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About France

Currency
France uses the Euro. Check www.xe.com for current rates.
Languages
French, but many people speak English
Climate
The weather is usually warm and sunny, with average daytime temperatures of around 77°F (25°C). Nighttime temperatures can be chilly, so bring a light jacket to keep you warm. Take an umbrella, since the rainy days are rather unpredictable.
Itinerary
  • Sunday, July 21 – Paris – Dijon – Beaune – St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation) – Seurre: transfer from Paris to Beaune, visit the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception
  • Monday, July 22 – Seurre – Macon: leisurely cruising; cheese tasting; free time in Mâcon
  • Tuesday, July 23 – Lyon: guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill
  • Wednesday, July 24 – Lyon: a free day to explore this fascinating city at leisure
  • Thursday, July 25 – Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage – Viviers: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral
  • Friday, July 26 – Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes
  • Saturday, July 27 – Arles
  • Sunday, July 28 – Arles (Disembarkation)
Vacation stretchers
We will be offering a one- and two-night pre stretcher in Paris. Information on these will be available 11 months prior to the trip. Please check our Vacation Stretcher tab for more information.
Activity level
These trips do require a level of mobility, as most of the tours are walking tours (walking on cobblestone streets; some stairs). Though portable wheelchairs and scooters can be collapsed and stored in the lobby of the riverboat, they cannot be driven to your cabins or other parts of the ship. They may only be used on tours, however, that can be difficult because of the cobblestone streets, stairwells, and the need to lift them up on curbs.
If you do have limited mobility, you are required to travel with someone who can assist you.

Before Your Trip

What's included?
  • Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights in Comfort Collection beds with Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Transfer from host hotel in Paris to the ship
  • Included sightseeing tours in Beaune, Seurre – Macon, Lyon, Tournon, Viviers, Avignon, and Arles
  • All meals while on board, with a French cheese and French cuisine option each evening
  • Wines from France’s most famous wine regions, beer or soft drinks with lunches and dinners and complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast
  • Coffee, tea, and juices during all meals
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, and teas
  • Cookies and fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished in rooms daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Complimentary bicycles available for time on shore
  • Complimentary Nordic walking sticks
  • Transfer from host hotel in Paris to the ship in St. Jean de Losne, with stop in Beaune with included tour (approx. 5 hours)
  • Gratuities to ship’s staff
  • Olivia’s signature entertainment and programming
  • Olivia Staff assistance throughout
What’s not included?
  • Transfer from the ship to the Arles airport
  • Optional tours
  • Wine tastings
  • Alcoholic beverages, additional bottled water and soft drinks (except where indicated)
  • Tips to local guides on daily tours
  • Phone/Fax/Internet (wireless is additional at hotel, but included on board)
  • Laundry
  • Salon services
Travel documentation and identification
Passport
You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Visa
If you are a U.S. Citizen, you DO NOT need to get a visa for travel to France. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Vaccinations
Please check with your local Public Health Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements for all countries on your itinerary. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at: www.cdc.gov. Just click on “Traveler’s Health” followed by “Vaccinations.”
Cancellation policy
Unexpected events can cause you to cancel your vacation. Because we are committed to this charter, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined in our Olivia Terms & Conditions.
 
2018 BURGUNDY TO PROVENCE RIVERBOAT
START DATE END DATE CANCEL PENALTY
TRIP DATE 7/21/2018    
Cancellation Fee 270 days or more prior to trip date   10/24/2017 $500 per person
Cancellation Fee 210-269 days prior to trip date 10/25/2017 12/23/2017 25% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 150-209 days prior to trip date 12/24/2017 2/21/2018 50% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 120-149 days prior to trip date 2/22/2018 3/23/2018 75% of trip cost

Cancellation Fee 0-119 days prior to trip date
(NON-REFUNDABLE)

