This river cruise highlighting the best of France is certainly grand! Enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery, and stops in the most charming and historical parts of France.The first part of this cruise focuses on art & impressionism, with visits to locations favored by Impressionist painters. Set out on the Seine River to Vernon, with a choice of visits to Claude Monet’s Giverny or Bizy Castle. From Caudebec, join an excursion to pretty Honfleur, popular with Impressionist painters like Monet and Boudin; visit the historic Normandy Landing Beaches; or, if you prefer, join a “Taste of Normandy” outing. Visit Rouen Cathedral, subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet, and a local art museum; and choose between Vincent van Gogh’s Auver-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison. Before you depart the beautiful Seine River, you’ll spend time in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! A guided walk through historic Île St. Louis with its narrow streets, and Île de la Cité, where medieval Paris was founded, will be a delight. Alternatively, you may wish to visit an art museum of Impressionist paintings. Continue your river cruise vacation on the Saône and Rhône Rivers. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, sits at the confluence of these two rivers and is France’s third-largest city. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage are beautifully nestled among vineyards and you’ll go on a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure with 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. Situated on the Rhône River, Arles, is famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and for its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day.As a perfect finale to your France river cruise vacation, spend some time on the captivating French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur. Explore this elegant area and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea.
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