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Grand France

14-Night Cruise from Paris to Avignon (or reverse)

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2021 & 2022 Departure Dates & Pricing

Paris to Avignon - 15 days

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Avignon to Paris - 15 days

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Ships - Joie de Vivre (ship on Seine River) and S.S. Catherine (ship on Rhone River)

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Detailed Itinerary:  Paris to Avignon

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Day 1: Paris (Embarkation Day)

Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private transfer, you will be greeted by a cruise representative and transferred to the ship.

Day 2: La Roche-Guyon, Vernon Giverny

Today is a celebration of northern France’s natural beauty, with an excursion to a splendid château and gardens situated in an equally grand setting, plus a chance to immerse yourself in the very landscapes that inspired Impressionist master Claude Monet. Visit the hilltop Château de La Roche-Guyon, surrounded by beautiful gardens and offering sweeping views over the Seine. Later, you can visit the home and gardens of Claude Monet. Or take in the beautiful French countryside in a more invigorating way, with a guided bike ride from Vernon to Giverny.

Choice of Château La Roche-Guyon -or- "Let's Go" hike on the Crests trail or Monet’s gardens at Giverny -or- “Let's Go” bike ride from Vernon to Giverny

This evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 3: Rouen

Walk in the footsteps of greatness in Normandy’s medieval capital, a city with a historic quarter that remains amazingly intact. From the cathedral Monet painted dozens of times to the cross marking the spot where Joan of Arc was martyred, Rouen is a treasure trove for the culturally curious. The roll call of famous people who lived or died in Rouen is long and varied—Richard the Lionheart, Joan of Arc, Gustave Flaubert and Claude Monet are among them.

Featured Excursion: Rouen walking tour, the Dukes of Normandy’s capital

Day 4: Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur or Étretat)

Caudebec-en-Caux, a lovely little town on the right bank of the Seine Estuary, is your base for one of two very different excursions. You could drive through the beautiful Calvados countryside to Honfleur, a delightful seaside harbor and city of painters, or head to the windy cliffs of Étretat for a game of golf.

Choice of Honfleur walking tour or “Let's Go” golfing in Étretat

Day 5: Rouen (Normandy Beaches)

There are moments when we travel that move us on an otherworldly level—experiences that stir a profound emotional connection. The Normandy beaches certainly have that effect. On your full-day outing, you’ll visit Normandy’s beaches, including Utah Beach and Ste-Mère-Église, with a choice to venture to either the American, British and Australian or Canadian beaches. After, you’ll go to the American cemetery and partake in a private ceremony at the Omaha Beach Memorial—a sentimental remembrance of Operation Overlord.

Choice of Normandy Beaches: highlights of American sites or Normandy Beaches: highlights of British & Australian sites or Normandy Beaches: highlights of Canadian sites

Day 6: Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles)

How did France’s rulers live over the centuries? Step into the private rooms of the Palace of Versailles, the lavish palace built by the Sun King, to find out.

Choice of Versailles Palace secret apartments or “Versailles Gardens and Queens Hamlet”

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 7: Paris

Whether you’re a first-time visitor to the “City of Light” or you’ve been here many times before, there’s something for everyone today in Paris. Enjoy a panoramic overview of the city, join a local expert for a walk through two much-loved neighborhoods, or pedal your way along the Left Bank, a fresh and fun way to take in the sights.

Featured Excursion: “Heart of Paris” Seine River cruise

Choice of Paris city tour -or- “Do as the Locals Do” Île de la Cité and Latin Quarter -or- “Let's Go” Seine riverbanks bike ride

Day 8: Paris (Disembarkation), transfer to Lyon via High-Speed TGV train (Embarkation)

You’ll transfer from the magical S.S. Joie de Vivre cruise ship in Paris to the striking S.S. Catherine in Lyon via high-speed, first-class TGV train for the second half of this fabulous grand tour. Once you’ve settled into your new home, you’ll have some time to explore delightful Lyon, which is nestled alongside the Saône River.r.

Day 9: Mâcon (Beaune)

The pace of life is decidedly more relaxed in Burgundy, where endless rows of grapes hang heavy on the vine. The capital of the region’s wine trade, Beaune is renowned for its history, beauty and highly prized wine, as well as its medieval-era hospital—the Hospices de Beaune.

Choice of Mâcon walking tour -or- Burgundy landscapes, Beaune and the hospices

A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 10: Lyon

As the epicenter of French gastronomy, Lyon is a city of tantalizing contrasts. There’s much to explore here, from the work of culinary visionaries to silk weavers’ secret passageways. After your choice of excursions, embrace the locals’ favorite mode of transportation with a bike ride—a great way to see the sights.

