Allbound Holidays

Grand France (Northbound)

Launch Date : 02/06/18 8:00pm

  • STARTS

    CôTE D’AZUR

  • DAYS

    19

  • ENDS

    LONDON

Vacation Overview

This fantastic river cruise vacation showcases France’s breathtaking scenery, amazing history, and exciting variety. Your adventure begins on the stunning Côte d’Azur, then travel to Arles to board your ship and sail into the peaceful Camargue area (daylight permitting). Then, sail north up the scenic Rhône and Saône Rivers. Along the way, explore Arles, Avignon, delightful Viviers, medieval Tournon, charming Vienne, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as St. Jean de Losne, and fascinating Beaune.

Take a high-speed train to Paris, and embark your second cruise ship to begin your journey along the Seine River into the picturesque Normandy region. In Vernon, choose between a guided visit of Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or magnificent Bizy Castle. Continue to Les Andelys, home of dramatic Château Gaillard, then on to Caudebec, where you’ll choose between an excursion to Normandy’s historic landing beaches or an interesting “Taste of Normandy” tour. Next up is Joan of Arc’s historic Rouen; and in Conflans, choose between excursions to Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s elegant Château de Malmaison. Return to Paris for guided sightseeing and take in the most famous sights of this magnificent city. Then, transfer to London for three exciting nights.

During your guided sightseeing of London, see the sights you cannot go home without seeing—Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus, and more, including VIP access to St. Paul’s Cathedral. You’ll have plenty of free time and your Monograms Local Host® will help make your vacation what you want it to be!

Travel Style

  • RIVER CRUISE

City Highlights

Day 1 Côte d’Azur: welcome to France

Day 2 Côte d’Azur–Transfer to Arles (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)

Day 3 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop

Day 4 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes

Day 5 Cruising–Viviers: guided walk, visit Old Town and the cathedral

Day 6 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Vienne

Day 7 Lyon: guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill

Day 8 Cruising–St. Jean de Losne: day at leisure; cheese tasting on board
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

Day 11 Caudebec: choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”, or walk in the Natural Park; lecture on board

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

Day 13 Rouen: guided tour, see the Astronomical Clock and visit to the cathedral

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

Day 15 Paris: choice of guided tour, or “Heart of Paris” tour with an inside view of Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 16 Paris (Disembarkation)–London: transfer to London

Day 17 London: guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral (except on Sundays)

