Begin your vacation in the south of France with an overnight stay in lovely Marseilles. Enjoy sightseeing and transfer to your Avalon Suite Ship® in Port Saint Louis. Cruise to Arles, the lovely French town that inspired Van Gogh, and continue on the Rhône River to Avignon. See the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest Gothic fortress in the world—and take a guided tour to Châteauneuf du Pape. Beautifully nestled among vineyards is Tournon, a medieval treasure of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Enjoy a wine-and-chocolate tasting or a walk in the vineyards. Take a culinary walk and enjoy free time to explore the city and sample Beaujolais, the famous wine of the region. Enjoy an on-board cheese-and-wine tasting, and visit Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital. Cruise to Mâcon for an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar.
Your fantastic vacation in France continues with high-speed train service from St. Jean de Losne to Paris. Spend two nights in the “City of Light,” including guided sightseeing and superior accommodations. Fly to Venice, Italy, to begin your Monograms® vacation with two nights, followed by high-speed train service for three nights in Rome. In Venice and Rome, enjoy included guided sightseeing, superior accommodations, a knowledgeable and helpful Local Host® to assist you, and free time to explore as you please.