3/24/2018   100% of trip cost

Travel insurance
Olivia recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to protect yourself and your trip investment from the unexpected. Now more than ever it’s extremely important to think about the unexpected. It is important to purchase the travel protection within 21 days of your initial invoice date in order to receive the most comprehensive coverage. Consider travel protection for Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.
For a travel insurance quote, more information or to purchase a protection plan, please call Olivia at 800-631-6277 and select option 1 for a travel consultant.
Olivia’s preferred travel agency

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For assistance in making a reservation, please call Conlin Travel: 888-278-1698 (Monday–Friday: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm EST)
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Travel and arrival

Air travel
Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly into Paris, France. We encourage all passengers to arrive at least 1-2 days early with our pre-trip stretchers to enjoy more of what Paris has to offer, as well as to avoid the stress of unexpected delays.
Suggested arrival/departure times
Arrivals
Arrive into Paris early enough to be at the host hotel in Paris by 7 am on July 21, 2018 for our included 8 am transfer to the ship. The ship is approximately 5 hours travel time from Paris. We will stop in Beaune for an included tour, and lunch on your own before making our way to the ship. Upon arrival to the ship we will embark immediately. We highly recommend arriving at least a day early.
Departure out of Arles or Marseille* on July 28, 2018
Your flights can depart from the Arles Airport (FNI) or Marseille Airport (MRS) at any time on July 28, as we overnight in Arles on July 27. The ship reception can assist you with your taxi to your next destination.
*Special Departure Airport Note:Due to limited major air-carrier service out of Arles Airport (FNI), you may find more options out of Marseille Airport (MRS). We will offer an optional group bus transfer from the ship to the Marseille Airport (MRS) on July 28 at a special cost, less than what it might be to hire a cab for the approximate 1 hour drive. Marseille Airport is approximately 35 miles from Arles. For this, flights must be arranged after 10:50 am on July 28. More information and exact per person cost will be available 6 months prior to the trip.
Train travel
The train in Arles is located less than 1/3 miles from where the ship docks.
For all other destinations, the ship reception can assist you with your taxi to your next destination.
Airfare discounts
Save up to 15% on your airfare through our partner airlines. Please visit our Airfare Specials tab for the most up-to-date information.
Luggage allowances
While there is no luggage limit on the cruise itself, airlines often restrict (or charge) for excess baggage. Because each airline is different, and the regulations change over time, please check with your airline for baggage allowances. For ease of travel in Europe, we recommend no more than one large piece and a smaller carry-on.

