Your adventure begins with an overnight on the French Riviera—the inimitable Côte d’Azur. Travel to Arles in the Provence region, where you will board your ship and sail into the peaceful Camargue area (daylight permitting). Enjoy guided sightseeing in Arles, Avignon, and France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon; guided walks in charming Viviers, medieval Tournon, and Vienne; cheese tasting in Chalon-sur-Saône; and a visit of the historic Hôtel-Dieu in fascinating Beaune. Hop aboard the high-speed TGV train from Dijon to Paris, where you spend two overnights. Here, guided sightseeing introduces you to the “City of Light,” and free time enables you to explore on your own! Then, transition from “Au Revoir” to “Cheerio” as your included high-speed train transfer delivers you to London for your exciting Monograms extension. Your Monograms package includes hotel reservations, guided sightseeing, daily breakfast, a destination guide to familiarize you with the city, and—best of all—the services of a Monograms Local Host® to welcome you and lend a helping hand throughout your vacation. This “friend in the city” can answer your questions, offer suggestions, and help make your vacation what you want it to be. During your half-day sightseeing tour with a local expert, see the sights you cannot go home without seeing—like Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. You’ll enjoy VIP access to St. Paul’s Cathedral, the wedding site for Lady Diana and Prince Charles, and will witness the Changing of the Guard (if held)…you’ll be the envy of your friends! You’ll also have plenty of free time to maybe visit Madame Tussauds celebrity wax figure exhibition, join a London pub dining experience, marvel at the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London, and enjoy an illumination cruise on the Thames. Day trips are available out of the city to mysterious Stonehenge, the pretty Cotswolds, or Windsor Castle to visit the State Apartments. Monograms offers over 40 exciting activities and excursions, so there’s plenty to choose from!
Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSMDay 1 Côte d’Azur: welcome to FranceDay 2 Côte d’Azur–Transfer to Arles (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)Day 3 Arles: guided sightseeing, visit the Roman AmphitheaterDay 4 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the PopesDay 5 Cruising–Viviers: guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedralDay 6 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in VienneDay 7 Lyon: guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière HillDay 8 Cruising-Chalon-sur-Saône: day at leisure; cheese tastingDay 9 Chalon-sur-Saône (Disembarkation)–Beaune–Dijon–Paris: visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; TGV train from Dijon to ParisDay 10 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing or “Heart of Paris” walk, visit Notre Dame CathedralLondon: 3 nights hotel accommodation with buffet breakfast (B); Monograms Local Host Service & Destination Guide with city map; sightseeing with a Local Guide, inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE; high-speed Eurostar train from Paris to London (standard class*) with porterage for one suitcase; transfers to/from train stations.
Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapésWelcome dinnerDaily Afternoon TeaDaily Night FareFarewell dinnerComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vesselBuffet breakfast daily in London
NOTES:Departure March 21 is offered as exclusive Wine Appreciation Cruises, including special lectures and tastings at no additional cost. Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished wine authority will teach you the ropes as you visit a wine village and attend tastings to test your newfound talent.Departure June 27 is offered as an exclusive Jazz Cruise, including special music features at no additional cost. On our Jazz Cruise, attend the annual Jazz Festival in Vienne, France.In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.In the event that the TGV is unavailable due to strikes or technical reasons, the transfer from Dijon to Paris will be operated by motorcoach.