AVALON 2020: Grand France WWII Remembrance & History Cruise (Southbound) (WPL-T2)
15 Day River Cruise Paris to Port-Saint-Louis
On this France river cruise vacation, enjoy wine, cheese, history lectures hold by an expert travelling with you, beautiful views, and stops in the most charming and historical parts of France. Sail along the Seine River to the picturesque Normandy region. In Vernon, choose between two exciting guided visits-Claude Monet's stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as 'Normandy's Versailles.' Go on an excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery. In Rouen, go on a guided walk through the medieval quarter and visit the gothic Rouen Cathedral. Alternatively visit the battlefields in the area of Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel. Before you depart the beautiful Seine River, spend time in Paris-one of the world's most romantic cities! 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; alternatively take a tour focused on WWII and visit the Museum of Les Invalides. Lyon, sitting at the confluence of the Saone and Rhone Rivers, is France's third-largest city and a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. The city of Tournon is beautifully nestled among vineyards. You'll go on a guided walk of this medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. In historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes-the largest gothic fortress in the world. Situated on the Rhone River, Arles is famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day.
|Day 1||Paris||Welcome to France. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding.Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.Your day is free to explore the world's most romantic city before starting your cruise on the Seine. Get acquainted with the City of Lights today with some shopping, strolling, or with a croissant and cafe au lait to watch the world go by amid the Parisian cityscape.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VERNON (D)|
|Day 2||Vernon||Monet's Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crepes du JourStart the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Giverny, home and inspiration of the master impressionist painter Claude Monet. Walk the grounds and see Monet's charming residence, and the flower and water gardens captured in his masterpieces, OR:CLASSIC Join a Guided Visit to Bizy Castle-called 'Normandy's Versailles' for its magnificent courtyard, water garden, and stables.DISCOVERY While sailing, enjoy a traditional French Luncheon of authentic French crepes, followed by an onboard history lecture.This afternoon, enjoy cruising to the picturesque town of Les Andelys.LES ANDELYSSerenity on the Seine's Most Beautiful RiverbendsCLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of Les Andelys-one of France's most picturesque spots on the Seine, OR:ACTIVE Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins of Chateau Gaillard-historic home of King Richard the Lionheart.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CAUDEBEC(B,L,D) |
|Day 3||Caudebec||Churches, Cherry Orchards, and White Cliffs of Normandy ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Jog in Normandy's town of Caudebec.CLASSIC Take a Guided Trip along the Normandy Abbeys Route-where more than 100 medieval Benedictine and Augustine abbeys and churches were built along the Seine, OR: ACTIVE Enjoy the natural wonders of the fascinating Marais Vernier wetlands on this half-day Guided Nature Walk on the outskirts of Caudebec.This afternoon, you may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the old seaside town of Honfleur.DISCOVERY Onboard lecture about WWII hosted by your history expert.Later enjoy live entertainment on board.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CAUDEBEC(B,L,D)|
|Day 4||Caudebec||Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming TraditionsCLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of the WWII landing beaches of Normandy, visit significant U.S. sites, including Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery, OR: CLASSIC Take a full-day Guided Tour of the British and Canadian commemorative sites, including the British cemetery, Pegasus Memorial, the seaside town of Arromanches, the Juno Beach Center, and the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, OR: CLASSIC Join 'A Taste of Normandy' Guided Tour for an in-depth look at this rich agricultural region. See the famous Bayeux Tapestry, visit the beautiful village of Beuvron en Auge and taste Calvados apple brandy at a local distillery.Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. EVENING CRUISE TO ROUEN (B,L,D)|
|Day 5||Rouen||The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, and a Heroine for France CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of Rouen-site of Saint Joan of Arc's martyrdom-and see the medieval quarter with its 16th-century Astronomical Clock, and Notre-Dame Cathedral.DISCOVERY Take a full day excursion in the areas of Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel, where the Canadian Forces fought and won the German Army during WWI.Enjoy onboard entertainment before setting sail this evening. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CONFLANS (B,L,D)|
|Day 6||Conflans||Walk in the Footsteps of Van Gogh, Bonaparte, and Louis XIV CLASSIC Join a Guided Visit to Auvers-sur-Oise, home and resting place of Vincent van Gogh, OR:CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of the opulent Chateau de Malmaison-home of Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine. Perhaps, join a Guided Optional Excursion tour of the Palace of Versailles-home to a succession of French kings. EVENING CRUISE TO PARIS(B,L,D)|
