Burgundy & Provence - Southbound

Day 1 - Arrive in Paris, France. Welcome to Paris, France's capital on the River Seine and the "City of Light," where romance fills the air!
Day 2 - Paris. Known as one of the world's most passionate and lively cities, Paris is a delight for all your senses. Your included CITY SIGHTSEEING shows you magnificent must-see sights, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysees with its lavish cafes, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre museum or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacre Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. Paris is also well known for its colorful nightlife that includes some of the world's most famous cabaret shows. All of this awaits your discovery! (B)
Day 3 - Paris - Dijon - Beaune - Chalon-sur-Saone (Embarkation) - Tournus. This morning, board the TGV train to Dijon and from there, drive to Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Cote d'Or area. Beaune owes its wealth to the production, aging, and selling of fine wines. Although life here centers around wine, Beaune offers much more. You may choose to join the included GUIDED EXCURSION to the HÔTEL-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. Alternatively, enjoy a TASTING of Burgundy wines before continuing south to Chalon-sur-Saone, where you'll board your river cruise vessel. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception as your ship departs for Tournus. (B,D)
Day 4 - Tournus. After breakfast, a LOCAL GUIDE will show you the highlights of the delightful town of Tournus, tucked away in the southeast corner of Burgundy. Tournus is one of the oldest and most important monastic centers in the region, with a superb abbey, St. Philibert, part of which dates back to the 10th century. There's free time to stroll through the quaint streets or to explore the arts and crafts shops near the abbey. After lunch, a choice of optional excursions, including a visit to a wine cellar, is available. Before dinner, enjoy an onboard CHEESE TASTING. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Lyon. Enjoy some relaxing time on board before arriving in Lyon, France's third-largest city and its gastronomic capital. Founded by the Romans in 43 BC, the city's prosperity dates back to the 16th century and is due to commercial, industrial, and banking activities. Roman remains, excellent museums, and renaissance architecture delight visitors. A LOCAL GUIDE joins you as you survey the city from Fourviere Hill and explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and Place des Terreaux, a popular area with lively cafes, monuments, and the famous fountain often depicted on postcards. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Lyon. Enjoy a free day in this fascinating city to explore at leisure. Early risers might like to visit the local produce market. Perhaps wander through one of Lyon's parks, discover some of the murals (there are over 100), or select one of the available optional excursions. Be sure to taste the gastronomic delights and sample Beaujolais, the wine of the region; wine connoisseurs know that the grapes must be hand picked. Your Cruise Director will have plenty of suggestions for things to do. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage - Viviers. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l'Hermitage lie nestled among vineyards between the Rhone River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. A LOCAL GUIDE will show you Tournon, one of France's oldest medieval cities, with its imposing 16th-century castle and Roman ruins. Arriving in Viviers in the late afternoon, a GUIDED WALK shows you this charming town that developed around its ROMANESQUE CATHEDRAL. The OLD TOWN has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman, and medieval influences. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Avignon. The fortified city of Avignon is the capital of the Vaucluse region, the most picturesque part of Provence with its intact ramparts encircling the entire city, cobblestone streets and squares, and private mansions built in the 18th and 19th centuries. Known as the "City of Popes," it was the center of the Catholic Church in the 14th century. During 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. A photo of the famous Pont Saint Benezet (Saint Benezet Bridge), of the popular song Sur le Pont d'Avignon, is a must. Optional outings to Pont du Gard or to the famed wine cellars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape are available. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - Arles. In Arles, located on the northern tip of the Camargue and the capital of the Provence region, your LOCAL GUIDE will show you highlights of the city and you'll visit the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER. Still used today, it dates to the 1st century and was constructed to hold over 20,000 spectators. This evening, sail toward the mouth of the Rhone for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting). (B,L,D)
Day 10 - Arles (Disembarkation) - Cote d'Azur. After breakfast, a comfortable motorcoach ride takes you to the Cote d'Azur for a last night in France. Also known as the French Riviera, the Cote d'Azur stretches along France's Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the Italian border, and is synonymous with prestige and beauty. (B)
Day 11 - Cote d'Azur. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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  Tour Name   Burgundy & Provence - Southbound
  Tour Code  
WCL
  Tour Duration    11 Days
  Start City:   Paris
  Price From   USD $3,549.00   See in Cart
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Pricing (Per Person)

Land Start Date Price From:
2016-10-09 USD $4,099.00 See in Cart
2016-10-13 USD $3,999.00 See in Cart
2016-10-23 USD $3,699.00 See in Cart
2016-10-27 USD $3,549.00 See in Cart
    Port charges:
    $147

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Paris:
    in single room from $345 to $1,070, in twin room from $185 to $550

    Extra nights per person in Cote d'Azur:
    in single room from $285 to $540, in twin room from $165 to $355

    Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.

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    Category / Decks / Price

    B / Sapphire Deck / $649
    A / Sapphire Deck / $699
    P / Royal Deck / $799
    Avalon Suite / Royal Deck / $1,399

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    Category / Decks / Price

    D / Indigo / Deck / $199
    B / Sapphire Deck / $1,049
    A / Sapphire Deck / $1,099
    P / Royal Deck / $1,199
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $1,899

    NOTE:
    • Departures October 23 and October 27 are offered as exclusive Wine Appreciation Cruises, including special lectures and tastings at no additional cost. Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished wine authority will teach you the ropes as you visit a wine village and attend tastings to test your newfound talent
 

Features

  • City Highlights
  • Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
    Days 1-2 Paris: welcome to France; guided sightseeing on Day 2
    Day 3 Paris - Dijon - Beaune - Chalon-sur-Saone (Embarkation) - Tournus: TGV train from Paris to Dijon; motorcoach transfer to Beaune, choice of visit of the Hotel-Dieu or Burgundy wine tasting in Beaune; onboard welcome reception
    Day 4 Tournus: guided sightseeing of Tournus, see the abbey of St. Philibert; cheese tasting

    Day 5 Lyon: guided sightseeing in Lyon; picture stop on Fourviere Hill
    Day 6 Lyon: a free day to explore this fascinating city at leisure
    Day 7 Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage - Viviers: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral
    Day 8 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes

    Day 9 Arles: guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheater; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)
    Day 10 Arles (Disembarkation) - Cote d'Azur: travel by motorcoach to Cote d'Azur.
    Day 11 Cote d'Azur: your vacation ends this morning.
  • Key Differences
  • AW_Always_Included_Europe_2016
  • Launch Date
  • 04/07/15 8:00pm
  • Meals
    • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes
    • Welcome dinner
    • Daily Afternoon Tea
    • Daily Night Fare
    • Farewell dinner
    • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
  • Notes
  • NOTES:
    • Departures October 23 and October 27 are offered as exclusive Wine Appreciation Cruises, including special lectures and tastings at no additional cost. Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished wine authority will teach you the ropes as you visit a wine village and attend tastings to test your newfound talent
    • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
    • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
    • In the event that the TGV is unavailable due to strikes or technical reasons, the transfer from Paris to Dijon will be operated by motorcoach.
  • Scenic Highlights
  • Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
    Discover what makes French fromage so special at a French cheese tasting.
  • Title
  • Burgundy & Provence - Southbound
 
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