Your Cruising Itinerary

Day 1: Paris, France (embarkation)

Welcome to France! Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Your day is free to explore the world’s most romantic city before starting your cruise on the Seine. Get acquainted with the City of Light today with some shopping, strolling, or with a croissant and café au lait to watch the world go by amid the Parisian cityscape. (D)

Evening/overnight cruise to Vernon

Day 2: Vernon - Monet’s muses, castle courtyards, and crêpes du jour

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon 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 fl ower and water gardens captured in his masterpieces, OR:
  • Classic: Join a Guided Visit to Bizy Castle—called “Normandy’s Versailles” for its magnifi cent courtyard, water garden, and stables.
  • Disovery: While sailing, enjoy a traditional French Luncheon of authentic French crêpes, followed by a Pastry Demonstration.

This afternoon, enjoy cruising to the picturesque town of Les Andelys.

Les Andelys

Serenity on the Seine’s Most Beautiful Riverbends.

  • 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 3: Caudebec - churches, cherry orchards, and white cliffs of Normandy

  • Active: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Jog in Normandy’s town of Caudebec.
  • 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, OR: 
  • Active: Explore Boucles de la Seine Normande with a Guided Hike of Normandy’s vast regional nature park in a region rich in apple, plum, pear, and cherry orchards.

This afternoon, you may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the old seaside town of Honfleur. Later enjoy live entertainment on board.

Overnight docking in Caudebec. (B,L,D) 

Day 4: Caudebec - excursion to Normandy - heroic bravery and French farming traditions 

  • Classic: Join a Guided Tour of the WWII landing beaches of Normandy, with a full-day tour of signifi cant 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 Centre, 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 apple brandy at a local distillery

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

Evening cruise to Rouen.  (B,L,D) 

Day 5: Rouen - The Cathedral of Notre-Dame and a heroine for France 

  • Classic: Take a Guided Waking Tour of Rouen—home of the martyred Saint Joan of Arc—and see the medieval quarter with its 16th-century Astronomical Clock, and Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Enjoy onboard entertainment before setting sail this evening.

Evening/overnight cruise to Conflans. (B,L,D) 

Day 6: Conflans - In 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 tour of the Palace of Versailles—home to a succession of French kings.

Evening cruise to Paris. (B,L,D) 

Day 7: Paris - cafés, cathedrals, and canvases — the city of lights truly shines

  • Active: Take a Morning Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host to see Paris at first light.
  • Classic: Take a Guided Walking Tour through the Heart of Paris to see the historic Île St. Louis, Île de la Cité, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, 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 8: Paris (disembarkation) - Dijon - Beaune - St Jena de Losne (embarkation) 

Take a High-Speed Train from Paris to Dijon, to drive on to Beaune.

  • Classic:  Visit the Hôtel-Dieu Charity Hospital, built in 1443, today home of Van der Weyden’s painting of the Last Judgement. 

This afternoon, travel to St. Jean de Losne to board your Suite Ship.

Overnightcruise to Macon. (B,D) 

Day 9: Maçon - wine and cheese on the stunning Saône 

Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Mâcon this morning 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 while sailing for Trévoux this evening.

Overnight docking in Trevoux. (B,L,D) 

Day 10: Lyon - adventures in food and wine in the gastronomy capital of France

Sail for lovely Lyon this morning.

  • Classic: Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon with its numerous churches from Fourvière Hill. 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
  • Discovery: Attend a WWII and French Resistance Lecture on board your ship

Lve entertainment after dinner.

Overnight docking in Lyon. (B,L,D) 

Day 11: Lyon - French food and wine — la vie en rose in Lyon 

  • Classic: Join a Culinary Walk through the city to discover why it is known as the gastronomic
    capital of France.

The rest of your day is free to explore, relax, or shop in France’s third largest city. Take a bike from the ship and explore local produce markets and parks, or take a leisurely tour of the city’s more than 100 murals. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

Evening cruise to Tournon. (B,L,D)

Day 12: Touron - a rendezvous with castle views and vineyards

  • 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.

Enjoy a leisurely sail to Viviers after lunch.

Viviers - 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 Avignon. (B,L,D)

Day 13: Avignon - 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.

Evening cruise to Arles. (B,L,D) 

Day 14: Arles - inspiring sights and avant-garde lights

  • Active: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk
  • Classic: Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Arles—the captivating city of the Provence region. You’ll visit the Roman Amphitheatre in this visually stunning city that inspired the works of Vincent van Gogh. OR
  • Discovery: Attend a Painting Workshop to learn the style and techniques of Vincent van Gogh. You’ll
    create your own painting in the style of the classic master who took inspiration from the Provence light and landscape in Arles

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

Take advantage of any free time with a stop in Le Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine to relax and watch the world go by.

Evening cruise to Port-Saint-Louis. (B,L,D) 

Day 15: Port-Saint-Louis (disembarkation) 

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

This cruise is also available from Port-Saint-Louis to Paris 

Day 1, Port-Saint-Louis (Embarkation); Day 2, Arles; Day 3, Avignon; Day 4, Viviers; Day 5, Tournon–Vienne; Day 6, Lyon; Day 7, Tournus–St. Jean de Losne; Day 8, St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)–Beaune–Dijon–Paris (Embarkation); Day 9, Vernon–Les Andelys; Day 10, Caudebec; Day 11, Caudebec. Normandy excursions; Day 12, Rouen; Day 13, Confl ans–Paris; Day 14, Paris; Day 15, Paris (Disembarkation), your cruise ends this morning.

Special interest cruises - looking to enrich your adventures while you sail?

WWII Remembrance & History Cruise, WWII Remembrance and History Culinary cruise and Wine Appreciation cruises are all available to help you delve deeper into what you’re passionate about. Call for itinerary modifications and inclusions.

