2023 Season

Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights in Nice & 2 Nights in Paris for Wine Lovers (Northbound)


cruise: WLJY-T2 12 Day River Cruise Nice to Paris
Begin with two overnights in captivating Nice on the French Riviera, and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. Take a wondrous European river cruise through beautiful views of France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too! A Master of Wine will accompany you on your river cruise in France with presentations, tastings, and wine pairings along the way. Embark your ship in Port St. Louis, France, and sail to Arles—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and site of a 1st-century Roman Amphitheater. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest Gothic fortress in the world—and take a guided tour to Châteauneuf du Pape. Take a guided walk through a medieval treasure of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle in the city of Tournon, beautifully nestled among vineyards. Visit Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital and a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Visit the popular Place des Terreaux and stand in front of the famous fountain seen on postcards. Take then a guided tour to Beaujolais and the following day to Chardonnay, where you will have the opportunity to taste local wines.

Cruise to Mâcon for an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar. This French river cruise vacation would not be complete without a stay in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! Discover its true heart on a guided walk through the sites of Paris’ rich history, or take a tour to see the iconic landmarks of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more.
cruise

at-a-glance


Day 1 Nice: Welcome to France

Day 2 Nice: Guided tour

Day 3 Nice-Port St. Louis (Embarkation): Transfer to the ship; onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Arles: Choice of guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop, or walk with your Adventure Host; onboard lecture about wine

Day 5 Avignon: Guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes; guided tour to Châteauneuf du Pape

Day 6 Viviers: Guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral or walk with your Adventure Host; onboard food and wine pairing dinner

Day 7 Tournon-Vienne: Choice of guided walk in Tournon or bike with your Adventure Host; onboard chocolate and wine tasting; choice of guided walk in Vienne or hike with your Adventure Host

Day 8 Lyon: Guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill; guided tour to Beaujolais

Day 9 Tournus–St. Jean de Losne: Chardonnay excursion; onboard cheese and wine tasting

Day 10 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)-Beaune-Dijon-Paris: Visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; high-speed train from Dijon to Paris

Day 11 Paris: Choice of guided sightseeing or “Heart of Paris” walking tour to see Paris’ historic sights

Day 12 Paris: Your vacation ends this morning
highlights

cities and locations


Avalon Choice

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. Plus, we offer independent exploration options and the use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP on most of our cruises. 

Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience.

notes


  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
The “Starting at” or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per person based on twin occupancy and any applicable port charges, non-commissionable taxes and fees, gratuities  and intra-vacation flight are included in the price shown.   International airfare, however, is not included. If price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s). Please review current promotions or deals for additional information.