Elegance of France River Cruise

October 20th, 2025 for 17 days, M&K are hosting this journey by combining two river cruises through Paris, Normandy, and Bordeaux with Avalon Waterways.

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Embark on a captivating journey through the heart of France with our “Elegance of France: A Journey Through Paris, Normandy, and Bordeaux” tour. This meticulously curated 17-day adventure invites you to experience the romance, history, and splendor of France from the enchanting streets of Paris to the serene beauty of Normandy, and the exquisite vineyards of Bordeaux.

Begin your voyage with a pre-cruise stay in Paris, the City of Light, where art, culture, and gastronomy blend seamlessly on every corner. Explore iconic landmarks, enjoy leisurely strolls along the Seine, and savor the rich flavors of French cuisine.

As you embark on your river cruise, prepare to be enthralled by the picturesque landscapes of the Seine. Visit the home and gardens of Claude Monet in Giverny, marvel at the historical significance of Normandy’s beaches, and immerse yourself in the medieval charm of Rouen. We will also have included Guided tours of WWII landing beaches and the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.

Transition to the second leg of your cruise in Bordeaux, a region renowned for its distinguished wines and breathtaking countryside. Discover the architectural marvels of Arcachon, indulge in wine tastings at prestigious châteaux, and stroll through the UNESCO-listed village of Saint-Émilion.

Conclude your journey with a post-cruise stay in Bordeaux, allowing further exploration of its vibrant streets and hidden gems.

“Elegance of France” offers an unparalleled blend of cultural immersion, historical exploration, and culinary delights, ensuring an unforgettable voyage through some of France’s most beloved regions. Join us for an exquisite journey that weaves together the very best of French art de vivre.

Itinerary

Dates: October 20 – November 5, 2025

Day 1: Monday, October 20, 2025 – Paris, France (Pre-Cruise Stay)

  • Arrival in Paris and check-in to your hotel.
  • Free day to explore Paris at your leisure.
  • Overnight in Paris hotel.

Day 2: Tuesday, October 21, 2025 – Paris, France (Embarkation)

  • Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30 pm if arriving on this day.
  • Guests boarding the ship must be on board by 5 pm.
  • Free time to explore Paris before boarding.
  • Evening/overnight cruise to Vernon.
  • Meals: Dinner.

Day 3: Wednesday, October 22, 2025 – Vernon

  • Activities include a visit to Giverny or Bizy Castle, or an exploration with the Adventure Host.
  • Cruise to Les Andelys in the afternoon.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 4: Thursday, October 23, 2025 – Caudebec

  • Options include biking with the Adventure Host or a guided trip along the Normandy Abbeys Route.
  • Free afternoon, with an optional excursion to Honfleur.
  • Overnight docking in Caudebec.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Cruising the Seine Video

Day 5: Friday, October 24, 2025 – Caudebec (Excursion to Normandy)

  • Guided tours of WWII landing beaches, a “Taste of Normandy” tour, or British and Canadian commemorative sites.
  • Evening cruise to Rouen.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 6: Saturday, October 25, 2025 – Rouen

  • Guided bike tour or walking tour of Rouen.
  • Evening/overnight cruise to Conflans.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 7: Sunday, October 26, 2025 – Conflans

  • Visit to Auvers-sur-Oise or Château de Malmaison, or a bike ride along the Seine.
  • Evening cruise to Paris.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 8: Monday, October 27, 2025 – Paris

  • Day filled with activities and guided tours showcasing Paris’s iconic sights.
  • Overnight docking in Paris.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 9: Tuesday, October 28, 2025 – Paris (Disembarkation) to Bordeaux (Embarkation)

  • Travel to Bordeaux and board the Suite Ship® for the next leg.
  • Overnight docking in Bordeaux.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

Day 10: Wednesday, October 29, 2025 – Cadillac-sur-Garonne

  • Guided tour of Château de la Brêde or a wine tasting excursion.
  • Live entertainment onboard in the evening.
  • Overnight docking in Cadillac-sur-Garonne.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 11: Thursday, October 30, 2025 – Cussac Fort Médoc

  • E-bike guided tour or wine tasting at a historic château.
  • Overnight docking in Cussac Fort Médoc.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 12: Friday, October 31, 2025 – Blaye to Bourg

