22 Day Best of France

APT River Cruise starting in Nice and finishing in Bordeaux

Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 22 Day Best of France. Travel by luxury river ship through the stunning landscapes of Southern France and the famous wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Beaujolais; interconnecting the rivers by train.
Overview
Operator: APT
Type: River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 22 Days
From: Nice to Bordeaux
Tour Code: EUFC22
Visits: France
Our Price From:
$ 15,212
Per Person ($AU)
Save This Month:
$ 582
Per Person ($AU)
Day By Day
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Arrive Nice, Arles, Embark Ship
Be transferred to your first luxury river ship in Arles for your spectacular cruise along the Rhône River. Stay Seven Nights: an Aria River Ship (D)
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Arles
Before touring Arles, or exploring at your leisure, you’ll head out of the city on your preferred activity. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Tour Les Baux-de-Provence then visit an olive mill, see a myriad of birdlife as you hike through Camargue National Reserve or visit a 'savon de Marseille' soap factory.
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Avignon
The stunning city of Avignon is yours to explore with a choice of experiences. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Tour Avignon with a visit to the Palace of the Popes, or play a round of golf.
Signature Experiences:
  • Visit the Pont du Gard for a tour and tasting of local produce and wine, followed by a lively cocktail reception, where you will be entertained by local musicians.
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Viviers
With your ship docked in Viviers for the day, embark on your preferred activity. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Delight in a visit to a truffle farm. Alternatively, visit Garde-Adhémar and a family-owned nougat factory, or enjoy a French lesson on board your ship.
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Tournon, Vienne
Glide into Tournon, where a selection of experiences await. Afterwards, continue to Vienne. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Hike up to Eden Park Garden, take a ride the Ardèche Steam Train, or enjoy an onboard chocolate demonstration.
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Belleville, Beaujolais Region
The beauty of the Beaujolais region is revealed on today’s excursions. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • In the Beaujolais region, perhaps visit a local farm for a tour and tasting or join in a bike ride. Otherwise, visit Oingt and a local winery.
Signature Experiences:
  • Later this evening, indulge in a gourmet dinner at L’Abbaye de Collonges.
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Lyon
Explore Lyon with a wonderful selection of activities for you to choose from. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Today, perhaps choose to tour Lyon then visit a silk workshop. Otherwise, tempt your taste buds with a culinary tour.
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Lyon, Disembark Ship, Paris
Disembark your ship and journey by high-speed train to Paris. On arrival, enjoy a glorious city tour followed by lunch. Later, transfer to your river ship. Stay Seven Nights: an Aria River Ship (B/L/D)
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Paris
Get to know Paris the way you prefer with a choice of activities. A special experience has been arranged for you tonight. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Today, set out on a culinary walking tour, be guided through Versailles, or visit charming Montmartre.
Signature Experiences:
  • Tonight, enjoy a fabulous extravaganza at the Lido de Paris. Be entertained by the wonderful Bluebell Girls and Lido Boys as they take you on a glittering journey filled with incredible set designs and dynamic dancing.
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Vernon, Giverny
Dock in Vernon, and select from two experiences. Back on board, enjoy a Gala Dinner. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Travel to Giverny and visit Claude Monet’s house and gardens, or embark on a bike ride from Vernon to Monet's house.
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Le Havre, Honfleur
Dock in Le Havre, where you will disembark your ship to discover Honfleur, Normandy's most charming port town. (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Later, enjoy an after-hours visit to Palais Bénédictine. On arrival, wander the intriguing museum and distillery, followed by a Bénédictine cocktail show, where your bartender will put on a dazzling display. Afterwards, sit down to dinner in the Abbots Hall.
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Caudebec-en-Caux
Arrive in the village of Caudebec-en-Caux and set out on your chosen experience. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps join a full day World War II excursion to Normandy. Or travel to the stunning Pays de Caux region and visit a traditional cider farm for a tour and tasting, or relax on board and delight in a calvados and cheese tasting.
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Rouen
With your ship docked in the lovely town of Rouen today, disembark and select from three experiences. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Visit the site of the Battle of the Somme today. Otherwise join a walking tour through Rouen and see Notre Dame Cathedral and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred. Alternatively, enjoy a round of golf.
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Les Andelys
Once again, the day unfolds on your own terms thanks to a selection of activities on offer. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps visit the ruins of Château Gaillard for views of the Seine River, before walking back down to your river ship. You may wish to take a leisurely excursion to Château de la Roche-Guyon, a superb 14th-century medieval masterpiece. Otherwise, unleash the artist within you as you partake in an onboard impressionist painting class.
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Paris, Disembark Ship, Bordeaux, Embark Ship
Disembark your ship in Paris and travel by train to Bordeaux. Here, step aboard your luxurious ship for the second half of your journey. Stay Seven Nights: an Aria River Ship (B/D)
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Cadillac
Your first stop in the Bordeaux region is Cadillac. Step ashore and embark on your chosen experience. Later on board your ship, enjoy a wonderful Gala Welcome Dinner. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps tour Château de Cazeneuve, once the home of King Henry IV of France. Alternatively, visit Château de la Brède, then travel to Sauternes to try the region’s famous dessert wine, or remain on board your luxury river ship and delight in a cheese tasting.
