With its shady forests and stunning beaches along the coastline, and mountains in the south and east, France is rich in natural beauty, and home to the Seine and Rhône rivers. All Avalon’s French itineraries either begin or end with Paris sightseeing; where you’ll visit the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre Museum and the striking Notre-Dame Cathedral. Further along the Seine is Rouen, where in the 15th century Joan of Arc lived, was imprisoned, and met her end. Not far from Rouen are the famous Normandy Landing beaches, surrounded by thousands of graves, countless bunkers and other remnants of D-Day. From Lyon’s local delicacies and abundance of museums to Avignon’s Palace of the Popes and the famous wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, you’ll discover a country that is blessed with a rich heritage and cultural spice of life.