2019 : Grand France for Wine Lovers (WLP-T1) - Poetry II & Tapestry II
16 Day River Cruise from Cote d'Azur to Paris
This Seine and Rhone River cruise highlighting the best of France is certainly grand! Begin your adventure on the captivating French Riviera, also known as the Cote d'Azur. Explore this elegant area and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. On the Rhone River sits Arles, France-famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh-and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes-the largest gothic fortress in the world-and, later on join an excursion to the wine region of Chateauneuf du Pape.
The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l'Hermitage are beautifully nestled among vineyards, and you'll go on a guided walk of Tournon-a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Lyon, France's gastronomic capital, sits at the junction of the Rhone and Saone Rivers and is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Take then a guided tour to Beaujolais and the following day to Chardonnay, where you will have the opportunity to taste local wines. After disembarkation, taste some of Burgundy wines before reaching Paris. A Master of Wine will travel with you on this first portion of the cruise and will hold lectures, tastings and will introduce you to food and wine pairing.
On the Seine River, you'll have the choice of seeing the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery; the delightful Les Andelys, Joan of Arc's Rouen, Vincent Van Gogh's Auvers-sur-Oise, or Napoleon and Josephine's Malmaison.
And your adventure would not be complete without a stay in Paris-one of the world's most romantic and vibrant cities! The "City of Lights" is home to Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. Enjoy a guided walk through historic Ile St. Louis with its narrow streets and Ile de la Cite where medieval Paris was founded.
Day 1 Cote d'Azur: Welcome to France
Day 2 Cote d'Azur-Transfer to Arles (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception; scenic cruising in the Camargue region (daylight permitting)
Day 3 Arles: Guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre
Day 4 Avignon: Guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes; guided tour to Chateauneuf du Pape
Day 5 Cruising-Viviers: Onboard lecture; guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral
Day 6 Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage-Vienne: Guided walk in Tournon; onboard chocolate and wine tasting; guided walk in Vienne; onboard food & wine pairing dinner
Day 7 Lyon: Guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill; guided tour to Beaujolais
Day 8 Cruising-St. Jean de Losne: Chardonnay excursion; wine & cheese tasting on board
Day 9 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)-Beaune-Dijon-Paris (Embarkation): Choice of visit the Hotel-Dieu in Beaune or visit a wine cellar; TGV train from Dijon to Paris
Day 10 Vernon-Les Andelys: Choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; choice of guided walk, or guided hike in Les Andelys
Day 11 Caudebec: Choice of excursion along the "Normandy Abbeys Route", or hike in the Natural Park; lecture on board
Day 12 Caudebec: Choice of full day excursion to Normandy landing beaches, or "A Taste of Normandy" excursion
Day 13 Rouen: Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral
Day 14 Conflans: Choice of excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise, or Napoleon and Josephine's Chateau de Malmaison
Day 15 Paris: Choice of guided sightseeing, or "Heart of Paris" walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral
Day 16 Paris (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning
You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.
Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.
Throughout the Ship:
Suites & Staterooms:
Health & Fitness:
Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise: Classic Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites. Discovery We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore. Active Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
CÔTE D'AZUR, FRANCE
Bienvenue en France!
Take free time today to admire Cote d'Azur-with its enchanting yachts, glamorous villas, and famous events. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Cote d'Azur stretches along France's Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy.
CÔTE D'AZUR ARLES- (EMBARKATION)
The Camargue National Park
After breakfast this morning, you'll drive to Arles to board your Suite Ship®. Before dinner sail toward the mouth of the Rhone for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting).
(B, L, D)
Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights
Classic Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Arles-the captivating city of the Provence region. You'll visit the Roman Amphitheater in this visually stunning city that inspired the works of Vincent van Gogh.
Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) to immerse yourself in a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d'Enfer.
Take advantage of any free time remaining with a stop in Le Cafe Van Gogh for a glass of wine, to relax and watch the world go by.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON
(B, L, D)
The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence
Classic Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the fortress city of Avignon-with its ramparts encircling the city-and a visit to the amazing Palace of the Popes.
Discovery Enjoy a trip to the famed wine cellars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhone wine region.
Guided Optional Excursions include a visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard.Explore Avignon on your own for the city's art and culture, theatre, and museums. Be sure to snap photos of the captivating countryside, historic monuments, and the medieval Pont Saint-Benezet.
Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON
(B, L, D)
World History in a Charming French Country Village
Discovery Join an Onboard Lecture hosted by your Master of Wine while sailing to Viviers.
Classic Explore the pale-stone buildings of Viviers on a late afternoon Guided Walking Tour of this charming village. You'll see its Romanesque cathedral and Old Town with a mix of historical Christian, Roman, and medieval influences.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNON
(B, L, D)
A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards
Classic Take a morning Guided Walking Tour to explore Tournon-one of France's oldest medieval cities. See its 16th-century castle, and Roman ruins between the Rhone River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage.
In the late morning cruise to Vienne
Discovery Enjoy an Onboard chocolate and wine tasting hosted by your Master of Wine while sailing.
Roman and Middle Age History
Classic Join a Guided Walking Tour of Vienne and discover this charming little town surrounded by steep hills.
Discovery This evening, join an Onboard food and wine pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine.
