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This river cruise vacation showcases France’s charm, breathtaking views, and rich history. Your adventure begins on the Rhône River with a visit to Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh—and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes. The city of Tournon is beautifully nestled among vineyards and you’ll go on a guided walk of this medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. The Seine River offers a choice of excursion opportunities, such as a visit to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery; a visit to delightful Les Andelys, Joan of Arc’s Rouen, and the choice between a visit to Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison. On this French river cruise, you’ll enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery, and stops in charming and historical parts of France, but your adventure would not be complete without a visit to Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! 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. Walk in the footsteps of the great master artists, enjoy the delectable cuisine of France, and stand where heroes fought for freedom on the beaches of Normandy. This and so much more is waiting for you on your French cruise on the Seine!

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

    Flights into Marseille must arrive by 3 pm.

    Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

    EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES

    (D)
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    ARLES
    Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights

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

    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, OR:

    DISCOVERY Attend a Painting Workshop to learn techniques of Vincent van Gogh. Create your own painting in the style of the legendary artist

    Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) a unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d’Enfer.

    Take free time to stop in Le Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine, before sailing to Avignon.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    AVIGNON
    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

    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.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    VIVIERS
    World History in a Charming French Country Village

    Enjoy a leisurely morning sail 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)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    TOURNON
    A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards

    Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

    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

    In the late morning cruise to Vienne

    VIENNE

    Roman and Middle Age History

    CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of Vienne and discover this charming little town surrounded by steep hills

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    LYON
    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 cafés, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux

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

    Enjoy live entertainment while sailing to Tournus.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNUS

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    TOURNUS–ST. JEAN DE LOSNE
    Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône

    Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin. Alternatively enjoy a leisurely cruising morning along the majestic Saône River on your way to St. Jean de Losne.

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

    Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ST. JEAN DE LOSNE

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

    CLASSIC Visit the Hôtel-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

    This afternoon, take a high-speed train from Dijon to Paris to board your Suite Ship®.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VERNON

    (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    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

    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
  10. Day 10
    CAUDEBEC
    Ancient Abbeys Along the Seine

    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.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CAUDEBEC

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    CAUDEBEC. EXCURSIONS 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
  12. Day 12
    ROUEN
    The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, and a Heroine for France

    CLASSIC Take a Guided WaLking 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, 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

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CONFLANS

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  13. Day 13
    CONFLANS
    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
  14. Day 14
    PARIS
    Cafés, Cathedrals and Canvases in the city of Light

    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
  15. Day 15
    PARIS (DISEMBARKATION)
    Your cruise 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

Gateway city for arrivals is Marseille.

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. Prices shown include cruise in 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

NOTES:
Special Interest Cruises: Wine Appreciation October 26

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

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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

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Accommodations
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Itinerary
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Professional Staff
4.3
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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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