Grand France Wwii Remembrance & History Cruise

04/20/2019 through 06/08/2019
04/20/2019 through 06/26/2019
Avalon Waterways

This river cruise highlighting the best of France is certainly grand! Enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery, and stops in the most charming and historical parts of France.

Set sail on the Seine River and go on an excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery. In Rouen, best known as the home of Joan of Arc, you’ll go on a guided walk and you will learn the important role played by this city during the French Resistance. Alternatively, you may visit the battlefields in the area of Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel.

In Paris, explore the “City of Lights” with Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum, or take a guided walk through the heart of Paris to see the historic Île St. Louis with its narrow streets, and Île de la Cité. You can also choose to take a tour focused on WWII and visit the museum of Les Invalides.

Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, is the third-largest city and a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage are beautifully nestled among vineyards, with Tournon offering plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes, and Arles on the Rhône River (an inspiration for Van Gogh’s paintings).

As a perfect finale to your river cruise vacation, spend time in the captivating French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur. Explore this elegant area and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea.

Included Features:

Day 1 Paris (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Vernon–Les Andelys: choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; onboard history lecture; choice of guided walk, or guided hike in Les Andelys

Day 3 Caudebec: choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”, or hike in the Natural Park; lecture on board

Day 4 Caudebec: choice of full day excursion to Normandy landing beaches, or “A Taste of Normandy” excursion

Day 5 Rouen: guided sightseeing related to the French Resistance, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral, or full day excursion to Vimy and Beaumont-Hamel.

Day 6 Conflans: choice of excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise, or Napoleon and Josephine’s Chteau de Malmaison

Day 7 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing, or “Heart of Paris” walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral, or WWII theme tour with visit of the museum of Les Invalides

Day 8 Paris (Disembarkation)–Dijon–Beaune–St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation)–Seurre: TGV train from Paris to Dijon. Motorcoach transfer to Beaune, visit the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception

Day 9 Seurre–Mcon: leisurely cruising; free time in Mcon; onboard cheese tasting

Day 10 Lyon: guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill

Day 11 Lyon: a day to explore this fascinating city at leisure

Day 12 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Viviers: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 13 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes

Day 14 Arles: guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre; cruise into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)

Day 15 Arles (Disembarkation)–Côte d’Azur: travel by motorcoach to Côte d’Azur

Day 16 Côte d’Azur: your vacation ends this morning

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Day 1 Paris, France (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Vernon
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Day 3 Caudebec
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Day 4 Caudebec. Excursion To Normandy
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Day 5 Rouen
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Day 6 Conflans
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Day 7 Paris
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Day 8 Paris (Disembarkation) – Dijon – Beaune – St. Jean De Losne (Embarkation) – Seurre
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Day 9 McOn
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Day 10 Lyon
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Day 11 Lyon
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Day 12 Tournon/Tain L’hermitage
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Day 13 Avignon
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Day 14 Arles
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Day 15 Arles – (Disembarkation) – Côte D’azur
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Day 16 Côte D’azur
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