20 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Nice to London 2024

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - Nice to London

Grand France with 2 Nights in Nice and 3 nights in London 80th Anniversary of D-Day WWII Remembrance & History Cruise

Starting from $10,146
Ship(s): Avalon Poetry II, Avalon Tapestry II
Avalon Waterways
20 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Nice to London 2024

River Cruise Description

This river cruise vacation showcases France's charm, breathtaking views, and rich history. Begin your adventure in captivating Nice on the French Riviera. Embark your ship on the Rhône River in Arles, France-famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh-and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes. The city of Tournon is beautifully nestled among vineyards and you'll go on a guided walk of this medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins. Lyon, France's gastronomic capital is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. The Seine River offers a choice of excursion opportunities, rich of history! In Paris, take a tour focused on WWII and visit the museum of Les Invalides. Sail to Conflans, where you'll choose between two exciting guided visits-Claude Monet's stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as "Normandy's Versailles." On 6th June join us for an onboard D-Day 80th Commemoration Ceremony. In Rouen, you'll go on a guided walk through the medieval quarter, visit the gothic Cathedral and learn the important role played by this city during the French Resistance. Alternatively you will visit the battlefields in the area of Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel. You'll sail through the picturesque and historic landscapes of Normandy, with the choice to visit the historic sites of the famed WWII landing beaches, and moving monuments to Allied forces, or you may explore the farming region for a "Taste of Normandy." From Vernon, go on an excursion to the quaint and inspiring town of Auvers-Sur-Oise or visit Napoleon and Jose-phine's Malmaison, before sailing back to Paris for disembarkation. Board a high-speed train to London for three exciting nights and a guided sightseeing with a local expert to see London's must-see-Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus, and more!



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Avalon Choice

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

Classic
Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
Discovery
We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests — from cooking classes, to painting workshops — to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Active
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go — from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
  • Plus independent exploration options and use of Avalon's exclusive AvalonGO APP.

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 NICE

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.

Day 2 NICE

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)

Day 3 NICE–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)

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 Nordic walking 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.
Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) a unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d’Enfer.
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)

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)

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 a late 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 TOURNON
(B,L,D)

Day 7 TOURNON

A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Active
Bike along the Rhone river with your Adventure Host, 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 late morning cruise to Vienne
VIENNE
Roman and Middle Age History
Active
See Vienne from atop, hike up to a viewpoint with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Walking Tour of Vienne and discover this charming little town surrounded by steep hills.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON
(B,L,D)

Day 8 LYON

Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France
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)

Day 9 TOURNUS–CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE

Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône
Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin.
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)

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)

Day 11 PARIS

Cafés, Cathedrals and Canvases in the city of Light
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, OR
Discovery
Take a WWII tour of Paris which will include a visit to the museum of Les Invalides, dedicated to the Ordre de la Libération which was created in 1940 by General Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French Forces.
Perhaps, join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Palace of Versailles—home to a succession of French kings.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PARIS
(B,L,D)

Day 12 CONFLANS

The Footsteps of Van Gogh, Bonaparte, and Louis XIV
Discovery
Onboard lecture about WWII hosted by your history expert.
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.
Discovery
Take part in an onboard Commemoration Ceremony of the D-Day 80th Anniversary
EVENING CRUISE TO LES ANDELYS
(B,L,D)

Day 13 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, OR:
Discovery
Take a full day excursion in the areas of Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel, where the Canadian Forces fought and won the German Army during WWI.
ROUEN
The Cathedral of Our Lady and a Heroine for France
Classic
If you didn’t take part into the full day excursion to Vimy Ridge, enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Rouen city that played an important role during the French Resistance. You will see the medieval quarter with its 16th-century Astronomical Clock, and Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CAUDEBEC
(B,L,D)

Day 14 CAUDEBEC

Ancient Abbeys Along the Seine
Active
Enjoy a relaxing bike ride along the river with your Adventure Host, OR:
Discovery
Join a guided excursion to a V-1 flying bomb launch site, 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.
Discovery
Onboard lecture about WWII hosted by your history expert.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CAUDEBEC
(B,L,D)

Day 15 CAUDEBEC. EXCURSION 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.
EVENING CRUISE TO VERNON
(B,L,D)

Day 16 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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PARIS
(B,L,D)

Day 17 PARIS (DISEMBARKATION)–LONDON

Say goodbye to the 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)

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. Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London’s skyline.
(B)

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, one of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, were married, 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 night-time cruise on the Thames River. There are so many possibilities to make your stay unforgettable.
(B)

Day 20 LONDON

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
(B)
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