Burgundy & Provence (wine Appreciation)
from $5321
Duration: 8 Days
Take a delightful river cruise through France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in well-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.

A Master of Wine will accompany you on your French river cruise with presentations, tastings, and wine pairings along the way.

Board your Avalon Suite Ship on the Saône in St Jean de Losne, and cruise to Mâcon for an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar. Visit Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, founded by the Romans in 43 BC, which sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers and is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. See the popular Place des Terreaux with its lively cafés and monuments and stand in front of the famous fountain you’ve seen on postcards. Take a culinary walk and enjoy a tour of 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. Enjoy a guided walk with a wine-and-chocolate tasting or a walk in the vineyards. Continue your river cruise to historical Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest Gothic fortress in the world – and take a guided tour to Châteauneuf du Pape. 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.

Please note: Itinerary is based on 2022 and is subject to change. Full details will be confirmed in 2022.
Day 1 ST. 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 MACON (D)
Day 2 MACON
Wine on the Stunning Saone Visit the Adventure centre for today's activities with your Adventure Host. Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Macon along the majestic Saone River. DISCOVERY - Join a lecture about wine hosted by your Master of Wine while sailing to Macon. DISCOVERY - Join an excursion that will take you to a Chardonnay cellar for a wine tasting. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN TREVOUX (B,L,D)
Day 3 LYON
La Vie En Rose in Lyon Sail for lovely Lyon this morning. DISCOVERY - Enjoy an onboard cheese and wine tasting hosted by your Master of Wine while sailing to Lyon. ACTIVE - Discover Lyon's architectural district by bike with your Adventure Host,, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhone and Saone rivers meet, OR: CLASSIC - Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon from Fourviere Hill with its numerous churches. You'll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafes, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux. DISCOVERY - Be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance your lecture on board your ship. Later enjoy live entertainment after dinner. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON (B,L,D)
Day 4 LYON
Adventures in Food and Wine DISCOVERY - Join a Culinary Walk through the city to discover why Lyon is known as the gastronomic capital of France. DISCOVERY - Take a guided tour to the lovely Beaujolais area and learn more about its light and pleasant wine. DISCOVERY - This evening, join an onboard food and wine pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine. EVENING CRUISE TO TOURNON (B,L,D)
Day 5 TOURNON
A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards ACTIVE - Hike in the vineyards and take in the breathtaking views from the hills (weather permitting), OR: 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 Rhone River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. The tour also includes a wine and chocolate tasting at the Cite du Chocolat at Valrhona. 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. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AVIGNON (B,L,D)
Day 6 AVIGNON
The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence Join your Adventure Host for today's special activities. 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. DISCOVERY - Enjoy a trip to the famed wine cellars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhone wine region. Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment. EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES (B,L,D)
Day 7 ARLES
Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights ACTIVE - Get your daily dose of exercise through Nordic walking in Arles with your Adventure Host,. OR; DISCOVERY - Attend a Painting Workshop to learn techniques of Vincent van Gogh. Create your own painting in the style of the legendary artist, OR: 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. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrieres de Lumieres (Cathedral of Images) a unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d'Enfer. Take free time to stop in Le Cafe van Gogh for a glass of wine. EVENING CRUISE TO PORT ST. LOUIS (B,L,D)
Day 8 PORT ST. LOUIS (DISEMBARKATION)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Marseille airport before 10 am. (B)
Departure Date:
2023-10-31
Return Date:
2023-11-07
Single : 7986NZD
Twin : 5321NZD
Open
Departure Date:
2023-10-17
Return Date:
2023-10-24
Single : 8649NZD
Twin : 5749NZD
Open

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