Join Susan, The Champagne Goddess, on a beautiful and personalised French Tour in July 2024!

Commence with 2 days in Paris, then the river cruise for 10 days and conclude with 2 days in Nice, in the stunning Côte d’Azur

Champagne Goddess and Avalon Waterways 2024 Cruise Tour map from Paris and Nice

Champagne Goddess and Avalon Waterways 2024 Cruise Tour map

After Paris, come aboard for a delightful river cruise through France, along the Rhône 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 views of France.
Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, founded by the Romans in 43 BC, sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saone Rivers and is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture.
Visit the popular Place des Terreaux with its lively cafés 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 city of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle, where you’ll go on a guided walk.
Continue your river cruise to historical Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes, the largest gothic fortress in the world; not to mention Avignon’s famous Bridge from the ancient folk-song: ‘Sous le Pont, d’Avignon…”
On the Rhône River sits Arles, France- famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheatre, which hosts plays and concerts to this day.
Then, after disembarking in Arles, catch your shuttle to Nice & the French Riviera, to finish your trip in style.

We start in Paris, the most romantic city in the world!
With elegant accommodation at l’Hotel du Collectionneur, in the Quartier du Faubourg-du-Roule neighbourhood, is in the 8eme arrondissement.
Explore Paris on your terms, by day and meet up with Susan for a glass (or two) of exquisite champagne in her favourite wine-salons, serving only exceptional champagnes.
Then a shuttle bus will whisk you off to the ship in Chalon-Sur-Saone

L’Hotel du Collectionneur courtyard with lunch

Inside the L’Hotel du Collectionneur courtyard

Your Ship is Ready for Boarding.
Susan is working on some special private Tastings just for our group

Pearl of Southern Burgundy Visit the Adventure Centre for today s activities with your Adventure Host.
CLASSIC – Tucked away in the southeast corner of Burgundy, Tournus is one of the oldest and most important monastic centres in the region,
Our Local Guide will show the highlights of this delightful town.
Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar or to the Castle of Cormatin.
DISCOVERY – Later, enjoy a delicious Cheese Tasting on board your ship.

La Vie En Rose ….Sail for lovely Lyon this morning.
ACTIVE – Discover Lyon’s architectural district by bike with your Adventure Host, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhone and Saone rivers meet
CLASSIC – Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon from Fourviere Hill with its numerous churches.
You’ll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafes, monuments, and famed Bartholdi fountain of Place des Terreaux.
DISCOVERY – Be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance lecture on board your ship
Later enjoy live entertainment after dinner.

Adventures in Food and Wine
Join a Culinary Walk through the city to discover why Lyon is known as the gastronomic capital of France.
The rest of 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.

A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards
CLASSIC – Take a morning Guided Walking Tour to explore Tournon-one of France’s oldest medieval cities.
See its 16th-century castle, and Roman ruins between the Rhone River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage.
Enjoy a leisurely sail to Viviers after lunch.

VIVIERS: World History in a Charming French Country Village
CLASSIC – Explore the pale-stone buildings of Viviers on a late afternoon Guided Walking Tour of this charming village.
You’ll see its Romanesque cathedral and Old Town with a mix of historical Christian, Roman, and medieval influences.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

The Palais des Papes in Picturesque Provence Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the fortress city of Avignon-with its ramparts encircling the city-and a visit to the amazing Palace of the Popes.
Guided Optional Excursions include a visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard, or a trip to the famed wine cellars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhone wine region.
Explore Avignon on your own for the city’s art and culture, theatre and museums.
Be sure to snap photos of the captivating countryside, historic monuments, and the medieval Pont Saint-Benezet.
Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.

Palais des Papes in Avignon, France with a view from the river

Palais des Papes in Avignon, France

Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights
ACTIVE – Get your daily dose of exercise through Nordic walking in Arles with your Adventure Host
OR DISCOVERY – Attend a Painting Workshop to learn techniques of Vincent van Gogh. You’ll create your own painting in the style of the legendary artist
OR CLASSIC – Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Arles-the captivating city of the Provence region.
You’ll visit the Roman Amphitheatre in this visually stunning city.
Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrieres de Lumieres (Cathedral of Images) an immersive, unique experience of art, sound and light in the old quarries of Val d’Enfer.
Take free time to stop in Le Cafe Van Gogh for a glass of wine.

Arles Amphitheatre Burgundy Provence Cruise Avalon Waterways

The Arles Amphitheatre


The cruising component of your tour ends with breakfast this morning.
After disembarking we will be transferred to a shuttle with the Champagne Goddess Group to Nice, Cote d’Azur for 2 nights to complete the tour.

Join Susan in Nice, Cote d’Azur for two nights of unique Provencal experiences, perhaps re-visiting the Super-Yacht Marinas where she commenced her fascination with champagne.
Or join her on a day-trip to Monaco to see how the truly wealthy live… all excursions to be confirmed.

Total Meals Provided.
Breakfast: 11
Lunch: 6
Dinner: 7

Transport: includes connecting shuttle transfers from the ship in Paris & Nice
State-of-the-art, luxurious river cruise vessels with modern services and amenities
Accommodation: Deluxe accommodations with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection Beds;

Accommodation in Paris + Nice:

  • L’Hotel du Collectionneur – 51-57 Rue de Courcelles, 75008 Paris, France
  • Le Meridien Hotel – 1, Promenade Des Anglais, Nice 06046 France

Contact Susan now to register your interest (no deposit required until itinerary confirmed and inclusions specified)
Stay updated regarding the excursions and wine-tasting experiences.
Contact Avalon Waterways directly to make a booking : Call 1300 330 334 or email:

MAKE SURE to quote the Special Code: *WLJY and Champagne Goddess, to ensure you are included on the specially discounted Champagne Goddess group-booking 

NOTE: Book with *my code WLJY directly with Avalon Waterways and then send me your confirmation of booking with that code, will receive a fabulous Brevetti Stopper with its patented WAV technology
(Valued at $39)

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