Grand France - Côte d'Azur to Paris

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Introduction

This fantastic cruise showcases France's breathtaking scenery, amazing history, and exciting variety. Your adventure begins on the stunning Côte d'Azur, then travel to Arles to board your ship and sail into the peaceful Camargue area during dinner (daylight permitting), before returning to Arles. Then, sail north up the scenic Rhône and Saône Rivers. Along the way, explore Arles, Avignon, delightful Viviers, medieval Tournon, charming Vienne, France's gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as St....

“The crew were extremely friendly and helpful and the cuisine was first class”

The crew were extremely friendly and helpful and the cuisine was first class
The cabin accommodation was excellent, the crew were extremely friendly and helpful and the cuisine was first class.
Chris Gilbert
On the ship everything was beyond our expectation
My wife and I have just returned for a holiday booked with Avalon and we would like you to know how much we enjoyed it. We spoke to Ellie on the telephone to book the holiday and she and all communications received from the company were clear, comprehensive and accurate. On the ship everything was beyond our expectation. The captain, his staff and the Cruise Director and all the other staff seemed to enjoy themselves which made for a VERY happy atmosphere…they all worked very hard. Please pass on our grateful thanks to all concerned; your company is highly recommended
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Included Highlights

  • CAMARGUE sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)
  • ARLES Guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre
  • AVIGNON Guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes
  • VIVIERS Guided walk; visit the Old Town and the cathedral
  • TOURNON Guided walk
  • VIENNE Guided walk, see Roman Theatre
  • LYON Guided sightseeing
  • CRUISING Cheese tasting
  • BEAUNE Choice of visit to Hôtel Dieu or Burgundy wine tasting
  • VERNON Choice of excursion to Giverny or Bizy Castle
  • LES ANDELYS Guided walk in Les Andelys; visit the Parish church of Le Grand Andely
  • CAUDEBEC Choice of excursion along either the 'Thatched Cottages' route or the 'Normandy Abbeys' route
  • CAUDEBEC Choice of excursion to Normandy Landing Beaches or A Taste of Normandy tour
  • ROUEN Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock
  • CONFLANS Choice of excursion to either Auvers-sur-Oise or Napolean and Josephine's Château de Malmaison
  • PARIS Guided 'Heart of Paris' walk and a visit to the Eiffel Tower
  • CAPTAIN'S RECEPTION, WELCOME AND FAREWELL DINNERS

Included in the price

  • Your personal Avalon chauffeur service by executive car for you and your travelling companions to and from your UK departure point (within 100 miles of airport)

  • Flights Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Category E Deluxe Stateroom flying from London. In addition a wide range of flights from UK regional airports are also available.

  • 14 nights deluxe accomodation in a spacious stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection® style beds, ensuite facilities and river views. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and a French Balcony in most staterooms 1 night on the Côte d'Azur at the Fairmont Monte Carlo, Méridien Beach Plaza Monte Carlo or Carlton Intercontinental, Cannes (or similar)

  • All meals on board including full breakfast , buffet lunch and waiter service evening meal; afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats; midnight snack, choice of premium teas and coffees & soft drinks throughout the day. Wine and beer is included with lunch and dinner. Buffet breakfast in Côte d'Azur hotel

  • Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours; headsets provided on excursions

  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director

  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew

  • Special on board and on shore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans and experts designed to enrich your cruise. On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music

  • Captain's welcome and farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes; Welcome Dinner; Farewell Dinner

  • A choice of pre- or post- holiday extensions

  • All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes

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Day 1 Côte d'Azur.

Travel to Nice where you will be met and transferred to the Côte d'Azur for one night at the Fairmont Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo (or similar).

Day 2 Côte d'Azur - Arles.

This morning, enjoy free time or join an optional excursion before driving to Arles in the Provence region to board your cruise ship. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception Later, cruise toward the mouth of the Rhône for a unique opportunity to experience the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting). (B, D)

Day 3 Arles.

Included today: Arles guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre. On the northern tip of the Camargue, Arles is the capital of Provence and was once known as the 'Little Rome of Gaul'. Your guided tour takes in the church of St Trophime and visits the Roman Amphitheatre. Still used today, the amphitheatre dates to the 1st century, and was constructed to hold over 20,000 spectators. Vincent Van Gogh was inspired by the beauty of Provence and spent a very productive year in Arles. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Avignon.

