European river cruise

Viking - France's Finest

15 Day France's Finest

France's Finest

Days: 15

From: Paris to Avignon

Countries Visited: France

Code: vkff

Our Price (from): $6,588 pp

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Itinerary


1. Paris (Le Pecq), France
Arrive in Paris, romance capital of the world. Transfer from the airport in Paris to your ship.* After boarding, take free time to explore Paris, or join our "welcome walk" to stretch your legs and get oriented.

2. Paris (Le Pecq), France
After breakfast, embark on a tour of this dazzling city and take in its most remarkable sights, including the iconic Eiffel Tower. You'll also see the École Militaire, Orsay Museum and Latin Quarter and the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral. Then we'll drive past the Louvre and Opera House and along the famed Champs-Élysées. Return aboard for dinner and start your cruise on the Seine this evening.

3. Vernon, France
Arrive in Vernon before breakfast; take a short ride into the town of Giverny, where Claude Monet resided from 1883 until his death in 1926. Visit the beautiful gardens and charming stone farmhouse where he lived and worked; see the water garden with the recognizable Japanese bridge, water lilies, wisteria and azaleas that inspired many of his masterpieces.* After lunch, spend some time with your Program Director in the provincial town of Vernon. Take a stroll to see the Maison du Temps Jadis (House of Past Times), Vernon's oldest house, and the 11th-century Church of Notre Dame. Dinner is served aboard. *Monet garden not available before March 24 or after November 1. A visit to the village of Auvers-sur-Oise, favored by van Gogh and other artists, will be substituted.

4. Rouen, France
Indulge in leisurely morning cruising along the Seine. You'll spend the afternoon in the medieval city of Rouen, preeminent capital of Normandy. Begin with a walking tour through the center of Old Town, where you see the spectacular Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral, often painted by Claude Monet, and the famous Gros Horloge, a 16th-century astronomical clock. As you walk among the half-timbered storybook buildings, you'll feel transported back through time; see the 14th-century courthouse where Joan of Arc was sentenced to death and the nearby Market Square where she was martyred. Take free time to discover more of Rouen or visit one of its museums of art or antiquities. Dine aboard or at a sidewalk café. Your ship remains docked overnight.

5. Normandy Beaches, France
After breakfast, begin your full-day tour to the historic beaches of Normandy. Drive past Gold Beach, Courseulles sur Mer and Juno Beach on your way to visit such World War II landmarks as Omaha Beach, the American Military Cemetery and Arromanches Debarkment D-Day Museum. Alternatively, you may take a tour of Bayeaux, where you can admire the magnificent tapestry that chronicles the pre–Battle of Hastings events. Afterward, continue to Normandy's coast and enjoy some free time at Juno Beach after your visit to the museum; then visit the Pegasus Museum. Return to your ship for dinner and relax aboard, or take an evening stroll in Rouen.

6. Les Andelys, France
Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise to the small town of Les Andelys, known for its imposing castle, Château Gaillard, built in 1196 by Richard the Lionheart. After lunch, join a guided walk to this fatally flawed masterpiece of Middle Ages architecture before returning to your ship.

7. Paris (Le Pecq), France
After breakfast, disembark for a visit to Chateau de Malmaison, where Napoleon Bonaparte spent his final days in France. Along with the Tuileries, this elegant manor house, purchased by the emperor's wife Josephine in 1799, served as the seat of Napoleon's French government from 1800 to 1802. Or, join an optional tour to the luxurious Palace of Versailles, former home of Louis XIV.

8. Paris (Le Pecq), France
After breakfast, disembark and enjoy a leisurely train ride from Paris through the countryside of east central France to Lyon to board your second ship, where a Welcome Dinner is served.

9. Lyon, France
After breakfast, tour the city of Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin with a drive to the top of Fourvière Hill for amazing views of the city. Continue with a guided visit to the Basilica of Notre Dame and drive through town past the magnificent St. Jean Cathedral and the Palace of Justice. Then take a walking tour through the cobbled streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Town), where you'll have free time to shop for souvenirs or sample some of the fine French cuisine for which Lyon is world famous.

10. Lyon, France
After breakfast, take a scenic drive through the rolling hills of Beaujolais, where viticultural tradition runs deep. See the legendary Moulin-à-Vent, the windmill that gives its name to one of the most prestigious wines of the region, learn about the art of winemaking in a small museum and enjoy a tasting in one of the Beaujolais's famous cellars. Return to your ship for lunch. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time.

11. Vienne, France
This morning take a walking tour of Vienne, a beautiful town with an ancient Roman past. Visit the Temple of Augustus and Livia, the Roman amphitheater and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Maurice; then spend some time discovering more of this engaging riverside town on your own. In the afternoon, enjoy the rolling vine-clad banks of the river, as you sail through its wide meanders to Tournon. After dinner, enjoy a stroll along the riverbanks under the plane trees.

12. Tournon, France
All aboard the Train de l'Ardèche this morning for a locomotive ride through the deep gorges of the Ardèche plateau, cut by the Doux River. You'll return to your ship and enjoy lunch aboard as we cruise to Viviers, an engaging little town in a mountainous setting. After dinner, join your Program Director for an evening stroll through Old Town with its medieval and Renaissance buildings.

13. Avignon, France
This morning, set out on a guided walk of Avignon, nicknamed "City of Popes" because it was home to seven popes from 1309 to 1377. Stroll through the historic center, stop at the picturesque Pont d'Avignon and walk the Place de l'Horloge. Continue to the renowned Palace of the Popes for a guided tour through this rambling maze of Gothic architecture that served as papal residence, fortress, church and palace. You can join the optional tour to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, visiting the vineyards and tasting the famous wine. Lunch and dinner are served aboard. Your ship remains docked overnight.