In the event that a high-speed train is unavailable due to operational or technical reasons, the route will be altered or operated by motorcoach. 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.

Departure dates and prices 2020 - Grand France : 7% discount on all dates

Avalon brochure price in black from £4675
Travel 55 discount price in red from £4348
Telephone Avalon Waterways reservations on 0330 808 5036 and quote our Travel 55 code TR55A

Paris to Port-Saint-Louis : tour code WPL - cruise price without flights and transfers
Dates Price from Dates Price from
Mar 24* £4743
July 14 £5666
Apr 7, 21 £5085
Aug 11, 25 £5666
May 19 £5768
Sep 8 £5906
Jun 2*, 30 £5734
Oct 6, 20* £5359
Port-Saint-Louis to Paris : tour code WLP - cruise price without flights and transfers
Mar 24 £4675
July 14 £5666
Apr 7, 21 £5084
Aug 11, 25 £5666
May 19 £5768
Sep 8 £5906
June 2, 30


Oct 6*, 20*


*Special Interest Cruises: Culinary Mar 24; Wine Appreciation Oct 6 & Oct 20; WWII Remembrance & History Jun 2. WPL: Gateway city for departures is Marseille; WLP: Gateway city for arrivals is Marseille.
Prices shown above are for the cruise only. This means you have the freedom to arrange your own flights and transfers to suit your needs. Alternatively we can take care of everything for you.
Complete holiday price including flights, transfers and private home pick-up service (within 100 miles) from £5,195pp - based on Mar 24 departure from London Gatwick. Sailing on Avalon Suite Ships® Tapestry II & Poetry II. Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included on Avalon portion only. Extra nights before and after your cruise may be available, please call for details and prices. Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability). Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available. Note: responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. 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

†From price based on cruise without flights and transfers, Mar 24 departure. All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. 

Upgrade pricing:

Category/deck - E Indigo nil : D Indigo £298 : B Sapphire £1698 :  A Sapphire £1798 : P Royal £1998 : Royal Suite Royal Deck £3398

All holidays subject to Avalon Waterways Holidays Terms & Conditions

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Avalon Waterways
Grand France

15 days

Your discount prices start from only £4348 - 7% discount

Your journey through the heart of France begins as you board your Avalon cruise ship in Paris and cruise into Normandy. Visit Vernon to see either Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny or the 18th-century Bizy Castle.

Cruise to Les Andelys, home of Château Gaillard and Caudebec to visit either the Normandy Landing Beaches, or to try a Taste of Normandy tour. 

Enjoy a day in Paris before heading to St Jean de Losne to board your second cruise ship and cruise to Maçon, Lyon, Tournon, Avignon and Arles. 

There's a reverse course option on this cruise - call for intinerary

This stunning 15 day Grand France cruise comes with a 7% discount when you book direct with Avalon Waterways on 0330 808 5036 and quote the Travel 55 code TR55A.

Travel 55 in association with Avalon Waterways. To book a luxury cruise call direct on 0330 808 5036  and quote code TR55A you will then receive a 7% discount from the Avalon brochure price. 

Included for every Avalon guest

  • Spacious outside deluxe accommodations with enhanced soundproofing and Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM for a great night’s sleep. (See deck plans for additional stateroom amenities.)
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer & premium L’Occitane® bath products
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary pages
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
  • A professional Cruise Director who delivers educational commentary as you travel through interesting landscapes, and who assists with requests and additional excursions 
  • An Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions
  • Friendly, English-speaking staff who deliver consummate personal service throughout your journey
  • Complimentary regional wine, beer, and soft drinks at lunch and dinner on board 
  • Onboard meals, including daily four-course à la carte dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options
  • Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides
  • Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship

Your choice

Avalon knows there is more than one way to explore new destinations.

In addition to included Active, Discovery, and Classic excursions and activities, they offer Guided Optional Excursions designed to personalize your experience even more. And they are there with plenty of free-time suggestions to help you get the most out of every adventure.

Onboard dining offers and choices

Welcome and farewell cocktails with sparkling wine and canapes

Daily choices of regional recipes, familiar favorites, and Avalon Fresh® vegetarian and healthy cuisine including fresh, local ingredients at every meal

Daily full breakfast buff et with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items, and complimentary sparkling wine and juices

Choice of daily early-riser and late-riser continental breakfasts

Daily lunch buff et with pasta & carving stations and complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks

Choice of alternative fare at the Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting) or light lunch in the Panorama Lounge

Enjoy our Panorama Bistro for a casual dinner option with a buff et of select dishes and beverages

Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats and sandwiches

Daily four-course à la carte dinners in the main dining room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts or cheese, after-dinner premium coffees or tea, and complimentary wine (including from the region), beer, and soft drinks

Complimentary room service available for Continental breakfast

FlexDining® with flexible seating-times to better accommodate your schedule, and more options for menu items and venues, including our Main Dining Room, Panorama Bistro for a casual select buff et, Sky Grill for al fresco favorites, complimentary continental breakfast via room service, and made-to-order picnic lunch boxes for independent on-shore excursions

Cruise options

Add Marseille - include 1 night hotel accomodation in Marseille, sightseeing and transfer to or from ship

Continue your adventure in Marseille - 16 days from Paris to Marseille

Begin your adventure in Marseille - 16 days from Marseille to Paris

Private home pick up service

Your Avalon experience begins long before you reach the ship. Fom the moment you close your front door, their private VIP pick-up service will arrive to take you to the airport (within 100 miles) in air-conditioned comfort in plenty of time for your flight.

Your driver will load and unload your luggage for you, so you can make your way to the departure lounge feeling relaxed. And when you return, a driver will be waiting for you in arrivals, ready to load your bags and take you back home again.


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