charming cityscape Lyon France

Day 1 – Paris

Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.

Day 2 – Vernon (Giverny), Les Andelys

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Monet’s Giverny and hike to Château Gaillard
Visit Monet’s former home and famous gardens, the inspiration for many of his most beloved works. Later, hike up to Château Gaillard to see the ruins of Richard the Lionheart’s 12th-century stronghold and take in the remarkable views. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. 

Note: Giverny will be closed during the March 13 and 20 cruise departure dates. Instead of Giverny, guests will visit the gardens of Versailles.

Day 3 – Rouen (Normandy Beaches)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Full-day Normandy Beaches with choice of Arromanches 360° Cinema OR Juno Beach and Canadian Centre OR Tapestry Museum in Bayeux
Visit historic Omaha Beach and choose from several options: a circular cinema that brings D-Day to life; Juno Beach and the Canadian Centre; or travel to Bayeux to view its famous 11th-century tapestry. At the American Cemetery and memorial honoring U.S. soldiers, you may also join a special remembrance ceremony. 

Day 4 – Rouen

FEATURED EXCURSION: Rouen walking discovery tour
During your time in historic Rouen, you’ll see the city's medieval quarter, a large Renaissance clock tower, and the bronze cross marking the site where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. Another highlight is Rouen's Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, a favorite subject of artist Claude Monet.

Day 5 – Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Honfleur walking discovery tour
Travel through Normandy’s bucolic countryside to Honfleur, a charming seaside town painted by generations of artists. Tour the former Smuggler's Harbor of Vieux Bassin—the town's most frequently painted scene—and St. Catherine's Church, built by shipwrights.

Day 6 – Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Auvers-sur-Oise)

FEATURED EXCURSION: “Vincent van Gogh’s Footsteps” walking discovery tour of Auvers-sur-Oise
Follow in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise, where he spent the last two months of his life and created a number of notable works. You’ll also see the cemetery where Vincent and his brother Theo are buried side by side. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 7 – Paris

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Paris city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Île de la Cité and Latin Quarter walking tour
Today’s panoramic tour of Paris features all the top sights, with a stop at Luxembourg Gardens for a more intimate perspective of Parisian life. Or, “Do as the Locals Do” on an expertly tour of the lively Latin Quarter and Île de la Cité, the historic center of Paris and the site of Notre Dame Cathedral.

Day 8 – Paris (disembark)

Disembark the ship, transfer to Bordeaux via high speed TGV train, and embark your ship.

Day 9 – Cadillac, Bordeaux

FEATURED EXCURSION: Cadillac, châteaux and Sauternes vineyards with exclusive artisanal wine-pairing lunch at Château de Cazeneuve
Embark today on a study of Sauternes, the golden-hued dessert wine that takes its name from the region. Meet local winemakers, sample a variety of vintages and savor an elegant lunch with paired wines at a centuries-old manor house. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. 

Note: Sailing on this stretch of the Garonne depends on the tides. If it is not possible to sail to Cadillac, you will be taken to your destination via motorcoach.

Day 10 – Cruising the Garonne River and Gironde Estuary, Pauillac

FEATURED EXCURSION: Choice of Médoc panoramic tour with exclusive wine tasting OR exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard bicycle ride with wine tasting

Cruise the Garonne to Pauillac, gateway to the fabled Médoc wine route. You’ll have a panoramic tour of the celebrated Haut-Médoc wine-growing region and taste wines at a local winery. Or, opt to experience the local terroir in a different way, with a wine tasting and guided bike ride through Médoc vineyards.

Day 11 – Blaye, cruising the Gironde Estuary and Dordogne River, Libourne

FEATURED EXCURSION: Scenic drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress

Head ashore for a wonderfully scenic drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie, which winds its way through picturesque hamlets filled with old stone houses. Later, you’ll have a guided walk through the imposing 17th-century Blaye Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 12 – Libourne (Saint-Émilion)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Saint-Émilion walking discovery tour with wine tasting
Saint-Émilion was the first UNESCO-designated wine-growing region, with vineyards dating from Roman times. The quaint city of the same name is known for its 12th-century Monolithic Church, carved out of limestone and extending partially underground. After your tour, visit a Premier Grand Cru estate for a wine tasting.

