Ship Details | France River Cruise - Cote d'Azur to Paris Cruise

Grand France with London – Northbound 2016

19 Day River Cruise from Côte d’Azur to London

2016 Information

This fantastic cruise vacation showcases France’s breathtaking scenery, amazing history, and exciting variety. Your adventure begins on the stunning Côte d’Azur—the famed French Riviera. Travel to Arles to board your ship and sail into the peaceful Camargue area (daylight permitting) before returning to Arles. Sail north up the scenic Rhône and Saône Rivers. Along the way, explore Arles with its ancient Roman Amphitheater, Avignon to visit the impressive Palace of the Popes, delightful Viviers, medieval Tournon, charming Vienne, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, and Chalon-sur-Saône, where you disembark your ship. Visit the historic Hôtel-Dieu in fascinating Beaune, then hop aboard the high-speed TGV train from Dijon to Paris and embark your second Avalon cruise ship for the enthralling Seine journey into the picturesque Normandy region. In Vernon, choose between a guided visit of Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or magnificent Bizy Castle. Continue to Les Andelys for a visit of the parish church of Le Grand Andely, then on to Caudebec, where you choose between an included excursion to Normandy’s historic landing beaches or an interesting Taste of Normandy tour, and between an excursion along the Thatched Cottages Route or the Normandy Abbeys Route. Next up: Joan of Arc’s historic Rouen. In Conflans, another choice of excursions: either visit Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s elegant Château de Malmaison. Return to Paris for a visit of Notre Dame Cathedral and a choice between guided sightseeing and a Heart of Paris walk. Trade your “Bonjours” for “Cheerios” as an included high-speed train transfer whisks you to London for your exciting Monograms extension. Your Monograms package includes hotel reservations, guided sightseeing, daily breakfast, a destination guide to familiarize you with the city, and—best of all—the services of a Monograms Local Host® to welcome you and lend a helping hand throughout your vacation. This “friend in the city” can answer your questions, offer suggestions, and help make your vacation what you want it to be. During your half-day sightseeing tour with a local expert, see the sights you cannot go home without seeing—like Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. You’ll enjoy VIP access to St. Paul’s Cathedral, the wedding site for Lady Diana and Prince Charles, and will witness the Changing of the Guard (if held)…you’ll be the envy of your friends! You’ll also have plenty of free time to maybe take in a West End theater show, join a guided tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, check out the Wimbledon Lawn & Tennis Museum, and explore the Churchill Museum Cabinet War Rooms—the secret underground headquarters during WWII. Day trips are available out of the city to Oxford, Warwick Castle, or mysterious Stonehenge. Monograms offers over 40 exciting activities and excursions, so you have loads of options.

Combine Cruise with a Monograms Vacation

Monograms is independent travel without the hassles that typically come with "ordinary" independent travel. With Monograms, you never have to worry about whether or not your hotel will have your reservation, how to get from here to there, or where to go once you get to your destination—it's the perfect addition to your Avalon river cruise! Avalon makes it easy to add a Monograms London, Paris & London, Aix-en-Provence & Nice package, Barcelona or Zürich with Mount Pilatus & Lake Como to your river cruise.

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Highlights & Sightseeing

Cruise: deluxe 14-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM

Day 1 Côte d’Azur: welcome to France

Day 2 Côte 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 Fourvière Hill

Day 8 Cruising–Chalon-sur-Saône: day at leisure; cheese tasting

Day 9 Chalon-sur-Saône (Disembarkation)–Beaune–Dijon–Paris (Embarkation): visit the Hôtel-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 Grand Andely

Days 11-12 Caudebec: choice of excursion along either the “Thatched Cottages 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: choice of guided excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise or Château de Malmaison

Day 15 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing or “Heart of Paris” walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral

London: 3 nights hotel accommodation with buffet breakfast (B); Monograms Local Host Service & Destination Guide with city map; sightseeing with a Local Guide, inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE; high-speed Eurostar train from Paris to London (standard class*) with porterage for one suitcase; transfers to/from train stations.

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.

