14 Day Avalon River Cruise from Paris to Barcelona for Wine Lovers 2018

14 Day Avalon River Cruise from Paris to Barcelona for Wine Lovers 2018

Burgundy & Provence - with Barcelona, Southbound River Cruise (WJL2-T1)

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River Cruise Description

Opportunities abound on this fabulous 14 day Avalon river cruise from Paris to Barcelona 2018 vacation to learn about magnificent France and the French people. Your Avalon Waterways river cruise adventure begins with two exciting overnights and guided sightseeing in Paris, and then you’ll travel by high-speed train to charming Dijon and continue by motor coach to beautiful Beaune for a visit of impressive Hôtel-Dieu. Next, you’ll board your Avalon cruise ship in quaint St. Jean de Losne and set sail for popular Seurre, France’s culinary capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles. Daylight permitting, you’ll cruise into the peaceful Camargue area. You’ll disembark your luxurious river cruise ship and arrive in the exciting French Riviera, the splendid Côte d’Azur, for your final night in France. Then, you’ll transfer to the Nice airport for the start of your magnificent Monograms extension. We’ve arranged your flight to beautiful Barcelona, Spain, along with your elegant hotel reservation, wonderful daily breakfasts, sightseeing with a local expert, and transfers to and from your hotel and airport, and much more. Plus, we know you may not be familiar with the city, so we’ve arranged the services of a friendly and knowledgeable Local Host® to answer your questions, share informative inside information, help arrange your activities and excursions, and make you feel like you’re right at home. The next morning, after a wonderful included breakfast, we’ll pick you up for guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide that features a relaxing drive along the elegant Passeig de Gracia, and visits of Gaudi’s extraordinary Casa Batlló and Sagrada Familia Basilica. During your free time, you could explore the fascinating Picasso Museum, catch some sun on the beach, or have an entertaining time at Tibidabo Amusement Park. Your friendly Local Host can help you make the very most of your precious time in this fantastic city. This is a perfect trip for any wine lovers. What a perfect 2018 vacation of picturesque river cruising and scenic landscape sightseeing awaits you on this 14 day Avalon river cruise from Paris to Barcelona.

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River Cruise Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in Paris, France

Welcome to fabulous Paris, France’s capital city on the beautiful River Seine and known as the “City of Light,” where it’s said romance naturally fills the air!

Day 2 Paris

Paris is known as one of the world’s most passionate and bustling cities in Europe, and you’ll certainly discover that this fascinating place will satisfy your senses. Your included CITY SIGHTSEEING shows you the magnificent must-see sights, such as elegant Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique world-famous Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the iconic Eiffel Tower. During your free time, you’ll stroll down the world-famous Champs-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps you’ll choose to visit the magnificent Louvre museum or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and groups of struggling artists on Place du Tertre. (Breakfast)

Day 3 Paris–Dijon–Beaune–St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation)–Seurre

This morning, you’ll board the TGV train to quaint Dijon and from there, drive to beautiful Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Côte d’Or area. Charming Beaune owes its economic wealth to the successful production, aging, and selling of fine wines. Even though life here centers around the wine industry, Beaune actually has much more to offer you. You’ll visit the impressive HÔTEL-DIEU charity hospital, constructed in 1443 and paid for by the charitable chancellor of Burgundy after the devastating Hundred Years’ War left many of the town’s residents impoverished. Today it houses the world-famous painting – The Last Judgment – by renowned artist Van der Weyden, which is one of France’s architectural highlights. Or, you can choose to join a fabulous TASTING of the region’s most famous Burgundy wines. Then, you’ll continue on to charming St. Jean de Losne, where you’ll board your luxurious Avalon Waterways riverboat cruise. Before you enjoy a wonderful dinner, you’ll meet your friendly crew at a casual welcome reception as your ship departs for beautiful Seurre. Your amazing river cruise from Paris to Barcelona has begun! (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4 Seurre–Macon

This morning, you’ll enjoy some relaxation time cruising along this picturesque river. During the afternoon, you might decide to participate in one of our exciting optional excursions, such as a visit to a popular Chardonnay wine cellar, before your cruise ship arrives in quaint Mâcon. There, a Master of Wine will join you onboard and will introduce you to some of France’s finest wines over the next few days. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Lyon

You’ll enjoy a very leisurely morning onboard your luxurious Avalon cruise ship as you relax and marvel at the outstanding landscapes you are passing by. While you cruise, our Master of Wine will tempt you with a fabulous TASTING of CHEESE and WINE. During the early afternoon, your ship will arrive in bustling Lyon, France’s third-largest city and considered its culinary capital, founded by the ancient Romans in 43 BC. This fascinating city’s prosperity dates back to the 16th century and is due to extremely successful commercial, industrial, and banking activities. Ancient Roman remains; impressive museums, and sensational renaissance architecture will certainly delight you. A friendly LOCAL GUIDE will join you as you survey the city from high atop Fourvière Hill and explore the bustling Old Town with its maze of narrow medieval alleyways, and impressive Place des Terreaux, a popular area with festive cafés, stately monuments, and the famous fountain often depicted on postcards. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Lyon

