Burgundy & Provence With 2 Nights In Paris & 1 Night In Marseille For Wine Lovers (Southbound)
Begin your vacation in France with two nights in Paris before your cruise. Enjoy guided sightseeing in the “City of Light,” to see iconic landmarks, with free time to explore on your own. Travel via high-speed train to Dijon, and transfer to board your Avalon Suite Ship® on the Saône in St. Jean de Losne. A Master of Wine will accompany you on your French river cruise with presentations, tastings, and wine pairings along the way. Cruise to Mcon for an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar. Visit Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital and a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Take a culinary walk and enjoy free time to explore the city and sample Beaujolais, the famous wine of the region. Beautifully nestled among vineyards is Tournon, a medieval treasure of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Enjoy a wine-and-chocolate tasting or a walk in the vineyards. Continue your river cruise on the Rhône River to Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes-the largest Gothic fortress in the world-and take a guided tour to Chteauneuf du Pape. Sail to Arles-an inspiration for Van Gogh and home of a 1st-century Roman Amphitheatre, which hosts plays and concerts to this day. May we suggest a glass of wine in the Van Gogh café? Continue your Avalon YourWay vacation in the south of France with an overnight stay in Marseilles. You’ll enjoy guided sightseeing and complimentary transfer from ship to hotel. A perfect ending to a French vacation-from the “City of Light” to the vineyards of Burgundy and Provence!
Day 1 Paris: welcome to FranceDay 2 Paris: guided sightseeingDay 3 Dijon–Beaune–St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation): high-speed train to Dijon; motorcoach transfer to Beaune and visit to the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome receptionDay 4 Mcon: leisurely cruising; onboard lecture about wine; Chardonnay excursionDay 5 Lyon: on board cheese and wine tasting; guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill; onboard lecture Day 6 Lyon: culinary tour; guided tour to Beaujolais; on board food and wine pairing dinnerDay 7 Tournon–Viviers: choice of guided walk in Tournon with wine and chocolate tasting or hike in the vineyards (weather permitting); guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedralDay 8 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit to the Palace of the Popes; guided tour to Chteauneuf du PapeDay 9 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater, or painting workshopDay 10 Port St. Louis (Disembarkation)-Marseille: travel by motor coach to Marseille; guided tourDay 11 Marseille: your vacation ends this morning
Dijon – Beaune – St. Jean De Losne (Embarkation)
Port St. Louis (Disembarkation) – Marseille