16 Day Grand France

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

Read 10 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Avalon's 16 Day Grand France. This French river cruise highlighting the best of France is certainly grand! Enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery, and stops in the most charming and historical parts of France. Set sail on the...read more
Overview
Operator: Avalon
Type: River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 16 Days
From: Paris to Cote d'Azur
Tour Code: WPL
Visits: France
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Paris, France (Embark)
Bienvenue en France! Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5pm. Your day is free to explore the world's most romantic city before starting your cruise on the Seine. Get acquainted with the City of Lights today with some shopping, strolling, or with a croissant and cafe au lait to watch the world go by amid the Parisian cityscape. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VERNON (D)
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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 Excursion To Normandy
Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions. Classic - Join a Guided Tour of the WWII landing beaches of Normandy, with a full-day tour of 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 apple brandy 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 Walking Tour of Rouen-home of the martyred Saint 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
Walk in 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 tour of 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) - Dijon - Beaune - St Jean De Losne (Embark) - Seurre
Take a High-Speed Train from Paris to Dijon before driving to Beaune. Discovery - Visit the Hotel-Dieu Charity Hospital, built in 1443, today home of the Van der Weyden's painting of the Last Judgement. This afternoon, travel to St. Jean de Losne to board your Suite Ship on the Saone for a brief evening cruise to Seurre. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN SEURRE (B/D)
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Tournus - Macon
Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saone. Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Tournus this morning 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 while sailing for Trevoux this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN TREVOUX (B/L/D)
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Lyon
Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France. Sail for lovely Lyon this morning for French fare. Classic - Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon with its numerous churches from Fourviere Hill. 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 biking through Lyon's town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhone and Saone rivers meet. Later on board your ship, be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance Lecture, and enjoy live entertainment after dinner. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON (B/L/D)
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Lyon
French Food and Wine-La Vie En Rose in Lyon. Enjoy a free day in Lyon, or choose a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through the city to discover why it is known as the gastronomic capital of France! Your day is free to explore, relax, or shop in France's third largest city. Take a bike from the ship and explore local produce markets and parks, or take a leisurely tour of the city's more than 100 murals. EVENING 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. 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 CRUISE TO 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. EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES (B/L/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 also a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrieres de Lumieres (Cathedral of Images) for a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d'Enfer. Take advantage of any free time with a stop in Le Cafe Van Gogh for a glass of wine to relax and watch the world go by. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES (B/L/D)
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Arles - (Disembark) - Cote d'Azur
Spectacular Seascapes of the French Riviera. After breakfast this morning, you'll drive to the Cote d'Azur for your last night in France. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Cote d'Azur stretches along France's Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy. (B)
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Cote d'Azur
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
  • 14 Dinners
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
Reviews (10)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Grand France with Avalon.
New Zealand
Jul 2017
1 Helpful Vote
2 Trips
“A great way to holiday and see the sights without the rush”
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We loved the way we could set our own pace. Plenty of choice in the excursions and plenty of time to just chill and enjoy the sights. The food was amazing in both quantity and quality. If we travel again it will be with Avalon.
NSW, Australia
Sep 2016
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2 Trips
“Fantastic French Journey”
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It was so relaxing to sail along the french rivers and have everything taken care of. We saw so many lovely old villages and towns.So much more than you could do on your own. The crew were wonderful and so was the food. Our cruise director Tony was excellent.
Australia
Jul 2014
1 Helpful Vote
1 Trip
“Quite rude cruise guide, amazing food”
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We found our cruise guide Yvette quite rude & abrupt. And we weren't the only ones. The food was amazing, the cruise lovely. However, the changing of ships was a bit of a drag and a lost day. With damage to the second ship and repairs needed, we spent a fair bit of time against the wharf which was a shame. We thought the cruise should have finished perhaps in Nice for easy of onward travel. However in our case it wasn't a problem as we stayed on in Monaco and then onto Italy. Hannah at Global Journeys was most helpful with our booking.
Australia
Jun 2014
1 Helpful Vote
1 Trip
“Tour was great and the staff on-board were terrific”
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All went very well. Tour was great and the staff on-board were terrific. Must say that the staff on the first leg were better and more motivated than on the second leg. Tour director was out of this world. Sylvia Kok did everything that had to be done and did it with great aplomb! Gave her and the crew on the first leg (Paris-Normandy vv) a solid 10 out of 10.
Australia
Apr 2014
1 Trip
“Well paced and provided a fair bit of variety”
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Our Grand France river cruise was well paced and provided a fair bit of variety with places that the boat docks. Both crews were excellent and worked hard to keep the passengers happy. Possibly the only downside was the extra day spent in Monte carlo, it was a long coach trip to an expensive congested town. Seemed pointless, a closer trip into Nice would have surfficed if there needed to be an extra day in the process. The high risk activity on both the boats was the food. It was first class and plentiful. I needed to spend the next 4 weeks undoing the damage it did to my waistline.
Avalon
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Gratuities: Gratuities Included
Airport Transfers: Available, Not Included
Balconies: French & Private Balcony
Shore Excursions: Included
Drinks: Wine & Beer Included with Meals
Destinations: Asia & Europe
Avalon Tapestry II Deck Plans
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Panorama Suite
Royal Suite
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Panorama Suite
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Avalon Tapestry II Cabin Types
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Category E & D Stateroom
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Category E & D Stateroom

  • 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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Deluxe Stateroom D $ 498
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Panorama Suite A $ 2,918
Panorama Suite P $ 3,158
Royal Suite S $ 5,318

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