Avalon Waterways ambassador Deborah Hutton will team up with wellness life coach Lyndall Mitchell and wine writer Nick Stock when she hosts an exclusive chartered river cruise through the celebrated regions of Burgundy and Provence in southern France next year.
Travelling from Paris to the Côte d’Azur, the 11-day itinerary will explore regions famed for their fine food, wine and scenery, while at the same time offering a daily program of activities designed to celebrate health, life and wellbeing.
Departing August 18, 2016, the cruise is offered under the Balance by Deborah Hutton program and will travel aboard the magnificent new Suite Ship Avalon Poetry II. Sailing the Rhône and Saône rivers to destinations including Lyon, Avignon and Arles, it will offer a chance to visit some of the best-known wine regions in France before travelling to Monaco on the Côte d’Azur.
Spa founder and respected life and wellness coach Lyndall Mitchell will join Deborah on the cruise, offering morning rituals on the ship’s Sky Deck including yoga, meditation and breathing exercises.
Meanwhile, respected wine commentator and author Nick Stock will host on-board discussions about the superb wines presented at dinner, as well as joining tasting excursions among the vineyards of Burgundy and the Rhône Valley.
Guests will be able to explore the picturesque towns, medieval villages and Roman landmarks of southern France, in between sailing along some of the most scenic stretches of river in Europe.
“This is one of my favourite destinations in the world – I love the brilliant French food, the amazing wines from this region and of course we’ll be adding a touch of wellness to keep it all in Balance,” Deborah said. “Just imagine shopping in Paris for a few days, floating down the Rhone, exploring the ancient French villages, discovering amazing wines and fabulous food, and ending up in the south of France.”
Launched last year, Avalon Poetry II caters to just 128 passengers and offers 30 per cent more cabin space than the average river cruise ship. Its 52 suites feature wall-to-wall panoramic windows that can be opened to turn the entire cabin into an open-air balcony, or closed to create an inviting living area.
Deborah Hutton’s Wellness Cruise with Avalon Waterways operates from August 18 to 28, 2016, and is priced from $5518* per person twin share, including seven nights aboard Avalon Poetry II, hotels in Paris and Monaco, all on-board meals and drinks at dinner and a daily program of excursions and activities.
*Subject to availability and conditions.