A Culinary Experience In Grand France (Southbound)

10/18/2019 through 03/21/2020
10/18/2019 through 04/07/2020
Avalon Waterways

Indulge in a culinary adventure on your European river cruise with unmatched views on the Seine, Saône, and Rhône Rivers. Enjoy special excursions and activities to highlight great regional cuisine and wine. Cruise through Burgundy and Provence to sample food and wine in Lyon and Viviers. Enjoy a pastry demonstration; a chocolate, cheese, and wine tasting; and a food-and-wine pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine on board.

Embark in Paris and cruise to Vernon to see the home and gardens of master impressionist Claude Monet at Giverny, or visit Bizy Castle- “Normandy’s Versailles.” Sail to Caudebec for an excursion to historic Normandy. Visit the heroic WWII landing beaches of Normandy with American sites and monuments; or visit British, or Canadian memorials, or spend a day in the countryside for a “taste of Normandy.” Cruise to Rouen, site of Joan of Arc’s martyrdom, and see the sights, including Notre-Dame Cathedral. In Conflans, visit Auvers-sur-Oise, the final home of Vincent Van Gogh, or the Bonapartes’ Chteau de Malmaison. Your cruise continues once again in Paris with guided sightseeing in the heart of Paris- Île Saint-Louis and Notre-Dame Cathedral-or a city tour to see sites such as the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Opéra Garnier, and the Champs-Élysées. In Dijon, see Van der Weyden’s “The Last Judgement,” gracing Beaune’s Hotel-Dieu Charity Hospital.

Sail on the Rhône River through the Burgundy region to Mcon with a cheese tasting on board, followed by a day of sightseeing in lovely Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France. Enjoy guided sightseeing and a culinary walk through Lyon, take a guided walk of Tournon, with its Roman ruins and fascinating 16th-century castle, and Viviers for a guided walk through this charming village, and then to Avignon. Cruise to Arles for sightseeing and a painting workshop a la Van Gogh whose work was inspired here. Your French river cruise concludes in Port-Saint-Louis.

Included Features:

Day 1 Paris (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Vernon–Les Andelys: choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; choice of guided walk, or guided hike in Les Andelys; crêpes tasting on board

Day 3 Caudebec: choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”, or walk in the nature

Day 4 Caudebec: choice of full day excursions to Normandy landing beaches, or “A Taste of Normandy” excursion

Day 5 Rouen: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral

Day 6 Conflans: choice of excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise, or excursion to Napoleon and Josephine’s Chteau de Malmaison

Day 7 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing or “Heart of Paris” walking tour to see Paris’ historic sights

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

Day 9 Mcon: leisurely cruising; onboard cheese tasting and wine tasting

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

Day 11 Lyon: culinary tour

Day 12 Tournon–Viviers: guided walk in Tournon; onboard chocolate and wine tasting; guided walk in Viviers with tasting of local products, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 13 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes; onboard food & wine pairing dinner

Day 14 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop

Day 15 Port St. Louis (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning


Day 1 Paris, France (Embarkation)
Day 2 Vernon
Day 3 Caudebec
Day 4 Caudebec. Excursion To Normandy
Day 5 Rouen
Day 6 Conflans
Day 7 Paris
Day 8 Paris (Disembarkation) Dijon-beaune-st. Jean De Losne (Embarkation)
Day 9 McOn
Day 10 Lyon
Day 11 Lyon
Day 12 Tournon
Day 13 Avignon
Day 14 Arles
Day 15 Port St. Louis (Disembarkation)

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