Cruising Elevated with Avalon Waterways
Price: $6,058CAD Per Person
(Price per person, based on double occupancy, cabin category E.)
Departure: October 15, 2023.
Return Date: October 24, 2023.
Video: Avalon Waterways
Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way.
Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience.
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 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.
- 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom
- 2 nights in a deluxe hotel in Paris
- Daily included port excursions
All meals included while on ship (including Captain's & farewell dinners)
complimentary beer and wine with lunch and dinner
Photo: Map of French River Cruise
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 in the city of Light.
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-Élysée.
Spend your free time strolling through the Champs-Élysées 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.
Day 3: DIJON–BEAUNE–CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE (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 the Van der Weyden’s painting of the Last Judgment and one of France’s architectural highlights.
This afternoon, travel to Chalon-sur-Saône to board your Suite Ship®.
Photo: Arles, France
Day 4: 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
Discovery: Join a lecture about wine hosted by your Master of Wine while sailing to Mâcon.
Discovery: Join an excursion that will take you to a Chardonnay cellar for a wine tasting.
Day 5: Lyon
La Vie En Rose in Lyon
Discovery: Enjoy an onboard cheese and wine tasting hosted by your Master of Wine while sailing to Lyon.
Active: Discover Lyon's architectural district by bike with your Adventure Host over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet, OR: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
Discovery: Be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance your lecture on board your ship.
Later enjoy live entertainment after dinner.
Photo: Avalon on the Seine
Day 6: 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.
Discovery: Take a guided tour to the lovely Beaujolais area and learn more about its light and pleasant wine
Discovery: This evening, join an onboard food and wine pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine.
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. The tour also includes a wine and chocolate tasting at the Cité du Chocolat at Valrhona
Active: Hike in the vineyards and take in the breathtaking views from the hills (weather permitting).
Enjoy a leisurely sail to Viviers after lunch.
Photo: Avalon Panorama Suite
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.
Day 8: Avignon
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.
Discovery: Enjoy a trip to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhône wine region.
Day 9: Arles
Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights
Active. Get your daily dose of exercise through Nordic walking in Arles with your Adventure Host
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
Discovery: Attend a Painting Workshop to learn techniques of Vincent van Gogh. Create your own painting in the style of the legendary artist.
Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (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 Café van Gogh for a glass of wine.
Day 10: Arles (Disembarkation)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning
Flights should not leave Marseille Airport before 10am.