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
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.
Day 1PARIS, FRANCE
Bienvenue en France!
Cafés, Cathedrals, and Canvases—The City of Lights Truly Shines
Day 3DIJON—BEAUNE—ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (EMBARKATION)—SEURRE
Take a High-Speed Train from Paris to Dijon, to drive on to Beaune.
Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône
Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France
French Food and Wine—La Vie En Rose in Lyon
Day 7TOURNON/TAIN L’HERMITAGE
A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards
The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence
Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights
Day 10ARLES (DISEMBARKATION)—AIX-EN-PROVENCE
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.
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Cézanne’s hometown. Your Local Host will help you get the most out of your stay.
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.
Your Local Host has recommendations for your full day at leisure on the beautiful Côte d’Azur.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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.
“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
NOVEMBER 03-NOVEMBER 13, 2019 -11 DAYS
Rates start at $4309.00 per person and represent a discount of $1800.00 per couple.
PLEASE NOTE; PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE UNTIL BOOKING IS MADE AND DEPOSITED