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Grand France with 1 Night in Marseille (Southbound) 2021

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Tour Itinerary

Set sail on your Seine River cruise and sail to Vernon with your choice of a visit to Claude Monet’s Giverny or Bizy Castle, nicknamed “Normandy’s Versailles. In Caudebec, take an excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery, or select an excursion for a traditional “Taste of Normandy.” Visit Joan of Arc’s Rouen, then choose between a visit to Vincent Van Gogh’s Auver-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison. Return to Paris for your choice of sightseeing in the “City of Light”—discover the true heart of Paris on a guided walk through the sites of Paris’ rich history, or take a tour to see the iconic landmarks of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more. Board a high-speed train bound for Dijon, and transfer to Beaune to embark on your second Avalon Suite Ship® in St. Jean de Losne. Cruise to Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France and a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Take a guided walk of Tournon, beautifully nestled among vineyards, to see its Roman ruins and 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 French river cruise vacation, spend a night in captivating Marseille along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea.

  1. Day 1
    PARIS, FRANCE (EMBARKATION)
    Welcome to France. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

    Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30 pm.

    Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

    Your day is free to explore the world’s most romantic city before starting your cruise on the Seine. Get acquainted with the City of Light today with some shopping, strolling, or with a croissant and café au lait to watch the world go by amid the Parisian cityscape.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VERNON

    (D)
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    VERNON
    Monet’s Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crêpes du Jour

    Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your 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 crêpes, followed by a Pastry Demonstration

    This afternoon, enjoy a beautiful cruise to the picturesque town of Les Andelys.

    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 Château Gaillard—historic home of King Richard the Lionheart

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CAUDEBEC

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    CAUDEBEC
    Churches, Cherry Orchards, and White Cliffs of Normandy

    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

    This afternoon, you may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the old seaside town of Honfleur.

    Later enjoy live entertainment on board.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CAUDEBEC

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    CAUDEBEC. EXCURSION TO NORMANDY
    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 Bény-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)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    ROUEN
    The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, and a Heroine for France

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of Rouen— site of Saint Joan of Arc’s martyrdom —and see the medieval quarter with its 16th-century Astronomical Clock, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, OR:

    ACTIVE Take a Guided Bike Tour to discover and explore the most famous monuments and the lesser known hidden gems of Rouen on two wheels

    Enjoy onboard entertainment before setting sail this evening.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CONFLANS

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    CONFLANS
    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 Château de Malmaison—home of Napoléon 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)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    PARIS
    Cafés, Cathedrals, & Canvases—The City of Light Truly Shines

    Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

    CLASSIC Discover the ancient heart of Paris on a captivating Guided Walk featuring the Palais-Royal, Louvre pyramid, ancient sites on Île de la Cité, the Left Bank, bustling Latin Quarter, and more, 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, Opéra Garnier, and the famous Champs-Élysées


    Stroll through Paris on your own, or linger over wine in a literary café on the Left Bank.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PARIS

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    PARIS (DISEMBARKATION) DIJON–BEAUNE–ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (EMBARKATION)
    Take a High-Speed Train from Paris to Dijon, to drive on to Beaune.

    DISCOVERY Visit the Hôtel-Dieu Charity Hospital in Beaune, built in 1443, today home of the Van der Weyden’s painting of the Last Judgement

    This afternoon, travel to St. Jean de Losne to board your Suite Ship®.

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MÂCON

    (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    MÂCON
    Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône

    Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

    Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Mâcon along the majestic Saône River. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin.

    DISCOVERY Later, enjoy a delicious Cheese Tasting on board your ship

    Enjoy live entertainment while sailing for Trévoux this evening.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN TRÉVOUX

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    LYON
    Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France

    Sail for lovely Lyon this morning.

    CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon with its numerous churches from Fourvière Hill. You’ll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafés, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux

    Spend free time biking through Lyon’s town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet.

    DISCOVERY Be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance lecture on board your ship

    Later enjoy live entertainment after dinner.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    LYON
    French Food and Wine—La Vie En Rose in Lyon

    CLASSIC Join a Culinary Walk through the city to discover why it is known as the gastronomic capital of France

    The rest of your day is free to explore, relax, or shop in France’s third largest city. Take a bike from the ship and explore local produce markets and parks, or take a leisurely tour of the city’s more than 100 murals.