Meals

  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Farewell dinner
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
  • Buffet Breakfast daily in London

NOTES:

  • The Rhône/Saône section of departure March 21 is offered as an exclusive Wine Appreciation Cruise, including special lectures and tastings at no additional cost. Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished wine authority will teach you the ropes as you visit a wine village and attend tastings to test your newfound talent.
  • The Saône/Rhône section of departure June 27 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.
  • In the event that the TGV is unavailable due to strikes or technical reasons, the transfer from Dijon to Paris 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.

Day-By-Day Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Côte d’Azur, France

Welcome to France! Located between the mountains and the deep-blue Mediterranean Sea, the Côte 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 2Côte 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 Rhône for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting). (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3Arles

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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4Avignon

During the night, set sail for Avignon, where you arrive during breakfast. During 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 Châteauneuf-du-Pape. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5Cruising–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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Vienne

The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage lie nestled among vineyards between the Rhône 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7Lyon

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 Fourvière 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 cafés, monuments, and the famous fountain often depicted on postcards. Be sure to sample Beaujolais, the wine of the region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8Cruising–Chalon–sur–Saône

A leisurely day today to enjoy 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 Chalon-sur-Saône, enjoy an onboard CHEESE TASTING. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9Chalon–sur–Saône (Disembarkation)–Beaune–Dijon–Paris (Embarkation)

After breakfast, disembark and head by motorcoach to Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Côte 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 10Vernon–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 GRAND ANDELY. Imposing Château 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11Caudebec

Today, join either a guided excursion along the Route des Chaumières, “THATCHED COTTAGE 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12Caudebec

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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13Rouen

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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14Conflans

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.” (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15Paris

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 Cité, the center of Paris where the medieval city was founded and home to NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16Paris-London, England

This morning your included transfer to the train station sees you join the Monograms portion of your vacation. Travel to London by HIGH-SPEED EUROSTAR TRAIN. Your Local Hosts will be on hand to help you make the most of your time. (Breakfast)

Day 17London

Morning guided sightseeing includes all of London’s famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married; Whitehall’s mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister’s Downing Street; and Piccadilly Circus. Take photos of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel on the river bank, and the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Then, visit ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL (except on Sundays). Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London’s skyline, and the awe-inspiring interior holds fascinating stories about its history. The final highlight is the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard (if held). (Breakfast)

Day 18London

Your Local Hosts will help you make the most of your day. You could take a flight on the London Eye for fantastic views over the city, or visit Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II, for a tour of the magnificent State Apartments. In the evening, see one of the dozens of celebrated West End shows, or enjoy dinner at a traditional London pub, followed by a relaxing night-time cruise on the Thames River. There are so many possibilities to make your stay unforgettable. (Breakfast)

Day 19London

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Hotels

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London

Cote d'Azur

Fairmont Monte Carlo

Fairmont Monte Carlo 12 Avenue des Spelugues, Monte Carlo,   Monaco 12 Avenue des Spelugues
Monte Carlo, Monaco

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Deluxe

Resort and Convention Complex jutting over the Mediterranean, overlooking the Grand Prix Racecourse - 35 minutes from airport.

Hotel Amenities

Free WiFi
Elevator
Fitness Room
Concierge desk
Bar/Lounge
Spa Services
Dry Cleaning
Pool
Currency Exchange
Business Center
Gift Shop
Beauty Salon
Parking/Valet
Restaurant On-Site
ATM
Room Amenities

Coffee Maker
Non-smoking Rooms
Television
Window Opens
Cable/Satellite
Mini-bar
Hair Dryer
Voicemail
Room Service
Internet Access
In-Room Safe
Climate Control
Desk
Complimentary Toiletries
Air Conditioning
Phone

London

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

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Superior First-Class

This contemporary hotel is located within minutes of London's famous landmarks in the heart of city. Dining options include Brasserie Joël, Ichi Sushi & Sashimi, 1WB Lounge & Patisserie and Primo Bar. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre with 15-metre pool and Mandara Spa. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for guest throughout the hotel.

