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2018 : Burgundy & Provence - Northbound (WLJ) - Poetry II
11 Day River Cruise from Cote d'Azur to Paris

Take a wondrous journey through beautiful France along the Rhone and Saone Rivers with guided sightseeing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too!

Begin with an overnight on the captivating French Riviera, also known as the Cote d'Azur. Explore this elegant area and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. On the Rhone 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. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes-the largest gothic fortress in the world. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l'Hermitage are beautifully nestled among vineyards and you'll go on a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Lyon, France's gastronomic capital, sits at the junction of the Rhone and Saone Rivers and is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Visit the popular Place des Terreaux and stand in front of the famous fountain you've seen on postcards.

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! The City of Light has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. A city tour will show you all the must-see sights and you'll have free time to bask in the lavish cafés and perhaps attend a famous cabaret show.

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've used our 89 years to design a cruise experience that's just a bit different. Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships.

  • Panoramic windows throughout the ship
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch & dinner
  • Avalon Choice® cruising experience
  • Included sightseeing with headsets by Certified Local Guides
  • Complimentary Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary bicycles available for time on shore
  • Local FavoritesSM - onboard cultural & artisan experiences
  • Sky Deck shade system & premium lounge chairs
  • Well-stocked library with books, cards, and games
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products & hairdryer
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour, self-serve beverage station
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate & teas
  • Cookies & fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • And, much more

    Highlights & Sightseeing

    Day 1 Cote d'Azur: welcome to France

    Day 2 Cote d'Azur-Transfer to Arles (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)

    Day 3 Arles: guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheater

    Day 4 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes

    Day 5 Cruising-Viviers: guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

    Day 6 Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage-Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Vienne

    Day 7 Lyon: guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill

    Day 8 Cruising-St. Jean de Losne: day at leisure; cheese tasting

    Day 9 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)-Beaune-Dijon-Paris: visit the Hotel-Dieu in Beaune; TGV train from Dijon to Paris:

    Day 10 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing or "Heart of Paris" walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral

    Day 11 Paris: your vacation ends this morning

    Meals

  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or (weather permitting) grill fare at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck
  • Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room
  • Alternative dinner of petite portions or regional specialties with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel

    Notes

  • Departure June 29 is offered as an exclusive Jazz Cruise, including special music features at no additional cost. On our Jazz Cruise, attend the annual Jazz Festival in Vienne, France, and enjoy lively entertainment as local jazz musicians come on board your ship at several ports.
  • Departures July 27 and October 19 are offered as exclusive Wine Appreciation Cruises, including special lectures and tastings at no additional cost. Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished wine authority will teach you the ropes as you visit a wine village and attend tastings to test your newfound talent.
  • 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.
  • In the event that a high-speed train is unavailable due to strikes or technical reasons, the route will be operated by motorcoach.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    Day 1
    Arrive in Cote d'Azur, France

    Welcome to France! Located between the mountains and the deep-blue Mediterranean Sea, the Cote d'Azur is synonymous with prestige and beauty-with its enchanting yachts, glamorous villas, and famous events. Time at leisure lets you get acquainted with this amazing place.

    Day 2
    Cote d'Azur-Arles (Embarkation)

    This morning, enjoy free time to explore or join an optional excursion. In the early afternoon, transfer by motorcoach to Arles in the Provence region, where you'll board your river cruise vessel. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception, then sail toward the mouth of the Rhone for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting). (Breakfast, Dinner)

    Day 3
    Arles

    In Arles, capital of the Provence region, join your Local Guide for a GUIDED CITY TOUR. See the church of St. Trophime, dating from the 12th century, and visit the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER. Still used today, the amphitheater dates to the 1st century, and was constructed to hold over 20,000 spectators. Vincent Van Gogh was inspired by the special light of Provence and spent a very productive year in Arles. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 4
    Avignon

