2021 Season

Grand France with 1 Night in Marseille, 3 Nights in Venice & 3 Nights in Rome (Northbound)


cruise: WLP2 22 Day River Cruise Marseille to Rome
Begin your European vacation with an overnight stay in Marseille on the blue Mediterranean. Transfer to Port-Saint-Louis to board your Avalon Suite Ship® for your French river cruise. You’ll sail to beautiful Arles, Lyon, and Avignon where you will enjoy guided city sightseeing tours. Continue to Dijon for a high-speed train ride to Paris—“The City of Light,” to embark on your Seine River cruise.

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 a “Taste of Normandy” with a day in its beautiful agricultural region. 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 Château de Malmaison, the legendary home of Napoléon Bonaparte.

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


Day 1 Marseille: Welcome to France

Day 2 Marseille-Port St. Louis (Embarkation): Guided tour; transfer to the ship; onboard welcome reception

Day 3 Arles: Guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre

Day 4 Avignon: Guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes

Day 5 Cruising-Viviers: Guided walk, visit Old Town and the cathedral

Day 6 Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage-Vienne: Guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Vienne

Day 7 Lyon: Guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill

Day 8 Cruising-St. Jean de Losne: Day at leisure; cheese tasting on board

Day 9 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)-Beaune-Paris (Embarkation): Visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; TGV train from Dijon to Paris; onboard welcome reception

Day 10 Vernon-Les Andelys: Choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; choice of guided tour, or guided hike to the castle in Les Andelys; onboard crêpe tasting

Day 11 Caudebec: Excursion along the 'Normandy Abbeys Route'

Day 12 Caudebec: Choice of full-day excursions to Normandy landing beaches, or 'A Taste of Normandy' excursion

Day 13 Rouen: Choice of guided tour, see the Astronomical Clock and visit to the cathedral or bike tour

Day 14 Conflans: Choice of excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise, or excursion to Napoleon and Josephine's Château de Malmaison

Day 15 Paris: Choice of guided sightseeing, or historic sights on 'Heart of Paris' walking tour

Day 16 Paris-Venice, Italy: Flight to Venice

Day 17 Venice: Guided sightseeing, visit St. Mark's Square and Basilica, Doges' Palace and the Bridge of Sighs

Day 18 Venice: Full day at leisure

Day 19 Venice-Rome: Travel by high-speed train (First class) to Rome

Day 20 Rome: Guided sightseeing, visit St Peter's Square and Basilica, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Roman Forum

Day 21 Rome: Full day at leisure

Day 22 Rome: Your vacation ends this morning
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cities and locations


Avalon Choice

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. Plus, we offer independent exploration options and the use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP on most of our cruises. 

Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience.

notes


  • 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.
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