A Culinary Experience In Burgundy & Provence (Southbound)

11/21/2019 through 03/28/2020
11/21/2019 through 04/07/2020
Avalon Waterways

Indulge in a culinary adventure on your European river cruise! Your unforgettable views along the Saône and Rhône Rivers are only matched by special excursions and activities to highlight great regional cuisine and wine. From haute cuisine to pastoral favorites, you’ll enjoy the rich landscapes of Burgundy and Provence to sample the best food and wine in Lyon and Viviers. Your culinary cruise also includes a pastry demonstration; a chocolate, cheese, and wine tasting; and a food-and-wine pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine on board.

Embark on your French river cruise and sail to the Chardonnay wine region of Mcon, where you’ll enjoy a cheese tasting on board. You’ll visit Lyon, a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture, as well as France’s gastronomic capital. Lyon offers wonderful sights, including the popular Place des Terreaux with its famous fountain seen on postcards, and world-famous cuisine to discover on a guided culinary walk. 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 fascinating 16th-century castle. Continue to Viviers for a guided walk through this charming village. Cruise to historical Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes-the largest gothic fortress in the world. On the Rhône River sits Arles, with its 1st-century Roman amphitheater still used today. Attend a painting workshop in the style of Van Gogh whose work was inspired by the setting here. You’ll conclude your delightful French river cruise in Port-Saint-Louis.

Included Features:

Day 1 St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Mcon: leisurely cruising; onboard cheese and wine tasting

Day 3 Lyon: guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill; onboard pastry demonstration

Day 4 Lyon: culinary tour

Day 5 Tournon-Viviers: guided walk in Tournon; onboard chocolate and wine tasting; guided walk in Viviers with tasting of local products, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 6 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes; onboard food & wine pairing dinner

Day 7 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop

Day 8 Port St. Louis (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning.

Itinerary

Day 1 St. Jean De Losne, France (Embarkation)
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Day 2 McOn
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Day 3 Lyon
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Day 4 Lyon
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Day 5 Tournon
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Day 6 Avignon
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Day 7 Arles
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Day 8 Port St. Louis (Disembarkation)
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