14 Day Avalon River Cruise from Côte d’Azur to London 2019

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Burgundy & Provence with 3 Nights London - Northbound River Cruise (WLJ1)

Starting from $4,965
Ship(s): Avalon Poetry II
Avalon Waterways

River Cruise Description

Wonderful discoveries await you on the 2019 14 Day Avalon river cruise from Cote d’Azur to London. This thrilling European river cruise vacation will enlighten you about the delights of France and French culture. Your 14-day adventure through the treasures of Europe begins with an overnight stay on the incredible Côte d’Azur. Following, transfer to your next destination of Arles in the elegant Provence region to unite with your ship and cruise into the serene Camargue area (daylight permitting). Avignon, enchanting Viviers, medieval Tournon, Vienne, France’s culinary capital of Lyon, St. Jean de Losne, and captivating Beaune also await your discovery on your French river sailing journey.

Transfer via the TGV train from Dijon to the stunning city of Paris for a 2-night stay to discover the extraordinary “City of Light,” then transfer once more via high-speed train to historic and lively London for a three-night stay. Your Monograms London vacation package will include guided sightseeing for you, and an expert and delightful Monograms Local Host® will be on hand at all times to welcome you and give you suggestions and ideas of how to spend your time in London throughout your stay. You’ll soak in the historic sights—Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus, and much more, along with VIP access to St. Paul’s Cathedral, the site of Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s wedding. You’ll have a multitude of free time to explore further at your leisure—you might enjoy a visit to Madame Tussauds celebrity wax figure museum, or take part in a London pub dining experience, or delight in an illumination cruise on the Thames. You won’t want to miss this 2019 14 Day Avalon river cruise from Cote d’Azur to London. Burgundy, Provence, Paris, and London—the perfect combination of culture and history to make a European vacation you’ll remember for many years to come.

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River Cruise Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in Côte d’Azur, France

Bienvenue en France!

Take advantage of your free time during this day to begin to immerse yourself in French culture starting with a visit to the Côte d’Azur—which boasts its charming line of yachts, elegant villas, and iconic events. Also named as the French Riviera, the phenomenal Côte d’Azur spans across the Mediterranean coast of France from the city of Toulon all the way to the border of Italy. Welcome to the first of 14 Day Avalon river cruise from Cote d’Azur to London.

Day 2 Côte d’Azur–Arles (Embarkation)

The Camargue National Park

Following your breakfast this morning, you will join a serene and scenic drive to the city of Arles where you will meet up with and board your Avalon Suite Ship® and make preparations to embark on the European river ways part of your thrilling journey. Prior to joining us for a welcome reception dinner on board the ship for all river cruise guests, we will sail you through the mouth of the Rhône river for your first look at some of the charming villas and tranquil scenery in Camargue Nation Park that will surround you on your sailing adventure.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES

(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3 Arles

Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights

CLASSIC Delight in a Walking Tour of the city of Arles led by an expert local tour guide who will take you on an unforgettable first experience of this intriguing and beautiful city of the Provence region of France. You will stop and get an experience of the Roman Amphitheater in this visually stimulating and picturesque city that was the source of inspiration to the world-famous artist Vincent van Gogh and many of his renowned works.

You might enjoy joining in an Optional Excursion with the aid of an expert guide to visit the astounding Cathedral of Images known as the Carrières de Lumières to submerge yourself in to a uniquely authentic experience of French sounds, lights, and beautiful art in the old quarries of the incredible Val d’Enfer.

Feel free to utilize any additional free time at your leisure to wander through the charming avenues of Arles. Perhaps take a relaxing stroll to Le Café Van Gogh for a tasty glass of wine to sit and relax as you observe the French culture that surrounds you.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Avignon

The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Avignon, which includes a visit to the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the world’s largest gothic fortress. In addition, discover Les Halles’ covered market.

This afternoon, you may opt to take part in a Guided Optional Tour of the renowned wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a delicious wine tasting of native French wines and a true experience of the Rhône wine region, along with the opportunity to create your own unique wine blend tailored to your taste buds, or you may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion across the waters of Pont du Gard—the tallest of all elevated Roman aqueducts.

You may opt to spend your down time exploring Avignon—famed as the heart of Provence. Go for a relaxing stroll or a bike ride throughout the tree-lined avenues and leafy promenades within Avignon’s historic medieval gates, lush and picturesque countryside, iconic history and important landmarks, and the medieval style Pont Saint-Bénézet.

Later in the evening, relax and unwind after your full day of activities under the enjoyment of live entertainment on board your river cruise ship.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Cruising–Viviers

World History in a Charming French Country Village

CLASSIC Adventure through the stunning plae-stone architecture and buildings that span across the incredible city of Viviers as you join in a Guided Walking Tour in the late afternoon of this elegant and unforgettable village. You will experience the striking Romanesque cathedral and the lovely Old Town with its intriguing mixture of medieval architectural and historic Christian Roman influences.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNON

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Vienne

A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards

CLASSIC Join in a Walking Tour to explore through the beautiful Tournon in the morning accompanied by an expert guide who will answer any questions you may have about one of the oldest medieval cities of France. Pay a visit to its historic 16th-century castle as well as the Roman ruins that lay sprawled between the rushing waters of the Rhône River and the gaping granite slopes of the gorgeous Hermitage.

