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01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Burgundy and Provence

Take a superb journey through France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sight-seeing of well-known French treasures and hidden gems

Fly Cruise
7 nights from £1672pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Avignon
  • Vienne
  • Viviers

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Take a wondrous journey through beautiful views of France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sight-seeing of well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too!

Embark your ship in Port St. Louis, France, and sail to Arles - famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman amphitheatre, which hosts plays and concerts to this day. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes, the largest gothic fortress in the world. The city of Tournon is beautifully nestled among vineyards and you’ll go on a guided walk of this 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.

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Port St Louis - St Jean de Losne

Day 1 - UK - Port St. Louis (France)

Fly from the UK to Marseille and transfer to Port St Louis to embark ship. Evening cruise to Arles. (D)

Day 2 - 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, 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, before sailing to Avignon. Dock overnight in Avignon. (B, L, D)

Day 3 - 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 on-board live entertainment. Dock overnight in Avignon. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Viviers

Enjoy a leisurely morning sail to 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. Evening and overnight cruise to Tournon. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Tournon - Vienne

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. Dock overnight in Lyon. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - 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. Evening and overnight cruise to Tournus. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Tournus - St. Jean de Losne

Consider a guided optional excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar or to the Castle of Cormatin. Alternatively enjoy a leisurely cruising morning along the majestic Saône River on your way to St. Jean de Losne. Later, enjoy a delicious cheese tasting on board your ship. Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening. Dock overnight in St Jean de Losne. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - St. Jean de Losne - UK

Disembark ship and transfer to Lyon airport for the return flight to the UK. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

St Jean de Losne - Port St Louis

Day 1 - UK - St. Jean de Losne (France)

Fly from the UK to Lyon and transfer to St Jean de Losne to embark ship. Overnight cruise to Macon. (D)

Day 2 - Mâcon

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. Dock overnight in Trevoux. (B, L, D)

Day 3 - 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. Be our guest for a WWII and French Resistance lecture on board your ship. Later enjoy live entertainment after dinner. Dock overnight in Lyon. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Lyon

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. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Tournon - Viviers

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. 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 and overnight cruise to Avignon. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - 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 on-board live entertainment. Evening cruise to Arles. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Arles

Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a morning walk. 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, 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. Evening cruise to Port St Louis. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Port St. Louis - UK

Disembark ship and transfer to Marseille airport for the return flight to the UK. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise
  • 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
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Daily afternoon tea
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port and airport taxes
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • July
    • Jul 14th - Port St. Louis to St. Jean de Losne - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £2879
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2879 Blue Water Price from: £3028 Blue Water Price from: £3728 Blue Water Price from: £3878 Blue Water Price from: £5078
    • Jul 21st - St. Jean de Losne to Port St. Louis - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £3019
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3019 Blue Water Price from: £3168 Blue Water Price from: £5019
  • August
    • Aug 11th - Port St. Louis to St. Jean de Losne - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £2629
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2629 Blue Water Price from: £2778 Blue Water Price from: £3478 Blue Water Price from: £3528 Blue Water Price from: £3628
    • Aug 18th - St. Jean de Losne to Port St. Louis - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £2582
      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: £2582 Blue Water Price from: £2731 Blue Water Price from: £3432 Blue Water Price from: £3519 Blue Water Price from: £3582 Blue Water Price from: £5032
    • Aug 25th - Port St. Louis to St. Jean de Losne - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £3278
      Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3278 Blue Water Price from: £3378 Blue Water Price from: £5078
  • September
    • Sep 1st - St. Jean de Losne to Port St. Louis - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £3303
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3303 Blue Water Price from: £4003 Blue Water Price from: £4153
    • Sep 8th - Port St. Louis to St. Jean de Losne - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £3288
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3288 Blue Water Price from: £4138
    • Sep 15th - St. Jean de Losne to Port St. Louis - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £3482
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £3482
  • October
    • Oct 6th - Port St. Louis to St. Jean de Losne - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £3205
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3205 Blue Water Price from: £3354 Blue Water Price from: £4054 Blue Water Price from: £4104 Blue Water Price from: £4203
    • Oct 13th - St. Jean de Losne to Port St. Louis - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £3761
      Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3761 Blue Water Price from: £3860
    • Oct 20th - Port St. Louis to St. Jean de Losne - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £2804
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2804 Blue Water Price from: £3505 Blue Water Price from: £3555 Blue Water Price from: £3655 Blue Water Price from: £4855
    • Oct 27th - St. Jean de Losne to Port St. Louis - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £3236
      Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3236 Blue Water Price from: £3335

Price Information

  • Please note: Pricing is based on a fluid system so subject to daily change.
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