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

15 Day River Cruise Paris to Barcelona

Vacation overview

Begin your vacation in France before your cruise with two overnights in Paris—the “City of Light.” See the famous landmarks of 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 Beaune’s Hotel-Dieu Charity Hospital—built in 1443 and home of Van der Weyden’s “The Last Judgement.” Sail to the Chardonnay wine region of Mâcon, enjoying cheese tasting on board. You’ll visit Lyon, a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture, as well as France’s gastronomic capital. See the sights in Lyon 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 and Roman ruins are the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage. Take a guided walk to see the medieval treasures of Tournon, including its 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.

Disembark your Avalon YourWay cruise in Port-Saint-Louis, and continue your vacation your way with two nights in Nice and three 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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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Day 11   NICE

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

Day 12   NICE—BARCELONA, SPAIN

Transfer to Nice airport for your flight to Barcelona.

Day 13   BARCELONA

Your morning guided sightseeing includes a drive along elegant Passeig de Gràcia to see the captivating façades of Gaudí’s La Pedrera and Casa Batllò, and an inside visit of the extraordinary Sagrada Familia Basilica.

Day 14   BARCELONA

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

Day 15   BARCELONA

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Vacation Highlights

Day 1 Paris: welcome to France

Day 2 Paris: guided sightseeing

Day 3 Dijon—Beaune—St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation): high-speed train to Dijon; motor coach transfer to Beaune, visit the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Mâcon: leisurely cruising; onboard cheese tasting

Day 5 Lyon: guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill; lecture on board

Day 6 Lyon: culinary tour

Day 7 Tournon—Viviers: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 8 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes

Day 9 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop

Day 10 Port-Saint-Louis (Disembarkation)—Nice: transfer from your ship to Nice; guided walking tour with Promenade des Anglais and the Old Town

Day 11 Nice: day at leisure

Day 12 Nice—Barcelona, Spain: transfer to Nice airport for your flight to Barcelona

Day 13 Barcelona: guided sightseeing, visit Sagrada Familia Basilica

Day 14 Barcelona: day at leisure

Day 15 Barcelona: 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.


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Packages

Paris

Paris

Eat Your Way Around the City of Light like a True Parisian

Eat Your Way Around the City of Light like a True Parisian

Immerse yourself on our food and cultural tour of Paris where you will find out why the French food and culinary tradition has been even added to the UNESCO heritage list!

Price Range: $$

A Ride on the Paris Metro to Le Marais

A Ride on the Paris Metro to Le Marais

Feel like a true Parisian on this guided excursion as you ride the Metro to the chic Le Marais district to explore its ancient architecture, fascinating Jewish Quarter, and hub of cafés, galleries, and boutiques!

Price Range: $

Lyon

Lyon

Medieval Pérouges

Medieval Pérouges

Discover one of the most beautiful medieval walled towns in France on this half-day guided tour of Pérouges, idyllic movie set from the 1973 version of "The Three Musketeers"!

Price Range: $$

Lyon Culinary Journey: Les Halles de Paul Bocuse

Lyon Culinary Journey: Les Halles de Paul Bocuse

Discover just what makes Lyon cuisine so famous around the world on this delicious guided foodie walking tour.

Price Range: $$

Create Your Own Wine Experience

Create Your Own Wine Experience

Create your very own wine during this fun, hands-on wine-blending workshop. You'll even head home with a custom-labeled bottle of your final masterpiece!

Price Range: $$$

Avignon

Avignon

Pont du Gard, Ancient Engineering Wonder

Pont du Gard, Ancient Engineering Wonder

Visit the masterpiece of ancient engineering that supplied water to Nîmes during the Roman Empire -- towering, triple-tiered Pont du Gard -- on this incredible half-day guided tour.

Price Range: $$

Arles

Arles

Olive Oil Tasting in Les Baux de Provence

Olive Oil Tasting in Les Baux de Provence

Travel into the heart of Provence on this exciting half-day guided visit of an olive farm and olive mill with a tasting of locally produced olive oil!

Price Range: $$

From the Cathedral of Images to Saint-Rémy de Provence

From the Cathedral of Images to Saint-Rémy de Provence

Stimulate your senses on this unbelievable excursion to Carrières de Lumières, the world-famous Cathedral of Images in a former limestone quarry, past the fantastical rock formations of Hell Valley, and then to charming Saint-Rémy in the heart of Provence.

Price Range: $$

Cote d'Azur

Cote d'Azur

Grace, Glamour & Glitter: Monaco at Night with Dinner

Grace, Glamour & Glitter: Monaco at Night with Dinner

The tiny Principality of Monaco delivers a big experience on this unforgettable evening excursion featuring guided sightseeing and an exquisite 3-course dinner with wine in Monte Carlo.

Price Range: $$$

Barcelona

Barcelona

Spanish Tapas Walking Tour for Foodies

Spanish Tapas Walking Tour for Foodies

Explore and taste your way in some of Barcelona's most lively tapas bars on this fun guided foodie walking tour!

Price Range: $$

Barcelona on Two Wheels: City Highlights

Barcelona on Two Wheels: City Highlights

Explore some of Barcelona's greatest wonders on this exhilarating guided bike tour.

Price Range: $

Spanish Chef for a Day

Spanish Chef for a Day

Hands-on cooking experience consisting in the preparation of a Spanish meal.

Price Range: $$

Barcelona Markets Tour with Tastings

Barcelona Markets Tour with Tastings

Learn all about Catalan cuisine and Spanish gastronomy on this exciting foodie market tour with a professional chef! Taste and sample your way through two of Barcelona¿s most famous markets, and visit traditional grocers selected by the chef.

Price Range: $

Magical Montserrat with Monastery, Funicular & Nature Hike

Magical Montserrat with Monastery, Funicular & Nature Hike

Experience the magic of Montserrat on this engaging day trip featuring the thousand-year-old Benedictine monastery, a scenic funicular ride, and a guided nature trek through Montserrat Natural Park!

Price Range: $$

Barcelona Sailboat Brunch Cruise

Barcelona Sailboat Brunch Cruise

This memorable excursion has it all-a relaxing sailboat cruise past Barcelona¿s most famous sights, a delicious brunch at sea, and even time for a refreshing plunge into the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean!

Price Range: $$

Barcelona by Land, Air & Sea

Barcelona by Land, Air & Sea

Barcelona's magic comes to life by land, air, and sea as you travel by electric bike, cable car, and boat to discover the city's most iconic sights!

Price Range: $$

Packages

Packages

Celebration Packages

Celebration Packages

Celebrating a birthday or anniversary while you're cruising? Add an Avalon Celebration Package to your vacation. You can make your special day even more memorable with special touches ranging from flowers to a private cocktail reception.

Price Range: $$$$


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Important Notes

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  • The following charges are not included in the land/cruise vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; intra-vacation air, unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees, including the September 11th Security fee up to $11.20 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $4.10 per segment, and U.S. and international arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship's crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Avalon menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.
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