Highlights
  • Welcome to France
  • Guided sightseeing
  • TGV train from Paris to Dijon. Motorcoach transfer to Beaune, visit the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception
  • Leisurely cruising; free time in Mâcon; onboard cheese tasting
  • Guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill
  • A free day to explore this fascinating city at leisure
  • Guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral
  • Guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes
  • Cruise into the Camargue region (daylight permitting); guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater
  • Travel by motorcoach to Côte d’Azur
  • Transfer to Nice airport for your flight to Barcelona
  • Guided sightseeing, visit Casa Batlló and Sagrada Familia Basilica
  • Day at leisure
  • Opportunities abound on this delightful river cruise vacation to learn about France and the French
  • Your adventure begins with two overnights and guided sightseeing in Paris, then travel by high speed train to Dijon and continue by motorcoach to fascinating Beaune for a visit of Hôtel-Dieu

Opportunities abound on this delightful river cruise vacation to learn about France and the French. Your adventure begins with two overnights and guided sightseeing in Paris, then travel by high speed train to Dijon and continue by motorcoach to fascinating Beaune for a visit of Hôtel-Dieu. Next, board your ship in quaint St. Jean de Losne and set sail for lovely Seurre, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles. Daylight permitting, sail into the peaceful Camargue area.

Disembark your river cruise ship and arrive in the French Riviera, the splendid Côte d’Azur, for a final night in France. Then, transfer to Nice airport for the start of your Monograms extension. We've arranged your flight to Barcelona, Spain, along with your hotel reservation, daily breakfasts, sightseeing with a local expert, transfers to and from your hotel and airport, and 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 questions, share inside information, help arrange your activities and excursions, and make you feel right at home. The next morning, after an included breakfast, we’ll pick you up for guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide that features a drive along the elegant Passeig de Gracia, and visits of Gaudi’s extraordinary Casa Batlló and Sagrada Familia Basilica. In your free time, you could explore the Picasso Museum, catch some rays on the beach, or have fun at Tibidabo Amusement Park. Your Local Host can help you make the most of this fantastic city. A perfect vacation of river cruise sailing and land sightseeing!

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Burgundy & Provence with 3 Nights Barcelona – Southbound

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Avalon comes through January 2015

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I had heard that Avalon had mostly new ships and that the newest river boats usually had bigger cabins, so decided to give them a try when we sailed the Danube last year. My wife and I were very happy with the choice -- the room had big windows and we enjoyed being able to eat outside, which is something you don't find on some of the older river ships, The shore excursions were good, too, and we didn't have to pay extra for them, which made it more affordable all arouind.
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Cruising with Avalon June 2018

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Just got back from our Rhine River cruise. What an amazing experience! The ship, the Avalon's Imagery II, was absolutely beautiful. Even though it's 2 yrs. old, it looked brand new. The suites were amazing with triple doors, with 2 of them opening to the water. We had never been on a river cruise before, so we were uber excited about this trip!! We flew into Zurich for a few days, then went to Basal to board the ship. Then cruised through the beautiful Rhine to Amsterdam. The crew was very attentive to our every need.....from planning our excursions during the day, to keeping our glasses full every night. ( well, okay, every lunch too! ) Costa, and Dani were our servers throughout the week, they were so fun, our Chef prepared food that was out of this world, and Elena took care of us too, walking around with wine bottles, white, rose', and red. What a great job, right? Our Cruise Director, Valentin was unbelievable. He coordinated everything, everyday. We took bus trips to various places, walking tours of cities, rode a small train to a museum. He made sure that we took water bottles with us when we went, and that we had a glass of juice, and a cool washcloth ready to wipe our faces when we came back. Since they had bikes on board, some people took off for the day. Valentin never missed a beat, and never lost anyone either! If you are thinking of doing a river cruise, do the Rhine, on the Imagery II, with Avalon.
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Beware of forfeitures June 2018

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We attempted to simply transfer our reservation to a travel agent who can save us money on the rest of the trip. Because Michael and Dave, his supervisor, would not allow the transfer of our deposit, we decided then to cancel our reservation and no to rebook it through the travel agent. So now you will not have the balance of our reservation nor whatever the travel agent would have spent, as well as a potential customer for life. All for $500, good business model.
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Poor UK booking process! June 2018

