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Bon Voyage! France Family River Cruise 2021

8 days with Tauck  Rating: Deluxe

Tauck Offers for this River Cruise


  • Single travelers pay no supplement on river cruises in Category 1 cabins. Click here for eligible departures.

Offers subject to change or withdrawal, availability is limited. Some offers are not combinable.

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Paris 
Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Sofitel Le Scribe Paris Opéra. 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 Opéra. 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. (D)

Day 2 A scavenger hunt in the Louvre & the Eiffel Tower 
This morning, enjoy a private-pre-opening tour of one the most famous museums in the world, the Museé du Louve, where you’re invited to take part in a treasure hunt like no other. Right under your nose – or maybe not – you’ll team up to follow clues that lead to works of art that are among the most prized art treasures of the world (like the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory or Liberty Leading the People). Following lunch and a bit of free time in the city, visit the world-famous Eiffel Tower. Your family's last evening in Paris is free to spend as you please. (B, L)

Day 3 A day well spent in Paris... 
This morning your family can discover what makes Paris one of the world's favorite cities on an orientation tour that gives you a firsthand look at must-see sights (no inside visits on this orientation tour) including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral and more. Or you may opt for a guided bicycle tour* along the banks of the River Seine, passing such sights as the Musée D'Orsay, Tuileries Gardens, and one of Paris' most beloved icons, the Eiffel Tower. Then hop aboard a high-speed train called the TGV to travel south to Lyon, where you’ll board ms Emerald, your floating hotel for the rest of your trip. Our France family river cruise begins; the crew makes sure that you know your way around before our welcome reception, which is followed by dinner tonight aboard ship... with some rather magical entertainment. (B, D)

Day 4 Tournon, cooking & chocolat 
This morning your riverboat takes you to the town of Tournon-sur-Rhône for fun family discoveries ashore including an orientation tour of this ancient town on the River Rhône; 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 Cité du Chocolat. The rest of the afternoon and evening are spent cruising the Rhône, bound for Arles in Provence. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Arles, 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. (B, L, D)

Day 6 An 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! (B, L, D)

Day 7 Medieval Viviers, pétanque 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 Cathédrale Saint-Vincent. Next, try your hand at a game of pétanque, 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. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Journey 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. (B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – A special visit to a private ranch in French cowboy country – La Camargue – for a hayride and traditional Provençal lunch
All This Included
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 a scavenger hunt through Musée du Louvre… 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 Rhône 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 pétanque in Viviers... 
  • Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $2,600!
  • Gratuities to Tauck Cruise Director, Tauck Directors, drivers, local guides and ship staff
  • Two-night stay in city-center Paris
  • 5-night Rhône River cruise aboard ms Emerald
  • An introduction to the game of pétanque, played with the locals
  • A walk in Arles that traces the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh
  • Visit to a palace, Avignon’s Palais des Papes
  • Chocolate-making demonstration and tastings
  • A family cooking demonstration at the cooking school of a Michelin three-starred chef
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 18 meals, applicable fuel surcharges, porterage, taxes and service charges
Accommodations on this Tour
Paris: Hôtel Scribe Paris Managed by Sofitel
Cruising: Cabin onboard ms Emerald
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Children under 18 must be booked in a cabin with at least one adult. Accommodations for families of 3 or 4 in Categories 1 through 6 consist of two adjacent, but not connecting, double cabins. Triple and quadruple accommodations in Category 7 consist of a double-bedded suite featuring a full-sized pull-out sofa; these are not available for more than three adults over the age of 18 or older sharing a cabin.
  • Recommended age: 8+ – minimum age for our Tauck Bridges river cruises is 4 years.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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