2018 : Grand France with Mont St. Michel & Loire Valley with Journeys Club Celebration (WLPE-T2) - Poetry II & Tapestry II

19 Day River Cruise from Cote d'Azur to Paris

This river cruise highlighting the best of France is certainly grand! Begin your adventure on the captivating French Riviera, also known as the Cote d'Azur. Explore this elegant area and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. On the Rhone River sits Arles, France-famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes-the largest gothic fortress in the world. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l'Hermitage are beautifully nestled among vineyards and you'll go on a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Lyon, France's gastronomic capital, sits at the junction of the Rhone and Saone Rivers and is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Transfer to the Seine River for the next portion of this Grand France river cruise vacation, which offers a choice of activities, such as a painting class, a visit to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, or a "Taste of Normandy"; a guided tour of Le Havre and Etretat or along the "Normandy Abbeys" route; a chance to hike or visit pretty little Honfleur; 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. In Paris, one of the world's most romantic and vibrant cities, we offer a choice of guided walks, a visit to the Louvre or to Montmartre, and an unforgettable panoramic view of the city from the Eiffel Tower.

Leave your ship and take the opportunity to add other memorable destinations to your list. Head north to one-of-a-kind Mont St. Michel, surrounded by water at high tide, and to the Loire Valley to visit the Chateau of Chenonceau and to admire its sumptuous gardens. En route back to Paris for one last night, stop in Chartres to visit the magnificent cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this French river cruise, you'll enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery, and stops in the most charming and historical parts of France-truly a grand adventure!

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've used our 89 years to design a cruise experience that's just a bit different. Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships.

  • Panoramic windows throughout the ship
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch & dinner
  • Avalon Choice® cruising experience
  • Included sightseeing with headsets by Certified Local Guides
  • Complimentary Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary bicycles available for time on shore
  • Local FavoritesSM - onboard cultural & artisan experiences
  • Sky Deck shade system & premium lounge chairs
  • Well-stocked library with books, cards, and games
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products & hairdryer
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour, self-serve beverage station
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate & teas
  • Cookies & fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • And, much more

    Highlights & Sightseeing

    Day 1 Cote d'Azur: welcome to France

    Day 2 Cote d'Azur-Transfer to Arles (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)

    Day 3 Arles: guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheater

    Day 4 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes

    Day 5 Cruising-Viviers: guided walk, visit Old Town and the cathedral

    Day 6 Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage-Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Vienne

    Day 7 Lyon: guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill

    Day 8 Cruising-St. Jean de Losne: day at leisure; cheese tasting

    Day 9 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)-Beaune-Dijon-Paris (Embarkation): visit the Hotel-Dieu in Beaune; TGV train from Dijon to Paris; onboard welcome reception

    Day 10 Vernon-Les Andelys: choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle or painting class; guided walk in Les Andelys, visit the Parish Church of Le Petit Andely

    Day 11 Caudebec: choice of excursions to Normandy landing beaches or "A Taste of Normandy"

    Day 12 Le Havre: choice of excursions along the "Normandy Abbeys Route" or Le Havre and Etretat; choice of hiking routes or Honfleur

    Day 13 Rouen: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral

    Day 14 Conflans: choice of excursions to visit Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine's Chateau de Malmaison; visit the Palace of Versailles ; gala dinner onboard

    Day 15 Paris: choice of Paris walk experiences; choice of included excursions; ascend the Eiffel Tower

    Day 16 Paris (Disembarkation): travel to Mont St Michel; guided visit of the abbey

    Day 17 Mont St Michel-Loire Valley: visit Chenonceau Castle, overnight at Chateau du Breuil

    Day 18 Loire Valley-Chartres-Paris: visit Chartres cathedral

    Day 19 Paris: your vacation ends this morning

    Meals

  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Welcome dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or (weather permitting) grill fare at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck
  • Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room
  • Alternative dinner of petite portions or regional specialties with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel

    Notes

  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • In the event that a high-speed train is unavailable due to strikes or technical reasons, the route will be operated by motorcoach.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    Day 1
    Arrive in Cote d'Azur, France

    Welcome to France! Located between the mountains and the deep-blue Mediterranean Sea, the Cote d'Azur is synonymous with prestige and beauty with its enchanting yachts, glamorous villas, and famous events. Time at leisure lets you get acquainted with this amazing place.

