Your Cruising Itinerary

Day 1: Paris, France - Bienvenue en France!

Take free time today to fall in love with the world’s most romantic city. Get inspired by its architectural
icons, exquisite cuisine, chic boutiques, and priceless artistic treasures.

Day 2: Paris - cafés, cathedrals, and canvases —the city of lights truly shines

  • Classic: Join a Guided City Tour that shows the iconic sites of Paris, such as the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Opéra Garnier, and the famous Champs-Élysées.

Spend your free time strolling through the ChampsÉlysées for café au lait and croissants, see the exhibits at the Louvre, or visit Montmartre’s Basilica of the Sacré Cœur. Consider browsing Paris’ classic shopping avenues and literary cafés for a true Parisian experience, or have your portrait sketched by a Parisian artist in the square at Place du Tertre. (B)

Day 3: Dijon – Beaune - St Jean de Losne (embarkation) - Take a high-speed train from Paris to Dijon, to drive on to Beaune

  • Classic: Visit the Hôtel-Dieu Charity Hospital in Beaune, built in 1443, today home of Van der Weyden’s painting of the Last Judgment and is one of France’s architectural highlights.

This afternoon, travel to St. Jean de Losne to board your Suite Ship* (B,D)

Overnight cruise to Macon

Day 4: Macon - wine and cheese on the stunning Saône 

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.

  • Discovery:  Later, enjoy a delicious Cheese Tasting on board your ship. 

Enjoy live entertainment while sailing for Trévoux this evening.

Overnight docking in Trevoux. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Lyon - Adventures in food and wine in the gastronomy capital of France

Sail for lovely Lyon this morning.

  • Classic: 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.

  • Discovery: Attend a WWII & French Resistance Lecture on board your ship.

Later enjoy live entertainment after dinner.

Overnight docking in Lyon. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Lyon - French food and wine—La Vie En Rose in Lyon

  • Discovery: 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 7: Tournon - a rendezvous with castle views and vineyards

  • Classic: 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.

Viviers - history in a charming French country village

  • Classic: 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/overnight cruise to Avignon. (B,L,D) 

Day 8: Avignon -the city of Popes in picturesque Provence 

  • Classic: 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 onboard live entertainment. Evening cruise to Arles. (B,L,D) 

Day 9: Arles - inspiring sights and avant-garde lights 

  • Active: Join your Avalon adventure host for a morning walk
  • Classic: 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 that inspired the works of Vincent van Gogh.
  • Discovery: 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-Saint-Louis(B,L,D) 

Day 10: Port-Saint-Louis - (disembarkation)

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

This itinerary is also available from Port-Saint-Louis to Paris 

Day 1, Port-Saint-Louis (Embarkation); Day 2, Arles; Day 3, Avignon; Day 4, Viviers; Day 5, Tournon–Vienne; Day 6, Lyon; Day 7, Tournus–St. Jean de Losne; Day 8, St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)–Beaune–Dijon–Paris; Day 9, Paris; Day 10, Paris, your vacation ends this morning. 

Add Marseille to your cruise.

In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary. Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time. In the event that a high-speed train is unavailable due to operational or technical reasons, the route will be altered or operated by motorcoach.

Departure dates and prices 2020 - Burgundy and Provence : 7% discount on all dates

Avalon brochure price in black from £2879
Travel 55 discount price in red from £2678
Telephone Avalon Waterways reservations on 0330 808 5036 and quote our Travel 55 code TR55A

Paris to Port-Saint-Louis : tour code WJLQ - cruise price without flights and transfers
Dates Price from Dates Price from
Mar 29* £3016
£2805
July 5, 19 £3460
£3218
Apr 12, 26 £3221
£2996
Aug 16, 30 £3460
£3218
May 24 £3494
£3250
Sep 13 £3563
£3314
Jun 7 £3460
£3218
Oct 11, 25* £3187
£2964
Port-Saint-Louis to Paris : tour code WLJE - cruise price without flights and transfers
Mar 24 £2879
£2678
July 14 £3460
£3218
Apr 7, 21 £3152
£2932
Aug 11, 25 £3460
£3218
May 19 £3494
£3250
Sep 8 £3563
£3314
June 2, 30

