16 Day Grand France

Avalon River Cruise starting in Cote d'Azur and finishing in Paris

Read 8 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Avalon's 16 Day Grand France. This river cruise highlighting the best of France is certainly grand! Begin your adventure on the captivating French Riviera, also known as the Côte d'Azur. On the Rhône River sits Arles,...read more
Overview
Operator: Avalon
Type: River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 16 Days
From: Cote d'Azur to Paris
Tour Code: WLP
Visits: France
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Cote d'Azur , France
Bienvenue en France! Take free time today to admire Cote d'Azur-with its enchanting yachts, glamorous villas, and famous events. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Cote d'Azur stretches along France's Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy.
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Cote d'Azur Arles - (Embark)
The Camargue National Park. After breakfast this morning, you'll drive to Arles to board your Suite Ship. Before dinner sail toward the mouth of the Rhone for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting). (B/D)
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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 that inspired the works of Vincent van Gogh. 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. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON (B/L/D)
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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)
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Viviers
World History in a Charming French Country Village. 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)
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Tournon/Tain L'hermitage
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)
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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 ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (B/L/D)
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St Jean De Losne
Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saone. Enjoy a leisurely cruising day along the majestic Saone River. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin. 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)
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St Jean De Losne (Disembark) - Beaune - Dijon - Paris (Embark)
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 is one of France's architectural highlights. This afternoon, take a high-speed train from Dijon to Paris. (B)
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Vernon
Monet's Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crepes du Jour. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. Classic - Take a Guided Tour of Giverny, home and inspiration of the master impressionist painter Claude Monet. Walk the grounds and see Monet's charming residence, and the flower and water gardens captured in his masterpieces, OR: Classic - Join a Guided Visit to Bizy Castle-called "Normandy's Versailles" for its magnificent courtyard, water garden, and stables. Discovery - While sailing, enjoy a traditional French luncheon of authentic French crepes, followed by a Pastry Demonstration. This afternoon, enjoy a beautiful cruise to the picturesque town of Les Andelys. LES ANDELYS: Serenity on the Seine's Most Beautiful Riverbends. Classic - Take a Guided Walking Tour of Les Andelys-one of France's most picturesque spots on the Seine, OR: Active - Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins of Chateau Gaillard-historic home of King Richard the Lionheart. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CAUDEBEC (B/L/D)
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Caudebec
Churches, Cherry Orchards, and White Cliffs of Normandy. Active - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Run in Normandy's town of Caudebec. Classic - Take a Guided Trip along the Normandy Abbeys Route-where more than 100 medieval Benedictine and Augustine abbeys and churches were built along the Seine, OR: Active - Explore Boucles de la Seine Normande with a Guided Hike of Normandy's vast regional nature park in a region rich in apple, plum, pear, and cherry orchards. This afternoon, you may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the old seaside town of Honfleur, or a Guided Optional Excursion to see the white-chalk cliffs and arches of the oceanside town of Etretat. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CAUDEBEC (B/L/D)
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Caudebec Normandy Excursions
Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions. Classic - Join a Guided Tour of Normandy's WWII landing beaches, visit significant U.S. sites, including Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery, OR: Classic - Take a full-day Guided Tour of the British and Canadian commemorative sites, including the British cemetery, Pegasus Memorial, the seaside town of Arromanches, the Juno Beach centre, and the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, OR: Classic - Join "A Taste of Normandy" Guided Tour for an in-depth look at this rich agricultural region. See the famous Bayeux Tapestry, visit the beautiful village of Beuvron en Auge and taste Calvados at a local distillery. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. EVENING CRUISE TO ROUEN (B/L/D)
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Rouen
The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, and a Heroine for France. Active - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk. Classic - Take a Guided Waking Tour of Rouen-home of the martyred Joan of Arc-and see the medieval quarter with its 16th-century Astronomical Clock, and Notre-Dame Cathedral. Spend free time this afternoon to explore Rouen's city markets, shops, and bike paths. Enjoy onboard entertainment before setting sail this evening. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CONFLANS (B/L/D)
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Conflans
In the Footsteps of Van Gogh, Bonaparte, and Louis XIV. Classic - Join a Guided Visit to Auvers-sur-Oise, home and resting place of Vincent van Gogh, OR: Classic - Take a Guided tour of the opulent Chateau de Malmaison-home of Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine. Perhaps, join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Palace of Versailles-home to a succession of French kings. EVENING CRUISE TO PARIS (B/L/D)
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Paris
Cafes, Cathedrals, & Canvases-The City of Lights Truly Shines. Active - Take a Morning Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host to see Paris at first light. 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 you the iconic sites of Paris, such as the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Opera Garnier, and the famous Champs-Elysees. Stroll through Paris on your own, or linger over wine in a literary cafe on the Left Bank. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PARIS (B/L/D)
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Paris (Disembark)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Avalon Inclusions
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River Cruise Inclusions
  • Spacious outside deluxe accommodations with enhanced soundproofing and Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection Beds for a great night's sleep.
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer & premium L'Occitane bath products.
  • MEALS: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary, including daily four-course a la carte dinners with choice of appetisers, soups, salads, mains, desserts, and Avalon Fresh healthy cuisine options.
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel.
  • Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides.
  • Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore.
  • Onboard local entertainment.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
  • A professional Cruise Director who delivers educational commentary as you travel through interesting landscapes, and who assists with requests and additional excursions.
  • An Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions.
  • Friendly, English-speaking staff who deliver consummate personal service throughout your journey.
  • Gratuities to Cruise Director, Crew, Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.
Included Meals
  • 15 Breakfasts
  • 12 Lunches
  • 13 Dinners
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
Reviews (8)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Grand France with Avalon.
QLD, Australia
Sep 2017
5 Helpful Votes
4 Trips
“Wondeful French Adventure”
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We have just returned from a month in France which included Avalon's Grand France cruise (WLP) from Cote D'Azur starting on 18th September and ending on 3rd October 2017. We had cabin 203 on both ships. We also had the same cruise director for both cruises - Jean-Loup Domart who kept us entertained with his dry wit during his daily briefings and was very helpful, knowledgeable and patient. The first cruise was on Affinity and Creativity on the second leg. The ships do sail during the night, sometimes only for a short time but sometimes all night. Unfortunately cabin 203 on Affinity had a very annoying sliding glass door rattle which happened to be next to my head. I did let the receptionist know and was told maintenance would come and check it out but they never did. Otherwise, we were very happy with both cabins and ships overall.

