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2019 : Grand France with 3 Nights Venice & 3 Nights Rome - Northbound (WLP2) - Poetry II & Tapestry II
22 Day River Cruise Cote d'Azur to Rome

Begin your grand journey through France with an overnight stay in the stunning Cote d'Azur. You'll transfer to Arles to board your Avalon Suite Ship® for your scenic river cruise through France. You'll sail to beautiful Lyon, where you will enjoy a guided city sightseeing tour. You'll continue to Dijon for a high-speed train ride to Paris-"The City of Lights," 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. Sail on the Seine to Caudebec, and take an excursion to Normandy. Here, you may select from two guided tours of Normandy's beaches and WWII monuments, or enjoy a day to discover the beautiful agricultural region of Normandy. You'll continue to Rouen, the village of Joan of Arc, 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 Chateau de Malmaison, the legendary home of Napoleon Bonaparte.

After returning to Paris, fly to Venice to enjoy your Monograms package of 3 nights each in Venice & Rome, including VIP guided sightseeing and helpful onsite support from expert Local Hosts® in both cities. Your French river cruise, Normandy Beaches tour, and tour of Venice and Rome, will be hard to match for the beauty, culture, and new sights to recall for years to follow.

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Cote d'Azur: Welcome to France
Day 2 Cote d'Azur-Transfer to Arles (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)
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 Hotel-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
Day 11 Caudebec: Choice of excursion along the "Normandy Abbeys Route", or hike in the Natural Park; lecture on board
Day 12 Caudebec: Choice of full day excursion to Normandy landing beaches, or "A Taste of Normandy" excursion
Day 13 Rouen: Guided tour, see the Astronomical Clock and visit to the cathedral
Day 14 Conflans: Choice of excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise, or excursion to Napoleon and Josephine's Chateau de Malmaison
Day 15 Paris: Choice of guided tour, or "Heart of Paris" tour with an inside view of Notre Dame Cathedral
Day 16 Paris-Venice, Italy: Flight to Venice
Day 17 Venice: Guided sightseeing
Day 18 Venice: Full day at leisure
Day 19 Venice-Rome: Travel by high-speed train to Rome.
Day 20 Rome: Guided sightseeing
Day 21 Rome: Full day at leisure.
Day 22 Rome: Your vacation ends this morning.

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    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. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise: Classic 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. Discovery 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. Active 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.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

    Day 1

    CÔTE D'AZUR , FRANCE

    Bienvenue en France!
    Take free time today to admire Cote d'Azur-with its enchanting yachts, glamorous villas, and famous events. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Cote d'Azur stretches along France's Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy.

    Day 2

    (B, D)

    CÔTE D'AZUR ARLES- (EMBARKATION)

    The Camargue National Park

    After breakfast this morning, you'll drive to Arles to board your Suite Ship®. Before dinner sail toward the mouth of the Rhone for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting).

    Day 3

    (B, L, D)

    ARLES

    Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights
    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 that inspired the works of Vincent van Gogh.
    Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (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 remaining with a stop in Le Cafe Van Gogh for a glass of wine, to relax and watch the world go by.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON

    Day 4

    (B, L, D)

    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.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON

    Day 5

    (B, L, D)

    VIVIERS

    World History in a Charming French Country Village
    Classic 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 TOURNON

    Day 6

    (B, L, D)

    TOURNON/TAIN L'HERMITAGE

    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.
    In the late morning cruise to Vienne

    VIENNE

    Roman and Middle Age History

    Classic Join a Guided Walking Tour of Vienne and discover this charming little town surrounded by steep hills.
    Enjoy live entertainment while sailing to Lyon.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON

    Day 7

    (B, L, D)

    LYON

    Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France
    Classic Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon from Fourvière Hill with its numerous churches. 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 riding a bike through Lyon's town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhone and Saone rivers meet.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ST. JEAN DE LOSNE

    Day 8

    (B, L, D)

    ST. JEAN DE LOSNE

    Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saone

    Enjoy a leisurely cruising day 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 on board this evening.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ST. JEAN DE LOSNE

    Day 9

    (B)

    ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (DISEMBARKATION)-BEAUNE-DIJON-PARIS

    Drive to Beaune and take a High-Speed Train from Dijon to Paris.
    Classic Visit the Hotel-Dieu Charity Hospital in Beaune, built in 1443, today home of the Van der Weyden's painting of the Last Judgment and is one of France's architectural highlights.
    This afternoon, take a high-speed train from Dijon to Paris.

    Day 10

    (B, L, D)

    VERNON

    Monet's Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crapes du Jour

    Start 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 crapes, followed by a Pastry Demonstration.
    This afternoon, enjoy a beautiful cruise to the picturesque town of Les Andelys.

