Begin your grand journey through France with an overnight stay in the stunning Côte d’Azur. You’ll transfer to Arles to board your Avalon Suite Ship® for your scenic river cruise through France. You’ll sail to beautiful Lyon, where you will enjoy a guided city sightseeing tour. You’ll continue to Dijon for a high-speed train ride to Paris—“The City of Lights,” from where your river cruise on the Seine begins.
See the home of master artist Claude Monet, and stroll his magnificent gardens and charming residence at Giverny. Sail on the Seine to Caudebec, and take an excursion to Normandy. Here, you may select from two guided tours of Normandy’s beaches and WWII monuments, or enjoy a day to discover the beautiful agricultural region of Normandy. You’ll continue to Rouen, the village of Joan of Arc, for a guided walking tour. Next, you’ll sail to Conflans, for an excursion to Auvers-Sur-Oise— the village where Vincent Van Gogh painted, lived, and died—or to Château de Malmaison, the legendary home of Napoléon Bonaparte.
After returning to Paris, fly to Venice to enjoy your Monograms package of 3 nights each in Venice & Rome, including VIP guided sightseeing and helpful onsite support from expert Local Hosts® in both cities. Your French river cruise, Normandy Beaches tour, and tour of Venice and Rome, will be hard to match for the beauty, culture, and new sights to recall for years to follow.