Day 18 London: full day at leisure

Day 19 London: your vacation ends this morning

Itinerary

CÔTE D’AZUR, FRANCE Bienvenue en France!Take free time today to admire Côte d’Azur-with its enchanting yachts, glamorous villas, and famous events. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Côte d’Azur stretches along France’s Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy.
CÔTE D’AZUR—ARLES (EMBARKATION) The Camargue National ParkThis morning enjoy free time to explore. In the early afternoon, you’ll drive to Arles to board your Suite Ship®. Before dinner sail toward the mouth of the Rhône for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting). OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES(B,D)
ARLES Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde LightsCLASSIC 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, OR:DISCOVERY Attend a Painting Workshop to learn the style and techniques of Vincent van Gogh. You’ll create your own painting in the style of the classic master who took inspiration from the Provence light and landscape in Arles. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) to immerse yourself in a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d’Enfer.Take advantage of any free time remaining with a stop in Le Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine, to relax and watch the world go by.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON(B,L,D)
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 Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhône 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-Bénézet. Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON(B,L,D)
VIVIERS World History in a Charming French Country VillageCLASSIC 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/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNON(B,L,D)
TOURNON/TAIN L’HERMITAGE A Rendezvous with Castle Views and VineyardsCLASSIC 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 Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. In the late morning cruise to Vienne VIENNERoman and Middle Age History CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of Vienne and discover this charming little town surrounded by steep hills. Enjoy live entertainment while sailing to Lyon. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON(B,L,D)
LYON Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of FranceCLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon from Fourvière Hill with its numerous churches. You’ll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafés, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux. Spend free time riding a bike through Lyon’s town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ST. JEAN DE LOSNE(B,L,D)
ST. JEAN DE LOSNE Wine and Cheese on the Stunning SaôneEnjoy a leisurely cruising day along the majestic Saône 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 on board this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ST. JEAN DE LOSNE(B,L,D)
ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (DISEMBARKATION)—BEAUNE—DIJON—PARIS (EMBARKATION) Drive to Beaune and take a High-Speed Train from Dijon to Paris.CLASSIC Visit the Hôtel-Dieu Charity Hospital in Beaune, built in 1443, today home of the Van der Weyden’s painting of the Last Judgment and is one of France’s architectural highlights.This afternoon, take a high-speed train from Dijon to Paris to board your Suite Ship®.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VERNON(B,D)
VERNON Monet’s Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crêpes du JourStart 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 crêpes, followed by a Pastry Demonstration.This afternoon, enjoy a beautiful cruise to the picturesque town of Les Andelys. LES ANDELYSSerenity on the Seine’s Most Beautiful RiverbendsCLASSIC 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 Château Gaillard—historic home of King Richard the Lionheart.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CAUDEBEC(B,L,D)
CAUDEBEC Churches, Cherry Orchards, and White Cliffs of Normandy ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Jog 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 Enjoy the natural wonders of the fascinating Marais Vernier wetlands on this half-day Guided Nature Walk on the outskirts of Caudebec.This afternoon, you may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the old seaside town of Honfleur. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CAUDEBEC(B,L,D)
CAUDEBEC. NORMANDY EXCURSIONS Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Normandy’s WWII landing beaches, visit 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 Center, and the Bény-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 at a local distillery.Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. EVENING CRUISE TO ROUEN Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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 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)
CONFLANS In the 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 Château de Malmaison—home of Napoléon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine.Perhaps, join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Palace of Versailles—home to a succession of French kings. EVENING CRUISE TO PARIS(B,L,D)
PARIS Cafés, Cathedrals, & Canvases—The City of Lights Truly ShinesACTIVE Take a Morning Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host to see Paris at first light.CLASSIC Discover the ancient heart of Paris on a captivating Guided Walk featuring the Palais-Royal, Louvre pyramid, ancient sites on Île de la Cité, the Left Bank, bustling Latin Quarter, and more, 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, Opéra Garnier, and the famous Champs-Élysées.Stroll through Paris on your own, or linger over wine in a literary café on the Left Bank.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PARIS(B,L,D)
PARIS (DISEMBARKATION) Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Breakfast and Dinner

Tour Departure Info & Price

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Grand France 75th Anniversary of D-Day WWII Rememb

27 May 2019 -11 Jun 2019

7688

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10 Jun 2019 -25 Jun 2019

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08 Jul 2019 -23 Jul 2019

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22 Jul 2019 -06 Aug 2019

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19 Aug 2019 -03 Sep 2019

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02 Sep 2019 -17 Sep 2019

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30 Sep 2019 -15 Oct 2019

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Grand France for Wine Lovers

14 Oct 2019 -29 Oct 2019

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28 Oct 2019 -12 Nov 2019

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Grand France (Northbound)

24 Mar 2020 -07 Apr 2020

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07 Apr 2020 -21 Apr 2020

6798

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Grand France (Northbound)

21 Apr 2020 -05 May 2020

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Grand France (Northbound)

19 May 2020 -02 Jun 2020

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Grand France (Northbound)

02 Jun 2020 -16 Jun 2020

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Grand France (Northbound)

30 Jun 2020 -14 Jul 2020

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Grand France (Northbound)

14 Jul 2020 -28 Jul 2020

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11 Aug 2020 -25 Aug 2020

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25 Aug 2020 -08 Sep 2020

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Grand France (Northbound)

08 Sep 2020 -22 Sep 2020

7998

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Grand France for Wine Lovers (Northbound)

06 Oct 2020 -20 Oct 2020

7698

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20 Oct 2020 -03 Nov 2020

7148

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Price Details US

Port charges:
$364

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included for Avalon portion only.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights per person in Côte d’Azur:
in single room from $242 to $541, in twin room from $152 to $295

All prices per person based on double occupancy. Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $398
B / Sapphire Deck / $2298
A / Sapphire Deck / $2398
P / Royal Deck / $2598
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $4398

NOTES:

  • Special Interest Cruises: Wine Appreciation October 14 & October 28 & October 29, 75th Anniversary of D-Day WWII History & Remembrance May 27 (Seine section), WWII History & Remembrance May 28 & June 11 (Seine section)

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