2018 : A Culinary Experience in Grand France (WPL-T2) - Tapestry II & Poetry II

16 Day River Cruise from Paris to Cote d'Azur

This river cruise highlighting the best of France is certainly grand! And as the Seine portion focuses on a culinary aspect, enjoy culinary treats and tastings, beautiful scenery, and stops in the most charming and historical parts of France.

Set out on the Seine River and choose from a variety of excursions: to Claude Monet's Giverny or Bizy Castle from Vernon, along the "Normandy Abbeys" route and to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery; or a "Taste of Normandy" to visit a cheese farm and a Calvados distillery from Caudebec; and to Vincent van Gogh's Auver-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine's Malmaison from Conflans. Visit Joan of Arc's Rouen, and pretty Les Andelys. Enjoy an onboard crêpes lunch, a pastry demonstration, cheese and wine tasting and an exclusive onboard food and wine-pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine. Before you depart the beautiful Seine River, spend time in Paris-one of the world's most romantic and vibrant cities! A guided walk through historic Ile St. Louis with its narrow streets, and Ile de la Cite, where medieval Paris was founded, will be a delight. Continue your river cruise vacation on the Saone and Rhone Rivers. Lyon, France's gastronomic capital, is France's third-largest city and a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l'Hermitage are beautifully nestled among vineyards and you'll go on a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. On a guided tour of 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 for its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day.

As a perfect finale to your France river cruise vacation, spend some time in the captivating French Riviera, also known as the Cote d'Azur. Explore this elegant area and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea.

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 used our 89 years to design 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.

  • Panoramic windows throughout the ship
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch & dinner
  • Avalon Choice® cruising experience
  • Included sightseeing with headsets by Certified Local Guides
  • Complimentary Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary bicycles available for time on shore
  • Local FavoritesSM - onboard cultural & artisan experiences
  • Sky Deck shade system & premium lounge chairs
  • Well-stocked library with books, cards, and games
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products & hairdryer
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour, self-serve beverage station
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate & teas
  • Cookies & fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • And, much more

    Highlights & Sightseeing

    Day 1 Paris (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

    Day 2 Vernon-Les Andelys: choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; onboard crêpes lunch and pastry demonstration; guided walk in Les Andelys, visit the parish church of Le Petit Andely

    Day 3-4 Caudebec: excursion along the "Normandy Abbeys Route"; choice of excursions to Normandy landing beaches or "A Taste of Normandy, including visit and lunch at a local cheese farm

    Day 5 Rouen: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral; onboard cheese and wine tasting

    Day 6 Conflans: choice of excursions: visit Auvers-sur-Oise or Chateau de Malmaison; onboard food and wine pairing dinner

    Day 7 Paris: "Heart of Paris" walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral

    Day 8 Paris (Disembarkation)-Dijon-Beaune-St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation)-Seurre: TGV train from Paris to Dijon. Motorcoach transfer to Beaune, visit the Hotel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception

    Day 9 Seurre-Macon: leisurely cruising; onboard cheese tasting; free time in Macon

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

    Day 11 Lyon: a day to explore this fascinating city at leisure

    Day 12 Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage-Viviers: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

    Day 13 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes

    Day 14 Arles: cruise into the Camargue region (daylight permitting); guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater

    Day 15 Arles (Disembarkation)-Cote d'Azur: travel by motorcoach to Cote d'Azur

    Day 16 Cote d'Azur: your vacation ends this morning

    Meals

  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Welcome dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or (weather permitting) grill fare at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck
  • Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room
  • Alternative dinner of petite portions or regional specialties with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel

    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 becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • In the event that a high-speed train is unavailable due to strikes or technical reasons, the route will be operated by motorcoach.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    Day 1
    Arrive in Paris, France (Embarkation)

    Welcome to Paris, France's capital on the River Seine, the "City of Light," where romance fills the air. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. Before dinner, your ship glides smoothly out of Paris. (Dinner)

