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Ultimate France

21-Night Cruise from Bordeaux to Avignon

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2021 & 2022 Departure Dates & Pricing

Bordeaux to Avignon - 22 days

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Ships - S.S. Bon Voyage (Bordeaux cruise),S.S.Joie de Vivre (Seine cruise), S.S. Catherine (Rhone cruise)
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Detailed Itinerary: 

Day 1: Bordeaux (Embarkation Day)

Arrive at Bordeaux-Mérignac 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.

Day 2: Blaye - Bourg Sur Gironde

The Route de la Corniche Fleurie…could this be the most beautiful road you’ve ever traveled? Find out today on the drive to Blaye Fortress, passing through one impossibly picturesque hamlet after another. Once you arrive, you’ll find your center with a unique and expertly led yoga session in the heart of this historic fortress, a UNESCO-designated citadel that once protected Bordeaux from attacks by sea.

Featured Excursion: Bourg sur Gironde walking tour

Choice of Panoramas of Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress -or- “Let’s Go” yoga in the historic heart of Blaye Fortress

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

Day 3: Cussac Fort Médoc - Pauillac la Fayette

The legendary Médoc region abounds with prestigious wine châteaux in a dizzying array of architectural styles, as well as miles of grapevines stretching to infinity. Take a scenic drive through the storied Médoc wine route, followed by a wine tasting at a beautiful wine estate. Enjoy the waters of the Garonne River and the Gironde Estuary before heading to the pretty town of Pauillac, gateway to the storied Médoc wine route, the Atlantic coast and remnants of the Atlantic Wall erected during WWII.

Featured Excursion: Fresh Médoc oysters tasting

Choice of Médoc Châteaux route with private wine tasting or Bunker archaeology tour -or- “Let’s Go” bike in the Médoc vineyards

Day 4: Cadillac

The French phrase “la douceur de vivre” is an accurate description for your time in Cadillac, known for its deliciously flavored dessert wines. Visit Château Royal de Cazeneuve, site of Henry IV’s and Queen Margot’s tempestuous love. Meet the owner around a glass of Sauternes in the reception hall.

Choice of The colorful life of Toulouse Lautrec at Château de Malromé or Private owner's tour of Royal Château with Sauternes toast

Note: Sailing this stretch of the Garonne depends on the tides. If it is not possible to sail to Cadillac, you will be transferred to your destination via motorcoach.

Day 5 : Libourne (Saint-Émilion)

The medieval town of Saint-Émilion is an ideal place to linger. Wander its cobblestone lanes lined with wine shops and bakeries, and stop to admire the amazing rock-hewn church that extends beneath the city’s streets. Another treasure awaiting you underground? A wine tasting in the cellars of a Grand Cru estate. With Libourne as your base, travel to nearby breathtaking Saint-Émilion and immerse yourself more deeply in the region’s history and wine culture.

Featured Excursion: Saint-Émilion walking tour with wine tasting

Day 6: Libourne - Bordeaux

France’s rich agricultural tradition is the heart and soul of the region’s exquisite cuisine—and what better way to get a taste for the freshest vegetables, cheeses, breads and fruits than with a visit to Libourne’s lively farmers’ market?

Featured Excursion: Libourne “Village Day” with farmer's market

Day 7: Bordeaux

Discover Bordeaux’s many charms today, either on foot with a local expert or on two wheels—the locals’ preferred way to navigate the city’s charming backstreets. You have a wonderful selection of active opportunities to see this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Featured Excursion: Cité du Vin museum visit

Choice of “Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux walking tour or ”Let’s Go” bike Bordeaux backstreets

In the evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 8: Bordeaux (Disembark) - transfer to Paris via High-Speed TGV Train (Embark)

Disembark the breathtaking S.S. Bon Voyage 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.  Note: Ship schedule and order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Tour to port of destination by motorcoach and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to the impact of water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors.

Day 9 : 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 10: 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 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 (Disembark), transfer to Lyon via TGV high-speed train (Embark)

You’ll transfer from the magical S.S. Joie de Vivre in Paris to the striking S.S. Catherine in Lyon via high-speed, first-class TGV train for the final leg 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.

Day 16: 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 17: 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 18: 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 19: Viviers,  Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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 20: 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.

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 21: 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

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

Day 22: 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

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. Cruise fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.
From Bordeaux
Cruise Start Date
Classic
French Balcony
Suite
Grand Suite
Jul 11, 2021
$11,699
$15,399
$22,599
$29,099
Jul 25, 2021
$11,899
$15,599
$22,799
$29,299
Aug 8, 2021
$11,899
$15,599
$22,799
$29,299
Aug 22, 2021
$12,199
$15,899
$23,099
$29,599
Sep 5, 2021
$12,399
$16,099
$23,299
$29,799
Sep 19, 2021
$12,399
$16,099
$23,299
$29,799
Oct 3, 2021
$11,899
$15,599
$22,799
$29,299
Oct 17, 2021
$9,999
$13,699
$20,899
$27,399
Apr 3, 2022
$9,999
$13,999
$21,099
$27,699
Apr 17, 2022
$11,299
$15,299
$22,399
$28,999
May 1, 2022
$12,199
$16,199
$23,299
$29,899
May 29, 2022
$12,199
$16,199
$23,299
$29,899
Jun 12, 2022
$12,199
$16,199
$23,299
$29,899
Jun 26, 2022
$11,699
$15,699
$22,799
$29,399
Jul 10, 2022
$11,899
$15,899
$22,999
$29,599
Jul 24, 2022
$12,099
$16,099
$23,199
$29,799
Aug 7, 2022
$11,899
$15,899
$22,999
$29,599
Aug 21, 2022
$11,999
$15,999
$23,099
$29,699
Sep 4, 2022
$12,799
$16,799
$23,899
$30,499
Sep 18, 2022
$12,799
$16,799
$23,899
$30,499
Oct 2, 2022
$12,499
$16,499
$23,599
$30,199
Oct 16, 2022
$1,0499
$14,499
$21,599
$28,199
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Port Charges: Additional $600 USD per person.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please inquire.

Prices Include:

▪ 21 nights Cruise in selected riverview stateroom 
▪ First class TGV train between Lyon and Paris, and Paris and Bordeaux
▪ All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
▪ 21 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 21 dinners
▪ 3 Captain's Welcome Galas and 3 Captain's Farewell Dinners
▪ Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and bottled 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
▪ 7 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
▪ All gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager)
▪ Free Internet and Wi-Fi access onboard
▪ All transfers on arrival and departure days; subject to terms and conditions.
▪ 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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