    Day 2
    Cote d'Azur-Transfer to Arles (Embarkation)

    This morning, enjoy free time to explore further or join an optional excursion. In the early afternoon, transfer by motorcoach to Arles in the Provence region, where you'll board your river cruise vessel. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception, then sail toward the mouth of the Rhone for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting). (Breakfast, Dinner)

    Day 3
    Arles

    In Arles, capital of the Provence, join your LOCAL GUIDE for a tour of the city. See the church of St. Trophime, dating from the 12th century, and visit the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER. Still used today, the amphitheater dates to the 1st century, and was constructed to hold over 20,000 spectators. Vincent Van Gogh was inspired by the special light of the Provence and spent a very productive year in Arles. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 4
    Avignon

    On your GUIDED TOUR you may choose to join an included visit of the PALACE OF THE POPES, built in the 14th century as the sovereign popes' residence. With a living space equivalent to four gothic cathedrals, it is the largest gothic fortress in the world. Alternatively, you may opt for only city sightseeing and more free time to explore on your own, or to join an optional outing to Pont du Gard or to the famed wine cellars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 5
    Cruising-Viviers

    A leisurely morning on board to relax and enjoy the passing scenery. After lunch, join your LOCAL GUIDE for a walk around the charming town of Viviers, which developed around its ROMANESQUE CATHEDRAL. The OLD TOWN has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman, and medieval influences. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 6
    Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage-Vienne

    The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l'Hermitage lie nestled among vineyards between the Rhone River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. Enjoy a GUIDED WALK of Tournon, one of France's oldest medieval cities, with its imposing 16th-century castle and Roman ruins. Arriving in Vienne in the late afternoon, a GUIDED WALK shows you the charming little town surrounded by steep hills. Explore the town center to see the Roman Theater, which once held 13,000 spectators, and the Augustus and Livia Temple, built around 20 BC and converted into a church in the Middle Ages. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 7
    Lyon

    Lyon is France's third-largest city and its gastronomic capital. Founded by the Romans in 43 BC, the city's prosperity dates back to the 16th century and is due to commercial, industrial, and banking activities. Roman remains, many excellent museums, and much renaissance architecture delight visitors. You are joined by a LOCAL GUIDE as you survey the city from Fourvière Hill-with its splendid views over the city-and explore the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its maze of medieval alleyways and Place des Terreaux, a popular area with lively cafes, monuments, and the famous fountain often depicted on postcards. Be sure to sample Beaujolais, the wine of the region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 8
    Cruising-St. Jean de Losne

    A leisurely day today as your final day on board. If you prefer to stay busy, a choice of optional excursions is available, including a visit to a wine cellar. While sailing to St. Jean de Losne, enjoy an onboard CHEESE TASTING. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 9
    St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)-Beaune-Dijon-Paris (Embarkation)

    After breakfast, disembark and head by motorcoach to Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Cote d'Or area and Burgundy's wine capital. Although life here centers around wine, Beaune offers much more with its ramparts, medieval houses, cobblestone streets, and historical monuments. Visit the HÔTEL-DIEU charity hospital, built in 1443 and paid for by the chancellor of Burgundy after the Hundred Years' War left many of the town's population destitute. Today, it houses Van der Weyden's painting of The Last Judgment and is one of France's architectural highlights. After lunch, continue to Dijon and board the TGV train to Paris, the "City of Light," where your ship is docked on the River Seine. Meet your crew at a welcome reception.Take the opportunity to meet the Avalon Executives, who will join this cruise to share this experience with our guests. Before dinner, your ship glides smoothly out of Paris. (Breakfast, Dinner)

    Day 10
    Vernon-Les Andelys

    This morning in Vernon, choose between a guided visit of Giverny and a visit to Bizy Castle. Claude Monet lived at GIVERNY for almost 43 years (1883-1926), and viewed his flower and water gardens as works of art-just like his paintings. See his collection of Japanese prints, his charming house, and his biggest sources of inspiration. Or, after a WALKING TOUR in Vernon, visit BIZY CASTLE, built in 1740 and nicknamed "Normandy's Versailles." It is known for its famous stables-inspired by those at Versailles-and its magnificent courtyard and water garden. This afternoon, arrive in Les Andelys, situated on a bend of the Seine and one of the most beautiful places in France. You may want to attend a PAINTING CLASS and learn how to become an artist and how to find the inspiration to paint a real masterpiece. In the afternoon, join a Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK of the town, visiting the PARISH CHURCH OF LE PETIT ANDELY. Alternatively, you may wish to join your guide on a hike up to the ruins of imposing Chateau Gaillard, built by England's King Richard the Lionheart as a fortress in 1196. Constructed in only a year, it is a masterpiece of medieval military architecture. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 11
    Caudebec

