Your Cruising Itinerary

Day 1: Paris

Travel to Paris where you will be met and transferred to InterContinental, Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel or Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe (or similar) for two nights.

Day 2: Paris

Your included city sightseeing shows sites such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysées or perhaps visit the Louvre museum. (B)

Day 3: Paris - Dijon – Beaune - St Jean de Losne (embark) - Seurre

Board the TGV train to Dijon and drive to Beaune. Visit the Hotel Dieu charity hospital, built in 1443 and paid for by the chancellor of Burgundy after the Hundred Years’ War. At St Jean de Losne board your river cruise ship. Meet your crew at a welcome reception. (B,D)

Day 4: Seurre - Macon

Enjoy a leisurely sail before arriving in Maçon, a city that plays an important role in the wine trade. Free time allows you to explore at your own pace or you may choose to participate in one of the optional excursions on offer, such as a visit to a wine cellar. Before dinner, enjoy an on board cheese tasting. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Lyon

Lyon is France’s third-largest city and its gastronomic capital. Founded by the Romans in 43BC, the city’s prosperity dates back to the 16th century due to its commercial, industrial and banking activities. Today Lyon offers up a wealth of Roman ruins, excellent museums and Renaissance architecture. With a local guide, survey the city from Fourvière Hill and explore the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its maze of medieval alleyways and Place des Terreaux, a popular area with lively cafés, monuments and the famous fountain. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Lyon

Enjoy a free day in this fascinating city to explore at leisure. Visit the local produce market, stroll through one of Lyon’s parks, or choose from a range of optional excursions. Be sure to taste the gastronomic delights and sample the wine of the region. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Tournon & Tain l’Hermitage - Viviers

Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage lie nestled among vineyards between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. A local guide will show you Tournon, with its imposing 16th century castle and Roman ruins. Cruise to Viviers, where the guided walk introduces you to this charming town, developed around its Romanesque Cathedral. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Avignon

The fortified city of Avignon is dominated by the grandiose Palace of the Popes, the city is often referred to as the ‘City of Popes, visited on our included sightseeing tour. The city is often referred to as the ‘City of Popes’ and was the centre of the Catholic Church in the 14th century. Later, join an optional excursion to either Pont du Gard or to the wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. (B,L,D)

DAY 9: Arles -sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)

Set on the northern tip of the Camargue, Arles is the capital of the Provence region. Your local guide will show you city highlights including the Roman Amphitheatre which is still used today. (B,L,D)

DAY 10: Arles - Côte d’Azur (disembark)

Disembark your cruise ship and drive along the Côte d’Azur to the Fairmont Monte Carlo or Carlton InterContinental in Cannes (or similar). The Côte d’Azur on France’s Mediterranean coast is synonymous with prestige and beauty. (B)

Day 11: Arles - Côte d'Azur

Transfer to the airport or station for your journey to the UK. (B)

This itinerary is also available from Côte d’Azur to Paris

Your Suite ship - Poetry II

The Avalon Poetry II offers a delightfully intimate cruise setting for 128 passengers. Like its sister Suite Ships, it features two full decks of suites with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform into a unique open-air balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the passing scenery. Onboard amenities include an alternative dining option in the Panorama Bistro, complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, a fitness centre, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro.

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Departure dates and prices 2018 - Burgundy & Provence : 7% discount on all dates

Avalon brochure price from £2639
Travel 55 discount price from £2455
Telephone Avalon Waterways reservations on 0800 668 1843 and quote our Travel 55 code TR55A

Avalon access real-time airline pricing to offer you the best holiday price available on the day you book. The from price shown above is a guide at the time of going to print, based on two people sharing a Cat E Stateroom, travelling on 2 August 2018. Please call Avalon to get a quote for your own party size, stateroom category, chosen departure date and point. Prices are per person, £2639 is based on a Category E Stateroom. Call Avalon for stateroom upgrade prices.

Suite ship departures: Poetry II

Côte d'Azur – Paris: April 6, 20; May 4, 18; June 1, 15, 29; July 13,27; August 10,24; September 7, 21; October 5, 19.
Paris – Côte d'Azur: April 12, 26; May 10, 24; June 7, 21; July 5, 19; August 2, 16, 30; September 13, 27; October 11, 25.

