Grand France from Paris to Côte d'Azur with Extended Stay in Provence
18 days from Paris to Côte d’Azur
This marvelous vacation showcases France’s exciting scenery, history, and culture as you sail along its beautiful rivers. Embark in Paris and head northwest along the Seine River into the picturesque Normandy region. Dock at Vernon and choose between a guided visit of Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or remarkable Bizy Castle. On to Joan of Arc’s historic Rouen, where you choose between an included excursion to the poignant Normandy landing beaches or a fascinating “Taste of Normandy.” Continue to Les Andelys—home of Château Gaillard, built by England’s King Richard the Lionheart in 1196—and enjoy guided sightseeing or a visit to the château. In Conflans choose between a guided excursion to Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s elegant Château de Malmaison before heading back to Paris, where you’ll disembark and travel south to fascinating Beaune for a wine tasting. In Chalon-sur-Saône, board your second cruise ship and sail on to medieval Tournus, Mâcon, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, Viviers, Avignon, and Arles as well as France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, where you have time to explore this fascinating city. Your vacation ends with two overnights in the Provence region and a final overnight on the stunning Côte d’Azur.