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01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Burgundy and Provence 2019

Take a wondrous journey through beautiful France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too

Fly Cruise
10 nights from £2957pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Monte Carlo
  • Arles
  • Avignon
  • Viviers
  • Lyon
  • Paris

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Take a wondrous journey through beautiful France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightsee-ing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too.

Begin with an overnight on the captivating Côte d’Azur. Explore this elegant area and relax along the remark-ably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. On the Rhône River sits Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage are beautifully nestled among vineyards and you’ll go on a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle.

Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers and is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Visit the popular Place des Terreaux and stand in front of the famous fountain you’ve seen on postcards. This river cruise vacation across France would not be complete without a stay in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! The City of Light has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Lou-vre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. A city tour will show you all the must-see sights and you’ll have free time to bask in the lavish cafés and enjoy the city at your own pace.

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Cote d'Azur to Paris

Day 1 - UK - Cote d'Azur (France)

Fly from the UK to the Cote d'Azur. Take free time today to admire Côte d’Azur with its enchanting yachts, glamorous villas, and famous events. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Côte d’Azur stretches along France’s Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy. Stay overnight at the Fairmont Monte Carlo or similar.

Day 2 - Côte d'azur - Arles

This morning, enjoy free time to explore. In the early afternoon you’ll drive to Arles to board your Suite Ship®. Before dinner sail toward the mouth of the Rhône for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting). (B,D)

Day 3 - Arles

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Arles—the captivating city of the Provence region. You’ll visit the Roman Amphitheatre in this visually stunning city that inspired the works of Vincent van Gogh or 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. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Avignon

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. Moor overnight in Avignon. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Viviers

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. Cruise overnight to Tournon. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Tournon - Tain l'Hermitage - Lyon

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. In the late morning cruise to Vienne. Join a guided walking tour of Vienne and discover this charming little town surrounded by steep hills. Enjoy live entertainment while sailing to Lyon. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Lyon

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. Cruise overnight to St Jean de Losne. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - St. Jean de losne

Enjoy a leisurely cruising day along the majestic Saône River. Consider a guided optional excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin. Later, enjoy a delicious cheese tasting on board your ship. Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - St. Jean de losne - Beaune - Dijon - Paris

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, take a high-speed train from Dijon to Paris. (B)

Day 10 - Paris

Take a guided walking tour through the Heart of Paris to see the historic Île St. Louis, Île de la Cité, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, or 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. (B)

Day 11 - Paris - UK

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Paris to Cote d'Azur

Day 1 - UK - Paris (France)

Fly from the UK to Paris for a two-night hotel stay.

Day 2 - Paris

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, 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)

Day 3 - Pairs - Dijon - Beaune - St. Jean de Losne - Seurre

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. This afternoon, travel to St. Jean de Losne to board your Suite Ship® and enjoy a brief evening cruise to Seurre. (B,D)

Day 4 - Macon

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. Later, enjoy a delicious Cheese Tasting on board your ship. Enjoy live entertainment while sailing for Trévoux this evening. Moor overnight in Trevoux. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Lyon

Sail for lovely Lyon this morning. 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. Later on board your ship, be our guest for a WWII and French Resistance Lecture, and enjoy live entertainment after dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - 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. Cruise to Tournon this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Tournon - Tain l'Hermitage

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. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Avignon

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. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Arles

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 or 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. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Arles - Côte d'Azur

After 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. Overnight stay at the Fairmont Monte Carlo or similar. (B)

Day 11 - Côte d'Azur - UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise
  • Overnight hotel stay in Monte Carlo
  • 2-night hotel stay in Paris
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Private VIP home pick-up service within 100 miles
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner during the cruise
  • Complimentary tea and coffee during the cruise
  • Daily afternoon tea during the cruise
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi during the cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port and airport taxes
  • Onboard local entertainment during the cruise
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • July
    • Jul 8th - Monte Carlo to Paris - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £2957
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2957 Blue Water Price from: £3057 Blue Water Price from: £3533 Blue Water Price from: £3569 Blue Water Price from: £3605 Blue Water Price from: £5413
    • Jul 22nd - Monte Carlo to Paris - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £3158
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3158 Blue Water Price from: £3297 Blue Water Price from: £3958 Blue Water Price from: £4008 Blue Water Price from: £4058 Blue Water Price from: £5447
    • Jul 28th - Paris to Monte Carlo - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £3718
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3718 Blue Water Price from: £3857 Blue Water Price from: £4518 Blue Water Price from: £4568 Blue Water Price from: £4616
  • August
    • Aug 19th - Monte Carlo to Paris - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £3129
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3129 Blue Water Price from: £3267 Blue Water Price from: £3928 Blue Water Price from: £4028
    • Aug 25th - Paris to Monte Carlo - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £4057
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4057 Blue Water Price from: £4816
  • September
    • Sep 8th - Paris to Monte Carlo - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £3938
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3938 Blue Water Price from: £4787 Blue Water Price from: £4837
    • Sep 30th - Monte Carlo to Paris - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £3515
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £3515 Blue Water Price from: £3654

Price Information

  • Please note pricing is fluid so subject to change daily
Map for Burgundy and Provence 2019