Begin your river cruise through France in Port-Saint-Louis, and board your Avalon Suite Ship for your scenic river cruise. You’ll sail to beautiful Arles, Lyon and Avignon and Lyon where you will enjoy guided city sightseeing tours. Continue to Dijon for a high-speed train ride to Paris—“The City of Lights,” from where your river cruise on the Seine begins.
See the home of master artist Claude Monet, and stroll his magnificent gardens and charming residence at Giverny. Cruise on the Seine to Caudebec, and take an excursion to Normandy. Here, you may select from two guided tours - Normandy’s historic beaches and WWII monuments, or enjoy a “Taste of Normandy” tour to discover its beautiful agricultural region. You’ll continue to Rouen, for a guided walking tour. Next, you’ll sail to Conflans, for an excursion to Auvers-Sur-Oise— the village where Vincent Van Gogh painted, lived, and died—or to Château de Malmaison, the legendary home of Napoléon Bonaparte.
After returning to Paris, fly to Venice to begin your Monograms holiday with three nights each in Venice and Rome, including guided sightseeing and helpful onsite support from expert Local Hosts in both cities. Your French river cruise, Normandy Beaches tour, and Italian holiday package in Venice and Rome, will be hard to match for the beauty, culture, and new sights to recall for years to follow.