2019 : Grand France with 2 Nights Aix-en-Provence & 2 Nights Nice - Southbound (WPL1) - Tapestry II & Poetry II
19 Day River Cruise Paris to Nice
This splendid river cruise vacation showcases France's exciting scenery, history, and culture as you sail along its beautiful rivers.
Embark in Paris and head northwest along the Seine River up to the picturesque Normandy region. Dock at Vernon and choose between a guided visit of Claude Monet's stunning gardens at Giverny or remarkable Bizy Castle. Continue to Les Andelys-home of Chateau Gaillard, built by England's King Richard the Lionheart in 1196. Then, on to Caudebec, where you choose between an included excursion to the poignant Normandy landing beaches or a fascinating "Taste of Normandy" tour. Visit Joan of Arc's historic Rouen; and in Conflans, choose between a guided excursion to Vincent van Gogh's Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine's elegant Chateau de Malmaison. Then, head back to Paris for sightseeing that shows you the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. Disembark and travel to fascinating Beaune for a visit of the Hotel-Dieu. In St. Jean de Losne, board your second cruise ship and sail on to Macon, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l'Hermitage, Viviers, Avignon, and Arles, as well as France's gastronomic capital of Lyon, where you have time to explore this fascinating city.
Disembark your cruise ship and transfer to Aix en Provence for two nights and the start of your Monograms extension. Enjoy guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide, walking along the 17th-century Cours Mirabeau, a lively area with fountains, elegant homes, and famous cafes, and visit the Cathedral of the Holy Savior, known for its mishmash of architectural styles. This was Cezanne's hometown, and in your free time, you may want to take a tour following in his footsteps. Perhaps take an excursion to Cassis with an included cruise, soak in Aix-en-Provence's healing thermal baths, or shop for lavender and other local specialties. Finally, we'll whisk you via high-speed train to Nice for your final two nights in France. Here, guided sightseeing with a local expert includes a walk through the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais-Nice's most famous boulevard. In your free time, you may want to take an excursion to Monaco, to St. Tropez, or to Cannes, known for its famous film festival. In both cities, we provide the services of Local Hosts®-a "friend in the city" to answer questions, share inside information, help arrange your activities and excursions, and more. Transfers to and from your hotels and train stations, as well as hotel reservations with daily breakfasts, are included.
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 Chateau 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 Hotel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception
Day 9 Seurre-Macon: Leisurely cruising; free time in Macon; 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)-Aix-en-Provence: Transfer to Aix-en-Provence; guided walking tour, visit the Cathedral of the Holy Saviourtravel
Day 16 Aix-en-Provence: Day at leisure
Day 17 Aix-en-Provence-Nice: Travel to Nice by high-speed TGV train (first class); guided walking tour with Promenade des Anglais and the old town
Day 18 Nice: Day at leisure
Day 19 Nice: Your vacation ends this morning
You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.
Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.
Throughout the Ship: Complimentary Wi-Fi Panoramic windows Elegant, contemporary design & decor Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges Covered Observation Lounge Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
Suites & Staterooms: Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness Egyptian super-combed cotton linens Bathrobes & slippers Premium L'Occitane bath products Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels Individual climate control and in-room safe Complimentary bottled water daily And, much more.
Health & Fitness: Bikes Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes Fitness and wellness activities Fitbits® All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM
Dining FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner Early and Late Riser breakfast options Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting) Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options. Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests Cocktails available on the Sky Deck Fresh fruit available throughout the day
Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise: Classic Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites. Discovery We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore. Active Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales. Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
PARIS, FRANCE (EMBARKATION)
Bienvenue en France! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Your day is free to explore the world's most romantic city before starting your cruise on the Seine. Get acquainted with the City of Lights today with some shopping, strolling, or with a croissant and cafe au lait to watch the world go by amid the Parisian cityscape.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VERNON
(B, L, D)
Monet's Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crapes du Jour
Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.
Classic Take a Guided Tour of Giverny, home and inspiration of the master impressionist painter Claude Monet. Walk the grounds and see Monet's charming residence, and the flower and water gardens captured in his masterpieces, OR:
Classic Join a Guided Visit to Bizy Castle-called "Normandy's Versailles" for its magnificent courtyard, water garden, and stables.
Discovery While sailing, enjoy a traditional French Luncheon of authentic French crapes, followed by a Pastry Demonstration.
This afternoon, enjoy cruising to the picturesque town of Les Andelys.
Serenity on the Seine's Most Beautiful Riverbends
Classic Take a Guided Walking Tour of Les Andelys-one of France's most picturesque spots on the Seine, OR:
Active Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins of Chateau Gaillard-historic home of King Richard the Lionheart.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CAUDEBEC
(B, L, D)
Churches, Cherry Orchards, and White Cliffs of Normandy
Active Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Run in Normandy's town of Caudebec.
Classic Take a Guided Trip along the Normandy Abbeys Route-where more than 100 medieval Benedictine and Augustine abbeys and churches were built along the Seine, OR:
Active Explore Boucles de la Seine Normande with a Guided Hike of Normandy's vast regional nature park in a region rich in apple, plum, pear, and cherry orchards.
