On this France river cruise vacation, enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful views, and stops in the most charming and historical parts of France. Sail along the Seine River to the picturesque Normandy region. In Vernon, choose between two exciting guided visits—Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as “Normandy’s Versailles.” Go on an excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery. In Rouen, go on a guided walk through the medieval quarter and visit the gothic Rouen Cathedral. Before you depart the beautiful Seine River, spend time in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic cities! 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. Transfer to Port Saint Louis and start the second portion of your cruise on the Rhône and Saône rivers. A Master of Wine will travel with you and will hold tastings and introduce you to the concept of food and wine pairing. In Lyon a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture, join a culinary walk and taste Lyonnaise and French delicacies. On board, a French chef will share with you his secrets and expertize during a pastry demonstration. The city of Tournon is beautifully nestled among vineyards. You’ll go on a guided walk of this medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Stop in the picturesque village of Viviers, where, during your walking tour, you will taste local products. In historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world. Situated on the Rhône River, Arles is famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day. Disembark your river cruise ship in Port-Saint-Louis and transfer to Nice for your final two nights in France. Then, fly to Barcelona, Spain for guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide. Your French river cruise, with a visit to the spectacular Côte d’Azur, is only made better with a trip to colorful Barcelona!
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Day 1 Paris (Embarkation): Onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Vernon–Les Andelys:Choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; choice of guided walk, or guided hike in Les Andelys; crêpes tasting on boardDay 3 Caudebec: Choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”, or walk in the Natural Park Day 4 Caudebec:Choice of full day excursions to Normandy landing beaches, or “A Taste of Normandy” excursionDay 5 Rouen:Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedralDay 6 Conflans:Choice of excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise, or excursion to Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de MalmaisonDay 7 Paris:Choice of guided sightseeing or “Heart of Paris” walking tour to see Paris’ historic sightsDay 8 Paris (Disembarkation)–Dijon–Beaune–St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation):High-speed train from Paris to Dijon; motor coach transfer to Beaune, visit the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome receptionDay 9 Mâcon:Leisurely cruising; onboard cheese tasting and wine tastingDay 10 Lyon:Guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill; onboard pastry demonstrationDay 11 Lyon:Culinary tourDay 12 Tournon–Viviers:Guided walk in Tournon; onboard chocolate and wine tasting; guided walk in Viviers with tasting of local products, visit the Old Town and the cathedralDay 13 Avignon: Guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes; onboard food & wine pairing dinnerDay 14 Arles:Choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshopDay 15 Port-Saint-Louis (Disembarkation)–Nice:Transfer from your ship to Nice; guided walking tour with Promenade des Anglais and the Old TownDay 16 Nice:Day at leisureDay 17 Nice–Barcelona:Transfer to Nice airport for your flight to BarcelonaDay 18 Barcelona:Guided sightseeing, visit Casa Battló and Sagrada Familia BasilicaDay 19 Barcelona:Day at leisureDay 20 Barcelona:Your vacation ends this morning
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