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Avalon Poetry II

Avalon Poetry II

 

Ship Facts

Ship's Registry: Germany

Passenger Capacity: 128

Crew Members: 37

Year Built: 2014

Length: 361 feet

Passenger Decks: 3

 

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Burgundy & Provence
All-Lesbian France River Cruise 2021

July 13 – 20, 2021
Avalon Waterways Avalon Poetry II

Provence Lesbian River Cruise 2021 Welcome to France! We’ll take a train and motor coach from Paris, the City of Lights, through Burgundy to board our ship in France’s gastronomic capital, Lyon. Enjoy Bastille Day festivities in Lyon during the day, then watch the evening’s fireworks from the Poetry II! Our all-lesbian trip down the Rhône, through the Rhône Valley, begins with a visit to Tain l’Hermitage (and its excellent chocolate shop), medieval Tournon, with a castle dating in part to the 10th century, and charming Viviers, which has the smallest cathedral in France.

 

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In Provence, we’ll tour Avignon, a fortress city with an amazing Palace of the Popes (and convenient for an optional excursion to the Pont du Gard or Châteauneuf-du-Pape for wine tasting!) and Arles, famous for its Roman amphitheater and landscape that inspired Van Gough.

 

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We end our trip in Port Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, from which we can visit the Camargue Regional Nature Park to tour an oyster farm or possibly see flamingos. Plan your days as you like, with guided walking tours included in most every port as well as optional tours for wine tasting! And perhaps borrow one of the ship’s bicycles for a leisurely bike ride. Book early—the 2020 trip sold out in record time!

 

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Your Ship - Avalon Poetry II

The Avalon Poetry II, offers a delightfully intimate cruise setting. Like its sister Suite Ships, 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.

 

Avalon Poetry II Panorama Lounge

 

Onboard amenities include an alternative dining option in the Panorama Bistro, complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, an expanded Fitness Center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro.

 

Avalon Poetry II Panorama Lounge

 

Some of the features and amenities you'll enjoy onboard:
• Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
• Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs
• Elevator
• Sightseeing with Certified Local Guides
• Cruise Director
• Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment

 

Avalon Poetry II Bar

 

• Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee)
• Sky Deck whirlpool
• Complimentary computer use in public areas
• Hair salon (manicures available)
• Complimentary Wi-Fi access
• Bicycles you can check out and use around many port towns
• Alternate light lunch and dinner in the Panorama Bistro
• Use of Nordic walking sticks

 

Avalon Poetry II Lounge

 

• Local Favorites onboard experiences with local chefs, entertainers, artisans & experts
• English-speaking TV channels with over 100 free movie options
• Sky Deck game area
• Self-serve beverage station
• Well-stocked library
• Expanded Fitness Center

 

Avalon Poetry II dining room

 

Dining:
• Olivia's welcome reception with sparkling wine and canapés
• Spacious, open-seating dining room
• Daily early- and late-riser breakfast
• Full buffet breakfast
• Lunch buffet with carving and pasta stations
• Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck
• Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
• Breakfast buffets with foods that are low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, and high energy
• Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
• Social hour and drink specials in Panorama Lounge
• Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients

 

Avalon Poetry II buffet

 

• Delectable regional & Western cuisine with all onboard meals
• Four-course dinners
• Wines from France’s most famous wine regions, beer or soft drinks with lunches and dinners; complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast
• Coffee, tea and juices during all meals
• Premium coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolates and teas
• Night Fare served at 10:30 pm
• Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
• Upscale bar serving premium spirits
• Alternate light lunch and dinner in the Panorama Bistro
• Delectable petite portions of regional specialties
• Tastings–sample the destination's famous delicacies
• Coffee or tea after dinner

 

Avalon Poetry II stateroom view

 

Deluxe Staterooms & Suites Amenities:
• Comfort Collection Beds
• Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
• Soft & firm pillows
• Choice of bed configuration
• Bedside tables with reading lamps
• L'Occitane bath products
• Easy under-bed luggage storage
• Alarm clock
• Bathrobes & slippers
• Complimentary bottled water
• Individual climate control
• Large mirror in bathroom
• Two windows
• Writing desk

 

Avalon Poetry II Royal Suite

 