Choice of Lyon Capital of Gastronomy tour -or- Silk weavers walking tour -or- “Let's Go” Lyon peninsula bike tour

Day 11: Tournon (Tain l'Hermitage)

If you love fine wine, you’ll love the twin villages of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage. Tournon may be a small town, but stirring events took place here: A castle was raised on the hilltop in the 10th century to protect the region, and new fortifications were added over the centuries, including two “new” towers built to defend against Protestant attacks in the 16th century. You’ll see the handsome houses constructed by wealthy merchants and garrison officers when you walk through the Rue de Doux area, and you’ll pass the 14th-century church and the oldest secondary school in France.

Choice of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage twin villages stroll with wine tasting -or- “Let's Go” Hermitage terrace vineyards hike with wine tasting

Day 12: Viviers

An enchanting village where time seems to have stopped centuries ago, Viviers has a long and storied past that goes back more than 1,600 years—and a splendid architectural heritage to match. At one time, Viviers was divided along religious lines—the clergy lived in the upper part of the town, the laity in the lower part. Your exploration of the town will take you through both parts, as you begin at the crest and make your way to the riverbank.

Featured Excursion: Intimate Viviers “Village Day”

Day 13: Avignon

TThe walled city of Avignon is one of the most fascinating towns in southern France, with a host of historic gems to explore—including the fortress residence of rebellious popes who broke from Rome and once lived and ruled here. You’ll see the Palace of the Popes and much more today, and also have a chance to kayak under a 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct.

Featured Excursion: "Let’s Go” kayak ride on the Gardon River

Choice of Avignon walking tour with Palace of the Popes -or- Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct visit

Day 14: Tarascon (Arles)

Explore one of two sun-drenched Provençal towns today, each with an allure all its own. Known for its Explore a sun-drenched Provençal town today with an allure all its own. Known for its remarkable Roman ruins, Arles so inspired Van Gogh that he painted some 200 paintings there. Arles has existed since the sixth century BC, when the ancient Greeks founded it and named it Theline. It was here that the Romans built their first bridge across the Rhône River, creating a vital overland route between Italy and Spain.

Feaured Excursion: Arles walking tour

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 15: Avignon (Disembarkation)

Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Marseille International Airport for your flight home.

Departures & Pricing

<Detailed Itinerary: Avignon to Paris

Skip to Paris to Avignon itinerary

Day 1: Avignon (Embarkation)

Arrive at Marseille International Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a cruise representative and transferred to the ship docked in Avignon.

Day 2: Tarascon (Arles)

Explore a sun-drenched Provençal town today with an allure all its own. Known for its remarkable Roman ruins, Arles so inspired Van Gogh that he painted some 200 paintings there. Arles has existed since the sixth century BC, when the ancient Greeks founded it and named it Theline. It was here that the Romans built their first bridge across the Rhône River, creating a vital overland route between Italy and Spain.

Featured Excursion: Arles walking tour

Day 3: Avignon

The walled city of Avignon is one of the most fascinating towns in southern France, with a host of historic gems to explore—including the fortress residence of rebellious popes who broke from Rome and once lived and ruled here. You’ll see the Palace of the Popes and much more today, and also have a chance to kayak under a 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct.

Choice of Avignon walking tour with Palace of the Popes -or- Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct visit -or- "Let’s Go” kayak ride on the Gardon River

A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 4: Viviers

An enchanting village where time seems to have stopped centuries ago, Viviers has a long and storied past that goes back more than 1,600 years—and a splendid architectural heritage to match. At one time, Viviers was divided along religious lines—the clergy lived in the upper part of the town, the laity in the lower part. Your exploration of the town will take you through both parts, as you begin at the crest and make your way to the riverbank.

Featured Excursion: Intimate Viviers “Village Day”

Day 5: Tournon (Tain l'Hermitage)

here: A castle was raised on the hilltop in the 10th century to protect the region, and new fortifications were added over the centuries, including two “new” towers built to defend against Protestant attacks in the 16th century. You’ll see the handsome houses constructed by wealthy merchants and garrison officers when you walk through the Rue de Doux area, and you’ll pass the 14th-century church and the oldest secondary school in France.

Choice of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage twin villages stroll with wine tasting -or- “Let's Go” Hermitage terrace vineyards hike with wine tasting

Day 6: Lyon

As the epicenter of French gastronomy, Lyon is a city of tantalizing contrasts. There’s much to explore here, from the work of culinary visionaries to silk weavers’ secret passageways. After your choice of excursions, embrace the locals’ favorite mode of transportation with a bike ride—a great way to see the sights.

