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Burgundy and Provence Riverboat Cruise

Jul 12 - Jul 19, 2022

Paris • Beaune • St. Jean de Losne • Seurre • Mâcon • Lyon • Tournon/Tain I’Hermitage-Viviers • Avignon • Arles

Burgundy and Provence Riverboat Cruise

Jul 12 - Jul 19, 2022

Paris • Beaune • St. Jean de Losne • Seurre • Mâcon • Lyon • Tournon/Tain I’Hermitage-Viviers • Avignon • Arles

Burgundy and Provence Riverboat Cruise

Jul 12 - Jul 19, 2022

Paris • Beaune • St. Jean de Losne • Seurre • Mâcon • Lyon • Tournon/Tain I’Hermitage-Viviers • Avignon • Arles

Burgundy and Provence Riverboat Cruise

Jul 12 - Jul 19, 2022

Paris • Beaune • St. Jean de Losne • Seurre • Mâcon • Lyon • Tournon/Tain I’Hermitage-Viviers • Avignon • Arles


Get all your information on Olivia's upcoming Burgundy and Provence Riverboat Cruise.

Day Description Arrival Departure
Tuesday, July 12, 2022 Paris, Beaune, St. Jean de Losne (Embark), Seurre 5 PM

This morning, transfer from Paris host hotel 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. Today you have an included tour. Choose from a wine tasting in a local cellar, OR visit the HÔTEL-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. Then, continue to St. Jean de Losne, where you’ll board your river cruise vessel. Before dinner, meet your Olivia staff and ship’s crew at a welcome reception as your ship departs for Mâcon.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 Seurre and Mâcon

Enjoy some leisurely cruising today and before lunch, enjoy an Onboard Cheese Tasting. In the late afternoon, arrive in Mâcon, a city that plays an important role in the wine trade. Free time allows you to explore on your own. Alternatively, you may choose to participate in one of the optional excursions offered, such as a visit to a wine cellar.

Thursday, July 14, 2022 Lyon Overnight

Lyon, France’s third-largest city and its gastronomic capital, was founded by the Romans in 43 B.C. 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. Tonight, enjoy the fireworks and festivities of Bastille Day from your riverboat!

Friday, July 15, 2022 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), or select one of the available optional excursions. 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. Or take a bike ride along the river. Your Cruise Director will have plenty of suggestions for things to do.

Saturday, July 16, 2022 Tournon, Tain l’Hermitage, and 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. Your Olivia Cruise Director will take you to one of the best chocolate shops for some free tastings. Arriving in Viviers in the 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. An included “Organ Concert” organized by Olivia will end the tour at the top of the hill with beautiful views.

Sunday, July 17, 2022 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 excursions to Pont du Gard or to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneufdu-Pape are available for purchase.

Monday, July 18, 2022 Arles Overnight

This morning, wake up early to the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting) before arriving in Arles after breakfast. Located on the northern tip of the Camargue, Arles is 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 more than 20,000 spectators. Visit areas where Van Gogh lived and painted. At the end of our day in Arles, we leave for an early evening sunset sail by the Camargue region. The Camargue is a UNESCO designated wildlife reserve which attracts nature lovers from around the world for its diverse population of wildlife. Later that evening we return to Arles where we overnight

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 Arles

After breakfast, disembark to fly home, or to your next destination, or join us on our extended stretcher to Marseille. Included Tours and Optional Tours: Each city we visit will have an included walking or city tour. In addition, you will have the option to purchase optional tours that may range in price from 35 Euros to over 300 Euros (to experience a full meal with wine pairings at a Michelin 3-star restaurant!) These optional tours will not conflict with your included excursions. It’s a way to experience and see a little more of these beautiful places we visit, go to wine regions and more historical areas of this region. Payments for the optional tours are made directly with your Avalon Cruise Director, separate from your on-board account. Or you can use that free-time to shop, check out a complimentary bike from the ship and ride along the river, or take a nap! Please note: Itinerary is subject to change based on river level, traffic, and locks.