11 Days
Period
France
Location
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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 (B)
Cafés, Cathedrals, and Canvases—The City of Lights Truly Shines

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 Coeur.

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.

 

Day 3 | Dijon – Beaune – ST. Jean De Losne (Embarkation) – SEURRE (B/D)
Take a High-Speed Train from Paris to Dijon, to drive on to Beaune.

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 ShipSM and enjoy a brief evening cruise to Seurre.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN SEURRE

 

Day 4 | Macon (B/L/D)
Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône

Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Mâcon this morning along the majestic Saône River. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin.

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

Enjoy live entertainment while sailing for Trévoux this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN TRÉVOUX

 

Day 5 | Lyon (B/L/D)
Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France

Sail for lovely Lyon this morning.

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.

Later on board your ship, be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance Lecture, and enjoy live entertainment after dinner.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON

 

Day 6 | Lyon (B/L/D)
French Food and Wine—La Vie En Rose in Lyon

Enjoy a free day in Lyon, or choose a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through the city to discover why it is known as the gastronomic capital of France!

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.

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.

EVENING CRUISE FOR TOURNON

 

Day 7 | Tournon / Tain L’Hermitage (B/L/D)
A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards

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.

VIVIERS
World History in a Charming French Country Village

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 CRUISE TO AVIGNON

 

Day 8 | Avignoin (B/L/D)
The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence

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

 

Day 9 | Arles (B/L/D)
Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights

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.

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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES

 

Day 10 | Arles (Disembarkation) – Côte d’Azur (B)
Spectacular Seascapes of the French Riviera

After breakfast this morning, you’ll drive to the Côte d’Azur for your last night in France. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Côte d’Azur stretches along France’s Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy.

 

Day 11 | Côte d’Azur (B)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Always Included

• 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 appetisers, soups, salads, mains, 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

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF STANDARD INCLUSIONS AND FEATURES, SEE INSIDE BACK COVER.

Your Choice

Avalon knows there is more than one way to explore new destinations. In addition to included ACTIVE , DISCOVERY , and CLASSIC activities, we o$er Guided Optional Excursions with options to personalise your experience even more. And we 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, such as the Louvre, Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower.
• Join a Guided Optional Culinary Walk in Lyon—the gastronomic capital of France.
• Spend free time browsing shopping avenues, or sampling savoury croissants.

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THE LATITUDE OF ELEGANCE. THE LONGITUDE OF EASE
THE POSSIBILITIES ARE AS WIDE OPEN AS THE VIEWS

If you want to see the world, cruise down its legendary rivers. If you want to see more of the world, look no further than Avalon Waterways. Our Suite Ships feature one-of-a-kind Panorama Suites, with the widest opening windows in river cruising, the industry’s only Open-Air Balcony, and beds facing the incredible views.

Beyond our wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows is a world waiting to be explored—your way. Whether you want to enjoy a guided walking tour of one of Europe’s great cities, join a cooking class or paddle a canoe, our Avalon Choice selections of Classic, Discovery and Active excursions offer a wide range of possibilities. When you prefer to explore on your own, we can help you with all the recommendations, information and gear you need with our new Adventure Center and AvalonGO Mobile App. And when it’s time to refuel, your dining options on board are as wide open as your views, with our new FlexDining choices.

FLOWING PRAISE

Almost as rewarding as showing our travellers the sights along the world’s most famous rivers are the awards and accolades we receive from the most respected names in travel—such as Cruise Critic’s “Best Cabins” award for our Panorama Suites—our beloved “Beds with a View” cabin design. Join us on the legendary waters of Europe, Southeast Asia, or South America to see why the experts and our guests are raving about the Avalon difference.

REDEFINING THE WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY
OUR VISION. YOUR VIEW

We’ve mastered the art of blending luxury with comfort, and now—blurring the line between outside and in. Not only are our Panorama Suites on our Suite Ships 30% larger than the industry standard staterooms, our wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows open wider than any other, creating river cruising’s only Open-Air Balcony and an open invitation to discover and dream. And speaking of dreaming in our Panorama Suites,SM we’ve turned our beds to face the window, giving you a bed with a view for the sweetest visions ever. Even if you’re a seasoned traveller, you’ve never seen Europe like this.

NORTH, SOUTH & YOUR WAY
CHART YOUR COURSE AND MAKE YOUR CRUISE YOUR OWN WITH AVALON CHOICE

Avalon has designed included excursions and onboard activities for a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the included tours, adventures, and events that interest you most, so you can enjoy your cruise your way.

CLASSIC – Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
DISCOVERY – We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities designed to speak to your interests—from cooking classes, to painting workshops—to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
ACTIVE – Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go—from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

In addition, our selection of optional excursions allows you to personalise your experience to suit your individual interests, passions, and style. Or, enjoy plenty of free-time opportunities for independent adventures. We are there to help with suggestions, and our exclusive AvalonGO Mobile App brings it all to life.

