Avalon Waterways' Burgundy & Provence River Cruise
Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways Cruises
Cruise Type: River
Length of Stay: 11 Days
Departure From: Côte d’Azur
Departure date: 04/15/2019
Return date: 04/25/2019
Take a wondrous journey through beautiful France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too!
Day 1 : CÔTE D’AZUR , FRANCE
CÔTE D’AZUR , FRANCE
Bienvenue en France!Take free time today to admire Côte d’Azur-with its enchanting yachts, glamorous villas, and famous events. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Côte d’Azur stretches along France’s Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy.
Day 2 : CÔTE D’AZUR ARLES— (EMBARKATION)
CÔTE D’AZUR ARLES— (EMBARKATION)
The Camargue National ParkAfter breakfast this morning, you’ll drive to Arles to board your Suite Ship®. Before dinner sail toward the mouth of the Rhône for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting).
Day 3 : ARLES
Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights
Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) to immerse yourself in a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d’Enfer.
Take advantage of any free time remaining with a stop in Le Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine, to relax and watch the world go by.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON
Day 4 : AVIGNON
The City of Popes in Picturesque
Guided Optional Excursions include a visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard, or a trip to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhône wine region.
Explore Avignon on your own for the city’s art and culture, theatre, and museums. Be sure to snap photos of the captivating countryside, historic monuments, and the medieval Pont Saint-Bénézet.
Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNONProvence
Day 5 : VIVIERS
World History in a Charming French Country Village
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNON
Day 6 : TOURNON/TAIN L’HERMITAGE
A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards
In the late morning cruise to Vienne
Roman and Middle Age History
Enjoy live entertainment while sailing to Lyon.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON
Day 7 : LYON
Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France
Spend free time riding a bike through Lyon’s town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ST. JEAN DE LOSNE
Day 8 : ST. JEAN DE LOSNE
ST. JEAN DE LOSNE
Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône
Enjoy a leisurely cruising day along the majestic Saône River. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin.
Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ST. JEAN DE LOSNE
Day 9 : ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (DISEMBARKATION)— BEAUNE— DIJON— PARIS
ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (DISEMBARKATION)— BEAUNE— DIJON— PARIS
Drive to Beaune and take a High-Speed Train from Dijon to Paris.
This afternoon, take a high-speed train from Dijon to Paris.
Day 10 : PARIS
Cafés, Cathedrals, and Canvases—The City of Lights Truly Shines
Spend your free time strolling through the Champs-Élysées for café au lait and croissants, see the exhibits at the Louvre, visit Montmartre’s Basilica of the Sacré Cœur.
Day 11 : PARIS
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.