18 Day Conducted
Avalon Waterways Grand France Wine Appreciation Cruise for
$8,350 per person twin share
This is excellent value for a river cruise of this magnitude as all of the following are included:
Return airfares from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth into Paris and out of Cote d’Azur, France. The airline for this cruise package will either be Emirates, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific or Qatar.
A deluxe 8 day River Seine cruise from Paris aboard the modern and luxurious Avalon Tapestry II, built in 2015.
A deluxe 7 day Saone & Rhone River cruise from St Jean de Losne to Cote d’Azur aboard the modern and luxurious Avalon Poetry II, built in 2014.
One night post cruise accommodation at the Fairmont Monte Carlo or similar.
Superb dining on board the cruise ship with breakfast, lunch and dinner provided daily, as well as a Captain’s reception and farewell dinner. You will also receive complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast, soft drinks with lunch and wine, beer or soft drinks with dinner whilst on board the ship.
Prepaid gratuities, all transport and transfers, airport taxes and levies, as well as government taxes and port charges on the cruise.
Services of local tour guides.
If you wish you can upgrade your cabin to a higher deck which has wall to wall panoramic windows in Avalon’s unique Open-Air Balcony. The cost for this upgrade is $3,218 per person twin share. For a single room there is an extra cost of $2,190. Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished Master of Wine will teach you the ropes at onboard tastings that may include wine & cheese and wine & chocolate at a special onboard food-and-wine pairing dinner. Along the way you can test your newly developed sommelier talents as you visit wine villages, wineries and famed wine cellars for tours and tastings in a very special atmosphere.
This special price is only valid until the 30th June 2016, pending availability
Departs Australia 20th October and returns 6th November 2017
Itinerary for Avalon Waterways Cruise - Grand France Included meals are indicated as B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner 20.10.17
Australia – Paris, France Today you will fly from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide to Paris, France on economy class flights. The airlines you should be able to choose from include Emirates, Etihad, Singapore, Cathay Pacific and Qatar.
Paris Welcome to Paris, France’s capital on the River Seine, the ‘City of Light’, where romance fills the air. This afternoon we are transferred to the cruise terminal to board our luxury cruise ship, the Avalon Tapestry II. The Avalon Tapestry II was built in 2015 and is among a cutting-edge fleet of suiteships. She has four decks and is approximately 361 feet long. The ship is equipped with a reception area, sky deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, internet corner, hair salon, elevator, dining room, well stocked library, fitness centre and much more. It has 64 cabins with the following features as standard: - Premium mattress covers with Egyptian super-combed cotton linens. - A choice of soft or firm pillows. - Choice of bed configuration (two twins or one queen). - Nightly turn-down service. - Bedside tables with reading lamps. - Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium bath amenities. - Spacious 3 door closets with shelves for ample storage. - Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels. - Writing desk / vanity with comfortable chair and mirror. - Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. - Direct dial telephone. - Bathrobes & slippers. - Well-stocked minibar. - Complimentary bottled water. - In-room safe. - Individual climate control air conditioning. Upon arrival into Paris you will either be transferred to the cruise ship or to a hotel until the ship becomes available (depending on what time your flight arrives into Paris). This evening we will meet our crew at a welcome reception, followed by dinner on board the ship while we glide smoothly out of Paris. Accommodation: On board
Vernon – Les Andelys This morning in Vernon, choose between a guided visit of Giverny or a visit to Bizy Castle. Claude Monet lived at Giverny from 1883-1926 and viewed his gardens as works of art – just like his paintings. See his collection of Japanese prints, his charming house and his biggest sources of inspiration. Or, visit Bizy Castle, built in 1740 and nicknamed ‘Normandy’s Versailles.’ It is known for its famous stables – inspired by those at Versailles – and its magnificent courtyard and water garden. This
afternoon, your ship arrives in Les Andelys, situated on a bend of the Seine and one of the most beautiful places in France. Join a local guide for a guided walk of the town, visiting the Parish Church of Le Petit Andely. Imposing Château Gaillard, built by England’s King Richard the Lionheart as a fortress in 1196, is seen above the town. Constructed in only a year, it is a masterpiece of medieval military architecture. Accommodation: On board 23.10.17 (B/L/D)
Caudebec Today, join either a guided excursion along the ‘Normandy Villages Route’ to see some of Normandy’s charming and traditional half-timbered houses with their long, sloping thatched roofs, often sporting blue wooden doors and window shutters or along the ‘Normandy Abbeys Route,’ a short drive from Caudebec. More than 100 abbeys once covered this region, which has a microclimate particularly suited to the production of fruit such as apples pears, plums and cherries. The afternoon is free to explore on your own or to join an optional excursion to the pretty coatal town of Honfleur. Accommodation: Onboard
Caudebec Make your choice today between an included full day excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, with poignant sites such as Juno Beach, Pegasus Museum and the Commonwealth Cemeteries, or a ‘Taste of Normandy’ for a more in depth look at this picturesque, mainly agricultural region. The most important products are dairy, apples and grain. Camembert cheese is a specialty, as is Calvados, a strong apple brandy that you’ll have the chance to taste at a local distillery. And for a touch of history, visit the famous Bayeux Tapestry. Accommodation: Onboard
