Bon Voyage! France Family River Cruise 2019

Bon Voyage! France Family River Cruise 2019


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

France

Cities Visited

Arles, Avignon, Lyon, Paris, Tournon, Viviers

Tour Itinerary

"Top River Cruise Line" for families - two-time winner - voted by the readers of Travel + Leisure! Kids of all ages love France and all things Français... Paris, where wide boulevards, like the Champs Élysées, mean wide open spaces filled with cafés, famous brasseries and shops of every kind... new food experiences, from divine pastries to fantastic bread and the most sublime "chocolat"... the fantastic Seine... a scavenger hunt through the Louvre... And then explore the heart of France river cruising along the Rhône deep into the heart of Provence, inspiration of the world's most famous artists such as van Gogh, Cézanne, Picasso, Gauguin, Matisse... Families of every generation feel perfectly welcomed aboard Tauck Bridges' fantastic riverboat, experiencing... Lyon, a modern city with a Renaissance heart... medieval villages... Roman ruins... a French ranch where you'll meet the daring gardians (cowboys)... a papal castle... a family cooking lesson in delectable French cuisine... our France family river cruise lets families experience the best of France - together.

Day 1: Arrive Paris
Your France family river cruise begins: 5:00 PM, Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel. A transfer is included from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport or Gare de Lyon, Charles de Gaulle Station or Gare du Nord train stations to Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel. Your family's France river cruise gets off to a fabulous start from the moment you check into your your luxury hotel, a historic treasure in the heart of the city that for centuries has been at the heart of Parisian society. Meet the families you'll be traveling with at a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel, featuring entertainment by a mentalist that's fun for the whole family.
Meals: D

Day 2: A day well spent in Paris...
This morning your family can discover what makes Paris one of the world's favorite cities on an orientation tour that gives you a firsthand look at must-see sights (no inside visits on this orientation tour) including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral and more. Or you may opt for a guided bicycle tour* along the banks of the River Seine, passing such sights as the Musée D'Orsay, Tuileries Gardens and one of Paris' most beloved icons, the Eiffel Tower! Later, you'll have lunch at a restaurant at the Eiffel Tower... then visit the second floor of this world-famous landmark. Your family's last evening in Paris is free to spend as you please; our France family river cruise embarks tomorrow from Lyon.
Meals: B, L

Day 3: A scavenger hunt in the Louvre & embark ship
Spend your morning in one of the most famous museums in the world, where you're invited to take part in a treasure hunt like no other. Right under your nose - or maybe not - you'll team up to follow clues that lead to works of art that are among the most prized art treasures of the world (like the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory or Liberty Leading the People). Then hop aboard a high-speed train called the TGV to travel south to Lyon, where you'll board ms Emerald, your floating hotel for the rest of your trip. Our France family river cruise begins; the crew makes sure that you know your way around before our welcome reception, which is followed by dinner tonight aboard ship... with some rather magical entertainment.
Meals: B, D

Day 4: Tournon, cooking & chocolat
This morning your riverboat takes you to the town of Tournon-sur-Rhône for fun family discoveries ashore including an orientation tour of this ancient town on the River Rhône; a cooking class at Scook, the cooking school of Anne Sophie Pic, located next door to the Michelin-awarded restaurant Maison Pic; and a demonstration in the art of making chocolat at Valrhona Cité du Chocolat. The rest of the afternoon and evening are spent cruising the Rhône, bound for Arles in Provence.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: Arles, Camargue cowboys, van Gogh & chocolate art
After arriving in Arles this morning, get a change of scenery on a drive into the Camargue for a taste of France's "wild west." This vast marshy delta has been home to free-roaming black bulls since Roman times; today the bulls are looked after by French gardians (cowboys), saddled up on white Camargue horses. You'll see them up close at a private ranch, called a manade, and a hayride into the fields to see bulls, mares and foals. Enjoy a Provençal lunch, gypsy music and a daring show in which players attempt to retrieve paper tokens from a bull's horns. Later today you'll return to medieval Arles for a walking tour that brings alive many of the places captured in brilliant strokes of color by one of its most famous residents, artist Vincent van Gogh - then create some tasty art of your own based on lovely French landscapes with a hands-on chocolate painting experience led by Mark Alsterlind.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: An Avignon palace & a 1st-century marvel
Everyone dreams at one time or another of living in a palace... and today's France family river cruise does just that when your family visits an extravagant grand palace with four mighty towers... On a guided tour of 12th-century Palais des Papes in Avignon, once a "renegade" papal palace (built in opposition to Rome), your imagination takes flight as you explore one of Europe's largest medieval Gothic buildings. Or, if you wish, instead of visiting Palais des Papes you can join us for a bicycle ride in Avignon this morning. You'll have some time this afternoon to discover Avignon as you please, and a chance to swim. Then everyone meets up to walk across the famed Pont du Gard, and enjoy some refreshments; this three-level, 164-ft.-high "bridge" was built by the Romans to carry fresh water over the Gardon River nearly 2,000 years ago!
Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: Medieval Viviers, pétanque and more
This morning brings adventure to your France family river cruise with a walking tour of medieval Viviers, where you'll wind your way up through narrow, cobbled streets, curious passageways and doorways in shades of blue and green... leading up to the petite 12th-century Cathédrale Saint-Vincent. Next, try your hand at a game of pétanque, played by tossing a small metal boule about the size of an orange. Return to the riverboat for lunch (a barbecue on the Sun Deck, weather permitting) and an afternoon and evening spent cruising. Join us this evening for a farewell reception and dinner.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 8: Journey Home
Your river cruise concludes in Lyon today as your family disembarks ms Emerald; fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the riverboat to either the Lyon Airport or Lyon's Perrache or Part Dieu train stations; you should allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in at the airport.
Meals: B

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Inclusions

Two-night stay in Paris featuring a scavenger hunt in the Louvre, 5-night Rhône River cruise, visit to a private ranch in La Camargue, bicycling, family cooking demonstration, chocolate tasting, Provence medieval towns, castles

  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $3,380!
  • Two-night stay in city-center Paris
  • 5-night Rhône River cruise aboard ms Emerald
  • An introduction to the game of pétanque, played with the locals
  • A special visit to a private ranch in French cowboy country - La Camargue - including a daring bull show, Provençal lunch and gypsy music
  • A walk in Arles that traces the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh
  • Visit to a palace, Avignon's Palais des Papes
  • Chocolate-making demonstration and tastings
  • A family cooking demonstration at the cooking school of a Michelin three-starred chef
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 18 meals (7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners); gratuities to Tauck Cruise Director, Tauck Directors, drivers, local guides and ship staff; applicable fuel surcharges, porterage, taxes and service charges

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Accommodations


ms Emerald
Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.


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