Burgundy & Provence - Cruise Only Northbound

Day 1 - Arles, France (Embarkation). This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel docked in Arles. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception, then sail toward the mouth of the Rhone, with a unique opportunity to experience the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting). (D)
Day 2 - 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 3 - 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 4 - 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 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 - 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 8 - Chalon-sur-Saone (Disembarkation). Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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  Tour Name   Burgundy & Provence - Cruise Only Northbound
  Tour Code  
WLC0
  Tour Duration    8 Days
  Start City:   Arles
  Price From   USD $2,849.00   See in Cart
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Pricing (Per Person)

    Port charges:
    $147

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights not available.

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

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

    Affinity
    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 22 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 28 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 Arles (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)

    Day 2 Arles:
    guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheater
    Day 3 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes
    Day 4 Cruising - Viviers: guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral
    Day 5 Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage - Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Vienne
    Day 6 Lyon: guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourviere Hill
    Day 7 Cruising-Chalon-sur-Saone: day at leisure; cheese tasting
    Day 8 Chalon-sur-Saone (Disembarkation): 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 22 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 28 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.
    • 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 Northbound
 
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