All holidays subject to Avalon Waterways Holidays Terms & Conditions

Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

Avalon Waterways
Burgundy and Provence

11 days - best seller, book early to secure your place

Your discount prices start from only £2455 - 7% discount

On this Avalon Waterways holiday you will being with a two night stay in Paris before boarding the TGV train to Dijon  and on to Beaune. You will board your ship in St Jean de Losne and set sail for lovely Surre, France's gastronomic capital of Lyon. There are also visits to Tournon, Viviers, Agivnon and Arles. And daylight permitting, sail into the peacecul Camargue National Park.

Call Avalon Waterways direct on 0800 6681843 and quote the Travel 55 code TR55A to book this delightful 4 day A Taste of the Danube river cruise holiday. All departure dates come with a 7% discount saving when you book direct. 

Travel 55 in association with Avalon Waterways. To book a luxury cruise call direct on 0800 668 1843  and quote code TR55A you will then receive a 7% discount from the Avalon brochure price. 

Indulge your passions

Wine appreciation cruises

27 July, 19 October departures (Côte d’Azur to Paris)
25 October departure (Paris to Côte d’Azur)

Jazz music cruise

29 June departure departure (Côte d’Azur to Paris)

Call Avalon for details

The Avalon difference

Travel made easy from the moment you leave home
The Avalon included private home pick-up service will take you to your chosen local airport or Eurostar terminal, within 100 miles of your home.
Waking up to the ultimate view from your bed
In a luxuriously comfortable stateroom, the majority of which have wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Attention to detail on board and ashore
Whether it’s the luxury toiletries in your bathroom or the view you wake up to in the morning, Avalon believe the finer points of your holiday are important.
An intimate and cultured experience
Avalon ships have more space and fewer people than other operators, with entertainment, expert talks and attentive, unobtrusive service at all times.
Deluxe dining
A relaxed, full-board experience of mouth-watering regional dishes, wine and beer with lunch and dinner, and the freedom to choose where and what you eat.
Accessible adventures, whenever you want them
Fascinating excursions are included in every port of call and, with Avalon Choice, you decide when and how to join them. Active Discovery cruises offer a mix of more hands-on activities, from learning the Viennese waltz to exploring an ice cave. Alternatively, should you wish to explore on your own, each ship is equipped with bicycles and Nordic walking poles.
Authentic experiences
Get closer to your destination with the Avalon Cruise Director and expert guides. Their Local Favourites give you the chance to get a rewarding glimpse of local tradition by exploring unique and out-of-the-way places.
No extra costs
Gratuities, transfers and port charges are all included in the price of your holiday.
Journeys Club
Avalon complimentary membership scheme which includes repeat traveller discounts and a range of exclusive promotions and special offers.

Travel made easy

Executive home pick-up service - Avalon aim to make your travel arrangements as smooth as possible with their included private home pick-up service. With a driver to load and unload your luggage, a private, air-conditioned car will take you to and from your international departure point. This service is available within 100 miles of your home at no extra cost. 

Fly from your local airport - Avalon are delighted to work with some of the world’s favourite airlines with flights from a range of regional airports to make your journey even easier. Call Avalon for details.

No-fly holidays - Avalon know that flying isn’t for everyone. That’s why they have a wide range of cruises that give you the option of travelling by rail. Depart from London’s St Pancras International station, or Ebbsfleet if available, and you could be in Paris in just over two hours.

Tailor your travel - On an Avalon river cruise, you have the freedom to tailor your holiday as you wish:

Pre and post holiday hotel stays - why not extend your holiday with extra hotel nights before and/or at the end of your holiday? Avalon work with renowned names in the hotel business, such as Hilton and InterContinental.

Too many hotel nights? - some of their holidays include hotel stays. If that doesn’t suit you, they can just book the cruise portion for you.

Make your own way - the brochure prices include flights, but you don’t have to take their package. Avalon give you the option to book the holiday without the flights.

Under your own arrangements - if you’d like to explore at your own pace after your holiday with Avalon, they’ll happily extend your flights for you.
Note: Eurostar travel from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet is available on the following river cruises: Paris to Normandy, Burgundy & Provence, Tulips of Northern Holland, Tulip Time, Grand France, Paris, Moselle & The Rhine.


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