Burgundy & Provence Jazz River Cruise – Avalon France

Sounds of Jazz from Burgundy & Provence 2018

11 Day River Cruise from Cote d'Azur to Paris

2018 Information

Take a wondrous journey through beautiful France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too! As this cruise focuses on Jazz, there will be plenty of entertainment on board, from classic to gypsy jazz, and you’ll have the chance to visit the famous Jazz Festival in Vienne.

Begin with an overnight on the captivating French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur. Explore this elegant area and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. On the Rhône River sits Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage are beautifully nestled among vineyards and you’ll go on a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. You’ll be able to enjoy Vienne’s very special atmosphere as it hosts its annual “Jazz à Vienne” festival in the heart of the town. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers and is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Visit the popular Place des Terreaux and stand in front of the famous fountain you’ve seen on postcards.

This river cruise vacation in France would not be complete without a stay 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 city tour will show you the must-see sights and you’ll have free time to bask in the lavish cafés and explore on your own.


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Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Côte d’Azur: welcome to France

Day 2 Côte d’Azur–Transfer to Arles (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)

Day 3 Arles:
guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheater; evening jazz band entertainment

Day 4 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes

Day 5 Cruising–Viviers: guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 6 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 7 Lyon: guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill

Day 8 Cruising–St. Jean de Losne: day at leisure; cheese tasting; onboard jazz entertainment

Day 9 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)–Beaune–Dijon–Paris: visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; TGV train from Dijon to Paris:

Day 10 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing or “Heart of Paris” walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 11 Paris: your vacation ends this morning

Meals

  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or (weather permitting) grill fare at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck
  • Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room
  • Alternative dinner of petite portions or regional specialties with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • 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 a high-speed train is unavailable due to strikes or technical reasons, the route will be operated by motorcoach.

Day-By-Day Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Côte d’Azur, France

Welcome to France! Located between the mountains and the deep-blue Mediterranean Sea, the Côte d’Azur is synonymous with prestige and beauty—with its enchanting yachts, glamorous villas, and famous events. Time at leisure lets you get acquainted with this amazing place.

Day 2Côte d’Azur–Arles (Embarkation)

This morning, enjoy free time to explore or join an optional excursion. In the early afternoon, transfer by motorcoach to Arles in the Provence region, where you’ll board your river cruise vessel. 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). (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3Arles

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 4Avignon

On 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 5Cruising–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 6Tournon/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. Every year, for two weeks, the town hosts an international jazz festival with a very unique atmosphere: “Jazz à Vienne”. There are four festival stages located in the very heart of the town and tonight enjoy free time to visit this lively Jazz Festival, on your own. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7Lyon

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 8Cruising–St. Jean de Losne

A leisurely day today as 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 cruising 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 9St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)–Beaune–Dijon–Paris

After breakfast, head by motorcoach to Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Côte d’Or area and Burgundy’s wine capital. Although life here centers around wine, Beaune offers much more with its ramparts, medieval houses, cobblestone streets, and historical monuments. Visit the HÔTEL-DIEU charity hospital, built in 1443 and paid for by the chancellor of Burgundy after the Hundred Years’ War left many of the town’s population destitute. Today it houses Van der Weyden’s painting of "The Last Judgment" and is one of France’s architectural highlights. After lunch, continue to Dijon, where you board the TGV to Paris, the “City of Light.” (Breakfast)

Day 10Paris

Known as one of the world’s most romantic and lively cities, Paris delights the senses. Your included CITY SIGHTSEEING shows you magnificent must-see sights, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. Alternatively, you may wish to join a GUIDED WALK through historic Île St. Louis with its narrow one-way streets and Île de la Cité, the center of Paris where the medieval city was founded and home to NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. (Breakfast)

Day 11Paris

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Ship Details

Poetry II

Poetry II

The Avalon Poetry II offers a delightfully intimate cruise setting. Like its sister Suite Ships®, the Avalon Artistry II, Avalon Visionary, Avalon Tapestry II, and Avalon Tranquility II, the Poetry II features two full decks of suites featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air BalconySM. With 200 square feet, Panorama SuitesSM are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities include an alternative dining option in the Panorama Bistro, complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, a Fitness Center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro.

Included Amenities

  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
  • Non-smoking interior and staterooms
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Headsets for guided shore excursions in Europe
  • Sightseeing with Certified Local Guides
  • Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
  • Complimentary computer use in public areas
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Bicycles available onboard for complimentary check-out
  • Avalon Choice® cruising experience
  • Choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Independent sightseeing pace options
  • Local FavoritesSM onboard experiences to bring the customs, cultures and tastes of your destinations to life, including local entertainers, artisans & experts
  • Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
  • Sky Deck game area
  • Well-stocked library
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  • Elevator
  • Outside viewing deck
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew and Cruise Director
  • Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
  • Sky Deck whirlpool
  • Hair salon
  • Biking excursions available in Amsterdam and Breisach
  • Alternate light lunch and dinner in the Panorama Bistro
  • Behind-the-scenes galley tour
  • Nordic walking sticks available onboard for complimentary check-out
  • English-speaking TV channels with over 100 free movie options
  • Delectable petite portions of regional specialties, with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
  • Fitness Center
  • Full-size closet mirror

