Burgundy & Provence
A 7-night cruise along the Saône River is the cornerstone of this 12-day European rail-river cruise vacation through France’s Burgundy and Provence regions. Additional highlights of your adventure include a 2-night stay including sightseeing in Paris, high-speed rail travel aboard the TGV, and a 1-night stay in the French Riviera.
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Cruise along the Saône River on a relaxing river cruise through France's Burgundy and Provence regions. Your journey begins with two-night stay in Paris, complete with equal parts guided city sightseeing and time at leisure to explore the “City of Light.” Travel from Paris to Dijon via France's sleek TGV train and from there drive to Beaune for sightseeing in the unofficial capital of the Côte d'Or. Continue to Chalon-sur-Saône where your river cruise adventure begins. Sail to lovely Tournus; Mâcon; France's gastronomic capital of Lyon; medieval Tournon; charming Viviers; Avignon; and Arles. Your vacation concludes with an overnight in the French Riviera.
Highlights and Inclusions
- 7-night river cruise aboard the Poetry II along the Saône River
- Rail travel aboard the high-speed TGV train
- Hotel accommodations for 3 nights
- Meals aboard ship
- Paris city tour
- Visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune
- Guided walk in Viviera
- Visit the Palace of the Popes
- Sail through the Camargue region
- Visit to the Roman Amphitheater
- Onboard chocolate tasting
Day 1 - Depart USA for Paris
Embark on your transatlantic flight to Paris from your U.S. gateway. (International flight not included in tour price.)
Day 2 - Arrive In Paris, France
Welcome to Paris, France's capital on the River Seine and the “City of Light,” where romance fills the air! Overnight Paris.
Day 3 - Paris
Known as one of the world's most passionate and lively cities, Paris is a delight for all your senses. Your included city sightseeing shows you magnificent must-see sights, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elyses with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre museum or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. Paris is also well known for its colorful nightlife that includes some of the world's most famous cabaret shows. All of this awaits your discovery! Overnight Paris.(B)
Day 4 - Paris-Dijon-Beaune-Chalon-Sur-Saône (Embarkation)-Tournus
This morning, board the TGV train to Dijon and from there, drive to Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Côte d'Or area. Beaune owes its wealth to the production, aging, and selling of fine wines. Although life here centers around wine, Beaune offers much more. You may choose to join the included guided excursion to the Hotel-Dieu charity hospital, built in 1443 and paid for by the chancellor of Burgundy after the Hundred Years' War left many of the town's population destitute. Today it houses Van der Weyden's painting of The Last Judgment and is one of France's architectural highlights. Alternatively, enjoy a tasting of Burgundy wines before continuing south to Chalon-sur-Saône, where you'll board your river cruise vessel. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception as your ship departs for Tournus. Overnight Paris. (B, D)
Day 5 - Tournus-Mâcon
After breakfast, a local guide will show you the highlights of the delightful town of Tournus, tucked away in the southeast corner of Burgundy. Tournus is one of the oldest and most important monastic centers in the region, with a superb Abbey, St. Philibert, part of which dates back to the 10th century. There's free time to stroll through the quaint streets or to explore the arts and crafts shops near the abbey. After lunch your ship departs for Mâcon, a city with a rich history and which plays an important role in the wine trade. A choice of optional excursions, including a visit to a wine cellar, is available. Overnight Vesssel.(B,L, D)
Day 6 - Beaujolais Region-Lyon
Enjoy a leisurely morning of cruising before arriving in Lyon after lunch. France's second-largest city, Lyon, is its gastronomic capital. Founded by the Romans in 43 BC, the city's prosperity dates back to the 16th century and is due to commercial, industrial, and banking activities. Roman remains, excellent museums, and renaissance architecture delight visitors. A local guide joins you as you survey the city from Fourvière Hill and explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways and Place des Terreaux, a popular area with lively cafés, monuments, and the famous fountain often depicted on postcards. Before dinner tonight, attend an onboard lecture and learn more about the French. Overnight Vessel.(B,L,D)
Day 7 - Lyon
Enjoy a free day in this fascinating city to explore at leisure. Early risers might like to visit the local produce market. Perhaps wander through one of Lyon's parks, discover some of the murals (there are over 100 of them), or take an optional biking tour. Be sure to taste the gastronomic delights and sample Beaujolais, the wine of the region; wine connoisseurs know that the grapes must be hand-picked. Your Cruise Director will have plenty of suggestions for things to do. Overnight Vessel.(B,L,D)
Day 8 - Tournon/Tain L'Hermitage-Viviers
