Burgundy and Provence - Côte d'Azur to Paris

Price per person
from £3,097

Price based on
London Gatwick
4th May 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 11 days

  • France

  • River cruise

Experience the historical, cultural and epicurean delights of France on this 11-day cruise through its cosmopolitan cities, pretty market towns, glorious coastline and quiet rolling countryside. You’ll begin your cruise with an overnight stay on the glamorous and beautiful Côte d'Azur, then travel to Arles to board your ship and meet your crew. You’ll cruise through Provence, visiting Avignon, Viviers and picturesque Tournon before reaching Lyon for a two-day stay. Here, you’ll have a tour with a local guide, plus a free day to explore its famous food markets, cafes and restaurants. Then set sail for Mâcon, lovely Seurre and St Jean de Losne before transferring to Dijon to board the TGV train for Paris. You’ll finish your stay with a two-night stay in the capital city, with expert guiding and free time. This cruise offers a host of activities both on board and ashore that will bring the French spirit of le joie de vivre to life.

At a glance


Arles Visit the Roman Amphitheatre, which dates to the 1st century.
Lyon Roman remains, excellent museums, and renaissance architecture.
Paris From Notre Dame Cathedral to the Arc de Triomphe, see the iconic sights of Paris.

What's included

  • 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
  • All airport and port taxes
VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Multiple itineraries are available

This itinerary changes on some dates - select your preferred departure date to see the details.


Overview

Total meals included:

  • 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Côte d'Azur

Day
1

Travel to Nice where you will be met and transferred to your hotel, the Fairmont Monte Carlo or Carlton InterContinental, Cannes (or similar) for a one night stay.

No meals included

Côte d'Azur - Arles (Embarkation)

Day
2

This morning, enjoy free time to explore or join an optional excursion. In the early afternoon, transfer by coach to Arles in the Provence region, where you’ll board your ship. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception, then sail towards the mouth of the Rhône for a taste of the tranquil vistas of the Camargue National Park (daylight permitting).

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arles

Day
3

Included today: Arles guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre. In Arles, capital of the Provence region, join a guided city tour. See the church of St. Trophime, dating from the 12th century, and visit the Roman Amphitheatre. Still used today, it dates to the 1st century, and was constructed to hold over 20,000 spectators. Vincent Van Gogh was inspired by the special light of Provence and spent a very productive year in Arles.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Avignon

Day
4

Included today: Avignon guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes. On your guided tour, you may choose to join an included visit of the Palace of the Popes, built in the 14th century as the sovereign popes’ residence. With a living space equivalent to four Gothic cathedrals, it is the largest Gothic fortress in the world. Alternatively, you may opt for the city sightseeing with more free time to explore on your own, or to join an optional outing to Pont du Gard or to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Viviers

Day
5

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 around 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

Tournon & Tain l'Hermitage - Vienne

Day
6

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

Lyon

Day
7

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Picture stop on Fourvière Hil 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 lively cafes, monuments and the famous fountain. Be sure to sample Beaujolais, the wine of the region.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

St. Jean de Losne

Day
8

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

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

Day
9

Included today: Visit Hôtel Dieu. After breakfast, 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. Visit the Hotel-Dieu charity hospital, built in 1443 and paid for by the chancellor of Burgundy after the Hundred Years’ War left many of the town’s population destitute. Today, it houses Van der Weyden’s painting of The Last Judgment and is one of France’s architectural highlights. After lunch, continue to Dijon, where you board the TGV to Paris for a two night stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Paris

Day
10

Included today: Guided sightseeing or 'Heart of Paris' walk. One of the world’s most romantic and lively cities, Paris delights the senses. Your included city sightseeing shows you magnificent must-see sights, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. Alternatively, you may wish to join a guided walk through historic Île St. Louis with its narrow one-way streets and Île de la Cité, the centre of Paris where the medieval city was founded and home to Notre Dame Cathedral. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Paris

Day
11

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Fairmont Monte Carlo

An iconic hotel nestled between Monte Carlo's famous casino and the Mediterranean. With 602 rooms and suites, the hotel also boasts three restaurants and numerous facilities that are sure to make your stay in the Principality of Monaco a memorable one. Official rating: 4 star.

