2019 : Burgundy & Provence - Cruise Only Southbound (WJL0) - Poetry II

8 Day River Cruise St. Jean-de-Losne to Arles

Take a delightful river cruise through France along the Rhone and Saone Rivers with guided sightseeing in known French treasures and some hidden gems too! Take in the beautiful countryside, quaint villages and towns, as you sail through the most captivating parts of France. Lyon, France's gastronomic capital, founded by the Romans in 43 BC, sits at the junction of the Rhone and Saone Rivers and is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture.

Visit the popular Place des Terreaux with its lively cafés and monuments and stand in front of the famous fountain you've seen on postcards. You'll have plenty of time to explore this historical city further and be sure to sample Beaujolais, the famous wine of the region. Beautifully nestled among vineyards, you'll find the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l'Hermitage, where you'll go on a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle.

Continue your river cruise to historical Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes-the largest gothic fortress in the world. On the Rhone 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.

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 St. Jean De Losne (Embarkation)-Seurre: Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Seurre-Macon: Leisurely cruising; free time in Macon; onboard cheese tasting
Day 3 Lyon: Guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill
Day 4 Lyon: A free day to explore this fascinating city at leisure
Day 5 Tournon/Tain L'hermitage-Viviers: Guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral
Day 6 Avignon: Guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes
Day 7 Arles: Guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)
Day 8 Arles (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM


  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day


    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. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise: 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.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

    Day 1



    Welcome to France. Board Your Suite Ship® and enjoy a brief evening cruise to Seurre.

    Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.


    Day 2

    (B, L, D)


    Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saone

    Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Macon along the majestic Saone River. 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.

    Enjoy live entertainment while sailing for Trévoux this evening.


    Day 3

    (B, L, D)


    Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France

    Sail for lovely Lyon this morning. 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.

    Spend free time riding a bike through Lyon's town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhone and Saone rivers meet.

    Later on board your ship, be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance Lecture, and enjoy live entertainment after dinner.


    Day 4

    (B, L, D)


    French Food And Wine-La Vie En Rose in Lyon

    Enjoy a free day in Lyon, or choose a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through the city to discover why it is known as the gastronomic capital of France!

    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.


    Day 5

    (B, L, D)


    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.

    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 6

    (B, L, D)


    The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence 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-Bénézet.

    Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.


    Day 7

    (B, L, D)


    Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights 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 that inspired the works of Vincent van Gogh.

    Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) to immerse yourself in a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d'Enfer.

    Take advantage of any free time remaining with a stop in Le Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine, to relax and watch the world go by.


    Day 8



    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.


  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • In the event that a high-speed train is unavailable due to strikes or technical reasons, the route will be operated by motorcoach.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Details

    Cruise Line
    Avalon Waterways
    Offer valid through 6/30/2018
    8 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Poetry II

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    Day 1Seurre  
    Day 2Macon  
    Day 3Lyon  
    Day 4Lyon  
    Day 5Viviers  
    Day 6Avignon  
    Day 7Arles  
    Day 8Arles  

    Click Quote or call us to get additional information on your chosen travel date. Special offers or competitive pricing may be available!

    DateDescriptionPrice FromQuote
    April 09, 2019Cat D,E$2,549.00* (USD)Quote
    April 09, 2019Cat A, B, P$3,698.00* (USD)Quote
    April 09, 2019Royal Suite$4,748.00* (USD)Quote
    April 23, 2019Cat D,E$2,999.00* (USD)Quote
    April 23, 2019Cat A, B, P$4,148.00* (USD)Quote
    April 23, 2019Royal Suite$5,198.00* (USD)Quote
    May 07, 2019Cat D,E$3,099.00* (USD)Quote
    May 07, 2019Cat A, B, P$4,248.00* (USD)Quote
    May 07, 2019Royal Suite$5,298.00* (USD)Quote
    June 04, 2019Cat D,E$3,449.00* (USD)Quote
    June 04, 2019Cat A, B, P$4,598.00* (USD)Quote
    June 04, 2019Royal Suite$5,648.00* (USD)Quote
    June 18, 2019Cat D,E$3,449.00* (USD)Quote
    June 18, 2019Cat A, B, P$4,598.00* (USD)Quote
    June 18, 2019Royal Suite$5,648.00* (USD)Quote
    July 16, 2019Cat D,E$3,199.00* (USD)Quote
    July 16, 2019Cat A, B, P$4,348.00* (USD)Quote
    July 16, 2019Royal Suite$5,398.00* (USD)Quote
    July 30, 2019Cat D,E$3,199.00* (USD)Quote
    July 30, 2019Cat A, B, P$4,348.00* (USD)Quote
    July 30, 2019Royal Suite$5,398.00* (USD)Quote
    August 27, 2019Cat D,E$3,199.00* (USD)Quote
    August 27, 2019Cat A, B, P$4,348.00* (USD)Quote
    August 27, 2019Royal Suite$5,398.00* (USD)Quote
    September 10, 2019Cat D,E$3,549.00* (USD)Quote
    September 10, 2019Cat A, B, P$4,698.00* (USD)Quote
    September 10, 2019Royal Suite$5,748.00* (USD)Quote
    October 08, 2019Cat D,E$3,099.00* (USD)Quote
    October 08, 2019Cat A, B, P$4,248.00* (USD)Quote
    October 08, 2019Royal Suite$5,298.00* (USD)Quote
    October 22, 2019Cat D,E$2,949.00* (USD)Quote
    October 22, 2019Cat A, B, P$4,098.00* (USD)Quote
    October 22, 2019Royal Suite$5,148.00* (USD)Quote
    November 05, 2019Cat D,E$2,299.00* (USD)Quote
    November 05, 2019Cat A, B, P$3,448.00* (USD)Quote
    November 05, 2019Royal Suite$4,498.00* (USD)Quote

    Port charges:

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights not available.

    All prices per person based on double occupancy. Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

    Category / Decks / Price
    D / Indigo Deck / $199
    B / Sapphire Deck / $1149
    A / Sapphire Deck / $1199
    P / Royal Deck / $1299
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2199


  • Special Interest Cruise: Wine Appreciation November 5

    Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.

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