During your trip

Transfers and meeting up with Olivia
Getting to your ship
Your transfer to the ship from our Paris host hotel is included on our group transfer. The transfer will depart our host hotel at approximately 8 am on July 21, 2018. The transfer will take you from Paris to the town of Beaune where you will enjoy an included tour and lunch on your own before continuing to the ship. The driving time is approximately 5 hours, and we expect to be at the ship by 4 pm. Information on exact ship location will be in your final documents.
Your ship
The beautifully designed ms Poetry II features sliding glass doors in almost every stateroom. The staterooms and suites are well-appointed and are amongst the largest on the river. Some of the features and amenities you’ll enjoy on board:
Included ship amenities:
  • Wall-to-wall panoramic windows
  • Non-smoking interior
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Headsets for all guided shore excursions in Europe
  • Sightseeing with certified local guides
  • Onboard lectures, activities, and nightly entertainment
  • Room service for continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
  • Complimentary computer use in public areas
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Light lunch and dinner in the Panorama Bistro
  • Behind-the-scenes ship tour
  • Use of Nordic walking sticks
  • English-speaking TV channels with 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
  • Complimentary maps
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs
  • Elevator
  • Outside viewing deck
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew
  • Cruise Director
  • Revolutionary engineering
  • Sky Deck whirlpool
  • Hair salon (manicures available)
  • Onboard movie nights
  • Bicycles
  • Avalon Choice cruising experience
  • Choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Independent sightseeing options
  • Local Favorites onboard experiences with local chefs, entertainers, artisans & experts
  • Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
  • Sky Deck game area
  • Well-stocked library
  • Expanded fitness center
Cabin amenities:
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft and firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Two windows
  • Writing desk
  • Memory foam mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity
Dining
Fine dining on board offers European cuisine. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, and dinner is sit-down menu service.
Electricity
The cabins have 110- and 220-volt electricity. Adapters should be 2-round prongs.
Entertainment & programming
We will bring two Olivia entertainers to perform on several evenings, as well as utilize some of the local entertainment along the way.
Narration about the Rhone will be given as we sail down the historical areas and go through the many locks, and there will be special port talks about the history of the areas we visit, as well as suggestions on what you can do with your free-time.
River cruising is about port destinations! A typical day is a walking tour of a new city, lunch on board, and another walking tour, and free time or optional tour to explore. Perhaps you’ll enjoy a fun and informative lecture on the history of the area or take that well-deserved nap. It’s your vacation! In the evenings, we are delighted with local entertainment or one of our two Olivia entertainers. After the shows, enjoy our river-ship version of “Club O” with our talented staff taking turns being a “Guest DJ” to provide dancing music in the main lounge for one hour after each show. Or you may choose to get to bed early for your next full day!
Excursions
A walking and/or city tour is included in each of the ports visited. Optional tours are available to book on board that range from approximately €39 to €60 or more. These tours do not conflict with the included tours.
We will designate a group on each included tour as a “gentle walkers” group. This is for those who need a little extra time walking, perhaps have scooters or canes, and for photographers who like to take more photos. For those with mobility issues, we suggest purchasing a cane that can also fold out to be a seat so you can rest while the group stops to listen to the guide. A sample of one can be found here, but they have several different styles to choose from. Otherwise, the ship does provide Nordic walking sticks.
Gratuities
Gratuities are provided for your Avalon Cruise Director, cabin steward, dining room steward, bus person, maître d’, reception, bar staff and other-behind-the-scenes crew members and are included in the cost of your trip. In addition, gratuities are now included in the cost of your trip for all included and optional tours for the tour guides and bus drivers.
Should you receive exceptional serfice and wish to tip more, this is completely at your discretion.
Internet / email / fax
Complimentary Wi-Fi is included on board in public spaces and in your cabins for use on your personal laptops and iPads. There is an onboard internet center with two desktop computers for guest use. Faxes can be sent from the reception desk for a charge.
Laundry services
Laundry and pressing service is available. Dry-cleaning or self-service laundry facilities are not available on board. Check on board for pricing.
Medical services
The ship is minutes away from hospitals when we are docked and close to local towns along the river. The ship does not have an onboard doctor.
Money: Paying for things on board
The currency used on board is €Euros. All purchases made on the ship will be charged to your onboard account, which you create when you first check in. Cash, Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. Please check with the front office on the ship for further details.
Phone
Each cabin has a phone to call cabin-to-cabin and international/local calls. There is an additional fee to use this phone for international or local calls; cost is available on board.
Smoking policy
The ms Poetry II has entirely non-smoking interiors. Smoking is not permitted in your cabins or on french balconies. A smoking area will be designated on an outdoor deck.
Salon services
There is an onboard beauty salon. Hair appointments and manicures are available for an additional fee. Massage services and pedicures are not available, but we can make recommendations in some of the ports we visit for these services.
Solos
We will have a solos program on board led by a solos coordinator who will ensure you have a great time.

After Your Trip

Disembarkation
Because we are overnighting in Arles on July 27, flights or trains out of Arles or Marseille can depart at any time on July 28, 2018. However, if taking advantage of our group bus transfer to Marseille (cost TBD), flight must depart after 10:50 am on July 28, 2018. Disembarkation will begin at whatever time in the morning you need to leave and will end at 9 am. The reception desk can assist you in arranging your transfer needs to your next destination.
Transfers to the airport
Private taxis can be arranged with the reception staff on board the ship. It is approximately 12 miles to the Nîmes-Arles-Camargue Airport (FNI), and 1/3 mile to the Arles Train Station.
Vacation Stretchers
We will have optional 1-night and 2-night pre-packages in Paris, France to extend your visit. Please visit Vacation Stretchers for more information approximately 11 months prior to the trip.

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