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Art & Impressionist Themed River Cruises

Experience scenic northern France with a focus on art! Attend an illuminating art lecture by a subject expert on board your Avalon ship. On shore, explore art museums, and visit the places and sites that inspired some of the world’s most famous artists, such as Auvers-sur-Oise, Rouen, Giverny, and, of course, Paris - the inimitable "City of Light."

The following cruises and dates are Art & Impressionism Themed River Cruises from Avalon Waterways:


08/08/17 - Art & Impressionism on the Grand France (WPL-T2)
08/08/17 - Art & Impressionism on the Grand France with Aix-en-Provence & Nice (WPL1-T2)
08/08/17 - Art & Impressionism on the Grand France with Barcelona (WPL2-T2)
08/08/17 - Art & Impressionism Discovery from Paris to Normandy (WPP-T3)
08/08/17 - Art & Impressionism Discovery from Paris to Normandy with London (WPP1-T1)
08/08/17 - Art & Impressionism Discovery from Paris to Normandy with London (WPP1-T3)
07/28/18 - Art & Impressionism Discovery from Paris to Normandy with London (WPP1-T3)
07/28/18 - Art & Impressionist Discovery in Grand France (WPL-T1)
07/28/18 - Art & Impressionism Discovery from Paris to Normandy with London (WPP1-T1)
07/28/18 - Art & Impressionist Discovery from Paris to Normandy (WPP-T1)
07/28/18 - Art & Impressionism Discovery in Grand France with Barcelona - Southbound (WPL2-T1)
07/28/18 - Art & Impressionist Discovery in Grand France with Aix-en-Provence & Nice – Southbound (WPL1-T1)

Art & Impressionism Discovery from Paris to Normandy with London (WPP1-T1)


11 days from Paris to London
This fabulous river cruise combines time in France’s unparalleled capital of Paris and exciting London, with beautiful scenery along the Seine River and the picturesque and historical region of Normandy.

In Vernon, choose between two exciting guided visits—Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as “Normandy’s Versailles.” You may choose to 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 through the medieval quarter and visit the gothic Rouen Cathedral—once the tallest building in the world. From Conflans, go on an excursion to the quaint and inspiring town of Auvers-Sur-Oise—associated with several famous artists, including Vincent Van Gogh—or visit Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison.

On this enchanting river cruise, enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery along the Seine River, and stops in charming and historical parts of France, but your adventure is not complete without some time in two of the most popular cities in the world—Paris and London! Paris, the “City of Light” has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. Trade your “Bonjours” for “Cheerios” as an included high-speed train transfer whisks you to London for three exciting nights. Your Monograms package includes hotel reservations, guided sightseeing, daily breakfasts, and the services of a Monograms Local Host®. This “friend in the city” can answer your questions, offer suggestions, and help make your vacation what you want it to be. During your guided sightseeing tour with a local expert, see the London sights you cannot go home without seeing—Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus, and more!

For specific details on this special interest river cruise, please view the day-by-day itinerary.

Departures (Land)
08/08/2017 - (WPP1-T1) Art & Impressionism Discovery from Paris to Normandy with London - $4,138.00
07/28/2018 - (WPP1-T1) Art & Impressionism Discovery from Paris to Normandy with London - $4,152.00
08/11/2018 - (WPP1-T1) A Culinary Experience on Paris to Normandy with London - $4,152.00


Art & Impressionism Discovery in Grand France with Barcelona - Southbound (WPL2-T1)


19 days from Paris to Barcelona
This splendid river cruise vacation showcases France’s exciting scenery, history, and culture as you sail along its beautiful rivers.

Embark in Paris and head northwest along the Seine River up to the picturesque Normandy region. Dock at Vernon and choose between a guided visit of Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or remarkable Bizy Castle. Continue to Les Andelys—home of Château Gaillard, built by England’s King Richard the Lionheart in 1196. Then, on to Caudebec, where you choose between an included excursion to the poignant Normandy landing beaches or a fascinating “Taste of Normandy” tour. Visit Joan of Arc’s historic Rouen; and in Conflans, choose between a guided excursion to Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s elegant Château de Malmaison. Then, head back to Paris for sightseeing that visits Notre Dame Cathedral. Disembark and travel south to fascinating Beaune for a visit of the Hôtel-Dieu. In St. Jean de Losne, board your second cruise ship and sail on to Macon, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, Viviers, Avignon, and Arles, as well as France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, where you have time to explore this fascinating city. Daylight permitting, sail into the peaceful Camargue area.

Disembark your cruise ship and arrive in the French Riviera, the splendid Côte d’Azur, for a final night in France. Then, transfer to Nice airport for the start to your Monograms extension. We’ve arranged your flight to Barcelona, Spain, along with hotel reservations, daily breakfasts, sightseeing with a local expert, transfers to and from your hotels and the airport, and more. Plus, we know you may not be familiar with the city, so we've arranged the services of a friendly and knowledgeable Local Host® to answer questions, share inside information, help arrange your activities and excursions, and make you feel right at home. Guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide features a drive along the elegant Passeig de Gracia and visits to Gaudi’s extraordinary Casa Batlló and Sagrada Familia Basilica. In your free time, you could explore the Picasso Museum, catch some rays on the beach, or have fun at Tibidabo Amusement Park. Your Local Host can help you make the most of this amazing river cruise and land vacation!

For specific details on this special interest river cruise, please view the day-by-day itinerary.

