Begin your grand journey through France with an overnight stay in the stunning Côte 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 Château de Malmaison, the legendary home of Napoléon 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.
Day 1 Côte d’Azur: welcome to FranceDay 2 Côte d’Azur–Transfer to Arles (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)Day 3 Arles: guided sightseeing, visit the Roman AmphitheatreDay 4 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the PopesDay 5 Cruising–Viviers: guided walk, visit Old Town and the cathedralDay 6 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in VienneDay 7 Lyon: guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière HillDay 8 Cruising–St. Jean de Losne: day at leisure; cheese tasting on boardDay 9 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)–Beaune–Paris (Embarkation): visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; TGV train from Dijon to Paris; onboard welcome receptionDay 10 Vernon–Les Andelys: choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; choice of guided tour, or guided hike to the castle in Les AndelysDay 11 Caudebec: choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”, or hike in the Natural Park; lecture on boardDay 12 Caudebec: choice of full day excursion to Normandy landing beaches, or “A Taste of Normandy” excursionDay 13 Rouen: guided tour, see the Astronomical Clock and visit to the cathedralDay 14 Conflans: choice of excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise, or excursion to Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de MalmaisonDay 15 Paris: choice of guided tour, or “Heart of Paris” tour with an inside view of Notre Dame CathedralDay 16 Paris–Venice, Italy: flight to VeniceDay 17 Venice: guided sightseeingDay 18 Venice: full day at leisureDay 19 Venice–Rome: travel by high-speed train to Rome.Day 20 Rome: guided sightseeingDay 21 Rome: full day at leisure.Day 22 Rome: your vacation ends this morning.
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.