2021 Season

A Culinary Experience in Grand France with 1 Night in Marseille (Southbound)


cruise: WPLE-T1 16 Day River Cruise Paris to Marseille
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 on-board wine tastings with cheese and chocolate and wine-and-food pairings. Enjoy a pastry demonstration by a French chef, and attend a cooking class. Enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery, and stops in the most charming and historical parts of France. Set sail on the Seine River and go on an excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery. Visit Joan of Arc’s Rouen, and choose between Claude Monet’s Giverny or the Bizy Castle, nicknamed “Normandy’s Versailles,” Vincent Van Gogh’s Auver-sur-Oise, or Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison. Before you depart the beautiful Seine River, spend time in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic cities!

Discover the true heart of Paris 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. Visit lovely Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital and a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. The city of Tournon is beautifully nestled among vineyards. Go on a guided walk of Tournon, offering plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest Gothic fortress in the world. Cruise to Arles on the Rhône River where Van Gogh was inspired and is home to a 1st-century Roman Amphitheatre. As a perfect finale to your river cruise vacation, spend time in the captivating Marseille with an overnight stay. Explore this beautiful setting and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea.
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Day 1 Paris (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Vernon-Les Andelys: Choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; choice of guided walk, or guided hike in Les Andelys; onboard crêpe tasting

Day 3 Caudebec: Excursion along the 'Normandy Abbeys Route'

Day 4 Caudebec: Choice of full-day excursions to Normandy landing beaches, or 'A Taste of Normandy' excursion

Day 5 Rouen: Choice of guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral or bike tour

Day 6 Conflans: Choice of excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise or excursion to Napoleon and Josephine's Château de Malmaison

Day 7 Paris: Choice of guided sightseeing or historic sights of the 'Heart of Paris' walking tour

Day 8 Paris (Disembarkation)-Dijon-Beaune-St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation): High-speed train from Paris to Dijon; motorcoach transfer to Beaune and visit to the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception

Day 9 Mâcon: Leisurely cruising; onboard cheese and wine tasting

Day 10 Lyon: Guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill; onboard pastry demonstration

Day 11 Lyon: Culinary tour

Day 12 Tournon-Viviers: Guided walk in Tournon; onboard chocolate and wine tasting, guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 13 Avignon: Guided sightseeing, visit to the Palace of the Popes; onboard food and wine pairing dinner

Day 14 Arles: Choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop

Day 15 Port St. Louis (Disembarkation)-Marseille: Transfer to Marseille; guided tour

Day 16 Marseille: Your vacation ends this morning
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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. Plus, we offer independent exploration options and the use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP on most of our cruises. 

Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience.

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  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
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