2023 Season

Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights in Paris, 3 Nights in Venice & 3 Nights in Rome for Wine Lovers (Northbound)


cruise: WLJ4-T2 16 Day River Cruise Port-Saint-Louis to Rome
Take a wondrous river cruise through beautiful France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too! A Master of Wine will accompany you on your river cruise in France with presentations, tastings, and wine pairings along the way. Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Port-Saint-Louis. On the Rhône River sits Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and site of its 1st-century Roman Amphitheatre. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes and take a guided tour to Châteauneuf du Pape. Visit the cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, beautifully nestled among vineyards. Take a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Take then a guided tour to Beaujolais and the following day to Chardonnay, where you will have the opportunity to taste local wines. Cruise to Mâcon for an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar.

No vacation in France would not be complete without a stay in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! Discover its true heart on a guided walk through the sites of Paris’ rich history, or take a tour to see the iconic sites of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more.
Continue with your Monograms® vacation package with 3 days each in Venice and Rome. Your guided sightseeing in Venice includes St. Mark’s Square, inside visits of the Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; while in Rome visit St. Peter’s Square, and go inside the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Throughout your vacation in Italy, your Monograms Local Host® will be on hand with assistance and guidance when you need it!
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Day 1 Port St. Louis (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Arles: Choice of guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop or walk with your Adventure Host; onboard lecture about wine

Day 3 Avignon: Guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes; guided tour to Châteauneuf du Pape

Day 4 Viviers: Guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral or walk with your Adventure Host; onboard food and wine pairing dinner

Day 5 Tournon-Vienne: Choice of guided walk in Tournon or bike with your Adventure Host; onboard chocolate and wine tasting; choice of guided walk in Vienne or hike with your Adventure Host

Day 6 Lyon: Guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill; guided tour to Beaujolais

Day 7 Tournus–St. Jean de Losne: Chardonnay excursion; onboard cheese and wine tasting

Day 8 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)-Beaune-Dijon-Paris: Visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; high-speed train from Dijon to Paris

Day 9 Paris: Choice of guided sightseeing or “Heart of Paris” walking tour to see Paris’ historic sights

Day 10 Paris-Venice, Italy: Flight to Venice

Day 11 Venice: Choice of guided sightseeing or “Heart of Paris” walking tour to see Paris’ historic sights

Day 12 Venice: Full day at leisure

Day 13 Venice-Rome: Travel by high-speed train (first class) to Rome

Day 14 Rome: Guided sightseeing, visit St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Roman Forum (if your sightseeing falls on Wednesday or Sunday when the Vatican Museums are closed, your alternate tour will include inside visits of the Pantheon, Colosseum and Roman Forum

Day 15 Rome: Full day at leisure

Day 16 Rome: 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.
The “Starting at” or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per person based on twin occupancy and any applicable port charges, non-commissionable taxes and fees and intra-vacation flight are included in the price shown. Any included overnight stay in Canada, applicable GST/HST is also included in the price shown. International airfare, however, is not included. If price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s). Please review current promotions or deals for additional information.