Burgundy and Provence - Côte d'Azur to Paris

  • 11 Days

  • France

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.

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
All airport and port taxes
  • 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 6th April 2018

Meals included: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

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.

Day 1

Côte d'Azur

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Côte d'Azur - Arles (Embarkation)

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

Day 3

Arles

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

Day 4

Avignon

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

Day 5

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 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

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. 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

Day 8

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. 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

Day 10

Paris

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

Day 11

Paris

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

Your ship

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.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
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
Available cabins on this cruise
Royal Suite

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

Panorama Suite

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

Deluxe Stateroom

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 onboard

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.

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