I would suggest they should have coffee, tea etc available in the main lounge/bar area rather than at the rear of the ship too. We enjoyed all the included and optional excursions and everything was run smoothly and we were well looked after. The food was delicious but surprisingly we thought it was a little nicer on Affinity. The weather was very king to us and we had warm days and cool nights and mornings - a nice time to be in France. Overall we would highly recommend this cruise especially for first time travellers to France. As usual, Global Journeys handled our booking well and got us a good discount.
WA, Australia
Sep 2017
2 Trips
“Grand France Magic”
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Our Avalon river cruise through France was fantastic from beginning to end. From the fantastic friendly crew for whom nothing was too much trouble, and our super efficient and personable cruise director to the amazing food and fine dining, plentiful drinks and luxurious on board accommodation, everything was even better than I'd imagined. The local guides at each town along the way shared their extensive knowledge about the town and brought its history to life through interesting and at time humorous anecdotes. The optional extra tours provided even further opportunities to see even more. It was an unbeatable way to see France. I would thorough recommend this holiday and would happy do it all again.
QLD, Australia
Aug 2017
“Enjoyable River Cruising”
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We had previously travelled with Avalon some years ago and, while that tour was very good, we believe that the Avalon network has improved in quality since that time. The rooms are very efficiently designed and even though they are not large (about the size of a standard Paris hotel room - and that's not large) the amount of storage is amazing. The ships (back to back cruises here) were in excellent condition and kept immaculately. Anybody who has been on a river cruise knows that, by the end of the cruise, you are begging for no more food please! Breakfast, lunch and dinner are varied and of high quality.

