2021 Season

Grand France WWII Remembrance & History Cruise with 2 Nights in Nice & 3 Nights in Barcelona (Southbound)


cruise: WPL2-T3 20 Day River Cruise Paris to Barcelona
This splendid river cruise vacation features France’s scenery, history, and culture on the Seine, Saône, and Rhône Rivers. See the sites of heroic battles of World War II, hear fascinating presentations by a history expert on board your ship, and see the site of the V-1 bomber launch. Visit memorial sites of US, British, and Canadian soldiers in Normandy, the Museum of Les Invalides in Paris, and First World War battle sites and memorials of Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel. Stand on the beaches of Normandy where the allies fought to liberate Europe and the world.

Embark in Paris and cruise on the Seine River to the picturesque Normandy region. Dock at Vernon and choose between a guided visit of Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or 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, to choose from an included excursion to the heroic landing beaches of Normandy or a “Taste of Normandy” tour. Visit Joan of Arc’s historic Rouen; and in Conflans, choose between a guided excursion to Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s elegant Château de Malmaison. Return to Paris for a guided walk through the historic sights, or to see landmarks like the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, and Eiffel Tower. Disembark and transfer to Beaune to visit the Hôtel-Dieu. In St. Jean de Losne, board your second Avalon Suite Ship® and sail on to Mâcon , the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, Viviers, Avignon, and Arles, as well as France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon.

Disembark your river cruise ship in Port-Saint-Louis and transfer to Nice where you join your Monograms® package for two more nights in France. Here, you’ll walk through the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais, Nice’s most famous boulevard. In your free time, perhaps take an excursion to Monaco, St. Tropez, or Cannes—known for its famous film festival. Then, fly to Barcelona, where you’ll enjoy guided sightseeing, including Passeig de Gràcia, La Pedrera, Casa Batlló, an inside visit of Sagrada Familia Basilica and relaxing free time—all part of your Monograms vacation package in Spain. At your service is an expert Monograms Local Host® who is available to you throughout your stay in Nice and Barcelona. Your French river cruise, with a visit to the spectacular Côte d’Azur, is even better with a trip to colorful Barcelona!
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Day 1 Paris (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Vernon-Les Andelys: Choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; onboard crêpes tasting; onboard history presentation; choice of guided walk or guided hike in Les Andelys

Day 3 Caudebec: Excursion along the 'Normandy Abbeys Route' or visit the V-1 launch bomb site; onboard lecture

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 choose a bike tour or full-day excursion to Vimy and Beaumont-Hamel.

Day 6 Conflans: Choice of excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise or excursion to Napoleon and Josephine's Château de Malmaison

Day 7 Paris: Choice of guided sightseeing or historic sights on 'Heart of Paris' walking tour, or WWII theme tour with visit to Museum of Les Invalides

Day 8 Paris (Disembarkation)-Dijon-Beaune-St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation): High-speed train from Paris to Dijon; motor coach transfer to Beaune and visit to the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception

Day 9 Mâcon: Leisurely cruising; onboard cheese tasting

Day 10 Lyon: Guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill; 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

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
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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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