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

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Grand France (Northbound) River Cruise (WLP)

Starting from $6,898
Ship(s): Avalon Poetry II, Avalon Tapestry II

River Cruise Description

Your 15 Day Avalon River Cruise from Port-Saint-Louis to Paris 2020 will be filled with the sights and sounds of both historic and modern France. Your cruise starts on the Rhône River with a visit to Arles, France—known for housing many famous Van Gogh paintings—and its first century Roman Amphitheater.

On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the fourteenth century Palace of the Popes. The city of Tournon is flawlessly settled among vineyards and you’ll have the opportunity to go on a guided stroll of this medieval delight with many Roman ruins and remnants. Lyon, France’s capital is a grandstand of medieval and Renaissance design. The Seine River offers a choice of excursion opportunities, including a visit to the historic, sobering Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc landmark, and the American Cemetery; a visit to wonderful Les Andelys, Joan of Arc’s Rouen, and your choice between a visit to Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison.

On this French river journey, you’ll enjoy tasting plenty of local wine, cheese, magnificent views, and stops in enchanting and historical places throughout France. However, your experience would not be complete without a visit to Paris! The “City of Light” boasts the famous Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louver Museum with its rich glass pyramid boasting its Egyptian design. Take a guided walk through historic Île St. Louis with its narrow boulevards, and Île de la Cité where medieval Paris was established. Trace the footsteps of extraordinary and historic master artists, appreciate the delicious and unique cuisine of France, and stand where heroes battled for their country’s freedom on the famous beaches of Normandy. This 15 Day Avalon River Cruise from Port-Saint-Louis to Paris 2020 is truly “grand” as you immerse yourself in the French culture and will come away with a new appreciation and love for the country of France.

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FREE AIR + $500 Off per couple

*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

FLY FREE AIR from Select US cities

*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 Port St. Louis, France (Embarkation)

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

Flights into Marseille must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

(Dinner)

Day 2 Arles

Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights
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.

Perhaps you’d enjoy a 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. Feel free to stop in Le Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine, to relax and watch the world go by, before sailing to Avignon.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 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 may opt to take a Guided Optional Excursions 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 opportunity to explore Avignon for the city’s art and culture, theatre, and museums. You’ll want to take plenty of photos of the captivating countryside, historic monuments, and the medieval Pont Saint-Bénézet.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Viviers

World History in a Charming French Country Village

Relax, have a cup of coffee on the Sky Deck and while you have a leisurely morning sail to Viviers.

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 5 Tournon

A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards
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.
Vienne
Roman and Middle Age History
Classic
Join a Guided Walking Tour of Vienne and discover this charming little town surrounded by steep hills.

You’ll be treated to live entertainment as you sail to Lyon this evening.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 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.

You might enjoy spending riding a bike through Lyon’s town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Tournus – St. Jean de Losne

Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône

Today you can opt for a  Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin. Alternatively enjoy a leisurely cruising morning along the majestic Saône River on your way to St. Jean de Losne.

Discovery
Later, enjoy a delicious Cheese Tasting on board your ship.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (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, you’ll experience the high-speed train from Dijon to Paris and then board your Suite Ship®.

(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 9 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.

This afternoon, you’ll cruise 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 10 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 Nature Walk of Normandy’s vast regional nature park in a region rich in apple, plum, pear, and cherry orchards.

Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the old seaside town of Honfleur in the afternoon. Later you’ll be treated to live entertainment on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Caudebec. Excurrsions 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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Rouen

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

You’ll be treated to onboard entertainment before leaving port this evening.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Conflans

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.

Consider participating in a Guided Optional Excursion to the Palace of Versailles—home to a succession of French kings.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 Paris

Cafés, Cathedrals, & Canvases—The City of Light 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.

Strollthe streets of romantic Paris on your own, or enjoy a glass of wine in a literary café on the Left Bank.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 Paris (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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