Burgundy & Provence - Northbound

Day 1 - Arrive in Cote d'Azur, France. Welcome to France! Located between the mountains and the deep-blue Mediterranean Sea, the Cote d'Azur is synonymous with prestige and beauty"with its enchanting yachts, glamorous villas, and famous events. Time at leisure lets you get acquainted with this amazing place.
Day 2 - Cote d'Azur - Arles (Embarkation). This morning, enjoy free time to explore or join an optional excursion. In the early afternoon, transfer by motorcoach to Arles in the Provence region, where you'll board your river cruise vessel. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception, then sail toward the mouth of the Rhone for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting). (B,D)
Day 3 - Arles. In Arles, capital of the Provence, join your Local Guide for a GUIDED CITY TOUR. See the church of St. Trophime, dating from the 12th century, and visit the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER. Still used today, the amphitheater dates to the 1st century, and was constructed to hold over 20,000 spectators. Vincent Van Gogh was inspired by the special light of the Provence and spent a very productive year in Arles. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Avignon. During the night, set sail for Avignon, where you arrive during breakfast. 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. With a living space equivalent to four gothic cathedrals, it is the largest gothic fortress in the world. Alternatively, you may opt for only city sightseeing and 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 Chateauneuf-du-Pape. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Cruising - Viviers. A leisurely morning on board to relax and enjoy the passing scenery. After lunch, join your LOCAL GUIDE for a walk around the charming town of Viviers, which developed around its ROMANESQUE CATHEDRAL. The OLD TOWN has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman, and medieval influences. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage - Vienne. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l'Hermitage lie nestled among vineyards between the Rhone River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. Enjoy a GUIDED WALK of Tournon, one of France's oldest medieval cities, with its imposing 16th-century castle and Roman ruins. Arriving in Vienne in the late afternoon, a GUIDED WALK shows you the charming little town surrounded by steep hills"one of the oldest towns in the region. Explore the town center to see the Roman Theater, which once held 13,000 spectators, and the Augustus and Livia Temple, built around 20 BC and converted into a church in the Middle Ages. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Lyon. Lyon is 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, many excellent museums, and much renaissance architecture delight visitors. You are joined by a LOCAL GUIDE as you survey the city from Fourviere 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 often depicted on postcards. Be sure to sample Beaujolais, the wine of the region. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Cruising - Chalon-sur-Saone. A leisurely day today to enjoy your final day on board. If you prefer to stay busy, a choice of optional excursions, including a visit to a wine cellar, is available. While sailing to Chalon-sur-Saone, enjoy an onboard CHEESE TASTING. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - Chalon-sur-Saone (Disembarkation) - Beaune - Dijon - Paris. After breakfast, head by motorcoach to Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Cote d'Or area and Burgundy's wine capital. Although life here centers around wine, Beaune offers much more with its ramparts, medieval houses, cobblestone streets, and historical monuments. Visit 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. After lunch, continue to Dijon, where you board the TGV to Paris, the "City of Light." (B)
Day 10 - Paris. Known as one of the world's most romantic and lively cities, Paris is a delight for all your senses. Your included CITY SIGHTSEEING shows you magnificent must-see sights, including 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. Alternatively, you may wish to join a GUIDED WALK through historic Île St. Louis with its narrow one-way streets and Île de la Cite, the center of Paris where the medieval city was founded and home to NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysees with its lavish cafes, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre 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 Paris' famous cabaret shows. All of this awaits your discovery! (B)
Day 11 - Paris. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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  Tour Name   Burgundy & Provence - Northbound
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  Tour Duration    11 Days
  Price From   USD $3,799.00   See in Cart
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Pricing (Per Person)

Land Start Date Price From:
2016-10-03 USD $4,199.00 See in Cart
2016-10-07 USD $4,149.00 See in Cart
2016-10-17 USD $3,899.00 See in Cart
2016-10-21 USD $3,799.00 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 Cote d'Azur:
    in single room from $285 to $540, in twin room from $165 to $355

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

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

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

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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

    NOTES:
    • Departure March 21 is offered as exclusive Wine Appreciation Cruise, 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.
    • Departure June 27 is offered as an exclusive Jazz Cruise, including special music features at no additional cost. On our Jazz Cruise, attend the annual Jazz Festival in Vienne, France.
 

Features

  • City Highlights
  • Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
    Day 1 Cote d'Azur: welcome to France
    Day 2 Cote d'Azur - Transfer to Arles (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)
    Day 3 Arles: guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheater
    Day 4 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes
    Day 5 Cruising - Viviers: guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral
    Day 6 Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage - Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Vienne
    Day 7 Lyon: guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourviere Hill
    Day 8 Cruising-Chalon-sur-Saone: day at leisure; cheese tasting
    Day 9 Chalon-sur-Saone (Disembarkation) - Beaune - Dijon - Paris: visit the Hotel-Dieu in Beaune; TGV train from Dijon to Paris
    Day 10 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing or "Heart of Paris" walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral
    Day 11 Paris: 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:
    • Departure March 21 is 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.
    • Departure June 27 is offered as an exclusive Jazz Cruise, including special music features at no additional cost. On our Jazz Cruise, attend the annual Jazz Festival in Vienne, France.
    • 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 Dijon to Paris 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 - Northbound
 
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