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This review only relates to the booking process in the UK and not the actual cruise!
Why is it that Avalon UK customers appear to be the poor relations compared to other parts of the world. We have booked our second river cruise with you in 2 years and feel we have been poorly treated. Our friends in New Zealand and Australia were able to be book their optional excursions online weeks ago, we couldn’t despite the option being available via our portal. We had a long winded process of booking our optional excursions via your head office since you couldn’t fix the problem preventing us booking online! Our friends in Australia received their travel documents a couple of weeks ago, which included their tickets, a booklet about all their excursions, luggage tags and a nice wallet in in which to keep everything. What about us here in the UK, well we received 3 A4 printed sheets! Somehow we feel short changed. We contacted your office to see why and were told that you went paperless last year and others around the world would be doing the same - well we received A4 printed sheets two years ago too, well before you went paperless! Australia and New Zealand are still receiving the document pack described above and did do 2 years ago. Why can’t you treat ALL your customer around the world in the same way and to the same standard? Since we received our A4 print outs we have logged on to our account, but this shows none of the optional excursions that we have booked and paid for via your head office! Hope this is all sorted out by the time we board the ship at the end of June and that you have notified them about our excursions!
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Great service at Avalon at Shelton CT. February 2018

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I had the misfortune of dropping my cell phone down the garbage chute. Needless to say I was distraught. I went to the office and Pete from maintenance was there for me within 5minutes. I felt like a complete idiot for dropping my cell phone in the chute. Pete was so supportive and willing to help. He was like superman to me. I'll never forget his professional and kind approach. He retrieved my phone successfully. Truly grateful. Thanks Pete, Five Stars for you
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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)—SEURRE 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® with a brief evening cruise to Seurre.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN SEURRE

(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.

Later on board your ship, be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance Lecture, and 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

Enjoy a free day in Lyon, or choose a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through the city to discover why it is known as the gastronomic capital of France!

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.

EVENING CRUISE TO TOURNON

(B,L,D)

Day 7

TOURNON/TAIN L’HERMITAGE 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.

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 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

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 that inspired the works of Vincent van Gogh.

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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES

(B,L,D)

Day 10

ARLES (DISEMBARKATION)—CÔTE D’AZUR Spectacular Seascapes of the French Riviera

After breakfast this morning, you’ll drive to the Côte d’Azur for your last night in France. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Côte d’Azur stretches along France’s Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy.

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Day 11

CÔTE D’AZUR- BARCELONA, SPAIN After breakfast at your Avalon hotel, an included transfer takes you to Nice airport for your flight to Barcelona, where you will join your Monograms vacation.

(B)

Day 12

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 13

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

(B)

Day 14

BARCELONA Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)

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Price Per Day:

$ 353 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$ 5,497YesPlease Call Reserve
Jun-02-2019Jun-15-2019$ 5,597YesAvailable Reserve
Jun-16-2019Jun-29-2019$ 5,597YesPlease Call Reserve
Jul-14-2019Jul-27-2019$ 5,597YesAvailable Reserve
Jul-28-2019Aug-10-2019$ 5,597YesAvailable Reserve
Aug-25-2019Sep-07-2019$ 5,597YesAvailable Reserve
Sep-08-2019Sep-21-2019$ 5,697YesAvailable 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 $186. 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 $418 to $758, in twin room from $238 to $398

Extra nights per person in Barcelona:

in single room $239, in twin room $130

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 / $1149
A / Sapphire Deck / $1199
P / Royal Deck / $1299
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2199

NOTE:
  • Special Interest Cruise: Wine Appreciation November 3
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
WJL2-T1|Wine Lovers departure
Local Flights Participation in this tour requires a purchase of additional local flights.
Accomodations


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

Carlton Intercontinental

This glamorous hotel is a true landmark overlooking the Mediterranean Sea that has been enjoyed by prestigious guests for over a century. Facilities include a Belle-Epoque style restaurant, a private sandy beach with a summer restaurant (open April - Oct) and pier, the legendary Carlton Bar and Terrace as well as a fitness center. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available in all public areas, access in guestrooms is subject to a fee (payable locally).


Cannes
France
58 Blvd De La Croisette Bp155

Fairmont Monte Carlo

Resort and Convention Complex jutting over the Mediterranean, overlooking the Grand Prix Racecourse - 35 minutes from airport.


Monte Carlo
Monaco
12 Avenue des Spelugues

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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