    NOTE:
    Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

    Day 2
    Vernon-Les Andelys

    This morning in Vernon, choose between a guided visit of Giverny and a visit to Bizy Castle. Claude Monet lived at GIVERNY from 1883-1926, and viewed his gardens as works of art-just like his paintings. See his collection of Japanese prints, his charming house, and his biggest sources of inspiration. Or, visit BIZY CASTLE, built in 1740 and nicknamed "Normandy's Versailles." It is known for its famous stables-inspired by those at Versailles-and its magnificent courtyard and water garden. Enjoy an onboard CRÊPES LUNCH and afterwards a PASTRY DEMONSTRATION, during which you will be shown how to make a local specialty. This afternoon, your ship arrives in Les Andelys, situated on a bend of the Seine and one of the most beautiful places in France. Join a Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK of the town, visiting the PARISH CHURCH OF LE PETIT ANDELY. Alternatively you may wish to join your guide on a hike up to the ruins of imposing Chateau Gaillard, built by England's King Richard the Lionheart as a fortress in 1196. Constructed in only a year, it is a masterpiece of medieval military architecture. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 3
    Caudebec

    Today, join a guided excursion along the "NORMANDY ABBEYS ROUTE," a short drive from Caudebec. More than 100 abbeys once covered this region, which has a microclimate particularly suited to the production of fruit such as apples, pears, plums and cherries. The afternoon is free to explore on your own or to join an optional excursion to the pretty coastal town of Honfleur. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 4
    Caudebec

    Make your choice today between an included full-day excursion to the historic NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES-with poignant sites such as Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery-or a "TASTE OF NORMANDY" for a more in-depth look at this picturesque, mainly agricultural region. The most important products are dairy, apples, and grain. Camembert cheese is a specialty, as is CALVADOS, a strong apple brandy that you'll have the chance to taste at a local distillery. This tour will include a guided visit with lunch at a local cheese farm, during which clients will taste, among other Norman specialties, also some AOP (appellation d'origine protege) cheeses produced on the farm. And for a touch of history, visit the famous BAYEUX TAPESTRY. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 5
    Rouen

    Rouen, the capital of Upper Normandy, is an important commercial city perhaps best known for its connection to Joan of Arc, who lived, was imprisoned, and burned at the stake in the marketplace of this town in 1431. Enjoy the included GUIDED WALK through the medieval quarter with its half-timbered, glazed-tile houses, and take your pictures of the intricate Gros Horloge astronomical clock, dating back to the 16th century. Visit the gothic CATHEDRAL, which was once the tallest building in the world and the subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. A Master of Wine will join you on board and will introduce you to some of France's wines and answer any questions you may have. This afternoon, you will be tempted with a TASTING of CHEESE and WINE. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 6
    Conflans

    After breakfast, you may either join our guided excursion to AUVERS-SUR-OISE, the quaint town where Vincent Van Gogh lived and died, or to Napoleon and Josephine's CHÂTEAU DE MALMAISON just outside Paris. Requiring extensive renovations, this large country estate was purchased by Josephine Bonaparte in 1799 while Napoleon was fighting in Egypt. It was her aim to make it "the most beautiful and curious garden in Europe, a model of good cultivation." This evening, enjoy a special onboard FOOD AND WINE PAIRING DINNER hosted by our Master of Wine, who has specifically chosen the wines for this occasion. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 7
    Paris

    One of the world's most romantic and lively cities, Paris delights the senses. Join a GUIDED WALK through historic Ile St. Louis with its narrow one-way streets and Ile de la Cite, the center of Paris where the medieval city was founded and home to NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysees with its lavish cafes, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmartre with its Sacre Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 8
    Paris (Disembarkation)-Dijon-Beaune-St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation)-Seurre