Hotel Amenities

Parking/Valet
Business Center
Dry Cleaning
Pool
Ice Machine
Free WiFi
Concierge desk
ATM
Currency Exchange
Fitness Room
Spa Services
Elevator
Restaurant On-Site
Bar/Lounge
Luggage Storage
Room Amenities

Room Service
Climate Control
Wake-Up Calls
In-Room Safe
Iron/Ironing Board
Television
Internet Access
Phone
Alarm Clock
Complimentary Toiletries
Pay Movies
Mini-bar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Air Conditioning
Desk
Cable/Satellite
Voicemail

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

We know that many times travelers celebrate special occasions on vacation and you can now pre-purchase celebration packages before your cruise departure. We offer special birthday, anniversary and wedding vow packages. These packages include all the elements you need to celebrate with family & friends.

Availability of optional excursions is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

Once you have booked your vacation, Avalon Waterways provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions and packages, register for your cruise and provide emergency contact information online.

Cote d'Azur
Arles
Avignon
Lyon
Macon
Caudebec
Paris
London
Celebration

Cote d'Azur

Excursion to Nice
Excursion to Nice

Excursion to Nice

Nice - the "Queen of the French Riviera" is also nicknamed "Nice la Belle", which means" Nice the Beautiful". Vieux Nice, the old city, is an area which has changed little since the 1700s. Discover the narrow, winding streets of its history, and its baroque churches. The area of today's Nice is believed to be among the oldest human settlements in Europe. One of the archaeological sites, Terra Amata, displays evidence of a very early usage of fire. Around 350 BCE, Greeks of Marseille founded a permanent settlement and called it Nikaia, after Nike, the goddess of victory.

Approximate value: €44 EUR per person

Grace, Glamour, Glitter An Evening with Dinner Included in Monaco
Grace, Glamour, Glitter An Evening with Dinner Included in Monaco

Grace, Glamour, Glitter An Evening with Dinner Included in Monaco

Two words which evoke a magical dream world: Monte-Carlo. The tiny principality of Monaco has been ruled by the Grimaldi Family for over 700 years. Home of the late Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III, Monaco and Monte Carlo have become synonymous as a playground for the rich and famous. Discover the beauty and the many facets of this exceptional location nestled between mountains and the Mediterranean sea, magnificent gardens, and yachting harbors. A world of class and elegance and obviously a unique spot for an unforgettable dinner evening.

Approximate value: €99 EUR per person

Arles

In the Footsteps of Vincent van Gogh
In the Footsteps of Vincent van Gogh

In the Footsteps of Vincent van Gogh

An optional tour full of emotion. The name of Arles is closely connected with that of Vincent Van Gogh. It is impossible to evoke the light of Arles and Saint Remy de Provence without thinking of his paintings. It was this luminosity that attracted Van Gogh to the south of France. Vincent arrived in Arles one day in February 1888 looking for the outside light but also seeking interior illumination. Here he started a period of intense and impassioned work under the bright sunny skies of Provence. His stay in Arles was the most productive period of his life: the more than 300 paintings and drawings done in his 15 months here form one of the most brilliant chapters in the history of art. He moved on May 8th, 1889 to Saint Remy de Provence from Arles to be "interned" at his request, in the Asylum of Saint Paul de Mausole. Fascinated by the quality of light and fiery beauty of the landscapes that he discovered in Saint Remy, he was very inspired, happy and relieved to finally find a serene and understanding ambience of religion and the staff who welcomed him, and thus realized nearly 150 paintings and many drawings within one year. You will have a chance to visit the asylum in the Footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh.

Approximate value: €44 EUR per person

Les Baux and the Olive Groves of Les Alpilles
Les Baux and the Olive Groves of Les Alpilles

Les Baux and the Olive Groves of Les Alpilles

To the east of Arles lie the limestone hills known as the Alpilles. They are the heart of Provence: between the Luberon and the Mediterranean Sea their jagged white peaks jut into the blue sky. The chain of hills is home to many picturesque Provençal villages, the most famous being Les Baux-de-Provence. Olive groves and rich vineyards can be seen all along the chain of blue hills. The valley of Les Baux is now known for its olive oil and its green cracked olives. The wines from the wine cellars in Les Baux are among the best Cotes-du-Rhône. The Montagnette, a smaller chain of limestone hills, has picturesque landscapes where you can smell the Provençal herbs, thyme and rosemary. You will have an olive oil tasting in a charming, typical Provençal farm and you will discover one of the best olive oils in the world.