    LES ANDELYS

    Serenity on the Seine's Most Beautiful Riverbends

    Classic 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

    Day 11

    (B, L, D)

    CAUDEBEC

    Churches, Cherry Orchards, and White Cliffs of Normandy
    Active Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Run 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 Explore Boucles de la Seine Normande with a Guided Hike of Normandy's vast regional nature park in a region rich in apple, plum, pear, and cherry orchards.
    This afternoon, you may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the old seaside town of Honfleur, or a Guided Optional Excursion to see the white-chalk cliffs and arches of the oceanside town of Etretat.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CAUDEBEC

    Day 12

    (B, L, D)

    CAUDEBEC. NORMANDY EXCURSIONS

    Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions
    Classic Join a Guided Tour of Normandy's WWII landing beaches, 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 at a local distillery.

    Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

    EVENING CRUISE TO ROUEN

    Day 13

    (B, L, D)

    ROUEN

    The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, and a Heroine for France
    Active Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk.
    Classic Take a Guided Walking Tour of Rouen-home of the martyred Joan of Arc-and see the medieval quarter with its 16th-century Astronomical Clock, and Notre-Dame Cathedral.
    Spend free time this afternoon to explore Rouen's city markets, shops, and bike paths. Enjoy onboard entertainment before setting sail this evening.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CONFLANS

    Day 14

    (B, L, D)

    CONFLANS

    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 to the Palace of Versailles-home to a succession of French kings.

    EVENING CRUISE TO PARIS

    Day 15

    (B, L, D)

    PARIS

    Cafes, Cathedrals, & Canvases-The City of Lights Truly Shines
    Active Take a Morning Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host to see Paris at first light.
    Classic Take a Guided Walking Tour through the Heart of Paris to see the historic Ile St. Louis, Ile de la Cite, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, 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.
    Stroll through Paris on your own, or linger over wine in a literary cafe on the Left Bank.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PARIS

    Day 16

    (B)

    PARIS-VENICE

    Say goodbye to the Avalon portion of your vacation after breakfast and fly to Venice. Your Local Hosts will be on hand to help you make the most of your time.

    Day 17

    (B)

    VENICE

    Your guided sightseeing in Venice includes St. Mark's Square, inside visits of the Basilica, Doges' Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.

    Day 18

    (B)

    VENICE

    Your Local Host has many suggestions for your day at leisure.

    Day 19

    (B)

    VENICE-ROME

    Travel by high-speed train (first class) to Rome

    Day 20

    (B)

    ROME

    With your included guided sightseeing visit St. Peter's Square, and go inside the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum and Roman Forum.

    Day 21

    (B)

    ROME

    A full day at leisure in Rome. Your Local Hosts will be on hand to help you make the most of your time.

    Day 22

    (B)

    ROME

    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    Notes

  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
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    Cruise LineAvalon Waterways
    OfferOffer valid through 6/30/2018
    Duration
    22 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Poetry II
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    Itinerary
    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Cote d'Azur  
    Day 2Cote d'Azur  
    Day 3Arles  
    Day 4Avignon  
    Day 5Viviers  
    Day 6Vienne  
    Day 7Lyon  
    Day 8ST. JEAN DE LOSNE  
    Day 9Paris  
    Day 10Les Andelys  
    Day 11Caudebec  
    Day 12Caudebec  
    Day 13Rouen  
    Day 14Conflans  
    Day 15Paris  
    Day 16Venice  
    Day 17Venice  
    Day 18Venice  
    Day 19Venice  
    Day 20Rome  
    Day 21Rome  
    Day 22Rome  
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    Disclaimer

    Dates and Prices do not include air travel.
    Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Avalon Waterways, not included in the pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $376. Required intra-vacation air segments: Paris to Venice. Air prices were effective on February 7, 2018, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

    Port charges:
    $364

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included for Avalon portion only.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Cote d'Azur:
    in single room from $242 to $541, in twin room from $152 to $295

    All prices per person based on double occupancy. Prices shown include cruise in 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 / Price
    D / Indigo Deck / $398
    B / Sapphire Deck / $2298
    A / Sapphire Deck / $2398
    P / Royal Deck / $2598
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $4398

    NOTES:

  • Special Interest Cruises: Wine Appreciation October 14 & October 28 & October 29, 75th Anniversary of D-Day WWII History & Remembrance May 27 (Seine section), WWII History & Remembrance May 28 & June 11 (Seine section)

    Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.

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  • Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
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  • The following charges are not included in the land/cruise vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; intra-vacation air, unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees, including the September 11th Security fee up to $11.20 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $4.10 per segment, and U.S. and international arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship's crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Avalon menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.
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