Join Gene Mueller and his wife, LuAnn for this incredible voyage in France. Your adventure begins in style with two nights 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 city tour will show you all the must-see sights and you’ll have free time to bask in the lavish cafés and wonderful shopping.
Then by TGV train travel to Dijon then on to Beaune to board the Poetry II. Your seven-night river cruise includes 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 you’ve seen on postcards. 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 Tourney, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Continue your river cruise to historical Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes.
End this historical and delightful river cruise through France with an overnight stay on the picturesque French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur. Explore this captivating area and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea.
Motor coach transportation is included from various pick up points to Chicago O’Hare airport for the overnight flight to Paris.
Welcome to Paris, France’s capital on the River Seine and the “City of Light,” where romance fills the air!
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.
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 Seurre.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning, wake up early to the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting) before arriving in Arles after breakfast. Located on the northern tip of the Camargue, Arles is capital of the Provence region. Your LOCAL GUIDE will show you highlights of the city and you’ll visit the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER. Still used today, it dates to the 1st century and was constructed to hold more than 20,000 spectators.
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. Take advantage of any free time remaining with a stop in Le Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine, to relax and watch the world go by.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, a comfortable motorcoach ride takes you to the Côte d’Azur, for your last night in France. Also known as the French Riviera, the Côte d’Azur stretches along France’s Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the Italian border, and is synonymous with prestige and beauty.
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 Nice 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.
- 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 Nice, France
- Motorcoach transfers between the airport, ship and hotel when purchasing our air inclusive package
- Two nights’ hotel accommodations including breakfast in Paris at the Westin Paris-Vendome (or similar)
- One-night hotel accommodation along the Cote d’Azur including breakfast at the hotel
- 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 Tour Manager from Fox World Travel to accompany the group*
- Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and on-board tour director
- Customized informative travel documents
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.
Air-Inclusive from Chicago O’Hare
*Above pricing is per person based on double occupancy in your choice of cabin category and subject to availability. All taxes and fees of $640.00 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.
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About Gene Mueller
Gene is a well-known Wisconsin news radio host that has been on the air, entertaining the public for 30 years. A native of Sheboygan, he started his radio career at Sheboygan North High School, went to UW-Stevens Point and began his professional radio career at WSPT AM/FM. He came to Milwaukee in 1981 as news director and morning show host of WQFM.
Gene loves the energy and creativity of working in radio and the honor of being a part of someone’s day. He is a true Wisconsin sports fan and enjoys dabbling in small but potentially dangerous household repairs.
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- Date of Booking to March 7, 2019: Deposit amount $500.00 per person
- March 8, 2019 to April 15, 2019: 50% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
- April 16, 2019 to May 15, 2019: 75% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
- May 16, 2019 to departure: 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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