Approximate value: €49 EUR per person

Avignon

Excursion to the Pont du Gard and the City of Uzes
Excursion to the Pont du Gard and the City of Uzes

Excursion to the Pont du Gard and the City of Uzes

No other building in southern France is as famous as the Roman Aqueduct of the Pont du Gard. After a photo stop, we continue towards Uzes, set in the severe yet charming garrigues countryside, overlooking the Alzon Valley. Take your time to stroll this charming city before your local expert accompanies you back to Avignon.

Approximate value: €40 EUR per person

Wine Tasting in Chateauneuf du Pape
Wine Tasting in Chateauneuf du Pape

Wine Tasting in Chateauneuf du Pape

When the Popes fled into exile, it was no coincidence that they chose Avignon as their retreat. We can only assume that their decision was influenced by the fact that some of France's best vineyards are in close proximity to the city. The wines from Chateauneuf du Pape have become icons among French Wines. The warm sun of the Provence region creates a heavy-bodied wine with a ruby red color, rich in taste, with a bouquet of cherries and spices. During our excursion we will discuss the origin of the wines of this area, and the special soil and climate conditions. We will travel through extensive vineyards and stop for a wine tasting in one of the oldest domains of Chateauneuf du Pape.

Approximate value: €53 EUR per person

Lyon

Beaujolais - Discovering wine and region
Beaujolais - Discovering wine and region

Beaujolais - Discovering wine and region

Beaujolais, internationally less well known than other French wines, will surprise you with its lighter, pleasant flavors. Also, the countryside is lovely: rugged hills and winding roads, villages with ancient stone churches, forest ridges touched at sunset by tendrils of fog. It's like the wilder parts of Napa, but with church bells and chateaux. This excursion is not only about wine tasting, it is about the origin of wine, the golden stone hills, as the inhabitants call them, when the yellowish sedimentary rock glows in the late afternoon light.

Approximate value: €49 EUR per person

Perouges - as it was in medieval times.
Perouges - as it was in medieval times.

Perouges - as it was in medieval times.

Perched on its hill, Pérouges is a perfect example of a medieval walled town. A village of craftsmen, it was never under the control of a lord; its inhabitants, farmers and linen weavers, already enjoyed their communal freedom as early as 1236. The village has no rich relics but can boast an unequalled unity with its houses of the nobility and its more modest craftsmen's houses on the unevenly paved streets, offering such a picturesque display. Conserved since 1911 by the Beaux Arts Commission and its own Defense Committee, it has attracted film producers who have used exterior shots in numerous French films including "The Three Musketeers".

Approximate value: €49 EUR per person

Silk & Les Halles
Silk & Les Halles

Silk & Les Halles

Lyon the City of Silk is a living museum and once Lyon's primary Silk Industry, it is the only city where you can still find the manual looms invented by Joseph-Marie Jacquard and where expert hands skillfully still weave and paint on this precious fabric. Discover with our local guides the life of the "Canuts" the silk workers of the 19th century. Canut came from the word "Cane" as our Benedictine monks hid the silk cocoons brought in from China to France in their canes. In the Croix-Rousse you'll still find many covered stone passageways known as traboules. These covered passageways enabled the weavers to carry their silk protected from the rain. Lyon is also the gastronomic city of France. We will take you on a tour of the mouth watering high end markets of Paul Bocuse: pastry, seafood, delicatessen and gourmet items await you - a feast for your eyes!

Approximate value: €47 EUR per person

Macon

Chardonnay & Maconnais - Wine Tasting
Chardonnay & Maconnais - Wine Tasting

Chardonnay & Maconnais - Wine Tasting

Hardly any other white wine is so popular world-wide as the Chardonnay. This area between Mâcon and Tournus is home to many wines of this fine and buttery white grape variety, including some of the most prestigious names such as the famous Pouilly Fuissé. The landscape is spectacular, and our excursion features a stop at the dramatic prehistoric site the rock of Solutré, now flanked by vines. Our wine-tasting takes place in the cellars of a historic medieval castle, one of several we pass along the lovely route of rolling hills. Explore the home of the Chardonnay grapes and taste some of its famous produce of recent years.