  • Visit to the Citadel of Blaye or a guided tour with a visit to a local art gallery.
  • Free afternoon for exploring or optional guided excursions.
  • Overnight docking in Bourg.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 13: Saturday, November 1, 2025 – Libourne (Excursion to Saint-Émilion)

  • Guided tour of Saint-Émilion.
  • Sail to Bordeaux for overnight docking.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 14: Sunday, November 2, 2025 – Bordeaux

  • Guided walking tour of Bordeaux or optional guided excursion to Les Bassins des Lumières.
  • Overnight docking in Bordeaux.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 15: Monday, November 3, 2025 – Bordeaux (Excursion to Arcachon’s Bay)

  • Bike ride or guided tour of Arcachon with oyster and wine tasting.
  • Overnight docking in Bordeaux.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 16: Tuesday, November 4, 2025 – Bordeaux (Disembarkation, Post-Cruise Stay)

  • Disembark from your cruise in the morning.
  • Check-in to your Bordeaux hotel for your post-cruise stay.
  • Free day to explore Bordeaux at your leisure.
  • Overnight in Bordeaux hotel.
  • Meals: Breakfast.

Day 17: Wednesday, November 5, 2025 – Bordeaux, France (Departure)

  • Check-out from your hotel.
  • Departure from Bordeaux, ending your journey.

Pricing

Special Offer: All bookings get FREE pre-paid gratuities!

Double Occupancy Pricing – 2 people per cabin (can be roommates with twin beds)

CATDouble Occupancy Cabin DescriptionPer Person
EDeluxe – Fwd Transom Window Deck 1 (below waterline)$11,899
DDeluxe – Mid Transom Window Deck 1 (below waterline)$12,299
BAft Panorama Suite Deck 2 French Balcony$14,799
AMid Panorama Suite Deck 2 French Balcony$14,999
PPanorama Suite Deck 3 French Balcony$15,097
Prices and discounts shown are per person based on double-occupancy and availability. Solo pricing is further below with limited availability. Deposit is $500 per person and all payments are non refundable. Group insurance (non age-rated) quotes will be given upon request. Higher level suite categories are available but not with additional discounts. Includes Free Pre-paid Gratuities.

Special Offer for June 2024: Book a “D” Category and get a Free Upgrade to a “B” Category! Based on double occupancy and availability.

Solo special offer below with the solo rates!

Solo Occupancy Pricing – 1 person per cabin is below. (see above for pricing with 2 people in the cabin).

CATSolo Traveler Cabin DescriptionPriceSolo
Group

Discount
New Total
EDeluxe – Fwd Transom Window Deck 1 (below waterline)$16,585-$4,344$12,241
DDeluxe – Mid Transom Window Deck 1 (below waterline)$17,202-$4,563$12,639
BAft Panorama Suite Deck 2 French Balcony$21,077-$5,938$15,139
AMid Panorama Suite Deck 2 French Balcony$21,387-$6,048$15,339
PPanorama Suite Deck 3 French Balcony$21,542-$6,103$15,439
Prices and discounts shown are per cabin based on single-occupancy and availability. There are only 2 bookings permitted with the solo discount, and they are first come first serve, and still subject to availability. Double/Twin pricing is above. Deposit is $1000 and all payments are non refundable. Group insurance (non age-rated) quotes will be given upon request. Higher level suite categories are available but not with additional discounts. Includes Free Pre-paid Gratuities.

*** Promo Pricing Discounts Shown For SOLO guests are Only for the first 2 sign ups in June 2024, based on availbility ***

Our Ships

How to Sign Up

Pricing includes the Cruise & Land Program, and taxes. Does not include Airfare. Optional insurance available (for residents of most states) but may need to be adjusted for airfare. Prices and fares are non-refundable so you will need the insurance to cancel. The insurance is not “cancel for any reason”; cancellation is only reimbursed for a covered reason. 

Please note that until deposited, pricing is subject to change and based on availability.

Want to go? Simply complete this Secure Payment Form to authorize nonrefundable deposit shown above (plus recommended insurance, which will be quoted). For the name of the trip put “Elegance of France” . Final Payment is June 20th, 2025.

This journey can be combined “back to back” with our Empires of Antiquity journey!

Unless we already have it, please complete this Secure Passport Form for each passenger. Questions simply call us 843-279-0310 or email office@mgatravel.com .

IMPORTANT: Please note that this is an Outlander Society trip and The Outlander Society Travel Club requires an invitation but you may request to apply with Michael Graham or ask another member to stand for you

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