Burgundy and Provence (Southbound) 2019

11 day River Cruise Paris to Cote d'Azur

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Itinerary

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:

Classic

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.

Active

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.

Discovery

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.

Classic
<p>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.</p>
Active

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.

Discovery

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.

Day 1 Paris


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) for a two night stay.

Day 2 Paris

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

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, perhaps stroll down the Champs-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit 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) - Chalon-sur-Saône

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • 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. 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 Chalon-sur-Saône.

Day 4 Chalon-sur-Saône - Macon

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Leisurely cruising; free time in Macon; cheese tasting. Enjoy some leisurely cruising this morning. In the afternoon, you might choose to participate in an optional excursion, such as a visit to a Chardonnay wine cellar. Before dinner, enjoy an on-board cheese tasting.

Day 5 Lyon

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Lyon, France’s third-largest city and its gastronomic capital, was founded by the Romans in 43 BC. The city’s prosperity dates back to the 16th century and is due to commercial, industrial, and banking activities. Roman remains, excellent museums, and renaissance architecture delight visitors. A local guide joins you as you survey the city from Fourvière Hill and explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and Place des Terreaux, a popular area with lively cafés, monuments, and the famous fountain often depicted on postcards.

Day 6 Lyon

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Enjoy a free day in this fascinating city to explore at leisure. Early risers might like to visit the local produce market. Perhaps wander through one of Lyon’s parks, discover some of the murals (there are over 100), or jopin an optional excursion. Be sure to taste the gastronomic delights and sample Beaujolais, the wine of the region; wine connoisseurs know that the grapes must be handpicked. Your Cruise Director will have plenty of suggestions for things to do.

Day 7 Tournon & Tain l'Hermitage - Viviers

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Guided walks in Tournon and Viviers. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage lie nestled among vineyards between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. A local guide will show you Tournon, one of France’s oldest medieval cities, with its imposing 16th-century castle and Roman ruins. Arriving in Viviers in the afternoon, a guided walk shows you this charming town that developed around its Romanesque cathedral. The old town has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman, and medieval influences.

Day 8 Avignon

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes. The fortified city of Avignon is the capital of the Vaucluse region, the most picturesque part of Provence with its intact ramparts encircling the entire city, cobblestone streets and squares, and private mansions built in the 18th and 19th centuries. Known as the ‘City of Popes’, it was the centre of the Catholic Church in the 14th century. During 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 pope's residence. A photo of the famous Pont Saint Bénezet (Saint Bénezet Bridge), of the popular song Sur le Pont d’Avignon, is a must. Optional outings to either the Pont du Gard or to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape are available.

Day 9 Arles

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre. This morning wake up early to the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting), before arriving in Arles after breakfast. Located on the northern tip of the Camargue, Arles is the capital of the Provence region. Your local guide will show you highlights of the city including a visit to the Roman Amphitheatre. Still used today, it dates to the 1st century and was constructed to hold over 20,000 spectators.

Day 10 Arles (Disembarkation) - Côte d'Azur

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

After breakfast, disembark your cruise ship and travel by coach to the Côte d'Azur for your final night. Also known as the French Riviera, the Côte d'Azur stretches along France's Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the Italian border and is synonymous with prestige and beauty.

Day 11 Côte d'Azur

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Transfer to the airport or station for your journey to the UK.

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Notes

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.

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