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Day 1. Arrive Paris

Be transferred to your hotel on arrival. Enjoy a Welcome Reception.
Stay: Two Night Grand City Stay: Paris, Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe

Day 2. Paris

Enjoy a city tour then take a trip to the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Tonight, enjoy a meal and a memorable show at the Moulin Rouge. Delight in a once-in-a-lifetime evening at the iconic Parisian cabaret, captured in the famous paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  •  Breakfast
  •  Dinner

Day 3. Paris, Freedom of Choice, Bordeaux, Embark Ship

Discover a different side of Paris during your selected activity. Perhaps join a culinary walking tour to sample a range of Paris’ fine food. Alternatively, wander through the Louvre as part of a guided tour. Or perhaps explore Montmartre and admire the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. After, travel by train to Bordeaux and board your ship.
Stay: Seven Nights: one of APT’s luxurious Aria River Ships
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
  •  Dinner

Day 4. Cadillac, Freedom of Choice

Take a tour of Cadillac, before exploring the town of Saint-Macaire. Or perhaps visit Sauternes where you’ll tour Château de La Brède then sample the region’s famous dessert wines at Château Smith Haut Lafitte. Back on board, enjoy a Gala Welcome Dinner.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5. Pauillac

Sail the Gironde estuary to Pauillac. On a visit to a cooperage in Ludon, see how wooden wine barrels are produced before a wine tasting.
  • Daily Meals Included:
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Day 6. Blaye, Freedom of Choice, Bourg

Discover the town of Blaye and take a walk around the 17th-century citadel. Later, perhaps travel to Cognac for a tour and a tasting at a French cognac house or sail to the town of Bourg and take a walking tour.
  • Daily Meals Included:
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Day 7. Libourne, Saint-Émilion

In Saint-Émilion, head beneath the village to visit the Monolithic Church and the underground cellars of Les Cordeliers. Then sample some macarons and Les Cordeliers’ sparkling wines.
  • Daily Meals Included:
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Day 8. Libourne, Freedom of Choice, Bordeaux

From Libourne, perhaps travel to Bergerac for a tour. Or, tour Libourne and visit a caviar estate. Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner as you sail to Bordeaux.
  • Daily Meals Included:
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Day 9. Bordeaux

Take in beautiful Bordeaux on a tour. Tonight, enjoy an evening of fine dining and wine tasting. Travel to the glorious Château Pape Clément, a Grand Cru Classé estate flanked by some of the oldest and most prestigious vineyards in the region. Here, the wines are produced from vines planted in the 13th century by Bertrand de Goth, who later became
Pope Clement V.
  • Daily Meals Included:
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Day 10. Bordeaux, Disembark Ship, Arles, Embark Ship

Disembark in Bordeaux and travel by coach to Arles where your river ship will be waiting on the Rhône River. Enjoy a delicious dinner on board this evening.
Stay: Seven Nights: one of APT’s luxurious Aria River Ships
  • Daily Meals Included:
  •  Breakfast
  •  Dinner

Day 11. Arles, Freedom of Choice

Visit Les Baux-de-Provence and an olive farm. Alternatively, take in the sights of Arles on a tour. The rest of the day is yours at leisure.
  • Daily Meals Included:
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Day 12. Avignon

A guided tour of Avignon today takes you to the Palace of the Popes. In the afternoon, travel to the Pont du Gard, a 50-metre-high Roman aqueduct.
  • Daily Meals Included:
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Day 13. Viviers, Grignan

Today, join a local truffle farmer and his dogs and head out in search of the prized delicacy. Afterwards, visit the marvellous Grignan Castle for a tour and Cocktail Reception.
  • Daily Meals Included:
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  •  Dinner

Day 14. Tournon, Freedom of Choice, Vienne

Today, visit Eden Park garden or ride the historic Ardèche Steam Train. Later, cruise to Vienne and explore at your leisure.
  • Daily Meals Included:
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Day 15. Belleville, Beaujolais Region, Freedom of Choice, Lyon

Explore the Beaujolais Region on your chosen activity today. Indulge in a gourmet dinner at L’Abbaye de Collonges tonight.
  • Daily Meals Included:
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Day 16. Lyon, Freedom of Choice

Take a tour of Lyon then visit a silk workshop, or learn why Lyon is known as the gastronomic centre of France on a culinary tour.
  • Daily Meals Included:
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Day 17. Lyon, Disembark Ship, Paris

Disembark your ship for the final time in Lyon and board a train to Paris.
Stay: Paris, Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe
  • Daily Meals Included:
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Day 18. Depart Paris

Transfer to the airport after breakfast for your onward flight.
  • Daily Meals Included:
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