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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.
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 Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre.
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 Seurre.
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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.
Set in the heart of Paris, on the doorstep of the Eiffel Tower and the Trocadero.
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.
A 4-minute walk from Opera metro station.
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.
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.
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
Located on the Boulevard de Croisette overlooking the Bay of Cannes.
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.
Situated in the heart of Monte Carlo, ideally situated for sightseeing.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative similar standard hotels to those shown.
"Extremely Well Organised"
"A fantastic holiday!"
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.
Excellent staff on board the boat, helpful and polite. Nothing too much trouble.
Terrible start to the holiday - transport at the airport was half an hour late - no communication at all with the rep at the hotel in spite of the fact that we left her a letter. A very good job that we are experienced travellers.
Good holiday but bar prices were high unless it was the "happy hour"
"Good value River Cruise Holiday"
I think they should give more thought to the overall planning of the holiday. Booking pre and post cruise hotels on a breakfast only basis, puts the onus on the client to source meals, not that easy depending where you are located. Two days of the holiday were spent traveling to and from the Boat. In one case we had to go out and buy our own sandwiches for the trip. I cannot see the point in giving us a days traveling to get to a hotel in Monaco where we are responsible for lunch and dinner and early the next morning busing us to Nice for the flight home. This seems a common way of padding out these river cruise holidays The boat despite being around 8 years old was in excellent condition although the cabins were a bit tight. Kept spotlessly clean Food was good considering the limitations on galley space. Need to refresh their Bistro tasting menu Optional excursions over priced Not sure why the Cruise Director should be part of the tipping pool
"All of the crew gave excellent service and were very friendly and pleasant. Although we..."
All of the crew gave excellent service and were very friendly and pleasant. Although we had no need, we knew that if there was a problem it would be handled promptly and caringly.
Our first night on board was our Wedding Anniversary and having the "Love and Marriage " music and cake made it the more special.
"From personal home pick up by limousine, to transfers of plane, coach train and..."
From personal home pick up by limousine, to transfers of plane, coach train and boat, professionally superb. Quality of rooms, food and wine , along with arranged excursions, outstanding. Will be back again undoubtedly. You must do it!
"An enjoyable and satisfying experience throughout the cruise"
The cruise was very well organised and one really felt that all staff were determined to make the holiday a success. The food was generally of excellent quality and generous and the complimentary wine much appreciated. The cruise director,Gustav, was conscientious and pleasantly helpful. My wife and I also welcomed the option of taking a more leisurely tour than the main tour where appropriate.
"Fabulous cruise - pity about flights."
Hi, we've just come back from a Paris-Cote d'Azure cruise with Avalon. We've never done a river cruise before, but have done several ocean cruises with Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Costa and P&O. We have to say that the cruise itself was fantastic. Service, food, wine - everything was above and beyond what we've found on ocean cruises.
However, our only 'bugbear' was the flights. The outward flight was ok - but a 2.50 am start isn't great.
On our way home, our flight from Nice to Paris (and then on to Manchester) was delayed, so that we missed our connection. After much queuing, we stayed overnight at Charles de Gaul airport and arrived back in the UK a day late. Our suitcases are still missing.
Whilst I understand that you don't have any control over Air France or FlyBe, it was a bit of a let down.
We'd love to book another cruise with you - but will have to find out first whether we can organise our own flights as we felt there were quicker and more convenient options.
Fabulous food, accommodation and service.
"UK Avalon customers get poor service from UK agents."
Avalon Cruises are well organised when on board but as clients from the UK it came clear that people from other countries had a much better service from Avalon prior to the cruise. Our pre cruise information, that we had to print ourselves, was inaccurate in prices, details and some of it was illegible. We have been on 2 previous Avalon cruises and received folders, booklets and luggage labels - we had none of these this time! The 'origami' luggage label is disgraceful for the a travel product that claims to be superior.
Generally met our expectations