Enjoy live entertainment while sailing to Lyon.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON
(B, L, D)
Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France
Classic Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon from Fourvière Hill with its numerous churches. You'll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafes, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux.
Discovery Take a guided tour to the lovely Beaujolais area and learn more about its light and pleasant wine.
Spend free time riding a bike through Lyon's town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhone and Saone rivers meet.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ST. JEAN DE LOSNE
(B, L, D)
ST. JEAN DE LOSNE
Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saone
Enjoy a leisurely cruising day along the majestic Saone River.
Discovery Join an excursion that will take you to a Chardonnay cellar for a wine tasting.
Discovery Later, enjoy a delicious wine and cheese tasting hosted by your Master of Wine while sailing to St. Jean de Losne.
Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ST. JEAN DE LOSNE
ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (DISEMBARKATION)- BEAUNE- DIJON- PARIS
Drive to Beaune and take a High-Speed Train from Dijon to Paris.
Classic Visit the Hotel-Dieu Charity Hospital in Beaune, built in 1443, today home of the Van der Weyden's painting of the Last Judgment and is one of France's architectural highlights, OR:
Discovery Visit a typical Burgundy wine cellar.
This afternoon, take a high-speed train from Dijon to Paris.
(B, L, D)
Monet's Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crapes du Jour
Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.
Classic Take a Guided Tour of Giverny, home and inspiration of the master impressionist painter Claude Monet. Walk the grounds and see Monet's charming residence, and the flower and water gardens captured in his masterpieces, OR:
Classic Join a Guided Visit to Bizy Castle-called "Normandy's Versailles" for its magnificent courtyard, water garden, and stables.
Discovery While sailing, enjoy a traditional French luncheon of authentic French crapes, followed by a Pastry Demonstration.
This afternoon, enjoy a beautiful cruise to the picturesque town of Les Andelys.
Serenity on the Seine's Most Beautiful Riverbends
Classic Take a Guided Walking Tour of Les Andelys-one of France's most picturesque spots on the Seine, OR:
Active Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins of Chateau Gaillard-historic home of King Richard the Lionheart.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CAUDEBEC
(B, L, D)
Churches, Cherry Orchards, and White Cliffs of Normandy
Active Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Run in Normandy's town of Caudebec.
Classic Take a Guided Trip along the Normandy Abbeys Route-where more than 100 medieval Benedictine and Augustine abbeys and churches were built along the Seine, OR:
Active Explore Boucles de la Seine Normande with a Guided Hike of Normandy's vast regional nature park in a region rich in apple, plum, pear, and cherry orchards.
This afternoon, you may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the old seaside town of Honfleur, or a Guided Optional Excursion to see the white-chalk cliffs and arches of the oceanside town of Etretat.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CAUDEBEC
(B, L, D)
CAUDEBEC. NORMANDY EXCURSIONS
Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions
Classic Join a Guided Tour of Normandy's WWII landing beaches, visit significant U.S. sites, including Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery, OR:
Classic Take a full-day Guided Tour of the British and Canadian commemorative sites, including the British cemetery, Pegasus Memorial, the seaside town of Arromanches, the Juno Beach Center, and the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, OR:
Classic Join "A Taste of Normandy" Guided Tour for an in-depth look at this rich agricultural region. See the famous Bayeux Tapestry, visit the beautiful village of Beuvron en Auge and taste Calvados at a local distillery.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.
EVENING CRUISE TO ROUEN
(B, L, D)
The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, and a Heroine for France
Active Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk.
Classic Take a Guided Waking Tour of Rouen-home of the martyred Joan of Arc-and see the medieval quarter with its 16th-century Astronomical Clock, and Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Spend free time this afternoon to explore Rouen's city markets, shops, and bike paths. Enjoy onboard entertainment before setting sail this evening.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CONFLANS
(B, L, D)
In the Footsteps of Van Gogh, Bonaparte, and Louis XIV
Classic Join a Guided Visit to Auvers-sur-Oise, home and resting place of Vincent van Gogh, OR:
Classic Take a Guided tour of the opulent Chateau de Malmaison-home of Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine.
Perhaps, join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Palace of Versailles-home to a succession of French kings.
EVENING CRUISE TO PARIS
(B, L, D)
Cafes, Cathedrals, & Canvases-The City of Lights Truly Shines
Active Take a Morning Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host to see Paris at first light.
Classic Take a Guided Walking Tour through the Heart of Paris to see the historic Ile St. Louis, Ile de la Cite, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, OR:
Classic Join a Guided City Tour, that shows you the iconic sites of Paris, such as the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Opera Garnier, and the famous Champs-Elysees.
Stroll through Paris on your own, or linger over wine in a literary cafe on the Left Bank.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PARIS
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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- Cruise Line
- Avalon Waterways
- Offer valid through 12/31/2018
- 16 Days
- Cruise Ship
- Poetry II
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|Day 1||Cote d'Azur|
|Day 2||Cote d'Azur|
|Day 8||ST. JEAN DE LOSNE|
|Day 10||Les Andelys|
Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Cote d'Azur:
in single room from $242 to $541, in twin room from $152 to $295
Extra nights per person in Paris:
in single room from $315 to $433 ,in twin room from $187 to $246
All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $398
B / Sapphire Deck / $2298
A / Sapphire Deck / $2398
P / Royal Deck / $2598
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $4398
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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