Departures (Land)
07/11/2017 - (WPL2-T1) Grand France for WWII Historians with Barcelona - $7,328.00
07/28/2018 - (WPL2-T1) Art & Impressionism Discovery in Grand France with Barcelona - Southbound - $7,624.00


Art & Impressionist Discovery from Paris to Normandy (WPP-T1)


8 days from Paris to Paris
This fabulous river cruise combines time in France’s unparalleled capital of Paris with beautiful scenery along the Seine River and the picturesque and historical region of Normandy.

Embark on your adventure in Paris and sail to Vernon where you’ll choose between two exciting guided visits—Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as “Normandy’s Versailles.” Join an excursion to pretty Honfleur, popular with Impressionist painters like Monet and Boudin; visit the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery or join a “Taste of Normandy” excursion. In Rouen, best known for being the home of Joan of Arc, you’ll go on a guided walk through the medieval quarter and visit gothic Rouen Cathedral, subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet. Here, you’ll also visit an art museum. From Conflans, go on an excursion to the quaint and inspiring town of Auvers-Sur-Oise, associated with several famous artists, including Vincent Van Gogh or to visit Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison.

On this French river cruise, you’ll enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery along the Seine River, and stops in charming and historical parts of France, but your adventure would not be complete without some time in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! The City of Light has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. A guided walk through historic Île St. Louis with its narrow streets and Île de la Cité, where medieval Paris was founded, will be a delight—or you might prefer to visit an art museum of Impressionist paintings to round off this captivating cruise experience.

Departures (Land)
07/28/2018 - (WPP-T1) Art & Impressionist Discovery from Paris to Normandy - $3,249.00


Art & Impressionist Discovery in Grand France (WPL-T1)


16 days from Paris to Côte d’Azur
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.

The first part of this cruise focuses on art & impressionism, with visits to locations favored by Impressionist painters. Set out on the Seine River to Vernon, with a choice of visits to Claude Monet’s Giverny or Bizy Castle. From Caudebec, join an excursion to pretty Honfleur, popular with Impressionist painters like Monet and Boudin; visit the historic Normandy Landing Beaches; or, if you prefer, join a “Taste of Normandy” outing. Visit Rouen Cathedral, subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet, and a local art museum; and choose between Vincent van Gogh’s Auver-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison. Before you depart the beautiful Seine River, you’ll spend time in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! A guided walk through historic Île St. Louis with its narrow streets, and Île de la Cité, where medieval Paris was founded, will be a delight. Alternatively, you may wish to visit an art museum of Impressionist paintings. Continue your river cruise vacation on the Saône and Rhône Rivers. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, sits at the confluence of these two rivers and is France’s third-largest city. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage are beautifully nestled among vineyards and you’ll go on a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure with 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—the largest gothic fortress in the world. Situated on the Rhône River, Arles, is famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and for its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day.

As a perfect finale to your France river cruise vacation, spend some time on 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.

Departures (Land)
07/11/2017 - (WPL-T1) Grand France for WWII Historians - $6,459.00
07/28/2018 - (WPL-T1) Art & Impressionist Discovery in Grand France - $6,709.00


Art & Impressionist Discovery in Grand France with Aix-en-Provence & Nice – Southbound (WPL1-T1)


19 days from Paris to Nice
This splendid river cruise vacation showcases France’s exciting scenery, history, and culture as you sail along its beautiful rivers.

Embark in Paris and head northwest along the Seine River up to the picturesque Normandy region. Dock at Vernon and choose between a guided visit of Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or remarkable Bizy Castle. Continue to Les Andelys—home of Château Gaillard, built by England’s King Richard the Lionheart in 1196. Then, on to Caudebec, where you choose between an included excursion to the poignant Normandy landing beaches or a fascinating “Taste of Normandy” tour. Visit Joan of Arc’s historic Rouen; and in Conflans, choose between a guided excursion to Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s elegant Château de Malmaison. Then, head back to Paris for sightseeing that shows you the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. Disembark and travel to fascinating Beaune for a visit of the Hôtel-Dieu. In St. Jean de Losne, board your second cruise ship and sail on to Macon, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, Viviers, Avignon, and Arles, as well as France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, where you have time to explore this fascinating city.

Disembark your cruise ship and transfer to Aix en Provence for two nights and the start of your Monograms extension. Enjoy guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide, walking along the 17th-century Cours Mirabeau, a lively area with fountains, elegant homes, and famous cafés, and visit the Cathedral of the Holy Savior, known for its mishmash of architectural styles. This was Cézanne’s hometown, and in your free time, you may want to take a tour following in his footsteps. Perhaps take an excursion to Cassis with an included cruise, soak in Aix-en-Provence's healing thermal baths, or shop for lavender and other local specialties. Finally, we’ll whisk you via high-speed train to Nice for your final two nights in France. Here, guided sightseeing with a local expert includes a walk through the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais—Nice’s most famous boulevard. In your free time, you may want to take an excursion to Monaco, to St. Tropez, or to Cannes, known for its famous film festival. In both cities, we provide the services of Local Hosts®—a "friend in the city" to answer questions, share inside information, help arrange your activities and excursions, and more. Transfers to and from your hotels and train stations, as well as hotel reservations with daily breakfasts, are included.

For specific details on this special interest river cruise, please view the day-by-day itinerary.

Departures (Land)
07/11/2017 - (WPL1-T1) Grand France for WWII Historians with Aix-en-Provence & Nice - $7,540.00
07/28/2018 - (WPL1-T1) Art & Impressionist Discovery in Grand France with Aix-en-Provence & Nice – Southbound - $7,780.00

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