Grand France With 1 Night In Marseille For Wine Lovers (Southbound)

12/07/2019 through 10/17/2020
12/07/2019 through 11/04/2020
Avalon Waterways

Enjoy wine, cheese, and stunning scenery on your France river cruise on the Seine and Rhône Rivers. You’ll have a choice of historical excursions in Normandy, including the famed landing beaches, Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery. Visit Joan of Arc’s Rouen, and choose from Claude Monet’s Giverny or Bizy Castle; Vincent Van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison.

Before you embark on the beautiful Seine River, you’ll spend time in Paris-one of the world’s most romantic cities! Discover its true heart on a guided walk through the sites of Paris’ rich history, or take a tour showing you the iconic sites of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more.

Taste some of Burgundy wines on board your ship, and visit the Chardonnay wine region. Cruise to France’s culinary capital of Lyon, and visit the Place des Terreaux fountain of famous postcards, then visit the Beaujolais region to taste famous wines. Beautifully nestled among vineyards, you’ll find the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, where you’ll go on a guided walk of 16th-century sites in Tournon, followed by a wine and chocolate tasting. Cruise to historical Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes and enjoy a wine tasting on a visit to the Chteauneuf du Pape wine country. Sail on the Rhône River to Arles, France-famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh. In the second portion of your cruise a Master of Wine will travel with you and share lectures, tastings and food and wine pairing expertise. As a perfect finale to your Seine river cruise vacation, spend time in the captivating Marseille. Explore this elegant area and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea.

Included Features:

Day 1 Paris (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Vernon–Les Andelys: choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; choice of guided walk, or guided hike in Les Andelys; crêpes tasting on board

Day 3 Caudebec: choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”, or walk in the nature

Day 4 Caudebec: choice of full day excursions to Normandy landing beaches, or “A Taste of Normandy” excursion

Day 5 Rouen: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral

Day 6 Conflans: choice of excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise, or excursion to Napoleon and Josephine’s Chteau de Malmaison

Day 7 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing or “Heart of Paris” walking tour to see Paris’ historic sights

Day 8 Paris (Disembarkation)–Dijon–Beaune–St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation): high-speed train from Paris to Dijon; motor coach transfer to Beaune, visit the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception

Day 9 Mcon: leisurely cruising; onboard lecture about wine; Chardonnay excursion

Day 10 Lyon: on board cheese and wine tasting; guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill; lecture on board

Day 11 Lyon: culinary tour; guided tour to Beaujolais; on board food & wine pairing

Day 12 Tournon–Viviers: guided walk in Tournon with wine and chocolate tasting, or hike in the vineyards (weather permitting); guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 13 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes; guided tour to Chteauneuf du Pape

Day 14 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop

Day 15 Port St. Louis (Disembarkation)–Marseille: transfer to Marseille; guided tour

Day 16 Marseille: your vacation ends this morning

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Day 1 Paris, France (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Vernon
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Day 3 Caudebec
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Day 4 Caudebec. Excursion To Normandy
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Day 5 Rouen
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Day 6 Conflans
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Day 7 Paris
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Day 8 Paris (Disembarkation) Dijon-beaune-st. Jean De Losne (Embarkation)
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Day 9 McOn
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Day 10 Lyon
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Day 11 Lyon
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Day 12 Tournon
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Day 13 Avignon
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Day 14 Arles
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Day 15 Port St. Louis (Disembarkation)-marseille
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Day 16 Marseille
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