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Grand France with 2 Nights in Nice & 3 Nights in Barcelona (Southbound)
20 Day River Cruise Paris to Barcelona
Your European river cruise through France embarks in Paris to sail on the Seine River to the picturesque Normandy region. Your Avalon Suite Ship® docks in Vernon, with your choice of a guided visit to Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle. Continue to Les Andelys—home of Château Gaillard, built by England’s King Richard the Lionheart in 1196. Then, on to Caudebec, where you can choose between an included excursion to the legendary Normandy landing beaches or a fascinating excursion for a “Taste of Normandy” tour. Visit Joan of Arc’s historic Rouen and, in Conflans, select a guided excursion to Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s elegant Château de Malmaison. Return to Paris and discover its true heart on a guided walk through the sites of Paris’ rich history, or take a tour showing you the iconic sites of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more. Disembark your ship, and travel south to fascinating Beaune for a visit of the Hôtel-Dieu.
In St. Jean de Losne, board your second Suite Ship® and sail to Macon, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, Viviers, Avignon, and Arles, as well as France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon. Your French river cruise concludes disembarks in Port-Saint-Louis.
Transfer to Nice on the Côte d’Azur to begin your Monograms® vacation with two more nights in France. In Nice, walk through the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais, the city’s most famous boulevard. In your free time, perhaps take an excursion to Monaco, St. Tropez, or Cannes—known for its famous film festival. Next, fly to Barcelona to enjoy guided sightseeing, including Passeig de Gràcia, La Pedrera, Casa Batlló, and an inside visit of Sagrada Familia Basilica. Enjoy ample free time to explore with suggestions and assistance from your Local Host®--at your service in both Nice and Barcelona.
Day 1 Paris (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 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 3 Caudebec: Choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route” or bike with your Adventure Host
Day 4 Caudebec: Choice of full-day excursions to Normandy landing beaches or 'A Taste of Normandy' excursion
Day 5 Rouen: Choice of guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral or bike tour
Day 6 Conflans: Choice of excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise or excursion to Napoleon and Josephine's Château de Malmaison or bike with your Adventure Host
Day 7 Paris: Choice of guided sightseeing or historic sights of the 'Heart of Paris' walking tour or walk with your Adventure Host
Day 8 Paris (Disembarkation)-Dijon-Beaune-St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation): High-speed train from Paris to Dijon; motorcoach transfer to Beaune and visit to the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception
Day 9 Mâcon: Leisurely cruising; onboard cheese tasting
Day 10 Lyon: Choice of guided sightseeing; with picture stop on Fourvière Hill or bike with your Adventure Host; onboard lecture
Day 11 Lyon: Culinary tour
Day 12 Tournon-Viviers: Guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral
Day 13 Avignon: Guided sightseeing, visit to the Palace of the Popes
Day 14 Arles: Choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop or walk with your Adventure Host
Day 15 Port-Saint-Louis (Disembarkation)-Nice: Transfer from your ship to Nice; guided walking tour with Promenade des Anglais and the Old Town
Day 16 Nice: Day at leisure
Day 17 Nice-Barcelona: Transfer to Nice airport for your flight to Barcelona
Day 18 Barcelona: Guided sightseeing, visit Sagrada Familia Basilica
Day 19 Barcelona: Day at leisure
Day 20 Barcelona: Your vacation ends this morning
cities and locations
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.
Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
The “Starting at” or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per person based on twin occupancy and any applicable port charges, non-commissionable taxes and fees, gratuities and intra-vacation flight are included in the price shown. International airfare, however, is not included. If price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s). Please review current promotions or deals for additional information.