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2019 : Grand France 75th Anniversary of D-Day WWII Remembrance & History (WLP-T2) - Poetry II & Tapestry II
16 Day River Cruise Cote d'Azur to Paris

Take a historical and inspiring journey through beautiful France along the Rhone, Saone, and Seine Rivers. Begin your adventure on the captivating French Riviera, also known as the Cote d'Azur. Explore this elegant area and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. Your French river cruise begins on the Rhone River in Arles-famous for inspiring the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes-the largest gothic fortress in the world. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l'Hermitage are beautifully nestled among vineyards. Go on a guided walk of Tournon, offering plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Lyon, France's gastronomic capital, is the third-largest city and a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture.

You'll travel to Paris via high-speed train, and embark on your Seine River cruise to Vernon. Choose to visit either Claude Monet's stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as "Normandy's Versailles." Take an excursion to Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, and witness the D-Day 75th Commemoration Ceremony at Juno Beach. Visit Rouen, best known as the home of Joan of Arc, or choose a visit to the battlefields in the area of Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel. From Conflans, visit the quaint town of Auvers-Sur-Oise-an inspiring location for artists such as Vincent van Gogh. You may otherwise visit the grand residence of Napoleon and Josephine's Malmaison.

Your French river cruise returns to the "City of Lights"-home to Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum. You'll enjoy a guided walk through the narrow streets of the historic Ile St. Louis and Ile de la Cite where medieval Paris was founded. You may also choose a WWII-focused tour and visit to the museum of Les Invalides.

This inspiring French river cruise on the Rhone, Saone, and Seine Rivers invites you to walk in the footsteps of master artists, medieval architects, and magnificent heroes in remembrance of the history of World War II.

Cruise at-a-Glance

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 Amphitheatre
Day 4 Avignon: Guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes
Day 5 Cruising-Viviers: Guided walk, visit the 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 Fourvière Hill
Day 8 Cruising-St. Jean de Losne: Day at leisure; cheese tasting on board
Day 9 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)-Beaune-Dijon-Paris (Embarkation): Visit the Hotel-Dieu in Beaune; TGV train from Dijon to Paris
Day 10 Vernon-Les Andelys: Choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; onboard history lecture; 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, including the Commemoration Ceremony of the D-Day 75th Anniversary, or "A Taste of Normandy" excursion
Day 13 Rouen: Guided sightseeing related to the French Resistance, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral, or full day excursion to Vimy and Beaumont-Hamel.
Day 14 Conflans: Choice of excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise, or Napoleon and Josephine's Chateau de Malmaison
Day 15 Paris: Choice of guided sightseeing, or "Heart of Paris" walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral, or WWII theme tour with visit of the museum of Les Invalides
Day 16 Paris (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    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 our exclusive AvalonGO APP.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

    Day 1

    CÔTE D'AZUR, FRANCE

    Bienvenue en France!
    Take free time today to admire Cote d'Azur-with its enchanting yachts, glamorous villas, and famous events. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Cote d'Azur stretches along France's Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy.

    Day 2

    (B, D)

    CÔTE D'AZUR ARLES- (EMBARKATION)

    The Camargue National Park

    After breakfast this morning, you'll drive to Arles to board your Suite Ship®. Before dinner sail toward the mouth of the Rhone for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting).

    Day 3

    (B, L, D)

    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 that inspired the works of Vincent van Gogh.
    Consider 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.

    Take advantage of any free time remaining with a stop in Le Cafe Van Gogh for a glass of wine, to relax and watch the world go by.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON

    Day 4

    (B, L, D)

    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.
    Guided Optional Excursions include a visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard, or a trip to the famed wine cellars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhone wine region.

    Explore Avignon on your own for the city's art and culture, theatre, and museums. Be sure to snap photos of the captivating countryside, historic monuments, and the medieval Pont Saint-Benezet.

    Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON

    Day 5

    (B, L, D)

    VIVIERS

    World History in a Charming French Country Village
    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.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNON

    Day 6

    (B, L, D)

    TOURNON/TAIN L'HERMITAGE

    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 Rhone River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage.