Rouen Rouen, the capital of Upper Normandy, is an important commercial city perhaps best known for its connection to Joan of Arc, who lived, was imprisoned and burned at the stake in the marketplace of this town in 1431. Enjoy the included guided walk through the medieval quarter with its half-timbered, glazed-tile houses and take your pictures of the intricate Gros Horloge astronomical clock, dating back to the 16th century. Visit the gothic cathedral, which was once the tallest bulding in the world and the subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. Accommodation: Onboard
Conflans After breakfast you may either join our guided excursion to Auvers-Sur-Oise, the quaint town where Vincent Van Gogh lived and died, or to Napoleon and Josephine’s Chateau de Malmaison just outside Paris. Requiring extensive renovations, this large country estate was purchased by Josephine Bonaparte in 1799 while Napoleon was fighting in Egypt. It was her aim to make it ‘the most beautiful and curious garden in Europe, a model of good cultivation.’ Accommodation: Onboard
Paris One of the world’s most romantic and lively cities, Paris delights the senses. Included city sightseeing shows off the must see attractions: Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Alternatively you may wish to join a guided walk through historic Île St. Louis with its narrow one-way streets and Île de la Cité, the centre of Paris where the medieval city was founded and home to Notre Dame Cathedral. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysée with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmartre with its Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. Paris is known for its colourful nightlife and an optional outing to one of the cabaret shows makes the perfect finale to the Seine portion of your cruise. Accommodation: Onboard
Paris (Disembarkation) – Dijon – Beaune – St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation) Seurre After breakfast, say goodbye to the crew of the Avalon Tapestry II, and transfer to Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Cote d’Or area. Beaune owes its wealth to the production, aging and selling of fine wines. Although life here centres around wine, Beaune offers much more. Visit the Hotel-Dieu charity hospital built in 1443 and paid for by the chancellor of Burgundy after the Hundred Years War left many of the town’s population destitute. Today it houses Van der Weyden’s painting of The Last Judgement and is one of France’s architectural highlights. Continue to St. Jean de Losne, where you’ll board the Avalon Poetry II. The Avalon Poetry II was built in 2014 and has the same design and features as the Tapestry II. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception as your ship departs for Seurre. Accommodation: Onboard
Seurre - Macon. Enjoy some leisurely cruising today and before lunch, enjoy an onboard cheese tasting. In the late afternoon, arrive in Macon, a city that plays an important role in the wine trade. Free time allows you to explore on your own. Alternatively, you may choose to participate in one of the optional excursions on offer, such as a visit to a wine cellar. Accommodation: Onboard
Lyon Lyon, France’s third-largest city and its gastronomic capital, was founded by the Romans in 43 BC. The city’s prosperity dates back to the 16th century and is due to commercial, industrial and banking activities. Roman remains, excellent museums and Renaissance architecture delight visitors. A local guide joins you as you survey the city from Fourviere Hill and explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways and Place des Terreaux, a popular area with lively cafes, monuments and the famous fountain often depicted on postcards. Accommodation: Onboard
Lyon Enjoy a free day to explore at leisure. Early risers might like to visit the local
produce market. Perhaps wander through one of Lyon’s parks, discover some of the murals (there are over 100 of them), or select one of the available optional excursions. Be sure to taste the gastronomic delights and sample Beaujolais, the wine of the region; wine connoisseurs know the grapes must be hand picked. Your cruise director will have suggestions for things to do. Accommodation: Onboard 01.11.17 (B/L/D)
Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage – Viviers The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage lie nestled among vineyards beween the Rhone River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. A local guide will show you Tournon, one of France’s oldest medieval cities, with its imposing 16th century castle and Roman ruins. Arriving in Viviers in the afternoon, an included guided walk shows you this charming town that developed around its Romanesque Cathedral. The old town has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman and medieval influences. Accommodation: Onboard
Avignon The fortified city of Avignon is the capital of the Vaucluse region – the most picturesque part of Provence with its intact ramparts encircling the entire city, cobblestone streets and squares and private mansions built in the 18th and 19th centuries. Known as the ‘City of Popes’, it was the centre of the Catholic Church in the 14th century. Your guided tour includes a visit of the Palace of the Popes, built in the 14th century as the sovereign popes’ residency. A photo of the famous Pont Saint Benezet (Saint Benezet Bridge), of the popular song Sur le Pont d’Avignon, is a must. Optional outings to Pont du Gard or to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneufdu-Pape are available. Accommodation: Onboard
Arles This morning wake up early to the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting) before arriving in Arles after breakfast. Located on the northern tip of the Camargue, Arles is the capital of the Provence region. Your local guide will show you highlights of the city and you’ll visit he Roman Amphitheatre. Still used today, it dates to the 1st century and was constructed to hold over 20,000 spectators. Accommodation: Onboard
Arles (Disembarkation) – Cote d’Azur After breakfast, a comfortable motorcoach ride takes you to the Cote d’Azur for your last night in France. Also known as the French Riviera, the Cote d’Azur stretches along France’s Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the Italian border and is synonymous with prestige and beauty. Accommodation: Fairmont, Monte Carlo or similar Cote d’Azur Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. You are transferred to the airport for your flights home, arriving in Australia on the 6th November.
Arrive in Australia
In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach
Example of upgraded cabin
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