    Make your choice today between an included full-day excursion to the historic NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES-with poignant sites such as Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery-or a "TASTE OF NORMANDY" for an in-depth look at this picturesque, mainly agricultural region. The most important products are dairy, apples, and grain. Camembert cheese is a specialty, as is CALVADOS, a strong apple brandy you'll have the chance to taste at a local distillery. And for a touch of history, visit the famous BAYEUX TAPESTRY. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 12
    Le Havre

    This morning wake up in Le Havre and join a guided excursion along the "NORMANDY ABBEYS ROUTE".. More than 100 abbeys once covered this region, which has a microclimate suited to growing fruit such as apples, pears, plums, and cherries. Alternatively, explore the city of Le Havre during GUIDED SIGHTSEEING and don't miss the opportunity to take a picture in ETRETAT, one of the most suggestive panoramic views in the north of France. The afternoon is at your disposal to experience HIKING TOURS in the Regional Park La Boucle de La Seine or to visit the pretty costal town of HONFLEUR. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 13
    Rouen

    Rouen, capital of Upper Normandy, is an important commercial city perhaps best known for its connection to Joan of Arc, who lived, was imprisoned, and burned at the stake in the marketplace of this town in 1431. Enjoy the included GUIDED WALK through the medieval quarter with its half-timbered, glazed-tile houses, and take photos of the intricate Gros Horloge astronomical clock, dating back to the 16th century. Visit the gothic CATHEDRAL, which was once the tallest building in the world and the subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 14
    Conflans

    After breakfast you may either join our included guided excursion to AUVERS-SUR-OISE, the quaint little town where Vincent Van Gogh lived and died, or to Napoleon and Josephine's CHÂTEAU DE MALMAISON just outside Paris. Requiring extensive renovations, this large country estate was purchased by Josephine Bonaparte in 1799 while Napoleon was fighting in Egypt. It was her aim to make it "the most beautiful and curious garden in Europe, a model of good cultivation." After lunch, visit the unique PALACE OF VERSAILLES, and learn about Louis XVI and his kingdom. Tonight dress up for a gala dinner on board and delight in the special menu the Chef has created just for you! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 15
    Paris

    Known as one of the world's most romantic and lively cities, Paris delights the senses. Choose from a choice of GUIDED WALKS through Paris' history and habits. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysees with its lavish cafes, or perhaps join one of our included excursions and visit the world-famous LOUVRE or MONTMARTRE with its gleaming white Sacre Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. This evening end your cruise with an unforgettable panoramic view of the "City of Lights" from the EIFFEL TOWER. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 16
    Paris (Disembarkation)-Mont St. Michel

    Say Au Revoir to the crew of Avalon Tapestry II and enjoy the drive to Mont St. Michel. In this flat terrain you can already spot this unique hill with its Abbey perched on the top, from afar, as it appears to grow right out of the sea. A GUIDED TOUR takes you inside the ABBEY and from here the views are spectacular. Then explore the narrow winding street with its many little shops and restaurants of this one-of-a-kind islet, - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight at Mont St. Michel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

    Day 17
    Mont. St Michel-Loire Valley:

    Take your last picture of Mont St Michel with morning lights and relax on the transfer to the Loire Valley. After lunch visit CHENONCEAU CASTLE, the favorite residence of Catherine de' Medici, built in 1500. Check in at your hotel for tonight, Chateau du Breuil in Cheverny, and take the opportunity to sample traditional cuisine at one of the cozy local restaurants. (Breakfast, Lunch)

    Day 18
    Loire Valley-Chartres-Paris:

    On your way back to Paris, stop in Chartres and visit the CATHEDRAL, dreaming of the stories that you might have read in Ken Follett's novels. In the afternoon, arrive in Paris where you have free time to buy the last gifts that will always remind you of this fantastic trip to France. (Breakfast)

    Day 19
    Paris

    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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    Cruise Line
    Avalon Waterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 12/31/2017
    Duration
    19 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Poetry II

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Cote d'Azur  
    Day 2Arles  
    Day 3Arles  
    Day 4Avignon  
    Day 5Viviers  
    Day 6Vienne  
    Day 7Lyon  
    Day 8ST. JEAN DE LOSNE  
    Day 9Paris  
    Day 10Les Andelys  
    Day 11Caudebec  
    Day 12Le Havre  
    Day 13Rouen  
    Day 14Conflans  
    Day 15Paris  
    Day 16Mont St. Michel  
    Day 17Loire Valley  
    Day 18Paris  
    Day 19Paris  
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