Grand France with 2 Nights in Nice & 3 Nights in Barcelona (Southbound) 2021
20 Day River Cruise Paris to Barcelona
Starting at $8,668
Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Your European river cruise through France embarks in Paris to sail on the Seine River to the picturesque Normandy region. Your Avalon Suite Ship® docks in Vernon, with your choice of a guided visit to Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle. Continue to Les Andelys—home of Château Gaillard, built by England’s King Richard the Lionheart in 1196. Then, on to Caudebec, where you can choose between an included excursion to the legendary Normandy landing beaches or a fascinating excursion for a “Taste of Normandy” tour. Visit Joan of Arc’s historic Rouen and, in Conflans, select a guided excursion to Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s elegant Château de Malmaison. Return to Paris and discover its true heart on a guided walk through the sites of Paris’ rich history, or take a tour showing you the iconic sites of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more. Disembark your ship, and travel south to fascinating Beaune for a visit of the Hôtel-Dieu. In St. Jean de Losne, board your second Suite Ship® and sail to Macon, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, Viviers, Avignon, and Arles, as well as France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon. Your French river cruise concludes disembarks in Port-Saint-Louis.Transfer to Nice on the Côte d’Azur to begin your Monograms® vacation with two more nights in France. In Nice, walk through the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais, the city’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 Barcelona to enjoy guided sightseeing, including Passeig de Gràcia, La Pedrera, Casa Batlló, and an inside visit of Sagrada Familia Basilica. Enjoy ample free time to explore with suggestions and assistance from your Local Host®--at your service in both Nice and Barcelona.
Destination & Sightseeing
|Day 1 Paris (Embarkation):||Onboard welcome reception|
|Day 2 Vernon-Les Andelys:||Choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; choice of guided walk, or guided hike in Les Andelys; on board crêpe tasting|
|Day 3 Caudebec:||Excursion along the 'Normandy Abbeys Route'|
|Day 4 Caudebec:||Choice of full-day excursions to Normandy landing beaches, or 'A Taste of Normandy' excursion|
|Day 5 Rouen:||Choice of guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral or bike tour|
|Day 6 Conflans:||Choice of excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise, or excursion to Napoleon and Josephine's Château de Malmaison|
|Day 7 Paris:||Choice of guided sightseeing or historic sights on 'Heart of Paris' walking tour|
|Day 8 Paris (Disembarkation)-Dijon-Beaune-St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation):||High-speed train from Paris to Dijon; motor coach transfer to Beaune, and visit to the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception|
|Day 9 Mâcon:||Leisurely cruising; onboard cheese tasting|
|Day 10 Lyon:||Guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill; on board lecture|
|Day 11 Lyon:||Culinary tour|
|Day 12 Tournon-Viviers:||Guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral|
|Day 13 Avignon:||Guided sightseeing, visit to the Palace of the Popes|
|Day 14 Arles:||Choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop|
|Day 15 Port-Saint-Louis (Disembarkation)-Nice:||Transfer from your ship to Nice; guided walking tour with Promenade des Anglais and the Old Town|
|Day 16 Nice:||Day at leisure|
|Day 17 Nice-Barcelona:||Transfer to Nice airport for your flight to Barcelona|
|Day 18 Barcelona:||Guided sightseeing, visit Sagrada Familia Basilica|
|Day 19 Barcelona:||Day at leisure|
|Day 20 Barcelona:||Your vacation ends this morning|
- In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
- Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
- Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
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