Grand France With 3 Nights In Venice & 3 Nights In Rome (Northbound)

07/18/2021 through 10/21/2023
07/18/2021 through 11/13/2023
Avalon Waterways

Begin your river cruise through France in Port-Saint-Louis, and board your Avalon Suite Ship® for your scenic river cruise. You’ll sail to beautiful Arles, Avignon and Lyon where you will enjoy guided city sightseeing tours. Continue to Dijon for a high-speed train ride to Paris-“The City of Light,” from where your river cruise on the Seine begins.

See the home of master artist Claude Monet, and stroll his magnificent gardens and charming residence at Giverny. Cruise on the Seine to Caudebec, and take an excursion to Normandy. Here, you may select from two guided tours-Normandy’s historic beaches and WWII monuments, or enjoy a “Taste of Normandy” tour to discover its beautiful agricultural region. You’ll continue to Rouen, for a guided walking tour. Next, you’ll sail to Conflans, for an excursion to Auvers-Sur-Oise- the village where Vincent Van Gogh painted, lived, and died-or to Chteau de Malmaison, the legendary home of Napoléon Bonaparte.

After returning to Paris, fly to Venice to begin your Monograms® vacation with three nights each in Venice and Rome, including guided sightseeing and helpful onsite support from expert Local Hosts® in both cities. Your French river cruise, Normandy Beaches tour, and Italian vacation package in Venice and Rome, will be hard to match for the beauty, culture, and new sights to recall for years to follow.

Included Features:

Day 1 Port St. Louis (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop, or walk with your Adventure Host

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

Day 4 Viviers: guided walk, visit Old Town and the cathedral or walk with your Adventure Host

Day 5 Tournon-Vienne: Choice of guided walk in Tournon or bike with your Adventure Host; choice of guided walk in Vienne or hike with your Adventure Host

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

Day 7 Tournus–St. Jean de Losne: 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 or walk with your Adventure Host; choice of guided walk or guided hike in Les Andelys; onboard crêpes tasting and Pastry Demonstration

Day 10 Caudebec: Choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route” or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 11 Caudebec: Full-day excursions to Normandy landing beaches, or ‘A Taste of Normandy’ excursion

Day 12 Rouen: Choice of guided walk, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral or bike tour

Day 13 Conflans-Paris: Choice of guided excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Chteau de Malmaison or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 14 Paris: Choice of guided sightseeing or historic sights on “Heart of Paris” walking tour or walk with your Adventure Host

Day 15 Paris-Venice, Italy: Flight to Venice

Day 16 Venice: Guided sightseeing, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs

Day 17 Venice: Full day at leisure

Day 18 Venice-Rome: Travel by high-speed train (first Class) to Rome

Day 19 Rome: Guided sightseeing, visit St Peter’s Square and Basilica, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Roman Forum (if your sightseeing falls on Wednesday or Sunday when the Vatican Museums are closed, your alternate tour will include inside visits of the Pantheon, Colosseum and Roman Forum)

Day 20 Rome: Full day at leisure

Day 21 Rome: Your vacation ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Port St. Louis, France (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Arles
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Day 3 Avignon
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Day 4 Viviers
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Day 5 Tournon
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Day 6 Lyon
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Day 7 Tournus – St. Jean De Losne
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Day 8 St. Jean De Losne (Disembakation) Beaune – Dijon – Paris (Embarkation)
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Day 9 Vernon
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Day 10 Caudebec
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Day 11 Caudebec. Excursions To Normandy
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Day 12 Rouen
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Day 13 Conflans
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Day 14 Paris
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Day 15 Paris – Venice, Italy
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Day 16 Venice
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Day 17 Venice
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Day 18 Venice – Rome
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Day 19 Rome
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Day 20 Rome
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Day 21 Rome
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