Day 13 – Libourne, cruising the Garonne River, Bordeaux

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Libourne “Village Day” with farmers' market, and exclusive private evening tour of Bordeaux
Libourne’s sprawling farmers' market is a food lover’s paradise, with stands selling fresh produce, cheeses, charcuterie and more. Explore its bounty with a local expert and take a peek inside the workshops of talented local artisans. Later, enjoy an exclusive evening tour of the city of Bordeaux.

Day 14 – Bordeaux

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux walking tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” bicycle ride through the Bordeaux back streets
Discover Bordeaux on a special tour featuring luxury food halls, local delicacies, grand 18th-century architecture and a popular wine bar. Or, see the sights on a guided bike ride. You’ll also have time to explore this charming and historic city on your own. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 15 – Bordeaux

Disembark the ship, fly to Lyon, and embark your ship.

Day 16 – Macon (Beaune)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Beaune, Hospices de Beaune and open-air food market visit

Learn about Burgundy’s wines on an excursion to the Hospices de Beaune, where monks have been making wine to support their charitable work since the 15th century. You’ll also have a chance to browse the stalls of Beaune’s open-air market. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Note: The open-air food market visit will take place in Arles on the reverse direction cruise (Lyon to Avignon).

Day 17 – Lyon

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Lyon gourmet tour OR exclusive silk weavers walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” Lyon peninsula bicycle tour, and exclusive Lyon “Illuminations” tour
Delve into France’s capital of gastronomy with a tour of Lyon’s famous food market, or opt for a tour of the Quartier St. Jean, where you'll meet an artisan who specializes in silk weaving. For something more active, do your sightseeing by bicycle. This evening, enjoy a special "Illuminations” tour of the city.

Day 18 – Tournon (Tain l'Hermitage)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of exclusive Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage village stroll with wine tasting OR exclusive guided Hermitage vineyards hike with wine tasting

You'll have an opportunity to experience this famous wine district in one of two ways today. Explore Tournon and its historic castle, then cross over the suspension bridge to Tain l’Hermitage to taste Côtes du Rhône wines. Or, you can choose a guided hike through the verdant Hermitage vineyards, followed by a tasting of distinctive local wines.

Day 19 – Viviers

FEATURED EXCURSION: Exclusive "Village Day" “Intimate Viviers through Music” tour

Founded in the fifth century, Viviers retains much of its medieval character and charm. See the sights on foot, then climb Rue du Château to take in the view from the 12th-century St. Vincent Cathedral. Afterwards, enter the cathedral to hear a recital of music by Puccini, Bach and Handel.

Day 20 – Avignon

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Avignon walking discovery tour with Palace of the Popes visit OR exclusive “Off the Beaten Path” Avignon walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” kayak ride on the Gardon River

Enjoy a tour of Avignon—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—before venturing inside the grand Palace of the Popes. Or explore a different side of the city on a tour that takes you “off the beaten path.” Another alternative is a guided kayak ride that ventures beneath the Pont du Gard, built by the Romans 2,000 years ago.

Note: The kayak ride on the Gardon River is only available for May–September departure dates.

Day 21 – Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Arles walking discovery tour OR Tarascon walking discovery tour

Arles has a number of sites associated with Vincent van Gogh and some fascinating ancient Roman monuments to explore. Or visit Tarascon and its medieval church, beautiful Renaissance palace, and museum devoted to the region’s distinctive textiles. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.


Day 22 – Avignon

Disembark the ship and transfer to the Marsaille Airport for your return flight home, or extend your stay with a visit to Paris or Barcelona.