22 Day Avalon River Cruise from Côte d’Azur to Rome 2019

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Grand France with 3 Nights Venice & 3 Nights Rome - Northbound River Cruise (WLP2)

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River Cruise Description

Start your incredible 2019 22 Day Avalon River Cruise from Côte d’Azur to Rome journey through the incredible country of France with 3 nights in Venice and 3 nights in Rome, beginning with an overnight stay in the magnificent Côte d’Azur. You will travel to the city of Arles where you will board your Avalon Suite Ship® and embark on the first leg of your incredibly scenic river cruise adventure through France. You will cruise to the charming area of Lyon, where you will delight in a city sightseeing tour led by an expert guide. You will continue on to the city of Dijon where you will join a high-speed train ride to your next city of Paris—famed as the romantic “City of Lights,” where you will begin your thrilling river cruise journey on the Seine river.

Visit the home of the genius artist Claude Monet and take a walk through his charming and gorgeous gardens and elegant residence at Giverny. Cruise on the waters of the Seine to Caudebec, and join in an exploration to the historic city of Normandy. Here, you will have your choice between two guided tours throughout Normandy’s beaches and historic WWII monuments, or take this day at your leisure to experience the magnificent agricultural region of Normandy. You will go on to Rouen, the incredible village of Joan of Arc, where you will join in a walking tour led by an expert guide. Following, you will cruise to your next destination of Conflans, for an amazing excursion to the magnificent Auvers-Sur-Oise—the town where the famous Vincent Van Gogh painted his world-famous masterpieces, lived his life, and passed away—or continue on to Château de Malmaison, the historic home of the legendary Napoléon Bonaparte.

Following your return to Paris, you will board a plane to Venice where you will begin the Monograms portions of your vacation—with 3 nights each in the city of Venice and in the city of Rome—which will include VIP sightseeing with an expert guide and onsite assistance from expert Local Hosts who will give you suggestions on how to make the most of your stay in each of the cities. This 2019 22 Day Avalon River Cruise from Côte d’Azur to Rome is a beautiful way to see France and Italy With your river cruise along the French waters, incredible tour of the beaches of Normandy, and your tour through the magnificent cities of Venice and Rome, you will live with memories of the marvelous beauty, historic sites, and new culture and experiences for many years to come.

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River Cruise Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in Côte d’Azur, France

Bienvenue en France!

Take advantage of your free time during this day to begin to immerse yourself in French culture starting with a visit to the Côte d’Azur—which boasts its charming line of yachts, elegant villas, and iconic events. Also named as the French Riviera, the phenomenal Côte d’Azur spans across the Mediterranean coast of France from the city of Toulon all the way to the border of Italy.

Day 2 Côte d’Azur–Transfer to Arles (Embarkation)

The Camargue National Park

Following your breakfast this morning, you will join a serene and scenic drive to the city of Arles where you will meet up with and board your Avalon Suite Ship® and make preparations to embark on the European river ways part of your thrilling journey. Prior to joining us for a welcome reception dinner on board the ship for all river cruise guests, we will sail you through the mouth of the Rhône river for your first look at some of the charming villas and tranquil scenery in Camargue Nation Park that will surround you on your sailing adventure.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES
(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3 Arles

Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights.

CLASSIC Delight in a Walking Tour of the city of Arles led by an expert local tour guide who will take you on an unforgettable first experience of this intriguing and beautiful city of the Provence region of France. You will stop and get an experience of the Roman Amphitheater in this visually stimulating and picturesque city that was the source of inspiration to the world-famous artist Vincent van Gogh and many of his renowned works.

You might enjoy joining in an Optional Excursion with the aid of an expert guide to visit the astounding Cathedral of Images known as the Carrières de Lumières to submerge yourself in to a uniquely authentic experience of French sounds, lights, and beautiful art in the old quarries of the incredible Val d’Enfer.

Feel free to utilize any additional free time at your leisure to wander through the charming avenues of Arles. Perhaps take a relaxing stroll to Le Café Van Gogh for a tasty glass of wine to sit and relax as you observe the French culture that surrounds you.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Avignon

The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Avignon, which includes a visit to the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the world’s largest gothic fortress. In addition, discover Les Halles’ covered market.

This afternoon, you may opt to take part in a Guided Optional Tour of the renowned wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a delicious wine tasting of native French wines and a true experience of the Rhône wine region, along with the opportunity to create your own unique wine blend tailored to your taste buds, or you may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion across the waters of Pont du Gard—the tallest of all elevated Roman aqueducts.

You may opt to spend your down time exploring Avignon—famed as the heart of Provence. Go for a relaxing stroll or a bike ride throughout the tree-lined avenues and leafy promenades within Avignon’s historic medieval gates, lush and picturesque countryside, iconic history and important landmarks, and the medieval style Pont Saint-Bénézet.

