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This splendid river cruise vacation showcases France’s exciting scenery, history, and culture as you sail along its beautiful rivers.Embark in Paris and head northwest along the Seine River up to the picturesque Normandy region. Dock at Vernon and choose between a guided visit of Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or remarkable Bizy Castle. Continue to Les Andelys—home of Château Gaillard, built by England’s King Richard the Lionheart in 1196. Then, on to Caudebec, where you choose between an included excursion to the poignant Normandy landing beaches or a fascinating “Taste of Normandy” tour. Visit Joan of Arc’s historic Rouen; and in Conflans, choose between a guided excursion to Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s elegant Château de Malmaison. Then, head back to Paris for sightseeing that shows you the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. Disembark and travel to fascinating Beaune for a visit of the Hôtel-Dieu. In St. Jean de Losne, board your second cruise ship and sail on to Macon, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, Viviers, Avignon, and Arles, as well as France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, where you have time to explore this fascinating city.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, a lively area with fountains, elegant homes, and famous cafés, and visit the Cathedral of the Holy Savior, known for its mishmash of architectural styles. This was Cézanne’s hometown, and in your free time, you may want to take a tour following in his footsteps. Perhaps take an excursion to Cassis with an included cruise, soak in Aix-en-Provence's healing thermal baths, or shop for lavender and other local specialties. 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. In your free time, you may want to take an excursion to Monaco, to St. Tropez, or to Cannes, known for its famous film festival. In both cities, we provide the services of Local Hosts®—a "friend in the city" to answer questions, share inside information, help arrange your activities and excursions, and more. Transfers to and from your hotels and train stations, as well as hotel reservations with daily breakfasts, are included.
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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, Barcelona or Zürich with Mount Pilatus & Lake Como package to your river cruise.
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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 AndelysDay 3 Caudebec:Choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”, or hike in the Natural Park; lecture on board Day 4 Caudebec:Choice of full day excursion 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” walk, visit Notre Dame CathedralDay 8 Paris (Disembarkation)–Dijon–Beaune–St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation)–Seurre:TGV train from Paris to Dijon. Motorcoach transfer to Beaune, visit the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome receptionDay 9 Seurre–Mâcon:Leisurely cruising; free time in Mâcon; onboard cheese tastingDay 10 Lyon:Guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière HillDay 11 Lyon:A day to explore this fascinating city at leisureDay 12 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–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 workshop; cruise into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)Day 15 Arles (Disembarkation)–Aix-en-Provence:Transfer to Aix-en-Provence; guided walking tour, visit the Cathedral of the Holy Saviourtravel Day 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