Grand France (Northbound)
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!
Day 1 Port St. Louis (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshopDay 3 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the PopesDay 4 Viviers: guided walk, visit Old Town and the cathedralDay 5 Tournon–Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in VienneDay 6 Lyon: guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière HillDay 7 St. Jean de Losne: cheese tasting on boardDay 8 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)–Beaune–Dijon–Paris (Embarkation): visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; TGV train from Dijon to Paris; onboard welcome receptionDay 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 boardDay 10 Caudebec: choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”, or walk in the Natural ParkDay 11 Caudebec: choice of full day excursions to Normandy landing beaches, or “A Taste of Normandy” excursionDay 12 Rouen: guided walk, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedralDay 13 Conflans–Paris: choice of guided excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Chteau de MalmaisonDay 14 Paris: choice of guided tour, or “Heart of Paris” walk, visit Notre Dame CathedralDay 15 Paris (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning
Port St. Louis, France (Embarkation)
Tournus-st. Jean De Losne
St. Jean De Losne (Disembarkation) Beaune-dijon-paris (Embarkation)
Caudebec. Excursions To Normandy