This splendid French river cruise holiday showcases France’s exciting scenery, history, and culture as you sail along its beautiful rivers. Indulge in the legendary cuisine of France on this culinary focused cruise through Burgundy and Provence. With a master of wine on board and special culinary highlights throughout your cruise, you’ll sample regional French specialties with onboard wine tastings with cheese and chocolate and wine-and-food pairings. Enjoy a pastry demonstration by a French chef, and attend a cooking class.
Embark in Paris and head northwest along the Seine River to the picturesque Normandy region. Dock at Vernon and choose between a guided visit of Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle. Continue to Les Andelys—home of Château Gaillard, built by England’s King Richard the Lionheart in 1196. Then, on to Caudebec, where you may choose between an included excursion to the historic landing beaches of Normandy or a fascinating “Taste of Normandy” tour. Visit Joan of Arc’s historic Rouen and, in Conflans, choose between 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 showing you the iconic sites of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more. Disembark and transfer to fascinating Beaune for a visit of the Hôtel-Dieu. In St. Jean de Losne, board your second Suite Ship and sail on to Macon, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, Viviers, Avignon, and Arles, and France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon. Spend free time exploring this fascinating city.
Disembark your Avalon cruise in Port-Saint-Louis, and transfer to Nice to enjoy your Monograms holiday package for two more nights in France. Here, you’ll walk through the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais, Nice’s most famous boulevard. In your free time, perhaps take an excursion to Monaco, St. Tropez, or Cannes—known for its famous film festival. Next, fly to Barcelona to continue your Monograms holiday in Spain. Enjoy guided sightseeing, including Passeig de Gràcia, La Pedrera, Casa Batlló, an inside visit of Sagrada Familia Basilica, and relaxing free time. Your Monograms holiday package includes an expert Local Host who is available to assist you throughout your stay in Nice and Barcelona. Your French river cruise, with a visit to the spectacular Côte d’Azur, is only made better with a trip to colourful Barcelona!