Grand France – Cruise Only Northbound 2019
Rivers:
Danube River Cruises, Seine River Cruises
Country:
France
Embark:
Disembark:
Ship:
PoetryII
This river cruise vacation showcases France’s charm, breathtaking scenery, and rich history. Your adventure begins on the Rhône River with a visit 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 twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage are beautifully nestled among vineyards and you’ll go on a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins.

Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. The Seine River offers a choice of excursion opportunities, such as a visit to the hisoric 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.
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Tour Highlights

Day 1 Arles (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)

Day 2 Arles: guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre

Day 3 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes

Day 4 Cruising–Viviers: guided walk, visit Old Town and the cathedral

Day 5 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Vienne

Day 6 Lyon: guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill

Day 7 Cruising–St. Jean de Losne: day at leisure; cheese tasting on board

Day 8 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)–Beaune–Dijon–Paris (Embarkation): visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; TGV train from Dijon to Paris; onboard welcome reception

Day 9 Vernon–Les Andelys: choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; choice of guided walk, or guided hike in Les Andelys

Day 10 Caudebec: choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”, or hike in the Natural Park; lecture on board

Day 11 Caudebec: choice of full day excursion to Normandy landing beaches, or “A Taste of Normandy” excursion

Day 12 Rouen: guided walk, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral

Day 13 Conflans–Paris: choice of guided excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise or Château de Malmaison

Day 14 Paris: choice of guided tour, or “Heart of Paris” walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 15 Paris (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning



  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
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