£3460
£3218

Oct 6*, 20*

£3255
£3028

*Special Interest Cruises: Culinary Mar 29; Wine Appreciation Oct 6 & Oct 20 & Oct 25
Cruise Only option excluding 2 nights in Paris available for above departures from £3,072 - based on Mar 31 departure from London Gatwick.
Prices shown above are for the cruise only. This means you have the freedom to arrange your own flights and transfers to suit your needs. Alternatively we can take care of everything for you.
Complete holiday price including flights, transfers and private home pick-up service (within 100 miles)
from £3,119pp - based on Mar 24 departure from London Gatwick.
Sailing on Avalon Suite Ship® Poetry II. Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included on Avalon portion only.
Extra nights before and after your cruise may be available, please call for details and prices. Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability). Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available. Note: responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Superior Hotel: Paris Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe* (D) or InterContinental* (D) or The Westin Paris Vendome (D). *or similar
†From price based on cruise without flights and transfers, Mar 24 departure. All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck

Upgrade pricing:

Category/deck - E Indigo nil : D Indigo £149 : B Sapphire £849 :  A Sapphire £899 : P Royal £999 : Royal Suite Royal Deck £1699

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

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

Your discount prices start from only £2678 - 7% discount off brochure price

On this Avalon Waterways holiday you will being with a two night stay in Paris before boarding the high speed train to Dijon  and on to Beaune. You will board your ship in St Jean de Losne and set sail for lovely Macon. There are also visits to Tournon, Viviers, Agivnon and Arles. 

There's a reverse course option on this cruise - call for itinerary

Call Avalon Waterways direct on 0330 808 5036 and quote the Travel 55 code TR55A to book this wonderful 10 day Burgundy and Provence cruise. 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 0330 808 5036  and quote code TR55A you will then receive a 7% discount from the Avalon brochure price. 

Included for every Avalon guest

  • Spacious outside deluxe accommodations with enhanced soundproofing and Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM for a great night’s sleep. (See deck plans for additional stateroom amenities.)
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer & premium L’Occitane® bath products
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary pages
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
  • A professional Cruise Director who delivers educational commentary as you travel through interesting landscapes, and who assists with requests and additional excursions 
  • An Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions
  • Friendly, English-speaking staff who deliver consummate personal service throughout your journey
  • Complimentary regional wine, beer, and soft drinks at lunch and dinner on board
  • Onboard meals, including daily four-course à la carte dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options
  • Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides
  • Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship

Your choice

Avalon knows there is more than one way to explore new destinations.

In addition to included Active, Discovery, and Classic excursions and activities, they offer Guided Optional Excursions designed to personalize your experience even more. And they are there with plenty of free-time suggestions to help you get the most out of every adventure.

Classic Take a Guided City Tour of Paris to see the iconic sights in the City of Light.

More cruise options

  • Add Marseille after your cruise.

Cruise longer -

  • This cruise itinerary is also offered as part of the following cruises:
    Grand France 
    Rhine and Rhône Revealed

Special interest cruises -

  • Looking to enrich your adventures while you sail? Wine Appreciation cruises and a Culinary
    cruise are available to help you delve deeper into what you’re passionate about.

Add Marseille - Include 1 night accommodation in Marseille, sightseeing, and transfer to or from ship

  • Continue your adventure in Marseille - 11 days from Paris to Marseille
  • Begin your adventure in Marseille - 11 days from Marseille to Paris

Cruise options without Paris are available

Call for details

Onboard dining offerings and choices

Welcome and farewell cocktails with sparkling wine and canapes

Daily choices of regional recipes, familiar favorites, and Avalon Fresh® vegetarian and healthy cuisine including fresh, local ingredients at every meal

Daily full breakfast buff et with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items, and complimentary sparkling wine and juices

Choice of daily early-riser and late-riser continental breakfasts

Daily lunch buff et with pasta & carving stations and complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks

Choice of alternative fare at the Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting) or light lunch in the Panorama Lounge

Enjoy our Panorama Bistro for a casual dinner option with a buff et of select dishes and beverages

Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats and sandwiches

Daily four-course à la carte dinners in the main dining room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts or cheese, after-dinner premium coffees or tea, and complimentary wine (including from the region), beer, and soft drinks

Complimentary room service available for Continental breakfast

FlexDining® with flexible seating-times to better accommodate your schedule, and more options for menu items and venues, including our Main Dining Room, Panorama Bistro for a casual select buff et, Sky Grill for al fresco favorites, complimentary continental breakfast via room service, and made-to-order picnic lunch boxes for independent on-shore excursions

Private home pick up service

Your Avalon experience begins long before you reach the ship. Fom the moment you close your front door, their private VIP pick-up service will arrive to take you to the airport (within 100 miles) in air-conditioned comfort in plenty of time for your flight.

Your driver will load and unload your luggage for you, so you can make your way to the departure lounge feeling relaxed. And when you return, a driver will be waiting for you in arrivals, ready to load your bags and take you back home again.


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