Grand France with 2 Nights in Nice (Northbound) 2022
17 Day River Cruise Nice to Paris
Starting at $7,407
Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
This incredible European river cruise highlighting the best of France is certainly grand! Begin your adventure in captivating Nice on the French Riviera. Cruise on the Rhône River to 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-style fortress in the world. Take a guided walk through the city of Tournon, beautifully nestled among vineyards and a medieval treasure of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Visit Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital and a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. On your Seine River cruise, you’ll have the choice of seeing the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery, the delightful Les Andelys, Joan of Arc’s Rouen, Vincent Van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise, or Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison. On this French river cruise, you’ll enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful views, and stops in the most charming parts of France. Your vacation in France would not be complete without a stay in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! Discover its true heart on a guided walk through the sites of Paris’ rich history, or take a tour to see the iconic sites of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more. 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!
Destination & Sightseeing
|Day 1 Nice:||Welcome to France|
|Day 2 Nice:||Guided tour|
|Day 3 Nice-Port St. Louis (Embarkation):||Transfer to the ship; onboard welcome reception|
|Day 4 Arles:||Guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre|
|Day 5 Avignon:||Guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes|
|Day 6 Cruising-Viviers:||Guided walk, visit Old Town and the cathedral|
|Day 7 Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage-Vienne:||Guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Vienne|
|Day 8 Lyon:||Guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill|
|Day 9 Cruising-St. Jean de Losne:||Day at leisure; cheese tasting on board|
|Day 10 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)-Beaune-Paris (Embarkation):||Visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; TGV train from Dijon to Paris; onboard welcome reception|
|Day 11 Vernon-Les Andelys:||Choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; choice of guided walk or guided hike in Les Andelys; onboard crêpe tasting and Pastry Demonstration|
|Day 12 Caudebec:||Excursion along the 'Normandy Abbeys Route'|
|Day 13 Caudebec:||Choice of full day excursions to Normandy landing beaches, or 'A Taste of Normandy' excursion|
|Day 14 Rouen:||Guided tour, see the Astronomical Clock and visit to the cathedral|
|Day 15 Conflans:||Choice of excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise, or excursion to Napoleon and Josephine's Château de Malmaison|
|Day 16 Paris:||Choice of guided sightseeing, or 'Heart of Paris' walking tour to see Paris' historic sights|
|Day 17 Paris (Disembarkation):||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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