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Burgundy & Provence (Southbound)

Enjoy leisurely cruising down the Saône, featuring a range of landmarks, workshops and coveted tourist attractions.

Explore with your Avalon Adventure Host on a range of walking tours, bike rides, tastings and more. Make the most of the activities and workshops hosted on-board.

Make the most of the luxuries aboard the Avalon Poetry II – featuring modern amenities, free wifi and a 24-hour self-serve beverage station.

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  • Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
  • Ship: Avalon Poetry II
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Apr - Nov
£1,650pp
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Burgundy & Provence Cruise Itinerary

Sail down the Saône on this 8-day itinerary, containing a blend of classic, active and discovery excursions. From the Palace of the Popes to Fourviere Hill, explore France’s coveted highlights.

Day 1

Chalon-sur-Saône (EMBARK)

Welcome to France – guests must be on board the suite ship by 5pm.

Day 2

Tournus

Explore Tournus alongside a local guide – later, enjoy a cheese tasting activity back on board the ship.
Consider an optional guided excursion to either a Chardonnay wine cellar or the Castle of Cormatin.

Day 3

Lyon

Discover Lyon by bike with your Adventure Host, join a guided sightseeing tour from Fourviere Hill, or remain on-board for a WWII and French Resistance lecture.

Day 4

Lyon

Today, you’ll join a culinary walk through the city. After, enjoy free time to explore at your own pace.

Day 5

Tournon / Vivers

This morning, explore Tournon on a guided walking tour.
After a leisurely afternoon sail to Vivers, enjoy a guided walking tour of the charming village.

Day 6

Avignon

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour, including a visit to the Palace of the Popes.
You may also choose to embark on an optional excursion to either Pont du Gard or Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Day 7

Arles

Power walk in Arles with your Adventure Host, attend a painting workshop on the techniques of Vincent Van Gogh or embark on a guided walking tour.

Day 8

Arles (DISEMBARK)

Your cruise ends after breakfast this morning.

Burgundy & Provence Cruise Ships

Avalon Poetry II

This floating hotel offers a uniquely intimate cruise setting. With fewer guests and suites 30% larger than the industry standard, this vessel is designed to promote a one-on-one relationship with the crew, so we can help you make the most out of your holiday.

37 Crew Members
Elegant, Contemporary Design
24-hour Beverage Station

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Continue your travels through France

7 Nights
Apr Nov

Burgundy & Provence (Southbound)

  • Chalon-sur-Saône (EMBARK)
  • Tournus
  • Lyon
  • Tournon / Viviers
  • Avignon
  • Arles
  • Arles (DISEMBARK)
£1,650pp Est. Price per person
  • Avalon Poetry II  

Burgundy & Provence Cruise Review

“The Avalon Poetry II is an excellent ship – comfortable and bright. My suite was everything promised and was well maintained by the staff. The real highlight of this trip though, was my Adventure Host, who’s hilarious jokes entertained me through a variety of informative tours.”

John Smith, Carnforth

Burgundy & Provence FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Will I have access to Wi-Fi whilst on board?

Yes. Our Avalon Fleets all feature complimentary Wi-FI access in locations throughout the ship.

What is an Adventure Host?

Your Adventure Host is a member of Avalon Waterways’ dedicated on-board staff, whose role is guiding you through a variety of activities and excursions.

What types of excursions are available?

This itinerary offers a blend of Classic, Active and Discovery excursions. You’ll also be able to choose from optional activities, on-board lectures and enjoy free time to explore at your own pace.

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