Approximate value: €47 EUR per person

Cormatin - Palace of a fairy tale time
Cormatin - Palace of a fairy tale time

Cormatin - Palace of a fairy tale time

Cormatin is one of those secret sites that you find only if you leave the beaten track. It is an impressive but intimate water castle that stands in a beautiful park. The interior has sumptuously painted wood paneling, fireplaces and ceilings by the artists who decorated the Luxembourg Palace for Marie de Medici. The result is a perfect evocation of life during the time of the "Three Musketeers". The drive there itself familiarizes you with the beautiful countryside of this part of France, where white Charolais cattle graze peacefully and where villages take on picture-book aspects with flowers in the front yards and narrow lanes, and where people still have time to stop and chat.

Approximate value: €47 EUR per person

Caudebec

Visit to Honfleur
Visit to Honfleur

Visit to Honfleur

The estuary of the Seine has always exercised its fascination on numerous artists, painters, writers and musicians such as: William Turner, Johan Bartold Jongkind, Gustave Courbet, Claude Monet, Charles Baudelaire and Erik Satie. Honfleur is a medieval town and it reveals its riches to all those who take the time to look. The old town hall, the former Salt Halls, St. Catherine's Church and old docks are inviting places for a stroll or to have a café au lait or simply to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of this picturesque city. Our local experts guide you through the secrets of this jewel of Normandy.

Approximate value: €57 EUR per person

Paris

An Evening at the Moulin Rouge
An Evening at the Moulin Rouge

An Evening at the Moulin Rouge

"The Moulin Rouge Theater is the epitome of French cabaret shows. Enjoy dinner at the Moulin Rouge before you become engrossed in the colorful show "Féerie" featuring more than 100 artists and dancers, and more than 1000 costumes."

Approximate value: €194 EUR per person

Evening Drive of Paris
Evening Drive of Paris

Evening Drive of Paris

Paris the "City of Light". Join us on a drive through the illuminated capital of France. See the Opéra, the glass pyramid of the Louvre, the bustling Champs Elyseés, the Arch of Triumph and last but not least the Eiffel Tower.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

The Artist's Quarter of Montmartre
The Artist's Quarter of Montmartre

The Artist's Quarter of Montmartre

Montmarte is the only hill in Paris. Join our local expert on a short walking tour of the lanes and squares around Sacré Coeur Church. Admire a spectacular view over the roofs of the City of Light and Love. Listen to the stories, and admire the artwork of the artists at Place du Tertre where some of the French impressionists started their career. You'll sense the contrasts of this legendary, devoted, and picturesque place where wine flowed freely and romance alternated with madness.

Approximate value: €49 EUR per person

The Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles

Started as a hunting lodge and gentlemen's chateau, the young Sun King Louis XIV took over and transformed this Palace into the most splendid building and court of its time. A court that over time hosted many famous and sometimes not so well-known people; Madame Pompadour, Marie Antoinette, and others; Visit the staterooms, the famous Hall of Mirrors where several treaties were signed. Listen to the stories as you stroll through the apartments of the king and the queen. And enjoy some free time in the vast baroque gardens.

Approximate value: €69 EUR per person

London

Churchill Museum & Cabinet War Rooms
Churchill Museum & Cabinet War Rooms

Churchill Museum & Cabinet War Rooms

The Churchill Museum & Cabinet War Rooms are dedicated to the life of the 'greatest Briton', Sir Winston Churchill, and the secret underground headquarters that were the nerve center of Britain's war effort. The first London museum of its kind, the Churchill Museum covers all ninety years of Winston Churchill's life, divided into five chapters: his early years as British Prime Minister starting May 1940; his later years; his childhood; his early political career and the period famously known as the 'Gathering Storm'.

Approximate value: £17.25 GBP per person

Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Henry VIII's magnificent Tudor palace was updated with Baroque additions by Sir Christopher Wren for William III and Mary II. Henry VIII and the palace's subsequent royal occupants have ensured the palace has fabulous furnishings, tapestries and paintings. The Palace is set in extensive gardens and parkland on the banks of the River Thames.

