7-Night Burgundy and Provence for Wine Lovers River Cruise – Avalon Waterways, Oct 17, 2023

By Suzanne Klasen

Journey through the beautiful views of France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers on this wine lovers appreciation cruise.

Join Suzanne and Steve of CruiseOne Show Low and Lisa and Dave Dinsmore of the award winning Ascension Cellars of Paso Robles, CA on this hosted River cruise. Cruise with us through France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too! An Avalon Waterways Master of Wine will accompany you on your river cruise in France with presentations, tastings, and wine pairings along the way. While Ascension Cellars won’t be able to bring their wines onboard for tasting, we are planning to acquire some local wines in some ports and have Ascension Cellars group only wine tasting events during the cruise. We have some fantastic group pricing and free pre-paid gratuities.

Board your Avalon Waterways Suite Ship® on the Saône in St Jean de Losne, and cruise to Mâcon for an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar. Visit Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, founded by the Romans in 43 BC, which sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers and is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. See the popular Place des Terreaux with its lively cafés and monuments and stand in front of the famous fountain you’ve seen on postcards. Take a culinary walk and enjoy a tour of Beaujolais, the famous wine of the region. Beautifully nestled among vineyards, you’ll find the city of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Enjoy a guided walk with a wine-and-chocolate tasting or a walk in the vineyards. Continue your river cruise to historical Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest Gothic fortress in the world – and take a guided tour to Châteauneuf du Pape. 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.

Ascension Cellars Wine Lovers Cruise Details

7 Night Burgundy and Provence River Cruise
St Jean de Losne, France to Port St Louis, France
Avalon Poetry II
October 17, 2023

Places We Visit:

  • St. Jean de Losne, France
  • Macon, France
  • Lyon, France
  • Tournon, France
  • Viviers, France
  • Avignon, France
  • Arles, France
  • Port St Louis-du-Rhone, France

Pre-Cruise Option:

Enhance and extend your stay in France with a 2-night pre-cruise Paris and Beaune tour package that includes a convenient arrival at a Paris airport, transfer to a hotel in Paris for a 2-night stay with breakfast each morning, a Globus/Avalon guided/hoste for your stay, a tour of Paris and some free time in Paris to explore on your own. 

Following your 2-night stay in Paris, you will board a high speed train to Dijon and then transfer to Beaune for a guided tour of the famous Hôtel-Dieu Charity Hospital.  Following this guided tour, you will then be transferred to St. Jean de Losne to board your Suite Ship® and begin your river cruise.

Post-Cruise Option:

Enjoy two nights in France after your cruise with a stay in captivating Nice on the French Riviera. Relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea – a perfect ending to this once-in-a-lifetime European river cruise!

Join Us!

Find out more about this spectacular Avalon Waterways river cruise at our group page. We would love to have you join our fun loving wine group and visit this wonderful wine region of France and enjoy some unique wine experiences.

Suzanne Klasen

Suzanne Klasen is the Owner / Travel Advisor of CruiseOne Suzanne Klasen. We have combined our love of cruising with computer skills to bring you a very informative and entertaining site that follows my cruising travels and thoughts. I hope that you will let me help plan your next vacation.

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