Grand France With 2 Nights In Aix-En-Provence & 2 Nights In Nice (Southbound)

07/26/2020 through 10/04/2020
07/26/2020 through 10/25/2020
Avalon Waterways

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 Chteau Gaillard. 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 Chteau de Malmaison. Then, head back to Paris and discover its true heart 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. Disembark and travel to fascinating Beaune for a visit of the Hôtel-Dieu. In St. Jean de Losne, board your second cruise ship and sail on to Mcon, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, Viviers, Avignon, and Arles, as well as France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon.

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, and visit the Cathedral of the Holy Savior, known for its mishmash of architectural styles. Finally, we’ll whisk you via private car, minivan, or motorcoach 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.

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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; crêpes tasting on board

Day 3 Caudebec: choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”, or walk in the nature

Day 4 Caudebec: choice of full day excursions 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 Chteau de Malmaison

Day 7 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing or “Heart of Paris” walking tour to see Paris’ historic sights

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

Day 9 Mcon: leisurely cruising; onboard cheese tasting

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

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 Palace of the Popes

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

Day 15 Port-Saint-Louis (Disembarkation)–Aix-en-Provence: transfer to Aix-en-Provence; guided walking tour, visit Cathedral of the Holy Saviour

Day 16 Aix-en-Provence: day at leisure

Day 17 Aix-en-Provence–Nice: transfer to Nice; 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

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 - Saint - Louis (Disembarkation)-aix - En - Provence
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Day 16 Aix - En - Provence
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Day 17 Aix - En - Provence - Nice
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Day 18 Nice
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Day 19 Nice
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