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Avalon Waterways Grand France with 2 Nights in Nice & 3 Nights in London (Northbound) (WLP1)

20 Day River Cruise Nice to London 
This fantastic European river cruise vacation showcases France’s breathtaking views, amazing history, and legendary culture. Your adventure begins with two overnights in Nice on the French Riviera, then travel to Port-Saint-Louis to board your Avalon Suite Ship® and sail into the peaceful Camargue area to Arles. You’ll sail north up the scenic Rhône and Saône Rivers to 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 to Paris, and embark your second ship to begin your Seine River cruise 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, with your choice of an excursion to Normandy’s historic landing beaches or an interesting “Taste of Normandy” tour. Visit 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, transfer to London for three exciting nights.

Your Monograms® vacation in London includes guided sightseeing to see the must-see sights—Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus, and more, including VIP access to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Enjoy ample free time with suggestions and assistance from your Monograms Local Host® to experience your vacation your way!

Ships: Poetry II & Tapestry II
Special Offer/Promotion

Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2021 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/12/21, 07/19/21, 08/02/21
Restrictions May Apply

Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Nice: Welcome to France

Day 2 Nice: Guided tour

Day 3 Nice-Port St. Louis (Embarkation): Transfer to the ship; onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Arles: Guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre

Day 5 Avignon: Guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes

Day 6 Cruising-Viviers: Guided walk, visit Old Town and the cathedral

Day 7 Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage-Vienne: Guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Vienne

Day 8 Lyon: Guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill

Day 9 Cruising-St. Jean de Losne: Day at leisure; cheese tasting on board

Day 10 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)-Beaune-Paris (Embarkation): Visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; TGV train from Dijon to Paris; onboard welcome reception

Day 11 Vernon-Les Andelys: Choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; choice of guided walk, or guided hike in Les Andelys; onboard crêpe tasting and Pastry Demonstration

Day 12 Caudebec: Excursion along the 'Normandy Abbeys Route'

Day 13 Caudebec: Choice of full-day excursions to Normandy landing beaches or 'A Taste of Normandy' excursion

Day 14 Rouen: Choice of guided tour, see the Astronomical Clock and visit to the cathedral or bike tour

Day 15 Conflans: Choice of excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise, or excursion to Napoleon and Josephine's Château de Malmaison

Day 16 Paris: Choice of guided sightseeing, or historic sights on'Heart of Paris' walking tour

Day 17 Paris (Disembarkation)-London: Transfer to London by high-speed Eurostar train (Standard class)

Day 18 London: Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul's Cathedral (except on Sundays)

Day 19 London: Full day at leisure

Day 20 London: Your vacation ends this morning

Special Interest Departures

10/25/2021 - Grand France with 1 Night in Marseille & 3 Nights in London for Wine Lovers (Northbound)
03/27/2022 - A Culinary Experience in Grand France with 2 Nights in Nice & 3 Nights in London (Northbound)
10/23/2022 - Grand France with 2 Nights in Nice & 3 Nights in London for Wine Lovers (Northbound)

Related Avalon Tours

WLP - Grand France (Northbound)
WLPQ - With 2 Nights in Nice
WLP1 - With 2 Nights in Nice & 3 Nights in London
WLP2 - With 2 Nights in Nice, 3 Nights in Venice & 3 Nights in Rome
WLP3 - With 3 Nights in London
WLP4 - With 3 Nights in Venice & 3 Nights in Rome
WPL - Grand France (Southbound)

Itinerary (2022)

Day 1NICE
 Welcome to France.

Enjoy free time to discover the beauty of the spectacular French Riviera, which stretches along France’s Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy.
Day 2NICE
 The “Queen of the French Riviera”

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing in Nice. Discover the narrow, winding streets and baroque churches of Vieux Nice, the old city—an area which has changed little since the 1700s.

(B)
Day 3NICE–PORT ST. LOUIS (EMBARKATION)
 Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Join a motorcoach transfer to board your Avalon Suite Ship®.

EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES

(B,D)
Day 4ARLES
 Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights

Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

ACTIVE Grab a Nordic walking stick for a walk with your Adventure Host.

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Arles—the captivating city of the Provence region. You’ll visit the Roman Amphitheater in this visually stunning city that inspired the works of Vincent van Gogh, OR:

DISCOVERY Attend a Painting Workshop to learn techniques of Vincent van Gogh. Create your own painting in the style of the legendary artist.

Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) a unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d’Enfer.

Take free time to stop in Le Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine before sailing to Avignon.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON

(B,L,D)
Day 5AVIGNON
 The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence

CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the fortress city of Avignon—with its ramparts encircling the city—and a visit to the amazing Palace of the Popes.

Guided Optional Excursions include a visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard, or a trip to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhône wine region.

Explore Avignon on your own for the city’s art and culture, theatre, and museums. Be sure to snap photos of the captivating countryside, historic monuments, and the medieval Pont Saint-Bénézet.

Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON

(B,L,D)
Day 6VIVIERS
 World History in a Charming French Country Village

CLASSIC Explore the pale-stone buildings of Viviers on a late afternoon Guided Walking Tour of this charming village. You’ll see its Romanesque cathedral and Old Town with a mix of historical Christian, Roman, and medieval influences.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNON

(B,L,D)
Day 7TOURNON/TAIN L’HERMITAGE
 A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

CLASSIC Take a morning Guided Walking Tour to explore Tournon—one of France’s oldest medieval cities. See its 16th-century castle, and Roman ruins between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage.

In the late morning cruise to Vienne

VIENNE

Roman and Middle Age History

CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of Vienne and discover this charming little town surrounded by steep hills.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON

(B,L,D)
Day 8LYON
 La Vie En Rose in Lyon

CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon from Fourvière Hill with its numerous churches. You’ll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafés, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux.

Spend free time riding a bike through Lyon’s town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet.

Enjoy live entertainment while sailing to Tournus.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ST. JEAN DE LOSNE

(B,L,D)
Day 9ST. JEAN DE LOSNE
 Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône

Enjoy a leisurely cruising day along the majestic Saône River. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin.

DISCOVERY Later, enjoy a delicious Cheese Tasting on board your ship.

Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ST. JEAN DE LOSNE

(B,L,D)
Day 10ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (DISEMBARKATION)–BEAUNE–DIJON–PARIS (EMBARKATION)
 Drive to Beaune and take a High-Speed Train from Dijon to Paris.

CLASSIC Visit the Hôtel-Dieu Charity Hospital in Beaune, built in 1443, today home of the Van der Weyden’s painting of the Last Judgment and is one of France’s architectural highlights.

This afternoon, take a high-speed train from Dijon to Paris to board your Suite Ship®.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VERNON

(B,D)
Day 11VERNON
 Monet’s Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crêpes du Jour

Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Giverny, home and inspiration of the master impressionist painter Claude Monet. Walk the grounds and see Monet’s charming residence, and the flower and water gardens captured in his masterpieces, OR:

CLASSIC Join a Guided Visit to Bizy Castle—called “Normandy’s Versailles” for its magnificent courtyard, water garden, and stables.

DISCOVERY While sailing, enjoy a traditional French luncheon of authentic French crêpes, followed by a Pastry Demonstration.

This afternoon, enjoy a beautiful cruise to the picturesque town of Les Andelys.

LES ANDELYS

Serenity on the Seine

CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of Les Andelys—one of France’s most picturesque spots on the Seine, OR:

ACTIVE Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins of Château Gaillard—historic home of King Richard the Lionheart.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CAUDEBEC

(B,L,D)
Day 12CAUDEBEC
 Ancient Abbeys Along the Seine

CLASSIC Take a Guided Trip along the Normandy Abbeys Route—where more than 100 medieval Benedictine and Augustine abbeys and churches were built along the Seine.

