Burgundy & Provence With 2 Nights In Paris & 1 Night In Marseille For Wine Lovers (Southbound)

07/17/2019 through 10/22/2020
07/17/2019 through 11/04/2020
Avalon Waterways

Take a wondrous river cruise through beautiful France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too! This France river cruise adventure begins in style with two overnights in Paris-one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities. A guided city tour will show you all the must-see sights. Board your Suite Ship and join a lovely excursion to the Chardonnay wine area. Then reach Lyon, a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture, as well as France’s gastronomic capital!

Situated at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers, Lyon offers wonderful sights, including the popular Place des Terreaux with its famous fountain seen on postcards. Do not miss a guided tour to Beaujolais, for a tasting of its famous wines. Beautifully nestled among vineyards, you’ll find the city of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle, where you’ll go on a guided walk, which will also include a wine and chocolate tasting. Alternatively, you can join a guided hike in the vineyards. Continue your river cruise to historical Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes-the largest gothic fortress in the world. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Chteauneuf du Pape region and taste some of its wines. On the Rhône River sits Arles, France-famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheatre, which hosts plays and concerts to this day. A Master of Wine will travel with you on this cruise and will hold lectures, tastings and introduce you to food and wine pairing.

Enjoy your last night in France in the captivating Marseille. Relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea-a perfect ending to this once-in-a-lifetime European river cruise!

Included Features:

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, visit the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Mcon: leisurely cruising; onboard lecture about wine; Chardonnay excursion

Day 5 Lyon: on board cheese and wine tasting; guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill; lecture on board

Day 6 Lyon: culinary tour; guided tour to Beaujolais; on board food & 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 Palace of the Popes; guided tour to Chteauneuf du Pape

Day 9 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater, or painting workshop

Day 10 Port St. Louis (Disembarkation)-Marseille: travel by motorcoach to Marseille; guided tour

Day 11 Marseille: your vacation ends this morning

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Day 1 Paris, France
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Day 2 Paris
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Day 3 Dijon-beaune-st. Jean De Losne (Embarkation)
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Day 4 McOn
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Day 5 Lyon
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Day 6 Lyon
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Day 7 Tournon
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Day 8 Avignon
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Day 9 Arles
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Day 10 Port St. Louis (Disembarkation)-marseille
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Day 11 Marseille
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