Approximate value: £19 GBP per person

Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Generations of royal women have shaped this stylish palace and elegant gardens from Queen Mary to Victoria, and more recently Princess Diana who made Kensington Palace her home. Sir Christopher Wren lavishly improved the original house, turning it into a palace for William III and Mary II. It remained a royal home and was the birthplace of Queen Victoria. Most recently, Prince William and Princess Kate confirmed that Kensington Palace would become their London home. The splendid State Apartments and Court Dress Collection are on view to the public as well as special exhibitions.

Approximate value: £16.30 GBP per person

London Full Day Private Guided Tour
London Full Day Private Guided Tour

London Full Day Private Guided Tour

Whether it is your first visit or if you have visited before a private tour with a professional fully qualified guide is the ideal way to discover London. See the sites that really interest you at a pace that suits you - after all it is your tour! Travel like a Londoner on the public transport system whether it be on the bus, the Underground, in a famous black cab or even by boat on the River Thames. Visit the famous sites, go shopping, take a break in a cafe or pub - the choice is yours! Alternatively take a trip outside of London to visit some of England's historic castles, famous palaces and spectacular countryside.

Approximate value: £342 GBP per person

London Half Day Private Guided Tour
London Half Day Private Guided Tour

London Half Day Private Guided Tour

Whether it is your first visit or if you have visited before a private tour with a professional fully qualified guide is the ideal way to discover London. See the sites that really interest you at a pace that suits you - after all it is your tour! Travel like a Londoner on the public transport system whether it be on the bus, the Underground, in a famous black cab or even by boat on the River Thames. Visit the famous sites, go shopping, take a break in a cafe or pub - the choice is yours!

Approximate value: £216 GBP per person

London Zoo
London Zoo

London Zoo

Set in leafy Regent's Park, London Zoo is the perfect day out for the whole family. Visit the exhibit 'Into Africa' where you will come eye to eye with some of Africa's most unusual animals including giraffes, zebras and African hunting dogs. You can 'Meet the Monkeys'; an exciting monkey walk-through experience, or enter Butterfly Paradise, where you'll have the chance to enjoy the beauty of butterflies as they fly around you.

Approximate value: £24.25 GBP per person

Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds

Experience the glittering world of fame for a day at Madame Tussauds. Brave the paparazzi and mingle with Brad, Angelina and all the other stars in your own A-list party. Then address the world alongside Barack Obama before accepting your music award on stage with One Direction and Justin Timberlake.

Approximate value: £26.20 GBP per person

Medieval Banquet
Medieval Banquet

Medieval Banquet

A four course feast awaits you with unlimited beer and wine in King Henry's Banqueting Halls. The regal banquet takes place in the atmospheric vaulted cellars of Ivory House, just a stone's throw from the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Accompanying King Henry VIII are fighting knights, strolling players and dancing wenches, providing a magical medieval pageant for your delight. After the show, there is music and dancing, after which, you could take a two minute walk to Tower Bridge and enjoy a panoramic view of London by night.

Approximate value: £50 GBP per person

River Cruise Experience
River Cruise Experience

River Cruise Experience

Take a London Eye River Cruise and see London from a different perspective. Enjoy a unique 40 minute circular sightseeing cruise on the River Thames with fascinating live commentary that brings the city to life, presented by specialist guides. Highlights include Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

Approximate value: £13.15 GBP per person

Sea Life London Aquarium
Sea Life London Aquarium

Sea Life London Aquarium

The mysterious experience starts in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Along the journey, a stunning glass tunnel walkway offers guests an unforgettable experience by strolling underneath a tropical ocean.  There is plenty of interaction along the way, from feeding the rays and watching diving displays to touch pools and discovery zones. Other stars of the show include green turtles, seahorses, octopus, zebra sharks and the ever popular clown fish. The true highlight however, commences as guests complete their journey in the deeper darker zone of the Pacific Ocean - take a walk on the wild side and watch 6 species of shark swim beneath your feet from a floating glass platform.

