Grand France – Cruise Only Southbound

10/24/2018 through 10/26/2019
10/24/2018 through 11/12/2019
Avalon Waterways
Avalon Tapestry II

On this France river cruise vacation, enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery, and stops in the most charming and historical parts of France.

Sail along the Seine River to the picturesque Normandy region. In Vernon, choose between two exciting guided visits-Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as “Normandy’s Versailles.” Go on an excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery. In Rouen, best known as the home of Joan of Arc, go on a guided walk through the medieval quarter and visit the gothic Rouen Cathedral-once the tallest building in the world. Before you depart the beautiful Seine River, spend time in Paris-one of the world’s most romantic cities! The “City of Light” has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. Delight in a guided walk through the historic Île St. Louis and marvel at the view as you ascend the Eiffel Tower.

Lyon, sitting at the confluence of the Saône and Rhône Rivers, is France’s third-largest city and a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage are beautifully nestled among vineyards. You’ll go on a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. In historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes-the largest gothic fortress in the world. Situated on the Rhône River, Arles is famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day.

Included Features:

Day 1 Paris (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Vernon–Les Andelys: choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; choice of guided walk, or guided hike in Les Andelys

Day 3 Caudebec: choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”, or hike in the Natural Park; lecture on board

Day 4 Caudebec: choice of full day excursion to Normandy landing beaches, or “A Taste of Normandy” excursion

Day 5 Rouen: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral

Day 6 Conflans: choice of excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise, or excursion to Napoleon and Josephine’s Chteau de Malmaison

Day 7 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing, or “Heart of Paris” walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 8 Paris (Disembarkation)–Dijon–Beaune–St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation)–Seurre: TGV train from Paris to Dijon. Motorcoach transfer to Beaune, visit the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception

Day 9 Seurre–Mcon: leisurely cruising; free time in Mcon; onboard cheese tasting

Day 10 Lyon: guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill

Day 11 Lyon: a day to explore this fascinating city at leisure

Day 12 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Viviers: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 13 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes

Day 14 Arles: guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre; cruise into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)

Day 15 Arles (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

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Day 1 Paris, France (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Vernon
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Day 3 Caudebec
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Day 4 Caudebec. Excursion To Normandy
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Day 5 Rouen
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Day 6 Conflans
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Day 7 Paris
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Day 8 Paris (Disembarkation)-dijon-beaune-st. Jean De Losne (Embarkation)-seurre
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Day 9 McOn
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Day 10 Lyon
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Day 11 Lyon
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Day 12 Tournon/Tain L’hermitage
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Day 13 Avignon
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Day 14 Arles
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Day 15 Arles-(Disembarkation)
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