Find yourself in fantastique France with Avalon Waterways

Bienvenue en France! Explore the wonders of the French countryside and the country’s culturally rich cities in relaxed luxury on an Avalon Waterways river cruise

Guests can choose between itineraries including an Active Discovery adventure on the Rhône, a history-focused cruise from Paris to Normandy and a wine appreciation voyage through the picturesque Burgundy and Provence regions. The beauty of exploring France with Avalon comes from the flexibility afforded to guests which allows them to choose to explore via some fantastic guided excursions or by going solo for the day.

Active Discovery on the Rhône

Offering the chance for authentic experiences with local people, Avalon’s Active Discovery cruises take guests behind the scenes in each destination. On the new eight-day Active Discovery on the Rhône river cruise, passengers can get creative, designing their own perfume at Avignon’s Museé des Aromes and crafting their own chocolate bar at the Valrhona factory. Heading out into the great outdoors, there is the opportunity to canoe down the Gorges de l’Ardéche and then get a lesson in aquaculture during a visit to an oyster farm. Budding artists can also enjoy a painting workshop in Arles where they will learn about the techniques of Vincent van Gogh and create their own painting in the style of the classic master who took inspiration from the Provence light and regional landscapes. Departing on the 14 May 2019, the Active Discovery on the Rhône cruise is priced from £2,388 per person including flights from London Gatwick. Additional departure dates are available between May and September 2019.

Paris to Normandy

On this 8-day river cruise, guests will enjoy wine, cheese and beautiful scenery as they sail between Paris and Normandy along the Seine River. Beginning in Paris, first enjoy the City of Light’s key attractions, strolling along with a croissant and café au lait, before continuing onto Vernon where there’s the option to take a guided tour of Giverny, the former home of impressionist painter Claude Monet. An optional highlight of the itinerary is visiting the Normandy D-Day landing beaches after which the group heads onwards to Rouen, once home to Joan of Arc, to explore the city’s Cathedral and gothic medieval quarter. In the penultimate stop in Conflans, follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh, Bonaparte and Louis XIV, or join an optional excursion to the beautiful Palace of Versailles before heading back to Paris to conclude a sensational French adventure. Departing on 5 November 2019 from London Gatwick, the Paris to Normandy cruise is priced from £1,999 per person. Additional departure dates are available between April and November 2019.

Burgundy and Provence – Côte d’Azur to Paris

On this 11-day wine appreciation cruise calling at Burgundy and Provence, Côte d’Azur and Paris, highlights include guided walks in Tournon and Vienne together with a tour of Lyon with a free day to explore its famous food markets, cafes and restaurants. Optional excursions include a trip to a traditional boutique winery in the heart of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region for a special wine tasting. Guests can also visit St. Jean de Losne and enjoy an on-board cheese and wine tasting hosted by Avalon’s Master of Wine. Departing on 1 April 2019 from London Gatwick, the Burgundy and Provence – Côte d’Azur to Paris river cruise is priced from £2,911 per person and includes flights from London Gatwick. Additional departure dates are available between July and October 2018 and April and October 2019.

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