Burgundy and Provence River Cruise with Little French Bakery

June 6, 2020 to June 17, 2020

Join Susan Holding from Little French Bakery as you cruise through beautiful France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers.

This France river cruise adventure begins in style with two overnights in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! The City of Light has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. A guided city tour will show you all the must-see sights before you travel via high-speed train from Paris to Dijon. You’ll tour one of France’s architectural treasures and home of Van der Weyden’s “The Last Judgement,” gracing Beaune’s Hotel-Dieu Charity Hospital—built in 1443. You’ll sail to the Chardonnay wine region of Macon, enjoying 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. Continue your French vacation your way after your cruise with a night in lovely Marseilles. Enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, an expert Local Guide for sightseeing, and courtesy ship-to-hotel transfer.

Your journey begins aboard a motorcoach transfer from select cities to Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to Paris.

Welcome to Paris, France’s capital on the River Seine and the “City of Light,” where romance fills the air!

Hotel: InterContinental Paris LeGrand (or similar)

Known as one of the world’s most passionate and lively cities, Paris is a delight for all your senses. Your included Guided City Tour shows you magnificent must-see sights, such as the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre museum or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre.

Hotel: InterContinental Paris LeGrand (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

This morning, board the TGV train to Dijon and from there, drive 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. You may choose to join the included GUIDED EXCURSION to 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 crew at a welcome reception as your ship departs for Macon.

Ship: Poetry II
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy leisurely cruising this morning. In the afternoon, you might choose to participate in an optional excursion, such as to a Chardonnay wine cellar, before your ship arrives in Mâcon. In the late afternoon, enjoy an ONBOARD CHEESE TASTING.
Ship: Poetry II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lyon, France’s third-largest city and its gastronomic capital, was 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, 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.

Spend free time riding a bike through Lyon’s town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet. Later onboard your ship, be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance Lecture and enjoy live entertainment after dinner. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON

Ship: Poetry II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a free day in Lyon or choose a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through the city to discover why it is known as the gastronomic capital of France! Your day is free to explore, relax, or shop in France’s third largest city. Take a bike from the ship and explore local produce markets and parks or take a leisurely tour of the city’s more than 100 murals. EVENING CRUISE TO TOURNON

Ship: Poetry II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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. 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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AVIGNON

Ship: Poetry II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 outings to Pont du Gard or to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape are available. EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES

Ship: Poetry II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Arles—the captivating city of the Provence region. You’ll visit the Roman Amphitheater in this visually stunning city, OR: Attend a Painting Workshop to learn the style and techniques of Vincent van Gogh. You’ll create your own painting in the style of the classic master who took inspiration from the Provence light and landscape in Arles.
Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) to immerse yourself in a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d’Enfer. EVENING CRUISE TO PORT ST. LOUIS

Ship: Poetry II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, disembark your ship and join a motorcoach transfer to Marseille. Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing in Marseille—France’s second-largest city.

Hotel: InterContinental Marseille Hotel Dieu
Meal: Breakfast

We bid farewell today filled with fond memories of a trip of a lifetime and accompanied by new found friends. After breakfast this morning you transfer to the airport for your return to the U.S. Upon arrival in Chicago, your motor coach will be waiting to return you to your original point of pick up. (Breakfast)

Air-Inclusive Package

  • Group motorcoach transfer to and from Chicago O’Hare from select pick-up points
  • Round trip flights from Chicago O’Hare to Paris, France and returning from Marseille, France
  • Motorcoach transfers between the airport, ship and hotel when purchasing our air inclusive package

Hotel Accommodations

  • Two nights’ hotel accommodations including breakfast in Paris at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand (or similar)
  • One-night hotel accommodation in Marseille, at the InterContinental Marseille Hotel Dieu (or similar) including breakfast at the hotel

Cruise Details

  • Deluxe 7-night Avalon river cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stunning Avalon Poetry II
  • Complimentary pre-paid gratuities to your shipboard staff
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Luxuriously appointed river view staterooms with hotel beds, hair dryer, safe and flat-screen TV with satellite for complimentary movie and entertainment options


  • All meals onboard the ship with Chef-inspired regional recipes to include:
    • Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room
    • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
    • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
    • Alternative dinner of petite portions or regional specialties with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with wine and canapés
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your ship

Sightseeing and Services Highlights

  • High Speed TVG train from Paris to Dijon
  • Sightseeing with certified local guides, guided optional excursions and tours, and ample free time to explore on your own. Explore classic sights, embark on active excursions, and make a new discovery through the hands-on cultural and artistic experiences shared by local residents and experts.
  • Experienced Fox World Travel Tour Manager to accompany the group*
  • Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and on-board cruise director
  • Customized informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Not included: Meals unless noted; trip cancellation and medical insurance; airline imposed baggage fees; airport gratuities to baggage handlers, gratuities to motorcoach drivers, local guides, or any other items of a personal nature. A valid passport is required.

* Minimum group required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to participate. In the unlikely event the minimum number is not reached, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.


Cruise Only

Category E/D Cabin

See special offers below!
Two riverview windows
Based on double occupancy

Category B/A/P Cabin

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French Balcony
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive from Chicago O’Hare

Category E/D Cabin

See special offers below!
Two riverview windows
Based on double occupancy

Category B/A/P Cabin

See special offers below!
French Balcony
Based on double occupancy

*Above pricing is per person based on double occupancy in your choice of cabin category and subject to availability. All taxes and fees of $401.23 are INCLUDED and subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations.  Single pricing available upon request. Triple accommodations not available.

Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person
Final Payment Date: March 2, 2020

Early Booking Discount: Deposit by December 30, 2019 and receive $600.00 per person

**Discounts are subject to change at any time

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Please note: Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, 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. Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air. Checked baggage fees may apply.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Susan Holding (left) with Denise Pedersen (right)

About Susan:

The road to the Little French Bakery has taken many turns. 

I’m an RN, BSN, MBA who followed a dream, went to Paris, and earned the Diplome to Patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu. The courses spanned over two years. I loved my experience at Le Cordon Bleu. It was hard, tiring and very rewarding. Every time I’m back in Paris, I visit the school. I really wish I could have met Julia Child. She made such an impact on cooking and cuisine in the U.S.

I love to travel. Whether it’s a few hours away to Door County, or across the globe, I’m ready for an adventure. Our trips always include a taste of the local foods. We love spice!  I hope you’ll join me as we explore the world.

Susan teaches pastry classes at her kitchen, The Little French Bakery.  She has been featured in radio, TV, Madison Magazine, BRAVA Magazine, Wisconsin Trails Magazine, Isthmus Newspaper and Spoonful Magazine

Optional Insurance:

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.

Cancellation Penalties:

From date of deposit to March 2, 2020: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person

March 3 – April 6, 2020: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees

April 7 – May 6, 2020: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees

May 7, 2020 to 0 days prior to travel: No refund

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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