On this France river cruise vacation, enjoy wine, cheese, history lectures hold by an expert travelling with you, 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, visit the gothic Rouen Cathedral and learn the important role played by this city during the French Resistance. Alternatively, visit the battlefields in the area of Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel. Before you depart the beautiful Seine River, spend time in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic cities! The “City of Light” has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum. Delight in a guided walk through the historic Île St. Louis or take a tour focused on WWII and visit the Museum of Les Invalides.Lyon, sitting at the confluence of the Saône and Rhône Rivers, is France’s third-largest city and a showcase of medi-eval and Renaissance architecture. 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. 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 cruise ship and transfer to Aix-en-Provence for two nights and the start of your Monograms extension. Enjoy guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide, walking along the 17th-century Cours Mirabeau, and visit the Cathedral of the Holy Savior, known for its mishmash of architectural styles. Finally, we’ll whisk you via high-speed train to Nice for your final two nights in France. Here, guided sightseeing with a local expert includes a walk through the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais—Nice’s most famous boulevard.
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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, onboard lecture Day 4 Caudebec:Choice of full day excursions to Normandy landing beaches, or “A Taste of Normandy” excursionDay 5 Rouen:Guided sightseeing related to the French Resistance, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral, or full day excursion to Vimy and Beaumont-HamelDay 6 Conflans:Choice of excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise, or Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de MalmaisonDay 7 Paris:Choice of guided sightseeing, or “Heart of Paris” walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral, or WWII theme tour with visit to Museum of Les InvalidesDay 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 tastingDay 10 Lyon:Guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill; lecture on boardDay 11 Lyon:Culinary tourDay 12 Tournon–Viviers:Guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedralDay 13 Avignon: Guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the PopesDay 14 Arles:Choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshopDay 15 Port-Saint-Louis (Disembarkation)–Aix-en-Provence:Transfer to Aix-en-Provence; guided walking tour, visit Cathedral of the Holy SaviourDay 16 Aix-en-Provence:Day at leisureDay 17 Aix-en-Provence–Nice:Travel to Nice by high-speed TGV train (first class); guided walking tour with Promenade des Anglais and the Old TownDay 18 Nice:Day at leisureDay 19 Nice:Your vacation ends this morning
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