Burgundy & Provence With 3 Nights Barcelona For Wine Lovers

04/18/2019 through 10/31/2019
04/18/2019 through 11/16/2019
Avalon Waterways

Take a wondrous river cruise through beautiful France along the guided sightseeing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too! This French vacation on the Rhône and Saône Rivers begins with two nights in Paris. In the “City of Lights”-home to Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum-you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city’s must-see sights.

Taste Burgundy wines on board your ship, and take an excursion to the Chardonnay wine area. You’ll visit Lyon-France’s gastronomic capital at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Visit the picture-postcard fountain of Place des Terreaux, or visit the Beaujolais region for wine tasting. You’ll explore the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle, followed by a wine and chocolate tasting. Sail to Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes, and visit the Chteauneuf du Pape wine region for wine tasting. On the Rhône 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.

A Master of Wine will travel with you on this cruise and will hold lectures, tastings and introduce you to food and wine pairing. Your French river cruise portion of your guided vacation ends with an overnight stay on the picturesque Côte d’Azur. Fly from Nice to Barcelona, see the Passeig de Grcia, La Pedrera, and go inside Gaudi’s Casa Batlló, and Sagrada Familia Basilica, with ample free time-part of your Monograms vacation package in Spain-with an expert Monograms Local Host® available to you throughout your stay in Barcelona.

Included Features:

Day 1 Paris: welcome to France

Day 2 Paris: guided sightseeing

Day 3 Paris–Dijon–Beaune–St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation)–Seurre: TGV train from Paris to Dijon. Motorcoach transfer to Beaune, visit the Hôtel-Dieu or join a wine tasting in a local cellar; onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Seurre–Mcon: leisurely cruising; onboard lecture about wine; free time in Mcon or Chardonnay excursion

Day 5 Lyon: onboard wine and cheese tasting; guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill

Day 6 Lyon: a free day to explore this fascinating city at leisure, or excursion to Beaujolais; onboard food & wine pairing dinner

Day 7 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Viviers: guided walk in Tournon with wine and chocolate tasting, or hike in the vineyeards (weather permitting); guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 8 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes and excursion to Chteauneuf du Pape

Day 9 Arles: guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre; cruise into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)

Day 10 Arles (Disembarkation)–Côte d’Azur: travel by motorcoach to Côte d’Azur

Day 11 Côte d’Azur–Barcelona: transfer to Nice airport for your flight to Barcelona

Day 12 Barcelona: guided sightseeing, visit Casa Batlló and Sagrada Familia Basilica

Day 13 Barcelona: day at leisure

Day 14 Barcelona: your vacation ends this morning

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Day 1 Paris, France
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Day 2 Paris
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Day 3 Dijon-beaune-st. Jean De Losne (Embarkation)-seurre
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Day 4 McOn
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Day 5 Lyon
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Day 6 Lyon
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Day 7 Tournon/Tain L’hermitage
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Day 8 Avignon
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Day 9 Arles
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Day 10 Arles (Disembarkation)-côte D’azur
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Day 11 Côte D’azur - Barcelona, Spain
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Day 12 Barcelona
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Day 13 Barcelona
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Day 14 Barcelona
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