This river cruise vacation showcases France’s charm, breathtaking views, and rich history. Your adventure begins on the Rhône River in Port Saint Louis. Visit Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh—and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheatre. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes and, later on, join an excursion to the wine region of Châteauneuf du Pape. The city of Tournon is beautifully nestled among vineyards and you’ll go on a guided walk of this medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Take then a guided tour to Beaujolais and the following day to Chardonnay, where you will have the opportunity to taste local wines. A Master of Wine will travel with you on this first portion of your cruise and will hold lectures, tastings and will introduce you to the concept of food and wine pairing. Continue on the Seine River, which offers a choice of excursion opportunities, such as a visit to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery; a visit to delightful Les Andelys, Joan of Arc’s Rouen, and the choice between a visit to Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison. On this French river cruise, you’ll enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery, and stops in charming and historical parts of France, but your adventure would not be complete without a visit to Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! The “City of Light” has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. 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. Walk in the footsteps of the great master artists, enjoy the delectable cuisine of France, and stand where heroes fought for freedom on the beaches of Normandy. This and so much more is waiting for you on your French cruise on the Seine!
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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 workshop; onboard wine lectureDay 3 Avignon:Guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes; guided tour to Châteauneuf du PapeDay 4 Viviers:Guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral; onboard food & wine pairing dinnerDay 5 Tournon—Vienne:Guided walk in Tournon; onboard chocolate and wine tasting; guided walk in VienneDay 6 Lyon:Guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill; guided tour to BeaujolaisDay 7 St. Jean de Losne: Chardonnay excursion; cheese and wine tasting onboardDay 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 tour, or “Heart of Paris” walk, visit Notre Dame CathedralDay 15 Paris (Disembarkation):Your cruise ends this morning
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