• Memory foam mattress toppers
• European-style duvets
• Extra blankets
• Nightly turn-down service
• Hairdryer
• Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
• Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
• Direct-dial telephone
• Well-stocked minibar
• In-room safe
• Elegant, contemporary design
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• Full shower with glass door
• Vanity

 

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Burgundy & Provence France River Cruise Itinerary

  Date

Port

Meals

  13 July Paris / Lyon, France D
  14 July Lyon, France

B, L, D

  15 July Tain-l'Hermitage / Tournon B, L, D
  16 July Viviers / Lock Bollène/ Avignon B, L, D
  17 July Avignon, France B, L, D
  18 July Arles, France B, L, D
  19 July Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône B, L, D
  20 July Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône B
 

Itinerary is subject to change based on river level, traffic, and locks.

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Paris and Lyon, France
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

This morning, you’ll be brought from your Paris hotel by train and motor coach through Burgundy to Lyon, where you’ll board your river cruise vessel. Before dinner, meet your Olivia staff and ship’s crew at a welcome reception.

 

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Lyon, France
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Happy Bastille Day! 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. Its Roman remains (which range in condition from ruins to well preserved or restored), excellent museums, and Renaissance architecture all delight its 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 famous fountain, often depicted on postcards.

 

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Tain-l'Hermitage and Tournon
Thursday, July 15, 2021

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 an imposing 16th-century castle and Roman ruins, and your Olivia Cruise Director will take you to Tain l’Hermitage to visit one of the best chocolate shops for some free tastings.

 

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Viviers, Lock Bollène, and Avignon
Friday, July 16, 2021

After arriving in Viviers in the morning, take the guided walk to see this charming town, which developed around its Romanesque cathedral. The Old Town has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman, and medieval influences. An included organ concert organized by Olivia will end the tour at the top of the hill with beautiful views. This afternoon, cruise through the soaring walls of the Lock Bollène en route for an after-dinner arrival in Avignon.

 

Provence lesbian cruise - Avignon

Avignon, France
Saturday, July 17, 2021

Welcome to the City of Popes, home to the Catholic papacy between 1309 and 1377, in picturesque Provence. Take a guided sightseeing tour of the fortress city of Avignon and visit the amazing Palace of the Popes. Guided optional excursions include a choice of visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard or a trip to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhône wine region. Or this may be an afternoon you check out some picnic supplies from the ship, buy your own wine, cheese, and baguette, and enjoy a picnic at the top of the Palace of the Popes with a beautiful view of the Rhône.

 

Provence lesbian cruise - Arles

Arles, France
Sunday, July 18, 2021

Lots of choices today in this charming village of Arles! Your Olivia Host can lead you on an included hike, or you can take a guided walking tour of Arles and its Roman Amphitheater in this visually stunning city.
OR
Attend a painting workshop to learn the style and techniques of Vincent van Gogh. You’ll create your own painting in the style of the classic master who took inspiration from the Provence light and landscape in Arles. 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 to enjoy a glass of wine, relax, and watch the world go by.

 

Provence lesbian cruise - Camargue

Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, France
Monday, July 19, 2021

Enjoy a morning cruise to Port-Saint-Louis on the Sky Deck of your ship! Try a taste of local life with a visit to an oyster farm in the Camargue Natural Park on a guided tour to enjoy oyster tasting and learn how this delicacy is farmed.
OR Join a guided scenic drive through the Camargue Regional Nature Park. You’ll see its lush marshland habitat at the mouth of the Rhône—home to a wide variety of flora and fauna—in one of France’s most protected and natural reserves.

 

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Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, France (Disembarkation)
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning, but you can opt to extend your stay in France with a 1- or 2-night Vacation Stretcher.

 

Vacation Stretchers
We will be offering 1-, 2-, and 3-day pre-trip Vacation Stretchers in Paris and 1- and 2-night post-trip Vacation Stretchers in Marseille. Information on these packages will be available approximately 11 months before the trip begins.

 

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What is included?