  • Location

    Situated in the heart of Monte Carlo, ideally situated for sightseeing.

  • Facilities

    • Three restaurants
    • Bar
    • Shopping arcade
    • Casino
    • Fitness centre
Fairmont Monte Carlo

InterContinental Carlton Cannes

Evoke the glamour of the past at this stylish hotel that was featured in Hitchcock's 1955 film 'To Catch a Thief'. The hotel’s Belle Epoque façade overlooks the Bay of Cannes, with enviable sea views and a private beach. Official rating: 5 star

  • Location

    Located on the Boulevard de Croisette overlooking the Bay of Cannes.

  • Facilities

    • Exclusive beach restaurant
    • Bar
    • Café
    • Health Centre and Fitness Centre
    • Beauty Centre

Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris

The Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris sits among iconic Paris landmarks, 10 minutes' walk from the Champs-Élysées. Step back to the glamour of the 1930s as you indulge in the mosaic-decorated spa or soak up the Art Deco style at the Purple Bar. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location

    The hotel faces Parc Monceau, 15 minutes from the Eurostar terminal at Gare du Nord. The Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe are a few minutes' walk away. 

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • Spa with 7 treatment rooms
    • Fitness room
    • Room service
    • Free WiFi
Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris

InterContinental Paris - Le Grand

Lavish historic charm in the heart of Paris. The hotel, which dates back to 1862, overlooks the famous Palais Garnier, home to the esteemed Paris Opera. Two acclaimed restaurants await you - Café de la Paix, with its rich history, and La Verrière, set in a beautiful winter garden. Official rating: 4 stars.

  • Location

    A 4-minute walk from Opera metro station.

  • Facilities

    • Spa
    • Fitness centre
    • Fine dining restaurant
    • Bar
    • Sauna

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel Hotel

This recently renovated hotel is a stone's throw from the Eiffel Tower and within easy reach of Paris' major attractions. Enjoy a bite to eat or a glass of wine with stunning views of Paris' most iconic landmark. Official rating: 4 stars.

  • Location

    Set in the heart of Paris, on the doorstep of the Eiffel Tower and the Trocadero. 

  • Facilities

    • Fitness centre
    • Restaurant
    • Bar
    • Room service
    • WiFi

Avalon Poetry II

The Avalon Poetry II offers a delightfully intimate cruise setting for 128 passengers. Like its sister Suite Ships, it features two full decks of suites with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform into a unique open-air balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the passing scenery. Onboard amenities include an alternative dining option in the Panorama Bistro, complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, a fitness centre, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro.

Ship facts

  • Style: Luxury
  • Class: Suite ship
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 37
  • Number of cabins: 64
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 128 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: 2014

Amenities

  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery

Cabins on this ship

These suites feature a 6-person sitting area, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, double sinks, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, marble countertops in bathroom, nightly turn-down service, soft and firm pillows, vanity, well-stocked minibar, alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, coffee table, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, easy under-bed luggage storage, elegant, contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, make-up mirror, memory foam mattress toppers, a sofa, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, wall-to-wall panoramic window with Open-Air Balcony®, and a writing desk.

Details

  • 300 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

These suites feature a 6-person sitting area, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, easy under-bed luggage storage, elegant, a contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, make-up mirror, memory foam mattress toppers, sofa, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, wall-to-wall panoramic window with Open-Air Balcony®, writing desk, alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, coffee table, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, marble countertops in bathroom, nightly turn-down service, soft and firm pillows, vanity and a well-stocked minibar.

Details

  • 200 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

These staterooms feature an alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, easy under-bed luggage storage, an elegant, contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, memory foam mattress toppers, soft and firm pillows, two windows, well-stocked minibar, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, nightly turn-down service, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, vanity and a writing desk.

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life on board

Age Restriction

Avalon Waterways do not accept bookings for children under 8. There are no special arrangements or activities on board for children and they cannot accept bookings from unaccompanied children under 18 years of age and any travellers under this age must share the adult’s accommodation.

