Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights in Aix-en-Provence & 2 Nights in Nice (Southbound)

12 Day River Cruise St. Jean-de-Losne to Nice

Vacation Overview

Take a delightful river cruise through France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in known French treasures and some hidden gems too! Take in the beautiful countryside, quaint villages and towns, as you sail through the most captivating views of France. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. You’ll have plenty of time to explore this historical city further and be sure to sample Beaujolais, the famous wine of the region. Beautifully nestled among vineyards, you’ll find the city of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Continue your river 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, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheatre, which hosts plays and concerts to this day.

Disembark your ship in Port-Saint-Louis and continue your Avalon YourWay river cruise vacation with two nights each in Aix-en-Provence and Nice after your cruise. In both cities, enjoy buffet breakfast daily, assistance from your personal Monograms Local Host®, guided sightseeing, destination guide with city map, and transfers to or from ship, hotel, and train stations. Visit the Cathedral of the Holy Savior, known for its mix of architectural styles.

Depart Aix-en-Provence via high-speed train to spend two nights in Nice. Explore the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais, Nice’s most famous boulevard. In your free time, perhaps take an excursion to Monaco, St. Tropez, or Cannes—known for its famous film festival.

Itinerary

 

Day 1ST. JEAN DE LOSNE, FRANCE (EMBARKATION)

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.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MÂCON

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Day 2MÂCON

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

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Day 3LYON

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

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Day 4LYON

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

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Day 5TOURNON

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

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Day 6AVIGNON

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

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Day 7ARLES

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

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Day 8PORT-SAINT-LOUIS (DISEMBARKATION)—AIX-EN-PROVENCE

Leave your Avalon vacation upon disembarkation in Port-Saint-Louis, and take the included transfer to Aix-en-Provence to join your Monograms package. Your guided walking tour includes a visit to the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour, known for its interesting combination of architectural styles and The Burning Bush triptych art masterpiece by Nicolas Froment.

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Day 9AIX-EN-PROVENCE

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Cézanne’s hometown. Your Local Host will help you get the most out of your stay.

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Day 10AIX-EN-PROVENCE—NICE

Travel by high-speed TGV train (first class) to Nice. Your 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 11NICE

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

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Day 12NICE

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Vacation Highlights

Day 1 St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Mâcon: leisurely cruising; onboard cheese tasting

Day 3 Lyon: guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill; lecture on board

Day 4 Lyon: culinary tour

Day 5 Tournon—Viviers: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 6 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes

Day 7 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater, or painting workshop

Day 8 Port-Saint-Louis (Disembarkation)—Aix-en-Provence: transfer to Aix-en-Provence; guided walking tour, visit Cathedral of the Holy Saviour

Day 9 Aix-en-Provence: day at leisure

Day 10 Aix-en-Provence—Nice: travel to Nice by high-speed TGV train (first class); guided walking tour with Promenade des Anglais and the Old Town

Day 11 Nice: day at leisure

Day 12 Nice: your vacation ends this morning

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Hotels

Aix en Provence

Grand Hotel Roi René

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class

This inviting 134 room boutique property is built in a courtyard style around the swimming pool and garden terrace. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. A beautiful seasonal outdoor swimming pool and terrace offer the perfect place to relax and unwind. The hotel restaurant serves traditional southern French cuisine which can also be savored on the outdoor terrace and the hotel bar offers a good choice of snacks and drinks.

Nice

Aston La Scala

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class

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.

No Excursions are available at this time.

Dates and Prices

Find the vacation dates that work for you, click "Reserve Now" for a vacation quote. You'll be able to select the number of people traveling, add Travel Protection, and also get an air-inclusive vacation price. You'll find we offer competitive and hassle-free air-inclusive vacations where you receive free airport transfers and flights coordinated with vacation dates.

The price listed does not include your airfare, taxes or fees. Once you click "Reserve Now", you will be able to receive an air quote and a final cruise quote.



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03/31/20 04/11/20 00331 Poetry II $4,561
$3,811
$5,710
$4,960
$6,760
$6,010
Special Interest
04/14/20 04/25/20 00414 Poetry II $4,946 $6,095 $7,145 Reserve Now
04/28/20 05/09/20 00428 Poetry II $5,360
$4,860
$6,310
$5,810
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05/26/20 06/06/20 00526 Poetry II $5,461
$5,211
$6,660
$6,410
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06/09/20 06/20/20 00609 Poetry II Sold Out $6,581
$6,331
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07/07/20 07/18/20 00707 Poetry II Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out NOT AVAILABLE   
07/21/20 08/01/20 00721 Poetry II $5,357
$4,857
$6,506
$6,006
$7,556
$7,056
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08/18/20 08/29/20 00818 Poetry II $5,411
$4,911
$6,560
$6,060
$7,610
$7,110
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09/01/20 09/12/20 00901 Poetry II $5,561
$5,061
$6,710
$6,210
$7,760
$7,260
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09/15/20 09/26/20 00915 Poetry II $5,561
$5,311
$6,710
$6,460
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10/13/20 10/24/20 01013 Poetry II $5,361
$4,611
$6,510
$5,760
$7,560
$6,810
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10/27/20 11/07/20 01027 Poetry II $5,095 $6,045 $7,095 Special Interest
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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 Nice:
in single room from $184 to $658,in twin room from $102 to $331

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 25



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