7 Night Cruise sailing from Arles to Chalon-Sur-Saone aboard Avalon Poetry II. 1 night stay pre-cruise in Cote D’Azur and 2 night stay post-cruise in Paris.
Opportunities abound on this delightful vacation to learn about France and the French. Your adventure begins with an overnight on the French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur. Then, travel to Arles in the Provence region to board your ship and sail into the peaceful Camargue area during dinner, before returning to Arles. Avignon, charming Viviers, medieval Tournon, Vienne, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as Mâcon, Tournus, Chalon-sur-Saône, and fascinating Beaune await you. Take the TGV train from Dijon to Paris, where your vacation ends with two overnights, guided sightseeing, and free time to explore the remarkable “City of Light” on your own! You’re sure to return home with lots of memories and photos to share.
Day 1 ARRIVE IN COTE D’AZUR, FRANCE.
Welcome to France!
Day 2 COTE D’AZUR-ARLES (EMBARKATION)-CAMARGUE REGION.
Onboard welcome reception; sail into the Camargue region. (B,D)
Day 3 ARLES.
Guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre.
Day 4 AVIGNON.
Guided sightseeing in Avignon, visit Palace of the Popes. (B,L,D)
Day 5 CRUISING-VIVIERS.
Guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral. (B,L,D)
Day 6 TOURNON/TAIN L’HERMITAGE-VIENNE
Guided walk in Tournon; onboard chocolate tasting; guided walk in Vienne. (B,L,D)
Day 7 LYON.
Guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourviere Hill; onboard lecture.
Day 8 MACON-TOURNUS-CHALON-SUR-SAONE.
Day at leisure; cheese tasting. (B,L,D)
Day 9 CHALON-SUR-SAONE (DISEMBARKATION)-BEAUNE-DIJON-PARIS.
Visit the Hotel-Dieu in Beaune; TGV train from Dijon to Paris. (B)
Day 10 PARIS.
Choice of guided sightseeing or “Heart of Paris” walk. (B)
Day 11 PARIS.
Your vacation ends this morning. (B)