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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. Con-tinue 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 fasci-nating “Taste of Normandy” tour. Visit Joan of Arc’s historic Rouen; and in Conflans, choose between a guided ex-cursion 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 visits Notre Dame Cathedral. Disembark and travel south 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 river cruise ship in Port-Saint-Louis and transfer to Nice for your final two nights in France. Here, you’ll walk through the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais, Nice’s most famous boulevard. In your free time, perhaps take an excursion to Monaco, St. Tropez, or Cannes—known for its famous film festival. Next, fly to Barce-lona, Spain for guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide. Take a drive along the elegant Passeig de Gracia and visit Gaudi’s extraordinary Casa Batlló and Sagrada Familia Basilica. In your free time, you could explore the Picasso Museum, catch some rays on the beach, or have fun at Tibidabo Amusement Park. Your French river cruise on the Seine, 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” walk, visit Notre Dame CathedralDay 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)–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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