There are many ways to travel the world, but few compare to the unique, stylish and sophisticated experience of a river cruise. Sail along the world’s most legendary waterways onboard a stunning Avalon Waterway river cruise ship. Bringing you into the heart of the action, you’ll enjoy a leisurely atmosphere and intimate ambiance onboard a beautiful floating boutique hotel.
River cruising is perfect for travelers who are looking for new experiences: See sights that you won’t forget. Immerse yourself in new cultures. Meet new friends who share your passion for unique experiences and discover culinary delights.
Avalon, voted “Best River Cruise Line” by Cruise Critic, offers all-inclusive value, including free shore excursions, free Wi-Fi access and free select beverages with dinner such as wine and beer, and more. At every meal, you'll have the ability to choose from a multitude of dining experiences. All feature the highest-quality local ingredients, hand crafted by true culinary artisans. And all are included at no extra cost.
A part of the wonderful appeal of river cruises is that their vessels are typically intimate, with passengers numbering in the hundreds, not thousands, and Avalon is no exception. Enjoy panoramic windows throughout every ship, luxurious accommodations - the most spacious staterooms in Europe, and more personal and attentive service while onboard.
With an All-Inclusive Value plus Free Roundtrip Air from Toronto and Savings up to $1,400/couple, these amazing offers are not to be missed.
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1. All-Inclusive Value
Your river cruise provides exceptional value including Free shore excursions, complimentary beverages such as wine and beer with dinner, Free Wi-Fi access and much more. With an All-Inclusive Value plus Free Roundtrip Air from Toronto and Savings up to $1,400/couple, these amazing offers are not to be missed.
2. Limited Inventory
With smaller and more intimate ships, there are only a limited number of staterooms available. Book your river cruise today to take advantage of our exclusive rates and secure your spot on one of these fantastic journeys.
3. Award-winning Cruise Line
Avalon lets you discover Europe in a world-class way. With their contemporary design, this Swiss line has a passion for details and is continually praised for the beauty of their vessels and the quality of their service including a highly attentive English-speaking crew.
4. It’s River Cruising
River cruises sail to some of the world’s most breathtaking rivers. You’ll enjoy amazing sights along the way, from scenic vineyards and, historic castles to countless UNESCO World Heritage Sites! You can truly feel the culture of a country with this type of cruising: rivers are like the highways of Europe and can take you beyond just seeing the places you’ve read about.
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11 days from Côte d’Azur to Paris
1 Pre-Hotel night in Cote D’Azur at the Fairmont Monte Carlo, 7 night River Cruise, 2 Post Hotel nights in Paris at the Pullman Paris Montparnese
FREE Roundtrip Air from Toronto and Montreal
FREE French Balcony Upgrade
FREE Shore Excursions and more...
Low Airfare from $99/person available from other Canadian gateways
Opportunities abound on this grand vacation to learn about France and to taste its sumptuous wines and cuisine. Your adventure begins with an overnight on the French Riviera, also known as the Cote d’Azur. Then travel to Port St. Louis in the Provence region to board your ship and sail north up the scenic Rhône and Saône Rivers. Along the way, explore Arles, Avignon, charming Viviers, medieval Tournon, Vienne, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as Mâcon, Tournus, Chalon-sur-Saône, and fascinating Beaune. Your vacation ends in Paris with two overnights, guided sightseeing, and free time to explore the remarkable “City of Light” on your own! You’re sure to return home from this vacation with lots of memories and photos to share.
Full buffet breakfast in Côte d’Azur and Paris; superb dining with all meals on board featuring full breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including a welcome reception, Captain’s reception and farewell dinner; quality wines from France’s most famous wine regions with every dinner; one sitting with open seating arrangements.
Day 0 - Fly FREE from Toronto or Montreal to Nice. From Nice airport, you will be transferred to the luxurious Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel in Cote d’Azur where you will enjoy an overnight stay prior to your cruise.
Day 1 - Arrive in Côte d’Azur, France - Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel
Welcome to France! Time at leisure to get acquainted with your new surroundings.
Day 2 - Côte d’Azur–Port St. Louis (Embarkation)
This morning, enjoy free time before transferring by motorcoach to Port St. Louis in the Provence region, where you’ll board your river cruise vessel. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception and enjoy tranquil scenes as you gently sail through Camargue Regional National Park northward to Arles. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3 - Arles
On the northern tip of the Camargue, Arles is the capital of the Provence and was once known as the “Little Rome of Gaul.” See the church of St. Trophime; “Les Alyscamps,” the remains of the Gallo-Roman burial road; and visit the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER. Vincent Van Gogh was inspired by the special light of the Provence and spent a very productive year in Arles. The “Foundation Vincent Van Gogh” is a tribute to the artist. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 - Avignon
The fortified city of Avignon is the capital of the Vaucluse region, the most picturesque part of Provence. Also referred to as the “City of Popes,” it was the center of the Catholic Church in the 14th century and the city landscape is dominated by the grandiose Palace of the Popes. A photo of the bridge of the popular song is a must, and optional outings to Pont du Gard or to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape are available this afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 - Cruising–Viviers
A leisurely morning on board to relax and enjoy the passing scenery as you glide gently by. The charming town of Viviers was developed around its Romanesque Cathedral, and the Old Town has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman, and medieval influences. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 - Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Vienne
The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage lie nestled among vineyards between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. Tournon, with its imposing 16th-century castle and Roman ruins, is one of France’s oldest medieval cities. This afternoon, enjoy Vienne, another charming little town surrounded by steep hills. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 - Lyon
Lyon is France’s second-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 the visitor. Survey the city from Fourvière Hill and explore the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its maze of medieval alleyways, Place des Terreaux, and the beautiful Place Bellecour. Beaujolais is the wine of the region and wine connoisseurs will know that the grapes must be hand picked. Tradition dictates that the “Beaujolais Nouveau” is tasted for the first time on the third Thursday of November each year. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 - Mâcon–Tournus–Chalon-sur-Saône
Wake up this morning in Mâcon on the Saône River, a city that plays an important role in the wine trade. There’s free time for exploring after breakfast, then enjoy a short cruise to Tournus. Here, the cloister of St. Philibert or the Burgundy Museum’s folklore collection, located in an old family mansion, are worth a visit. A choice of optional excursions, including a visit to a wine cellar, is available. Before dinner, arrive in Chalon-sur-Saône. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 - Chalon-sur-Saône (Disembarkation)–Beaune–Paris
After breakfast, head for Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Côte d’Or area which produces the Burgundy region’s finest vintages. Its most famous historical site, the Hôtel-Dieu charity hospital, houses Van der Weyden’s painting of the Last Judgement and is one of France’s architectural highlights. After lunch, continue north past the forest of Fontainebleau to Paris, the “City of Light.” You will be transferred to the luxurious Pullman Paris Montparnese Hotel where you will enjoy a 2-night stay prior to flying back to Toronto. (Breakfast)
Day 10 - Paris, France - Pullman Paris Montparnese Hotel
Paris’ famous sights are living history: your included city sightseeing shows you magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, Champs Elysées, and the Eiffel Tower, a structural miracle of its age. The city is well known for its colorful nightlife that includes some of the world’s most famous cabaret shows. (Breakfast)
Day 11 - Paris, France
All good things must come to an end. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
You will be transferred from the hotel to the airport for your FREE flight back to Toronto or Montreal. We hope you enjoyed your voyage. It will be time to say goodbye for now but we look forward to welcoming you back on your next cruise.