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BURGUNDY & PROVENCE - CATEGORY E (WINE THEMED CRUISE) - 2019

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!

This France river cruise adventure begins in style with two overnights in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! The City of Light has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. A city tour will show you all the must-see sights.

Taste some of Burgundy wines onboard your ship. Take a lovely excursion to the Chardonnay wine area. Then reach Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, which sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers and is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Visit the popular Place des Terreaux and stand in front of the famous fountain you’ve seen on postcards, or opt for a wine blending workshop optional excursion! You might choose to visit the Beaujolais region and enjoy a tasting of its famous wines. Beautifully nestled among vineyards, you’ll find the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, where you’ll go on a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. The walk will be followed by a wine and chocolate tasting. Alternatively, you can join a guided hike in the vineyard. Continue your river cruise to historical Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Chateuneuf du Pape wine region and taste some of its wines. On the Rhône River sits Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day.
A Master of Wine will travel with you on this cruise and will hold lectures, tastings and introduce you to food and wine pairing.

End this historical and delightful river cruise through France with an overnight stay on the picturesque Côte d’Azur. Explore this captivating area and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea.

Inclusions

10 breakfasts
10 lunches
10 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
11
Price From
AUD $5,384
Start Location
Paris, France
End Location
Cote D'azur, France
Age Range
Avg. 40+
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
03 Nov 201913 Nov 2019On RequestAUD $5,384
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: PARIS, FRANCE.
Bienvenue en France! Take free time today to fall in love with the world's most romantic city. Get inspired by its architectural icons, exquisite cuisine, chic boutiques, and priceless artistic treasures.
Day 2: PARIS.
Cafes, Cathedrals, and Canvases-The City of Lights Truly Shines. CLASSIC - Join a Guided City Tour that shows the iconic sites of Paris, such as the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Opera Garnier, and the famous Champs-Elysees. Spend your free time strolling through the Champs-Elysees for cafe au lait and croissants, see the exhibits at the Louvre, visit Montmartre's Basilica of the Sacre Cur. Consider browsing Paris' classic shopping avenues and literary cafes for a true Parisian experience, or have your portrait sketched by a Parisian artist in the square at Place du Tertre. (B)
Day 3: DIJON-BEAUNE-ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (EMBARKATION)-SEURRE.
Take a High-Speed Train from Paris to Dijon, to drive on to Beaune. CLASSIC - Visit the Hotel-Dieu Charity Hospital in Beaune, built in 1443, today home of the Van der Weyden's painting of the Last Judgment and is one of France's architectural highlights, OR: DISCOVERY - Visit one of the biggest cellar in Burgundy, one of France's main wine producing areas. This afternoon, travel to St. Jean de Losne to board your Suite Ship with a brief evening cruise to Seurre. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN SEURRE (B,D)
Day 4: MACON.
Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saone. Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Macon along the majestic Saone River. DISCOVERY - Onboard lecture hosted by your Master of Wine. DISCOVERY - Take an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Castle of Cormatin. Enjoy live entertainment while sailing for Trevoux this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN TREVOUX (B,L,D)
Day 5: LYON.
Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France Sail for lovely Lyon this morning. DISCOVERY - Enjoy a delicious Wine and Cheese tasting hosted by your Master of Wine on board your ship. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon from Fourviere Hill with its numerous churches. You'll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafes, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux. Spend free time riding a bike through Lyon's town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhone and Saone rivers meet. Later on board your ship, be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance Lecture, and enjoy live entertainment after dinner. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON (B,L,D)
Day 6: LYON.
French Food and Wine-La Vie En Rose in Lyon. DISCOVERY - Take an excursion to the lovely Beaujolais area and learn more about its light and pleasant wine. Enjoy a free day in Lyon, or choose a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through the city to discover why it is known as the gastronomic capital of France! An optional wine blending workshop is also available. Your day is free to explore, relax, or shop in France's third largest city. Take a bike from the ship and explore local produce markets and parks, or take a leisurely tour of the city's more than 100 murals. DISCOVERY - Onboard food and wine pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine. EVENING CRUISE TO TOURNON (B,L,D)
Day 7: TOURNON/TAIN L'HERMITAGE.
A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards. DISCOVERY - Take a morning Guided Walking Tour to explore Tournon-one of France's oldest medieval cities. See its 16th-century castle, and Roman ruins between the Rhone River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting paired with chocolate at the Cite du Chocolat at Valrhona, OR ACTIVE - Hike in the vineyards and take in the breathtaking views from the hills (weather permitting). VIVIERS: World History in a Charming French Country Village. CLASSIC - Explore the pale-stone buildings of Viviers on a late afternoon Guided Walking Tour of this charming village. You'll see its Romanesque cathedral and Old Town with a mix of historical Christian, Roman, and medieval influences. EVENING CRUISE TO AVIGNON (B,L,D)
Day 8: AVIGNON.
The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the fortress city of Avignon-with its ramparts encircling the city-and a visit to the amazing Palace of the Popes, OR DISCOVERY - Enjoy a trip to the famed wine cellars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhone wine region. Alternatively take a guided Optional Excursions to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard or 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-Benezet. Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment. EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES (B,L,D)
Day 9: ARLES.
Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights. CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Arles-the captivating city of the Provence region. You'll visit the Roman Amphitheater in this visually stunning city that inspired the works of Vincent van Gogh. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrieres de Lumieres (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 Cafe Van Gogh for a glass of wine, to relax and watch the world go by. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES (B,L,D)
Day 10: ARLES (DISEMBARKATION)-COTE D'AZUR.
Spectacular Seascapes of the French Riviera. After breakfast this morning, you'll drive to the Cote d'Azur for your last night in France. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Cote d'Azur stretches along France's Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy. (B)
Day 11: COTE D'AZUR.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)