This French river cruise on the Seine and Rhône offers the best of France. Begin your adventure on the captivating French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur. Explore this elegant area and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. On the Rhône River sits Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh. Tour historical Avignon to see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes, and later join an excursion to the wine region of Châteauneuf du Pape. Visit the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, beautifully nestled among vineyards, and Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital. Take a guided tour to Beaujolais and go the following day to Chardonnay to sample local wines, as well Burgundy wine before traveling to Paris. A Master of Wine will travel with you on this first portion of the cruise and will hold lectures, tastings and will share food and wine-pairing expertise. On the Seine River, you’ll have the choice of seeing the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery; the delightful Les Andelys, Joan of Arc’s Rouen, Vincent Van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise, or Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison. Enjoy a stay in Paris, home to Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum. Take a guided walk through the “City of Lights” to see historic Île St. Louis and Île de la Cité where medieval Paris was founded. After Paris, enjoy 3 nights each in Venice & Rome, with expert sightseeing guides, Local Hosts®, flight, train, transfer, and accommodations arranged for your Monograms Italian vacation.
Day 1 Côte d’Azur: welcome to FranceDay 2 Côte d’Azur–Transfer to Arles (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception; scenic cruising in the Camargue region (daylight permitting)Day 3 Arles: guided sightseeing, visit the Roman AmphitheatreDay 4 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes; guided tour to Châteauneuf du PapeDay 5 Cruising–Viviers: onboard lecture; guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedralDay 6 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; onboard chocolate and wine tasting; guided walk in Vienne; onboard food & wine pairing dinnerDay 7 Lyon: guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill; guided tour to Beaujolais Day 8 Cruising–St. Jean de Losne: Chardonnay excursion; wine & cheese tasting on boardDay 9 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)–Beaune–Dijon–Paris (Embarkation): choice of visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune or visit a wine cellar; TGV train from Dijon to ParisDay 10 Vernon–Les Andelys: choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; choice of guided walk, or guided hike in Les AndelysDay 11 Caudebec: choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”, or hike in the Natural Park; lecture on board Day 12 Caudebec: choice of full day excursion to Normandy landing beaches, or “A Taste of Normandy” excursionDay 13 Rouen: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral Day 14 Conflans: choice of excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise, or Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de MalmaisonDay 15 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing, or “Heart of Paris” walk, visit Notre Dame CathedralDay 16 Paris–Venice, Italy: flight to VeniceDay 17 Venice: guided sightseeingDay 18 Venice: full day at leisureDay 19 Venice–Rome: travel by high-speed train to Rome.Day 20 Rome: guided sightseeingDay 21 Rome: full day at leisure.Day 22 Rome: your vacation ends this morning.
In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.