FROM $7,110
14 DAYS

Take a wondrous journey through beautiful France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too!

Begin with an overnight in Marseille, then transfer to Port-Saint-Louis to board your Avalon Suite Ship. On the Rhône Riv-er sits Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheatre. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage are beautifully nestled among vineyards and you’ll go on a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Lyon, France’s gastro-nomic capital, sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers and is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance archi-tecture. Visit the popular Place des Terreaux and stand in front of the famous fountain you’ve seen on postcards. 

This river cruise vacation across France would not be complete without a stay in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! A city tour will show you all the must-see sights and you’ll have free time to bask in the lavish cafés and perhaps attend a famous cabaret show. Trade your “Bonjours” for “Cheerios” as you are whisked away to London for three exciting nights, for your Monograms package. The Monograms Local Host® will welcome you and lend a helping hand throughout your stay! In this exciting city, guided sightseeing will help you to see all the famous sights—Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus, and more. To get the most out of your free time Monograms offers over 40 exciting activities and excursions, so there’s plenty to choose from to make your vacation perfect for you!

 
TOUR DETAILS

Day 1 - MARSEILLE, FRANCE

Welcome to Marseille. Enjoy free time to explore this vibrant city.

Day 2 - MARSEILLE-PORT ST. LOUIS (EMBARKATION)

Spectacular Seascapes of the Mediterranean Coast Join your expert Local Guide for an included sightseeing before joining a motorcoach transfer to board your Avalon Suite Ship. EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES (B,D)

Day 3 - ARLES

Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Arles-the captivating city of the Provence region. You'll visit the Roman Amphitheater in this visually stunning city, OR: DISCOVERY - Attend a Painting Workshop to learn the style and techniques of Vincent van Gogh. You'll create your own painting in the style of the classic master who took inspiration from the Provence light and landscape in Arles. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrieres de Lumieres (Cathedral of Images) to immerse yourself in a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d'Enfer. Take advantage of any free time remaining with a stop in Le Cafe Van Gogh for a glass of wine, to relax and watch the world go by, before sailing to Avignon. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON (B,L,D)

Day 4 - AVIGNON

The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence CLASSIC - Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the fortress city of Avignon-with its ramparts encircling the city-and a visit to the amazing Palace of the Popes. Guided Optional Excursions include a visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard, or a trip to the famed wine cellars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhone wine region. Explore Avignon on your own for the city's art and culture, theatre, and museums. Be sure to snap photos of the captivating countryside, historic monuments, and the medieval Pont Saint-Benezet. Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON (B,L,D)

Day 5 - VIVIERS

World History in a Charming French Country Village Enjoy a leisurely morning sail to Viviers. CLASSIC - Explore the pale-stone buildings of Viviers on a late afternoon Guided Walking Tour of this charming village. You'll see its Romanesque cathedral and Old Town with a mix of historical Christian, Roman, and medieval influences. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNON (B,L,D)

Day 6 - TOURNON

A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards CLASSIC - Take a morning Guided Walking Tour to explore Tournon-one of France's oldest medieval cities. See its 16th-century castle, and Roman ruins between the Rhone River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. In the late morning cruise to Vienne. VIENNE Roman and Middle Age History CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walking Tour of Vienne and discover this charming little town surrounded by steep hills. Enjoy live entertainment while sailing to Lyon. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON (B,L,D)

Day 7 - LYON

Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France CLASSIC - Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon from Fourviere Hill with its numerous churches. You'll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafes, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux. Spend free time riding a bike through Lyon's town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhone and Saone rivers meet. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNUS (B,L,D)

Day 8 - TOURNUS- ST. JEAN DE LOSNE

Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saone Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin. Alternatively enjoy a leisurely cruising morning along the majestic Saone River on your way to St. Jean de Losne. DISCOVERY - Later, enjoy a delicious Cheese Tasting on board your ship. Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (B,L,D)

Day 9 - ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (DISEMBARKATION)- BEAUNE- DIJON- PARIS

Drive to Beaune and take a High-Speed Train from Dijon to Paris. CLASSIC - Visit the Hotel-Dieu Charity Hospital in Beaune, built in 1443, today home of the Van der Weyden's painting of the Last Judgment and one of France's architectural highlights. (B)

Day 10 - PARIS

Cafes, Cathedrals, and Canvases-The City of Light Truly Shines CLASSIC - Take a Guided Walking Tour through the Heart of Paris to see the historic Ile St. Louis, Ile de la Cite, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, OR: CLASSIC - Join a Guided City Tour that shows the iconic sites of Paris, such as the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Opera Garnier, and the famous Champs-Elysees. Spend your free time strolling through the Champs-Elysees for cafe au lait and croissants, see the exhibits at the Louvre, visit Montmartre's Basilica of the Sacre Coeur. (B)

Day 11 - PARIS-LONDON

Say goodbye to the Avalon portion of your holiday after breakfast. An included transfer delivers you to the train station, where you join your Monograms package. Travel to London by high-speed Eurostar train. Your Local Hosts will be on hand to help you make the most of your time. (B)

Day 12 - LONDON

Morning guided sightseeing includes all of London's famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were married; Whitehall's mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister's Downing Street; Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus. Take photos of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel situated on the river bank, and the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Then, visit St. Paul's Cathedral (except on Sundays). Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London's skyline. (B)

Day 13 - LONDON

Your Local Hosts will help you make the most of your day. You could take a flight on the London Eye for fantastic views over the city, or visit Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, were married, for a tour of the magnificent State Apartments. In the evening, see one of the dozens of celebrated West End shows, or enjoy dinner at a traditional London pub, followed by a relaxing night-time cruise on the Thames River. There are so many possibilities to make your stay unforgettable. (B)

Day 14 - LONDON

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Date
Twin
Single
23rd March 2020
$7,110
$12,299
6th April 2020
$7,624
$13,096
20th April 2020
$7,947
$13,880
18th May 2020
$8,557
$14,966
1st June 2020
$8,493
$14,866
29th June 2020
$8,494
$14,867
13th July 2020
$8,331
$14,386
10th August 2020
$8,331
$14,386
24th August 2020
$8,493
$14,866
7th September 2020
$8,686
$15,166
Price per person
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