Staterooms & Suites

Avalon Deluxe Stateroom (Cat. D, E) - 172 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Two windows
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
Panorama Suite (Cat. A, B, P) - 200 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Marble countertops in bathroom
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air BalconySM
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Coffee table
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
  • Make-up mirror
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • 6-person sitting area
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Sofa
Royal Suite - 300 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Marble countertops in bathroom
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air BalconySM
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Coffee table
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
  • Make-up mirror
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • 6-person sitting area
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Sofa
  • Double sinks
DECK PLANS

Hotels

Cote d'Azur
Paris

Cote d'Azur

Fairmont Monte Carlo

Fairmont Monte Carlo 12 Avenue des Spelugues, Monte Carlo,   Monaco 12 Avenue des Spelugues
Monte Carlo, Monaco

Free WifiFree Wifi

Hotel as shown or similar
Deluxe

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

Hotel Amenities

Free WiFi
Elevator
Fitness Room
Concierge desk
Bar/Lounge
Spa Services
Dry Cleaning
Pool
Currency Exchange
Business Center
Gift Shop
Beauty Salon
Parking/Valet
Restaurant On-Site
ATM
Room Amenities

Coffee Maker
Non-smoking Rooms
Television
Window Opens
Cable/Satellite
Mini-bar
Hair Dryer
Voicemail
Room Service
Internet Access
In-Room Safe
Climate Control
Desk
Complimentary Toiletries
Air Conditioning
Phone

Carlton Intercontinental

Carlton Intercontinental 58 Blvd De La Croisette Bp155, Cannes,  France 58 Blvd De La Croisette Bp155
Cannes, France

Free WifiFree Wifi

Hotel as shown or similar
Deluxe

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 avilable in all public areas, access in guestrooms is subject to a fee (payable locally).

Hotel Amenities

Free WiFi
Bar/Lounge
Fitness Room
Concierge desk
Gift Shop
Dry Cleaning
Beauty Salon
Business Center
Parking/Valet
Hot Tub
Luggage Storage
Restaurant On-Site
Elevator
Currency Exchange
Room Amenities

Room Service
In-Room Safe
Alarm Clock
Pay Movies
Hair Dryer
Complimentary Newspaper
Climate Control
Iron/Ironing Board
Wake-Up Calls
Desk
Complimentary Toiletries
Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
Mini-bar
Smoking Rooms
Window Opens
Internet Access
Phone
Voicemail
Disabled Access / Rooms
Non-smoking Rooms
Television
Cable/Satellite

Paris

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel 18,Avenue De Suffren, Paris,   France 18,Avenue De Suffren
Paris, France

Free WifiFree Wifi

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class

Enjoying an unbeatable location next to the iconic Eiffel Tower, this 456-room sleek, modern hotel offers Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout and has a California-inspired Brasserie with open kitchen and stylish wine bar. Other amenities include a large gym on the 9th floor with panoramic rooftop vistas.

Hotel Amenities

Fitness Room
Ice Machine
Luggage Storage
Elevator
Dry Cleaning
Bar/Lounge
Business Center
Restaurant On-Site
Parking/Valet
Free WiFi
Concierge desk
Room Amenities

Desk
Complimentary Toiletries
Disabled Access / Rooms
Mini-bar
Pay Movies
Iron/Ironing Board
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Television
Non-smoking Rooms
In-Room Safe
Window Opens
Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
Phone
Room Service
Air Conditioning
Wake-Up Calls
Climate Control
Cable/Satellite
Internet Access

Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris

Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris 51-57 Rue De Courcelles, Paris,  France 51-57 Rue De Courcelles
Paris, France

Hotel as shown or similar
Deluxe

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

Hotel Amenities

Spa Services
Elevator
Fitness Room
Business Center
Currency Exchange
Hot Tub
Parking/Valet
Restaurant On-Site
Dry Cleaning
Bar/Lounge
Concierge desk
Room Amenities

Air Conditioning
Iron/Ironing Board
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Complimentary Newspaper
Room Service
Voicemail
Mini-bar
Window Opens
Non-smoking Rooms
In-Room Safe
Pay Movies
Cable/Satellite
Internet Access
Television
Phone
Desk

InterContinental Paris Le Grand

InterContinental Paris Le Grand 2 rue Scribe, Paris,  France 2 rue Scribe
Paris, France

Hotel as shown or similar
Deluxe

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.

Hotel Amenities

Elevator
Business Center
Spa Services
Gift Shop
Restaurant On-Site
Concierge desk
Luggage Storage
Dry Cleaning
Currency Exchange
Room Amenities

Mini-bar
Hair Dryer
Room Service
In-Room Safe
Television
Complimentary Toiletries
Non-smoking Rooms
Coffee Maker
Wake-Up Calls
Desk
Window Opens
Internet Access
Cable/Satellite
Voicemail
Disabled Access / Rooms
Air Conditioning
Alarm Clock
Phone

 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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