This splendid river cruise holiday features France’s scenery, history, and culture on the Seine, Saône, and Rhône Rivers. See the sites of heroic battles of World War II, hear fascinating presentations by a history expert on board your ship, and see the site of the V-1 bomber launch. Visit memorial sites of US, British, and Canadian soldiers in Normandy, the Museum of Les Invalides in Paris, and First World War battle sites and memorials of Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel. Stand on the beaches of Normandy where the allies fought to liberate Europe and the world.
Embark in Paris and cruise on the Seine River to the picturesque Normandy region. Dock at Vernon and choose between a guided visit of Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or remarkable Bizy Castle. Continue to Les Andelys—home of Château Gaillard. Then, on to Caudebec to choose from an excursion to the historic landing beaches of Normandy or a “Taste of Normandy” tour. Visit Joan of Arc’s historic Rouen and, in Conflans, choose a guided excursion to Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s elegant Château de Malmaison. Return to Paris and discover its true heart on a guided walk, or take a tour of the iconic landmarks of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. Transfer to Beaune for a visit of the Hôtel-Dieu. In St. Jean de Losne, board your second Avalon Suite Ship and sail to Mâcon, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, Viviers, Avignon, Arles, and France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon.
After your cruise, spend two nights in Aix-en-Provence to begin your Monograms holiday. Enjoy guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide, walking along the 17th-century Cours Mirabeau, and visit the Cathedral of the Holy Savior, known for its mix of architectural styles. Travel via high-speed train to Nice for two more nights in France. Here, guided sightseeing with a local expert includes a walk through the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais—Nice’s most famous boulevard. Your Monograms Local Host is there to assist you in both Provence and Nice.