Your grand French river cruise embarks in Paris and sails along the Seine River to the picturesque Normandy region. Your Avalon Suite Ship® stops in Vernon, with your choice of a guided visit to Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle. Continue to Les Andelys—home of Château Gaillard—then on to Caudebec. Here choose between an included excursion to the legendary Normandy landing beaches or an excursion for a fascinating “Taste of Normandy” tour. Visit Joan of Arc’s historic Rouen; and in Conflans, select a guided excursion to Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s elegant Château de Malmaison. Return to Paris and discover its true heart on a guided walk through the sites of Paris’ rich history, or take a tour to see the iconic sites of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more.
Transfer to Beaune and board your second Avalon Suite Ship® in St. Jean de Losne. A Master of Wine will accompany you on this portion of your cruise with presentations, tastings, and wine pairings along the way.
Cruise to Mâcon for an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar. In Lyon, take a culinary walk and enjoy a tour to Beaujolais, the famous wine of the region. In Tournon enjoy a guided walk with a wine-and-chocolate tasting or a walk in the vineyards. In historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest Gothic for-tress in the world– and take a guided tour to Châteauneuf du Pape. Disembark your cruise ship and transfer to Aix-en-Provence for your 2-night Monograms® holiday. Enjoy guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide, walking along the 17th-century Cours Mirabeau, and visit the Cathedral of the Holy Savior, known for its blend of architectural styles. Travel to Nice for your two more nights in France. Here, guided sightseeing with a local expert includes a walk through the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais—Nice’s most famous boulevard. Your Monograms Local Host® is on hand in each city with guidance and assistance when you need it!