YOU FIRST
THE ART OF MAKING YOU FEEL AT HOME

We don’t just reserve the warmth and comfort for your room on an Avalon river cruise—we carry our welcoming spirit throughout the entire ship and spill it onto shore. From the Captain and Cruise Director to your stateroom attendant and wait staff, we deliver exquisite service that’s professional, approachable, and informative. Our approach is never stuffy, but creates an atmosphere of relaxed luxury—like our casual and comfortable dress code that’s defined only by your individual preference. After all, your comfort is our top priority, both on and off the ship. Our friendly Local Guides are there to greet you at every port with engaging tales that bring you closer to your destination. Whether you’re on board or on shore, we take special care to ensure that you are perfectly taken care of every step of the way.

EXCLUSIVE MEETS INCLUSIVE
THE RIGHT INCLUSIONS ON BOARD AND ON SHORE

Regional wine and beer with lunch and dinner. Onboard enrichment activities. Onshore excursions with Local Guides. Special onboard entertainment. Even a customised mobile app loaded with navigation and suggestions to fuel your free time. An exclusive experience features all the right inclusions, yet still leaves room for personalisation—like our FlexDining options to give you the freedom to choose when and where you dine on board. In addition to little luxuries like complimentary Wi-Fi and around-the-clock cappuccinos, Avalon gives you the greatest luxury of all—the freedom to customise your cruise with endless options and innovative tools.

SMALL DETAILS. BIG DIFFERENCE
THE AVALON TOUCH IN EVERY DETAIL

When it comes to the little touches, we think big—like your choice of firmness in our exclusive Comfort Collection beds and pillows, the plushest of towels, L’Occitane® bath products atop marble countertops, premium spirits at the upscale bar, and rich Lavazza coffees in the Club Lounge. You deserve the best of everything when you’re on holiday, including what you need to maintain your healthy lifestyle. On our ships, you’ll enjoy a state of- the-art fitness centre, free bicycles for use in select ports, and a bubbling whirlpool on the Sky Deck awaiting your return.

FROM VIEW TO TABLE
SAVOUR THE LOCAL FLAVOURS OF THE WORLD

From morning breakfast to elegant dinners, Avalon frees your taste buds from the ordinary. Using the freshest local ingredients, our talented chefs prepare mouthwatering recipes from the region through which you’re travelling and present them in a variety of inspiring settings. Our FlexDining approach to onboard dining dispenses with strict seating times and limited restaurant options. Choose the onboard dining venue that suits your mood—from a breezy al fresco lunch at the Sky Grill to an elegant four-course dinner in the glass-walled dining room. For a less formal “sitdown” atmosphere, take a more casual approach to fine dining while mingling over several satisfying selections in our Panorama Bistro. Whichever table setting you choose, you’ll savour local flavours and the familiar favourites you may crave—as well as our Avalon Fresh® menu options—throughout your holiday. On an Avalon cruise, every meal is part of the journey.

FRESH AIR. FRESH FARE
AVALON FRESH.® BRINGING AMAZING TO YOUR PLATE

Who says healthy cuisine can’t be inspiring? On an Avalon Waterways river cruise, you can take an indulgent holiday without drifting from your healthy habits. You’ll appreciate the choice to eat healthy at every meal with our Avalon Fresh® options—exclusive selections created in collaboration with Austrian chefs Leo and Karl Wrenkh, leaders in the emerging healthy dining movement. With the freshest ingredients from local farms and suppliers, we serve clean, surprising flavours with a dash of innovation. These creative yet wholesome options are available on board at every meal. Whether you’re looking for an energising juice at breakfast, an artfully crafted salad at lunch, or a high-protein plate at dinner, Avalon Fresh allows you to fuel your ventures—and nutritional values day or night.

THE ADVENTURE IS UP TO YOU
SETTING YOUR SPIRIT IN MOTION

Watching centuries of history slowly pass you by is an adventure in itself. But what if elevating your heart rate a few extra beats is more your speed? Meet your Avalon Adventure Host. In addition to included active excursions, your Adventure Host holds the gear, maps, and guidance for optional and free-time pursuits on board and on shore. With a visit to our Adventure Center, you can check out a bike for a scenic ride through town, grab Nordic walking sticks and hike to a hillside vineyard or castle, or join a jog or active walk through the great cities or the great outdoors. Whether you’re looking for an optional kayaking excursion or a complimentary yoga class on the Sky Deck, your Adventure Host can make it happen.

ACTIVE DISCOVERY CRUISES

Everyone travels to see new things, but many travel to do new things as well. With our Active Discovery river cruises, Avalon offers activities for travellers with varying interests and for all energy and fitness levels. From action-packed experiences and interactive discoveries, to traditional sightseeing, you can tailor a holiday to suit your interests and pace.

PACK YOUR PASSIONS
AVALON SPECIAL INTEREST RIVER CRUISES

When packing your polos and pashminas, there’s no reason to leave your passions and pursuits behind. Whether you’re a gardener or a golfer, we have your special interests in mind with opportunities to improve your green thumb and your game on the greens. Your appreciation for a well-crafted Pilsner—no need to leave it behind. Your insatiable appetite for the world’s most fascinating chapters of history—you can pack that too. Our Special Interest Cruises unite you with your pastimes—and other like-minded enthusiasts—both on the ship and off.

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