    This morning, say goodbye to your crew, board the TGV train to Dijon and, from there, drive to Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Cote d'Or area. Beaune owes its wealth to the production, aging, and selling of fine wines. Although life here centers around wine, Beaune offers much more. Visit the HÔTEL-DIEU charity hospital, built in 1443 and paid for by the chancellor of Burgundy after the Hundred Years' War left many of the town's population destitute. Today, it houses Van der Weyden's painting of "The Last Judgment" and is one of France's architectural highlights. Continue to St. Jean de Losne, where your ship awaits. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception as you depart for Seurre. (Breakfast, Dinner)

    Day 9
    Seurre-Macon

    Enjoy some leisurely cruising this morning. In the afternoon, you might choose to participate in one of the optional excursions on offer, such as to a Chardonnay wine cellar, before your ships arrives in Macon In the late afternoon, enjoy an ONBOARD CHEESE TASTING. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 10
    Lyon

    Lyon, France's third-largest city and its gastronomic capital, was founded by the Romans in 43 BC. The city's prosperity dates back to the 16th century and is due to commercial, industrial, and banking activities. Roman remains, excellent museums, and renaissance architecture delight visitors. A LOCAL GUIDE joins you as you survey the city from Fourvière Hill and explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways and Place des Terreaux, a popular area with lively cafes, monuments, and the famous fountain often depicted on postcards. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 11
    Lyon

    Enjoy a free day to explore at leisure. Early risers might like to visit the local produce market. Perhaps wander through one of Lyon's parks, discover some of the murals (there are over 100 of them), or select one of the available optional excursions. Be sure to taste the gastronomic delights and sample Beaujolais, the wine of the region; wine connoisseurs know the grapes must be hand picked. Your Cruise Director will have suggestions for things to do. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 12
    Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage-Viviers

    The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l'Hermitage lie nestled among vineyards between the Rhone River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. A LOCAL GUIDE will show you Tournon, one of France's oldest medieval cities, with its imposing 16th-century castle and Roman ruins. Arriving in Viviers in the late afternoon, an included GUIDED WALK shows you this charming town that developed around its ROMANESQUE CATHEDRAL. The OLD TOWN has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman, and medieval influences. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 13
    Avignon

    The fortified city of Avignon is the capital of the Vaucluse region-the most picturesque part of Provence with its intact ramparts encircling the entire city, cobblestone streets and squares, and private mansions built in the 18th and 19th centuries. Known as the "City of Popes," it was the center of the Catholic Church in the 14th century. Your GUIDED TOUR includes a visit of the PALACE OF THE POPES, built in the 14th century as the sovereign popes' residency. A photo of the famous Pont Saint Benezet (Saint Benezet Bridge), of the popular song Sur le Pont d'Avignon, is a must. Optional outings to Pont du Gard or to the famed wine cellars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape are available. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 14
    Arles

    This morning, wake up early to the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting) before arriving in Arles after breakfast. Located on the northern tip of the Camargue, Arles is capital of the Provence region. Your LOCAL GUIDE will show you highlights of the city and you'll visit the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER. Still used today, it dates to the 1st century and was constructed to hold over 20,000 spectators. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Day 15
    Arles (Disembarkation)-Cote d'Azur

    After breakfast, a comfortable motorcoach ride takes you to the Cote d'Azur for a last night in France. Also known as the French Riviera, the Cote d'Azur stretches along France's Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the Italian border and is synonymous with prestige and beauty. (Breakfast)

    Day 16
    Cote d'Azur

    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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    Cruise Line
    Avalon Waterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2017
    Duration
    16 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Tapestry II

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Paris  
    Day 2Les Andelys  
    Day 3Caudebec  
    Day 4Caudebec  
    Day 5Rouen  
    Day 6Conflans  
    Day 7Paris  
    Day 8Seurre  
    Day 9Macon  
    Day 10Lyon  
    Day 11Lyon  
    Day 12Viviers  
    Day 13Avignon  
    Day 14Arles  
    Day 15Cote d'Azur  
    Day 16Cote d'Azur  
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    08/11/2018Quote
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    $336

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    Extra nights per person in Paris:
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    Extra nights per person in Cote d'Azur:
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