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Best of France

FROM $13,990

Travel by luxury river ship through the stunning landscapes of Southern France, along the Seine River from Paris and visit the famous wine growing regions of Bordeaux; interconnecting the rivers by train.

  • DURATION 22 DAYS
  • TYPE LUXURY RIVER CRUISE JOURNEY
  • OPERATES 17 AUG, 14 SEP 2017; APR - SEP 2018
  • DEPARTS Arles

ITINERARY

DAY 1 Arrive Arles, Embark Ship

Be transferred to your first luxury river ship in Arles for your spectacular cruise along the Rhone River.(D)
Stay: an Aria River Ship 

DAY 2 Arles

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Tour the castle ruins in Les Baux-de-Provence then visit an olive mill. Alternatively, join a local guide for a sightseeing tour of Arles.

Choose your sightseeing in Arles, then the afternoon is yours at leisure. (BLD)
Stay: an Aria River Ship 

DAY 3 Avignon

A guided tour of Avignon today takes you to the Palace of the Popes. Then, travel to the Pont du Gard. (BLD)
Stay: an Aria River Ship 

DAY 4 Viviers, Grignan

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Journey to Grignan Castle for a tour, followed by a Cocktail Reception during which you’ll enjoy a tasting of local delicacies.

Join a truffle farmer and his dogs to head out in search of the rare delicacy. Re-board your ship and continue cruising through the French countryside.(BLD)
Stay: an Aria River Ship 

DAY 5 Tournon, Vienne

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Choose to either visit the beautiful Eden Park Garden or ride the Ardeche Steam Train through the Ardèche Mountains.

Choose your sightseeing in Tournon. Later, cruise to Vienne for time at leisure this evening.(BLD)
Stay: an Aria River Ship

DAY 6 Belleville, Beaujolais Region

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Later this evening, indulge in a gourmet dinner at L’Abbaye de Collonges.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps explore the natural area known as The Dombes, taste local produce at a farm, then explore Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne. Or perhaps visit the hilltop village of Oingt, then head to a winery for a tour and tasting.

Explore the exquisite Beaujolais region on your chosen activity today.(BLD)
Stay: an Aria River Ship

DAY 7 Lyon

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps choose to tour Lyon then visit a silk workshop. Or, tempt your taste buds with a culinary tour as you explore Lyon’s famous fresh food market.

Today, choose your sightseeing.(BLD)
Stay: an Aria River Ship

DAY 8 Lyon, Disembark Ship, Paris

Disembark your ship and journey by high-speed train to Paris. On arrival, enjoy a special lunch at the Eiffel Tower. Later, transfer to your second river ship.(BLD)
Stay: an Aria River Ship

DAY 9 Paris

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight, enjoy a meal and a show at the famous Moulin Rouge.

freedom of choice™

Set out on a culinary walking tour, be guided through the Louvre, or visit charming Montmartre.

Enjoy a fabulous day in Paris.(BLD)
Stay: an Aria River Ship

DAY 10 Vernon, Giverny

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Dock in Vernon and visit Château de Bizy. Discover the fountain gardens while enjoying a glass of sparkling wine.

In Giverny, visit Claude Monet’s house and gardens. Back on board, enjoy a Gala Dinner.(BLD)
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DAY 11 Caudebec-en-Caux

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps join a full day excursion to Normandy, tracing the events of D-Day – 6 June 1944. Alternatively, visit the Pays d’Auge region.

Arrive in Caudebec-en-Caux and choose your sightseeing.(BLD)
Stay: an Aria River Ship

DAY 12 Rouen, Honfleur

Alight in Rouen and travel to the pretty port town of Honfleur, set on the southern side of the Seine’s estuary. (BLD)
Stay: an Aria River Ship

DAY 13 Rouen

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Visit the site of the Battle of the Somme today, or perhaps join a walking tour through medieval Rouen.

Choose your sightseeing (BLD).
Stay: an Aria River Ship

DAY 14 Les Andelys

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

In Les Andelys, the more active may like to walk up to the ruins of Château Gaillard for views of the Seine River. Others may prefer a leisurely excursion to Château de la Roche-Guyon.

Stop at the town of Les Andelys.(BLD)
Stay: an Aria River Ship

DAY 15 Paris, Disembark Ship, Bordeaux, Embark Ship

Disembark your ship in Paris and travel by train to Bordeaux to board your final ship.(BD)
Stay: an Aria River Ship

DAY 16 Cadillac

ROYAL SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight, head to Château de Cazeneuve, where you’ll be greeted by the Sabran-Ponteves family, descendants of the original owners. Enjoy a private tour of the lovingly restored interiors, before sitting down to dinner in the Grand Salon, while being entertained by live music.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps explore Cadillac on a guided tour of the village or visit Château de La Brede in Sauternes.

Choose your sightseeing and enjoy your Royal Signature Experience. (BLD)
Stay: an Aria River Ship

DAY 17 Pauillac

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit a family-owned cooperage and see how wooden wine barrels are made, followed by a tasting with your very own oenologist.

Disembark in Pauillac and journey through the famous Medoc wine region. (BLD)
Stay: an Aria River Ship

DAY 18 Blaye, Bourg

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

After your tour of Blaye, travel to Cognac for a tour and a tasting at a French cognac house or sail to the town of Bourg and take a walking tour.

Discover the town of Blaye and take a walk around the 17th-century citadel. Later, choose your sightseeing.(BLD)
Stay: an Aria River Ship

DAY 19 Libourne, Saint-Émilion

In Saint-Emilion today, head to the underground Monolithic Church, then visit the cellars of Les Cordeliers. Later indulge in a wine tasting.(BLD)
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DAY 20 Libourne, Bordeaux

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps join a guide for a tour of Bergerac to discover the wonderfully restored Old Town. Another option is to tour Libourne and visit a caviar estate.

Choose your sightseeing activity. Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.(BLD)
Stay: an Aria River Ship

DAY 21 Bordeaux

Take in the sights of Bordeaux on a tour. (BLD)
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DAY 22 Disembark Ship, Depart Bordeaux

Be transferred to the airport. (B)

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