French Rivers & Italian Coastlines



per person
Duration: 26 Nights
Destination: Paris, France
Region: Europe
Deal Code: PAOQV9E




French history, art, food, and wine are all highlighted on this grand journey along three iconic French rivers: the Seine, Saône, and Rhône. Embark in Paris and perhaps begin the following day with a visit to Richard the Lionheart’s former stronghold, Château Gaillard. Then witness a moving ceremony either on the US or the British and Canadian Landing Beaches of Normandy. Discover medieval Rouen and more of Paris, cities that inspired artists like Monet, before transferring by train to Dijon and embarking another beautiful AmaWaterways ship. During the second leg of your journey, you will sip wines from Burgundy and the Côtes du Rhône, explore this region of France through your taste buds in the culinary capital of Lyon, stroll through a truffle farm alongside a canine companion, and follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh in Arles before you disembark in this fascinating city. This longer journey through France will awaken all your senses as you fall deep in love with this beautiful country and the amazing wonders it has to offer.

Next, cruise the Italian coast on an intensive ocean voyage from Nice to Venice and explore cobblestone streets, beautiful beaches and sapphire-blue waters.

A luxurious boutique hotel at sea, the Azamara Journey is a mid-sized ship with a deck plan that’s intimate but never crowded, and offers everything modern voyagers are looking for—plus some unexpected extras.

Your Fly, Stay & Cruise Package Includes:

  • $2500 flight credit per person
  • 1 night 4-star accommodation in Paris with breakfast
  • 14 night Grand Seine & Rhone River cruise onboard AmaLyra, Paris to Arles
  • Includes all onboard dining, unlimited drinks with meals, immersive tours, wifi access plus more
  • 11 night Italy Intensive cruise onboard Azamara Journey, Nice to Venice (Fusina)
  • All onboard meals in complimentary dining venues plus select standard drinks, beers & wines, bottled water, soft drinks, gratuities plus more
  • Select private transfers

Pricing is per person twin share and based on travel 24 September – 20 October 2025

Solo traveller pricing available. Please speak to one of our travel consultants for more details.

River Cruise Itinerary | Paris to Arles:

DAY 1 Paris        


Board the ship in Paris for your Grand Seine & Rhône cruise. (D)

DAY 2 Les Andelys          

Uncover the history of Château Gaillard, the former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart, situated on the chalk cliffs high above the Seine, on a morning tour. Or, if you prefer a more active adventure, you can hike there from the banks of the Seine, admiring the scenic views along the way. For those who wish to explore the area on two wheels, join a guided bike tour through the charming town of Les Andelys. After your adventures, set sail along the meandering Seine for a scenic cruise. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 Le Havre

During your time in Le Havre, set out on an excursion to the seaside town of Honfleur, renowned for its picturesque harbor, and for being an inspirational site for Impressionist painters. During the afternoon, you can join a city tour of the UNESCO-designated Le Havre. Alternatively, you have the choice of a bike tour through Le Havre. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 Le Havre

Experience the Normandy region with a variety of excursions. For those wishing to go to the American sector of the historic Normandy Beaches, you will visit the cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach, the artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer and the village of Arromanches, where the remains of the floating harbor used during the WWII landings can be seen. If you prefer, you can tour the Gold and Juno beaches in the British and Canadian sectors, where you will visit Ranville Cemetery, Pegasus Bridge, the Canadian cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer, the WWII museum in Courseulle and, finally, Arromanches. Alternatively, you can set out on a full day excursion to the delicious Pays d’Auge region of Normandy, where apple cider, Calvados and pommeau outrank French wine. If you wish to experience a different kind of inspiration in Caudebec-en-Caux, you can journey back in time with the interactive exhibits and vessels at the Seine Museum. (B,L,D)

*Not combinable with other tours on this day.

