Highlights
  • Welcome to France
  • Guided sightseeing
  • High-speed train to Dijon; motor coach transfer to Beaune, visit the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception
  • Leisurely cruising; onboard cheese tasting
  • Guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill; lecture on board
  • Culinary tour
  • Guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral
  • Guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes
  • Choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop
  • Transfer from your ship to Nice; guided walking tour with Promenade des Anglais and the Old Town
  • Day at leisure
  • Transfer to Nice airport for your flight to Barcelona
  • Guided sightseeing, visit Casa Batlló and Sagrada Familia Basilica
  • Day at leisure
  • This France river cruise adventure begins in style with two overnights in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! The City of Light has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture
  • A guided city tour will show you all the must-see sights before you travel via high-speed train from Paris to Dijon

This France river cruise adventure begins in style with two overnights in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! The City of Light has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. A guided city tour will show you all the must-see sights before you travel via high-speed train from Paris to Dijon. You’ll tour one of France’s architectural treasures and home of Van der Weyden’s “The Last Judgement,” gracing Beaune’s Hotel-Dieu Charity Hospital—built in 1443. You’ll sail to the Chardonnay wine region of Macon, enjoying cheese tasting on board. 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, and world-famous cuisine to discover on a guided culinary walk.

Beautifully nestled among vineyards, you’ll find the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, where you’ll go on a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and fascinating 16th-century castle. Continue to Viviers for a guided walk through this charming village. Cruise to historical Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world. On the Rhône River sits Arles, with its 1st-century Roman amphitheater still used today. Attend a painting workshop in the style of Van Gogh whose work was inspired by the setting here. You’ll conclude your delightful French river cruise in Port-Saint-Louis. Continue your French vacation your way after your cruise two nights in Nice and 3 nights in Barcelona! Enjoy buffet breakfast daily, your personal Monograms Local Host® for guidance and assistance, destination guide with city map, a flight from Nice to Barcelona, transfers from ship to hotel, and hotel to airport.

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Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights in Paris, 2 Nights in Nice & 3 Nights in Barcelona (Southbound)

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Our experience far exceeded our… September 2018

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our experience far exceeded our expectations. Everyone and everything was wonderful. The only disappointment was the independently contracted guide that we had in Munich. He was very dismissive of Avalon's policies and made us feel he was doing us a favor by showing us around the city.
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Amsterdam to Budapest September 2018

2.0
  • Value 2.0
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  • Activities 2.0
  • Lodging 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
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Amsterdam to Budapest. Just returned River was low. My travel agent called for three days in a row before our departure. She was told there were no low water issues. The day we were to depart we were told there would be two nights on land in Frankfort. We could obtain a full refund and cancel the trip. But the rest of the trip would be fine. Not so we were "tossed off the second ship' the last two days and bused to Budapest. There is no way Avalon did not know of this schedule change. You do not make arrangements overnight for 100+ people to spend six days and four nights off the ship. Avalon was not truthful gave us a paltry return of our costs. We also found out the ships were loaded with other guests who were also being shuffled around. Terrible way to run a business. I would not endorse them to anyone....ever. Ruined a very expensive fifteen day holiday.
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Excellence September 2018

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  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The crew, service, food and excursions were excellent. Would
travel with Avalon again and recommend them to anyone interested
in river cruising.

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Excellence September 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The crew, service, food and excursions were excellent. Would
travel with Avalon again and recommend them to anyone interested
in river cruising.

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We had the greatest time September 2018

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  • Activities 5.0
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We had the greatest time! We would definitely use Avalon Waterways in the future.

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Quaint and Acitve September 2018

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  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
The staff was exceptional meeting our every need and always with a smile. The housekeeping was not exceptional and could have been a little better. There was a wide variety of food choices but not terrible flavorful. The seafood was not always properly cooked.