Included today: Avignon guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes. Arrive in Avignon this morning during breakfast. The fortified city of Avignon is the capital of the Vaucluse region and one of the most picturesque regions of Provence. Dominated by the grandiose Palace of the Popes, the city is often referred to as the 'City of Popes' and was the centre of the Catholic Church in the 14th century. During the guided tour, you can choose to join an included visit to Palace of the Popes or you may opt for further city sightseeing and either time at leisure or one of the optional excursions to Pont du Gard or to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Cruising - Viviers.

Included today: Viviers guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral. A leisurely morning on board to enjoy the passing scenery as you cruise. After lunch, join a Local Guide for a walk in the charming town of Viviers, which was developed around its Romanesque cathedral. The old town has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman and medieval influences. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Tournon & Tain l'Hermitage - Vienne.

Included today: Guided walks in Tournon and Vienne. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l'Hermitage lie nestled among vineyards between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. Tournon, with its imposing 16th century castle and Roman ruins, is one of France's oldest medieval cities. Enjoy a walking tour before cruising to Vienne, a charming little town surrounded by steep hills. Explore the town centre on a guided walk to see the Roman Theatre and the Augustus and Livia Temple, built around 20BC and converted into a church in the Middle Ages. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Lyon.

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Lyon is France's third-largest city and its gastronomic capital. Founded by the Romans in 43BC, the city's prosperity dates back to the 16th century and is due to commercial and industrial activities. Today Lyon offers up a wealth of Roman ruins, excellent museums and Renaissance architecture. With a Local Guide, view the city from Fourvière Hill and explore the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its maze of medieval alleyways and Place des Terreaux, a popular area with a famous fountain. Be sure to sample Beaujolais, the wine of the region. Before dinner, attend an onboard lecture and learn more about French culture. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Cruising - St. Jean de Losne

Included today: Cheese tasting. A leisurely day today or if you prefer, there's a choice of optional excursions available including a visit to a wine cellar. Whilst sailing to St. Jean de Losne, enjoy an on board cheese tasting. (B, L, D)

Day 9 St.Jean de Losne ( Disembarkation ) - Beaune - Dijon - Paris.

Included today: Visit Hôtel Dieu in Beaune. After breakfast, disembark your cruise ship and drive to Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Côte d'Or area and Burgundy's wine capital. Although life here centres around wine, Beaune offers much more with its ramparts, medieval houses, cobblestone streets, and historical monuments. Today, visit Hôtel Dieu charity hospital, the area's most famous historical site which now houses Van der Weyden's painting of the Last Judgement. After lunch, continue to Dijon and board the TGV to Paris and your cruise ship. This evening, meet your new crew at a welcome reception. (B, D)

Day 10 Vernon - Les Andelys.

Included today: Choice of excursion to Giverny or Bizy Castle; guided walk in Les Andelys; visit Parish church Le Grand Andely. This morning, choose between a guided visit of Claude Monet's house and stunning gardens at Giverny or a visit to Bizy Castle. Claude Monet lived at Giverny for almost 43 years. See his collection of Japanese prints, his charming house, and his biggest sources of inspiration including the lily pond and Japanese Bridge. Alternatively, visit Bizy Castle, built in 1740 and nicknamed 'Normandy's Versailles'. It is known for its famous stable, magnificent courtyard and water garden. After lunch, your ship arrives in Les Andelys, perched on a bend of the Seine and one of the most beautiful places in France. Join a Local Guide for a walk of the town, including a visit to the Parish Church of Le Grand Andely. The imposing Château Gaillard overlooks the town. Built by Richard the Lionheart in 1196 fearing an attack from France's king, the château fortress was constructed in just one year and is a masterpiece of Middle Ages military architecture. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Caudebec.

Excursion along the "Normandy Abbeys Route". See some of Normandy's charming and traditional half-timbered houses with their long, sloping thatched roofs, often sporting blue wooden doors and window shutters, or along the "NORMANDY ABBEYS ROUTE," a short drive from Caudebec. More than 100 abbeys once covered this region, which has a micro climate particularly suited to the production of fruit such as apples, pears, plums and cherries. The afternoon is free to explore on your own or to join an optional excursion to the pretty coastal town of Honfleur. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Caudebec.

