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Grand France with 2 Nights in Nice & 3 Nights in London (Northbound) 2025

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

This fantastic European river cruise vacation showcases France’s breathtaking views, amazing history, and legendary culture. Your adventure begins with two overnights on the French Riviera, then travel to Arles to board your Avalon Suite Ship®. You’ll sail north up the scenic Rhône and Saône Rivers to explore Arles, Avignon, delightful Viviers, medieval Tournon, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, and fascinating Beaune.Take a high-speed train to Paris, and embark your second ship to begin your Seine River cruise into the picturesque Normandy region. In Vernon, choose between a guided visit of Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or magnificent Bizy Castle. Continue to Les Andelys, home of dramatic Château Gaillard, then on to Caudebec, with your choice of an excursion to Normandy’s historic landing beaches or an interesting “Taste of Normandy” tour. Visit Joan of Arc’s historic Rouen and, in Conflans, choose between excursions to Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s elegant Château de Malmaison. Return to Paris for guided sightseeing and take in the most famous sights of this magnificent city. Then, transfer to London for three exciting nights.Your vacation in London includes guided sightseeing to see the must-see sights—Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus, and more, including VIP access to St. Paul’s Cathedral. The perfect end to a remarkable river cruise vacation!

  1. Day 1
    FRENCH RIVIERA
    Welcome to France.

    Enjoy free time to discover the beauty of the spectacular French Riviera, which stretches along France’s Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy.

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  2. Day 2
    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
  3. Day 3
    FRENCH RIVIERA–ARLES (EMBARKATION)
    Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

    Join a motorcoach transfer to board your Avalon Suite Ship®.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES

    (B,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    ARLES
    Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights

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

    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 before sailing to Avignon.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    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)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    VIVIERS
    World History in a Charming French Country Village

    Enjoy a leisurely morning sail to Viviers.

    ACTIVE Walk your way up to Vivier's hilltop Cathedral with your Adventure Host, OR:

    CLASSIC Explore the pale-stone buildings of Viviers on an 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 TAIN L’HERMITAGE

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    TAIN L'HERMITAGE
    A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards

    Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

    ACTIVE Explore Tournon by foot as you follow your Adventure Host for a morning hike in this beautiful town along the Rhone, OR:

    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 early afternoon cruise to Lyon.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    LYON
    La Vie En Rose in Lyon

    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)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    TOURNUS–CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE
    Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône

    DISCOVERY Travel into the rolling landscapes of the Mâconnais region to learn about its world-famous Chardonnay vineyards, the wines produced here, and to attend a wine-tasting in the cellars of a real medieval castle!

    Enjoy a leisurely afternoon cruising along the majestic Saône River.

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

    Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE (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)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    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
    **This excursion will not be operated in November

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    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
  13. Day 13
    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)


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  14. Day 14
    ROUEN
    The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, 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—home of the martyred Joan of Arc—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
  15. Day 15
    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. On these dates, this excursion will be replaced by a visit to Château de Chantilly

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  16. Day 16
    PARIS
    Cafés, Cathedrals and Canvases in the city of Lights

    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
  17. Day 17
    PARIS (DISEMBARKATION)–LONDON
    Bid Adieu to your Avalon portion of your vacation after breakfast. An included transfer delivers you to the train station. Travel to London by high-speed Eurostar train (Standard class).

    (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast
  18. Day 18
    LONDON
    England’s Exciting Capital

    CLASSIC Enjoy a morning Guided Sightseeing including all of London’s famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were married; Whitehall’s mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister’s Downing Street; Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus. Then, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral (except on Sundays). Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London’s skyline.

    (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast
  19. Day 19
    LONDON
    Free Time on the Thames

    Enjoy a free day to explore this spectacular city at your own pace. You could take a flight on the London Eye for fantastic views over the city, or visit Windsor Castle, for a tour of the magnificent State Apartments. In the evening, see one of the dozens of celebrated West End shows, or enjoy dinner at a traditional London pub, followed by a relaxing nighttime cruise on the Thames River. There are so many possibilities to make your stay unforgettable.

    (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast
  20. Day 20
    LONDON
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast

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  • 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.

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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).

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Nice: 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
London: Park Plaza County Hall
Ideally located just south of Westminster Bridge and overlooking the River Thames, this hotel is within walking distance of London's most famous attractions. Stylish dining options are available at the hotel: LItaliano offers authentic Italian cuisine with an extensive wine list and Spectrum Bar & Café is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as Afternoon Tea and late-night drinks. The hotel also provides a fitness room as well as steam and sauna facilities, and Aurora Spa is available for beauty treatments or massages. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout.
Address:
1 Addington St SE1 7RY
London , United Kingdom

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Globus Tours Customer Reviews

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