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

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) for a two night stay.

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 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. 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.

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

"Enjoyable experience."

11th October 2017 - Mrs Monica Moorcroft

"Good value River Cruise Holiday"

7th October 2017 - Mr A Ward

"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.

No...........................!

"From personal home pick up by limousine, to transfers of plane, coach train and..."

13th September 2017 - Trusted Customer

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"

11th September 2017 - Mr Peter Summerfield

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."

2nd August 2017 - Mrs Sally Lang

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."

29th July 2017 - J E Davies

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

"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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