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8 Day Avalon River Cruise from St. Jean de Losne to Port- Saint-Louis 2020

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Burgundy & Provence (Southbound) River Cruise (WJL)

Starting from $3,148
Ship(s): Avalon Poetry II

River Cruise Description

Welcome to romantic France, where you’ll enjoy a fabulous Eurpean river cruise through the countryside along the picturesque Rhône and Saône Rivers. During your 8 day Avalon river cruise from St. Jean de Losne to Port Saint Louis 2020, you will meet your friendly expert who will make his guided sightseeing tour come alive. You’ll see many known French treasures and will also be surprised when you discover some hidden gems too!

As your luxurious Avalon Waterways ship takes you peacefully south, make certain you don’t miss the sensational riverscapes the countryside will provide. In addition, you’ll marvel at the numerous charming villages and towns, and you’ll discover some of the most sensational views of this alluring country. Historians will tell you that the bustling city of Lyon is known as the cuisine capital of France. The Romans originally founded Lyon in 43 BC. It sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers and is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture.

Visit the renowned Place des Terreaux with its popular local cafés and monuments and stand in front of the famous fountain you’ve seen on postcards. You’ll have plenty of time to explore this historical city further and be sure to sample Beaujolais, the famous wine of the region. You’ll visit the charming city of Tournon, which is peacefully tucked away among lush green vineyards. This medieval treasure has plenty of ancient Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle, where you’ll go on a fantastic guided walk. You’ll continue your river cruise to historic Avignon where you’ll tour the stunning 14th-century Palace of the Popes – considered by historians as the largest gothic fortress in the world. You’ll enjoy the quaint village of Arles, France, which sits on the Rhône River. Arles is world-famous for inspiring the amazing paintings of renowned artist, Van Gogh and its captivating 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which still hosts fabulous plays and concerts. You’ll cruise through the sensational Burgundy and charming Provence before your 8 day Avalon river cruise from St. Jean de Losne to Port Saint Louis 2020 adventure comes to an end.

River Cruise Promos

FREE AIR + $500 Off per couple

*Book a select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CHS, CLE, CLT, DEN, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MCI, MIA, MCO, MSP, OKC, ORD, PDX, PHL, PHX, PIT, RDU, SAN, SEA, SFO, SLC, STL, TPA. Other gateway cities available from $200 to $1,075/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). Free air offer is based on lowest-priced economy class Flex airfare available for booking at time of reservation and scheduled to coincide with cruise itinerary; pre-assigned airline seats are limited and may not be available on all air segments. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost.

Quotes available online or by calling a Travel Professional. Limited to new bookings for US originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under deposit between May 1, 2019 - March 9, 2020. A $550 non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air, Group Air (groups of 10 or more) and group air contracts. Offer is combinable only with the Welcome Back Credit and the $250pp land promo. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on voluntarily changed air bookings; other promotions at time of change may be available. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to ticketed air reservations (including itineraries involving free round-trip trans-Atlantic air) also subject to airfare differentials between originally ticketed air itinerary and re-ticketed air itinerary. Additional airline baggage fees may apply; visit for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to return travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only. CST#2017032-20. PRMYFYFY

$750 Off per Stateroom

*Book a select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive $375 off per person on the cruise/land or cruise only price. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between July 3, 2019 - March 9, 2020 for travel at select times in 2020. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit within the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer combinable only with Welcome Back Credit. Applies to new 2020 bookings only and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time. Offer applies to participating GFOB offices only. PRMW0735
(Promotion price shown is per person, double occupancy.)
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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:

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.
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.
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

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Welcome to France. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding

Flights into Lyon must arrive by Noon. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm



Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône

You’ll relax and enjoy cruising en route to Mâcon along the majestic Saône River. You might think about taking a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin.

Later, enjoy a delicious Cheese Tasting on board your ship.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Lyon

Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France
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.

Consider riding one of Avalon’s free bikes through Lyon’s town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhône and Saône rivers converge.

Be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance Lecture on board your ship.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Lyon

French Food and Wine—La Vie En Rose in Lyon
Join a Culinary Walk through the city to discover why Lyon is known as the gastronomic capital of France.

Spend your free time exploring or shopping at your leisure in France’s third largest city. Bike ride through local produce markets and parks, or take a slow-paced walking tour of the city’s more than 100 murals. Back on the ship this evening you’ll be treated to live entertainment.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Tournon

A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards
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.
World History in a Charming French Country Village
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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Avignon

The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence
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.

You have several Guided Optional Excursions to choose from, including a visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard, or a trip to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhône wine region. You may opt to explore Avignon in your free time for the city’s art and culture, theatre, and museums. Be sure to snap photos of the captivating countryside, historic monuments, and the medieval Pont Saint-Bénézet. In the evening, you’ll be treated to live entertainment on the ship.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Arles

Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights
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, OR:
Attend a Painting Workshop to learn the style and techniques of Vincent van Gogh. You’ll create your own painting in the style of the classic master who took inspiration from the Provence light and landscape in Arles.

You’ll have the oppotunity to take a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images), where you can immerse yourself in a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d’Enfer. Relax in the afternoon remaining in Le Café Van Gogh with a glass of wine.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Port St. Louis (Disembarkation)

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.


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