Later in the evening, relax and unwind after your full day of activities under the enjoyment of live entertainment on board your river cruise ship.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Viviers

World History in a Charming French Country Village

CLASSIC Adventure through the stunning plae-stone architecture and buildings that span across the incredible city of Viviers as you join in a Guided Walking Tour in the late afternoon of this elegant and unforgettable village. You will experience the striking Romanesque cathedral and the lovely Old Town with its intriguing mixture of medieval architectural and historic Christian Roman influences.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNON
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage

A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards

CLASSIC Join in a Walking Tour to explore through the beautiful Tournon in the morning accompanied by an expert guide who will answer any questions you may have about one of the oldest medieval cities of France. Pay a visit to its historic 16th-century castle as well as the Roman ruins that lay sprawled between the rushing waters of the Rhône River and the gaping granite slopes of the gorgeous Hermitage.

Enjoy cruising to your next destination of Vienne in the late morning.

VIENNE
Roman and Middle Age History

CLASSIC Take part in a Walking Tour with an expert guide throughout Vienne and experience the charms of this lovely little town that is surrounded by steep rolling green hills.

Relax and enjoy the delight of live entertainment on board your river cruise vessel as you sail the waters towards your next destination of Lyon.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Lyon

Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France

CLASSIC Take part in a Sightseeing Tour led by an expert guide to discover the treasures of Lyon starting with the incredible Fourvière Hill lined with an abundance of charming churches. You will also have the chance to wander the elegant streets of Lyon’s Old Town and explore through its maze of renaissance style alleyways, as well as visit some of the serene cafés, historic monuments, and famous fountain of Place des Terreuax.

Take advantage of your free time by taking a bicycle ride for an alternative view of Lyon through its many squares, across stone bridges, and alongside the shores where the Saône and Rhone rivers meet.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ST. JEAN DE LOSNE
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 St. Jean de Losne

Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône

Take advantage of free time as you sail along the glittering blue waters of the gorgeous Saône River. You might enjoy taking an Optional Excursion under the lead of an expert guide to visit a local Chardonnay wine Cellar, or travel to visit the incredible Castle of Cormatin.

DISCOVERY Later in the day, delight in a decadent Cheese Tasting of some of the best cheeses that France has to offer during a tasting on board your river cruise vessel.

Delight under the lights of live entertainment on board your cruise ship as you relax after your full day of activities in the evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ST. JEAN DE LOSNE
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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

Drive to Beaune and take a High-Speed Train from Dijon to Paris.

CLASSIC Stop and experience the Hôtel-Dieu Charity Hospital in the heart of Beaune that was constructed in the early year of 1443 and today stands as the home of the famous Van der Weyden’s glorious paining of the Last Judgement and is one of the most boasted architectural highlights of France.

During your afternoon, transfer by way of high-speed train from the city of Dijon to the incredible city of Paris to meet with and board your Suite Ship®.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VERNON
(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 10 Vernon-Les Andelys

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

Begin your day with a vibrant Morning Stretch led by your designated Avalon Adventure Host.

CLASSIC Participate in a Guided Tour of the incredible area of Giverny, the inspiration and home of the genius Claude Monet—a world renowned master impressionist painter. Tour the beautiful grounds and get a look at Monet’s elegant and magnificent residence, and take a walk through the water and flower gardens that he captures in his famous masterpieces, OR:

CLASSIC Take part in a Guided Visit to the amazing Bizy Castle—also named “Normandy’s Versailles” because of its marvelous courtyard, incredible water garden, and stables.

DISCOVERY As you cruise, delight in a lunched of traditional French cuisine and delicious authentic French crêpes, followed by a delightful Pastry Demonstration.

During your afternoon, delight in the scenic surrounding views as you sail to your next stop in the gorgeous town of Les Andelys.

LES ANDELYS
Serenity on the Seine’s Most Beautiful Riverbends

CLASSIC Go for a Walking Tour of Les Andelys led by an expert guide to experience one of the most scenic and picturesque sites on the Seine, OR:

ACTIVE Take part in a Hike led by an expert guide up to the castle ruins of the famous Château Gaillard—known for being the famous and historic home of the Lionheart King Richard.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CAUDEBEC
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Caudebec

Churches, Cherry Orchards, and White Cliffs of Normandy

ACTIVE Participate in a Morning Jog through Normandy’s incredible town of Caudebec led by your designated Avalon Adventure Host.

CLASSIC Join in a Guided Trip along the scenic Abbeys Route in Normandy—lined with more than 100 enchanting Augustine and Benedictine abbeys and elegant churches were constructed along the waters of the Seine, OR:

ACTIVE Survey through Boucles de la Seine Normande with the aid of an expert guide on a Hike through the vast and scenic regional nature park of Normandy—a region known for being rich in plum, pear, cherry, and apple orchards.

