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15 Day Avalon River Cruise from Paris to Port-Saint-Louis 2020

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Grand France (Southbound) River Cruise (WPL)

Starting from $7,346
Ship(s): Avalon Poetry II, Avalon Tapestry II

River Cruise Description

On this fabulous 15 day Avalon river cruise from Paris to Port-Saint-Louis 2020 vacation, you’ll discover fine French wine, decadent cheese, delightful views, and stops in the most enchanting and historical regions of France. Sail along the Seine River to the beautiful Normandy area. In Vernon, choose between two fascinating guided visits—Claude Monet’s staggering lush gardens at Giverny or the surprising Bizy Castle, known as “Normandy’s Versailles.” Or opt to a journey to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc landmark, and the American Cemetery.

In Rouen, you’ll have the opportunity to go on a guided walk through the medieval quarter and visit the gothic Rouen Cathedral. Before you leave the beauty of the Seine River, spend a few days in Paris—one of the world’s most sentimental urban areas! The “City of Light” has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louver Museum. Enjoy a guided walking tour through the historic Île St. Louis. Explore Lyon, which sits at the meeting of the Saône and Rhône Rivers, which is France’s third-biggest city and a delight of medieval and Renaissance design. The exquisite city of Tournon is set among vibrant vineyards. Take a guided walk of this medieval fortune with many Roman ruins and an interesting sixteenth century castle. In historic Avignon, see the fourteenth century Palace of the Popes—the biggest gothic fortress on the planet. Situated on the Rhône River, Arles is renowned for being the inspiration of some of Van Gogh’s famous paintings and also its first century Roman Amphitheater, which still hosts concerts and plays even to this day. You will get to see the beauty of so many unique areas of France during this fabulous 15 day Avalon river cruise from Paris to Port-Saint-Louis 2020.

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*Book a select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CHS, CLE, CLT, DEN, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MCI, MIA, MCO, MSP, OKC, ORD, PDX, PHL, PHX, PIT, RDU, SAN, SEA, SFO, SLC, STL, TPA. Other gateway cities available from $200 to $1,075/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). Free air offer is based on lowest-priced economy class Flex airfare available for booking at time of reservation and scheduled to coincide with cruise itinerary; pre-assigned airline seats are limited and may not be available on all air segments. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost.

Quotes available online or by calling a Travel Professional. Limited to new bookings for US originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under deposit between May 1, 2019 - March 9, 2020. A $550 non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air, Group Air (groups of 10 or more) and group air contracts. Offer is combinable only with the Welcome Back Credit and the $250pp land promo. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on voluntarily changed air bookings; other promotions at time of change may be available. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to ticketed air reservations (including itineraries involving free round-trip trans-Atlantic air) also subject to airfare differentials between originally ticketed air itinerary and re-ticketed air itinerary. Additional airline baggage fees may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to return travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only. CST#2017032-20. PRMYFYFY

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*Book a select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CHS, CLE, CLT, DEN, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MCI, MIA, MCO, MSP, OKC, ORD, PDX, PHL, PHX, PIT, RDU, SAN, SEA, SFO, SLC, STL, TPA. Other gateway cities available from $200 to $1,075/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). Free air offer is based on lowest-priced economy class Flex airfare available for booking at time of reservation and scheduled to coincide with cruise itinerary; pre-assigned airline seats are limited and may not be available on all air segments. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost.
 Quotes available online or by calling a Travel Professional. Limited to new bookings for US originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under deposit between May 1, 2019 - March 9, 2020. A $550 non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air, Group Air (groups of 10 or more) and group air contracts. Offer is combinable only with the Welcome Back Credit. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on voluntarily changed air bookings; other promotions at time of change may be available. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to ticketed air reservations (including itineraries involving free round-trip trans-Atlantic air) also subject to airfare differentials between originally ticketed air itinerary and re-ticketed air itinerary. Additional airline baggage fees may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to return travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only. CST#2017032-20. PRMYFX
(Promotion price shown is per person, double occupancy.)
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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

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Day 1 Paris, France (Embarkation)

Welcome to France. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding

Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Welcome to Paris, France’s capital on the River Seine, the “City of Light,” where romance fills the air. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a casual evening welcome reception. Before dinner, your ship glides smoothly out of Paris.