Enjoy cruising to your next destination of Vienne in the late morning.

VIENNE

Roman and Middle Age History

CLASSIC Take part in a Walking Tour with an expert guide throughout Vienne and experience the charms of this lovely little town that is surrounded by steep rolling green hills.

Relax and enjoy the delight of live entertainment on board your Avalon Waterways river cruise vessel as you sail the waters towards your next destination of Lyon.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Lyon

Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France

CLASSIC Take part in a Sightseeing Tour led by an expert guide to discover the treasures of Lyon starting with the incredible Fourvière Hill lined with an abundance of charming churches. You will also have the chance to wander the elegant streets of Lyon’s Old Town and explore through its maze of renaissance style alleyways, as well as visit some of the serene cafés, historic monuments, and famous fountain of Place des Terreuax.

Take advantage of your free time by taking a bicycle ride for an alternative view of Lyon through its many squares, across stone bridges, and alongside the shores where the Saône and Rhone rivers meet.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ST. JEAN DE LOSNE
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 St. Jean de Losne

Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône

Take advantage of free time as you sail along the glittering blue waters of the gorgeous Saône River. You might enjoy taking an Optional Excursion under the lead of an expert guide to visit a local Chardonnay wine Cellar, or travel to visit the incredible Castle of Cormatin.

DISCOVERY Later in the day, delight in a decadent Cheese Tasting of some of the best cheeses that France has to offer during a tasting on board your river cruise vessel.

Delight under the lights of live entertainment on board your cruise ship as you relax after your full day of activities in the evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ST. JEAN DE LOSNE
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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

Drive to Beaune and take a High-Speed Train from Dijon to Paris.

CLASSIC Stop and experience the Hôtel-Dieu Charity Hospital in the heart of Beaune that was constructed in the early year of 1443 and today stands as the home of the famous Van der Weyden’s glorious paining of the Last Judgement and is one of the most boasted architectural highlights of France.

During your afternoon, transfer by way of high-speed train from the city of Dijon to the incredible city of Paris to meet with and board your Avalon Waterways Suite Ship®.

(Breakfast)

Day 10 Paris

Cafés, Cathedrals, and Canvases—The City of Lights Truly Shines

CLASSIC Take part in a Walking Tour led by an expert guide to experience the Heart of Paris and visit the historic and famous Île St. Louis, Île de la Cité, as well as the astounding Notre-Dame Cathedral, OR:

CLASSIC Participate in a City Tour led by an expert guide who will take you to experience some of the famous and important sites of Paris, including the remarkable Louvre Museum, the incredible Arc de Triomphe, the famous Eiffel Tower, the wonderful Opéra Garnier, and the landmark Champs-Élysées.

Wander through the charming and elegant streets and avenues of Paris at your leisure, or relax in a local café with a glass of French Wine next to the Left Bank; see the exhibits at the Louvre, visit Montmartre’s Basilica of the Sacré Cœur.

(Breakfast)

Day 11 Paris-London, England

Bid farewell to the Avalon potion of you incredible riverway vacation throughout Europe following breakfast. You will then travel to the train station (transportation provided) where you will begin the Monograms portion of your vacation package. Transfer to London by way of high-speed rail. Your Local Hosts will be made available to you to assist you with suggestions on how to spend your time in this glorious city.

Bid farewell to the Avalon potion of you incredible riverway vacation throughout Europe following breakfast. You will then travel to the train station (transportation provided) where you will begin the Monograms portion of your vacation package. Transfer to London by way of high-speed rail. Your Local Hosts will be made available to you to assist you with suggestions on how to spend your time in this glorious city.

(Breakfast)

Day 12 London

Your morning guided sightseeing package will take you to all of the world-famous London landmarks. Drive by the Big Ben and Houses of Parliament; Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace; the famous site where Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married, Westminster Abbey; The Prime Minister’s Downing Street; the mounted horse guards of Whitehall. Capture photographic memories of the towering giant Ferris wheel on the river bank, known as the London Eye, as well as the Shard—the highest standing building in Western Europe. Following, stop to experience St. Paul’s Cathedral (except on Sundays). Get a look at one of the most iconic masterpieces that the London skyline boasts—Sir Christopher Wren’s world-renowned dome.

(Breakfast)

Day 13 London

Delight in a full day of free time to spend as you wish exploring the great and historic city of London at your own pace. Your Local Host® will be on hand to assist you in helping you get the most out of your day here. Continue to explore the vibrate city of London as your 14 Day Avalon river cruise from Cote d’Azur to London is coming to an end.

(Breakfast)

Day 14 London

Your 14-day European and United Kingdom vacation adventure will conclude this morning after one final breakfast. Thank you for choosing us to give you a memorable Europe river cruise vacation experience.

(Breakfast)

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