The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l'Hermitage lie nestled among vineyards between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. A local guide will show you Tournon, one of France's oldest medieval cities, with its imposing 16th-century castle and Roman ruins. As you cruise to Viviers, there's a treat in store for chocoholics: an onboard choclate tasting to delight the palate. Arriving in Viviers in the late afternoon, a guided walk shows you this charming town that developed around its Romanesque Cathedral. The Old Town has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman, and medieval influences. Overnight Vessel. (B,L, D)
Day 9 - Avignon
The fortified city of Avignon is the capital of the Vaucluse region, the most picturesque part of Provence with its intact ramparts encircling the entire city, cobblestone streets and squares, and private mansions built in the 18th and 19th centuries. Known as the “City of Popes,” it was the center of the Catholic Church in the 14th century. During your guided tour you may choose to join an included visit of the Palace of the Popes, built in the 14th century as the sovereign popes' residence. A photo of the famous Pont Saint Bénezet (Saint Bénezet Bridge), of the popular song Sur le Pont d'Avignon, is a must. Optional outings to Pont du Gard or to the famed wine cellars of Ch??teauneuf-du-Pape are available. Overnight Vessel. (B,L, D)
Day 10 - Camargue Region-Arles
During the night your ship will have sailed to Port St. Louis at the mouth of the Rhône. If you are an early riser, watch the sun rise over the Camargue and take in the tranquil scenes as you sail through this nature park toward Arles during breakfast. In Arles, located on the northern tip of the Camargue and the capital of the Provence region, your local guide will show you highlights of the city and you'll visit the Roman Amphitheater. Still used today, it dates to the 1st century and was constructed to hold over 20,000 spectators. Alternatively, you may take the included sightseeing tour in the afternoon. There is free time to relax or to join an optional excursion. Overnight Vessel.(B,L, D)
Day 11 - Arles (Disembarkation)-Côte D'Azur
After breakfast, a comfortable motorcoach ride takes you to the Côte d'Azur for a last night in France. Also known as the French Riviera, the Côte d'Azur stretches along France's Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the Italian border, and is synonymous with prestige and beauty. Overnight Cote d'Azur.(B)
Day 12 - Côte D'Azur
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include the Pullman Paris Montparnasse and the Fairmont Monte Carlo (or similar).
Accommodations aboard the Poetry II are available in Deluxe Staterooms or Suite. Deluxe Staterooms include deluxe beds with memory foam mattress toppers, full shower, two windows, and nightly turn-down service. Suites include deluxe beds with memory foam mattress toppers, full shower, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door with French balcony, and nightly turn-down service.
Dates & Prices
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|10th June 2015||$4,349||Book Now|
|24th June 2015||$4,199||Book Now|
|8th July 2015||$4,099||Book Now|
|22nd July 2015||$4,099||Book Now|
|5th August 2015||$4,099||Book Now|
|19th August 2015||$4,199||Book Now|
|2nd September 2015||$4,449||Book Now|
|16th September 2015||$4,449||Book Now|
|30th September 2015||$4,199||Book Now|
|14th October 2015||$3,899||Book Now|
|28th October 2015||$3,549||Book Now|
|10th June 2015||$5,298||Book Now|
|24th June 2015||$5,148||Book Now|
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|22nd July 2015||$5,048||Book Now|
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|2nd September 2015||$5,398||Book Now|
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|14th October 2015||$4,848||Book Now|
|28th October 2015||$4,498||Book Now|
|10th June 2015||$6,148||Book Now|
|24th June 2015||$5,898||Book Now|
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|19th August 2015||$5,998||Book Now|
|2nd September 2015||$5,998||Book Now|
|16th September 2015||$6,248||Book Now|
|30th September 2015||$5,948||Book Now|
|14th October 2015||$5,698||Book Now|
|28th October 2015||$5,348||Book Now|
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Deluxe Stateroom E: Departs 10th June 2015 ($4,349), 24th June 2015 ($4,199), 8th July 2015 ($4,099), 22nd July 2015 ($4,099), 5th August 2015 ($4,099), 19th August 2015 ($4,199), 2nd September 2015 ($4,449), 16th September 2015 ($4,449), 30th September 2015 ($4,199), 14th October 2015 ($3,899), 28th October 2015 ($3,549)
Deluxe Stateroom P: Departs 10th June 2015 ($5,298), 24th June 2015 ($5,148), 8th July 2015 ($5,148), 22nd July 2015 ($5,048), 5th August 2015 ($5,048), 19th August 2015 ($5,148), 2nd September 2015 ($5,398), 16th September 2015 ($5,398), 30th September 2015 ($5,148), 14th October 2015 ($4,848), 28th October 2015 ($4,498)
Avalon Suite: Departs 10th June 2015 ($6,148), 24th June 2015 ($5,898), 8th July 2015 ($5,898), 22nd July 2015 ($5,898), 5th August 2015 ($5,898), 19th August 2015 ($5,998), 2nd September 2015 ($5,998), 16th September 2015 ($6,248), 30th September 2015 ($5,948), 14th October 2015 ($5,698), 28th October 2015 ($5,348)
B / Sapphire Deck / $549
A / Sapphire Deck / $599
P / Royal Deck / $749
Avalon Suite / Royal Deck / $1299