Dietary Requirements

Avalon Waterways will try their best to accommodate dietary requirements if they are mentioned at the time of booking.

Disabled Facilities

Passengers must report any disability to Avalon before any reservation is made so that Avalon may advise whether they and/or their suppliers for any particular holiday are able to accommodate the passengers. Avalon may rely on the information provided to them by the passengers regarding the details of any disability in order to make a decision as to whether the passengers can be accommodated. Avalon will make reasonable attempts to accommodate the special needs of disabled passengers, in accordance with the applicable laws.Not all sightseeing stops/sites accommodate wheelchairs and some locations and sightseeing activities require extensive standing, sitting or walking. Avalon is not responsible for any missed activities due to a participant’s inability to participate within a group.All of the ships have lifts, however they do not service the SkyDeck. Additionally most stateroom doors and bathrooms are not wide enough to allow access by standard wheelchairs, and bathrooms and other doorways may be fitted with coamings.For safety reasons passengers cannot be carried on ramps in ports when the ship is docked. In certain circumstances, they may ask that a disabled person or person with reduced mobility be accompanied by another person capable of providing any assistance required.

Dress Code

The dress code for dinner is casual and comfortable. The Welcome and Farewell Dinners give you a chance to dress up but are not formal.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not permitted on transportation that is exclusively provided by Avalon. On European river cruise ships smoking is allowed only in specific outside areas where ash trays are available.

Deck Games Area

Relax after a long day and play a game with your fellow guests at the Game area towards the rear of the deck.

Fitness Centre

The ship is fitted with a fully equipped Fitness Centre for you to release some tension.

Hairdressing Salon

Visit the Hair Salon to pamper yourself with a new style by a professional hairdresser. Other treatments are available.

Observation Lounge

The Observation Lounge on the Royal Deck, gives guests a prime view to enjoy the premium spirits.

Sky Lounge & Bistro

On the Sun deck you will find the Sky Lounge, where you can relax and catch the sun's rays whilst enjoying a drink or snack from the nearby Sky Bistro. 

Internet Corner

Complimentary Wi-Fi access and free use of computers or laptops is available to help you stay in touch with friends and family.

Shore Excursions

On shore, Avalon includes a great range of comprehensive sightseeing excursions led by knowledgable Certified Local Guides. They also provide individual personal audio headsets to ensure you still have the freedom to roam through some of Europe's most famous attractions without missing a moment of fascinating commentary.

If you'd like to experience something slightly off the beaten track, they offer unique alternative excursions in select destinations. In many cities they also give you a choice of sightseeing pace: 'Traditional' to see all the major sights, 'Leisurely' available on walking tours when you want to take it slower, and 'Independent' allowing you to explore on your own. Have a chat with your Cruise Director to learn about the available options.

They even provide Nordic walking sticks to put that extra spring in your step!

Dining Room

The ship’s main venue is the Dining Room situated on the Sapphire deck. With an elegantly simple design, you can enjoy a full buffet breakfast or lunch with special options for those who wish to eat lightly, and delicious four-course dinners in the evening. 

Panorama Lounge & Bistro

The Panorama Lounge & Bistro, with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows for a stunning view, offers a casual atmosphere for guests to enjoy a variety of regional and tapas-style dishes, hand-paired with local wines.

Room Service

Room service is available for Continental breakfast & beverages.

Sky Bistro

On a sunny day, enjoy hand carved meats and expansive buffets including fresh salads and amazing homemade soups, all a view courtesy of our Sky Bistro.

Deck Plans

Deck 1

  • Fitness Centre
  • Deluxe Staterooms

Deck 2

  • Observation Lounge & Bar
  • Panorama Bistro
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Internet Centre
  • Reception
  • Atrium
  • Hairdressing Salon
  • Club Lounge
  • Royal Suites
  • Panorama Suites

Deck 3

  • Dining Room
  • Panorama Suites

Deck 4

  • Sky Lounge & Bistro
  • Navigation Bridge
  • Whirlpool
  • Premium Lounge Chairs and Shade Awnings
  • Deck Game Area

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