Burgundy & Provence - Côte d'Azur to Paris

  • 11 Days

  • France

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 you. Take the TGV train from Dijon to Paris, where your holiday ends with two overnights, guided sightseeing, and free time to explore the remarkable ‘City of Light’.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a cruise director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
Excursions
Gratuities on cruise
Porterage
All airport and port taxes
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

of 11 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 02nd June 2017

Meals included: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

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 you. Take the TGV train from Dijon to Paris, where your holiday ends with two overnights, guided sightseeing, and free time to explore the remarkable ‘City of Light’.

At a glance

  • Camargue: sail into the Camargue region
  • 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 and Roman Theatre
  • Lyon: Guided sightseeing
  • Beaune: Choice of visit to Hôtel Dieu or Burgundy wine tasting
  • Paris: Guided sightseeing or 'Heart of Paris' walk

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).

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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).

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

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

Included today: Visit Hôtel Dieu or sample Burgundy wines. 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. Today, choose between an 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, or an included tasting of Burgundy wines. 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Paris

Transfer to the airport or station for your journey to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Cote d'Azur: Fairmont Monte Carlo or similar
  • Paris: Pullman Paris Montparnasse or Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe or similar

Notes

Your ship

Avalon Affinity

A modern and well-equipped river cruise ship, Avalon Affinity, launched in 2009, embodies a feeling of space and light and provides a level of comfort unsurpassed by other river cruise holidays. On board, there are 65 generously sized staterooms and 4 Junior Suites, each equipped to hotel room standards. All suites and most staterooms feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass windows with a French Balcony, so you can marvel at the beautiful passing scenery from the comfort of your stateroom. On the Sky Deck, as well as plenty of space to stroll, take photographs or simply sit and watch the world go by, there is also a whirpool bath so you can take a soothing dip, relax and admire the views as you cruise. Guests have the use of a lift to access the staterooms.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Luxury
  • Class: Suite ship
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 39
  • Number of cabins: 69
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 138 passengers
  • Main language on board: en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 4
  • Length (m): 110
  • Width (m): 11.45
  • Speed in knots: 13
  • Launch year: 2009
Available cabins on this cruise
Avalon Suite

Avalon Suites feature floor to ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony, spacious living area, Comfort Collection Beds, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, easy under-bed luggage storage, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels, alarm clock, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, bathrobes and slippers, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 258 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Deluxe Stateroom (Cat P, A, B)

These staterooms feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony, flatscreen satellite TV with film channels & radio, comfortable, hotel-style beds, Comfort Collection Beds, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, easy under-bed luggage storage, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, bathrobes and slippers, alarm clock, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Deluxe Stateroom (Cat E)

These staterooms have Comfort Collection Beds, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, easy under-bed luggage storage, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, bathrobes and slippers, alarm clock, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life onboard

A modern and well-equipped river cruise ship, Avalon Affinity, launched in 2009, embodies a feeling of space and light and provides a level of comfort unsurpassed by other river cruise holidays.

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