8 Day River Cruise from Arles to St. Jean-de-Losne | 30 June – 07 July, 2018
Take a wondrous river cruise journey through beautiful France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in known French treasures and also discover some hidden gems along the way!
On the Rhône River sits Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage are beautifully nestled among vineyards, and you’ll go on a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers and is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Visit the popular Place des Terreaux for lively cafés and monuments and stand in front of the famous fountain you’ve seen on postcards. As you cruise up the Saône River to St. Jean de Losne, be sure to have your camera ready to capture the beautiful scenery and quaint villages passing by—a perfect ending to this delightful river cruise vacation!
Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
Early and Late Riser breakfast
Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
Alternative light lunch or (weather permitting) grill fare at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck
Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room
Alternative dinner of petite portions or regional specialties with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
Daily Afternoon Tea
Daily Night Fare
Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
Arrive in Arles, France (Embarkation)
Welcome to France! This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel which is docked in Arles, in the Provence region. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception, then sail toward the mouth of the Rhône for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting).
(B, L, D)
In Arles, capital of the Provence, join your Local Guide for a GUIDED CITY TOUR. See the church of St. Trophime, dating from the 12th century, and visit the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER. Still used today, the amphitheater dates to the 1st century, and was constructed to hold over 20,000 spectators. Vincent Van Gogh was inspired by the special light of the Provence and spent a very productive year in Arles. This evening a jazz band comes on board to entertain you.
(B, L, D)
On 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. With a living space equivalent to four gothic cathedrals, it is the largest gothic fortress in the world. Alternatively, you may opt for only city sightseeing and more free time to explore on your own, or to join an optional outing to Pont du Gard or to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
(B, L, D)
A leisurely morning on board to relax and enjoy the passing scenery. After lunch, join your LOCAL GUIDE for a walk around the charming town of Viviers, which developed around its ROMANESQUE CATHEDRAL. The OLD TOWN has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman, and medieval influences.
(B, L, D)
The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage lie nestled among vineyards between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. Enjoy a GUIDED WALK of Tournon, one of France’s oldest medieval cities, with its imposing 16th-century castle and Roman ruins. A light Jazz Duo will play on board this afternoon, offering relaxing background music as you cruise to Vienne. Arriving in Vienne in the late afternoon, a GUIDED WALK shows you the charming little town surrounded by steep hills—one of the oldest towns in the region. Explore the town center to see the Roman Theater, which once held 13,000 spectators, and the Augustus and Livia Temple, built around 20 BC and converted into a church in the Middle Ages. Every year, for two weeks, the town hosts an international jazz festival with a very unique atmosphere: “Jazz à Vienne.” There are four festival stages located in the very heart of the town and tonight enjoy free time to visit this lively Jazz Festival, on your own.
(B, L, D)
Lyon is France’s third-largest city and 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, many excellent museums, and much renaissance architecture delight visitors. You are joined by a LOCAL GUIDE as you survey the city from Fourvière Hill and explore the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 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. Be sure to sample Beaujolais, the wine of the region.
(B, L, D)
Cruising–St. Jean de Losne
A leisurely day today as your final day on board. If you prefer to stay busy, a choice of optional excursions, including a visit to a wine cellar, is available. While cruising to St. Jean de Losne, enjoy an onboard CHEESE TASTING. On this final night on board, enjoy the strains of Gypsy Jazz, a style of jazz often said to have been started by guitarist Jean “Django” Reinhardt in the 1930s. Because its origins are largely in France, it is often called by the French name “Jazz Manouche.”
St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
Special Features and day of operation are subject to change.
Event Starts From June 30 to July 07, 2018
Cruise Dates & Ports
Day 1 Arles, France (Embarkation): welcome to France; onboard welcome reception; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting) Day 2 Arles: guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheater; evening jazz band entertainment
Day 3 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes
Day 4 Cruising–Viviers: guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral
Day 56 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; onboard jazz music entertainment, guided walk in Vienne; free time to visit the Vienne Jazz Festival
Day 6 Lyon: guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill
Day 7 Cruising–St. Jean de Losne: day at leisure; cheese tasting; onboard jazz entertainment
Day 8 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
Rates/Terms Payment Plans
Cat D, E
Cat A, B, P
30 June – 07 July, 2018
Port charges: $168
Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights not available.
Prices shown above include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person: Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo / Deck / $199
B / Sapphire Deck / 1,149
A / Sapphire Deck / $1,199
P / Royal Deck / $1,299
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $1,999
Ship/Cabins Deck Plans
The Avalon Poetry II offers a delightfully intimate cruise setting. Like its sister Suite Ships®, the Avalon Artistry II, Avalon Visionary, Avalon Tapestry II, and Avalon Tranquility II, the Poetry II features two full decks of suites featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air BalconySM. With 200 square feet, Panorama SuitesSM are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. 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.
Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
Non-smoking staterooms & ship interior
Elegant, contemporary design
Headsets for guided shore excursions in Europe
Sightseeing with Expert Local Guides
Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
Complimentary computer use in public areas
Complimentary Wi-Fi access
Bicycles available onboard for complimentary check-out
Avalon Choice® cruising experience
Choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Independent sightseeing pace options
Local FavoritesSM onboard experiences to bring the customs, cultures and tastes of your destinations to life, including local entertainers, artisans & experts
Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
Sky Deck game area
Well-stocked library with books, cards, and board games
Complimentary bottled water, fresh fruit, and cookies available throughout the day
Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, shade awnings, & outdoor deck game area
Convenient Elevator Service
Outside viewing deck
English-speaking friendly crew, staff & professional Cruise Director
Onboard lectures, activities & entertainment
Sky Deck whirlpool
Biking excursions available in Amsterdam and Breisach
Light lunch & casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
Behind-the-scenes galley tour
Nordic walking sticks available onboard for complimentary check-out
Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
Delectable petite portions of regional specialties, with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
State-of-the-art fitness center
Full-size closet mirror
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