Burgundy & Provence River Cruise with Nice

August 26, 2023 to September 5, 2023

Begin in lovely France with two nights in captivating Nice on the French Riviera. Relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea before your French river cruise. Take a wondrous journey through beautiful views of France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too! Embark your Avalon Suite Ship® in Port-Saint-Louis, France. Sail to Arles, famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and for its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which still hosts plays and concerts. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes, the largest Gothic-style fortress in the world. Take a guided walk through Tournon, beautifully nestled among vineyards and a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers and is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Visit the popular Place des Terreaux and stand in front of the famous fountain seen on postcards.

Your journey begins in Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to Nice, France.

Welcome to France! Enjoy free time to discover the beauty of the spectacular French Riviera, which stretches along France’s Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy.

Hotel: Le Meridian Nice hotel (or similar)

Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing in Nice, known as the “Queen of the French Riviera” and discover the narrow, winding streets and baroque churches of Vieux Nice, the old city which has changed little since the 1700s.

Hotel: Le Meridian Nice hotel (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Take a motorcoach transfer to board the beautiful Avalon Poetry II. Evening cruise to Arles

Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

Choose from the following three options:
Active: Get your daily dose of exercise through nordic walking in Arles with your Adventure Host.
Discovery: Attend a Painting Workshop to learn techniques of Vincent van Gogh. Create your own painting in the style of the legendary artist
Classic: Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Arles—the captivating city of the Provence region. You will visit the Roman Amphitheater in this visually stunning city.
You may also take free time to a stop in Le Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine before sailing to Avignon.
Overnight docking in Avignon

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the fortress city of Avignon with its ramparts encircling the city and a visit to the amazing Palace of the Popes or explore this beautiful city on your own. Avignon is rich in art and culture, theatre and museums. Be sure to snap photos of the captivating countryside, historic monuments and the medieval Pont Saint-Bénézet. This evening onboard your ship enjoy live entertainment!
Overnight docking in Avignon

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a leisurely morning sail to Viviers and then choose from the following two options:
Active: Walk your way up to Vivier's hilltop Cathedral with your Adventure Host
Classic: Explore the pale-stone buildings of Viviers on a late afternoon Guided Walking Tour of this charming village. You’ll see its Romanesque cathedral and Old Town with a mix of historical Christian, Roman, and medieval influences.
Evening/Overnight cruise to Tournon

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Before your cruise to Vienne choose from the following two options:
Active: Bike along the Rhone River with your Adventure Host
Classic: Take a morning Guided Walking Tour to explore Tournon, one of France’s oldest medieval cities. See its 16th-century castle and Roman ruins between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage.

Later this morning cruise to Vienne where you can choose to see Vienne from atop by hiking up to a viewpoint with your Adventure Host.
Overnight docking in Lyon

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend time in the Gastronomy Capitol of France and enjoy the best food and wine. See Vienne from atop after a hike up to a viewpoint with your Adventure Host. You may also spend free time riding a bike through Lyon’s town squares, over bridges and along the banks where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet. Enjoy live entertainment onboard your ship this evening while sailing.
Evening/Overnight cruise to Tournus

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today perhaps take a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar or to the Castle of Cormatin. Alternatively enjoy a leisurely morning cruising along the majestic Saône River on your way to St. Jean de Losne. Later, enjoy a delicious Cheese Tasting on board your ship and live entertainment this evening.
Overnight docking in St. Jean de Losne

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your vacation comes to an end with breakfast this morning and transfers to the airport.

Meal: Breakfast

Terms: Minimum of 20 travelers required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany the group. Hotels and Daily Itinerary are subject to change.


Air-Inclusive Package

  • Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to Nice, France and returning from Lyon, France including air taxes and fees
  • Transfers between the airport, ship, and hotel (when purchasing air-inclusive package)

Hotel Accommodations

Two night hotel stay in Nice, France at the Le Meridian Nice (or similar)

Includes hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling

Cruise Accommodations

Deluxe seven (7) night Avalon river cruise on the beautiful Avalon Poetry II from Nice, France (Port St. Louis) to Burgundy (St. Jean de Losne)

Included Meals

  • All meals onboard the ship are included with Chef-inspired regional recipes
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily onboard your ship
  • Breakfast during your hotel stay in Prague.

Fox Flourish!

  • Onboard credit to be used toward drinks, optional tours or spa in the Euro equivalent of $50.00 USD per person
  • Complimentary pre-paid gratuities to your shipboard staff, local guides, and coach drivers
  • Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel*
  • Premium Fox World Travel Gift given with your travel documents

Premium Tour Experiences

  • Take a guided tour of Nice, France, the “Queen of the French Riviera” with its narrow, winding streets and baroque churches
  • Embark in Nice with an onboard welcome reception that evening
  • In Arles choose from guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, painting workshop, or walk with your Avalon Adventure Host
  • Visit the Palace of the Popes with guided sightseeing in Avignon
  • Join a guided walking tour and visit the Old Town and the cathedral or walk with your Avalon Adventure Host in Viviers
  • Choose between a guided walking tour or biking around Tournon with your Avalon Adventure Host. Also choose between a guided walk or hike in Vienne.
  • Sightsee the town of Lyon and stop for a beautiful photo on Fourvère Hill.
  • Enjoy a locally flavored cheese tasting onboard the ship

Tour Services

  • Luxuriously appointed river view staterooms with hotel beds, hair dryer, safe and flat-screen TV with satellite for complimentary movie and entertainment options
  • Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and on-board tour director
  • Escorted by a professional, local Tour Director from Avalon
  • Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel*
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Not Included: Airline flights on land-only packages, air-imposed baggage fees, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package); optional excursions that may be offered, and any items of a personal nature. Travel insurance protection is not included. Ask your travel consultant about our reasonable options.

*Minimum of 20 travelers required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany the group. In the event the minimum number is not reached, the tour may still include a professional, local guide in the destination.

Air Inclusive

Deluxe Stateroom

Categories E & D
See special discounts below!
Two riverview windows
Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy

Panorama Suite

Categories B, A & P
See special discounts below!
French Balcony
Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy

Cruise Only

Deluxe Stateroom

Categories E & D
See special discounts below!
Two riverview windows
Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy

Panorama Suite

Categories B, A & P
See special discounts below!
French Balcony
Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy
Initial Deposit: $250.00 per person at time of booking
Final Payment Date: May 8, 2023

All current air taxes and fees of $399.75 per person are included and subject to change. Air package pricing is subject to change until air is contracted due to the volatility of airfare costs.

Single pricing available upon request.  Single Supplement Waiver may be available. Early Booking Discounts do not apply when a Single Waiver is applied to the reservation.

Available Discounts

Early Booking Discount: Book and deposit by December 31, 2021 and receive $750.00 off per person

Discounts are subject to change at any time.

Early Booking Discount not applicable on Single Supplement Waiver bookings

Roundtrip flights from Chicago O’Hare are currently pending

Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations.  Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply.  Checked baggage fees may apply.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Optional Motorcoach Transfer

Group motorcoach transfer to and from Chicago O’Hare from select pick-up points are $50 per person each direction is available to add to the tour package.

Optional Insurance

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Details and rates can be obtained from your Fox World Travel advisor.

Cancellation Penalties

  • From date of deposit to May 8, 2023: Initial deposit of $250.00 per person
  • May 9, 2023 – June 23, 2023: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • June 24, 2023 – July 17, 2023: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • July 18, 2023 through day of travel: No refunds

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.

A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.

Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change. Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

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