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2017 : Paris, Burgundy & Provence - Paris to Avignon

Experience France's beauty & wines

Experience the epitome of elegance in Paris, then marvel at Burgundy, whose 14th-century opulence dazzled Europe. See Dijon's architectural splendor-the Eiffel-designed market, Ducal Palace and unique rooftops. Taste Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune wines. See Perouges, France's most beautiful village. Explore Avignon's Palace of the Popes. While your Lyon & Provence cruise celebrates provincial France, this enhanced 12-day cruisetour adds two brilliant cultural capitals.

All This Is Included

  • 12-day cruisetour (8-day cruise) visiting 1 country, 6 ports & 4 additional cities by land
  • 2 nights each at Le Meridien Etoile, Paris & Mercure Dijon Centre Clemenceau Hotel (or similar)
  • Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • 11 included shore excursions with local guide & headset
  • Culture Curriculum®: sample a variety of French cheeses; find out how to make your own fondant au chocolat; try some Burgundian wines; enjoy lively French accordion tunes; attend lectures on current affairs & the painters of Provence; see how silk printing is done today; visit a local market
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • Meals included on board & ashore: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception & Farewell Dinner
  • Multiple dining venues with open seating
  • Most al fresco dining on Europe's rivers
  • 24/7 specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Organic herb garden
  • River-view stateroom
  • Room steward & twice-daily housekeeping service
  • Evening turndown service
  • Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • 40" flat-screen LCD TV, with interactive programming
  • Complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Security safe
  • Hair dryer
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB port
  • Direct-dial satellite phone
  • Refrigerator
  • Bathrobes & slippers (upon request)
  • Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirrors
  • Glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium Freyja toiletries
  • Open-air walking track
  • 24/7 Guest Services for special requests
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Airport transfers on date of embarkation/disembarkation with Viking Air program

    Day 1 - Paris, France

    Arrive at the Paris airport, then transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore the French capital of towering monuments, world-class museums and inviting cafes. Enjoy strolling the gracious streets lined with elegant architecture and beautifully manicured green parks.

    Day 2 - Paris, France

    After breakfast in your hotel, embark on a guided panoramic tour of the "City of Light," where You'll see the beloved landmarks of Paris that line the Seine, including the grand Notre Dame Cathedral and the palatial facade of the Louvre. The river's historic banks are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and this afternoon you can take in their ambiance during a stroll on your own. You might also enjoy your free time admiring the masterpieces of the Louvre or ascending the Eiffel Tower for fantastic views. (B)

    Day 3 - Dijon, France

    After breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to France's legendary Burgundy province, home of fine food and bold red wines. Upon arrival in Dijon, the French culinary capital, enjoy an afternoon tour of the city's Gothic and Renaissance treasures. You'll stop to explore the classical Ducal Palace Museum, the former royal residence of the Dukes of Burgundy. Today, it houses the city's Town Hall and the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, a fine arts museum. (B)

    Day 4 - Dijon, France & Burgundy Wine Tour

    Set out into the wine-growing countryside of Burgundy on today's full-day tour. In the Cote de Nuits, admire the stunning limestone vistas with the distinct terroir that produces the region's fine pinot noir grapes. Continue to the Cote de Beaune, where lighter wines with a more flowery bouquet are made. There will be ample opportunities to taste fine vintages when we stop at one of Beaune's famous cellars along the way. You will also enjoy a tour of the Hospices de Beaune Museum. Founded as the Hotel-Dieu to care for the poor and ill after the Hundred Years' War, it remained a hospital until as recently as the 1970s. It is one of the finest examples of French 15th-century architecture, complete with its decorative polychrome roof. (B)

    Day 5 - Dijon & Lyon, France

    After breakfast, depart Dijon and transfer to Lyon, stopping in the medieval walled town of Perouges, where you will explore by foot and enjoy free time. You will arrive in Lyon to embark your ship late this afternoon. (B, D)

    Day 6 - Lyon, France

    After breakfast, tour the city of Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin with a drive to the top of Fourvière Hill for amazing views of the city. Continue with a guided visit to the Basilica of Notre Dame and drive through town past the magnificent St. Jean Cathedral and the Palace of Justice. Then take a walking tour through the cobbled streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Town), where You'll have free time to shop for souvenirs or sample some of the fine French cuisine for which Lyon is world famous. (B, L, D)

    Day 7 - Lyon & Beaujolais Wine Tour

    After breakfast, take a scenic drive through the rolling hills of Beaujolais, where viticultural tradition runs deep. See the legendary Moulin-à-Vent, the windmill that gives its name to one of the most prestigious wines of the region, learn about the art of winemaking in a small museum and enjoy a tasting in one of the Beaujolais's famous cellars. Return to your ship for lunch. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. (B, L, D)

    Day 8 - Vienne & Tournon, France

    This morning take a walking tour of Vienne, a beautiful town with an ancient Roman past. Visit the Temple of Augustus and Livia, the Roman amphitheater and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Maurice; then spend some time discovering more of this engaging riverside town on your own. In the afternoon, enjoy the rolling vine-clad banks of the river, as you sail through its wide meanders to Tournon. After dinner, enjoy a stroll along the riverbanks under the plane trees. (B, L, D)

    Day 9 - Tournon & Viviers, France

    All aboard the Train de l'Ardèche this morning for a locomotive ride through the deep gorges of the Ardèche plateau, cut by the Doux River. You'll return to your ship and enjoy lunch aboard as we cruise to Viviers, an engaging little town in a mountainous setting. After dinner, join your Program Director for an evening stroll through Old Town with its medieval and Renaissance buildings. (B, L, D)

    Day 10 - Avignon, France

    This morning, set out on a guided walk of Avignon, nicknamed "City of Popes" because it was home to seven popes from 1309 to 1377. Stroll through the historic center, stop at the picturesque Pont d'Avignon and walk the Place de l'Horloge. Continue to the renowned Palace of the Popes for a guided tour through this rambling maze of Gothic architecture that served as papal residence, fortress, church and palace. You can join the optional tour to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, visiting the vineyards and tasting the famous wine. Lunch and dinner are served aboard. Your ship remains docked overnight. (B, L, D)

    Day 11 - Arles, France

    Disembark after breakfast and take a walking tour of Arles with its diverse architectural highlights. Experience the city's vibrant colors and striking quality of light that have inspired artists. Arles is also the site of some impressive Roman ruins, including Les Arènes, an arena that seats 20,000 and is still in use, as well as Romanesque monuments such as the Church of Saint-Trophime, completed in the 15th century. Return aboard for lunch followed by an afternoon on your own to explore or shop for handcrafted gifts. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Dinner is served as you depart. (B, L, D)

    Day 12 - Avignon, France

    After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Marseille airport for your return flight.* (B)

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