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Pauillac
Enjoy the scenery of Aquitaine's vineyards. Disembark your ship and journey through the famous Médoc wine region. (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • During a visit to a local cooperage, see how wooden wine barrels are produced. Afterwards, visit Château Giscours, a remarkable 19th-century Grand Cru Classé estate in the famous Margaux region. Here, delight in a tour and wine tasting.
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Blaye, Bourg
Discover the town of Blaye and take a walk around the 17th-century citadel, as well as its underground passages. Later, select your preferred activity. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps travel to Cognac for a tour and a tasting at a French cognac house, sail to the town of Bourg and take a walking tour, or enjoy a bike ride from Blaye to Bourg.
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Libourne, Saint-Émilion
In Saint-Émilion, head to the underground Monolithic Church, then enjoy some free time to explore. Tonight, an unforgettable experience awaits. (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • This evening, savour a fine wine tasting followed by a private dinner at the regal Château de Ferrand. The château dates back to the 17th-century, while the current owners, the Bich family, were founders of the famous Bic company. It is now managed by a Bich family member who has since married into the Chandon-Moët family.
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Libourne, Bordeaux
From Libourne, set out on your chosen activity. Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner as you cruise to Bordeaux this evening. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps tour Bergerac, visit a local caviar estate or browse the local market and sample some fresh produce along the way.
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Bordeaux
Get to know Bordeaux on your selected experience today. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Take in Bordeaux's unique blend of 18th-century and contemporary architecture and uncover the secrets behind its buildings. Alternatively, embark on a culinary exploration of Bordeaux with a charcuterie and cheese tasting, or play a round of golf at a renowned course.
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Disembark Ship, Depart Bordeaux
After breakfast, farewell your crew and disembark your ship, before being transferred to the airport. (B)
APT Inclusions
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Your Journey Highlights
  • Dine at Michelin-starred chef Paul Bocuse's L'Abbaye de Collonges restaurant in Lyon.
  • Attend a Bénédictine cocktail show and dinner during a private visit to historic Palais Bénédictine in Fécamp.
  • Sample world-class wines and enjoy a private dinner at World Heritage-listed Château de Ferrand in Saint-Émilion.
River Cruise Inclusions
  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to 21 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice inclusions in 14 locations
  • Expert APT Cruise Director
  • Room service and complimentary laundry for select suites
Included Meals
  • A total of 61 included meals over the course of your tour
  • Complimentary beverages served on board your cruise*
Accommodation
  • 21 nights on one of APT's luxurious Aria River Ships
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices include transfers, port charges, gratuities and sundries
  • Set departure times apply for Nice airport transfers - enquire for details
  • Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur
  • The waterways in the Bordeaux region are part of a tidal river system, which results in changing water levels. Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur as a result
  • *Complimentary beverages exclude French Champagne, premium spirits and selected wines - these are available at an additional charge
  • Prices are for land/cruise/rail only. Flights not included
Reviews (1)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Best of France with APT.
NSW, Australia
May 2018
3 Helpful Votes
1 Trip
“France's magnificence was on full display to be enjoyed through this holiday”
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My trip comprised actually three one week cruises - the first two (Rhone and Seine) were wonderful and the third (Bourdeaux) was marred a little by some poor organisation and less-than-helpful approach of some staff. All three trips gave me a truly enriching experience of regional France and is to be recommended - perhaps just one or two of them at a time, if three cruises seems too long.
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MS AmaDolce Deck Plans
Category E
Twin Window
Category D
Twin Window
Category C
Panoramic Balcony
Category B
Panoramic Balcony
Single
French Balcony
Category B+
Panoramic Balcony
Category A
Panoramic Balcony
Category A+
Panoramic Balcony
Owners Suite
Panoramic Balcony
Ship Profile
MS AmaDolce Cabin Types
* Images and floor plans are indicative of Aria River Ships. Cabin layout and decor may differ between ships.
Twin Window Suite
Twin Window Suite  Twin Window Suite  Twin Window Suite Layout  

Category E (Twin Window Suite)

  • 170 sq ft - 15.8 sq m
  • Deluxe hotel-style bedding with Egyptian linen, down pillows and duvet
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • In-room temperature control
  • Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone
  • Flat-screen TV that also works as a computer
  • Entertainment on Demand system providing complimentary TV, movies and music library
  • Complimentary internet and Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Desk and chair
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20 Jun 2019
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11 Jul 2019
MS AmaDolce

15,790

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578

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15 Aug 2019
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05 Sep 2019
MS AmaDolce

15,890

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582

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15,308

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12 Sep 2019
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03 Oct 2019
MS AmaDolce

15,890

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582

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15,308

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Cabin Upgrades
Optional cabin upgrades. Upgrades priced per person.
MS AmaDolce
Category E $ 0
Category D $ 200
Category C $ 1,700
Category B $ 1,900
Category B+ $ 2,100
Category A $ 2,300
Category A+ $ 2,700
Owners Suite $ 2,900

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