CRUISETOUR

France's Finest (15 Days)

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Ship: Varies by Departure
Avignon, France to Paris, France
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PORT
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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Avignon, France

Fly to Marseille. Transfer from the airport to your ship docked in Avignon. After boarding, take free time to explore this quaint town on the scenic Rhône River, or join our "welcome walk" to stretch your legs and get oriented. (D); Note: Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.

DAY 2
Avignon, France

This morning, set out on a guided walk of Avignon, nicknamed "City of Popes" because it was home to seven popes from 1309 to 1377. Stroll through the historic center, stop at the picturesque Pont d'Avignon and walk the Place de l'Horloge. Continue to the renowned Palace of the Popes for a guided tour through this rambling maze of Gothic architecture that served as a papal residence, fortress, church, and palace. After the tour, enjoy an afternoon at leisure exploring Avignon. You can join the optional tour to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, visiting the vineyards and tasting the famous wine. Lunch and dinner are served onboard your ship. We depart for Arles this evening. (B,L,D)

DAY 3
Arles, France
Avignon, France

Disembark after breakfast and take a walking tour of Arles with its diverse architectural highlights. Experience the city's vibrant colors and striking quality of light that have inspired artists. Arles is also the site of some impressive Roman ruins, including Les Arènes, an arena that seats 20,000 and is still in use, as well as Romanesque monuments such as the Church of Saint-Trophime, completed in the 15th century. Enjoy free time to explore Arles on your own, then transfer to your ship in Avignon. Alternatively, relax onboard this morning and over lunch enjoy scenic cruising along the Rhône. Dinner is served as you depart for Viviers. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
Viviers, France

This morning join a walking tour of Viviers' Old Town with its medieval and Renaissance buildings. Once a 5th-century Roman settlement, today the cobblestone streets are dominated by the 12th-century St. Vincent Cathedral. This afternoon, we set sail to Tournon. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
Vienne, France

Board the Train de l'Ardèche this morning for a locomotive ride through the deep gorges of the Ardèche plateau, cut by the Doux River. Return to your ship and enjoy lunch onboard as we cruise past dramatic landscapes. Arrive in Vienne this afternoon, a beautiful town with an ancient Roman past. Visit the Temple of Augustus and Livia, the Roman amphitheater, and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Maurice on a walking tour before dinner onboard the ship. We remain docked in Vienne this evening. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
Lyon, France

After breakfast, disembark in Lyon for a tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin with a drive to the top of Fourvière Hill for amazing views of the city. Continue with a guided visit to the Basilica of Notre Dame and drive through town past the magnificent St. Jean Cathedral and the Palace of Justice. Then take a walking tour through the cobblestone streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Town), with free time to shop for souvenirs or sample some of the fine French cuisine for which Lyon is world-famous. Your ship remains docked overnight. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
Lyon, France
Le Moulin à Vent, France
Lyon, France

After breakfast, take a scenic drive through the rolling hills of Beaujolais, where viticultural tradition runs deep. See the legendary Moulin-à-Vent, the windmill that gives its name to one of the most prestigious wines of the region, learn about the art of winemaking in a small museum, and enjoy a tasting in one of Beaujolais's famous cellars. Return to your ship for lunch and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. As always, your program director can help you plan your free time. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
Lyon, France
Cruise starts
Paris, France

After breakfast, disembark and enjoy a leisurely train ride from Lyon through the countryside of east central France to Paris to board your second ship, where a Welcome Dinner is served. (B, D)

DAY 9
Le Pecq, France
Paris, France
Le Pecq, France

After breakfast, embark on a tour of this dazzling city and marvel at its most remarkable sights, including the iconic Eiffel Tower. Take in the École Militaire, Orsay Museum and Latin Quarter, and magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral. Then drive past the Louvre and Opera House and along the famed Champs-Élysées. Return onboard for dinner and start your cruise on the Seine this evening. (B, D)

DAY 10
Vernon, France
Giverny, France
Vernon, France

Arrive in Vernon before breakfast; take a short ride into the town of Giverny, where Claude Monet resided from 1883 until his death in 1926. Visit the beautiful gardens and charming stone farmhouse where he lived and worked; see the water garden with the recognizable Japanese bridge, water lilies, wisteria, and azaleas that inspired many of his masterpieces. After lunch, spend some time with your local guide in the provincial town of Vernon. Take a stroll to see the Maison du Temps Jadis (House of Past Times), Vernon's oldest house, and the 11th-century Church of Notre Dame. Dinner is served onboard. (B,L,D); Note: Monet garden not available before March 24 or after November 1; a visit to the village of Auvers-sur-Oise, favored by Van Gogh and other artists, will be substituted.

DAY 11
Rouen, France

Indulge in leisurely morning cruising along the Seine. Spend the afternoon in the medieval city of Rouen, preeminent capital of Normandy. Begin with a walking tour through the center of Old Town, where you see the spectacular Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral, often painted by Claude Monet, and the famous Gros-Horloge, a 16th-century astronomical clock. As you walk among the half-timbered storybook buildings, allow yourself to be transported back through time; see the 14th-century courthouse where Joan of Arc was sentenced to death and the nearby Market Square where she was martyred. Use your free time to discover more of Rouen or visit one of its museums of art or antiquities. Dine onboard or at a sidewalk café. Your ship remains docked overnight. (B,L,D)

DAY 12
Rouen, France
Saint-laurent-sur-mer, France
Colleville Cemetery, France
Arromanches, France
Rouen, France

After breakfast, begin your full-day tour to the historic beaches of Normandy. Drive past Gold Beach, Courseulles-sur-Mer, and Juno Beach on your way to visit such World War II landmarks as Omaha Beach, the American Military Cemetery, and Arromanches Debarkment D-Day Museum. Alternatively, you may take a tour of Bayeux, where you can admire the magnificent tapestry that chronicles the pre–Battle of Hastings events. Afterward, continue to Normandy's coast and enjoy some free time at Juno Beach after your visit to the museum; then visit the Memorial Pegasus museum. Return to your ship for dinner and relax onboard, or take an evening stroll through Rouen. (B,L,D)

DAY 13
Les Andelys, France

Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise to the small town of Les Andelys, known for its imposing castle, Château Gaillard, built in 1196 by Richard the Lionheart. After lunch, join a guided walk to this fatally flawed masterpiece of Middle Ages architecture before returning to your ship. (B,L,D)

DAY 14
Le Pecq, France
Château de Malmaison, France
Le Pecq, France

After breakfast, disembark for a visit to Château de Malmaison, where Napoleon Bonaparte spent his final days in France. Along with the Tuileries, this elegant manor house, purchased by the emperor's wife Josephine in 1799, served as the seat of Napoleon's French government from 1800 to 1802. Or, join an optional tour to the luxurious Palace of Versailles, former home of Louis XIV. (B,L,D); Note: The Paris port authority assigned Viking a docking location in Le Pecq, a western suburb of Paris. To help maximize your time in the city center, we are offering complimentary shuttles for Viking guests throughout your stay.

DAY 15
Paris, France

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Paris airport for your return flight. Or, extend your time in France's romantic capital with a three-night Paris extension. (B); Note: Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.

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