Begin your French holiday your way before your cruise with an overnight stay in lovely Marseilles. Enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, an expert Local Guide for sightseeing, and courtesy hotel-to-ship transfer. Enjoy wondrous views on your Avalon YourWay river cruise through France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Enjoy guided sightseeing in famous French treasures and hidden gems too! Embark in Port-Saint-Louis and sail for Arles. See its 1st-century Roman amphitheater still used today. Attend a painting workshop in the style of Van Gogh who was inspired by the setting here. Cruise to historical 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. See Tournon’s medieval ruins and 16th-century castle on a guided tour.
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, you’ll tour one of France’s architectural treasures and home of Van der Weyden’s “The Last Judgement,” gracing Beaune’s Hotel-Dieu Charity Hospital—built in 1443. Spend two nights in style after your cruise with a stay in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! Arrive in The City of Light 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.
Continue your European holiday your way with three nights each in Venice and Rome. Your Italian holiday includes your flight from Paris to Venice, high-speed train service from Venice to Rome, assistance from your personal Monograms Local Host® in each city, guided sightseeing, buffet breakfast daily, destination guide with city map, and transfers to or from, airport, hotel, and train station.