2025: France, Uncorked: The Rhone, The Seine & Bordeaux (WLX)

22 Day River Cruise Arles to Bordeaux

The timeless charms of France flow freely on this French river cruise vacation brimming with breathtaking views and vibrant history. Embark on the resplendent Rhone River with a visit to Arles, France-home to the brilliantly preserved 1st-century Roman Amphitheater and the colorful settings that inspired some of Van Gogh's most moving paintings. More stirring sights await you on the Rhone, including the world's largest Gothic palace-Avignon's 14th-century Palace of the Popes. Visit Tournon-beautifully nestled among the vineyards. Delight in the delicacies and delicious French fare of Lyon, France's gastronomic capital-a showcase of magnificent medieval and Renaissance architecture. Your French river cruise adventure continues on the Seine River with an exciting selection of excursions, including a visit to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery; a visit to delightful Les Andelys, Joan of Arc's Rouen, and the choice between a visit to Vincent van Gogh's Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine's Malmaison. Be wined and dined along the way with stops in France's most charming and historic locales, highlighted by a visit to Paris-the City of Light. Take in the legendary sites of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, and Eiffel Tower-to name a few.

Your river cruise vacation in France gets even better with a captivating cruise on the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers in the brilliant Bordeaux region-famed for its legendary vineyards and lovely villages. Be carried away with your choice of Avalon's included Classic, Active, and Discovery experiences-from the regal histories of castles and Chateaux to the romantic cellars where wine bouquets and bon-vivant cuisine tempt the palate. While the landscapes and lush pastoral treasures are plentiful along the shores of the Garonne and Dordogne, Avalon elevates each immersive experience for a deeper discovery of the cultural and architectural treasures that recall the rich traditions of Southwest France. From unparalleled panoramic drives to forested two-wheel excursions by bike to the delicacies of seaside Arcachon-the world is your oyster on this adventure in la belle vie of Bordeaux!


Cruise Line
Avalon Waterways
Offer valid through 9/30/2024
22 Days
Cruise Ship
Poetry II

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Day 1Arles  
Day 2Arles  
Day 3Avignon  
Day 4Viviers  
Day 5Tain l'Hermitage  
Day 6Lyon  
Day 7Chalon-Sur-Saone  
Day 8Paris  
Day 9Vernon  
Day 10Caudebec  
Day 11Caudebec  
Day 12Rouen  
Day 13Conflans  
Day 14Paris  
Day 15Bordeaux  
Day 17Cussac Fort Medoc  
Day 18Bourg  
Day 20Bordeaux  
Day 21Bordeaux  
Day 22Bordeaux  

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
04/15/2025$12,297.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Poetry II and Tapestry II and Artistry IIQuote
05/13/2025$12,797.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Poetry II and Tapestry II and Artistry IIQuote
06/24/2025$12,697.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Poetry II and Tapestry II and Artistry IIQuote
08/05/2025$12,697.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Poetry II and Tapestry II and Artistry IIQuote
08/19/2025$12,897.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Poetry II and Tapestry II and Artistry IIQuote
09/16/2025$13,097.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Poetry II and Tapestry II and Artistry IIQuote
09/30/2025$12,597.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Poetry II and Tapestry II and Artistry IIQuote
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Gateway city for arrivals is Marseille.

Port charges:

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

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Important Notes
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