Grand France - Northbound

Day 1 - Arrive in Cote d'Azur, France. Welcome to France! Located between the mountains and the deep-blue Mediterranean Sea, the Cote d'Azur is synonymous with prestige and beauty with its enchanting yachts, glamorous villas, and famous events. Time at leisure lets you get acquainted with this amazing place.
Day 2 - Cote d'Azur - Transfer to Arles (Embarkation). This morning, enjoy free time to explore further or join an optional excursion. In the early afternoon, transfer by motorcoach to Arles in the Provence region, where you'll board your river cruise vessel. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception, then sail toward the mouth of the Rhone for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting). (B,D)
Day 3 - Arles. In Arles, capital of the Provence, join your LOCAL GUIDE for a tour of the city. See the church of St. Trophime, dating from the 12th century, and visit the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER. Still used today, the amphitheater dates to the 1st century, and was constructed to hold over 20,000 spectators. Vincent Van Gogh was inspired by the special light of the Provence and spent a very productive year in Arles. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Avignon. On your GUIDED TOUR you may choose to join an included visit of the PALACE OF THE POPES, built in the 14th century as the sovereign popes' residence. With a living space equivalent to four gothic cathedrals, it is the largest gothic fortress in the world. Alternatively, you may opt for only city sightseeing and more free time to explore on your own, or to join an optional outing to Pont du Gard or to the famed wine cellars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Cruising - Viviers. A leisurely morning on board to relax and enjoy the passing scenery. After lunch, join your LOCAL GUIDE for a walk around the charming town of Viviers, which developed around its ROMANESQUE CATHEDRAL. The OLD TOWN has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman, and medieval influences. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage - Vienne. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l'Hermitage lie nestled among vineyards between the Rhone River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. Enjoy a GUIDED WALK of Tournon, one of France's oldest medieval cities, with its imposing 16th-century castle and Roman ruins. Arriving in Vienne in the late afternoon, a GUIDED WALK shows you the charming little town surrounded by steep hills. Explore the town center to see the Roman Theater, which once held 13,000 spectators, and the Augustus and Livia Temple, built around 20 BC and converted into a church in the Middle Ages. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Lyon. Lyon is France's third-largest city and its gastronomic capital. Founded by the Romans in 43 BC, the city's prosperity dates back to the 16th century and is due to commercial, industrial, and banking activities. Roman remains, many excellent museums, and much renaissance architecture delight visitors. You are joined by a LOCAL GUIDE as you survey the city from Fourviere Hill"with its splendid views over the city"and explore the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its maze of medieval alleyways and Place des Terreaux, a popular area with lively cafes, monuments, and the famous fountain often depicted on postcards. Be sure to sample Beaujolais, the wine of the region. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Cruising - St. Jean de Losne. A leisurely day today as your final day on board. If you prefer to stay busy, a choice of optional excursions is available, including a visit to a wine cellar. While sailing to St. Jean de Losne, enjoy an onboard CHEESE TASTING. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - St. Jean de Losne. (Disembarkation) - Beaune - Dijon - Paris (Embarkation). After breakfast, disembark and head by motorcoach to Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Cote d'Or area and Burgundy's wine capital. Although life here centers around wine, Beaune offers much more with its ramparts, medieval houses, cobblestone streets, and historical monuments. Visit the HÔTEL-DIEU charity hospital, built in 1443 and paid for by the chancellor of Burgundy after the Hundred Years' War left many of the town's population destitute. Today, it houses Van der Weyden's painting of The Last Judgment and is one of France's architectural highlights. After lunch, continue to Dijon and board the TGV train to Paris, the "City of Light," where your ship is docked on the River Seine. Meet your crew at a welcome reception; before dinner, your ship glides smoothly out of Paris. (B,D)