(Dinner)

Day 2 Vernon

Monet’s Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crêpes du Jour
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.

In the afternoon you’ll sail to the picturesque town of Les Andelys.

Les Andelys
Serenity on the Seine’s Most Beautiful Riverbends
Classic
Take a Guided Walking Tour of Les Andelys—one of France’s most picturesque spots on the Seine, OR:
Active
Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins of Château Gaillard—historic home of King Richard the Lionheart.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Caudebec

Churches, Cherry Orchards, and White Cliffs of Normandy
Active
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Jog in Normandy’s town of Caudebec.
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, OR:
Active
Explore Boucles de la Seine Normande with a Guided Hike of Normandy’s vast regional nature park in a region rich in apple, plum, pear, and cherry orchards.

Guided Optional Excursions include a visit to the old seaside town of Honfleur. Later you’ll be treated to live entertainment on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Caudebec. Excursion to Normandy

Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions
Classic
Join a Guided Tour of the WWII landing beaches of Normandy, 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 apple brandy at a local distillery.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Rouen

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, and a Heroine for France
Classic
Take a Guided Walking Tour of Rouen—site of Saint Joan of Arc’s martyrdom—and see the medieval quarter with its 16th-century Astronomical Clock, and Notre-Dame Cathedral.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Conflans

Walk in the Footsteps of Van Gogh, Bonaparte, and Louis XIV
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.

You might consider joining a Guided Optional Excursion tour of the Palace of Versailles—home to a succession of French kings.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Paris

Cafés, Cathedrals, & Canvases—The City of Lights Truly Shines
Active
Take a Morning Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host to see Paris at first light.
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.

Take a walk through romantic Paris at your leisure, or stop and have a glass of wine in a literary café on the Left Bank

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Paris (Disembarkation)–Dijon–Beaune–Chalon-sur-Saône (Embarkation)

Take a High-Speed Train from Paris to Dijon, to drive on to Beaune
Classic
Visit the Hôtel-Dieu Charity Hospital in Beaune, built in 1443, today home of the Van der Weyden’s painting of the Last Judgement.

This afternoon you’ll experience the high speed rail as you travel to St. Jean de Losne to board your Suite Ship®.

(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 9 Mâcon

Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône

Relax as you sail leisurely to Mâcon along the majestic Saône River. You might like to take 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.

You’ll be treated to live entertainment as you cruise to Trévoux this evening.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Lyon

Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France

Sail for lovely Lyon this morning for French fare.

Classic
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon with its numerous churches from Fourvière Hill. 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.

You might enjoy biking on your own through Lyon’s town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet.

Discovery
Be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance lecture on board your ship.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Lyon

French Food and Wine—La Vie En Rose in Lyon
Classic
Join a Culinary Walk through the city to discover why it is known as the gastronomic capital of France.

Enjoy the balance of the day at your leisure, exploring, relaxing, or shopping in France’s third largest city. Take a bike from the ship and explore local produce markets and parks, or take a leisurely tour of the city’s more than 100 murals.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Tournon

A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyard
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.

Relax as you sail leisurely to Viviers after lunch.

Viviers
World History in a Charming French Country Village
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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 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.

You might consider a Guided Optional Excursions to 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.  You’ll have time on your own to explore Avignon for it’s art and culture, theatre, and museums. Be sure to snap photos of the captivating countryside, historic monuments, and the medieval Pont Saint-Bénézet.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 Arles

Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights
Active
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk.
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, OR:
Discovery
Attend a Painting Workshop to learn the style and techniques of Vincent van Gogh. You’ll create your own painting in the style of the classic master who took inspiration from the Provence light and landscape in Arles.

You might like to take the Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) to immerse yourself in a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d’Enfer. Enjoy time on your own and stop in Le Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine to relax and watch the world go by.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 Port St. Louis (Disembarkation)

While your vacation ends with breakfast this morning, please make note of the wonderful experiences you’ve enjoyed on your exciting River Cruise. Hopefully you have taken numerous personal photos and lasting memories of your journey to take home with you.

(Breakfast)

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