2021 Season

Burgundy & Provence with 1 Night in Marseille & 2 Nights in Paris for Wine Lovers (Northbound)


cruise: WLJY-T1 11 Day River Cruise Marseille to Paris
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.

Begin your vacation in the south of France with an overnight stay in lovely Marseilles. Enjoy sightseeing and transfer to your Avalon Suite Ship® in Port Saint Louis. Cruise to Arles, the lovely French town that inspired Van Gogh, and continue on the Rhône River to Avignon. See the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest Gothic fortress in the world—and take a guided tour to Châteauneuf du Pape. Beautifully nestled among vineyards is Tournon, a medieval treasure of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Enjoy a wine-and-chocolate tasting or a walk in the vineyards. Take a culinary walk and enjoy free time to explore the city and sample Beaujolais, the famous wine of the region. Enjoy an on-board cheese-and-wine tasting, and visit Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital. Cruise to Mâcon for an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar.

Your French river cruise concludes in St. Jean de Losne, followed by a transfer to Beaune and high-speed train to Paris. Spend two nights in the “City of Light,” including guided sightseeing and superior accommodations.
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Day 1 Marseille: Welcome to France

Day 2 Marseille-Port St. Louis (Embarkation): Guided tour; transfer to the ship; onboard welcome reception

Day 3 Arles: Choice of guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop; onboard lecture about wine

Day 4 Avignon: Guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes; guided tour to Châteauneuf du Pape

Day 5 Viviers: Guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral; onboard food and wine pairing dinner

Day 6 Tournon-Vienne: Guided walk in Tournon; onboard chocolate and wine tasting; guided walk in Vienne

Day 7 Lyon: Guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill; guided tour to Beaujolais

Day 8 St. Jean de Losne: Chardonnay excursion; onboard cheese and wine tasting

Day 9 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)-Beaune-Dijon-Paris: Visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; high-speed train from Dijon to Paris

Day 10 Paris: Choice of guided sightseeing or 'Heart of Paris' walking tour to see Paris' historic sights

Day 11 Paris: Your vacation ends this morning
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Avalon 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. Plus, we offer independent exploration options and the use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP on most of our cruises. 

Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience.

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  • 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.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
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