Day 10 - Vernon - Les Andelys. This morning in Vernon, choose between a guided visit of Giverny and a visit to Bizy Castle. Claude Monet lived at GIVERNY for almost 43 years (1883-1926) and viewed his flower and water gardens as works of art"just like his paintings. See his collection of Japanese prints, his charming house, and his biggest sources of inspiration. Or, visit BIZY CASTLE, built in 1740 and nicknamed "Normandy's Versailles." It is known for its famous stables"inspired by those at Versailles"and its magnificent courtyard and water garden. This afternoon, your ship arrives in Les Andelys, situated on a bend of the Seine and one of the most beautiful places in France. Join a Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK of the town, visiting the PARISH CHURCH OF LE PETIT ANDELY. Imposing Chateau Gaillard, built by England's King Richard the Lionheart as a fortress in 1196, is seen above the town. Constructed in only a year, it is a masterpiece of medieval military architecture. (B,L,D)
Day 11 - Caudebec. Today, join either a guided excursion along the "NORMANDY VILLAGES ROUTE" to see some of Normandy's charming and traditional half-timbered houses with their long, sloping thatched roofs, often sporting blue wooden doors and window shutters, or along the "NORMANDY ABBEYS ROUTE," a short drive from Caudebec. More than 100 abbeys once covered this region, which has a microclimate particularly suited to the production of fruit such as apples, pears, plums and cherries. The afternoon is free to explore on your own or to join an optional excursion to the pretty coastal town of Honfleur. (B,L,D)
Day 12 - Caudebec. Today, choose between an included full-day excursion to the historic NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES"with poignant sites such as Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery"or a "TASTE OF NORMANDY" for a more in-depth look at this picturesque, mainly agricultural region. The most important products are dairy, apples, and grain. Camembert cheese is a specialty, as is CALVADOS, a strong apple brandy that you'll have the chance to taste at a local distillery. And for a touch of history, visit the famous BAYEUX TAPESTRY. (B,L,D)
Day 13 - Rouen. Rouen, the capital of Upper Normandy, is an important commercial city perhaps best known for its connection to Joan of Arc, who lived, was imprisoned, and burned at the stake in the marketplace of this town in 1431. Enjoy the GUIDED WALK through the medieval quarter with its half-timbered, glazed-tile houses, and take your pictures of the Gros Horloge, an intricate astronomical clock dating back to the 16th century. Visit the splendid gothic CATHEDRAL, which was once the tallest building in the world and the subject of a series of Claude Monet's paintings. The afternoon is free for you to explore on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 14 - Conflans. After breakfast you may either join our included guided excursion to AUVERS-SUR-OISE, the quaint town where Vincent Van Gogh lived and died, or to Napoleon and Josephine's CHÂTEAU DE MALMAISON outside Paris. Requiring extensive renovations, this large country estate was purchased by Josephine Bonaparte in 1799 while Napoleon was fighting in Egypt. It was her aim to make it "the most beautiful and curious garden in Europe, a model of good cultivation." (B,L,D)
Day 15 - Paris. Known as one of the world's most romantic and lively cities, Paris is a delight for all your senses. Your included CITY SIGHTSEEING shows you magnificent must-see sights, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. Alternatively, you may wish to join a GUIDED WALK through historic Île St. Louis with its narrow one-way streets and Île de la Cite, the center of Paris where the medieval city was founded and home to NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysees with its lavish cafes, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacre Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. Paris is also well known for its colorful nightlife and an optional outing to one of the world's most famous cabaret shows might make the perfect finale to your vacation. (B,L,D)
Day 16 - Paris (Disembarkation). Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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  Tour Duration    16 Days
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Pricing (Per Person)