Included today: Choice of excursion to Normandy Landing Beaches or A Taste of Normandy tour. Today, choose between an included excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, visiting some of the most poignant sights of World War II such as Juno Beach, Pegasus Museum, and the British and Canadian Cemeteries, or a 'Taste of Normandy' tour for a more in-depth look at this picturesque, mainly agricultural region. The most important produce include dairy, apples and grain. Camembert cheese is a speciality, as is Calvadosa, a strong apple brandy that you'll have the chance to taste at a local distillery. For a touch of history, visit the famous Bayeux Tapestry. (B, L, D)

Day 13 Rouen.

Included today: Guided sightseeing, see Astronomical Clock. Rouen, the capital of Upper Normandy, is an important commercial city perhaps best known for its connection to Joan of Arc, who lived, was imprisoned and was later burned at the stake in the marketplace of this town in 1431. Join the guided walk through the medieval quarter with its half-timbered, glazed-tile houses and intricate Gros Horloge, an intricate Astronomical Clock dating back to the 16th century. Visit the splendid Gothic cathedral, once the tallest building in the world and subject of a series of Claude Monet's paintings. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. (B, L, D)

Day 14 Conflans.

Included today: Choice of excursion to either Auvers-sur-Oise or Napolean and Josephine's Château de Malmaison. After breakfast, why not join either our guided excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise, the quaint little town where Vincent Van Gogh lived and died, or visit Napoleon and Josephine's Château de Malmaison just outside Paris? Requiring extensive renovations, this large country estate was purchased by Josephine Bonaparte in 1799 while Napoleon was fighting in Egypt. It was her aim to make it 'the most beautiful and curious garden in Europe, a model of good cultivation'. (B, L, D)

Day 15 Paris.

Included today: Guided sightseeing During your included city sightseeing tour of Paris, see the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower, a structural masterpiece of its age. Alternatively you may wish to join a guided walk through historic Ile St Louis and Ile de la Cité. In your free time, perhaps stroll the Champs-Elysées, visit the world-famous Louvre or head to Montmartre to enjoy its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica. The city is well known for its nightlife and an optional outing to one of Paris' famous cabarets might make the perfect finale to your cruise holiday. (B, L, D)

Day 16 Paris.

Disembark and transfer to the airport or station for your journey to the UK. (B)

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CATEGORY
D
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CATEGORY
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CATEGORY
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Suite
DECK Indigo - Forward Indigo - Aft Saphire - Aft Saphire - Forward Royal Deck Royal Deck
SIZE 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 300 sq ft
WINDOW Window Window Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony
BEDS Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony
BATHROOM En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower and separate toilet
SEATING AREA Seating area Seating area Seating area Larger seating area
Ship Information
Deck plans
Staterooms
Category D
Indigo Deck Aft
Category E
Indigo Deck Forward
Royal Suite
Royal Deck
Category P
Royal Deck
Category B
Sapphire Deck Aft
Category A
Sapphire Deck Forward
Deck Plan Key:
  1. Sky Lounge
  2. Navigation Bridge
  3. Sky Bistro
  4. Whirlpool
  5. Premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  6. Deck Game area
  7. Observation Lounge
  8. Panorama Bistro
  9. Panorama Lounge
  10. Bar
  11. Internet centre
  12. Reception/Guest sevices
  13. Lift
  14. Atrium
  15. Hair Salon
  16. Club Lounge
  17. Kitchen
  18. Dining room
  19. Fitness centre
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Cabin Information
CATEGORY
E
CATEGORY
B
CATEGORY
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CATEGORY
P
CATEGORY
Suite
DECK Indigo - Forward Saphire - Aft Saphire - Forward Royal Deck Royal Deck
SIZE 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 258 sq ft
WINDOW Window Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony
BEDS Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony
BATHROOM En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower and separate toilet
SEATING AREA Seating area
Ship Information
Deck plans
Staterooms
Category E
Indigo Deck
Avalon Suite
Royal Deck
Category P
Royal Deck
Category B
Sapphire Deck Aft
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Sapphire Deck Forward
Deck Plan Key:
  1. Navigation Bridge
  2. Whirlpool
  3. Sky Bistro
  4. Premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  5. Observation Lounge
  6. Panorama Lounge
  7. Bar
  8. Internet centre
  9. Reception/Guest services
  10. Atrium
  11. Lift
  12. Hair Salon
  13. Club Lounge
  14. Kitchen
  15. Dining room
  16. Fitness centre

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