France with Rhine and Rhône - 2017
DestinationEurope: Western
Duration 27 days
Was: $19690pp
Save $2300* per couple
Exchange price $18540* pp
includes $199 exchange fee per couple/booking

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Features

Be swept away with the beauty of France as you commence your journey from Paris by luxury coach before joining your boutique river ship to cruise the Rhine and Rhône Rivers in style over 14 days to Amsterdam.

Trip Highlights

  •     Enjoy the famous Moulin Rouge
  •     Visit an oyster farm in Cancale
  •     Delight in a glass of sparkling wine and a private tour of Château d'Amboise
  •     Take a tour of Grignan Castle
  •     Dine at Lyon’s L’Abbaye de Collonges
  •     Visit the home of a local in Speyer
  •     EXCLUSIVE! Explore Namedy Castle


Included Experiences

  •     Unique experiences in up to 33 destinations
  •     Expert APT Tour and Cruise Directors
  •     12 nights luxury land accommodation
  •     Complimentary beverages on board your cruise
  •     Finest dining - a total of 60 meals


Trip Notes

  •     Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  •     Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur
  •     Prices include port charges, gratuities and sundries
  •     Price is for land/cruise only. Flights not included

 

Highlights

 Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Paris
Be transferred to your hotel before a Welcome Reception tonight.
Stay: Three Nights: Paris, Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe

Day 2. Paris
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the French capital today, including a trip to the second level of the Eiffel Tower. This evening, enjoy a meal and a spectacular show at the resplendent Moulin Rouge.

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner

Day 3. Paris
This morning, perhaps embark on a culinary walking tour. Alternatively, wander through the Louvre and admire the art collections. Or you may prefer to soak up the village atmosphere in Montmartre.

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast

Day 4. Paris, Giverny, Bayeux
Leaving Paris this morning, travel to Giverny, home of Claude Monet. Here, visit Monet’s house and gardens. As you wander through the gardens, you’ll see the water garden with its Japanese Bridge and water lilies which inspired some of Monet’s most famous paintings. You’ll then journey to the village of Beuvron en Auge to sample a selection of the renowned regional produce, including specialty cheese and cider. Later, continue to Bayeux.
Stay: Bayeux, Château la Cheneviere

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner

Day 5. Bayeux, Normandy Beaches, Saint-Malo
This morning after breakfast, visit the incredible 70 metre-long Bayeux Tapestry. Then, head out into the countryside to explore the D-Day landing beaches along the Normandy coast. Visit the US cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer, which overlooks Omaha Beach. Later, continue onwards to Saint-Malo, before dinner this evening.
Stay: Two Nights: Saint-Malo, Grand Hôtel des Thermes

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner

Day 6. Saint-Malo, Cancale, Mont Saint-Michel
Travel to Cancale, a lovely fishing village which has been synonymous with oysters since ancient times. Here, learn how these famous molluscs are cultivated and enjoy a freshly shucked sample during a visit to an oyster farm. Continue to the small World Heritage-listed island of Mont Saint-Michel for a walking tour, followed by a visit to its incredible hilltop abbey.

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast

Day 7. Saint-Malo, Tours
Travel into the heart of the Loire Valley to explore Château d’Azay-le-Rideau and the gardens of Villandry.
Stay: Two Nights: Tours, Clarion Hotel Château Belmont or similar

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner

Day 8. Tours, Chenonceau, Amboise
Travel to Chenonceau and here, stop by Château de Chenonceau, a delightful and intriguing castle built during the 16th century, where you will embark on a tour. Visit Royal Château d'Amboise, overlooking the Loire Valley. Be greeted on arrival with a glass of sparkling wine, then embark on a guided tour that includes the exquisite gardens and a visit to Saint Hubert chapel which houses the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci.

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast

Day 9. Tours, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux
Travel through the famous Bordeaux wine region to Saint-Émilion. Delight in a visit to a local wine cellar then visit Europe's largest monolithic church and the catacombs. Later, continue to the city of Bordeaux.
Stay: Two Nights: InterContinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner

Day 10. Bordeaux, Arcachon, Cap Ferret
Today you’ll travel to the seaside township of Arcachon. From here, a boat will take you to the stylish port town of Cap Ferret. Enjoy views of Europe’s highest sand dune, Dune du Pilat, as you dine on local seafood for lunch.

