Opportunities abound on this delightful river cruise holiday to learn about France and the French. Your adventure begins with two overnights and guided sightseeing in Paris, then take the high-speed train to Dijon and continue by motorcoach to fascinating Beaune for a visit of Hôtel-Dieu. Next, board your river cruise ship in quaint St. Jean de Losne and set sail for lovely Seurre, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles. Sail into the peaceful Camargue area to Port-Saint-Louis.
Disembark your cruise ship in Port-Saint-Louis and transfer to Aix en Provence for the start of your Monograms extension. With two overnights, enjoy guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide, and visit the Cathedral of the Holy Savior, known for its mishmash of architectural styles. This was Cézanne’s hometown, and in your free time, you may want to take a tour following in his footsteps. In Lyon & Viviers, join a culinary walk and taste French delicacies. On board, a French chef will share with you his secrets and expertize during a pastry demonstration and a Master of Wine will travel with you on this cruise and will hold tastings and introduce you to the concept of food and wine pairing. Disembark your river cruise ship in Port-Saint-Louis and transfer to Nice for your final two nights in France. Here, you’ll walk through the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais, Nice’s most famous boulevard. Fly from Nice to Barcelona, where you’ll enjoy guided sightseeing, including Passeig de Gràcia, La Pedrera, and inside visits Gaudi’s Casa Batlló, and Sagrada Familia Basilica, and relaxing free time. At your service is an expert Monograms Local Host® who is available to you throughout your stay in Nice and Barcelona.
A mixture of French landscapes, cuisine, and iconic sights, adding some spice and flavor of the colourful city of Barcelona, your scenic river cruise through France and holiday package in Spain make the perfect recipe for a European getaway.