Enjoy wondrous views on your Avalon YourWay river cruise through France. Sail along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in famous French treasures and hidden gems too! Embark in Port-Saint-Louis and cruise on the Rhône River for Arles. See its 1st-century Roman amphitheater still used today. Attend a painting workshop in the style of Van Gogh whose work 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 this charming village, and then to Avignon to see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world. Beautifully nestled among vineyards, you’ll find the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, where you’ll go on a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and fascinating 16th-century castle.
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 Beaune’s Hotel-Dieu Charity Hospital—built in 1443 and home of Van der Weyden’s “The Last Judgement.”
Continue your holiday your way after your cruise with two nights in Paris—the “City of Light.” Travel 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.
Next, spend 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.