2021 Season

Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights in Paris, 2 Nights in Nice & 3 Nights in Barcelona for Wine Lovers (Southbound)


cruise: WJL2-T2 15 Day River Cruise Paris to Barcelona
Take a wondrous river cruise through France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers and complete your European vacation with a bonus Monograms vacation package in beautiful Nice and Barcelona. Spend two magical nights in Paris before your cruise to explore the City of Light. Sightseeing includes famous landmarks of Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum. A Master of Wine will accompany you on your French river cruise with presentations, tastings, and wine pairings along the way.

Board a high-speed train in Paris bound for Dijon. Transfer to Beaune to visit the historic Hôtel-Dieu before boarding your Avalon Suite Ship® in St Jean de Losne. Cruise to Mâcon for an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar. Continue to Lyon, a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Beautifully nestled among vineyards, you’ll find the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage. Enjoy a guided walk of Tournon with a wine and chocolate tasting or take a scenic hike in the vineyards. Continue your river cruise to historical Avignon for a wine-lovers’ excursion to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. On the Rhône River sits Arles—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheatre.

Disembark your river cruise ship in Port-Saint-Louis and transfer to Nice to begin your Monograms® vacation Enjoy two more nights in France, including a guided 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. Fly from Nice to Barcelona, where you’ll enjoy guided sightseeing, including Passeig de Gràcia, La Pedrera, Casa Batlló, an inside visit of Sagrada Familia Basilica. Explore on your own with free time during your vacation in Spain. At your service is an expert Monograms Local Host® who is available to you throughout your stay in Nice and Barcelona. A French river cruise with stunning landscapes and delicious French wine, with the added spice of a vacation in Spain, is a recipe for the perfect European vacation.
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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: 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 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)-Nice: Transfer from your ship to Nice; guided walking tour with Promenade des Anglais and the Old Town

Day 11 Nice: Day at leisure

Day 12 Nice-Barcelona, Spain: Transfer to Nice airport for your flight to Barcelona

Day 13 Barcelona: Guided sightseeing, visit Sagrada Familia Basilica

Day 14 Barcelona: Day at leisure

Day 15 Barcelona: Your vacation ends this morning
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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.

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  • 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.