The activities and tours with well planned and good for people looking for athletic options. Although you could sit and relax, this cruise was more for active middle aged individuals.The tour guides were all local and outstanding. Activities and tour guides are the selling point for this cruise.
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Itinerary

Day 1

PARIS, FRANCE Bienvenue en France!

Take free time today to fall in love with the world’s most romantic city. Get inspired by its architectural icons, exquisite cuisine, chic boutiques, and priceless artistic treasures.

Day 2

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

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, visit Montmartre’s Basilica of the Sacré Cœur.

Consider browsing Paris’ classic shopping avenues and literary cafés for a true Parisian experience, or have your portrait sketched by a Parisian artist in the square at Place du Tertre.

(B)

Day 3

DIJON—BEAUNE—ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (EMBARKATION) Take a High-Speed Train from Paris to Dijon, to drive on to Beaune.

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 is one of France’s architectural highlights.

This afternoon, travel to St. Jean de Losne to board your Suite Ship® .

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MÂCON

(B,D)

Day 4

MÂCON Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône

Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Mâcon along the majestic Saône River. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin.

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

Enjoy live entertainment while sailing for Trévoux this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN TRÉVOUX

(B,L,D)

Day 5

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

Sail for lovely Lyon this morning.

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.

Spend free time riding a bike through Lyon’s town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet.

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

Later enjoy live entertainment after dinner.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON

(B,L,D)

Day 6

LYON French Food and Wine—La Vie En Rose in Lyon

DISCOVERY Join a Culinary Walk through the city to discover why Lyon is known as the gastronomic capital of France.

The rest of your day is free to explore, relax, or shop in France’s third largest city. Take a bike from the ship and explore local produce markets and parks, or take a leisurely tour of the city’s more than 100 murals.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

EVENING CRUISE TO TOURNON

(B,L,D)

Day 7

TOURNON A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards

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.

Enjoy a leisurely sail to Viviers after lunch.

VIVIERS

World History in a Charming French Country Village

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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AVIGNON

(B,L,D)

Day 8

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.

Guided Optional Excursions include 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.

Explore Avignon on your own 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.

Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.

EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES

(B,L,D)

Day 9

ARLES Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk.

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, OR:

DISCOVERY 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.

Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) to immerse yourself in a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d’Enfer.

Take advantage of any free time remaining with a stop in Le Café van Gogh for a glass of wine, to relax and watch the world go by.

EVENING CRUISE TO PORT ST. LOUIS

(B,L,D)

Day 10

PORT-SAINT-LOUIS (DISEMBARKATION)—NICE Spectacular Seascapes of the French Riviera

After disembarkation, an included transfer takes you to Nice, where you will join your Monograms vacation. Guided sightseeing features the Promende des Anglais, originally built in the second half of the 18th century and the most famous boulevard in Nice, and a walk through the charming Old Town.

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Day 11

NICE Your Local Host has recommendations for your full day at leisure on the beautiful Côte d’Azur.

(B)

Day 12

NICE-BARCELONA, SPAIN Transfer to Nice airport for your flight to Barcelona.

(B)

Day 13

BARCELONA Starting from Plaza Catalunya, join a guided sightseeing tour which includes a drive along elegant Passeig de Gràcia to see the captivating façade of La Pedrera. Visit Gaudi’s Casa Batllò and the extraordinary but still unfinished Sagrada Familia Basilica.

(B)

Day 14

BARCELONA Your Local Host has many recommendations for your day at leisure.

