Avalon Waterways Burgundy and Provence Jazz Cruise 2012
Honeymoon; Wine; Romantic; France; Music; Jazz; Avignon; River cruise; River cuise; Special event; Lyon; Provence; Burgundy; Cruise Tour; cotes d'azur; Culinary; avalon waterways; Avalon Scenery; Macon;
Opportunities abound on this grand vacation to learn about France and to taste its sumptuous wines and cuisine. Your adventure begins with an overnight on the stunning Côte d’Azur, then travel to Arles in the Provence region to board your ship and sail north up the scenic Rhône and Saône ...Read Full Description
- Arles, France; Avignon, France; France; Lyon, France; Macon, France; Paris, France; Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
- Trip Length:
- 11 days
- Price Range:
- From $3779 to $5078 (Special group pricing may be available. Other discounts may apply - ask today!) per person See what this includes and what this excludes
- Best Time to Go:
Jun 24, 2012 to Jul 05, 2012
- Recommended for:
Adults (25 - 29)
Adults (30 - 39)
Adults (40 - 64)
Anniversary, Birthday Celebration, Summer Vacation
Detailed Trip Description
Opportunities abound on this grand vacation to learn about France and to taste its sumptuous wines and cuisine. Your adventure begins with an overnight on the stunning Côte d’Azur, then travel to Arles in the Provence region to board your ship and sail north up the scenic Rhône and Saône Rivers. Along the way, explore Avignon, charming Viviers, medieval Tournon, Vienne, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as Mâcon, Tournus, Chalon-sur-Saône, and fascinating Beaune. Your vacation ends in Paris with two overnights, guided sightseeing, and free time to explore the remarkable “City of Light” on your own! The June 26th departure is an exclusive Jazz cruise with special music features at no additional cost! The cruise is aboard the Avalon Scenery. The Avalon Scenery is the ship to choose when cruising in France. France is known for its gastronomy, and the Avalon Scenery answers the call for remarkable cuisine with the finest chef-inspired recipes, 5-star service, and complimentary regional wines. Accommodating only 138 passengers in an elegant, contemporary design, the Avalon Scenery also offers deluxe staterooms and suites - most with floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors and French balconies - with all the comforts you'd want and expect on a vacation to France. A host of popular onboard amenities further enhances the cruise experience, including three lounges and a bar, an Internet corner, Sky Deck with deck chairs and whirlpool, elevator, hair salon, and fitness center.
Day 1 - Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
Côte d’Azur, France
Welcome to France! Time at leisure to get acquainted with your new surroundings.
Overnight at the Fairmont Monte Carlo in Monte Carlo
Day 2 - Arles
Côte d’Azur–Arles (Embarkation)
River or Barge Cruise
This morning, enjoy free time before transferring 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3 - Arles
Historical and Educational Tours
On the northern tip of the Camargue, Arles is the capital of the Provence and was once known as the “Little Rome of Gaul.” See the church of St. Trophime; “Les Alyscamps,” the remains of the Gallo-Roman burial road; and visit the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER. Vincent Van Gogh was inspired by the special light of the Provence and spent a very productive year in Arles. The “Foundation Vincent Van Gogh” is a tribute to the artist. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 - Avignon
Historical and Educational Tours
The fortified city of Avignon is the capital of the Vaucluse region, the most picturesque part of Provence. Also referred to as the “City of Popes,” it was the center of the Catholic Church in the 14th century and the city landscape is dominated by the grandiose PALACE OF THE POPES. A photo of the bridge of the popular song is a must, and optional outings to Pont du Gard or to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape are available this afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 - Avignon
Cruising - Viviers
River or Barge Cruise
A leisurely morning on board to relax and enjoy the passing scenery as you glide gently by. The charming town of Viviers was developed around its ROMANESQUE CATHEDRAL, and the OLD TOWN has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman, and medieval influences. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 - France
The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage lie nestled among vineyards between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. Tournon, with its imposing 16th-century castle and Roman ruins, is one of France’s oldest medieval cities. This afternoon, enjoy Vienne, another charming little town surrounded by steep hills. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 - Lyon
Lyon is France’s second-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 the visitor. Survey the city from Fourviére Hill and explore the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its maze of medieval alleyways, Place des Terreaux, and the beautiful Place Bellecour. Beaujolais is the wine of the region and wine connoisseurs will know that the grapes must be hand picked. Tradition dictates that the “Beaujolais Nouveau” is tasted for the first time on the third Thursday of November each year. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 - Macon
Wake up this morning in Mâcon on the Saône River, a city that plays an important role in the wine trade. There’s free time for exploring after breakfast, then enjoy a short cruise to Tournus. Here, the cloister of St. Philibert or the Burgundy Museum’s folklore collection, located in an old family mansion, are worth a visit. A choice of optional excursions, including a visit to a wine cellar, is available. Before dinner, arrive in Chalon-sur-Saône. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 - Paris
Arts, Crafts and Antiques
After breakfast, head for Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Côte d’Or area which produces the Burgundy region’s finest vintages. Its most famous historical site, the Hôtel-Dieu charity hospital, houses Van der Weyden’s painting of the Last Judgement and is one of France’s architectural highlights. After lunch, continue north past the forest of Fontainebleau to Paris, the “City of Light.” (Breakfast)
Day 10 - Paris
Paris’ famous sights are living history: your included city sightseeing shows you magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, Champs Elysées, and the Eiffel Tower, a structural miracle of its age. The city is well known for its colorful nightlife that includes some of the world’s most famous cabaret shows. (Breakfast)
Overnight at the Le Meridien Montparnasse
Day 11 - Paris
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Extend your stay in Paris, travel to a different part of Europe (London is just 2 hours away by train!), or fly home!
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