2021 Season

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


cruise: WJLY-T2 11 Day River Cruise Paris to Marseille
Begin your vacation in France with two nights in Paris before your cruise. Enjoy guided sightseeing in the “City of Light,” to see iconic landmarks, with free time to explore on your own. Travel via high-speed train to Dijon, and transfer to board your Avalon Suite Ship® on the Saône in St. Jean de Losne. A Master of Wine will accompany you on your French river cruise with presentations, tastings, and wine pairings along the way. Cruise to Mâcon 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. Enjoy 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 Châteauneuf 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?

Continue your Avalon YourWay vacation in the south of France with an overnight stay in Marseilles. You’ll enjoy guided sightseeing and complimentary transfer from ship to hotel. A perfect ending to a French vacation—from the “City of Light” to the vineyards of Burgundy and Provence!
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at-a-glance


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 Mâcon: 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: Choice of 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 Châteauneuf du Pape

Day 9 Arles: Choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater, or painting workshop

Day 10 Port St. Louis (Disembarkation)-Marseille: Travel by motor coach to Marseille; guided tour

Day 11 Marseille: Your vacation ends this morning
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cities and locations


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.

notes


  • 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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