Burgundy & Provence For Wine Lovers (Southbound)
Take a delightful river cruise through France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in known French treasures and some hidden gems too! Take in the beautiful countryside, quaint villages, and towns, as you sail through the most captivating views of France. A Master of Wine will accompany you on your French river cruise with presentations, tastings, and wine pairings along the way.Board your Avalon Suite Ship® on the Saône in St Jean de Losne, and cruise to Mcon for an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar. Visit Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital and a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Take a culinary walk and enjoy free time to explore the city and sample Beaujolais, the famous wine of the region. Beautifully nestled among vineyards is Tournon, a medieval treasure of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Enjoy a wine-and-chocolate tasting or a walk in the vineyards. Continue your river cruise on the Rhône River to Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes-the largest Gothic fortress in the world-and take a guided tour to Chteauneuf du Pape. Sail to Arles-an inspiration for Van Gogh and home of a 1st-century Roman Amphitheatre, which hosts plays and concerts to this day. May we suggest a glass of wine in the Van Gogh café? A perfect ending to a French vacation-from the “City of Light” to the vineyards of Burgundy and Provence!
Day 1 St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Mcon: leisurely cruising; onboard lecture about wine; Chardonnay excursion Day 3 Lyon: on board cheese and wine tasting; guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill; onboard lecture Day 4 Lyon: culinary tour; guided tour to Beaujolais; on board food and wine pairing dinnerDay 5 Tournon–Viviers: guided walk in Tournon with wine and chocolate tasting or hike in the vineyards (weather permitting); guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedralDay 6 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit to the Palace of the Popes; guided tour to Chteauneuf du PapeDay 7 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater, or painting workshopDay 8 Port St. Louis (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning.
St. Jean De Losne, France (Embarkation)
Port St. Louis (Disembarkation)