    On your GUIDED TOUR, you may choose to join an included visit of the PALACE OF THE POPES, built in the 14th century as the sovereign popes' residence. With a living space equivalent to four gothic cathedrals, it is the largest gothic fortress in the world. Alternatively, you may opt for only city sightseeing and more free time to explore on your own, or to join an optional outing to Pont du Gard or to the famed wine cellars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 5
    Cruising-Viviers

    A leisurely morning on board to relax and enjoy the passing scenery. After lunch, join your LOCAL GUIDE for a walk around the charming town of Viviers, which developed around its ROMANESQUE CATHEDRAL. The OLD TOWN has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman, and medieval influences. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 6
    Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage-Vienne

    The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l'Hermitage lie nestled among vineyards between the Rhone River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. Enjoy a GUIDED WALK of Tournon, one of France's oldest medieval cities, with its imposing 16th-century castle and Roman ruins. Arriving in Vienne in the late afternoon, a GUIDED WALK shows you the charming little town surrounded by steep hills-one of the oldest towns in the region. Explore the town center to see the Roman Theater, which once held 13,000 spectators, and the Augustus and Livia Temple, built around 20 BC and converted into a church in the Middle Ages. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 7
    Lyon

    Lyon is France's third-largest city and its gastronomic capital. Founded by the Romans in 43 BC, the city's prosperity dates back to the 16th century and is due to commercial, industrial, and banking activities. Roman remains, many excellent museums, and much renaissance architecture delight visitors. You are joined by a LOCAL GUIDE as you survey the city from Fourvière Hill and explore the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its maze of medieval alleyways and Place des Terreaux, a popular area with lively cafés, monuments, and the famous fountain often depicted on postcards. Be sure to sample Beaujolais, the wine of the region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 8
    Cruising-St. Jean de Losne

    A leisurely day today as your final day on board. If you prefer to stay busy, a choice of optional excursions, including a visit to a wine cellar, is available. While cruising to St. Jean de Losne, enjoy an onboard CHEESE TASTING. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 9
    St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)-Beaune-Dijon-Paris

    After breakfast, head by motorcoach to Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Cote d'Or area and Burgundy's wine capital. Although life here centers around wine, Beaune offers much more with its ramparts, medieval houses, cobblestone streets, and historical monuments. Visit the HÔTEL-DIEU charity hospital, built in 1443 and paid for by the chancellor of Burgundy after the Hundred Years' War left many of the town's population destitute. Today, it houses Van der Weyden's painting of The Last Judgment and is one of France's architectural highlights. After lunch, continue to Dijon, where you board the TGV to Paris, the "City of Light." (Breakfast)

    Day 10
    Paris

    Known as one of the world's most romantic and lively cities, Paris delights the senses. Your included CITY SIGHTSEEING shows you magnificent must-see sights, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. Alternatively, you may wish to join a GUIDED WALK through historic Île St. Louis with its narrow one-way streets and Île de la Cité, the center of Paris where the medieval city was founded and home to NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. (Breakfast)