    EVENING CRUISE TO TOURNON

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    TOURNON
    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 Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage

    Enjoy a leisurely sail to Viviers after lunch

    VIVIERS

    World History in a Charming French Country Village

    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

    Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AVIGNON

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  13. Day 13
    AVIGNON
    The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence

    Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

    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

    Guided Optional Excursions include a visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard, or a trip to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhône wine region.

    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-Bénézet.

    Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.

    EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  14. Day 14
    ARLES
    Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights

    ACTIVE Grab a Nordic walking stick for a hike with your Adventure Host

    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, OR:

    DISCOVERY Attend a Painting Workshop to learn the style and techniques of Vincent van Gogh. You’ll create your own painting in the style of the classic master who took inspiration from the Provence light and landscape in Arles

    Consider also 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 with a stop in Le Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine to relax and watch the world go by.

    EVENING CRUISE TO PORT ST. LOUIS

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  15. Day 15
    PORT ST. LOUIS (DISEMBARKATION)–MARSEILLE
    Spectacular Seascapes of the Mediterranean Coast

    Disembark your ship and join a motorcoach transfer to Marseille.

    CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing in Marseille—France’s second-largest city

    (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  16. Day 16
    MARSEILLE
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Health and Safety Protocols for Globus Tours

Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Globus' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Globus has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.

It all starts with Globus' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Globus' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

A SAFE & WARM WELCOME

Globus will enact new tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including adherence to social distancing requirements.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE

Globus will ensure safe distances for guests throughout the journey, on coach and during excursions. This includes providing masks for guests use at any time where social proximity could be an issue as well as the possibility of reducing group sizes, if required. And wireless listening technology – including Globus' Go Beyond Devices in Europe – enables safe distances between guests and other travelers on excursions.

FOCUS ON GUEST AND TEAM MEMBER HEALTH

To ensure a healthy environment for team and guests, Globus will conduct regular temperature checks for both guests and team, and when necessary, masks will be worn by Globus' team members when with guests.

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS

Traveling with Globus removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Globus are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Globus will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.

COMMITMENT TO CLEAN

As a part of Globus' commitment to clean, Globus is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures.

PARTNERS IN DISCOVERY AND IN HEALTH

Globus has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.

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Accommodations

Port charges:
$392

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

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 / $2,498
A / Sapphire Deck / $2,598
P / Royal Deck / $2,798
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $4,798

NOTE:
Special Interest Cruises: Culinary March 30; Wine Appreciation October 12 & October 26; WWII Remembrance & History June 8

Paris: Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel
Enjoying an unbeatable location next to the iconic Eiffel Tower, this 456-room sleek, modern hotel offers free Wi-Fi internet access throughout and has a California-inspired Brasserie with open kitchen and stylish wine bar. Other amenities include a large gym on the 9th floor with panoramic rooftop vistas.
Address:
18,Avenue De Suffren
Paris , France
Marseille: Intercontinental Marseille Hotel Dieu
Adjacent to Marseille's historic Panier district, this sophisticated 194-room hotel is set in a magnificent historic building dating from the 18th century. Local pastis aperitif can be enjoyed on the terrace while taking in superb views of the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, Mediterranean dishes can be enjoyed in the Michelin-starred restaurant and leisure facilities include a fitness room, indoor swimming pool and a chic SPA by Clarins. Free Wi-Fi internet access is also available throughout the hotel.
Address:
Intercontinental Marseille Hotel Dieu
Marseille , France

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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.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.7
Accommodations
5
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
5
Value for Money
5

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Absolutely loved our trip it was everything we expected it would be, you could make it as busy or leisurely as you wanted. I worry about my waisteline as the food was just coming out of our ears haha, the food was wonderful, and can't say enough about the staff went that extra mile for the clients. Loved the excursions to th beautiful country villages, not too over the top just enough. My one concern was the computer system, not good, as wanted to send emails home, and 9 times out of 10 this didnt happen, as not working properly, but a small price to pay for the wonderful trip. I would recommend Affordable Tours to anyone.

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