This afternoon, you may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the old seaside town of Honfleur, or take a Guided Optional Excursion to see the white-chalk cliffs and arches of the oceanside town of Etretat.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CAUDEBEC
(B, L, D)
CAUDEBEC. EXCURSION TO NORMANDY
Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions
Classic Join a Guided Tour of the WWII landing beaches of Normandy, with a full-day tour of significant U.S. sites, including Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery, OR:
Classic Take a full-day Guided Tour of the British and Canadian commemorative sites, including the British cemetery, Pegasus Memorial, the seaside town of Arromanches, the Juno Beach Center, and the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, OR:
Classic Join "A Taste of Normandy" Guided Tour for an in-depth look at this rich agricultural region. See the famous Bayeux Tapestry, visit the beautiful village of Beuvron en Auge and taste Calvados apple brandy at a local distillery.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.
EVENING CRUISE TO ROUEN
(B, L, D)
The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, and a Heroine for France
Active Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk.
Classic Take a Guided Waking Tour of Rouen-home of the martyred Saint Joan of Arc-and see the medieval quarter with its 16th-century Astronomical Clock, and Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Spend free time this afternoon to explore Rouen's city markets, shops, and bike paths.
Enjoy onboard entertainment before setting sail this evening.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CONFLANS
(B, L, D)
Walk in the Footsteps of Van Gogh, Bonaparte, and Louis XIV
Classic Join a Guided Visit to Auvers-sur-Oise, home and resting place of Vincent van Gogh, OR:
Classic Take a Guided Tour of the opulent Chateau de Malmaison-home of Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine.
Perhaps, join a Guided Optional Excursion tour of the Palace of Versailles-home to a succession of French kings.
EVENING CRUISE TO PARIS
(B, L, D)
Cafes, Cathedrals, & Canvases-The City of Lights Truly Shines
Active Take a Morning Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host to see Paris at first light.
Classic Take a Guided Walking Tour through the Heart of Paris to see the historic Ile St. Louis, Ile de la Cite, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, OR:
Classic Join a Guided City Tour, that shows you the iconic sites of Paris, such as the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Opera Garnier, and the famous Champs-Elysees.
Stroll through Paris on your own, or linger over wine in a literary cafe on the Left Bank.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PARIS
PARIS (DISEMBARKATION)-DIJON-BEAUNE-ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (EMBARKATION)-SEURRE
Take a High-Speed Train from Paris to Dijon before driving to Beaune.
Discovery Visit the Hotel-Dieu Charity Hospital, built in 1443, today home of the Van der Weyden's painting of the Last Judgement.
This afternoon, travel to St. Jean de Losne to board your Suite Ship® on the Saone for a brief evening cruise to Seurre.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN SEURRE
(B, L, D)
Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saone
Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Macon along the majestic Saone River. 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.
Enjoy live entertainment while sailing for Trevoux this evening.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN TREVOUX
(B, L, D)
Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France
Sail for lovely Lyon this morning for French fare.
Classic Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon with its numerous churches from Fourvière Hill. You'll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafes, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux.
Spend free time biking through Lyon's town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhone and Saone rivers meet.
Later on board your ship, be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance Lecture, and enjoy live entertainment after dinner.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON
(B, L, D)
French Food and Wine-La Vie En Rose in Lyon
Enjoy a free day in Lyon, or choose a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through the city to discover why it is known as the gastronomic capital of France!
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.
EVENING CRUISE TO TOURNON
(B, L, D)
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.
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.
EVENING CRUISE TO AVIGNON
(B, L, D)
The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence
Classic 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.
EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES
(B, L, D)
Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights
Classic Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Arles-the captivating city of the Provence region. You'll visit the Roman Amphitheater in this visually stunning city that inspired the works of Vincent van Gogh.
Consider also a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) for a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d'Enfer.
Take advantage of any free time with a stop in Le Cafe Van Gogh for a glass of wine to relax and watch the world go by.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES
Leave your Avalon vacation one day early upon disembarkation in Arles, and take the included transfer to Aix-en-Provence to join your Monograms package. Your guided walking tour includes a visit to the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour, known for its interesting combination of architectural styles and The Burning Bush triptych art masterpiece by Nicolas Froment.
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Cezanne's hometown. Your Local Host will help you get the most out of your stay.
Travel by high-speed TGV train (first class) to Nice. Your guided sightseeing features the Promende des Anglais, originally built in the second half of the 18th century and the most famous boulevard in Nice and a walk through the charming Old Town.
Your Local Host has recommendations for your full day at leisure on the beautiful Cote d'Azur.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Notes In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program. Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered. Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
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Port charges:Special Interest Cruises: Wine Appreciation October 14 & October 28 & October 29 (Rhone/Saone section), 75th Anniversary of D-Day WWII History & Remembrance May 27 (Seine section), WWII History & Remembrance May 28 & June 11 (Seine section)
Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Paris:
in single room from $315 to $433, in twin room from $187 to $246
Extra nights per person in Nice:
in single room from $133 to $574, in twin room from $75 to $288
All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $398
B / Sapphire Deck / $2298
A / Sapphire Deck / $2398
P / Royal Deck / $2598
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $4398
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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