Avalon Waterways Burgundy & Provence River Cruise 2021

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Take a delightful river cruise through France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in known French treasures and some hidden gems too! Take in the beautiful countryside, quaint villages and towns, as you sail through the most captivating views of France. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, founded by the Romans in 43 BC, 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 with its lively cafés and monuments and stand in front of the famous fountain you’ve seen on postcards. You’ll have plenty of time to explore this historical city further and be sure to sample Beaujolais, the famous wine of the region. Beautifully nestled among vineyards, you’ll find the city of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle, where you’ll go on a guided walk. Continue your river cruise to historical Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world. On the Rhône River sits Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheatre, which hosts plays and concerts to this day.

Avalon Waterways River Cruise
Lyon

Itinerary

Welcome to France. Your Suite Ship is ready for boarding.

Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône. Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host. Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Mâcon along the majestic Saône River. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar or to the Castle of Cormatin.

Classic Excursion: Later, enjoy a delicious cheese tasting on board your ship.

La Vie En Rose in Lyon. Sail for lovely Lyon this morning.

Classic Excursion: Join a guided sightseeing tour to survey Lyon from Fourvière Hill with its numerous churches. You’ll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafés, 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 Rhône and Saône rivers meet. Later enjoy live entertainment after dinner.

Discovery Excursion: Be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance Lecture on board your ship.

The rest of 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.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

Discovery Excursion: Join a culinary walk through the city to discover why Lyon is known as the gastronomic capital of France.

Classic Excursions: 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 Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage.

Classic Excursion: 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.

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.

Classic Excursion: 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.

Active Excursion: Grab a Nordic walking stick for a hike with your Adventure Host.

Classic Excursion: 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, OR:

Discovery Excursion: Attend a Painting Workshop to learn the style and techniques of Vincent van Gogh. You’ll create your own painting in the style of the classic master who took inspiration from the Provence light and landscape in Arles.

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.

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

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Price Guide

Date Deluxe Stateroom (pp) Panorama Suite (pp) Flights
March 2021 £1,915 £2,439 Please Call
April 2021 £2,119 £2,645 Please Call
May 2021 £2,325 £2,849 Please Call
June 2021 £2,359 £2,885 Please Call
July 2021 £2,359 £2,885 Please Call
August 2021 £2,359 £2,885 Please Call
September 2021 £2,435 £2,985 Please Call
October 2021 £2,325 £2,849 Please Call

What's Included

  • Deluxe accommodation in a spacious stateroom or suite
  • All meals on board including full breakfast with complimentary sparkling wine, buffet lunch with drinks, and waiter service dinner with beer, soft drinks and quality wines from Europe's most famous wine regions
  • Daily afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats; a choice of teas and coffees throughout the day; daily evening snack
  • 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 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
  • All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes
  • Complimentary Wifi (signal permitting)