Take in the splendid views on your cruise along the Seine, Saône, and Rhone Rivers on a French river cruise like no other, with a Monograms vacation in Venice and Rome after your cruise! Your Avalon YourWay river cruise begins in Port-Saint-Louis, where you’ll embark on the Rhone River for Arles. See its 1st-century Roman amphitheater still used today. Attend a painting workshop in the style of Van Gogh whose work was inspired by the setting here. Cruise to historical Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world. Continue to Viviers for a guided walk through this charming village. Beautifully nestled among vineyards, you’ll find the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, where you’ll go on a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and fascinating 16th-century castle. You’ll visit Lyon, a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture, as well as France’s gastronomic capital. Lyon offers wonderful sights, including the popular Place des Terreaux with its famous fountain seen on postcards, and world-famous cuisine to discover on a guided culinary walk. In Dijon, you’ll tour one of France’s architectural treasures and home of Van der Weyden’s “The Last Judgement,” gracing Beaune’s Hotel-Dieu Charity Hospital—built in 1443. You’ll next sail to Vernon where renowned master Claude Monet found inspiration for his impressionist masterpieces at his home and gardens at Giverny. If preferred, visit to Bizy Castle, “Normandy’s Versailles,” is also included. Cruise to one of the Seine River’s most picturesque settings in Les Andelys for a guided walk through the city or a visit to the château of King Richard the Lionheart. Sail to Caudebec for your excursion to historic Normandy. Take your choice of visiting the heroic WWII landing beaches of Normandy with American sites and monuments; visit British and Canadian memorials, or a more pastoral day with a “taste of Normandy” in the French countryside. You’ll cruise to Rouen, site of Joan of Arc’s martyrdom, and see the sights, including Notre-Dame Cathedral. In Conflans, walk in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh and the Bonapartes with visits to the artist’s final home of Auvers-sur-Oise of the opulent Château de Malmaison of Napoléon and Josephine. Your cruise concludes in the “City of Light” with guided sightseeing in the heart of Paris— Île Saint-Louis and Notre-Dame Cathedral—or a city tour to see sites such as the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Opéra Garnier, and the Champs-Élysées. Continue your European vacation your way with three nights each in Venice and Rome. Your Italian vacation includes your flight from Paris to Venice, high-speed train service from Venice to Rome, assistance from your personal Monograms Local Host® in each city, guided sightseeing, buffet breakfast daily, destination guide with city map, and transfers to or from, airport, hotel, and train station.
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Day 1 Port St. Louis (Embarkation):Onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Arles:Choice of guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshopDay 3 Avignon:Guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the PopesDay 4 Viviers: Guided walk, visit Old Town and the cathedralDay 5 Tournon–Vienne:Guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in VienneDay 6 Lyon:Guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière HillDay 7 St. Jean de Losne:Cheese tasting on boardDay 8 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)–Beaune–Dijon–Paris (Embarkation):Visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; TGV train from Dijon to Paris; onboard welcome receptionDay 9 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 10 Caudebec:Choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”, or walk in the Natural ParkDay 11 Caudebec:Choice of full day excursions to Normandy landing beaches, or “A Taste of Normandy” excursionDay 12 Rouen:Guided walk, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedralDay 13 Conflans–Paris:Choice of guided excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de MalmaisonDay 14 Paris: Choice of guided sightseeing or “Heart of Paris” walking tour to see Paris’ historic sightsDay 15 Paris–Venice, Italy:Flight to VeniceDay 16 Venice:Guided sightseeing, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of SighsDay 17 Venice:Full day at leisureDay 18 Venice–Rome:Travel by high-speed train (first class) to RomeDay 19 Rome: Guided sightseeing, visit St Peter’s Square and Basilica, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Roman ForumDay 20 Rome:Full day at leisureDay 21 Rome:Your vacation ends this morning
Avalon makes it easy to experience vacation your way with seamless extension options before and after your cruise. Your Way offers added nights in a selection of locales. From Budapest to Barcelona, you can spend a little or a lot more time getting to know more on shore with Your Way custom itineraries.