    In the late morning cruise to Vienne

    VIENNE

    Roman and Middle Age History

    Classic Join a Guided Walking Tour of Vienne and discover this charming little town surrounded by steep hills.
    Enjoy live entertainment while sailing to Lyon.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON

    Day 7

    (B, L, D)

    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 cafes, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux.
    Spend free time riding a bike through Lyon's town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhone and Saone rivers meet.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ST. JEAN DE LOSNE

    Day 8

    (B, L, D)

    ST. JEAN DE LOSNE

    Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saone

    Enjoy a leisurely cruising day along the majestic Saone River. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin.
    Discovery Later, enjoy a delicious Cheese Tasting on board your ship.
    Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ST. JEAN DE LOSNE

    Day 9

    (B, D)

    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 Hotel-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, take a high-speed train from Dijon to Paris.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VERNON

    Day 10

    (B, L, D)

    VERNON

    Monet's Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crapes du Jour

    Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.
    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 crapes, followed by an onboard history lecture.
    This afternoon, enjoy a beautiful 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 Chateau Gaillard-historic home of King Richard the Lionheart.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CAUDEBEC

    Day 11

    (B, L, D)

    CAUDEBEC

    Churches, Cherry Orchards, and White Cliffs of Normandy
    Active Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Run 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 Hike of Normandy's vast regional nature park in a region rich in apple, plum, pear, and cherry orchards.
    This afternoon, you may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the old seaside town of Honfleur, or a Guided Optional Excursion to see the white-chalk cliffs and arches of the oceanside town of Etretat.

    Discovery Onboard lecture about WWII hosted by your history expert.
    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CAUDEBEC

    Day 12

    (B, L, D)

    CAUDEBEC. NORMANDY EXCURSIONS

    Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions
    Discovery Join a Guided Tour of Normandy's WWII landing beaches, including Omaha Beach. Attend the Commemoration Ceremony for the D-Day 75th anniversary at Juno Beach. 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.

    Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

    EVENING CRUISE TO ROUEN

    Day 13

    (B, L, D)

    ROUEN

    The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, and a Heroine for France
    Active Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk.
    Classic Take a Guided Walking Tour of Rouen, city that played an important role during the French Resistance. You will see the medieval quarter with its 16th-century Astronomical Clock, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, OR:
    Discovery Take a full day excursion in the areas of Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel, where the Canadian Forces fought and won the German Army during WWI.
    Spend free time this afternoon to explore Rouen's city markets, shops, and bike paths. Enjoy onboard entertainment before setting sail this evening.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CONFLANS

    Day 14

    (B, L, D)

    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 Chateau de Malmaison-home of Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine.
    Perhaps, join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Palace of Versailles-home to a succession of French kings.

    EVENING CRUISE TO PARIS

    Day 15

    (B, L, D)

    PARIS

    Cafes, Cathedrals, & Canvases-The City of Lights Truly Shines
    Active Take a Morning Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host to see Paris at first light.
    Classic Take a Guided Walking Tour through the Heart of Paris to see the historic Ile St. Louis, Ile de la Cite, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, 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, Opera Garnier, and the famous Champs-Elysees, OR:
    Discovery Take a WWII tour of Paris which will include a visit to the museum of Les Invalides, dedicated to the Ordre de la Liberation which was created in 1940 by General Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French Forces.

    Stroll through Paris on your own, or linger over wine in a literary cafe on the Left Bank.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PARIS

    Day 16

    (B)

    PARIS (DISEMBARKATION)

    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    Notes

  • 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.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Details
    Cruise LineAvalon Waterways
    OfferOffer valid through 6/30/2018
    Duration
    16 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Poetry II
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    Itinerary
    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Cote d'Azur  
    Day 2Cote d'Azur  
    Day 3Arles  
    Day 4Avignon  
    Day 5Viviers  
    Day 6Vienne  
    Day 7Lyon  
    Day 8ST. JEAN DE LOSNE  
    Day 9Paris  
    Day 10Les Andelys  
    Day 11Caudebec  
    Day 12Caudebec  
    Day 13Rouen  
    Day 14Conflans  
    Day 15Paris  
    Day 16Paris  
    Dates/Pricing
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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    May 27, 2019Quote
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    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Cote d'Azur:
    in single room from $242 to $541, in twin room from $152 to $295

    Extra nights per person in Paris:
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