PARIS TO AVIGNON | 15 DAYS2016 | A meticulously planned itinerary tailor-made for culturally curious travelers, highlighting the best of France from Paris to Provence.
Discover the inspiration for countless works of art
From Paris’s historic Montmartre to the vistas of the Alabaster Coast and countless precious gems in between, this wonderfully paced cruise provides the perfect blend of scenic daytime sailing with exhilarating onshore excursions.
The intersection of art and nature unfolds as you sail along the serene Seine through the countryside immortalized by so many great artists, exploring the towns and seascapes made famous by the impressionists, including Le Havre, which is often referred to as the birthplace of impressionism. Stroll through the village of Auvers-sur-Oise, where Van Gogh lived his final months and immortalized some of his most famous works on his canvases. While in Rouen, visit the stunning Gothic cathedral immortalized by Monet on his canvases and at his beloved home in Giverny, where you’ll see the familiar Japanese bridge and water garden that inspired his work. Travel to Honfleur, a charming French harbor town favored as an artistic backdrop by artists such as Courbet and Monet. Visit two world-class museums, Rouen’s Museum of Fine Art and Paris’s Orsay Museum, along with Montmartre, once home to Pissarro, Degas, Matisse, Renoir and Picasso, to name just a few, during the 1800s.
You will also have countless other choices to discover this inspiring region. Walk the historic beaches of Normandy; travel along the Romanesque Normandy Abbey Route, visiting two of the most beautiful medieval monasteries; and go to Château de Bizy, often referred to as the “Versailles of Normandy.” All of this and so much more, on one unforgettable, awe-inspiring journey that you won’t want to miss.
Who will enjoy this cruise Artists and art historians will revel in Northern France’s beautiful countryside made famous by countless artists. And all Francophiles will embrace the indelible magic of Paris.