The staff on the ships were outstanding - well trained, efficient, welcoming and very friendly. The excursions were OK and starting the tour in Monte Carlo, whilst a bit of a gimmick, was probably worth it for fun value. Although Monte Carlo is more difficult to get to than, say, Nice or Marseilles, it is probably a place most people would avoid. A room on the very front row of the Fairmont Hotel looking out over the billionaires boats and sitting directly over the F1 circuit at the Fairmont Hairpin is a bit of fun.

The on-board entertainment was not a strong feature but it was adequate. In summary, I was impressed by the commitment of Avalon to quality improvement.
NSW, Australia
Jul 2017
1 Helpful Vote
2 Trips
“Relaxing way to explore France”
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This was our second Avalon cruise and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The best thing about river cruising is being able to settle into your stateroom and know you can stay there for the whole journey. Both the boats, Avalon Affinity and Avalon Creativity were comfortable and the hotel staff and crews of both provided excellent service. Our cruise director, Joost Ruitenberg was outstanding: a most engaging manner together with great organisational skills, which made our cruise run very smoothly. He successfully transferred 82 travellers from St Jean to Losne by coach and TGV to Paris, without losing anyone!

The experiences on the cruise were varied with lots of included walks through small towns and villages, as well as optional tours to nearby places. There were so many enjoyable experiences, I cannot name a favourite. We were, however, pleased that we had prebooked all our optional excursions before leaving Australia. Because of this those tours were guaranteed, which meant there were only four people on one tour and five on another. We were the only passengers who had prebooked and as a result, several other tours were cancelled due to insufficient numbers.
WA, Australia
Aug 2016
3 Helpful Votes
3 Trips
“16 Day Grand France”
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This was basically two tours. The first section was on the Affinity. We were lucky with the Captain and the Cruise Directory who went to both ships. However on the Affinity we did not enjoy the same service that we enjoyed on a previous Avalon ship. We found the Hotel Manager and the restaurant manager to be not that friendly and not as welcoming as expected. There was one exceptional staff member called Emile that provided very good service. At one stage the Restaurant manager had told a waitress to not serve alcohol to us after the main meal. This is not what we experience on a previous Avalon ship. Once we mentioned this to the Cruise Director the Hotel Manager and restaurant manager spoke to us an blamed the waitress. We observed other people getting served alcohol after their main meal. Also when they have the Bistro meal I the lounge all the good waiters are servicing in that area and the main dinning room is under staffed. When you have a beer in the dining room it is not as cold as it should be as they pour it into jugs from the bar upstairs and they get warm. I would suggest that they have a tap beer in the dining room area. This was the same at both ships.

The second leg was the Creativity which was a total more enjoyable experience. The Hotel Manager (Vincent) was excellent and he greeted us on all occasion we returned to the ship after and excursion. He and the Captain were wonderful. The Captain also welcomed us on returning to the ship. All the waiters , front desk staff and bar staff on the Creativity were excellent. It was a far better experience on the Creativity than the Affinity. Nancy the Cruise Director was also excellent on both tours. The Monograms extra stay at the Pullman was also very good. Our experience on the Affinity has made us think about another Cruise line and not Avalon in the Future. We have been very good ambassadors for Avalon after our trip on the Expression from Budapest but the Affinity experience may change our minds. We would have no hesitation recommending the Creativity as a fun ship to be on.
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  • Deluxe Stateroom (172 sq ft)
  • Twin Windows
  • Comfort Collection Bed with Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, woolen blankets & European style duvets
  • Private bathroom featuring full shower, hairdryer & premium L'Occitane bath amentities
  • Spacious three-door closets and easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite with movie channel
  • In-room safe, writing Desk/Vanity & direct-dial telephone
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Individual thermostat
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
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