DAY 5 Rouen     

Spend the morning enjoying medieval Rouen with a choice of several excursions. Join a walking tour and see the square where Joan of Arc was martyred, as well as the Medieval Quarter and Great Clock. You also have the choice to go on the “Tastes of Normandy” tour, where you’ll be treated to the delicious flavors of the region, including chocolate, Norman cheese and cider; or get active by going on a guided bike tour. Then visit Bonnemare Castle, a 16th-century architectural treasure lined with picturesque poplar trees. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 Vernon   

Enjoy scenic cruising around Vernon before disembarking the ship for your excursion. You will have a choice of three excursions, depending on your interests. Visit Claude Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny. Art lovers will immediately recognize images immortalized in Monet’s most beloved paintings—such as water lilies, Japanese bridges and graceful willow trees. Wander around his famous gardens and home where he lived for more than four decades. Or visit the regal 18th-century Château de Bizy, inspired by the opulence of Versailles. Enjoy an escorted tour of the palace and gardens. If you prefer a more active adventure, go on a guided bike tour, taking in the beautiful French countryside. (B,L,D)

*PLEASE NOTE: Monet's Gardens may be closed; therefore, an alternative tour will operate instead.

**Not combinable with other tours on this day.

DAY 7 Paris        

Travel to Auberge Ravoux in the heart of Auvers-sur-Oise, the last home of artist Vincent van Gogh. His spirit still lingers in his former attic rooms at the Ravoux Inn. The mere 70 days Van Gogh spent in Auvers-sur-Oise were astonishingly prolific as he painted more than 70 works here before his death. Or enjoy the exquisite architecture of the Château de Malmaison, the former home of Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte, also known as "the most beautiful and curious garden in Europe." Alternatively, stay in Paris and explore the “City of Light” on a guided bike tour. Later, enjoy some of Paris’ most famous sights during your panoramic tour. You will be guided through the charming Latin Quarter, home to the world-famous Sorbonne University, and through the stunning 400-year-old Luxembourg Gardens, created by King Henry IV’s widow, Marie de’ Medici. (B,L,D)

DAY 8 Paris        


Transfer by train from Paris to Dijon



Bid farewell to Paris and the crew of your beautiful river cruise ship as you board your comfortable train for the transfer to Dijon. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery as we take care of your luggage for you and whisk you off to Provence. Once in Dijon, you will board your lovely ship where your luggage will be waiting for you in your stateroom. Enjoy lunch on board and you may explore Dijon in the afternoon at your leisure. (B,L,D)

DAY 9 Chalon-sur-Saône              

Located in southern Burgundy at the heart of the Côte Chalonnaise wine region, Chalon-Sur-Saône whispers the secrets of its medieval past which you will discover on your historic city tour. Alternatively, choose an excursion in Beaune, a walled town nestled in the heart of Cote d’Or vineyards where you’ll stroll the cobblestone streets and take in such sights as the mosaic-tiled roof of the Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune, founded in the 15th century as a hospital for the less fortunate. Later in the day, enjoy a scenic sailing to Tournus, or sample the region’s famous white Mâconnais wines. Alternatively, pedal from Chalon-Sur-Saône to Tournus on an exhilarating guided bike tour. (B,L,D)

DAY 10 Tournus

Today you have a choice of a number of excursions as you explore the cities of Tournus and Macon. Let your knowledgeable guide lead you through Tournus and to its magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Saint Philibert. Or choose instead to visit the moated Château de Cormatin, which dates back to the early 17th century and features ornate apartments as well as a beautifully manicured garden. As an alternative, venture to the medieval village of Brancion with its preserved gateway, church and market hall. Return to the ship and enjoy a scenic cruise to Mâcon Or, instead, join a guided bike tour from Tournus to Mâcon or go wine tasting and meet the ship in Mâcon. (B,L,D)

