Opportunities abound on this delightful vacation to learn about France and the French. 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). This cruise vacation has it all—historic sites, delightful towns, and more!
Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSMDay 1 Chalon-sur-Saône (Embarkation)–Tournus: onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Tournus: guided sightseeing of Tournus, see the abbey of St. Philibert; cheese tasting Day 3 Lyon: guided sightseeing in Lyon; picture stop on Fourvière HillDay 4 Lyon: a free day to explore this fascinating city at leisureDay 5 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Viviers: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedralDay 6 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes Day 7 Arles: guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheater; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)Day 8 Arles (Disembarkation): 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 25 and October 29 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.Arrival and departure transfers are not included and are not offered for purchase with this cruise-only itinerary.