CRUISETOUR

Grand France – Cruise Only Northbound (15 Days)

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Arles, France to Paris, France
DAY
PORT
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Arles, France
Camargue, France

Your Suite Ship® is ready for boarding. Before dinner, sail toward the mouth of the Rhône for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting). (Dinner)

DAY 2
Arles, France

Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) to immerse yourself in a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d'Enfer. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3
Avignon, France

The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence. Guided Optional Excursions include a visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard or a trip to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhône wine region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4
Viviers, France

World History in a Charming French Country Village. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5
Tournon, France
Vienne, France

A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards. In the late morning cruise to Vienne. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6
Lyon, France

Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France. Spend free time riding a bike through Lyon's town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 7
Saint-jean-de-losne, France

Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 8
Saint-jean-de-losne, France
Beaune, France
Dijon, France
Paris, France

Drive to Beaune and take a high-speed train from Dijon to Paris. (Breakfast)

DAY 9
Vernon, France

Monet's Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crêpes du Jour. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon adventure host. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 10
Caudebec-en-caux, France

Churches, Cherry Orchards, and White Cliffs of Normandy. This afternoon, you may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the old seaside town of Honfleur, or a Guided Optional Excursion to see the white-chalk cliffs and arches of the oceanside town of Étretat. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 11
Caudebec-en-caux, France
D-Day Beaches, France
Caudebec-en-caux, France

Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions. Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard your ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 12
Rouen, France

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame and a Heroine of France. Spend free time this afternoon to explore Rouen's city markets, shops, and bike paths. Enjoy onboard entertainment before setting sail this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 13
Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France

In the Footsteps of Van Gogh, Bonaparte, and Louis XIV. Perhaps, join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Palace of Versailles—home to a succession of French kings. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 14
Paris, France

Cafés, Cathedrals, & Canvases—The City of Lights Truly Shines Stroll through Paris on your own, or linger over wine in a literary café on the Left Bank. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 15
Paris, France

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Grand France – Cruise Only Northbound map

What's Included

Included

  • Services of a professional Cruise Director | Onboard lectures | Complimentary Wi-Fi access | Activities & Nightly piano music | Sightseeing with Local Guides | Headsets for all guided shore excursions | Superb dining with all meals on board daily featuring full breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including a welcome reception, Captain's reception, and farewell dinner | Quality wines from Europe's most famous wine regions with every dinner | One sitting with open seating arrangements | Sparkling wine with breakfast | Robes & slippers in every room

Not Included

  • Airfare | Gratuities | Any items of a personal nature | Anything not specifically noted as included

About Us

When designing its new ships, Avalon Waterways started with the traveler instead of the ship. This is a river cruise company that invites innovation, imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space be its guide. The result? More space. Bigger views. More comfort … All thanks to one-of-a-kind Panorama SuitesSM on the industry’s only Suite Ships®. The Suite Ships of Avalon are revolutionizing the river cruise industry. For instance, on these signature vessels, Avalon brings an unprecedented level of thoughtfulness and attention to detail to every aspect of the Panorama Suites, providing travelers an oasis to escape to, not escape from. Even better? Avalon doesn’t offer travelers just a few Panorama Suites on each ship. Instead, 80 percent of the guest rooms on Suite Ships are Panorama Suite (they’re 30 percent larger than the average river cruise room). In designing its ships, Avalon has refused to see space as a barrier. That fact couldn’t be truer when looking at the company’s inspired indoor/outdoor space. For instance, Avalon’s Open-Air Balconies®, a completely new concept, make full use of the intended balcony experience – in any weather condition, in any season – without compromising room space. How? Giant wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows with a 7-foot opening. Avalon has considered every detail of the cruise experience. But perhaps it’s what the company hasn’t done that makes it so unique. It hasn’t filled ships to capacity with people. In fact, because the river cruise line made its rooms so spacious, there’s more room for less people. Simply put, Avalon Waterways is built differently

Insider Tip

Step aboard Europe's youngest fleet and you'll find yourself surrounded by the most expansive views, innovative technologies and inspired designs.

Terms & Conditions

Cruise-only fares are per person, based on double occupancy in US dollars, unless otherwise noted. Pricing and itinerary are subject to change without notice. Restrictions may apply.

Cruise-only fares are per person, based on double occupancy in US dollars, unless otherwise noted. Pricing and itinerary are subject to change without notice. Restrictions may apply.

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