Enjoy stunning views on your river cruise through France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in famous French treasures and hidden gems too! Begin your Avalon YourWay river cruise through France in Port-Saint-Louis. Sail to Arles and discover the setting that inspired Vincent Van Gogh. See its 1st-century Roman amphitheater still used today and attend a painting workshop in the style of Van Gogh.
Cruise to Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world. Continue to Viviers for a guided walk through its charming village. Nestled among vineyards and Roman ruins are the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage. Take a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure of Roman ruins and 16th-century castle.
You’ll visit Lyon, a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture, as well as France’s gastronomic capital. Lyon offers wonderful sights, including the popular Place des Terreaux with its famous fountain seen on postcards, and world-famous cuisine to discover on a guided culinary walk. You’ll sail to the Chardonnay wine region of Mâcon, enjoying cheese tasting on board. In Dijon, tour Beaune’s Hotel-Dieu Charity Hospital—built in 1443 and home of Van der Weyden’s “The Last Judgement.”
Continue your French holiday your way with two overnights in Paris—the “City of Light.” Arrive via high-speed train from Dijon to see Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. A classic French river cruise holiday—made even better your way.