Your grand French river cruise embarks in Paris and sails along the Seine River to the picturesque Normandy region. Your Avalon Suite Ship® stops in Vernon, with your choice of a guided visit to Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle. Continue to Les Andelys—home of Château Gaillard—then on to Caudebec. Here choose between an included excursion to the legendary Normandy landing beaches or an excursion for a fascinating “Taste of Normandy” tour. Visit Joan of Arc’s historic Rouen. You might choose a full-day excursion to the Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel areas, where the Canadian Forces prevailed over German forces in WWI. In Conflans, select a guided excursion to Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s elegant Château de Malmaison. Return to Paris and discover its true heart on a guided walk through the sites of Paris’ rich history, or take a tour to see the iconic sites of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more. Disembark and travel to fascinating Beaune for a visit of the Hôtel-Dieu. In St. Jean de Losne, board your second Avalon Suite ship and sail to Mâcon, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, Viviers, Avignon, and Arles, as well as France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon.
Disembark your cruise ship and transfer to Aix-en-Provence for your 2-night Monograms® holiday. Enjoy guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide, walking along the 17th-century Cours Mirabeau, and visit the Cathedral of the Holy Savior, known for its blend of architectural styles. Travel to Nice for your two more nights in France. Here, guided sightseeing with a local expert includes a walk through the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais—Nice’s most famous boulevard. Your Monograms Local Host® is on hand in each city with guidance and assistance when you need it!