2023 Season

Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights in Paris, 2 Nights in Aix-en-Provence & 2 Nights in Nice for Wine Lovers (Southbound)


cruise: WJL1-T1
14 Day River Cruise Paris to Nice
Opportunities abound on this French river cruise vacation to experience the best of France. A Master of Wine will accompany you on your French river cruise with presentations, tastings, and wine pairings along the way.

Your adventure begins with two overnights and guided sightseeing in Paris, before boarding a high-speed train to Dijon. You’ll transfer to fascinating Beaune for a visit of Hôtel-Dieu. Next, board your Avalon Suite Ship® in quaint St. Jean de Losne and cruise to Mâcon for an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar. Sail to lovely Seurre and France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon. Take a culinary walk and enjoy a tour to Beaujolais in the famous wine region. Enjoy a guided walk in Tournon with a wine-and-chocolate tasting or a walk in the vineyards. Visit charming Viviers, and Avignon, where you can take a guided tour to Châteauneuf du Pape. Continue to Arles, then sail into the peaceful Camargue area to Port-Saint-Louis.

Disembark your cruise ship in Port-Saint-Louis and transfer to Aix en Provence to begin your Monograms® vacation. With two overnights, enjoy guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide, and visit the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour, known for its mix of architectural styles. Spend free time or take a tour following in the footsteps of Cézanne in the artist’s hometown. Travel to Nice for two nights along the French Riviera. Here, you’ll walk through the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais, Nice’s most famous boulevard. In your free time, perhaps take an excursion to Monaco or Cannes—known for its famous film festival. In both cities, we provide the services of Monograms Local Hosts®—a “friend in the city” to answer questions, share inside information, and help arrange your activities and excursions.

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Day 1 Paris: Welcome to France

Day 2 Paris: Guided sightseeing

Day 3 Dijon-Beaune-St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation): High-speed train to Dijon; motor coach transfer to Beaune and visit to the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Mâcon: Leisurely cruising; onboard lecture about wine; Chardonnay excursion

Day 5 Lyon: Onboard cheese and wine tasting; choice of guided sightseeing with picture stop on Fourvière Hill or bike with your Adventure Host; onboard lecture

Day 6 Lyon: Culinary tour; guided tour to Beaujolais; onboard food and wine pairing dinner

Day 7 Tournon-Viviers: 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 cathedral

Day 8 Avignon: Guided sightseeing, visit to the Palace of the Popes; guided tour to Châteauneuf du Pape

Day 9 Arles: Choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop

Day 10 Port-Saint-Louis (Disembarkation)-Aix-en-Provence: Transfer to Aix-en-Provence; guided walking tour, visit Cathedral of the Holy Saviour

Day 11 Aix-en-Provence: Day at leisure

Day 12 Aix-en-Provence-Nice: Travel to Nice; guided walking tour with Promenade des Anglais and the Old Town

Day 13 Nice: Day at leisure

Day 14 Nice: Your vacation ends this morning
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.