Sounds of Jazz from Burgundy & Provence – Cruise Only

Sounds of Jazz from Burgundy & Provence – Cruise Only 2017

8 Day River Cruise from Arles to St. Jean-de-Losne

2017 Information

Opportunities abound on this delightful vacation to learn about France and the French. Your adventure begins when you embark your ship in Arles in the Provence region. Sail into the peaceful Camargue area (daylight permitting) before returning northward up the scenic Rhône and Saône Rivers. Then, explore Avignon, charming Viviers, medieval Tournon, Vienne, France’s gastronomical capital of Lyon, and St. Jean de Losne. And as this is a cruise with a Jazz theme, you’ll enjoy several onboard jazz performances and the chance to visit the Vienne Jazz Festival on your own.


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Highlights & Sightseeing

Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM

Day 1 Arles, France (Embarkation): welcome to France! onboard welcome reception; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)

Day 2 Arles:
guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheater; evening jazz band entertainment

Day 3 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes

Day 4 Cruising–Viviers: guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 5 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; onboard jazz music entertainment; guided walk in Vienne; free time to visit the Vienne Jazz Festival

Day 6 Lyon: guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill

Day 7 Cruising-St. Jean de Losne: day at leisure; cheese tasting; onboard jazz performance

Day 8 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

Meals

  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Farewell dinner
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel

NOTES:

  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • In the event that the TGV is unavailable due to strikes or technical reasons, the transfer from Dijon to Paris will be operated by motorcoach.

Day-By-Day Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Arles, France (Embarkation)

Welcome to France!This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel which is docked in Arles, in the Provence region. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception, then sail toward the mouth of the Rhône for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting). (Dinner)

Day 2Arles

In Arles, capital of the Provence, join your Local Guide for a GUIDED CITY TOUR. See the church of St. Trophime, dating from the 12th century, and visit the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER. Still used today, the amphitheater dates to the 1st century, and was constructed to hold over 20,000 spectators. Vincent Van Gogh was inspired by the special light of the Provence and spent a very productive year in Arles. This evening a jazz band comes on board, to entertain you. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3Avignon

During the night, set sail for Avignon, where you arrive during breakfast. During your GUIDED TOUR you may choose to join an included visit of the PALACE OF THE POPES, built in the 14th century as the sovereign popes’ residence. With a living space equivalent to four gothic cathedrals, it is the largest gothic fortress in the world. Alternatively, you may opt for only city sightseeing and more free time to explore on your own, or to join an optional outing to Pont du Gard or to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4Cruising–Viviers

A leisurely morning on board to relax and enjoy the passing scenery. After lunch, join your LOCAL GUIDE for a walk around the charming town of Viviers, which developed around its ROMANESQUE CATHEDRAL. The OLD TOWN has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman, and medieval influences. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Vienne

The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage lie nestled among vineyards between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. Enjoy a GUIDED WALK of Tournon, one of France’s oldest medieval cities, with its imposing 16th-century castle and Roman ruins. A Light Jazz Duo will play on board this afternoon, offering relaxing background music as you cruise to Vienne. Arriving in Vienne in the late afternoon, a GUIDED WALK shows you the charming little town surrounded by steep hills—one of the oldest towns in the region. Explore the town center to see the Roman Theater, which once held 13,000 spectators, and the Augustus and Livia Temple, built around 20 BC and converted into a church in the Middle Ages. This evening there is time for you to visit the well-known Vienne Jazz Festival, on your own. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6Lyon

Lyon is France’s third-largest city and its gastronomic capital. Founded by the Romans in 43 BC, the city’s prosperity dates back to the 16th century and is due to commercial, industrial, and banking activities. Roman remains, many excellent museums, and much renaissance architecture delight visitors. You are joined by a LOCAL GUIDE as you survey the city from Fourvière Hill and explore the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its maze of medieval alleyways and Place des Terreaux, a popular area with lively cafés, monuments, and the famous fountain often depicted on postcards. Be sure to sample Beaujolais, the wine of the region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7Cruising–St. Jean de Losne

A leisurely day today to enjoy your final day on board. If you prefer to stay busy, a choice of optional excursions, including a visit to a wine cellar, is available. While sailing to St. Jean de Losne, enjoy an onboard CHEESE TASTING. On this final night on board, enjoy the strains of Gypsy Jazz, a style of jazz often said to have been started by guitarist Jean “Django” Reinhardt in the 1930s. Because its origins are largely in France, it is often called by the French name “Jazz Manouche” (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

No Excursions are available at this time.

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