Burgundy & Provence With 2 Nights In Paris For Wine Lovers (Southbound)

04/03/2020 through 10/29/2021
04/03/2020 through 11/10/2021
Avalon Waterways

Take a delightful river cruise through France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in known French treasures and some hidden gems too! Take in the beautiful countryside, quaint villages, and towns, as you sail through the most captivating views of France. A Master of Wine will accompany you on your French river cruise with presentations, tastings, and wine pairings along the way.

Enjoy two overnights in Paris before your cruise with a guided tour of its famous landmarks, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum. Board your Avalon Suite Ship® on the Saône in St Jean de Losne, and cruise to Mcon for an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar. Visit Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital and a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Take a culinary walk and enjoy free time to explore the city and sample Beaujolais, the famous wine of the region. Beautifully nestled among vineyards is Tournon, a medieval treasure of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. En-joy a wine-and-chocolate tasting or a walk in the vineyards. Continue your river cruise on the Rhône River to Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes-the largest Gothic fortress in the world-and take a guided tour to Chteauneuf du Pape. Sail to Arles-an inspiration for Van Gogh and home of a 1st-century Roman Amphitheatre, which hosts plays and concerts to this day. May we suggest a glass of wine in the Van Gogh café? A perfect ending to a French vacation-from the “City of Light” to the vineyards of Burgundy and Provence!

Included Features:

Day 1 Paris: welcome to France

Day 2 Paris: guided sightseeing

Day 3 Dijon–Beaune–St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation): high-speed train to Dijon; motorcoach transfer to Beaune and visit to the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Mcon: leisurely cruising; onboard lecture about wine; Chardonnay excursion

Day 5 Lyon: on board cheese and wine tasting; guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill; onboard lecture

Day 6 Lyon: culinary tour; guided tour to Beaujolais; on board food and wine pairing dinner

Day 7 Tournon–Viviers: guided walk in Tournon with wine and chocolate tasting or hike in the vineyards (weather permitting); guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 8 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit to the Palace of the Popes; guided tour to Chteauneuf du Pape

Day 9 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop

Day 10 Port St. Louis (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

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Day 1 Paris, France
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Day 2 Paris
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Day 3 Dijon – Beaune – St. Jean De Losne (Embarkation)
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Day 4 McOn
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Day 5 Lyon
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Day 6 Lyon
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Day 7 Tournon
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Day 8 Avignon
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Day 9 Arles
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Day 10 Port St. Louis (Disembarkation)
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