    Day 11
    Paris

    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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    Cruise LineAvalon Waterways
    OfferOffer valid through 12/31/2017
    Duration
    11 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Poetry II
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    Itinerary
    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Cote d'Azur  
    Day 2Arles  
    Day 3Arles  
    Day 4Avignon  
    Day 5Viviers  
    Day 6Vienne  
    Day 7Lyon  
    Day 8ST. JEAN DE LOSNE  
    Day 9Paris  
    Day 10Paris  
    Day 11Paris  
    Dates/Pricing
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    DateDescriptionPrice FromQuote
    April 06, 2018Royal Suite  Quote
    April 06, 2018Cat D, E $2,949.00 (USD)Quote
    April 06, 2018Cat A, B, P $4,098.00 (USD)Quote
    April 20, 2018Cat D, E $4,149.00 (USD)Quote
    April 20, 2018Cat A, B, P $5,298.00 (USD)Quote
    April 20, 2018Royal Suite $6,148.00 (USD)Quote
    May 04, 2018Cat D, E $4,149.00 (USD)Quote
    May 04, 2018Cat A, B, P $5,298.00 (USD)Quote
    May 04, 2018Royal Suite $6,148.00 (USD)Quote
    May 18, 2018Cat D, E $4,249.00 (USD)Quote
    May 18, 2018Cat A, B, P $5,398.00 (USD)Quote
    May 18, 2018Royal Suite $6,248.00 (USD)Quote
    June 01, 2018Cat D, E $4,249.00 (USD)Quote
    June 01, 2018Cat A, B, P $5,398.00 (USD)Quote
    June 01, 2018Royal Suite $6,248.00 (USD)Quote
    June 15, 2018Cat D, E $4,249.00 (USD)Quote
    June 15, 2018Cat A, B, P $5,398.00 (USD)Quote
    June 15, 2018Royal Suite $6,248.00 (USD)Quote
    June 29, 2018Cat D, E $3,949.00 (USD)Quote
    June 29, 2018Cat A, B, P $5,098.00 (USD)Quote
    June 29, 2018Royal Suite $5,948.00 (USD)Quote
    July 13, 2018Cat D, E $3,249.00 (USD)Quote
    July 13, 2018Cat A, B, P $4,398.00 (USD)Quote
    July 13, 2018Royal Suite $5,248.00 (USD)Quote
    July 27, 2018Cat D, E $3,249.00 (USD)Quote
    July 27, 2018Cat A, B, P $4,398.00 (USD)Quote
    July 27, 2018Royal Suite $5,248.00 (USD)Quote
    August 10, 2018Cat D, E $3,299.00 (USD)Quote
    August 10, 2018Cat A, B, P $4,448.00 (USD)Quote
    August 10, 2018Royal Suite $5,298.00 (USD)Quote
    August 24, 2018Cat D, E $3,999.00 (USD)Quote
    August 24, 2018Cat A, B, P $5,148.00 (USD)Quote
    August 24, 2018Royal Suite $5,998.00 (USD)Quote
    September 07, 2018Cat D, E $4,399.00 (USD)Quote
    September 07, 2018Cat A, B, P $5,548.00 (USD)Quote
    September 07, 2018Royal Suite $6,398.00 (USD)Quote
    September 21, 2018Cat D, E $4,399.00 (USD)Quote
    September 21, 2018Cat A, B, P $5,548.00 (USD)Quote
    September 21, 2018Royal Suite $6,398.00 (USD)Quote
    October 05, 2018Cat D, E $3,749.00 (USD)Quote
    October 05, 2018Cat A, B, P $4,898.00 (USD)Quote
    October 05, 2018Royal Suite $5,748.00 (USD)Quote
    October 19, 2018Cat D, E $3,499.00 (USD)Quote
    October 19, 2018Cat A, B, P $4,648.00 (USD)Quote
    October 19, 2018Royal Suite $5,498.00 (USD)Quote
    Disclaimer

    Port charges:
    $168

    Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Cote d'Azur:
    in single room from $290 to $695, in twin room from $165 to $355

    Extra nights per person in Paris:
    in single room from $440 to $790, in twin room from $225 to $410

    Prices shown above include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

    Category / Decks / Price
    D / Indigo / Deck / $199
    B / Sapphire Deck / 1,149
    A / Sapphire Deck / $1,199
    P / Royal Deck / $1,299
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $1,999

    NOTE:

  • Departure June 29 is offered as an exclusive Jazz Cruise, including special music features at no additional cost. On our Jazz Cruise, attend the annual Jazz Festival in Vienne, France, and enjoy lively entertainment as local jazz musicians come on board your ship at several ports.
  • Departures July 27 and October 19 are offered as exclusive Wine Appreciation Cruises, including special lectures and tastings at no additional cost. Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished wine authority will teach you the ropes as you visit a wine village and attend tastings to test your newfound talent.

    Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.

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    Important Notes

  • Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required for Avalon Waterways to reserve space for you. View Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions.
  • The following charges are not included in the land/cruise vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; intra-vacation air, unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees, including the September 11th Security fee up to $11.20 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $4.10 per segment, and U.S. and international arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship's crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Avalon menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.
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