APT - Best of France

APT - Best of France

22 Day Best of France

Best of France

Days: 22

From: Nice to Bordeaux

Countries Visited: France

Code: eufc22

Our Price (from): $14,728 pp

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1. Arrive Nice, Arles, Embark Ship
Be transferred to your first luxury river ship in Arles for your spectacular cruise along the Rhone River. Stay Seven Nights: An Aria River Ship

2. Arles
After your sightseeing, tour or explore at your leisure.

Freedom of Choice: Tour the castle ruins in Les Baux-de-Provence then visit an olive mill. Alternatively, enjoy a hike in Camargue National Reserve see wonderful bird life, or visit a 'savon de Marseille' soap factory.

3. Avignon
Visit 's Palace of the Popes.

Freedom of Choice: Travel to the Pont du Gard, take in a round of golf or enjoy a French language lesson on board your ship.

4. Viviers, Grignan
Join a truffle farmer and his dogs to head out in search of the rare delicacy.

Signature Experiences: Journey to Grignan Castle for a tour, followed by a Cocktail Reception where you'll enjoy a tasting of local delicacies.

5. Tournon, Vienne
Arrive in Tournon and choose your sightseeing. Later, cruise to Vienne.

Freedom of Choice: Perhaps visit the stunning Eden Park Garden, ride the Ardeche Steam Train through the Ardeche mountains, or enjoy an onboard chocolate making demonstration.

6. Belleville, Beaujolais Region
In the Beaujolais region, select your sightseeing.

Freedom of Choice: Perhaps visit a local farm before travelling to Chatillonsur-Chalaronne. Or visit the village of Oingt and head to a winery for a tour and tasting. Signature Experiences: This evening, indulge in a decadent gourmet feast at L'Abbaye de Collonges, a restaurant owned by renowned Michelin-starred chef, Paul Bocuse.

7. Lyon
Spend the day in .

Freedom of Choice: You may wish to take a city tour of , then learn all about the city's silk trade with a visit to a local silk workshop. Alternatively, enjoy a guided culinary walk, taking in 's most famous fresh food market, or perhaps enjoy a guided bike ride.

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. Stay Seven Nights: An Aria River Ship

9. Paris
This morning following breakfast, discover a different side of during your selected sightseeing activity. Late this evening, set sail for Vernon.

Freedom of Choice: Perhaps join a culinary walking tour to sample a delectable range of ' fine food. Alternatively, visit Versailles and discover the magnificent splendour behind Louis XIV's transformation of the Chateau de Versailles. Or, perhaps soak up the atmosphere as you explore the Montmartre district and admire the Sacre-Cœur Basilica. Signature Experiences: Tonight, enjoy a meal and a memorable show at the world-famous Moulin Rouge. Delight in a once-in-a-lifetime evening at the ian cabaret, captured in the renowned paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec.

10. Vernon, Giverny
Dock in Vernon and travel to Giverny where you'll visit Claude Monet's house and gardens, taking in scenes that inspired many of the artist's famous paintings. Later, enjoy a Gala Welcome Dinner.

11. Caudebec-en-Caux
Arrive in the old fishing village of and choose your sightseeing option.

Freedom of Choice: Perhaps join a full day excursion tracing the events of D-Day - June 6th 1944, taking in a number of beaches and significant sites. Or, a visit to the Pays d'Auge region may be more your style as you admire typical Norman villages. Otherwise, indulge in a calvados and delicious cheese tasting on board your river ship.

12. Rouen
Set in the heart of Normandy, disembark in and choose your sightseeing.

Freedom of Choice: Travel to the pretty port town of Honfleur for a tour. During this excursion, see the old and picturesque port area and visit Saint-Catherine's Church, the largest wooden church in France. Alternatively, enjoy a round of golf at the Vaudreuil course, designed by Fred Hawtree. Signature Experiences: Be welcomed at Chateau de Vascoeuil by the current owner. Take a tour of the beautiful castle and gardens, which houses a permanent exhibition of more than 50 wonderful contemporary art sculptures. You will then enjoy a private Cocktail Reception whilst you're entertained by local performers.

13. Rouen
Select your sightseeing.

Freedom of Choice: Perhaps spend a full day exploring the battlefields of the Somme. Visit the Australian National Memorial and the Franco-Australian Museum located in Villers-Bretonneux. Alternatively, a city tour will take you to some of 's most enthralling sights, including the Notre Dame Cathedral, Gros Horloge and the Market Square where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. Otherwise, enjoy a guided bike ride through .

14. Les Andelys
Stop at the picturesque town of . This evening, set sail for Paris.

Freedom of Choice: The more active may like to embark on a walk up to the ruins of Chateau Gaillard for stunning views of the Seine River. Others may prefer a leisurely excursion to Chateau de la Roche-Guyon, originally built in the 12th century to control a river crossing of the Seine. Otherwise, enjoy an onboard impressionist water-colour painting class.

15. Paris, Disembark Ship, Bordeaux, Embark Ship
Disembark in Paris and travel by train to Bordeaux to board your final ship. Stay Seven Nights: An Aria River Ship

16. Cadillac
Today, choose your sightseeing.

Freedom of Choice: Perhaps tour before exploring Saint-Macaire. Alternatively, visit Sauternes where you'll tour two historic chateaux then try the region's famous dessert wine, or enjoy an onboard cheese tasting. Signature Experiences: Tonight, enjoy a special experience with a visit to Chateau de Cazeneuve, once home of the Kings of Navarre. Be greeted by the current owners who are descendants of the original owners. Enjoy time to explore before sitting down to dinner in the impeccable Grand Salon, while enjoying the music from a three-piece band.

17. Pauillac
Enjoy the scenery of Aquitaine's vineyards. Disembark your ship and journey through the famous Medoc wine region. Later this evening, enjoy a wonderful Gala Welcome Dinner on board your river ship.

Signature Experiences: During a visit to a local cooperage, see how wooden wine barrels are produced, then be guided by your very own expert oenologist as you embark on a sensory wine tasting journey. Learn about Bordeaux's various grape varieties while you sample some white and red wines.

18. Blaye, Bourg
Discover the town of Blaye and take a walk around the 17th-century citadel.

Freedom of Choice: Perhaps 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.

19. Libourne, Saint-Émilion
Select your sightseeing for today.

Freedom of Choice: In Saint-Emilion, head to the underground Monolithic Church, then visit a local winery for a tasting. Alternatively, walk through picturesque vineyards and valleys to a nearby village, stopping for a wine tasting.

20. Libourne, Bordeaux
From Libourne, choose your sightseeing. Enjoy the Captain's Farewell Dinner as you cruise to Bordeaux.

Freedom of Choice: Perhaps tour Bergerac, visit a local caviar estate or browse the local market and sample some fresh produce along the way.

21. Bordeaux
Select your sightseeing in .

Freedom of Choice: Take in on a tour that includes the Pont de Pierre stone bridge and the Miroir d'eau water mirror. Or, enjoy a guided bike ride or play a round of golf.

22. Disembark Ship, Depart Bordeaux
Transfer to the airport.

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Dates & Prices

Cruise Starts
Cruise Ends
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20 Jun 2019
11 Jul 2019

15 Aug 2019
05 Sep 2019

12 Sep 2019
03 Oct 2019