|Day 7||Paris||Cafes, Cathedrals, & Canvases-The City of Lights Truly ShinesACTIVE Take a Morning Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host to see Paris at first light.CLASSIC Discover the ancient heart of Paris on a captivating Guided Walk featuring the Palais-Royal, Louvre pyramid, ancient sites on Ile de la Cite, the Left Bank, bustling Latin Quarter, and more, OR: CLASSIC Join a Guided City Tour, that shows you the iconic sites of Paris, such as the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Opera Garnier, and the famous Champs-Elysees. DISCOVERY Take a WWII tour of Paris which will include a visit to the museum of Les Invalides, dedicated to the Ordre de la Liberation which was created in 1940 by General Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French Forces. Stroll through Paris on your own, or linger over wine in a literary cafe on the Left Bank.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PARIS (B,L,D)|
|Day 8||ST. JEAN DE LOSNE||Take a High-Speed Train from Paris to Dijon, to drive on to Beaune. CLASSIC Visit the Hotel-Dieu Charity Hospital in Beaune, built in 1443, today home of the Van der Weyden's painting of the Last Judgement. This afternoon, travel to St. Jean de Losne to board your Suite Ship. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MACON(B,D)|
|Day 9||Macon||Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saone Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Macon along the majestic Saone River. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin. DISCOVERY Later, enjoy a delicious Cheese Tasting on board your ship. Enjoy live entertainment while sailing for Trevoux this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN TREVOUX (B,L,D)|
|Day 10||Lyon||Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of FranceSail for lovely Lyon this morning. CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon with its numerous churches from Fourviere Hill. You'll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafes, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux. Spend free time biking through Lyon's town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhone and Saone rivers meet. DISCOVERY Be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance lecture on board your ship.Later enjoy live entertainment after dinner.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON (B,L,D)|
|Day 11||Lyon||French Food and Wine-La Vie En Rose in Lyon CLASSIC Join a Culinary Walk through the city to discover why it is known as the gastronomic capital of France. The rest of your day is free to explore, relax, or shop in France's third largest city. Take a bike from the ship and explore local produce markets and parks, or take a leisurely tour of the city's more than 100 murals. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. EVENING CRUISE TO TOURNON(B,L,D)|
|Day 12||Tournon||A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards CLASSIC Take a morning Guided Walking Tour to explore Tournon-one of France's oldest medieval cities. See its 16th-century castle, and Roman ruins between the Rhone River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. Enjoy a leisurely sail to Viviers after lunch. VIVIERS World History in a Charming French Country VillageCLASSIC Explore the pale-stone buildings of Viviers on a late afternoon Guided Walking Tour of this charming village. You'll see its Romanesque cathedral and Old Town with a mix of historical Christian, Roman, and medieval influences.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AVIGNON(B,L,D)|
|Day 13||Avignon||The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the fortress city of Avignon-with its ramparts encircling the city-and a visit to the amazing Palace of the Popes.Guided Optional Excursions include a visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard, or a trip to the famed wine cellars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhone wine region. Explore Avignon on your own for the city's art and culture, theatre, and museums. Be sure to snap photos of the captivating countryside, historic monuments, and the medieval Pont Saint-Benezet. Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment. EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES(B,L,D)|
|Day 14||Arles||Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk.CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Arles-the captivating city of the Provence region. You'll visit the Roman Amphitheater in this visually stunning city, OR:DISCOVERY Attend a Painting Workshop to learn the style and techniques of Vincent van Gogh. You'll create your own painting in the style of the classic master who took inspiration from the Provence light and landscape in Arles. Consider also a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrieres de Lumieres (Cathedral of Images) to immerse yourself in a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d'Enfer.Take advantage of any free time with a stop in Le Cafe Van Gogh for a glass of wine to relax and watch the world go by. EVENING CRUISE TO PORT ST. LOUIS(B,L,D)|
|Day 15||Port St. Louis||Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.Flights should not leave Marseille airport before 10 am.(B)|
|US$ Price Details|
Port charges:$364Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.Extra nights per person in Paris: in single room from $327 to $435, in twin room from $193 to $247All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:Category / Decks / PriceD / Indigo Deck / $398B / Sapphire Deck / $2,298A / Sapphire Deck / $2,398P / Royal Deck / $2,598Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $4,398NOTE:Special Interest Cruises: Culinary March 24; Wine Appreciation October 6 & October 20; WWII Remembrance & History June 2
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