You’ll enjoy a free morning in this fascinating city to explore at your own pace. If you happen to be an early riser during your European river cruise vacation, you might like to do some shopping at the popular local fresh produce market. Perhaps you’ll stroll through one of charming Lyon’s fabulous parks, discover some of the fantastic murals (there are more than 100), or select one of the many available optional excursions. This afternoon, an exciting excursion will take you to sample BEAUJOLAIS, the wine of the region; wine connoisseurs know that the delicate wine grapes must be hand picked. Your friendly Cruise Director will have plenty of great suggestions for things for you to do. This evening you’ll enjoy a fabulous onboard FOOD AND WINE PAIRING DINNER hosted by our Master of Wine, who has specifically chosen the fine wines for this occasion. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Viviers

The charming twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage lie nestled among the lush green grape vineyards between the beautiful Rhône River and the rugged granite slopes of the Hermitage. A friendly LOCAL GUIDE will introduce you to quaint Tournon, one of France’s oldest medieval cities, with its majestic 16th-century castle and ancient Roman ruins. During the afternoon, while cruising to charming Viviers, you’ll enjoy a wonderful tasting of sweet CHOCOLATE AND FINE WINE. Here, too, our expert Master of Wine will guide you through this fascinating experience. Once you are in Viviers, an exciting GUIDED WALK will introduce you to the must-see sights of this charming village that developed around its elegant ROMANESQUE CATHEDRAL. The historic OLD TOWN has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman, and medieval influences. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Avignon

The fascinating fortified city of Avignon is the bustling capital of the Vaucluse region, considered the most beautiful part of Provence with its intact fortifications encircling the entire city, narrow cobblestone streets and historic squares, and elegant private mansions built in the 18th and 19th centuries. Known as the “City of Popes,” charming Avignon was the center of the Catholic Church in the 14th century. During your fascinating GUIDED TOUR you may choose to join an included visit of the elegant PALACE OF THE POPES, constructed in the 14th century as the sovereign popes’ stunning residence. Don’t miss taking a photograph of the world-famous Pont Saint Bénezet (Saint Bénezet Bridge), from the popular song Sur le Pont d’Avignon, it’s an historic icon. During the morning you’ll have an optional outing to impressive Pont du Gard available. And during the afternoon, an excursion will take you to the world-renowned wine cellars of CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE to learn about and to enjoy tasting this famous wine. You will see there is a lot to do with wine along this fabulous European river cruise from Paris to Barcelona. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Arles

This morning, you’ll awake early to the peaceful vistas of picturesque Camargue National Park (daylight permitting) before arriving in charming Arles after a wonderful breakfast. Situated on the northern tip of the Camargue, Arles is capital of the beautiful Provence region. Your friendly LOCAL GUIDE will introduce you to all the must-see features of this fascinating city and you’ll visit the ancient ROMAN AMPHITHEATER. Still used today, this historic amphitheater dates to the 1st century and was built to hold more than 20,000 spectators. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Arles (Disembarkation)–Côte d’Azur

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

Day 11 Côte d’Azur–Barcelona, Spain

After a wonderful breakfast at your luxurious Avalon hotel, an included transfer takes you to the Nice airport for your FLIGHT to bustling Barcelona, where you will join your fabulous Monograms vacation. (Breakfast)

Day 12 Barcelona

Beginning in the morning from impressive Plaza Catalunya, you’ll enjoy expertly guided sightseeing, which includes a relaxing drive along the sensational Passeig de Gràcia to see the captivating façade of elegant La Pedrera and to visit Gaudi’s fascinating CASA BATLLÓ. You’ll pass through the bustling central Eixample district, and reach the unfinished but stunningly amazing SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA. You’ll be glad to know that your included entrance fees contribute to its eventual completion. (Breakfast)

Day 13 Barcelona

Your friendly Local Host will have numerous recommendations for your relaxing day in Barcelona, including an exciting excursion to fantastic Montserrat, a trip to the Aquarium, a informative guided tour of the world-famous Picasso Museum, or an entertaining visit to the whimsical Tibidabo Amusement Park. (Breakfast)

Day 14 Barcelona

While your fabulous 14 day Avalon river cruise from Paris to Barcelona 2018 vacation ends with a wonderful breakfast this morning, you will discover that the remarkable experiences you had will be with you for a lifetime. You’ll have a lot to share with family when you return home. (Breakfast)

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