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Itinerary

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 Chalon-sur-Saône. Cruise to Lyon, is 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 2 nights on the French Riviera 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)

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    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.

    ACTIVE Explore Vernon's Chateau des Tourelles by foot with your Adventure Host, OR:

    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

    ACTIVE Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins of Château Gaillard—historic home of King Richard the Lionheart, OR:

    CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of Les Andelys—one of France’s most picturesque spots on the Seine.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CAUDEBEC

    (B,L,D)

    *Monet’s House is closed in March and November. During this period this excursion will be replaced with a Guided Tour of La Roche-Guyon and its castle.

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    CAUDEBEC
    Ancient Abbeys Along the Seine

    ACTIVE Enjoy a relaxing bike ride along the river with your Adventure Host, OR:

    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)

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    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)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    ROUEN
    The Cathedral of Our Lady and a Heroine for France

    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, OR:

    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.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CONFLANS

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    CONFLANS
    The Footsteps of Van Gogh, Bonaparte, and Louis XIV

    ACTIVE Enjoy a relaxing bike ride along the Seine with your Adventure Host, OR:

    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)

    *Château de Malmaison is closed the 1st Sunday of each month and on 21st September. On these dates, this excursion will be replaced by a visit to Château de Chantilly.

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    PARIS
    Cafés, Cathedrals and Canvases in the city of Light

    Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

    ACTIVE Experience the Seine river by foot with your Adventure Host, OR:

    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)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    PARIS (DISEMBARKATION) DIJON–BEAUNE–CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE (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 Chalon-sur-Saône to board your Suite Ship®.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN TOURNUS

    (B,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    TOURNUS
    Pearl of Southern Burgundy

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

    CLASSIC Tucked away in the southeast corner of Burgundy, Tournus is one of the oldest and most important monastic centers in the region, Our Local Guide will show the highlights of this delightful town.

    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.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN TRÉVOUX

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    LYON
    La Vie En Rose in Lyon

    Sail for lovely Lyon this morning.

    ACTIVE Discover Lyon's architectural district by bike with your Adventure Host, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet, OR:

    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.

    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)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    LYON
    Adventures in Food and Wine

    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)

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    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 with its 16th-century castle.

    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 onboard.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AVIGNON

    (B,L,D)

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    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)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  14. Day 14
    ARLES
    A Brush with Genius

    ACTIVE Get your daily dose of exercise through a Power Walk in Arles with your Adventure Host, OR:

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

    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.

    Take free time to stop in Le Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine to relax and watch the world go by.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  15. Day 15
    ARLES (DISEMBARKATION)–FRENCH RIVIERA
    Spectacular Seascapes of the Mediterranean Coast

    After breakfast this morning, you’ll drive to the spectacular French Riviera, which stretches along France’s Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy.

    (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast
  16. Day 16
    FRENCH RIVIERA
    The “Queen of the French Riviera”

    CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing in Nice. Discover the narrow, winding streets and baroque churches of Vieux Nice, the old city—an area which has changed little since the 1700s.

    (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast
  17. Day 17
    FRENCH RIVIERA
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    (B)

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    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.
  • Departures April 15th & November 11th will operate the itinerary in a revised order: Day 1 Paris, Day 2 Paris, Day 3 Conflans, Day 4 Les Andelys-Rouen, Day 5 Caudebec, Day 6 Caudebec. Normandy excursions, Day 7 Vernon. From day 8 back to regular program.

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Accommodations

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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.

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
French Riviera: Le Meridien Nice
With a "touch of chic" inspired by the timeless elegance of the Côte d'Azur, Le Méridien Nice is an authentic jewel located facing the Mediterranean Sea on world famous Promenade des Anglais. It is a few steps from the pedestrian area with its many fashion boutique, shops, restaurants, and bars. The Old Town is also within walking distance. Discover signature cocktails at the bar or enjoy a tasty dinner inspired by the region on the panoramic rooftop restaurant while watching the sunset. Relax in the heated outdoor pool or exercise in the fitness centre. Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access is provided. The refined and exotic interior design inspired by the Golden Sixties gives each of the 318 guestrooms a unique sun-drenched style featuring soft Mediterranean blue and sandy beige shades. Fully air conditioned rooms include a flat-screen TV with international channels, coffee/tea maker facilities, in-room safe, minibar, iron and ironing board, and free wireless high speed internet access.
Address:
1, Promenade Des Anglais
Nice Cedex 1 , France

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Globus Tours Customer Reviews

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