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Burgundy and Provence - Paris to Côte d'Azur

Experience the historical, cultural and epicurean delights of France on this 11-day cruise through its cosmopolitan cities, pretty market towns and quiet rolling countryside. After two nights in Paris with expert guiding, you’ll glide south on the TGV train to Dijon then transfer to St Jean de Losne to board your Avalon ship and meet your crew. The next day you’ll set sail for lovely Seurre, Mâcon and Lyon – where you’ll have a tour with a local guide, plus free time to explore its famous food markets, cafes and restaurants. You’ll then visit picturesque Tournon, Viviers, Avignon and finish your cruise with an overnight stay on the glamorous and beautiful Côte d'Azur. This tour 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

  • 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.

Itinerary

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

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.

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, 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


Take a High-Speed Train from Paris to Dijon, to drive on to Beaune.

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.

Visit the Hôtel-Dieu Charity Hospital in Beaune, built in 1443, today home of the Van der Weyden’s painting of the Last Judgment and is one of France’s architectural highlights, OR:

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.

Visit one of the biggest cellar in Burgundy, one of France’s main wine producing areas.

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

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN SEURRE

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CHOICE

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.

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.

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.

Prices & cabin details

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Hotels

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

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

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

Reviews

"Nothing less than perfection !"

20th June 2018 - Mr Frank Aylard

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

6th June 2018 - Mr Edward Gaunt

"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.

"Enjoyable experience."

11th October 2017 - Mrs Monica Moorcroft

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"

7th October 2017 - Mr A Ward

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..."

27th September 2017 - Mr Peter Morgan

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.

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