Grand France - Côte d'Azur to Paris

A European cruise that showcases France’s scenic beauty and rich history. From the Côte d'Azur to Paris, journey on the Rhône and Saône Rivers and enjoy stops in medieval towns and vibrant, bustling cities along the way. Sample French cuisine at its finest in Lyon and stand in the atmospheric Roman amphitheatre at Arles. In Vernon, choose between a visit to Claude Monet's gardens at Giverny or magnificent Bizy Castle; and in Conflans, a choice of excursions to either Van Gogh's Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine's elegant Château de Malmaison. Return to Paris for sightseeing in this magnificent city.

Your cruise at a glance

  • Avignon
    • Tranquil cruising through Provence, with a visit to the Roman amphitheatre in Arles and optional excursions to the Pont du Gard and Châteauneuf-du-Pape at Avignon.
  • Lyon
    • Tour of the city including Old Town, Place des Terreaux and Bartholdi Fountain, plus a free day to explore its famous markets.
  • Rouen
    • Join a guided walked to explore the town’s medieval quarter, 15th-century marketplace and 16th-century astronomical clock.
  • Paris
    • Walking tour of Paris, taking in Notre Dame Cathedral, historic Ile St Louis and the city centre, with free time to explore further.



Multiple itineraries are available:

Grand France - Côte d'Azur to Paris Map

Day 1 Côte d'Azur

Travel to Nice where you will be met and transferred to the Côte d'Azur for one night at the Fairmont Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo or Carlton International, Cannes (or similar).

Day 2 Côte d'Azur - Arles (Embarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning, enjoy free time or join an optional excursion. In the early afternoon, transfer by coach to Arles in the Provence region to board your cruise ship. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception Later, cruise toward the mouth of the Rhône for a unique opportunity to experience the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting).

Day 3 Arles

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Arles guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre. On the northern tip of the Camargue, Arles is the capital of Provence and was once known as the 'Little Rome of Gaul'. Your guided tour takes in the church of St Trophime and visits the Roman Amphitheatre. Still used today, the amphitheatre dates to the 1st century, and was constructed to hold over 20,000 spectators. Vincent Van Gogh was inspired by the beauty of Provence and spent a very productive year in Arles.

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Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are three types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:


Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.


We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.


Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Prices & cabin details

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Staterooms available

Price per person

1st June 2018

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29th June 2018

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13th July 2018

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27th July 2018

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£5,244 - £6,631

10th August 2018

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£4,602 - £6,229

24th August 2018

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£4,961 - £6,588

21st September 2018

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InterContinental Carlton Cannes

Evoke the glamour of the past at this stylish hotel that was featured in Hitchcock's 1955 film 'To Catch a Thief'. The hotel’s Belle Epoque façade overlooks the Bay of Cannes, with enviable sea views and a private beach. Official rating: 5 star

  • Location
    • Located on the Boulevard de Croisette overlooking the Bay of Cannes.

  • Facilities
    • Exclusive beach restaurant
    • Bar
    • Café
    • Health Centre and Fitness Centre
    • Beauty Centre

Fairmont Monte Carlo

An iconic hotel nestled between Monte Carlo's famous casino and the Mediterranean. With 602 rooms and suites, the hotel also boasts three restaurants and numerous facilities that are sure to make your stay in the Principality of Monaco a memorable one. Official rating: 4 star.

  • Location
    • Situated in the heart of Monte Carlo, ideally situated for sightseeing.

  • Facilities
    • Three restaurants
    • Bar
    • Shopping arcade
    • Casino
    • Fitness centre
Fairmont Monte Carlo

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative similar standard hotels to those shown.



8th September 2017 - Trusted Customer

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