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Jazz Themed River Cruises

On these river cruises you will be joined on board by a jazz expert, who will provide entertainment and conduct an enriching lecture about jazz. You will also have free time in Vienne, France, during its world-renowned Jazz Festival.

The following cruises and dates are Jazz Themed River Cruises from Avalon Waterways:

06/29/18 - Sounds of Jazz & WWII History in Grand France (WLP-T1)
06/29/18 - Sounds of Jazz & WWII History in Grand France with London - Northbound (WLP1-T1)

Sounds of Jazz & WWII History in Grand France (WLP-T1)

16 days from Côte d’Azur to Paris
The first part of this grand river cruise of France focuses on Jazz—there’ll be plenty of entertainment on board, from classic to gypsy jazz, and you’ll have the chance to visit the famous Jazz Festival in Vienne.

Begin your adventure on the captivating Côte d’Azur, exploring this elegant area and relaxing along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. Travel to the Rhône River and Arles—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world. 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. You’ll be able to enjoy Vienne’s very special atmosphere as it hosts its annual “Jazz à Vienne” festival in the heart of the town. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Transfer to the Seine River where you’ll be joined by a WWII expert who will share his knowledge and expertise. This portion of the Grand France river cruise vacation, offers a choice of excursion opportunities, such as a visit to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery; a visit to delightful Les Andelys, Joan of Arc’s Rouen, and the choice between a visit to Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison.

Enjoy music, wine, cheese, history and beautiful scenery, with stops in the most charming and historical parts of France, and end your adventure in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! A guided walk acquaints you with historic Île St. Louis with its narrow streets, and Île de la Cité where medieval Paris was founded. Alternatively, you may to prefer to visit Les Invalides, dedicated to the liberation of the city. A perfect finale to this grand vacation!

Departures (Land)
06/29/2018 - (WLP-T1) Sounds of Jazz & WWII History in Grand France - $6,909.00

Sounds of Jazz & WWII History in Grand France with London - Northbound (WLP1-T1)

19 days from Côte d’Azur to London
This fantastic river cruise vacation showcases France’s breathtaking scenery, amazing history, and exciting variety. Your adventure begins on the stunning Côte d’Azur, then travel to Arles to board your ship and sail into the peaceful Camargue area during dinner (daylight permitting) before returning to Arles. Then, sail north up the scenic Rhône and Saône Rivers. Along the way, explore Arles, Avignon, delightful Viviers, medieval Tournon, charming Vienne, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as St. Jean de Losne, and fascinating Beaune.

Take a high-speed train from Dijon to Paris, and embark your second cruise ship to begin your journey along the Seine River into the picturesque Normandy region. In Vernon, choose between a guided visit of Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or magnificent Bizy Castle. Continue to Les Andelys, home of dramatic Château Gaillard, then on to Caudebec, where you’ll choose between an excursion to Normandy’s historic landing beaches or an interesting “Taste of Normandy” tour. Next up is Joan of Arc’s historic Rouen; and in Conflans, choose between excursions to Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s elegant Château de Malmaison. Return to Paris for guided sightseeing and take in the most famous sights of this magnificent city. Then, trade your “Bonjours” for “Cheerios” as you are whisked away to London for three exciting nights.

The Monograms portion of your vacation includes hotel reservations, guided sightseeing, daily breakfasts, a destination guide to familiarize you with the city, and best of all—the services of a Monograms Local Host®—there to welcome you and lend a helping hand throughout your stay. 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 of London, see the sights you cannot go home without seeing—Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus, and more. Enjoy VIP access to St. Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece and the wedding site for Lady Diana and Prince Charles. You’ll have plenty of free time to perhaps take in a West End theater show, join a guided tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, visit the Wimbledon Lawn & Tennis Museum, or explore the Churchill Museum Cabinet War Rooms—the secret underground headquarters during WWII. Day trips are available out of the city to Oxford, Warwick Castle, or mysterious Stonehenge. Monograms offers over 40 exciting activities and excursions, so you have lots of options to make your vacation everything you’ve dreamed.

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

Departures (Land)
06/29/2018 - (WLP1-T1) Sounds of Jazz & WWII History in Grand France with London - Northbound - $7,833.00

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