Grand France Wwii Remembrance & History Cruise With 2 Nights In Aix-En-Provence & 2 Nights In Nice (

06/01/2020 through 06/06/2021
06/01/2020 through 06/27/2021
Avalon Waterways

This splendid river cruise vacation 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 Chteau 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 Chteau 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 Mcon, 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® vacation. 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.

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Day 1 Paris (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Vernon–Les Andelys: choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; onboard crêpes tasting; onboard history presentation; choice of guided walk or guided hike in Les Andelys

Day 3 Caudebec: excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route” or visit the V-1 launch bomb site; onboard lecture

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 choose a bike tour or full-day excursion to Vimy and Beaumont-Hamel.

Day 6 Conflans: choice of excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise or excursion to Napoleon and Josephine’s Chteau de Malmaison

Day 7 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing or historic sights on “Heart of Paris” walking tour, or WWII theme tour with visit to Museum of Les Invalides

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 Mcon: leisurely cruising; onboard cheese tasting

Day 10 Lyon: guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill; on board lecture

Day 11 Lyon: culinary tour

Day 12 Tournon–Viviers: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 13 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit to the Palace of the Popes

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

Day 15 Port-Saint-Louis (Disembarkation)–Aix-en-Provence: transfer to Aix-en-Provence; guided walking tour, visit Cathedral of the Holy Saviour

Day 16 Aix-en-Provence: day at leisure

Day 17 Aix-en-Provence–Nice: travel to Nice by high-speed train (First class); guided walking tour with Promenade des Anglais and the Old Town

Day 18 Nice: day at leisure

Day 19 Nice: your vacation ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Paris, France (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Vernon
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Day 3 Caudebec
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Day 4 Caudebec. Excursion To Normandy
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Day 5 Rouen
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Day 6 Conflans
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Day 7 Paris
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Day 8 Paris (Disembarkation) – Dijon – Beaune – St. Jean De Losne (Embarkation)
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Day 9 McOn
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Day 10 Lyon
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Day 11 Lyon
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Day 12 Tournon
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Day 13 Avignon
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Day 14 Arles
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Day 15 Port - Saint - Louis (Disembarkation) – Aix - En - Provence
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Day 16 Aix - En - Provence
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Day 17 Aix - En - Provence - Nice
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Day 18 Nice
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Day 19 Nice
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