Grand France With 2 Nights In Nice, 3 Nights In Venice & 3 Nights In Rome (Northbound)

09/25/2020 through 10/06/2022
09/25/2020 through 10/31/2022
Avalon Waterways

Begin your European vacation with an overnight stay in Marseille on the blue Mediterranean. Transfer to Port-Saint-Louis to board your Avalon Suite Ship® for your French river cruise. You’ll sail to beautiful Arles, Lyon, and Avignon where you will enjoy guided city sightseeing tours. Continue to Dijon for a high-speed train ride to Paris-“The City of Light,” to embark on your Seine River cruise.

See the home of master artist Claude Monet, and stroll his magnificent gardens and charming residence at Giverny. Cruise on the Seine to Caudebec, and take an excursion to Normandy. Here, you may select from two guided tours-Normandy’s historic beaches and WWII monuments, or a “Taste of Normandy” with a day in its beautiful agricultural region. Continue to Rouen 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 Chteau de Malmaison, the legendary home of Napoléon Bonaparte.

After returning to Paris, fly to Venice to begin your Monograms® vacation package with three nights each in Venice & Rome. Enjoy included guided sightseeing and ample free time with helpful onsite support from expert Local Hosts® in both cities. Your French river cruise, Normandy Beaches tour, and Italian vacation in Venice and Rome, will be hard to match for the beauty, culture, and new sights to recall for years to follow.

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Day 1 Nice: welcome to France

Day 2 Nice: guided tour

Day 3 Nice–Port St. Louis (Embarkation): transfer to the ship; onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Arles: guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre

Day 5 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes

Day 6 Cruising–Viviers: guided walk, visit Old Town and the cathedral

Day 7 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Vienne

Day 8 Lyon: guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill

Day 9 Cruising–St. Jean de Losne: day at leisure; cheese tasting on board

Day 10 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)–Beaune–Paris (Embarkation): visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; TGV train from Dijon to Paris; onboard welcome reception

Day 11 Vernon–Les Andelys: choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; choice of guided walk, or guided hike in Les Andelys; onboard crêpe tasting and Pastry Demonstration

Day 12 Caudebec: excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”

Day 13 Caudebec: choice of full-day excursions to Normandy landing beaches, or “A Taste of Normandy” excursion

Day 14 Rouen: choice of guided tour, see the Astronomical Clock and visit to the cathedral or bike tour

Day 15 Conflans: choice of excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise, or excursion to Napoleon and Josephine’s Chteau de Malmaison

Day 16 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing, or historic sights on “Heart of Paris” walking tour

Day 17 Paris–Venice, Italy: flight to Venice

Day 18 Venice: guided sightseeing, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs

Day 19 Venice: full day at leisure

Day 20 Venice–Rome: travel by high-speed train (First class) to Rome

Day 21 Rome: guided sightseeing, visit St Peter’s Square and Basilica, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Roman Forum

Day 22 Rome: full day at leisure

Day 23 Rome: your vacation ends this morning

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Day 1 Nice
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Day 2 Nice
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Day 3 Nice – Port St. Louis (Embarkation)
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Day 4 Arles
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Day 5 Avignon
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Day 6 Viviers
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Day 7 Tournon/Tain L’hermitage
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Day 8 Lyon
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Day 9 St. Jean De Losne
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Day 10 St. Jean De Losne (Disembarkation) – Beaune – Dijon – Paris (Embarkation)
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Day 11 Vernon
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Day 12 Caudebec
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Day 13 Caudebec. Normandy Excursions
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Day 14 Rouen
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Day 15 Conflans
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Day 16 Paris
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Day 17 Paris – Venice, Italy
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Day 18 Venice
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Day 19 Venice
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Day 20 Venice – Rome
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Day 21 Rome
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Day 22 Rome
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Day 23 Rome
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