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Grand France - Southbound

Summary: This French river cruise highlighting the best of France is certainly grand! Enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery, and stops in the most charming and historical parts of France.

Set sail on the Seine River and go on an excursion to the histo...

Duration
16 Days
Cities
5
Next Departure
24-Mar-2020
Starting at
USD 6,298.00
USD 6,048.00
Price per day
USD 378.00

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Operator
Avalon Waterways
Ship
Poetry II
Tour
Grand France - Southbound
Tour Code
WPL

Highlights

City Highlights

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

Day 3 Caudebec: choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”, or hike in the Natural Park; lecture on board

Day 4 Caudebec: choice of full day excursion 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 Château de Malmaison

Day 7 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing, or “Heart of Paris” walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral

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

Day 9 Seurre–Mâcon: leisurely cruising; free time in Mâcon; onboard cheese tasting

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

Day 11 Lyon: a day to explore this fascinating city at leisure

Day 12 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–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; cruise into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)

Day 15 Arles (Disembarkation)–Côte d’Azur: travel by motorcoach to Côte d’Azur

Day 16 Côte d’Azur: your vacation ends this morning

Notes

In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Itinerary

This French river cruise highlighting the best of France is certainly grand! Enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery, and stops in the most charming and historical parts of France.

Set sail on the Seine River and go on an excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery. Visit Joan of Arc’s Rouen, and choose between Claude Monet’s Giverny or the Bizy Castle, nicknamed “Normandy’s Versailles”; Vincent Van Gogh’s Auver-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison.

Before you depart the beautiful Seine River, you’ll spend time in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic cities! The “City of Light” has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid. Go on a guided walk through the historic Île St. Louis.

Lyon, is the third-largest city and a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage are beautifully nestled among vineyards. Go on a guided walk of Tournon, offering plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. On a guided tour of 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.

As a perfect finale to your Seine river cruise vacation, spend time in the captivating Côte d’Azur. Explore this elegant area and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea.

1.
PARIS, FRANCE (EMBARKATION)
2.
VERNON
3.
CAUDEBEC
4.
CAUDEBEC. EXCURSION TO NORMANDY
5.
ROUEN
6.
CONFLANS
7.
PARIS
8.
PARIS (DISEMBARKATION)—DIJON—BEAUNE—ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (EMBARKATION)—SEURRE
9.
MÂCON
10.
LYON
11.
LYON
12.
TOURNON/TAIN L’HERMITAGE
13.
AVIGNON
14.
ARLES
15.
ARLES—(DISEMBARKATION)—CÔTE D’AZUR
16.
CÔTE D’AZUR

Visited Countries: France


Ship Information
Ship Name
Poetry II
Ship Type
Hours
Summary

The Avalon Poetry II offers a delightfully intimate cruise setting. Like its sister Suite Ships®, the Avalon Artistry II, Avalon Visionary, Avalon Tapestry II, and Avalon Tranquility II, the Poetry II features two full decks of suites featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air BalconySM. With 200 square feet, Panorama SuitesSM are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities include an alternative dining option in the Panorama Bistro, complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, a Fitness Center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro.

 
Travel Package
Description Coming from   Going to
Cruise (Round Trip) Arles Arles


Tour Variations
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This is an Organised Cruise: you will eat and sleep on-board of the ship. The cruise operator set the itinerary, the destinations, duration and departure dates as well as the price per cabin type/deck. Excursions can be included or optional. You can join, enjoy and meet other people.

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