Take a delightful river cruise through France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in known French treasures and some hidden gems too! Take in the beautiful countryside, quaint villages, and towns, as you sail through the most captivating views of France. A Master of Wine will accompany you on your French river cruise with presentations, tastings, and wine pairings along the way.
Board your Avalon Suite Ship in Port Saint Louis. Cruise to Arles, the lovely French town that inspired Van Gogh, and continue on the Rhône River to Avignon. See the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest Gothic fortress in the world—and take a guided tour to Châteauneuf du Pape. Beautifully nestled among vineyards is Tournon, a medieval treasure of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Enjoy a wine-and-chocolate tasting or a walk in the vineyards. Take a culinary walk and enjoy free time to explore the city and sample Beaujolais, the famous wine of the region. Enjoy an onboard cheese-and-wine tasting, and visit Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital. Cruise to Mâcon for an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar.
Your fantastic holiday in France continues with high-speed train service from St. Jean de Losne to Paris. Spend two nights in the “City of Light,” including guided sightseeing and superior accommodations. Fly to Venice, Italy, to begin your Monograms holiday package for three nights, followed by high-speed train service for three nights in Rome. Enjoy included guided sightseeing, superior accommodations, a knowledgeable and helpful Local Host to assist you in Venice and Rome, and free time to explore as you please.