On this French river cruise holiday, enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful views, and stops in the most charming and historical parts of France. Indulge in the legendary cuisine of France on this culinary focused cruise through Burgundy and Provence. With a master of wine on board and special culinary highlights throughout your cruise, you’ll sample regional French specialties with onboard wine tastings with cheese and chocolate and wine-and-food pairings. Enjoy a pastry demonstration by a French chef, and attend a cooking class.
Sail along the Seine River to the picturesque Normandy region. 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.” Join an excursion to the historic landing beaches of Normandy, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery. In Rouen, take a guided walk through the medieval quarter and visit the Gothic Rouen Cathedral.
Before you depart the beautiful Seine River, spend time in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic cities! Discover the true heart of Paris on a guided walk through the sites of Paris’ rich history, or take a tour showing you the iconic sites of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more. Cruise to Lyon on the confluence of the Saône and Rhône Rivers and a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. The city of Tournon is beautifully nestled among vineyards. Take a guided walk in this medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. In historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest Gothic fortress in the world. Visit Arles on the Rhône River, famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and home to its 1st-century Roman Amphitheatre, which hosts plays and concerts to this day.