• Train transfer from host hotel in Paris to our ship, the Avalon Poetry II, in Lyon on July 13, 2021

• Sightseeing tours in Lyon, Tournon, Viviers, Avignon, Arles, and Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône

• Accommodations for 8 days and 7 nights with Comfort Collection beds and Egyptian super-combed cotton linens

• All meals while on board, with a French cheese and French cuisine option each evening

• Champagne with breakfast; coffee, tea, and juice with all meals; wine from France’s most famous wine regions, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; premium coffee, cappuccino, lattes, cocoa, and tea throughout the day; and bottled water replenished in cabin daily

• Cookies and fresh fruit available throughout the day

• Wifi on board

• Bicycle and Nordic walking sticks loaned while docked

• Gratuities to ships staff and to your tour guide and bus driver (if you wish to tip more, this is up to you)

• Olivia’s signature entertainment and programming

• Local entertainment, commentaries while cruising, and historic talks by local expert and Avalon Cruise Director

• Group transfer from ship in in Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône to Marseille airport on July 20, 2021 (for flights departing after 10:30 am)

• Olivia staff assistance throughout

 

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Avalon Poetry II

 

Avalon Poetry II

Avalon Poetry II Deck Plan

Occupancy: 128 • Crew: 37 • Length: 361 feet • Built: 2014 • Registry: Germany

2021 Burgundy & Povence River Cruise Rates

Category Description
Reg. Rate US $
Early Bird US $
Availability

RS - Royal Suite

Avalon Poetry II Royal Suite

Royal Deck. Located on the Royal deck, the Royal Suite features floor-to-ceiling windows, a Comfort Collection bed that can convert to two single beds, soft and firm nonallergenic pillows, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, flat-screen satellite TV with movie channels, telephone, minibar, bathroom with marble counter and two sinks, robes, slippers, writing desk and chair, sofa, and full-length closets. 300 sq ft.

$ 8,599

$ 6,599

P Category Stateroom

Avalon Poetry II Panorama Suite

Royal Deck. Located on the Royal deck, this Panorama Suite features floor-to-ceiling windows, a Comfort Collection bed that can convert to two single beds, soft and firm nonallergenic pillows, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, flat-screen satellite TV with movie channels, telephone, minibar, bathroom with marble counter, robes, slippers, writing desk and chair, sofa, and full-length closets. 200 sq ft.

$ 7,399

$ 5,699

A Category Stateroom

Avalon Poetry II Panorama Stateroom

Sapphire Deck. Located on the Sapphire deck, this Panorama Suite features floor-to-ceiling windows, a Comfort Collection bed that can convert to two single beds, soft and firm nonallergenic pillows, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, flat-screen satellite TV with movie channels, telephone, minibar, bathroom with marble counter, robes, slippers, writing desk and chair, sofa, and full-length closets. 200 sq ft.

$ 7,299

$ 5,599

B Category Stateroom

Avalon Poetry II Panorama Stateroom

Sapphire Deck. Located on the Sapphire deck aft, this Panorama Suite features floor-to-ceiling windows, a Comfort Collection bed that can convert to two single beds, soft and firm nonallergenic pillows, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, flat-screen satellite TV with movie channels, telephone, minibar, bathroom with marble counter, robes, slippers, writing desk and chair, sofa, and full-length closets. 200 sq ft.

$ 7,199

$ 5,499

D Category Stateroom

Avalon Poetry II Window Stateroom

Indigo Deck. Located on the Indigo deck, this Deluxe Stateroom features small windows above the waterline, a Comfort Collection bed that can convert to two single beds, soft and firm nonallergenic pillows, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, flat-screen satellite TV with movie channels, telephone, minibar, full shower with glass doors, robes, slippers, writing desk and chair, and full-length closets. 172 sq ft.

$ 6,099

$ 4,699

E Category Stateroom

Avalon Poetry II Window Stateroom

Indigo Deck. Located on the Indigo deck, this Deluxe Stateroom features small windows above the waterline, a Comfort Collection bed that can convert to two single beds, soft and firm nonallergenic pillows, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, flat-screen satellite TV with movie channels, telephone, minibar, full shower with glass doors, robes, slippers, writing desk and chair, and full-length closets. 172 sq ft.

$ 5,999

$ 4,599

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Pre/Post Cruise Packages

We will be offering 1-, 2-, and 3-day pre-trip Vacation Stretchers in Paris and 1- and 2-night post-trip Vacation Stretchers in Marseille. Information on these packages will be available approximately 11 months before the trip begins.

 

 

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Rates: Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Pricing does not include airfare, insurance, fuel surcharge or NDA of $499 per person (subject to change).

Early bird prices expire April 13, 2021.

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