Begin your French river cruise holiday your way before your cruise! Spend a night in lovely Marseilles with superior hotel accommodations, complimentary breakfast, an expert Local Guide for sightseeing, and courtesy hotel-to-ship transfer. Enjoy unmatched views on your Avalon YourWay river cruise on the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Embark in Port-Saint-Louis on the Rhône River for Arles. See its 1st-century Roman amphitheater still used today. Attend a painting workshop in the style of Van Gogh who was inspired by the setting here. Cruise to historical Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes. Continue to Viviers for a guided walk through its charming village. Beautifully nestled among vineyards and Roman ruins are the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage. Take a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure of Roman ruins and 16th-century castle.
You’ll visit Lyon, a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture, as well as France’s gastronomic capital. Lyon offers wonderful sights, including the popular Place des Terreaux with its famous fountain seen on postcards, and world-famous cuisine to discover on a guided culinary walk. You’ll sail to the Chardonnay wine region of Mâcon, enjoying cheese tasting on board. In Dijon, you’ll tour Beaune’s Hotel-Dieu Charity Hospital—built in 1443 and home of Van der Weyden’s “The Last Judgement.”
This France river cruise adventure continues in style with two overnights in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! Arrive in the “City of Light” via high-speed train from Dijon. Enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide, and courtesy ship-to-hotel transfer. See Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and site of the Louvre Museum’s glass pyramid. Enjoy time to linger in Paris’ iconic cafés and shops.
Continue your European holiday your way after your cruise with three nights in London! Travel via high-speed Eurostar train from Paris to London. Enjoy buffet breakfast daily, guided sightseeing in London, assistance by your personal Monograms Local Host®, destination guide with city map, high-speed train service, with complimentary transfer to and from train, hotel, and airport.