Grand France With 3 Nights London For Wine Lovers

06/15/2019 through 10/25/2019
06/15/2019 through 11/15/2019
Avalon Waterways

This river cruise highlighting the best of France is certainly grand! Begin your adventure on the captivating French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur. Explore this elegant area and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. On the Rhône River sits Arles, France-famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh-and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes-the largest gothic fortress in the world–and, later on join an excursion to the wine region of Chteauneuf du Pape. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage are beautifully nestled among vineyards, and you’ll go on a guided walk of Tournon-a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers and is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Take then a guided tour to Beaujolais and the following day to Chardonnay, where you will have the opportunity to taste local wines. After disembarkation, taste some of Burgundy wines before reaching Paris. A Master of Wine will travel with you on this first portion of the cruise and will hold lectures, tastings and will introduce you to food and wine pairing.

On the Seine River, you’ll have the choice of seeing the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery; the delightful Les Andelys, Joan of Arc’s Rouen, Vincent Van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise, or Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison. On this French river cruise, you’ll enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery, and stops in the most charming parts of France. And your adventure would not be complete without a stay in Paris-one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! Discover its true heart on a guided walk through the sites of Paris’ rich history, or take a tour showing you the iconic sites of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more.

Then, trade your “Bonjours” for “Cheerios” as you are whisked away to London for three exciting nights. The Monograms portion of your vacation includes hotel reservations, guided sightseeing, daily breakfasts, a destination guide to familiarize you with the city, and best of all-the services of a Monograms Local Host®-there to welcome you and lend a helping hand throughout your stay.

Included Features:

Day 1 Côte d’Azur: welcome to France

Day 2 Côte d’Azur–Transfer to Arles (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception; scenic cruising in the Camargue region (daylight permitting)

Day 3 Arles: guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre

Day 4 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes; guided tour to Chteauneuf du Pape

Day 5 Cruising–Viviers: onboard lecture; guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 6 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; onboard chocolate and wine tasting; guided walk in Vienne; onboard food & wine pairing dinner

Day 7 Lyon: guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill; guided tour to BeaujolaisDay 8 Cruising–St. Jean de Losne: Chardonnay excursion; wine & cheese tasting on board

Day 9 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)–Beaune–Dijon–Paris (Embarkation): choice of visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune or visit a wine cellar; TGV train from Dijon to Paris

Day 10 Vernon–Les Andelys: choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; choice of guided walk, or guided hike in Les Andelys

Day 11 Caudebec: choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”, or hike in the Natural Park; lecture on board

Day 12 Caudebec: choice of full day excursion to Normandy landing beaches, or “A Taste of Normandy” excursion

Day 13 Rouen: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral

Day 14 Conflans: choice of excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise, or Napoleon and Josephine’s Chteau de Malmaison

Day 15 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing or “Heart of Paris” walking tour to see Paris’ historic sights

Day 16 Paris (Disembarkation) –London: transfer to London

Day 17 London: guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral (except on Sundays)

Day 18 London: full day at leisure

Day 19 London: your vacation ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Côte D’azur, France
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Day 2 Côte D’azur Arles- (Embarkation)
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Day 3 Arles
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Day 4 Avignon
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Day 5 Viviers
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Day 6 Tournon/Tain L’hermitage
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Day 7 Lyon
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Day 8 St. Jean De Losne
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Day 9 St. Jean De Losne (Disembarkation)- Beaune- Dijon- Paris
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Day 10 Vernon
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Day 11 Caudebec
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Day 12 Caudebec. Normandy Excursions
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Day 13 Rouen
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Day 14 Conflans
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Day 15 Paris
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Day 16 Paris (Disembarkation) - London
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Day 17 London
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Day 18 London
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Day 19 London
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