Mr Robert Buckley

"better planning cabins & food budget"

29th August 2018 - Mr Hugh Rayner

cruise director and staff great. Cabins too small .Food good because chef good but with limited budget for ingredient. before & post cruise itinerary could have been better thought out alt andard

see above better acc. 7 quality OF FOOD

"Nothing less than perfection !"

20th June 2018 - Mr Frank Aylard

This is the 5th Cruise we have had with Avalon, and EVERY time we have always had the very best of first class service. We have had one of the best holidays ever after this trip and we are also writing to Avalon to express our very grateful thanks to your team for arranging alternative shore accommodation when the French Air Traffic Controllers kindly arranged(!) for our return flights to be cancelled. A lot of your people need a huge pat on the back for pulling the coals out of the fire on that one! VERY Many thanks to all concerned.

In spite of the sailing programme being amended due to high water on one river, due amendments were made to the schedule plus some additional events that gave everyone (as far as I was aware) no cause to comp[lain. The selection of on board Entertainers during the trip was inspired and very professional.

"Faultless. I might recommend but will not be booking another river cruise..."

6th June 2018 - Mr Edward Gaunt

Faultless. I might recommend but will not be booking another river cruise

Good, but noise level in dining room horrendous due to low ceiling. Some of included excursions rather weak.

"Overall this is a lovely way to see some of southern France"

25th May 2018 - Trusted Customer

First, the downsides = an hour wait at the airport for people who did not arrive, a whole coach for just a few couples when perhaps a couple of cars would have been quicker and a 2.5 hour wait to get our room at the Hotel Intercontinental in Paris which was unacceptable. Not a particularly welcoming hotel. However once we left Paris and travelled to join the ship, this was an excellent cruise, very gentle in a quiet part of the world. We enjoyed good food and wine and leisurely cruising, with short walking tours that suited us both. Poetry II is a lovely ship just right for this area and we were well looked after by all the staff and crew. The Fairmont Hotel was also excellent and we enjoyed our time in Monte Carlo - well worth staying an extra night. Good transfer service back to Nice Airport and an equally good transfer service from Heathrow Airport to home.

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"Staff very polite and helpful.Would definitely recommend...."

25th April 2018 - Mr Vincent Saunders

Staff very polite and helpful.Would definitely recommend.

All the staff were lovely,no other word for it.They seemed to enjoy their jobs and the quality of the food produced in such a small galley was exceptional. The only disappointment was the lack of a slimline tonic availability in the bar which as a diabetic meant I could not enjoy a gin and tonic.

"Extremely Well Organised"

3rd November 2017 - Mr John Griffiths

Very efficient and came up with exactly what we wanted flying from our local airport. We were also asked about dietary requirements at the time of booking.

We thought the whole trip was very efficiently organised with great attention to detail. To be perfectly it is impossible to really fault anything. We felt very well looked after the whole time.

"Wonderful Holiday"

23rd October 2017 - Trusted Customer

Our holiday with Avalon was our first river cruise and we were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. The whole experience far exceeded our expectations. It was well organised, the hotels we stayed at were top class, the cruise ship - fantastic. Food and wine excellent. The included excursions were good. Our only disappointment was the taxi service to and from the airport. Unfortunately both drivers were poor in their basic driving skills and service. Both journeys were at night and we had hoped to sleep but because of the erratic driving we were unable to relax. Pity, as it spoiled an otherwise wonderful holiday. Next time we will take our own car!

Wonderful holiday can't wait to book another

"A fantastic holiday!"

21st October 2017 - Ed + Annette

It was a really lovely experience. We were treated very well by all the staff and the food was great. We loved the ship, the French towns and cities, the Grand Hotel in Paris and the excursions. We are certainly recommending Avalon Cruises to everyone and we are looking to book another cruise asap.

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