14. Arles, France
Disembark after breakfast and take a walking tour of Arles with its diverse architectural highlights. Experience the city's vibrant colors and striking quality of light that have inspired artists. Arles is also the site of some impressive Roman ruins, including Les Arènes, an arena that seats 20,000 and is still in use, as well as Romanesque monuments such as the Church of Saint-Trôphime, completed in the 15th century. Return aboard for lunch followed by an afternoon on your own to explore or shop for handcrafted gifts. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Dinner is served as you depart.

15. Avignon, France
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Marseille airport for your return flight.*

Dates & Prices


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22 Jul 2018
05 Aug 2018
Viking Rolf
$8,795
$8,431

25 Jul 2018
08 Aug 2018
Viking Rinda
$8,795
$8,431

01 Aug 2018
15 Aug 2018
Viking Rinda
$8,795
$8,431

05 Aug 2018
19 Aug 2018
Viking Rolf
$8,795
$8,431

08 Aug 2018
22 Aug 2018
Viking Rinda
$8,795
$8,431

15 Aug 2018
29 Aug 2018
Viking Rinda
$8,795
$8,431

19 Aug 2018
02 Sep 2018
Viking Rolf
$8,795
$8,431

22 Aug 2018
05 Sep 2018
Viking Rinda
$8,795
$8,431

29 Aug 2018
12 Sep 2018
Viking Rinda
$9,595
$9,207

02 Sep 2018
16 Sep 2018
Viking Rolf
$10,395
$9,983

05 Sep 2018
19 Sep 2018
Viking Rinda
$10,395
$9,983

12 Sep 2018
26 Sep 2018
Viking Rinda
$10,395
$9,983

16 Sep 2018
30 Sep 2018
Viking Rolf
$10,395
$9,983

19 Sep 2018
03 Oct 2018
Viking Rinda
$10,395
$9,983

26 Sep 2018
10 Oct 2018
Viking Rinda
$9,395
$9,013

30 Sep 2018
14 Oct 2018
Viking Rolf
$9,395
$9,013

03 Oct 2018
17 Oct 2018
Viking Rinda
$8,495
$8,140

10 Oct 2018
24 Oct 2018
Viking Rinda
$8,495
$8,140

14 Oct 2018
28 Oct 2018
Viking Rolf
$8,495
$8,140

17 Oct 2018
31 Oct 2018
Viking Rinda
$7,995
$7,655

24 Oct 2018
07 Nov 2018
Viking Rinda
$7,395
$7,073

28 Oct 2018
11 Nov 2018
Viking Rolf
$7,195
$6,879

31 Oct 2018
14 Nov 2018
Viking Rinda
$7,195
$6,879

07 Nov 2018
21 Nov 2018
Viking Rinda
$6,895
$6,588

26 Mar 2019
09 Apr 2019
Viking Rinda
$7,995
$6,976

02 Apr 2019
16 Apr 2019
Viking Rinda
$8,395
$7,364

09 Apr 2019
23 Apr 2019
Viking Rinda
$8,795
$7,752

16 Apr 2019
30 Apr 2019
Viking Rinda
$9,295
$8,237

23 Apr 2019
07 May 2019
Viking Rinda
$9,795
$8,722

30 Apr 2019
14 May 2019
Viking Rinda
$9,795
$8,722

07 May 2019
21 May 2019
Viking Rinda
$9,795
$8,722

14 May 2019
28 May 2019
Viking Rinda
$9,795
$8,722

21 May 2019
04 Jun 2019
Viking Rinda
$9,795
$8,722

18 Jun 2019
02 Jul 2019
Viking Rinda
$9,295
$8,237

25 Jun 2019
09 Jul 2019
Viking Rinda
$8,995
$7,946

02 Jul 2019
16 Jul 2019
Viking Rinda
$8,795
$7,752

09 Jul 2019
23 Jul 2019
Viking Rinda
$8,795
$7,752

16 Jul 2019
30 Jul 2019
Viking Rinda
$8,795
$7,752

23 Jul 2019
06 Aug 2019
Viking Rinda
$8,795
$7,752

30 Jul 2019
13 Aug 2019
Viking Rinda
$8,795
$7,752

06 Aug 2019
20 Aug 2019
Viking Rinda
$8,795
$7,752

13 Aug 2019
27 Aug 2019
Viking Rinda
$8,795
$7,752

20 Aug 2019
03 Sep 2019
Viking Rinda
$8,795
$7,752

27 Aug 2019
10 Sep 2019
Viking Rinda
$9,595
$8,528

03 Sep 2019
17 Sep 2019
Viking Rinda
$10,395
$9,304

10 Sep 2019
24 Sep 2019
Viking Rinda
$10,395
$9,304

17 Sep 2019
01 Oct 2019
Viking Rinda
$10,395
$9,304

24 Sep 2019
08 Oct 2019
Viking Rinda
$9,395
$8,334

01 Oct 2019
15 Oct 2019
Viking Rinda
$8,495
$7,461

08 Oct 2019
22 Oct 2019
Viking Rinda
$8,495
$7,461

15 Oct 2019
29 Oct 2019
Viking Rinda
$7,995
$6,976

22 Oct 2019
05 Nov 2019
Viking Rinda
$7,395
$6,394

29 Oct 2019
12 Nov 2019
Viking Rinda
$7,195
$6,200

05 Nov 2019
19 Nov 2019
Viking Rinda
$6,895
$6,588