15D Grand France

Destinations
Paris - Port Saint Louis
Mode of Travel
River Cruise Vessels
Accomodation
Deluxe outside accommodations with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection Beds
Meals Included
14 Breakfast, 12 Lunch, 14 Dinner
Itinerary (PDF)

Itinerary

Your adventure begins on the Rhône River with a visit to Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh

DAY 1 - PARIS, FRANCE (EMBARKATION)

Welcome to 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 Light 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 (D)

DAY 2 - VERNON

Monet's Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crepes 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 crepes, followed by a Pastry Demonstration. This afternoon, enjoy a beautiful cruise to the picturesque town of Les Andelys. 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)

DAY 3 - CAUDEBEC

Churches, Cherry Orchards, and White Cliffs of Normandy. ACTIVE - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Jog 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 - Enjoy the natural wonders of the fascinating Marais Vernier wetlands on this half-day Guided Nature Walk on the outskirts of Caudebec. This afternoon, you may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the old seaside town of Honfleur. Later enjoy live entertainment on board. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CAUDEBEC (B,L,D)

 
DAY 4 - CAUDEBEC. EXCURSION TO NORMANDY

Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour of Normandy's WWII landing beaches, visit 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 centre, 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 at a local distillery. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

EVENING CRUISE TO ROUEN (B,L,D)

DAY 5 - ROUEN

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, and a Heroine for France CLASSIC - Take a Guided Walking Tour of Rouen-site of Saint Joan of Arc's martyrdom-and see the medieval quarter with its 16th-century Astronomical Clock, and Notre-Dame Cathedral. Enjoy onboard entertainment before setting sail this evening.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CONFLANS (B,L,D)

DAY 6 - CONFLANS

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 to the Palace of Versailles-home to a succession of French kings.

EVENING CRUISE TO PARIS (B,L,D)

DAY 7 - PARIS

Cafes, Cathedrals, & Canvases-The City of Light Truly Shines ACTIVE - Take a Morning Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host to see Paris at first light. CLASSIC - Discover the ancient heart of Paris on a captivating Guided Walk featuring the Palais-Royal, Louvre pyramid, ancient sites on Ile de la Cite, the Left Bank, bustling Latin Quarter, and more, 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 (B,L,D)

DAY 8 - PARIS (DISEMBARKATION)-DIJON-BEAUNE-ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (EMBARKATION)

Take a High-Speed Train from Paris to Dijon, to drive on to Beaune. CLASSIC - Visit the Hotel-Dieu Charity Hospital in Beaune, 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.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MACON (B,D)

DAY 9 - MACON

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)

DAY 10 - LYON

Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France Sail for lovely Lyon this morning. 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 fountain of Place des Terreaux. Spend free time riding a bike through Lyon's town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhone and Saone rivers meet. DISCOVERY - Be our guest for a WWII & French resistance your lecture on board your ship. Later enjoy live entertainment after dinner. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON (B,L,D)

DAY 11 - LYON

French Food and Wine-La Vie En Rose in Lyon DISCOVERY - 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. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

EVENING CRUISE TO TOURNON (B,L,D)

DAY 12 - TOURNON

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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AVIGNON (B,L,D)

DAY 13 - AVIGNON

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)

DAY 14 - ARLES

Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights ACTIVE - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk. 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, OR: DISCOVERY - 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 Carrieres de Lumieres (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 Cafe Van Gogh for a glass of wine, to relax and watch the world go by.

EVENING CRUISE TO PORT ST. LOUIS (B,L,D)

DAY 15 - PORT ST. LOUIS (DISEMBARKATION)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Marseille airport before 10 am. (B)

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