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

Day 11. Bordeaux, Sarlat, Toulouse
Stop in the medieval city of Sarlat and explore the narrow streets of the Old Town, before continuing to La Roque-Gageac. An enchanting cruise here along the Dordogne River offers stunning views of the village’s stretch of golden stone buildings. After, continue on to Toulouse, where later this evening you will enjoy dinner.
Stay: Pullman Toulouse Centre

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner

Day 12. Toulouse, Carcassonne
A morning tour provides you with the opportunity to explore the city of Toulouse, nicknamed ‘La Ville Rose’ - the Pink City. Your journey then takes you to the fortified town of Carcassonne. After a guided tour of the impressive castle, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Tour Director and fellow travellers.
Stay: Carcassonne, Hotel de la Cité

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner

Day 13. Carcassonne, Arles, Embark Ship
Board your luxury river ship.
Stay: Seven Nights: one of APT’s luxurious Aria River Ships

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner

Day 14. Arles
Tour the castle ruins in Les Baux-de-Provence then visit an olive mill. Alternatively, join a local guide for a sightseeing tour of Arles. The afternoon is yours to spend as you wish.

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 15. Avignon
A guided tour of Avignon today takes you to the Palace of the Popes. Then, travel to the Pont du Gard.

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 16. Viviers, Grignan
Join a truffle farmer and his dogs and head out in search of the rare delicacy. Next, journey to Grignan Castle for a tour, followed by a Cocktail Reception during which you’ll enjoy a tasting of local delicacies. Re-board your ship and continue cruising through the French countryside.

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 17. Tournon, Vienne
Choose to either visit the beautiful Eden Park Garden or ride the Ardèche Steam Train through the Ardèche mountains. Later, cruise to Vienne for time at leisure this evening.

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 18. Belleville, Beaujolais Region, Lyon
Explore the Beaujolais Region on your chosen activity today. Indulge in a gourmet dinner
at L’Abbaye de Collonges tonight.

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 19. Lyon
Today, perhaps choose to tour Lyon then visit a silk workshop. Or, tempt your taste buds with a culinary tour as you explore the famous fresh food market and sample gourmet local produce along the way.

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 20. Lyon, Disembark Ship, Basel, Embark Ship
Disembark in Lyon and journey via Switzerland’s beautiful Lake Geneva to Basel. Upon arrival, board your river ship.
Stay: Seven Nights: one of APT’s luxurious Aria River Ships

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner

Day 21. Breisach
Visit the village of Triberg and the Black Forest Open-Air Museum. Or travel to Colmar, located on the Alsatian Wine Route in France.

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 22. Speyer
Spend the morning at leisure in Speyer. This afternoon, be greeted by the friendly locals of Speyer and learn about their culture as you are welcomed into their homes for a delightful afternoon tea.

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 23. Mainz
Take in the many sights of Mainz with a local guide today.

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 24. Cochem, Andernach

Visit Cochem Castle or take a guided bicycle ride through town. Enjoy a lavish banquet during an exclusive visit to Namedy Castle.

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 25. Bonn, Cologne
Choose to take a tour of historic Cologne, or travel to Bonn and explore the sights with a local expert guide.

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 26. Amsterdam, Leeghwater
Explore the Leeghwater region and visit a local farm and a historic windmill. In addition, you’ll also get to see the World Heritage-listed Beemster Polder.

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

Day 27. Disembark Ship, Depart Amsterdam
Following breakfast this morning, your incredible journey comes to an end with a transfer to the airport.

    Daily Meals Included:
    • Breakfast

France with Rhine and Rhône - 2017
*Pricing is per person double occupancy/twin share and based on the deposit of a resort week or equivalent points/credits per booking. All savings depicted are based off of Full Brochure Fare. Government Fees, fuel surcharges and Taxes are additional and subject to change unless otherwise specified. Special rates may not be applicable with other offers. Other restrictions may apply. Pricing is subject to availability and may change at any time and without notice. These offers cannot be used for group bookings. Cancellation, amendment and credit cards fees apply. Rates require a qualified two-bed room resort week deposit or equivalent points/credits. Price includes $199 exchange fee per couple/booking