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7-nt European Waterways Avalon Poetry II

Itinerary

DayPorts of Call
1Seurre, France
2Macon, France
3Lyon, France
4Lyon, France
5Viviers, France
6Avignon, France
7Arles, France
8Arles, France

Know Before You Go

  • Pricing includes cruise portion only. For pre and post accommodations, please contact your PERX travel planner.
  • Please be discreet, do not discuss your industry discounts with other guests aboard your sailing.
  • Please ensure that you have your ID available when boarding.
  • We strongly suggest purchasing travel protection to cover medical expenses in the event that medical attention is required.

Take a delightful river cruise through France along the Rhone and Saone Rivers with guided sightseeing in known French treasures and some hidden gems too! Take in the beautiful countryside, quaint villages and towns, as you sail through the most captivating parts of France. Lyon, France's gastronomic capital, founded by the Romans in 43 BC, sits at the junction of the Rhone and Saone Rivers and is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture.

Visit the popular Place des Terreaux with its lively caf‚s and monuments and stand in front of the famous fountain you've seen on postcards. You'll have plenty of time to explore this historical city further and be sure to sample Beaujolais, the famous wine of the region. 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 a fascinating 16th-century castle.

Continue your river cruise to historical Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes-the largest gothic fortress in the world. On the Rhone 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.

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 St. Jean De Losne (Embarkation)-Seurre: Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Seurre-Macon: Leisurely cruising; free time in Macon; onboard cheese tasting
Day 3 Lyon: Guided sightseeing; picture stop on FourviЉre Hill
Day 4 Lyon: A free day to explore this fascinating city at leisure
Day 5 Tournon/Tain L'hermitage-Viviers: Guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral
Day 6 Avignon: Guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes
Day 7 Arles: Guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)
Day 8 Arles (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbitsr
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canap‚s
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    AVALON CHOICE

    Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise: Classic Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites. Discovery We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore. Active Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.
  • New to the legendary waters of Europe in 2014, the Avalon Poetry II offers a delightfully intimate cruise setting along the Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers. Like its sister ships, the Avalon Artistry II and Avalon Visionary, the Poetry II features two full decks of suites featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities include an alternative dining option in the Panorama Bistro, complimentary Wi-Fi access, an expanded fitness center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the open-air bistro.



    Ship Length: 361
    Total Staff: 35
    Guest Capacity: 128

    Highlights & Sightseeing

    Day 1 St. Jean De Losne (Embarkation)-Seurre: Onboard welcome reception
    Day 2 Seurre-Macon: Leisurely cruising; free time in Macon; onboard cheese tasting
    Day 3 Lyon: Guided sightseeing; picture stop on FourviЉre Hill
    Day 4 Lyon: A free day to explore this fascinating city at leisure
    Day 5 Tournon/Tain L'hermitage-Viviers: Guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral
    Day 6 Avignon: Guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes
    Day 7 Arles: Guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)
    Day 8 Arles (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning