CRUISETOUR

Grand France With 3 Nights Barcelona – Southbound (19 Days)

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Paris, France to Barcelona, Spain
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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Paris, France

Bienvenue en France! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30 pm. Guests must be onboard ship by 5 pm. Your day is free to explore the world's most romantic city before starting your cruise on the Seine. Get acquainted with the City of Lights today with some shopping, strolling, or with a croissant and café au lait to watch the world go by amid the Parisian cityscape. (Dinner)

DAY 2
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 3
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 take a Guided Optional Excursion to see the white-chalk cliffs and arches of the oceanside town of Étretat. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4
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 5
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6
Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France

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

DAY 7
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 8
Paris, France
Dijon, France
Beaune, France
Saint-jean-de-losne, France
Seurre, France

Take a high-speed train from Paris to Dijon before driving to Beaune. This afternoon, travel to St. Jean de Losne to board your Suite Ship® on the Saône for a brief evening cruise to Seurre. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 9
Mâcon, France

Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône. Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Mâcon 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 10
Lyon, France

Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France. Sail for lovely Lyon this morning for French fare. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 11
Lyon, France

French Food and Wine—La Vie En Rose in Lyon. Enjoy a free day in Lyon, or choose a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through the city to discover why it is known as the gastronomic capital of France! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 12
Tournon, France
Viviers, France

A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards. Viviers: World History in a Charming French Country Village. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 13
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 14
Arles, France

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

DAY 15
Arles, France
Côte d'Azur, France

Spectacular Seascapes of the French Riviera. After breakfast this morning, you'll drive to the Côte d'Azur for your last night in France. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Côte d'Azur stretches along France's Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy. (Breakfast)

DAY 16
Côte d'Azur, France
Nice, France
Air travel
Barcelona, Spain

After breakfast at your Avalon hotel, an included transfer takes you to Nice airport for your flight to Barcelona, where you will join your Monograms vacation. (Breakfast)

DAY 17
Barcelona, Spain

Starting from Plaça de Catalunya, join a guided sightseeing tour which includes a drive along elegant Passeig de Gràcia to see the captivating façade of La Pedrera. Visit Gaudí's Casa Batlló and the extraordinary but still unfinished Sagrada Familia Basilica. (Breakfast)

DAY 18
Barcelona, Spain

Your local host has many recommendations for your day at leisure. (Breakfast)

DAY 19
Barcelona, Spain

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Grand France With 3 Nights Barcelona – Southbound map

What's Included

Included

  • The Avalon Tapestry II is a true haven on the river - two full decks of Panorama Suites with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities and services include free Wi-Fi access, Internet corner, a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, a hair salon, elevator, and a spacious Sky Deck with shade system, whirlpool, deck games, and the delightful Sky Bistro for al-fresco lunches of light grill fare.

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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