Wine Appreciation Burgundy &Provence River Cruise-14 days ,includes 2 nights in Paris, 2 nights in Nice,and 2 nights in Aix -en Provence plus 7 night River Cruise

    Whether you are a weekend sipper, or a wannabe sommelier why not take a cruise where winding rivers and world class wines flow?

    On an Avalon wine appreciation cruise , vino lovers of the world unite with the world’s most renowned winemakers and wine masters

    Sniff, swirl and sip your way past the rolling vineyards of Europe as a certified Master of Wine -the most respected title in the wine industry-gives new meaning to the phrase “wine and dine”. On board you’ll learn the perfect pairings for every delicacy from cheeses to chocolate. While on land you’ll walk along the hallowed halls of the ancient cellars of wine masters makers and merchants. We will introduce you to the history rich hillsides and the even richer reds, whites and roses they produce.

    Included in this BURGUNDY AND PROVENCE Wine Appreciation Cruise are two nights in Paris, two nights in Aix-en -Provence and two nights in Nice AND A 7 NIGHT CRUISE THROUGH BURGUNDY AND PROVENCE.

    Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights Aix-en-Provence & 2 Nights Nice for Wine Lovers

    Rates start at $5567.00 per person and represent a discount of $1800.00 per couple (airfare not included)

    14 Day River Cruise Paris to Nice -NOVEMBER 03-16 NOVEMBER 2019

    Vacation Overview

    Take a wondrous river cruise through beautiful France along the guided sightseeing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too! This French vacation on the Rhône and Saône Rivers begins with two nights in Paris. In the “City of Lights”—home to Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum—you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city’s must-see sights.

    Taste Burgundy wines on board your ship, and take an excursion to the Chardonnay wine area. You’ll visit Lyon—France’s gastronomic capital at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Visit the picture-postcard fountain of Place des Terreaux, or visit the Beaujolais region for wine tasting. You’ll explore the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle, followed by a wine and chocolate tasting. Sail to Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes, and visit the Châteauneuf du Pape wine region for wine tasting. On the Rhône River sits Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, 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. Finally, we’ll whisk you via high-speed train to Nice for your final two nights in France. 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, St. Tropez, or Cannes—known for its famous film festival. In both cities, we provide the services of Local Hosts®—a “friend in the city” to answer questions, share inside information, and help arrange your activities and excursions.

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    Bienvenue en France!

    Take free time today to fall in love with the world’s most romantic city. Get inspired by its architectural icons, exquisite cuisine, chic boutiques, and priceless artistic treasures.

    Day 2PARIS

    Cafés, Cathedrals, and Canvases—The City of Lights Truly Shines

    CLASSIC Join a Guided City Tour that shows the iconic sites of Paris, such as the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Opéra Garnier, and the famous Champs-Élysées.

    Spend your free time strolling through the Champs-Élysées for café au lait and croissants, see the exhibits at the Louvre, visit Montmartre’s Basilica of the Sacré Cœur.

    Consider browsing Paris’ classic shopping avenues and literary cafés for a true Parisian experience, or have your portrait sketched by a Parisian artist in the square at Place du Tertre.

    Breakfast Breakfast


    Take a High-Speed Train from Paris to Dijon, to drive on to Beaune.

    CLASSIC Visit the Hôtel-Dieu Charity Hospital in Beaune, built in 1443, today home of the Van der Weyden’s painting of the Last Judgment and is one of France’s architectural highlights, OR:

    DISCOVERY Visit one of the biggest cellar in Burgundy, one of France’s main wine producing areas.

    This afternoon, travel to St. Jean de Losne to board your Suite Ship® with a brief evening cruise to Seurre.


    Breakfast Breakfast


    Day 4MÂCON

    Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône

    Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Mâcon along the majestic Saône River.

    DISCOVERY Onboard lecture hosted by your Master of Wine.

    DISCOVERY Take an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar.

    Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Castle of Cormatin.

    Enjoy live entertainment while sailing for Trévoux this evening.


    Breakfast Breakfast



    Day 5LYON

    Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France

    Sail for lovely Lyon this morning.

    DISCOVERY Enjoy a delicious Wine and Cheese tasting hosted by your Master of Wine on board your ship.

    CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon from Fourvière Hill with its numerous churches. You’ll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafés, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux.

    Spend free time riding a bike through Lyon’s town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet.

