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Take a wondrous journey through beautiful France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too! Begin with an overnight on the captivating Côte d’Azur. Explore this elegant area and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. On the Rhône River sits Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest Gothic fortress in the world. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers and is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. This river cruise vacation across France would not be complete without a stay in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities!
Day 1 UK – Côte d’Azur
Travel to Nice where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to start exploring this beautiful city. Take free time today to admire Côte d’Azur with its enchanting yachts, glamorous villas, and famous events. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Côte d’Azur stretches along France’s Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy.
Day 2 Côte d’Azur Arles — (Embarkation)
After breakfast this morning, you’ll drive to Arles to board your Suite Ship. Before dinner sail toward the mouth of the Rhône for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting).
Day 3 Arles
Enjoy a guided walking tour of Arles—the captivating city of the Provence region. You’ll visit the Roman Amphitheatre in this visually stunning city that inspired the works of Vincent van Gogh OR Attend a Painting Workshop to learn the style and techniques of Vincent van Gogh. You’ll create your own painting in the style of the classic master who took inspiration from the Provence light and landscape in Arles
Day 4 Avignon
Take a guided sightseeing tour of the fortress city of Avignon—with its ramparts encircling the city—and a visit to the amazing Palace of the Popes.
Explore Avignon on your own for the city’s art and culture, theatre, and museums. Be sure to snap photos of the captivating countryside, historic monuments, and the medieval Pont Saint-Bénézet.
Day 5 Viviers
Explore the pale-stone buildings of Viviers on a late afternoon guided walking tour of this charming village. You’ll see its Romanesque cathedral and Old Town with a mix of historical Christian, Roman, and medieval influences.
Day 6 Tournon/Tain L’Hermitage
Take a morning guided walking tour to explore Tournon—one of France’s oldest medieval cities. See its 16th-century castle, and Roman ruins between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage.
Join a guided walking tour of Vienne and discover this charming little town surrounded by steep hills.
Day 7 Lyon
Join a guided sightseeing tour to survey Lyon from Fourvière Hill with its numerous churches. You’ll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafés, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux.
Spend free time riding a bike through Lyon’s town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet.
Day 8 St. Jean de Losne
Enjoy a leisurely cruising day along the majestic Saône River. Consider a guided optional excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin.
Day 9 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation) — Beaune — Dijon — Paris
Visit the Hôtel-Dieu Charity Hospital in Beaune, built in 1443, today home of the Van der Weyden’s painting of the last judgment and is one of France’s architectural highlights. This afternoon, take a high-speed train from Dijon to Paris.
Day 10 Paris
Take a guided walking tour through the Heart of Paris to see the historic Île St. Louis, Île de la Cité, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, OR Join a guided city tour that shows the iconic sites of Paris, such as the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Opéra Garnier, and the famous Champs-Élysées.
Spend your free time strolling through the Champs-Élysées for café au lait and croissants, see the exhibits at the Louvre, visit Montmartre’s Basilica of the Sacré Cœur.
Avalon Poetry II
The Avalon Poetry II offers a delightfully intimate cruise setting for 128 passengers. Like its sister Suite Ships, it features two full decks of suites with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform into a unique open-air balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the passing scenery.
Onboard amenities include an alternative dining option in the Panorama Bistro, complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, a fitness centre, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro.
Full-size closet mirror
Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
Complimentary Wi-Fi access
Room service for breakfast & beverages
Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees
Sky Deck game area
Outside viewing deck
Wall-to-wall panoramic windows
Fresh fruit available throughout the day
Sky Deck whirlpool
Complimentary computer use in public areas
Bicycles available onboard for complimentary check-out
Fairmont Monte Carlo
An iconic hotel nestled between Monte Carlo’s famous casino and the Mediterranean. With 602 rooms and suites, the hotel also boasts three restaurants and numerous facilities that are sure to make your stay in the Principality of Monaco a memorable one. Official rating: 4 star.
InterContinental Carlton Cannes
Evoke the glamour of the past at this stylish hotel that was featured in Hitchcock’s 1955 film ‘To Catch a Thief’. The hotel’s Belle Epoque façade overlooks the Bay of Cannes, with enviable sea views and a private beach. Official rating: 5 star
Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris
The Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris sits among iconic Paris landmarks, 10 minutes’ walk from the Champs-Élysées. Step back to the glamour of the 1930s as you indulge in the mosaic-decorated spa or soak up the Art Deco style at the Purple Bar. Official rating: 5 stars.
InterContinental Paris – Le Grand
Lavish historic charm in the heart of Paris. The hotel, which dates back to 1862, overlooks the famous Palais Garnier, home to the esteemed Paris Opera. Two acclaimed restaurants await you – Café de la Paix, with its rich history, and La Verrière, set in a beautiful winter garden. Official rating: 4 stars.
Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel Hotel
This recently renovated hotel is a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower and within easy reach of Paris’ major attractions. Enjoy a bite to eat or a glass of wine with stunning views of Paris’ most iconic landmark. Official rating: 4 stars.
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