Paris to Aix-en-Provence & Nice River Cruise - Avalon Europe

Burgundy & Provence with Aix-en-Provence & Nice - Southbound 2018

14 Day River Cruise from Paris to Nice

2018 Information

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 take the high-speed train to Dijon and continue by motorcoach to fascinating Beaune for a visit of Hôtel-Dieu. Next, board your river cruise 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 cruise ship in Arles and transfer to Aix en Provence for the start of your Monograms extension. With two overnights, enjoy guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide, walk along the 17th-century Cours Mirabeau—a lively area with fountains, elegant homes, and famous cafés—and visit the Cathedral of the Holy Savior, known for its mishmash of architectural styles. This was Cézanne’s hometown, and in your free time, you may want to take a tour following in his footsteps. Perhaps take an excursion to Cassis with an included cruise, soak in Aix-en-Provence's healing thermal baths, or shop for lavender and other local specialties.

Finally, we’ll whisk you via high-speed train to Nice for your final two nights in France. Here, you’ll walk through 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. In both cities, we provide the services of Local Hosts®—a “friend in the city” to answer questions, share inside information, and help arrange your activities and excursions. Your Local Host can also provide suggestions for the best places to sample the local specialties, as well as be there to help you feel comfortable in each city. Transfers to and from your hotels and train stations, and hotel reservations with daily breakfasts, are included.

Combine Cruise with a Monograms Vacation

Monograms is independent travel without the hassles that typically come with "ordinary" independent travel. With Monograms, you never have to worry about whether or not your hotel will have your reservation, how to get from here to there, or where to go once you get to your destination—it's the perfect addition to your Avalon river cruise! Avalon makes it easy to add a Monograms London, Paris & London, Aix-en-Provence & Nice package, Barcelona or Zürich with Mount Pilatus & Lake Como to your river cruise.

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Highlights & Sightseeing

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Burgundy & Provence with Aix-en-Provence & Nice for Wine Lovers - Southbound - 10/25/2018
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Days 1-2 Paris: welcome to France; guided sightseeing on Day 2

Day 3 Paris–Dijon–Beaune–St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation)–Seurre: TGV train from Paris to Dijon. Motorcoach transfer to Beaune, visit the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Seurre–Macon: leisurely cruising; free time in Mâcon; onboard cheese tasting

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

Day 6 Lyon: a free day to explore this fascinating city at leisure

Day 7 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–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: cruise into the Camargue region (daylight permitting); guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater

Day 10 Arles (Disembarkation)–Aix-en-Provence: travel by motorcoach to Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence & Nice: 4 nights hotel accommodation with buffet breakfast (B); Monograms Local Host Service & Destination Guides with city maps; guided sightseeing, inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE; high-speed TGV train (first class) from Aix-en-Provence to Nice; transfers from ship to Aix-en- Provence hotel and to/from train stations.

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

  • Departure October 25 is offered as exclusive Wine Appreciation Cruises, including special lectures and tastings at no additional cost. Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished wine authority will teach you the ropes as you visit a wine village and attend tastings to test your newfound talent.
  • 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 Paris, France

Welcome to Paris, France’s capital on the River Seine and the “City of Light,” where romance fills the air!

Day 2Paris

Known as one of the world’s most passionate and lively cities, Paris delights the senses. Your included CITY SIGHTSEEING shows you magnificent must-see sights, such as 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. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre museum or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. (Breakfast)

Day 3Paris–Dijon–Beaune–St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation)–Seurre

This morning, board the TGV train to Dijon and from there, drive to Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Côte d’Or area. Beaune owes its wealth to the production, aging, and selling of fine wines. Although life here centers around wine, Beaune offers much more. 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. Then, continue to St. Jean de Losne, where you’ll board your river cruise vessel. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception as your ship departs for Seurre. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4Seurre–Macon

Enjoy some leisurely cruising this morning. In the afternoon, you might choose to participate in an optional excursion, such as to a Chardonnay wine cellar, before your ship arrives in Mâcon. In the late afternoon, enjoy an ONBOARD CHEESE TASTING. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5Lyon

Lyon, France’s third-largest city and its gastronomic capital, was 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, excellent museums, and renaissance architecture delight visitors. A LOCAL GUIDE joins you as you survey the city from Fourvière Hill and explore the Old Town 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6Lyon

Enjoy a free day in this fascinating city to explore at leisure. Early risers might like to visit the local produce market. Perhaps wander through one of Lyon’s parks, discover some of the murals (there are over 100), or select one of the available optional excursions. Be sure to taste the gastronomic delights and sample Beaujolais, the wine of the region; wine connoisseurs know that the grapes must be hand picked. Your Cruise Director will have plenty of suggestions for things to do. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Viviers