Approximate value: £19 GBP per person

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Explore the remarkable story of the Globe theatre, which brings Shakespeare's world to life. As a visitor to the exhibition you'll discover how shows were produced in the theatres during Shakespeare's time, from writing and rehearsals to music, dance and performance. Then enjoy a guided tour of the theatre where guide-storytellers take you on a fascinating half-hour tour of the auditorium and on a journey through time to Elizabethan London.

Approximate value: £14 GBP per person

The London Dungeon
The London Dungeon

The London Dungeon

Delve into the blood-curdling parts of history that your teachers never taught you - learn the torturous methods used by unscrupulous characters to the grisly details of our most prolific killers. In the dark and dingy underbelly of the capital the London Dungeon dwells; waiting to scare the life out of you and any willing visitors brave enough to cross the threshold. Confront your fears, face your worst nightmares and uncover the gory truth behind some of history's most horrific events! The Dungeon offers visitors a thrill like no other attraction.

Approximate value: £21.70 GBP per person

The London Eye (Fast Track)
The London Eye (Fast Track)

The London Eye (Fast Track)

The London Eye offers breathtaking views of London from high above the River Thames. See Big Ben towering above the Houses of Parliament, follow St. James Park as it sweeps down to Buckingham Palace. Is the Queen at home? You'll spot the flag flying if she is. A flight on the London Eye lasts for approximately 30 minutes, the time it takes for the London Eye to revolve completely. Relax in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules and enjoy the London skyline at your leisure. At weekends, during Bank Holidays and during school holidays the London Eye is at its most popular. Fast Track tickets for the London Eye allow you to skip the queue, and check in just 15 minutes before your flight. Fast Track tickets are ideal for individuals, couples and groups who want to make the most of their day.

Approximate value: £31.50 GBP per person

The London Eye (Standard)
The London Eye (Standard)

The London Eye (Standard)

The London Eye offers breathtaking views of London from high above the River Thames. See Big Ben towering above the Houses of Parliament, follow St. James Park as it sweeps down to Buckingham Palace. Is the Queen at home? You'll spot the flag flying if she is. A flight on the London Eye lasts for approximately 30 minutes, the time it takes for the London Eye to revolve completely. Relax in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules and enjoy the London skyline at your leisure.

Approximate value: £22.50 GBP per person

Celebration

Anniversary Celebration Cake
Anniversary Celebration Cake

Anniversary Celebration Cake

Want to celebrate your anniversary during your cruise? Avalon can help. Our crew can surprise your loved one with a special anniversary cake presented during dinner. Make this a cruise like no other.

Approximate value: €60 EUR per group

Anniversary Celebration Package - Basic
Anniversary Celebration Package - Basic

Anniversary Celebration Package - Basic

Want to celebrate your anniversary during your cruise? Avalon can help. Our crew can surprise your loved one with a special anniversary package that includes the following in your stateroom on your anniversary day: decoration of stateroom, bottle of sparkling wine, small floral bouquet, chocolates, fruit plate and anniversary card. Personalized invitations will also be delivered to the staterooms of 4 other guests with whom you wish to celebrate. Later that evening in the ship dining room you will find a specially decorated table reserved for you, your spouse and 4 other guests of your choice, and an anniversary cake presented by the ship's crew during dinner. Let your spouse know how much they still mean to you.

Approximate value: €161.50 EUR per group

Anniversary Celebration Package - Deluxe
Anniversary Celebration Package - Deluxe

Anniversary Celebration Package - Deluxe

Want to celebrate your anniversary during your cruise? Avalon can help. Our crew can surprise your loved one with a special anniversary package that includes the following in your stateroom on your anniversary day: decoration of stateroom, bottle of sparkling wine, a floral bouquet, chocolates, fruit plate and anniversary card. Personalized invitations will also be delivered to the staterooms of 4 other guests with whom you wish to celebrate. Later on, enjoy a 30 minute cocktail party with wine, beer and soft drinks on the Sky Deck/Club Lounge or in the lounge to celebrate the special day. Our crew will be on hand to take pictures with your camera, which later will be downloaded onto a special memory stick for you to keep. Later that evening in the ship dining room you will find a specially decorated table reserved for you, your spouse and 4 other guests of your choice, and an anniversary cake presented by the ship's crew during dinner. Sparkling wine will top off the evening. Let your spouse know how much they still mean to you.

