2021 Season

A Culinary Experience in Grand France with 2 Nights in Nice & 3 Nights in Barcelona (Southbound)


cruise: WPL2-T1 20 Day River Cruise Paris to Barcelona
This splendid French river cruise vacation showcases France’s exciting scenery, history, and culture as you sail along its beautiful rivers. Indulge in the legendary cuisine of France on this culinary focused cruise through Burgundy and Provence. With a master of wine on board and special culinary highlights throughout your cruise, you’ll sample regional French specialties with onboard wine tastings with cheese and chocolate and wine-and-food pairings. Enjoy a pastry demonstration by a French chef, and attend a cooking class.

Embark in Paris and head northwest along 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 the remarkable Bizy Castle. Continue to Les Andelys—home of Château Gaillard, built by England’s King Richard the Lionheart in 1196. Then, on to Caudebec, where you may choose between an included excursion to the historic landing beaches of Normandy or a fascinating “Taste of Normandy” tour. Visit Joan of Arc’s historic Rouen and, in Conflans, choose between 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 through the sites of Paris’ rich history, or take a tour showing you the iconic sites of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more. Disembark and transfer to fascinating Beaune for a visit of the Hôtel-Dieu. In St. Jean de Losne, board your second Suite Ship® and sail on to Macon, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, Viviers, Avignon, and Arles, and France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon. Spend free time exploring this fascinating city.

Disembark your Avalon cruise in Port-Saint-Louis, and transfer to Nice to enjoy your Monograms® vacation package for two more nights in France. Here, you’ll walk through the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais, Nice’s most famous boulevard. In your free time, perhaps take an excursion to Monaco, St. Tropez, or Cannes—known for its famous film festival. Next, fly to Barcelona to continue your Monograms vacation in Spain. Enjoy guided sightseeing, including Passeig de Gràcia, La Pedrera, Casa Batlló, an inside visit of Sagrada Familia Basilica, and relaxing free time. Your Monograms vacation package includes an expert Local Host® who is available to assist you throughout your stay in Nice and Barcelona. Your French river cruise, with a visit to the spectacular Côte d’Azur, is only made better with a trip to colorful Barcelona!
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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; onboard crêpes tasting

Day 3 Caudebec: Excursion along the 'Normandy Abbeys Route'

Day 4 Caudebec: Choice of full-day excursions to Normandy landing beaches or 'A Taste of Normandy' excursion

Day 5 Rouen: Choice of guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral or bike tour

Day 6 Conflans: Choice of excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise or excursion to Napoleon and Josephine's Château de Malmaison

Day 7 Paris: Choice of guided sightseeing or historic sights on 'Heart of Paris' walking tour

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

Day 9 Mâcon: Leisurely cruising; onboard cheese 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, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 13 Avignon: Guided sightseeing, visit to the Palace of the Popes; onboard food and wine pairing dinner

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

Day 15 Port-Saint-Louis (Disembarkation)-Nice: Transfer from your ship to Nice; guided walking tour with Promenade des Anglais and the Old Town

Day 16 Nice: Day at leisure

Day 17 Nice-Barcelona: Transfer to Nice airport for your flight to Barcelona

Day 18 Barcelona: Guided sightseeing, visit Sagrada Familia Basilica

Day 19 Barcelona: Day at leisure

Day 20 Barcelona: Your vacation ends this morning
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Avalon Choice

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. Plus, we offer independent exploration options and the use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP on most of our cruises. 

Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience.

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  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
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