    Later on board your ship, be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance Lecture, and enjoy live entertainment after dinner.


    Breakfast Breakfast



    Day 6LYON

    French Food and Wine—La Vie En Rose in Lyon

    DISCOVERY Take an excursion to the lovely Beaujolais area and learn more about its light and pleasant wine.

    Enjoy a free day in Lyon, or choose a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through the city to discover why it is known as the gastronomic capital of France! An optional wine blending workshop is also available.

    Your day is free to explore, relax, or shop in France’s third largest city. Take a bike from the ship and explore local produce markets and parks, or take a leisurely tour of the city’s more than 100 murals.

    DISCOVERY Onboard food and wine pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine.


    Breakfast Breakfast




    A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards

    DISCOVERY Take a morning Guided Walking Tour to explore Tournon—one of France’s oldest medieval cities. See its 16th-century castle, and Roman ruins between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting paired with chocolate at the Cité du Chocolat at Valrhona, OR:

    ACTIVE Hike in the vineyards and take in the breathtaking views from the hills (weather permitting).


    World History in a Charming French Country Village

    CLASSIC Explore the pale-stone buildings of Viviers on a late afternoon Guided Walking Tour of this charming village. You’ll see its Romanesque cathedral and Old Town with a mix of historical Christian, Roman, and medieval influences.


    Breakfast Breakfast



    Day 8AVIGNON

    The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the fortress city of Avignon—with its ramparts encircling the city—and a visit to the amazing Palace of the Popes, OR:

    DISCOVERY Enjoy a trip to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhône wine region.

    Alternatively take a guided Optional Excursions to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard or explore Avignon on your own for the city’s art and culture, theatre, and museums. Be sure to snap photos of the captivating countryside, historic monuments, and the medieval Pont Saint-Bénézet.

    Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.


    Breakfast Breakfast



    Day 9ARLES

    Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights

    CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Arles—the captivating city of the Provence region. You’ll visit the Roman Amphitheater in this visually stunning city that inspired the works of Vincent van Gogh.

    Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) to immerse yourself in a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d’Enfer.

    Take advantage of any free time remaining with a stop in Le Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine, to relax and watch the world go by.


    Breakfast Breakfast




    Leave your Avalon vacation one day early upon disembarkation in Arles, and take the included transfer to Aix-en-Provence to join your Monograms package. Your guided walking tour includes a visit to the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour, known for its interesting combination of architectural styles and The Burning Bush triptych art masterpiece by Nicolas Froment.

    Breakfast Breakfast


    Enjoy a full day at leisure in Cézanne’s hometown. Your Local Host will help you get the most out of your stay.

    Breakfast Breakfast


    Travel by high-speed TGV train (first class) to Nice. Your guided sightseeing features the Promende des Anglais, originally built in the second half of the 18th century and the most famous boulevard in Nice and a walk through the charming Old Town.

    Breakfast Breakfast

    Day 13NICE

    Your Local Host has recommendations for your full day at leisure on the beautiful Côte d’Azur.

    Breakfast Breakfast

    Day 14NICE

    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    Breakfast Breakfast

    Vacation Highlights

    Day 1 Paris: welcome to France

    Day 2 Paris: guided sightseeing

    Day 3 Paris–Dijon–Beaune–St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation)–Seurre: TGV train from Paris to Dijon. Motorcoach transfer to Beaune, visit the Hôtel-Dieu or join a wine tasting in a local cellar; onboard welcome reception

    Day 4 Seurre–Mâcon: leisurely cruising; onboard lecture about wine; free time in Mâcon or Chardonnay excursion

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

    Day 6 Lyon: a free day to explore this fascinating city at leisure, or excursion to Beaujolais; onboard food & wine pairing dinner

    Day 7 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Viviers: guided walk in Tournon with wine and chocolate tasting, or hike in the vineyeards (weather permitting); guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

    Day 8 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes and excursion to Châteauneuf du Pape

    Day 9 Arles: guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre; cruise into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)

    Day 10 Arles (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 by high-speed TGV train (first class); 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

    • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
    • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
    • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.





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    “Starting at” or “From” price includes port charges and intra-vacation flights (if applicable). Price shown is per person in twin occupancy and does not include international airfare.

    Or Choose an 11 day itinerary including 2 nights in Paris,two nights in Nice and a 7 night cruise

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    Rates start at $4309.00 per person and represent a discount of $1800.00 per couple.