Burgundy & Provence - Cruise Only Southbound

Day 1 - Chalon-sur-Saone (Embarkation) - Tournus. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel docked in Chalon-sur-Saone. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception as your ship departs for Tournus. (D)
Day 2 - 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 3 - 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 4 - 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 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 - 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 8 - Arles (Disembarkation). Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)


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  Tour Name   Burgundy & Provence - Cruise Only Southbound
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  Tour Duration    8 Days
  Price From   USD $2,599.00   See in Cart
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2016-10-29 $2599 See in Cart
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    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

    • Departures October 25 and October 29 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


  • City Highlights
  • Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
    Day 1 Chalon-sur-Saone (Embarkation) - Tournus: onboard welcome reception
    Day 2 Tournus: guided sightseeing of Tournus, see the abbey of St. Philibert; cheese tasting

    Day 3 Lyon: guided sightseeing in Lyon; picture stop on Fourviere Hill
    Day 4 Lyon: a free day to explore this fascinating city at leisure
    Day 5 Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage - Viviers: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral
    Day 6 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes

    Day 7 Arles: guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheater; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)
    Day 8 Arles (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning.
  • Key Differences
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  • 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 25 and October 29 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.
    • Arrival and departure transfers are not included and are not offered for purchase with this cruise-only itinerary.
  • 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 - Cruise Only Southbound
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