(B)

Day 15

BARCELONA Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)

Dates & Pricing
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Price Per Day:

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Start DateFinish DateBase PriceDeparture GuaranteedAvailability 
Apr-07-2019Apr-20-2019$ 5,197YesAvailable Reserve
Apr-21-2019May-04-2019$ 5,397YesAvailable Reserve
May-05-2019May-18-2019$ 5,497YesAvailable Reserve
Jun-02-2019Jun-15-2019$ 5,597YesAvailable Reserve
Jun-16-2019Jun-29-2019$ 5,597YesAvailable Reserve
Jul-14-2019Jul-27-2019$ 5,597YesPlease Call Reserve
Jul-28-2019Aug-10-2019$ 5,597YesAvailable Reserve
Aug-25-2019Sep-07-2019$ 5,597YesAvailable Reserve
Sep-08-2019Sep-21-2019$ 5,697YesPlease Call Reserve
Oct-06-2019Oct-19-2019$ 5,497YesAvailable Reserve
Oct-20-2019Nov-02-2019$ 5,347NoSold Out Reserve
Nov-03-2019Nov-16-2019$ 4,947YesAvailable Reserve
Dates and Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Avalon Waterways, not included in the pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $245. Required intra-vacation air segments: Nice to Barcelona. Air prices were effective on February 7, 2018, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

Port charges:
$182

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights per person in Paris:

in single room from $444 to $569, in twin room from $251 to $313

All prices per person based on double occupancy. Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $199
B / Sapphire Deck / $1,149
A / Sapphire Deck / $1,199
P / Royal Deck / $1,299
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2,199

NOTE:
Special Interest Cruise: Culinary March 29; Wine Appreciation October 6 & October 20 & October 25
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Deck & Cabin Plans
Optional Activities WJL|Burgundy & Provence (Southbound)
WJLE|With 1 Night in Marseille
WJLQ|With 2 Nights in Paris
WJLY|With 2 Nights in Paris & 1 Night in Marseille
WJL1|With 2 Nights in Paris, 2 Nights in Aix-en-Provence & 2 Nights in Nice
WJL2|With 2 Nights in Paris, 2 Nights in Nice & 3 Nights in Barcelona
WJL3|With 2 Nights in Aix-en-Provence & 2 Nights in Nice
WJL4|With 2 Nights in Nice & 3 Nights in Barcelona
WLJ|Burgundy & Provence (Northbound)
Local Flights Participation in this tour requires a purchase of additional local flights.
Accomodations


InterContinental Paris Le Grand

Built in the style of a Napoleonic palace, this historic 470 room landmark property dates back to 1862. Boasting a priviliged location in the heart of the city, it offers luxurious hospitality and has a superb winter garden with two restaurants, a bar, gym, sauna and spa.


Paris
France
2 rue Scribe

The Westin Paris-Vendome

Ideally situated in Paris' prestigious first arrondissement, this refined hotel is set in a beautifully restored 19th century building offering luxurious accommodation with endless possibilities to explore one of the world's greatest cities on its doorstep. Facilities include a trendy restaurant offering inventive cuisine, a bar serving snacks and cocktails, a fitness center and six senses spa. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available in all public areas, access in guestrooms is subject to a fee (payable locally).


Paris
France
3 Rue De Castiglione

Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris

Grand chandeliers; plenty of seating for conversations in the lobby; high tech conference rooms awash with natural light.


Paris
France
51-57 Rue De Courcelles

Aston La Scala

This recently restored, 7-story hotel features 150 guestrooms and a rooftop terrace with seasonal swimming pool and amazing views over Nice. The chic L'Horloge Restaurant serves tasty local specialties prepared by Chef Julien Perrier; while the 7th-floor 7 Blue Bar is the perfect place to relax with a cocktail. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas.


Nice
France
12, Avenue Felix-Faure

NH Collection Gran Hotel Calderon

An elegant 253-room hotel with a prestigious location just off Passeig de Gràcia Boulevard in central Barcelona and is only one block away from Gaudi's famous Casa Batlló, Plaça de Catalunya, the Gothic Quarter, luxury brand shops with many restaurants and tapas bars within walking distance. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel. The gourmet restaurant offers an exclusive selection of local produce and Catalan specialities whilst the 11th floor indoor-outdoor bar serves World class cocktails complete with 360º views. The hotel has a large rooftop swimming pool and terrace with panoramic views of the city and a gym.


Barcelona
Spain
Rambla Catalunya, 26
Start City
PARIS
End City
BARCELONA Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning

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