Bon Voyage! France Family River Cruise

Experience the best of France - together as a family.... two nights in Paris and a 5-night river cruise along the historic Rhone river immerse your family in just about everything Français! Learning means doing and experiencing - from a scavenger hunt in the Louvre to castles, chocolat - even cooking and cowboys!



Feel inspired... as you and your family stand on the top deck of ms Emerald with Provençal landscapes before you in Paris, where the streets are paved in history on bicycle sightseeing along the cobblestone streets of medieval Viviers together. The best way to experience French joie de vivre is to do what the locals do... pedal past landmark Parisian sites on a bicycle ride... take a fast train to Lyon... board a boat for a River Rhone cruise... learn to cook like a gourmet chef at a culinary school... discover the art of making chocolat... have lunch at a private ranch in Provence with French cowboys... paint like van Gogh in Arles (using chocolate instead of oils!)... walk on a triple-decker Roman bridge in Avignon... play petanque in Viviers...


Feel inspired... as you and your family stand on the top deck of ms Emerald with Provençal landscapes before you in Paris, where the streets are paved in history on bicycle sightseeing along the cobblestone streets of medieval Viviers together. The best way to experience French joie de vivre is to do what the locals do... pedal past landmark Parisian sites on a bicycle ride... take a fast train to Lyon... board a boat for a River Rhone cruise... learn to cook like a gourmet chef at a culinary school... discover the art of making chocolat... have lunch at a private ranch in Provence with French cowboys... paint like van Gogh in Arles (using chocolate instead of oils!)... walk on a triple-decker Roman bridge in Avignon... play petanque in Viviers...


Traveling Well Includes:
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Special visit to a private ranch in French cowboy country - La Camargue - for a hayride and traditional Provencal lunch
  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $2,730
  • Gratuities to Tauck Cruise Director, Tauck Directors, drivers, local guides and ship staff
  • Two-night stay in city-center Paris
  • 5-night Rhone River cruise aboard ms Emerald
  • An introduction to the game of petanque, played with the locals
  • A walk in Arles that traces the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh

  • Call (877) 642-8747 for more information or to book today! Mention code 15504746

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2021
    Duration
    8 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1ParisArrive Paris

    Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Sofitel Le Scribe Paris Opera. A transfer is included from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport or Gare de Lyon, Charles de Gaulle Station or Gare du Nord train stations to Sofitel Le Scribe Paris Opera. Your family's France river cruise gets off to a fabulous start from the moment you check into your your luxury hotel, a historic treasure in the heart of the city that for centuries has been at the heart of Parisian society. Meet the families you'll be traveling with at a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel, featuring entertainment by a mentalist that's fun for the whole family.

    Lodging: Hotel Scribe Paris Managed by Sofitel

    Meals: D
    Day 2ParisA scavenger hunt in the Louvre & a choice of sightseeing

    The day begins with a choice of sightseeing - a city tour that includes views of iconic sights such as the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees and Notre Dame Cathedral - or a bicycle tour along the River Seine that begins in the Champ du Mars vicinity and passes in front of Musee D'Orsay, Tuileries Gardens, the Eiffel Tower and more. Following lunch, enjoy some free time to pursue what interests you most.



    Lodging: Hotel Scribe Paris Managed by Sofitel

    Meals: B, L
    Day 3ParisA day well spent in Paris...

    Your morning includes a visit to probably the most iconic sight in Paris, the Eiffel Tower. Early afternoon, travel aboard a high-speed train called the TGV and head south to Lyon, where you'll board ms Emerald, your floating hotel for the next five nights. The crew makes sure that you know your way around before our welcome reception, which is followed by dinner aboard ship... with some rather magical entertainment.



    Lodging: ms Emerald

    Meals: B, D
    Day 4ArlesTournon, cooking & chocolat

    This morning your riverboat takes you to the town of Tournon-sur-Rhone for fun family discoveries ashore including an orientation tour of this ancient town on the River Rhone; a cooking class at Scook, the cooking school of Anne Sophie Pic, located next door to the Michelin-awarded restaurant Maison Pic; and a demonstration in the art of making chocolat at Valrhona Cite du Chocolat. The rest of the afternoon and evening are spent cruising the Rhone, bound for Arles in Provence.



    Lodging: ms Emerald

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 5ArlesArles, Camargue cowboys, van Gogh & chocolate art

    After arriving in Arles this morning, get a change of scenery on a drive into the Camargue for a taste of France's Wild West. This vast marshy delta has been home to free-roaming black bulls since Roman times; today the bulls are looked after by French gardians (cowboys), saddled up on white Camargue horses. You'll see them up close at a private ranch, called a manade, and a hayride into the fields to see bulls, mares and foals. Enjoy a Provençal lunch, gypsy music and a daring show in which players attempt to retrieve paper tokens from a bull's horns. Later today you'll return to medieval Arles for a walking tour that brings alive many of the places captured in brilliant strokes of color by one of its most famous residents, artist Vincent van Gogh - then create some tasty art of your own based on lovely French landscapes with a hands-on chocolate painting experience, This evening, an onboard performance by an accordionist precedes dinner.



    Lodging: ms Emerald

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 6AvignonAn Avignon palace & a 1st-century marvel

    Everyone dreams at one time or another of living in a palace... and today's France family river cruise does just that when your family visits an extravagant grand palace with four mighty towers... On a guided tour of 12th-century Palais des Papes in Avignon, once a 'renegade' papal palace (built in opposition to Rome), your imagination takes flight as you explore one of Europe's largest medieval Gothic buildings. Or, if you wish, instead of visiting Palais des Papes you can join us for a bicycle ride in Avignon this morning. You'll have some time this afternoon to discover Avignon as you please. Then everyone meets up to walk across the famed Pont du Gard, and enjoy some refreshments; this three-level, 164-ft.-high 'bridge' was built by the Romans to carry fresh water over the Gardon River nearly 2,000 years ago!



    Lodging: ms Emerald

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 7ViviersMedieval Viviers, petanque and more

    This morning brings adventure to your France family river cruise with a walking tour of medieval Viviers, where you'll wind your way up through narrow, cobbled streets, curious passageways and doorways in shades of blue and green... leading up to the petite 12th-century Cathedrale Saint-Vincent. Next, try your hand at a game of petanque, played by tossing a small metal boule about the size of an orange. Return to the riverboat for lunch (a barbecue on the Sun Deck, weather permitting) and an afternoon and evening spent cruising. Join us this evening for a farewell reception and dinner.



    Lodging: ms Emerald

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 8LyonJourney Home

    Tour Ends: Lyon. Our family France river cruise concludes in Lyon today as your family disembarks ms Emerald; fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the riverboat to either the Lyon Airport or Lyon's Perrache or Part Dieu train stations; you should allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in at the airport.

    Lodging:

    Meals: B
    Dates/Pricing

    Click Quote or call (877) 642-8747 to get additional information on your chosen travel date. Special offers or competitive pricing may be available!

    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    06/23/2022$4,890.00* (USD) / MS EMERALD - AVAILABLEQuote
    07/05/2022$4,890.00* (USD) / MS EMERALD - AVAILABLEQuote
    07/17/2022$4,890.00* (USD) / MS EMERALD - AVAILABLEQuote
    Disclaimer
    * All prices are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice.

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      Experience the best of France - together as a family.... two nights in Paris and a 5-night river cruise along the historic Rhone river immerse your family in just about everything Français!

     
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