Grand France (Southbound) 202016 DAYS FROM ONLY $6048
Danube River Cruises, Seine River Cruises
Delight in a guided walk through the historic Île St. Louis. Lyon, sitting at the confluence of the Saône and Rhône Rivers, is France’s third-largest city and a showcase of medieval and Renais-sance architecture. The city of Tournon is beautifully nestled among vineyards. You’ll go on a guided walk of this medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. In historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world. Situated on the Rhône River, Arles is famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day.
Tour HighlightsDay 1 Paris (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Vernon–Les Andelys: choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; choice of guided walk, or guided hike in Les Andelys; crêpes tasting on boardDay 3 Caudebec: choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”, or walk in the Natural Park Day 4 Caudebec: choice of full day excursions to Normandy landing beaches, or “A Taste of Normandy” excursionDay 5 Rouen: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedralDay 6 Conflans: choice of excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise, or excursion to Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de MalmaisonDay 7 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing, or “Heart of Paris” walk, visit Notre Dame CathedralDay 8 Paris (Disembarkation)–Dijon–Beaune–St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation): high-speed train from Paris to Dijon; motor coach transfer to Beaune, visit the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome receptionDay 9 Mâcon: leisurely cruising; onboard cheese tastingDay 10 Lyon: guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill; lecture on boardDay 11 Lyon: culinary tourDay 12 Tournon–Viviers: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedralDay 13 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the PopesDay 14 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshopDay 15 Port St. Louis (Disembarkation): your cruise 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.