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Avalon Waterways Reviews – 11 Day River Cruise from Paris to Cote d’Azur

Avalon Waterways Reviews – 11 Day River Cruise from Paris to Cote d’Azur. Burgundy & Provence – Cruise Only Southbound.
11 Day River Cruise from Paris to Cote d'Azur

River Cruise Description
This fascinating vacation cruise provides many opportunities and sights that will educate and excite you about the historic France and the French culture. Your adventure begins with two overnights and guided sightseeing in Paris, the “City of Light.” Ride the TGV train to Dijon, then continue on by motor coach to fascinating Beaune for a Burgundy wine tasting or visit of Hôtel-Dieu. Next, board your ship in quaint Chalon-sur-Saône and set sail for beautiful Tournus, France’s culinary capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles. Before disembarking your ship in Arles, sail into the tranquil Camargue area (daylight permitting). Your vacation ends with an overnight on the elegant French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur. This cruise vacation has it all – historic sites, delightful towns, and more!

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Paris, France
Welcome to Paris, France’s capital on the River Seine and the “City of Light,” where romance fills the air!

Day 2 Paris
Paris is a delight for all your senses! Known as one of the world’s most passionate and bustling cities, your included CITY SIGHTSEEING shows you all the magnificent must-see sights. At the top of the list are such places as 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. Your free time is like a welcome bonus, giving you an opportunity to stroll down the Champs-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre museum or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. The excitement doesn’t stop there. Paris is also well known for its colorful nightlife, which includes some of the worlds most famous cabaret shows. All of this awaits your discovery! (Breakfast)Avalon-cruise-river-travel-europe-cruises-love-paris

Day 3 Paris–Dijon–Beaune–Chalon-sur-Saône (Embarkation)–Tournus
This morning, board the TGV train to Dijon and from there, drive to Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Côte d’Or area. Beaune owes its wealth to the production, aging, and selling of fine wines. Although wines get the lion’s share of the attention, there is much more to Beaune. You may choose to join the included GUIDED EXCURSION to 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 must-sees. If you’re looking for something else to do, enjoy a TASTING of Burgundy wines before continuing south to Chalon-sur-Saône, where you’ll board your river cruise ship. Meet your crew at a casual welcome reception before dinner, as your ship departs for Tournus. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4 Tournus
After an enjoyable breakfast, a LOCAL GUIDE will show you the historical sigthts of the fascinating town of Tournus, tucked away in the southeast corner of Burgundy. Tournus is one of the oldest and most important monastic centers in the region, with a superb abbey, St. Philibert, part of which dates back to the 10th century. Take advantage of your free time to walk the quaint streets and explore the arts and crafts shops near the abbey. After a delightful lunch, a choice of optional excursions, including a visit to a wine cellar, is available. Before dinner, enjoy an onboard CHEESE TASTING of the best France has to offer. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Lyon
Enjoy some relaxing time on board before arriving in Lyon, France’s third-largest city and its culinary capital. Founded by the Romans in 43 BC, the city’s prosperity dates back to the 16th century. It was extremely successful in commercial, industrial, and banking activities. You can also tour the Roman remains, many excellent museums, and extravagant renaissance architecture that have delighted visitors for centuries. You will be joined by a LOCAL GUIDE to lead you as you survey the city from Fourvière Hill and explore Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its maze of medieval alleyways. You can visit Place des Terreaux, a popular area with bustling cafés, monuments, and the famous fountain often depicted on postcards. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)avalon-cruise-river-travel-europe-cruises-love-Lyon

Day 6 Lyon
Make the most of a free day at your leisure as you explore this fascinating city. Early risers might like to visit the local fresh produce market. Perhaps stroll through one of Lyon’s parks, discover some of the murals (there are more than 100), or select one of the many optional excursions available to you. Be sure to taste the culinary delights and sample Beaujolais, the wine of the region; wine connoisseurs know that the grapes must be hand picked. If you can’t make up your mind, your Cruise Director can provide insight as to some of the best things to see and do. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Viviers
The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage lie nestled among grape vineyards between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. A LOCAL GUIDE will show you Tournon, one of France’s oldest medieval cities, with its imposing 16th-century castle and Roman ruins. Arriving in Viviers in the late afternoon; a GUIDED WALK shows you this quaint little town developed around its ROMANESQUE CATHEDRAL. The OLD TOWN offers visitors an appealing mix of Christian, Roman, and medieval influences. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

avalon-river-cruises-Cote-paris1Day 8 Avignon
The most picturesque part of Provence is the fortified city of Avignon, the capital of the Vaucluse region. It’s a marvelous place to visit, with its intact ramparts encircling the entire city, cobblestone streets and squares, and private mansions built in the 18th and 19th centuries. Known as the “City of Popes,” it was the center of the Catholic Church in the 14th century. During 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. Don’t miss taking a photo of the famous Pont Saint Bénezet (Saint Bénezet Bridge), of the popular song Sur le Pont d’Avignon. Optional outings to Pont du Gard or to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape are also available. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Arles
In Arles, located on the northern tip of the Camargue and the capital of the Provence region, your LOCAL GUIDE will show you outstanding sights of the city and you’ll visit the historic and dramatic ROMAN AMPHITHEATER. Still used today, it dates to the 1st century and was constructed to hold more than 20,000 spectators. This evening, you will sail toward the mouth of the Rhône for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting). (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Arles (Disembarkation)–Côte d’Azur

After breakfast, a comfortable motor coach ride takes you to the Côte d’Azur for a last night in France. Also known as the fascinating French Riviera, the Côte d’Azur stretches along France’s beautiful Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the Italian border, and is synonymous with prestige and beauty. (Breakfast)

Day 11 Côte d’Azur

While your vacation ends with breakfast this morning, please make note of the wonderful experiences you’ve enjoyed on your Avalon River Cruise. Hopefully you have numerous personal photos and memories of your journey to take home with you. (Breakfast)

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