DAY 11 Macon  

Join a guided tour through the “South Burgundy City” of Mâcon, learning about its local vineyards, museums, historical sites and perhaps its famous son, the poet and minister Alphonse de Lamartine. Or venture somewhat off the beaten path to Cluny, known for its large abbey. Built between the 4th and 12th centuries, Cluny Abbey was formerly the world’s largest church and stands as a captivating example of early Romanesque architecture. Alternatively, explore the architecture and history behind the Gothic masterpiece, the Royal Monastery of Brou. Return to the ship and head to the Sun Deck to enjoy a light lunch and the passing landscapes on the way to Villefranche-sur-Saône. For those traveling by ship, enjoy a tasting of Beaujolais wines while sailing towards your next stop. (B,L,D)

DAY 12 Lyon      

Discover dynamic Lyon, starting in Fourvière Hill, part of the city’s historic region that is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the 19th-century basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Continue on to the old town of Lyon, followed by a guided walk through the St. Jean district, where you will be introduced to the city’s unique covered walkways, known as “traboules.” Or get active a guided bike tour through the city designed with cyclists in mind. If you’re a self-described foodie, our Vieux Lyon tasting tour is for you, during which you’ll have a chance to taste some of Lyon’s local delights. There you can enjoy a guided walking tour around the city. For those wishing to be more active, you can either take a guided bike tour along a portion of the ViaRhôna bike route or a guided hike from the ship to the Monastery at Mount Pipet. (B,L,D)

DAY 13 Viviers  

Take your coffee on your balcony or the Sun Deck as you cruise to Viviers, a charming medieval city with picturesque 16th and 18th century monuments. For a more active adventure, pedal through this bicycle-friendly city. Alternately, you can go to the magnificent hilltop village, Grignan. After visiting this enchanting Provençal town, go in search of the highly prized “Black Diamond” truffles with a farmer and his trustworthy canine companion. Or, go on a scenic hike and enjoy a memorable view of Viviers. Later, stroll through the city accompanied by a guide in Renaissance attire as former “residents” in period costumes reenact events and legends of centuries gone by. This special historical tour is sure to bring a smile to your lips – or perhaps send shivers down your spine! (B,L,D)

DAY 14 Avignon

Avignon, aptly named the “City of Popes,” was the center of the Catholic Church in the 14th century when its “Palais des Papes” was the equivalent of today’s Vatican. Discover the history of Avignon on a guided walking tour that includes the Papal Palace and the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternately, you can visit three venues around Avignon to taste regional specialties including macarons, cheese and wine, and tapenades. Later in the day, rejoin the ship in Arles, considered one of the most beautiful cities in France. Let your experienced guide lead you to the top sights, including the Romanesque cathedral and Roman amphitheater; or take a guided bike tour to the Roman ruins. If you wish to delve further into Van Gogh’s Arles, join a special walking tour along with a visit to the Vincent van Gogh Foundation, showcasing his legacy. Or take some time to focus on wellness with a guided bike tour through town. (B,L,D)

DAY 15 Arles     


Bid farewell to Arles. (B)

Ocean Cruise Itinerary | Nice to Venice (Fusina):





09 Oct 25

Nice, France


6.00 pm

10 Oct 25

Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy

8.00 am


11 Oct 25

Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy


8.00 pm

12 Oct 25

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

7.30 am

7.30 pm

13 Oct 25

Salerno, Italy

8.00 am

10.00 pm

14 Oct 25

Catania, Sicily

1.00 pm

8.00 pm

15 Oct 25

Crotone, Italy

8.00 am

6.00 pm

16 Oct 25

Taranto, Italy

8.00 am

5.00 pm

17 Oct 25

Kotor, Montenegro

1.00 pm

10.00 pm

18 Oct 25

At Sea



19 Oct 25

Venice (Fusina), Italy

8.00 am


20 Oct 25

Venice (Fusina), Italy



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Prices listed are per person in NZD, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown on the lowest outside category available at the time.  Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 12-06-2024 and can be withdrawn without notice.   Cabin categories include prepaid government fees and port taxes unless otherwise stated.  Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Visas are not included.  Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.