Grand France With 1 Night In Marseille, 3 Nights In Venice & 3 Nights In Rome For Wine Lovers (North

06/05/2020 through 10/23/2021
06/05/2020 through 11/16/2021
Avalon Waterways

What better place to explore the best in French wines than in France itself? Begin your vacation in the south of France with an overnight stay in lovely Marseille. You’ll cruise in the company of a Master of Wine on the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Hear fascinating facts about the vintner process, and enjoy wine tastings for the perfect pairings of dinner, cheese, and chocolates. Cruise from Provence to Paris, beginning with the lovely town of Arles. Relax in the Van Gogh café for a glass of wine in the setting that inspired the artist. In Avignon, visit the Palace of the Popes and take an excursion to tour Chteauneuf du Pape. Cruise to beautiful Viviers and medieval Tournon, nestled among the vineyards, for a wine-and-chocolate tasting or a walk through the vineyards. Visit Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France. Enjoy an onboard wine-and-cheese tasting, and cruise to Mcon for an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar. Disembark your ship in St. Jean de Losne, transfer to Beaune and catch a high-speed train to Paris. Enjoy a full day in the “City of Light” with guided sightseeing of the iconic landmarks and free time to stroll.

Cruise on the Seine River to Conflans. Choose a guided tour of Vincent Van Gogh’s home or the opulent Chteau de Malmaison-Napoléon and Josephine’s lavish home. In Rouen, take a guided sightseeing tour in the city of Joan of Arc. From Caudebec, join an excursion to Normandy with your choice of a “Taste of Normandy” excursion in the pastoral landscapes, or a tour of the WWII landing beaches and Allied monuments and cemeteries. A moving experience to be sure. Enjoy crepes and pastry while sailing to Vernon to visit Monet’s home and gardens, so beautifully captured in his impressionist paintings. Your cruise concludes in Paris, where you’ll board a flight to Venice, Italy, to begin Monograms® vacation. Spend three nights in Venice and three nights in Rome, including guided sightseeing, superior accommodations, and plenty of free time to explore as you please. Your Monograms Local Host® is on hand to assist you throughout your stay in Venice and Rome.

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Day 1 Marseille: welcome to France

Day 2 Marseille–Port St. Louis (Embarkation): guided tour; transfer to the ship; onboard welcome reception

Day 3 Arles: guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop; onboard lecture about wine

Day 4 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes; guided tour to Chteauneuf du Pape

Day 5 Cruising–Viviers: guided walk, visit Old Town and the cathedral; onboard food and wine pairing dinner

Day 6 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; onboard chocolate and wine tasting; guided walk in Vienne

Day 7 Lyon: guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill; guided tour to Beaujolais

Day 8 Cruising–St. Jean de Losne: Chardonnay excursion; onboard cheese and wine tasting

Day 9 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)–Beaune–Paris (Embarkation): visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; TGV train from Dijon to Paris; onboard welcome reception

Day 10 Vernon–Les Andelys: choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; choice of guided tour, or guided hike to the castle in Les Andelys; onboard crêpe tasting

Day 11 Caudebec: excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”

Day 12 Caudebec: choice of full-day excursions to Normandy landing beaches or “A Taste of Normandy” excursion

Day 13 Rouen: choice of guided tour, see the Astronomical Clock and visit to the cathedral or bike tour

Day 14 Conflans: choice of excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise or excursion to Napoleon and Josephine’s Chteau de Malmaison

Day 15 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing or historic sights on “Heart of Paris” walking tour

Day 16 Paris–Venice, Italy: flight to Venice

Day 17 Venice: guided sightseeing, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs

Day 18 Venice: full day at leisure

Day 19 Venice–Rome: travel by high-speed train (First class) to Rome

Day 20 Rome: guided sightseeing, visit St Peter’s Square and Basilica, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Roman Forum

Day 21 Rome: full day at leisure

Day 22 Rome: your vacation ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Marseille, France
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Day 2 Marseille – Port St. Louis (Embarkation)
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Day 3 Arles
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Day 4 Avignon
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Day 5 Viviers
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Day 6 Tournon/Tain L’hermitage
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Day 7 Lyon
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Day 8 Tournus – St. Jean De Losne
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Day 9 St. Jean De Losne (Disembarkation) – Beaune – Dijon – Paris (Embarkation)
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Day 10 Vernon
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Day 11 Caudebec
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Day 12 Caudebec. Normandy Excursions
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Day 13 Rouen
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Day 14 Conflans
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Day 15 Paris
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Day 16 Paris – Venice, Italy
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Day 17 Venice
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Day 18 Venice
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Day 19 Venice – Rome
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Day 20 Rome
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Day 21 Rome
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Day 22 Rome
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