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AVALON WATERWAYS
11 Days | Burgundy and Provence with Paris
Southbound (WJL)


PARIS TO COTE D'AZUR

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. (B)

Day 2 | Paris. Cafés, Cathedrals, and Canvases—The City of Lights Truly Shines. Spend your free time strolling through the Champs-Élysées for café au lait and croissants, see the exhibits at the Louvre, or 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. (B,D)

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.

Day 3 | Dijon. Beaune. St. Jean de Losne. Embark. Take a High-Speed Train from Paris to Dijon, to drive on to Beaune. This afternoon, travel to St. Jean de Losne to board your Suite Ship® and enjoy a brief evening cruise to Seurre. (B,D)

Classic — Visit the Hôtel-Dieu Charity Hospital in Beaune, built in 1443, today home of Van der Weyden’s painting of the Last Judgment and is one of France’s architectural highlights.

Day 4 | Macon. 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. Enjoy live entertainment while sailing for Trévoux this evening. (B,L,D)

Discovery — Later, enjoy a delicious Cheese Tasting on board your ship.

Day 5 | Lyon. Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France. Sail for lovely Lyon this morning. Spend free time riding a bike through Lyon’s town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet. Later on board your ship, be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance Lecture, and enjoy live entertainment after dinner. (B,L,D)

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.

Day 6 | Lyon. French Food and Wine—La Vie En Rose in Lyon. Enjoy a free day in Lyon, or choose a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through the city to discover why it is known as the gastronomic capital of France!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. (B,L,D)

Day 7 | Tournon. Tain l'Hermitage. Viviers. A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards. (B,L,D)

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.

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.

Day 8 | Avignon. The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence. 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. (B,L,D)

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.

Day 9 | Arles. Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights. 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. (B,L,D)

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 that inspired the works of Vincent van Gogh.

Day 10 | Arles. Disembark. Cote d'Azur. Spectacular Seascapes of the French RivieraAfter breakfast this morning, you’ll drive to the Côte d’Azur for your last night in France. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Côte d’Azur stretches along France’s Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy. (B)

Day 11 | Cote d'Azur. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the itinerary schedule you receive with your final documents.

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11 DAYS | PARIS TO COTE D'AZUR

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