Choice of Lyon Capital of Gastronomy tour or Silk weavers walking tour -or- “Let's Go” Lyon peninsula bike tour

Day 7: Mácon (Beaune)

The pace of life is decidedly more relaxed in Burgundy, where endless rows of grapes hang heavy on the vine. The capital of the region’s wine trade, Beaune is renowned for its history, beauty and highly prized wine, as well as its medieval-era hospital—the Hospices de Beaune.

Choice of Burgundy landscapes, Beaune and the hospices -or- Mâcon walking tour

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 8: Lyon (Disembark), transfer to Paris via High-Speed TGV train (Embark)

Disembark the striking S.S. Catherine and transfer to Paris via high-speed, first-class TGV train. Your next ship, the magical S.S. Joie de Vivre, waits to carry you along the Seine on the next leg of your adventure.

Day 9: La Roche-Guyon, Vernon Giverny

oday is a celebration of northern France’s natural beauty, with an excursion to a splendid château and gardens situated in an equally grand setting, plus a chance to immerse yourself in the very landscapes that inspired Impressionist master Claude Monet. Visit the hilltop Château de La Roche-Guyon, surrounded by beautiful gardens and offering sweeping views over the Seine. Later, you can visit the home and gardens of Claude Monet. Or take in the beautiful French countryside in a more invigorating way, with a guided bike ride from Vernon to Giverny.

Choice of Château La Roche-Guyon -or- "Let's Go" hike on the Crests trail -or- Monet’s gardens at Giverny -or- “Let's Go” bike ride from Vernon to Giverny

This evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 10: Rouen (Normandy Beaches)

Walk in the footsteps of greatness in Normandy’s medieval capital, a city with a historic quarter that remains amazingly intact. From the cathedral Monet painted dozens of times to the cross marking the spot where Joan of Arc was martyred, Rouen is a treasure trove for the culturally curious. The roll call of famous people who lived or died in Rouen is long and varied—Richard the Lionheart, Joan of Arc, Gustave Flaubert and Claude Monet are among them.

Featured Excursion: Rouen walking tour, the Dukes of Normandy’s capital

Day 11: Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur or Étretat)

Caudebec-en-Caux, a lovely little town on the right bank of the Seine Estuary, is your base for one of two very different excursions. You could drive through the beautiful Calvados countryside to Honfleur, a delightful seaside harbor and city of painters, or head to the windy cliffs of Étretat for a game of golf.

Choice of Honfleur walking tour -or- “Let's Go” golfing in Étretat

Day 12: Rouen (Normandy Beaches)

There are moments when we travel that move us on an otherworldly level—experiences that stir a profound emotional connection. The Normandy beaches certainly have that effect. On your full-day outing, you’ll visit Normandy’s beaches, including Utah Beach and Ste-Mère-Église, with a choice to venture to either the American, British and Australian or Canadian beaches. After, you’ll go to the American cemetery and partake in a private ceremony at the Omaha Beach Memorial—a sentimental remembrance of Operation Overlord.

Choice of Normandy Beaches: highlights of American sites or Normandy Beaches: highlights of British & Australian sites -or- Normandy Beaches: highlights of Canadian sites

Day 13: Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles)

How did France’s rulers live over the centuries? Step into the private rooms of the Palace of Versailles, the lavish palace built by the Sun King, to find out.

Choice of Versailles Palace secret apartments or “Versailles Gardens and Queens Hamlet”

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 14: Paris

Whether you’re a first-time visitor to the “City of Light” or you’ve been here many times before, there’s something for everyone today in Paris. Enjoy a panoramic overview of the city, join a local expert for a walk through two much-loved neighborhoods, or pedal your way along the Left Bank, a fresh and fun way to take in the sights.

Featured Excursion: “Heart of Paris” Seine River cruise

Choice of Paris city tour -or- “Do as the Locals Do” Île de la Cité and Latin Quarter -or- “Let's Go” Seine riverbanks bike ride

Day 15: Paris (Disembarkation)

Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight home.

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.

Departure Dates

Start City

Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin.

