Holiday your way before your Avalon YourWay French river cruise with two overnights in Paris. Spend two nights in Paris—the “City of Light.” See Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid against ancient architecture. Enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide, and courtesy hotel-to-ship transfer.
Board a high-speed train from Paris to Dijon. You’ll tour Hotel-Dieu Charity Hospital—built in 1443 and home to Van der Weyden’s “The Last Judgement.” Sail to the Chardonnay wine region of Mâcon, enjoying cheese tasting on board. You’ll visit Lyon, a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Discover Lyon’s fascinating sights, including the Place des Terreaux with its famous fountain seen on postcards. Sample local cuisine on a guided culinary walk through this gastronomic capital of France.
Beautifully nestled among vineyards and Roman ruins are the twin cities of Tournon and Tain. Take a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure of Roman ruins and 16th-century castle.
Continue to Viviers for a guided walk through its charming village. Cruise to historical Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes, and sail on the Rhône River to Arles. See its 1st-century amphitheater still used today, and attend a painting workshop in the style of Van Gogh who was inspired here. Disembark in Port-Saint-Louis to continue your holiday your way in the South of France.
Spend two nights each in beautiful Aix-en-Provence and Nice. Enjoy buffet breakfast daily, your personal Monograms Local Host® for guidance and assistance, estination guide with city map, and transfers to or from ship, hotel, and train stations.