During your afternoon, you might enjoy embarking on an Optional Guided Excursion to visit the classic and charming seaside town of Honfleur.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CAUDEBEC
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Caudebec. Normandy Excursions

Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions

CLASSIC Take part in a Tour led by an expert guide who will journey you to see the landing beaches of Normandy from WWII, experience important U.S. sites, which will include Omaha Beach, the incredible Pointe du Hoc monument, as well as the American Cemetery, OR:

CLASSIC Participate in a Guided Tour of the Canadian and British commemorative sites that will cover the span of a full day and include the British cemetery, the famous Pegasus Memorial, the charming seaside village of Arromanches, the incredible Juno Beach Center, as well as the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, OR:

CLASSIC Participate in an incredible “Taste of Normandy” Guided Tour that will give you an in-depth experience of this marvelous region rich in agriculture. Experience the word famous Bayeux Tapestry, see the enchanting village of Beuvron en Auge, and get a taste of delicious local Calvados at a local distillery.

Later in the evening, relax after your full day of touring and exploration with the delight of live entertainment on board your Avalon Waterways river cruise vessel.

EVENING CRUISE TO ROUEN
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Rouen

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, and a Heroine for France

ACTIVE Participate in a vibrant Morning Walk led by your Avalon Adventure Host.

CLASSIC Take part in a marvelous Guided Walking Tour of the incredible Rouen—known for being the residence of the martyred Joan of Arc—and visit the charming medieval quarter with its astounding 16th-century Astronomical Clock and famous Notre-Dame Cathedral.

As you continue this exciting river cruise through France, take advantage of free time in your afternoon to further wander through the streets of Rouen and visit some of the city’s markets, bike paths, and charming shops. Delight in entertainment on board your river cruise vessel prior to cruising to your next destination in the evening.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CONFLANS
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 Conflans

In the Footsteps of Van Gogh, Bonaparte, and Louis XIV

CLASSIC Take part in a Visit to Auvers-sur-Oise with the aid of an expert guide to experience the residence and final resting place of the world famous and genius artist—Vincent van Gogh, OR:

CLASSIC Join in a Guided tour of the magnificent Châtaeu de Malmaison—residence of the famous and historic Napoléon Bonaparte and his beloved wife Josephine.

Alternatively, you might like to take part in an Optional Excursion led by an expert guide to see the incredible Palace of Versailles—the famous French royal palace and home to a long and historic succession of the kings of France.

EVENING CRUISE TO PARIS
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 Paris

Cafés, Cathedrals, & Canvases—The City of Lights Truly Shines

ACTIVE Join in a Morning Walk led by your Avalon Adventure Host to experience the city of Paris at sunrise.

CLASSIC Take part in a Walking Tour led by an expert guide to experience the Heart of Paris and visit the historic and famous Île St. Louis, Île de la Cité, as well as the astounding Notre-Dame Cathedral, OR:

CLASSIC Participate in a City Tour led by an expert guide who will take you to experience some of the famous and important sites of Paris, including the remarkable Louvre Museum, the incredible Arc de Triomphe, the famojus Eiffel Tower, the wonderful Opéra Garnier, and the landmark Champs-Élysées.
Wander through the charming and elegant streets and avenues of Paris at your leisure, or relax in a local café with a glass of French Wine next to the Left Bank.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PARIS
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16 Paris (Disembarkation)-Venice, Italy

Bid adieu to the fabulous Avalon portion of your thrilling European vacation adventure following your breakfast and board a plane to your next destination of Venice. Your Local Hosts will be available to assist you in making the most of your time in this magnificent city
(Breakfast)

Day 17 Venice, Italy

Enjoy breathtaking sights and picturesque landmarks as your guided sightseeing tour of Venice takes you to see famous places such as the St. Mark’s Square, an inside tour of the Basilica, the great Doges’ Palace, and the phenomenal Bridge of Sighs.
(Breakfast)

Day 18 Venice

Enjoy this day to further explore though the incredible city of Venice at your leisure. Ask your Local Host for their suggestions on how to make the most of your day in this magnificent place.
(Breakfast)

Day 19 Venice-Rome

Transfer by way of high-speed train and enjoy a first-class seat as you make your way to your next destination of Rome.
(Breakfast)

Day 20 Rome

Enjoy your explorations in Rome today as you join in guided sightseeing that will take you to visit the incredible St. Peter’s Square, a visit to the inside of the Basilica, the astounding Vatican Museums, the famous Sistine Chapel, and the historic Colosseum and Roman Forum.(Breakfast)

Day 21 Rome

Enjoy this full day in Rome at your leisure to enjoy some of the local cafés and eateries. Ask your Local Host for their suggestions on how to make the most of your time in this incredible city oozing with diverse culture.
(Breakfast)

Day 22 Rome

Your 22 Day Avalon River Cruise from Côte d’Azur to Rome vacation with three nights in Venice and three nights in Rome comes to a close today following one final breakfast.
(Breakfast)

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