From Paris

Cruise Start Date
Classic
French Balcony
Deluxe Balcony
Suite
Jul 18, 2021
$8,399
$10,699
$15,699
$20,199
Aug 1, 2021
$8,399
$10,699
$15,699
$20,199
Aug 15, 2021
$8,399
$10,699
$15,699
$20,199
Aug 29, 2021
$8,799
$11,099
$16,099
$20,599
Sep 12, 2021
$8,799
$11,099
$16,099
$20,599
Sep 26, 2022
$8,799
$11,099
$16,099
$20,599
Oct 10, 2021
$8,299
$10,599
$15,599
$20,099
Oct 24, 2021
$6,499
$8,799
$13,799
$18,299
Mar 27, 2022
$6,099
$8,599
$13,599
$18,199
Apr 10, 2022
$7,299
$9,799
$14,799
$19,399
Apr 24, 2022
$8,199
$10,699
$15,699
$20,299
May 8, 2022
$8,799
$11,299
$16,299
$20,899
Jun 5, 2022
$8,799
$11,299
$16,299
$20,899
Jun 19, 2022
$8,799
$11,299
$16,299
$20,899
Jul 3, 2022
$8,199
$10,699
$15,699
$20,299
Jul 17, 2022
$8,399
$10,899
$15,899
$20,499
Jul 31, 2022
$8,399
$10,899
$15,899
$20,499
Aug 14, 2022
$8,199
$10,699
$15,699
$20,299
Aug 28, 2022
$8,499
$10,999
$15,999
$20,599
Sep 11, 2022
$8,999
$11,499
$16,499
$21,099
Sep 25, 2022
$8,999
$11,499
$16,499
$21,099
Oct 9, 2022
$8,799
$11,299
$16,299
$20,899
Oct 23, 2022
$7,099
$9,599
$14,599
$19,199
 
From Avignon
Cruise Start Date
Classic
French Balcony
Deluxe Balcony
Suite
Jul 18, 2021
$8,399
$10,699
$15,699
$20,199
Aug 1, 2021
$8,399
$10,699
$15,699
$20,199
Aug 15, 2021
$8,399
$10,699
$15,699
$20,199
Aug 29, 2021
$8,799
$11,099
$16,099
$20,599
Sep 12, 2021
$8,799
$11,099
$16,099
$20,599
Sep 26, 2021
$8,799
$11,099
$16,099
$20,599
Oct 10, 2021
$8,299
$10,599
$15,599
$20,099
Oct 24, 2021
$6,499
$8,799
$13,799
$18,299
Apr 10, 2022
$7,299
$9,799
$14,799
$19,399
Apr 24, 2022
$8,199
$10,699
$15,699
$20,299
May 8, 2022
$8,799
$11,299
$16,299
$20,899
May 22, 2022
$8,799
$11,299
$16,299
$20,899
Jun 5, 2022
$8,799
$11,299
$16,299
$20,899
Jun 19, 2022
$8,799
$11,299
$16,299
$20,899
Jul 3, 2022
$8,199
$10,699
$15,699
$20,299
Jul 17, 2022
$8,199
$10,699
$15,699
$20,299
Jul 31, 2022
$8,399
$10,899
$15,899
$20,499
Aug 14, 2022
$8,399
$10,899
$15,899
$20,499
Aug 28, 2022
$8,799
$11,299
$16,299
$20,899
Sep 11, 2022
$8,999
$11,499
$16,499
$21,099
Sep 25, 2022
$8,999
$11,499
$16,499
$21,099
Oct 9, 2022
$8,499
$10,999
$15,999
$20,599
Oct 23, 2022
$6,599
$9,099
$14,099
$18,699
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Port Charges: Additional $400 USD per person.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please inquire.

Prices Include:

▪ 14 nights Cruise in selected riverview stateroom on the alluring S.S. Joie de Vivre and the striking S.S. Catherine
▪ First class TGV train between Paris and Lyon
▪ All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
▪ 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 14 dinners
▪ 2 Captain's Welcome Galas and 2 Captain's Farewell Dinners
▪ Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
▪ Shore excursions, including "Choice is Yours" options, fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
▪ Guided “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do,”  “Village Day,” and “Let's Go” programs
▪ 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
▪ Services of an experience Cruise manager and attentive, all English-speaking staff
▪ State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
▪ Captivating onboard local entertainment and lectures
▪ Cultural enrichment, including Signature Lectures
▪ Concierge services
▪ Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, amd Cruise/Tour Manager)
▪ Free Internet and Wi-Fi access onboard
▪ Transfers on Embarkation and Disembarkation Days. Transfers are subject to transfer guidelines. Please ask for details.
▪ Taxes

Prices Do Not Include:

▪ Individual arrival and departure (airfare)
▪ Travel Insurance
▪ Gratuities for local drivers and tour guides
▪ Port charges
▪ Personal expenses

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