Burgundy and Provence River Cruise with Avalon – Save up to $3,000 per couple

From

$5,629

Duration

8 Days

Deal Type

Tour

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Save up to $3,000 per couple and earn up to 13,198 Qantas Frequent Flyer points when you travel from Chalon to Arles with Avalon Waterways, on this Burgundy and Provence River Cruise.

Embark on a delightful river excursion through France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers, featuring guided tours of renowned French landmarks alongside some lesser-known treasures. Experience the charm of the countryside, quaint villages, and towns while journeying through France’s most captivating sceneries.

Lyon, acclaimed as France’s gastronomic hub and dating back to its Roman founding in 43 BC, lies at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers, boasting a wealth of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Explore the vibrant Place des Terreaux adorned with bustling cafes and monuments, including the iconic fountain often depicted on postcards. Enjoy ample time to delve deeper into the historical allure of this city and don’t miss the opportunity to savor the renowned Beaujolais wine, emblematic of the region.

Burgundy and Provence River Cruise

Burgundy and Provence River Cruise

Included Items

  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 Dinners
  • Transport: State-of-the-art, luxurious river cruise vessels with modern services and amenities
  • Signature Suite Ships℠ with spacious deluxe accommodations including Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection Bed
  • Gourmet cuisine with all meals onboard, including regional wine & beer with lunch & dinner
  • Professional Cruise Director and friendly staff (English speaking) who deliver renowned onboard service and relaxed luxury
  • Panoramic windows throughout the ship
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate and premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

Tour Company

Avalon Waterways

Tour Location

Europe

Deal Type

Tour

Map

Avalon Waterways Burgundy to Provence map

More Information

Cruise Itinerary +

DAY 1:   CHALON-SUR-SAONE, FRANCE (EMBARKATION)

Welcome to France. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Lyon must arrive by 2pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN TOURNUS.

Meals included: Dinner

DAY 2:   TOURNUS

Pearl of Southern Burgundy Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host. CLASSIC – Tucked away in the southeast corner of Burgundy, Tournus is one of the oldest and most important monastic centers in the region, Our Local Guide will show the highlights of this delightful town. 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. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN TRÉVOUX.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 3:   LYON

La Vie En Rose in Lyon Sail for lovely Lyon this morning. ACTIVE – Discover Lyon’s architectural district by bike with your Adventure Host, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhone and Saone rivers meet, OR: CLASSIC – Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon from Fourviere Hill with its numerous churches. You’ll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafes, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux. DISCOVERY – Be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance your lecture on board your ship. Later enjoy live entertainment after dinner. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 4:   LYON

Adventures in Food and Wine 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. EVENING CRUISE TO TOURNON.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 5:   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 Rhone River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. Enjoy a leisurely sail to Viviers after lunch. VIVIERS: World 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. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AVIGNON.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 6:   AVIGNON

The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities. 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 Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhone 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-Benezet. Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment. EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 7:   ARLES

Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights ACTIVE – Get your daily dose of exercise through Nordic walking in Arles with your Adventure Host, OR: DISCOVERY – Attend a Painting Workshop to learn techniques of Vincent van Gogh. You’ll create your own painting in the style of the legendary artist, OR: CLASSIC – Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Arles-the captivating city of the Provence region. You’ll visit the Roman Amphitheater in this visually stunning city. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrieres de Lumieres (Cathedral of Images) a unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d’Enfer. Take free time to stop in Le Cafe Van Gogh for a glass of wine. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 8:   ARLES (DISEMBARKATION)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Marseille airport before 10 am.

Meals included: Breakfast

Ship Information +

The Avalon Poetry II offers a delightfully intimate cruise setting. Like its sister Suite Ships, the Poetry II features two full decks of Panorama Suites with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that create river cruising’s only Open-Air Balcony. With a spacious 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard. Stretch out at day’s end and wake to the world at your feet with Comfort Collection bed that faces the view. It truly is a view with a room! Onboard amenities include an alternative dining option in the Panorama Bistro, complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, a Fitness Center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro. The Avalon Poetry II truly is poetry in motion!

Suites & Staterooms

  • Open–Air Balconies and Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows in all Panorama SuitesSM
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Full-size closet and mirror
  • Additional under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with wide selection of free movie channels and English-speaking TV
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Complimentary filtered water
  • Well-stocked mini bar
  • USB Ports
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L’Occitane® bath products & hairdryer
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door

Dining

  • Chef-prepared onboard meals with regional cuisine and familiar favourites
  • Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
  • Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Spacious, open-seating Panorama Dining Room
  • Daily breakfast buffet with full range of classic breakfast items, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and daily a la carte specials
  • Complimentary room service for Continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Daily lunch buffet featuring regional specialties, classic dishes, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and rotating chef’s features including carving & pasta stations. Alternatively, you may dine al fresco at our Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather and itinerary permitting) or enjoy a light lunch in the Panorama Lounge.
  • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
  • Four-course dinners with choice of appetisers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts or cheese
  • Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro’s tasting menu for a less formal “sit-down” atmosphere
  • Complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Avalon FlexDining® flexible dining times with menu & venue options
  • Vegetarian options at every meal, as well as vegan, low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, high energy and allergy-free selections
  • Panorama Lounge & Bar with premium spirits, cosy seating, panoramic windows & dance floor
  • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine & canapés
  • Included Happy Hour every evening featuring house beer, wine, cocktails and a drink of the day
  • Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
  • Specialty coffees, espresso drinks and beWell Essence flavoured and infused water available throughout each day

Fitness & Wellness

  • Active shore excursions, both included and optional
  • Fitness Center
  • Avalon Adventure Center
  • Your place for active gear* and activities through your Avalon Adventure HostSM, including:
  • Bikes
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Canoe and kayak excursions
  • Fitbits®
  • Walking sticks
  • Binoculars
  • Daypacks
  • Yoga mats
  • Fitness bands

Booking Terms & Conditions

Advertised price based on 15 July 2025 departure in Cat D cabin, price is per person twin share and reflects the $1,500 per person saving*. Pricing is correct as of 10 May 2024, subject to availability at the time of booking. Offers may be withdrawn or prices updated by the supplier at any time, so please enquire with our expert consultants for the latest pricing, terms and conditions. Single supplement may also apply. Special Offer: Offer valid for new 2024 and 2025 bookings made and deposited by 01/07/24 or until sold out. Offer applicable to category E. Offer is strictly limited and subject to availability until sold out. Not combinable with other earlybird offers, except Welcome Back Credit and/or $100pp Second Tour Discount (may be applied when multiple cruises are booked at the same time for travel within the same calendar year). Offers can be withdrawn or amended at any time without notice. Offers applicable for singles – single supplement applies. Additional restrictions may apply.

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