Burgundy & Provence With 2 Nights In Paris For Wine Lovers (Northbound)

01/23/2020 through 10/23/2021
01/23/2020 through 11/04/2021
Avalon Waterways

Take a wondrous journey through beautiful views of France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too! Embark your ship in Port St. Louis, France, and sail to Arles-famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheatre, which hosts plays and concerts to this day. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes-the largest gothic fortress in the world and, later on, join an excursion to the wine region of Chteauneuf du Pape. The city of Tournon is beautifully nestled among vineyards and you’ll go on a guided walk of this medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers and is a show-case of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Visit the popular Place des Terreaux and stand in front of the famous fountain you’ve seen on postcards. Take then a guided tour to Beaujolais and the following day to Chardonnay, where you will have the opportunity to taste local wines. A Master of Wine will travel with you on this cruise and will hold lectures, tastings and will introduce you to the concept of food and wine pairing.

This river cruise vacation across France would not be complete without a stay in Paris-one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! Discover its true heart on a guided walk through the sites of Paris’ rich history, or take a tour showing you the iconic sites of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more.

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Day 1 Port St. Louis (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop; onboard wine lecture

Day 3 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes; guided tour to Chteauneuf du Pape

Day 4 Viviers: guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral; onboard food & wine pairing dinner

Day 5 Tournon-Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; onboard chocolate and wine tasting; guided walk in Vienne

Day 6 Lyon: guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill; guided tour to Beaujolais

Day 7 St. Jean de Losne: Chardonnay excursion; cheese and wine tasting onboard

Day 8 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)-Beaune-Dijon-Paris: visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; high-speed train from Dijon to Paris

Day 9 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing or “Heart of Paris” walking tour to see Paris’ historic sights

Day 10 Paris: your vacation ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Port St. Louis, France (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Arles
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Day 3 Avignon
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Day 4 Viviers
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Day 5 Tournon
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Day 6 Lyon
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Day 7 Tournus-st. Jean De Losne
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Day 8 St. Jean De Losne (Disembarkation) Beaune-dijon-paris
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Day 9 Paris
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Day 10 Paris
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