This afternoon, you may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the old seaside town of Honfleur.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CAUDEBEC

(B,L,D)
Day 13CAUDEBEC. NORMANDY EXCURSIONS
 Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions

CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Normandy’s WWII landing beaches, visit significant U.S. sites, including Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery, OR:

CLASSIC Take a full-day Guided Tour of the British and Canadian commemorative sites, including the British cemetery, Pegasus Memorial, the seaside town of Arromanches, the Juno Beach Center, and the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, OR:

CLASSIC Join “A Taste of Normandy” Guided Tour for an in-depth look at this rich agricultural region. See the famous Bayeux Tapestry, visit the beautiful village of Beuvron en Auge and taste Calvados at a local distillery.


Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

EVENING CRUISE TO ROUEN

(B,L,D)
Day 14ROUEN
 The Cathedral of Our Lady and a Heroine for France

CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of Rouen—home of the martyred Joan of Arc—and see the medieval quarter with its 16th-century Astronomical Clock, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, OR:

ACTIVE Take a Guided Bike Tour to discover and explore the most famous monuments and the lesser-known hidden gems of Rouen on two wheels.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CONFLANS

(B,L,D)
Day 15CONFLANS
 The Footsteps of Van Gogh, Bonaparte, and Louis XIV

CLASSIC Join a Guided Visit to Auvers-sur-Oise, home and resting place of Vincent van Gogh, OR:

CLASSIC Take a Guided tour of the opulent Château de Malmaison—home of Napoléon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine.


Perhaps, join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Palace of Versailles—home to a succession of French kings.

EVENING CRUISE TO PARIS

(B,L,D)
Day 16PARIS
 Cafés, Cathedrals and Canvases in the city of Lights

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities

CLASSIC Discover the ancient heart of Paris on a captivating Guided Walk featuring the Palais-Royal, Louvre pyramid, ancient sites on Île de la Cité, the Left Bank, bustling Latin Quarter, and more, OR:

CLASSIC Join a Guided City Tour, that shows you the iconic sites of Paris, such as the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Opéra Garnier, and the famous Champs-Élysées.


Stroll through Paris on your own, or linger over wine in a literary café on the Left Bank.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PARIS

(B,L,D)
Day 17PARIS (DISEMBARKATION)–LONDON
 Say goodbye to the Avalon portion of your vacation after breakfast. An included transfer delivers you to the train station, where you join your Monograms package. Travel to London by high-speed Eurostar train (Standard class). Your Local Hosts will be on hand to help you make the most of your time.

(B)
Day 18LONDON
 Morning guided sightseeing includes all of London’s famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were married; Whitehall’s mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister’s Downing Street; Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus. Then, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral (except on Sundays). Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London’s skyline.

(B)
Day 19LONDON
 Your local hosts will help you make the most of your day. You could take a flight on the London eye for fantastic views over the city, or visit Windsor castle, one of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, were married, for a tour of the magnificent state apartments. In the evening, see one of the dozens of celebrated west end shows, or enjoy dinner at a traditional London pub, followed by a relaxing night time cruise on the Thames river. There are so many possibilities to make your stay unforgettable.

(B)
Day 20LONDON
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$392

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Avalon Notes

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

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Tour Land StartAvalon RetailRequest Quote
06/07/2021 $9,235.00
06/21/2021 $9,136.00
07/19/2021 Special Offer/Promotion $9,035.00
08/02/2021 Special Offer/Promotion $9,035.00
08/30/2021 $9,484.00
09/13/2021 $9,484.00
10/11/2021 $8,934.00
*10/25/2021 $8,051.00
*03/27/2022 $8,067.00
05/08/2022 $9,567.00
06/05/2022 $9,658.00
06/19/2022 $9,559.00
07/03/2022 $9,609.00
07/31/2022 $9,608.00
08/14/2022 $9,608.00
09/11/2022 $9,907.00
09/25/2022 $9,707.00
10/09/2022 $9,267.00
*10/23/2022 $8,334.00
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