Burgundy & Provence - Côte d'Azur to Paris

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Introduction

Opportunities abound on this delightful holiday to learn about France and the French. Your adventure begins with an overnight on the French Riviera, also known as the Côte d'Azur. Then, travel to Arles in the Provence region to board your ship and sail into the peaceful Camargue area during dinner (daylight permitting), before returning to Arles. Avignon, charming Viviers, medieval Tournon, Vienne, France's gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as St. Jean de Losne, and fascinating Beaune await ...

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The crew were extremely friendly and helpful and the cuisine was first class
The cabin accommodation was excellent, the crew were extremely friendly and helpful and the cuisine was first class.
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The Avalon experience

Included Highlights

  • CAMARGUE sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)
  • ARLES Guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre
  • AVIGNON Guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes
  • VIVIERS Guided walk; visit the Old Town and the cathedral
  • TOURNON Guided walk
  • VIENNE Guided walk, see Roman Theatre
  • LYON Guided sightseeing
  • CRUISING Cheese tasting
  • BEAUNE Visit to the Hôtel Dieu
  • PARIS Guided sightseeing or 'Heart of Paris' walk
  • CAPTAIN'S RECEPTION, WELCOME AND FAREWELL DINNERS

Included in the price

  • Your personal Avalon chauffeur service by executive car for you and your travelling companions to and from your UK departure point (within 100 miles of airport)

  • FlightsPrices are based on 2 people sharing a Category E Deluxe Stateroom flying from London. In addition a wide range of flights from UK regional airports are also available.

  • 7 nights deluxe accommodation in a spacious stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection® style beds, ensuite facilities and river views. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and a French Balcony in most staterooms 1 night on the Côte d'Azur at the Fairmont Monte Carlo, Méridien Beach Plaza Monte Carlo or Carlton Intercontinental, Cannes (or similar) 2 nights in Paris at the Westin Paris Vendôme, Pullman Paris Montparnasse, or Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe (or similar)

  • All meals on board including full breakfast , buffet lunch and waiter service evening meal; afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats; midnight snack, choice of premium teas and coffees & soft drinks throughout the day. Wine and beer is included with lunch and dinner. Buffet breakfast in Nice and Paris hotels.

  • Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours; headsets provided on excursions

  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director

  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew

  • Special on board and on shore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans and experts designed to enrich your cruise. On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music

  • Captain's welcome and farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes; Welcome Dinner; Farewell Dinner

  • A choice of pre- or post- holiday extensions

  • All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes

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Day 1 Côte d'Azur.

Travel to Nice where you will be met and transferred to the Côte d'Azur for one night at the Fairmont Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo (or similar).

Day 2 Côte d'Azur - Arles.

This morning, enjoy free time or join an optional excursion before driving to Arles in the Provence region to board your cruise ship. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception Later, cruise toward the mouth of the Rhône for a unique opportunity to experience the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting). (B, D)

Day 3 Arles.

Included today: Arles guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre. On the northern tip of the Camargue, Arles is the capital of Provence and was once known as the 'Little Rome of Gaul'. Your guided tour takes in the church of St Trophime and visits the Roman Amphitheatre. Still used today, the amphitheatre dates to the 1st century, and was constructed to hold over 20,000 spectators. Vincent Van Gogh was inspired by the beauty of Provence and spent a very productive year in Arles. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Camargue Region - Avignon.

Included today: Avignon guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes. Arrive in Avignon this morning during breakfast. The fortified city of Avignon is the capital of the Vaucluse region and one of the most picturesque regions of Provence. Dominated by the grandiose Palace of the Popes, the city is often referred to as the 'City of Popes' and was the centre of the Catholic Church in the 14th century. During the guided tour, you can choose to join an included visit to Palace of the Popes or you may opt for further city sightseeing and either time at leisure or one of the optional excursions to Pont du Gard or to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Cruising - Viviers.

Included today: Viviers guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral. A leisurely morning on board to relax and enjoy the passing scenery as you cruise. After lunch, join your Local Guide for a walk in the charming town of Viviers, which was developed around its Romanesque cathedral. The old town has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman and medieval influences. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Tournon & Tain l'Hermitage - Vienne.

Included today: Guided walks in Tournon and Vienne. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l'Hermitage lie nestled among vineyards between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. Tournon, with its imposing 16th century castle and Roman ruins, is one of France's oldest medieval cities. Enjoy a walking tour before cruising to Vienne, a charming little town surrounded by steep hills. Explore the town centre on a guided walk to see the Roman Theatre and the Augustus and Livia Temple, built around 20BC and converted into a church in the Middle Ages. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Lyon.

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Lyon is France's third-largest city and its gastronomic capital. Founded by the Romans in 43BC, the city's prosperity dates back to the 16th century and is due to commercial, industrial and banking activities. Today Lyon offers up a wealth of Roman ruins, excellent museums and Renaissance architecture. With a Local Guide, survey the city from Fourvière Hill and explore the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its maze of medieval alleyways and Place des Terreaux, a popular area with a famous fountain. Be sure to sample Beaujolais, the wine of the region. Before dinner tonight, attend an onboard lecture and learn more about French culture. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Cruising - St. Jean de Losne

Included today: Cheese tasting. A leisurely day today or if you prefer, there's a choice of optional excursions available including a visit to a wine cellar. Whilst sailing to St. Jean de Losne, enjoy an on board cheese tasting. (B, L, D)

Day 9 St. Jean de Losne ( Disembarkation ) - Beaune - Dijon - Paris.

Included today: Visit Hôtel Dieu. After breakfast, disembark your cruise ship and drive to Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Côte d'Or area and Burgundy's wine capital. Although life here centres around wine, Beaune offers much more with its ramparts, medieval houses, cobblestone streets, and historical monuments. Enjoy n included excursion to Hôtel Dieu charity hospital, the area's most famous historical site which now houses Van der Weyden's painting of the Last Judgement. After lunch, continue to Dijon and board the TGV to Paris and the Pullman Paris Montparnasse Hotel or Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe (or similar) for two nights. (B)

Day 10 Paris.

Included today: Guided sightseeing or 'Heart of Paris' walk. During your included city sightseeing tour of Paris, see the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its contrasting modern glass pyramid and striking Renaissance architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower, a structural masterpiece of its age. Alternatively you may wish to join a guided walk through historic Ile St Louis and Ile de la Cité. In your free time, perhaps stroll the Champs-Elysées, visit the world-famous Louvre or head to Montmartre to enjoy its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on the Place du Tertre. The city is well known for its colourful nightlife and an optional outing to one of Paris' famous cabarets might make the perfect finale to your cruise holiday. (B)

Day 11 Paris.

Transfer to the airport or station for your journey to the UK. (B)

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DECK Indigo - Forward Saphire - Aft Saphire - Forward Royal Deck Royal Deck
SIZE 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 258 sq ft
WINDOW Window Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony
BEDS Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony
BATHROOM En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower and separate toilet
SEATING AREA Seating area
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  4. Premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
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SIZE 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 300 sq ft
WINDOW Window Window Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony
BEDS Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony
BATHROOM En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower and separate toilet
SEATING AREA Seating area Seating area Seating area Larger seating area
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Deck Plan Key:
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  2. Navigation Bridge
  3. Sky Bistro
  4. Whirlpool
  5. Premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
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  10. Bar
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  15. Hair Salon
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  17. Kitchen
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