Grand France (Southbound)

10/24/2020 through 09/11/2021
10/24/2020 through 09/28/2021
Avalon Waterways

On this France river cruise vacation, enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful views, 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, go on a guided walk through the medieval quarter and visit the gothic Rouen Cathedral. Before you depart the beautiful Seine River, spend time in Paris-one of the world’s most romantic cities! Discover the true heart of Paris on a guided walk through the sites of Paris’ rich history, or take a tour showing you the iconic sites of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more. 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 city of Tournon is beautifully nestled among vineyards. You’ll go on a guided walk of this 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; on board crêpe tasting

Day 3 Caudebec: excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”

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

Day 5 Rouen: choice of guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral or bike tour

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 historic sights of the “Heart of Paris” walking tour

Day 8 Paris (Disembarkation)–Dijon–Beaune–St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation): high-speed train from Paris to Dijon; motor coach transfer to Beaune, and visit to the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception

Day 9 Mcon: leisurely cruising; onboard cheese tasting

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

Day 11 Lyon: culinary tour

Day 12 Tournon–Viviers: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

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

Day 14 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop

Day 15 Port St. Louis (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

Itinerary

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)
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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
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Day 13 Avignon
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Day 14 Arles
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Day 15 Port St. Louis (Disembarkation)
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