The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage lie nestled among vineyards between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. A LOCAL GUIDE will show you Tournon, one of France’s oldest medieval cities, with its imposing 16th-century castle and Roman ruins. Arriving in Viviers in the afternoon, a GUIDED WALK shows you this charming town that developed around its ROMANESQUE CATHEDRAL. The OLD TOWN has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman, and medieval influences. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8Avignon

The fortified city of Avignon is the capital of the Vaucluse region, the most picturesque part of Provence with its intact ramparts encircling the entire city, cobblestone streets and squares, and private mansions built in the 18th and 19th centuries. Known as the “City of Popes,” it was the center of the Catholic Church in the 14th century. 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. A photo of the famous Pont Saint Bénezet (Saint Bénezet Bridge), of the popular song Sur le Pont d’Avignon, is a must. Optional outings to Pont du Gard or to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape are available. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9Arles

This morning, wake up early to the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting) before arriving in Arles after breakfast. Located on the northern tip of the Camargue, Arles is capital of the Provence region. Your LOCAL GUIDE will show you highlights of the city and you’ll visit the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER. Still used today, it dates to the 1st century and was constructed to hold more than 20,000 spectators. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10Arles (Disembarkation)–Aix-en-Provence

Leave your Avalon vacation one day early upon disembarkation in Arles, and take the included transfer to Aix-en-Provence to join your Monograms package. Your guided walking tour takes in 17th-century Cours Mirabeau boulevard, a lively area with fountains, elegant homes, and famous cafés. Admire the Mazarin Quarter, City Hall, the Jewish Quarter, and visit the CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLY SAVIOUR, known for its interesting combination of architectural styles and The Burning Bush triptych art masterpiece by Nicolas Froment. (Breakfast)

Day 11Aix-en-Provence

Your Local Host can suggest some wonderful options for your day at leisure in Cézanne’s hometown—like a visit to the artist’s studio; a French cooking lesson; where to sample Côte-de- Provence wine and boeuf-en-daube; and the best places to shop for faience pottery and colorful Provençal cloth. (Breakfast)

Day 12Aix-en-Provence–Nice

Travel by HIGH-SPEED TGV TRAIN (first class) to Nice. Your guided sightseeing features the PROMENADE DES ANGLAIS, originally built in the second half of the 18th century and the most famous boulevard in Nice. Walk through the OLD TOWN to admire fine examples of the Belle Époque. See Cours Saleya with the Kings of Sardinia Palace and flower market; and lovely Palace Square with Palais de Justice and Palais Rusca. (Breakfast)

Day 13Nice

Your Local Host has recommendations for your full day at leisure on the beautiful Côte d’Azur, such as an excursion to picturesque Êze and Monaco, a round of golf in beautiful Cannes, a visit to the Marc Chagall Museum, or the best place to relax on the beach. (Breakfast)

Day 14Nice

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

Paris
Aix en Provence
Nice

Paris

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

Pullman Paris Montparnasse

Pullman Paris Montparnasse 19 Rue Du Comm.Mouchotte, Paris 14,   France 19 Rue Du Comm.Mouchotte
Paris 14, France

Free WifiFree Wifi

Hotel as shown or similar

This plush 953 room hotel offers a perfect base in the city's chic artistic hub. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all the guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. A fitness room, contemporary style restaurant with traditional French cuisine and a trendy lobby lounge serving drinks, snacks and cocktails complete the amenities.

Hotel Amenities

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

Internet Access
Mini-bar
Alarm Clock
In-Room Safe
Climate Control
Desk
Complimentary Toiletries
Room Service
Television
Cable/Satellite
Phone
Air Conditioning
Pay Movies
Wake-Up Calls
Hair Dryer
Voicemail

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

Aix en Provence

Grand Hotel Roi René

Grand Hotel Roi René 24 Boulevard Du Roi Rene, Aix-En-Provence,  France 24 Boulevard Du Roi Rene
Aix-En-Provence, France

Free WifiFree Wifi

Hotel as shown or similar

This inviting 134 room boutique property is built in a courtyard style around the swimming pool and garden terrace. Free Wi-Fi access is avilable 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 savoured on the outdoor terrace and the hotel bar offers a good choice of snacks and drinks.

Hotel Amenities

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

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

Nice

Aston La Scala

Aston La Scala 12, Avenue Felix-Faure, Nice,   France 12, Avenue Felix-Faure
Nice, France

Free WifiFree Wifi

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class

This recently restored, 7-storey 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.

Hotel Amenities

Business Center
Restaurant On-Site
Pool
Elevator
Bar/Lounge
Free WiFi
Luggage Storage
Concierge desk
Currency Exchange
Room Amenities

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

 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)

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