Approximate value: €362.50 EUR per group

Birthday Celebration Package - Basic
Birthday Celebration Package - Basic

Birthday Celebration Package - Basic

Let Avalon help you celebrate a birthday on your cruise. Our special birthday package includes the following presented in your stateroom on your birthday: decoration of stateroom, bottle of sparkling wine, small floral bouquet, chocolates, fruit plate and birthday card. Personalized invitations will also be delivered to the staterooms of 5 other guests with whom you wish to celebrate. Later that evening in the ship dining room you will find a specially decorated table reserved for 6 (you and 5 other guests of your choice), and a birthday cake presented by the ship's crew during dinner.

Approximate value: €142 EUR per group

Birthday Celebration Package - Deluxe
Birthday Celebration Package - Deluxe

Birthday Celebration Package - Deluxe

Let Avalon help you celebrate a birthday on your cruise. Our special birthday package includes the following presented in your stateroom on your birthday: decoration of stateroom, bottle of sparkling wine, a floral bouquet, chocolates, fruit plate and birthday card. Personalized invitations will also be delivered to the staterooms of 5 other guests with whom you wish to celebrate. Later on, enjoy a 30 minute cocktail party with wine, beer and soft drinks on the Sky Deck/Club Lounge or in the lounge to celebrate the special day. Our crew will be on hand to take pictures with your camera, which later will be downloaded onto a special memory stick for you to keep. Later that evening in the ship dining room you will find a specially decorated table reserved for 6 (you and 5 other guests of your choice), and a birthday cake presented by the ship's crew during dinner. Sparkling wine will top off the evening.

Approximate value: €344 EUR per group

Wedding Vow Renewal Celebration Cake
Wedding Vow Renewal Celebration Cake

Wedding Vow Renewal Celebration Cake

Avalon wants to help you celebrate your wedding vow renewals. Let your spouse know how much they still mean to you. Our crew will prepare a special cake and present it to you during dinner. Make this a cruise that you will never forget.

Approximate value: €60 EUR per group

Wedding Vow Renewal Celebration Package - Basic
Wedding Vow Renewal Celebration Package - Basic

Wedding Vow Renewal Celebration Package - Basic

Avalon wants to help you celebrate your wedding vow renewals. Let your spouse know how much they still mean to you. Our crew will prepare a special anniversary package that includes the following in your stateroom on your wedding day: decoration of stateroom, bottle of sparkling wine, small floral bouquet, chocolates, fruit plate and wedding card. Personalized invitations will also be delivered to the staterooms of 4 other guests with whom you wish to celebrate. Later that evening in the ship dining room you will find a specially decorated table reserved for you, your spouse and 4 other guests of your choice, and a wedding cake presented by the ship's crew during dinner. Make this a cruise you will never forget.

Approximate value: €207 EUR per group

Wedding Vow Renewal Celebration Package - Deluxe
Wedding Vow Renewal Celebration Package - Deluxe

Wedding Vow Renewal Celebration Package - Deluxe

Avalon wants to help you celebrate your wedding vow renewals. Let your spouse know how much they still mean to you. Our crew will prepare a special anniversary package that includes the following in your stateroom on your wedding day: decoration of stateroom, bottle of sparkling wine, a floral bouquet, chocolates, fruit plate and wedding card. Personalized invitations will also be delivered to the staterooms of 4 other guests with whom you wish to celebrate. Later on, enjoy a 30 minute cocktail party with house wine, beer and soft drinks on the Sky Deck/Club Lounge or in the lounge to celebrate the special day. Our crew will be on hand to take pictures with your camera, which later will be downloaded onto a special memory stick for you to keep. Later that evening in the ship dining room you will find a specially decorated table reserved for you, your spouse and 4 other guests of your choice, and an wedding cake presented by the ship's crew during dinner. Make this a cruise you will never forget.

Approximate value: €362.50 EUR per group

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