Burgundy & Provence With 1 Night In Marseille & 2 Nights In Paris For Wine Lovers (Northbound)
Take a delightful river cruise through France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in known French treasures and some hidden gems too! Take in the beautiful countryside, quaint villages, and towns, as you sail through the most captivating views of France. A Master of Wine will accompany you on your French river cruise with presentations, tastings, and wine pairings along the way.Begin your vacation in the south of France with an overnight stay in lovely Marseilles. Enjoy sightseeing and transfer to your Avalon Suite Ship® in Port Saint Louis. Cruise to Arles, the lovely French town that inspired Van Gogh, and continue on the Rhône River to Avignon. See the 14th-century Palace of the Popes-the largest Gothic fortress in the world-and take a guided tour to Chteauneuf du Pape. Beautifully nestled among vineyards is Tournon, a medieval treasure of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Enjoy a wine-and-chocolate tasting or a walk in the vineyards. Take a culinary walk and enjoy free time to explore the city and sample Beaujolais, the famous wine of the region. Enjoy an on-board cheese-and-wine tasting, and visit Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital. Cruise to Mcon for an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar. Your French river cruise concludes in St. Jean de Losne, followed by a transfer to Beaune and high-speed train to Paris. Spend two nights in the “City of Light,” including guided sightseeing and superior accommodations.
Day 1 Marseille: welcome to FranceDay 2 Marseille–Port St. Louis (Embarkation): guided tour; transfer to the ship; onboard welcome receptionDay 3 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop; onboard lecture about wineDay 4 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes; guided tour to Chteauneuf du PapeDay 5 Viviers: guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral; onboard food and wine pairing dinnerDay 6 Tournon–Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; onboard chocolate and wine tasting; guided walk in VienneDay 7 Lyon: guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill; guided tour to BeaujolaisDay 8 St. Jean de Losne: Chardonnay excursion; onboard cheese and wine tasting Day 9 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)–Beaune–Dijon–Paris: visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; high-speed train from Dijon to ParisDay 10 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing or “Heart of Paris” walking tour to see Paris’ historic sightsDay 11 Paris: your vacation ends this morning
Marseille – Port St. Louis (Embarkation)
Tournus – St. Jean De Losne
St. Jean De Losne (Disembarkation) – Beaune – Dijon – Paris