Opportunities abound on this delightful vacation to learn about France and the French. Your adventure begins with two overnights and guided sightseeing in Paris, the “City of Light.” Ride the TGV train to Dijon, then continue on by motorcoach to fascinating Beaune for a Burgundy wine tasting or visit of Hôtel-Dieu. Next, board your ship in quaint Chalon-sur-Saône and set sail for lovely Tournus, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles. Before disembarking your ship in Arles, sail into the peaceful Camargue area (daylight permitting). Your vacation ends with an overnight on the French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur. This cruise vacation has it all—historic sites, delightful towns, and more!

City Highlights

Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSMDays 1-2 Paris: welcome to France; guided sightseeing on Day 2Day 3 Paris–Dijon–Beaune–Chalon-sur-Saône (Embarkation)–Tournus: TGV train from Paris to Dijon; motorcoach transfer to Beaune, choice of visit of the Hôtel-Dieu or Burgundy wine tasting in Beaune; onboard welcome receptionDay 4 Tournus: guided sightseeing of Tournus, see the abbey of St. Philibert; cheese tasting Day 5 Lyon: guided sightseeing in Lyon; picture stop on Fourvière HillDay 6 Lyon: a free day to explore this fascinating city at leisureDay 7 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Viviers: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedralDay 8 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes Day 9 Arles: guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheater; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)Day 10 Arles (Disembarkation)–Côte d’Azur: travel by motorcoach to Côte d’Azur.Day 11 Côte d’Azur: your vacation ends this morning.


Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapésWelcome dinnerDaily Afternoon TeaDaily Night FareFarewell dinnerComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel


NOTES:Departures October 23 and October 27 are 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 talentIn 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 the TGV is unavailable due to strikes or technical reasons, the transfer from Paris to Dijon will be operated by motorcoach.