Grand France (Northbound)

05/21/2019 through 09/05/2020
05/21/2019 through 09/22/2020
Avalon Waterways

This river cruise vacation showcases France’s charm, breathtaking views, and rich history. Your adventure begins on the Rhône River with a visit to Arles, France-famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh-and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes. The city of Tournon is beautifully nestled among vineyards and you’ll go on a guided walk of this medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. The Seine River offers a choice of excursion opportunities, such as a visit to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, in-cluding Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery; a visit to delightful Les Andelys, Joan of Arc’s Rouen, and the choice between a visit to Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Jose-phine’s Malmaison.

On this French river cruise, you’ll enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery, and stops in charming and historical parts of France, but your adventure would not be complete without a visit to Paris-one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! The “City of Light” has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its ele-gant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. A guided walk through historic Île St. Louis with its narrow streets, and Île de la Cité where medieval Paris was founded, will be a delight. Walk in the footsteps of the great master artists, enjoy the delectable cuisine of France, and stand where heroes fought for freedom on the beaches of Normandy. This and so much more is waiting for you on your French cruise on the Seine!

Included Features:

Day 1 Port St. Louis (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop

Day 3 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes

Day 4 Viviers: guided walk, visit Old Town and the cathedral

Day 5 Tournon–Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Vienne

Day 6 Lyon: guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill

Day 7 St. Jean de Losne: cheese tasting on board

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

Day 9 Vernon–Les Andelys: choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; choice of guided walk, or guided hike in Les Andelys; crêpes tasting on board

Day 10 Caudebec: choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”, or walk in the Natural Park

Day 11 Caudebec: choice of full day excursions to Normandy landing beaches, or “A Taste of Normandy” excursion

Day 12 Rouen: guided walk, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral

Day 13 Conflans–Paris: choice of guided excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Chteau de Malmaison

Day 14 Paris: choice of guided tour, or “Heart of Paris” walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 15 Paris (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

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Day 1 Port St. Louis, France (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Arles
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Day 3 Avignon
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Day 4 Viviers
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Day 5 Tournon
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Day 6 Lyon
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Day 7 Tournus-st. Jean De Losne
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Day 8 St. Jean De Losne (Disembarkation) Beaune-dijon-paris (Embarkation)
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Day 9 Vernon
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Day 10 Caudebec
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Day 11 Caudebec. Excursions To Normandy
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Day 12 Rouen
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Day 13 Conflans
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Day 14 Paris
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Day 15 Paris (Disembarkation)
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