Land Start Date Price From:
2017-04-07 USD $5,959.00 See in Cart
2017-04-17 USD $6,259.00 See in Cart
2017-04-21 USD $6,409.00 See in Cart
2017-05-01 USD $6,859.00 See in Cart
2017-05-05 USD $6,959.00 See in Cart
2017-05-15 USD $7,059.00 See in Cart
2017-05-19 USD $7,059.00 See in Cart
2017-05-29 USD $7,009.00 See in Cart
2017-06-02 USD $6,959.00 See in Cart
2017-06-12 USD $6,959.00 See in Cart
    Port charges:
    $336

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Cote d'Azur:
    in single room from $255 to $952, in twin room from $136 to $485

    Extra nights per person in Paris:
    in single room from $303 to $777, in twin room from $251 to $404

    Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

    Affinity/Creativity
    Category / Decks / Price
    B / Sapphire Deck / $1,298
    A / Sapphire Deck / $1,398
    P / Royal Deck / $1,598
    Avalon Suite / Royal Deck / $2,798

    Tapestry II/Poetry II
    Category / Decks / Price
    D / Indigo / Deck / $398
    B / Sapphire Deck / $2,298
    A / Sapphire Deck / $2,398
    P / Royal Deck / $2,598
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $3,798

    NOTES:
    • The Seine section of departure April 17 is offered as an exclusive Culinary Cruise, including special lectures and tastings at no additional cost. Enter a food-lover's paradise in northern France. At a special dinner, a local chef will dazzle you with regional specialties and food preparation tips. If you participate in our "Taste of Normandy" excursion, there'll be cider and wine tastings, a visit to a distillery, and you'll even come away with easy-to-make recipes. Bon Appetit!
    • The Saone/Rhone section of departure June 26 is offered as an exclusive Jazz Cruise, including special music features at no additional cost. On our Jazz Cruise, attend the annual Jazz Festival in Vienne, France and enjoy lively entertainment as local jazz musicians come on board your ship at several ports.
    • The Seine section of departure April 21 is offered as an exclusive cruise with Canadian Entertainer Jann Arden. Cruise through France in the company of award-winning Canadian entertainer, Jann Arden! This special departure sails along the Seine from Paris to the scenic and historic Normandy coast, where you will spend the day with Jann while learning about Canada's involvement on the battlefields of Europe. You will also enjoy a seperate photo op with Jann, a CD signing session, and a private concert on board.
 

Features

  • City Highlights
  • Cruise: deluxe 14-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
    Day 1 Cote d'Azur: welcome to France
    Day 2 Cote d'Azur - Transfer to Arles (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)
    Day 3 Arles: guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheater
    Day 4 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes
    Day 5 Cruising - Viviers: guided walk, visit Old Town and the cathedral
    Day 6 Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage - Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Vienne
    Day 7 Lyon: guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourviere Hill
    Day 8 Cruising - St. Jean de Losne: day at leisure; cheese tasting
    Day 9 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation) - Beaune - Dijon - Paris (Embarkation): visit the Hotel-Dieu in Beaune; TGV train from Dijon to Paris; onboard welcome reception
    Day 10 Vernon - Les Andelys: choice of guided excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; guided walk in Les Andelys, visit the Parish Church of Le Petit Andely
    Days 11-12 Caudebec: choice of excursion along either the "Normandy Villages Route" or the "Normandy Abbeys Route"; choice of excursions to Normandy landing beaches or "A Taste of Normandy"
    Day 13 Rouen: guided walk, see the Gros Horloge astronomical clock and visit the cathedral
    Day 14 Conflans - Paris: choice of guided excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise or Chateau de Malmaison
    Day 15 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing or "Heart of Paris" walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral
    Day 16 Paris (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
  • Key Differences
  • AW_Always_Included_Europe_2017
  • Launch Date
  • 04/05/16 8:00pm
  • Meals
    • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes
    • Welcome dinner
    • Daily Afternoon Tea
    • Daily Night Fare
    • Farewell dinner
    • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
  • Notes
  • NOTES:
    • The Seine section of departure April 17 is offered as an exclusive Culinary Cruise, including special lectures and tastings at no additional cost. Enter a food-lover's paradise in northern France. At a special dinner, a local chef will dazzle you with regional specialties and food preparation tips. If you participate in our "Taste of Normandy" excursion, there'll be cider and wine tastings, a visit to a distillery, and you'll even come away with easy-to-make recipes. Bon Appetit!
    • The Saone/Rhone section of departure June 26 is offered as an exclusive Jazz Cruise, including special music features at no additional cost. On our Jazz Cruise, attend the annual Jazz Festival in Vienne, France and enjoy lively entertainment as local jazz musicians come on board your ship at several ports.
    • The Seine section of departure April 21 is offered as an exclusive cruise with Canadian Entertainer Jann Arden. Cruise through France in the company of award-winning Canadian entertainer, Jann Arden! This special departure sails along the Seine from Paris to the scenic and historic Normandy coast, where you will spend the day with Jann while learning about Canada's involvement on the battlefields of Europe. You will also enjoy a seperate photo op with Jann, a CD signing session, and a private concert on board.
    • In the event that a high-speed train is unavailable due to strikes or technical reasons, the route will be operated by motorcoach.
    • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
    • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Scenic Highlights
  • Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
    Learn from a local expert about D-Day, and attend an onboard "les guitares de camargue" musical presentation.
  • Title
  • Grand France - Northbound
 
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