10 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Arles to Paris 2024

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - Arles to Paris

A Culinary Experience in Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights in Paris (Northbound)

Starting from $3,398
Ship(s): Avalon Poetry II
Avalon Waterways
10 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Arles to Paris 2024

River Cruise Description

Take a wondrous French river cruise along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in famous French locales, as well as off-the-beaten-path gems too! A Master of Wine will accompany you on your river cruise in France with presentations, tastings, and wine pairings along the way. Begin your Avalon YourWay river cruise through France in Arles; see its 1st-century Roman amphitheater still used today, and attend a painting workshop in the style of Van Gogh, who was inspired here.

Cruise to Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes-the largest Gothic fortress in the world- and take a guided tour to Châteauneuf du Pape. Continue to Viviers for a guided walk through its charming village. Nestled among vineyards and Roman ruins are the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l'Hermitage. Take a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure of Roman ruins and 16th-century castle.

You'll visit Lyon, a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture, as well as France's gastronomic capital. Lyon offers wonderful sights, including the popular Place des Terreaux with its famous fountain 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. Cruise to Mâcon for an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar. In Dijon, tour Beaune's Hotel-Dieu Charity Hospital-built in 1443 and home of Van der Weyden's "The Last Judgement."

Continue your French vacation your way with two overnights in Paris-the "City of Light." Discover the true heart of Paris on a guided walk through the sites of the city's rich history, or take a tour to see the iconic landmarks of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more. A classic French river cruise vacation-made even better your way.



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Apr 2, 2024Avalon Poetry II$3,498Call Us!
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Avalon Choice

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

Classic
Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
Discovery
We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests — from cooking classes, to painting workshops — to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Active
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go — from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
  • Plus independent exploration options and use of Avalon's exclusive AvalonGO APP.

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 ARLES, FRANCE (EMBARKATION)

Welcome to France. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding
Flights into Marseille must arrive by 3 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES
(D)

Day 2 ARLES

Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Active
Get your daily dose of exercise through Nordic walking in Arles with your Adventure Host, OR:
Discovery
Attend a Painting Workshop to learn techniques of Vincent van Gogh. Create your own painting in the style of the legendary artist, OR:
Classic
Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Arles—the captivating city of the Provence region. You’ll visit the Roman Amphitheater in this visually stunning city.
Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) a unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d’Enfer.
Take free time to stop in Le Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine, before sailing to Avignon.
Discovery
Join a lecture about wine hosted by your Master of Wine.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON
(B,L,D)

Day 3 AVIGNON

The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence
Classic
Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the fortress city of Avignon—with its ramparts encircling the city—and a visit to the amazing Palace of the Popes.
Discovery
Enjoy a trip to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhône wine region.
Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON
(B,L,D)

Day 4 VIVIERS

World History in a Charming French Country Village
Enjoy a leisurely morning sail to Viviers.
Active
Walk your way up to Vivier's hilltop Cathedral with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Explore the pale-stone buildings of Viviers on a late afternoon Guided Walking Tour of this charming village. You’ll see its Romanesque cathedral and Old Town with a mix of historical Christian, Roman, and medieval influences.
Discovery
This evening, join an onboard food and wine pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNON
(B,L,D)

Day 5 TOURNON

A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Active
Bike along the Rhone river with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Take a morning Guided Walking Tour to explore Tournon—one of France’s oldest medieval cities. See its 16th-century castle, and Roman ruins between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage.
In the late morning, cruise to Vienne.
Discovery
Enjoy an onboard chocolate and wine tasting hosted by your Master of Wine while sailing to Vienne.
VIENNE
Roman and Middle Age History
Active
See Vienne from atop, hike up to a viewpoint with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Walking Tour of Vienne and discover this charming little town surrounded by steep hills.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON
(B,L,D)

Day 6 LYON

Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France
Classic
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon from Fourvière Hill with its numerous churches. You’ll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafés, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux.
Discovery
Take a guided tour to the lovely Beaujolais area and learn more about its light and pleasant wine.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNUS
(B,L,D)

Day 7 TOURNUS–CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE

Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône
Discovery
Join an excursion that will take you to Chardonnay cellar for a wine tasting.
Discovery
Later, enjoy a delicious cheese and wine tasting hosted by your Master of Wine while sailing to Chalon-sur-Saône.
Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE
(B,L,D)

Day 8 CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE (DISEMBARKATION)–BEAUNE–DIJON–PARIS

Drive to Beaune and take a High-Speed Train from Dijon to Paris.
Classic
Visit the Hôtel-Dieu Charity Hospital in Beaune, built in 1443, today home of the Van der Weyden’s painting of the Last Judgment and one of France’s architectural highlights.
(B)

Day 9 PARIS

Cafés, Cathedrals and Canvases in the city of Light
Classic
Discover the ancient heart of Paris on a captivating Guided Walk featuring the Palais-Royal, Louvre pyramid, ancient sites on Île de la Cité, the Left Bank, bustling Latin Quarter, and more, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided City Tour that shows the iconic sites of Paris, such as the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Opéra Garnier, and the famous Champs-Élysées.
Spend your free time strolling through the Champs-Élysées for café au lait and croissants, see the exhibits at the Louvre, and visit Montmartre’s Basilica of the Sacré Cœur.
(B)

Day 10 PARIS

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
(B)
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