Known throughout the world as the "City of Lights", Paris is celebrated for its beautiful architecture, museums, bridges, cathedrals, parks, shopping, sidewalk cafés, wide and luxurious boulevards, elegant cuisine, and numerous monuments.
People from all over the world travel to Paris to discover and experience the aura of romance and mystery that has been the setting for many novels and movies.
In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944 allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in an effort to wrestle control from the occupying German forces. Nearly 10,000 U.S. troops lost their lives in the battle. Today, the area serves as a humbling reminder of the cost of freedom.
Visitors can walk the beaches where blood spilled more than 74 years ago. Then visit the Normandy American Cemetery, the final resting site of 9,385 U.S. soldiers.
Due to its strategic location, Lyon has served as an important outpost since the early Roman times. Today, it is the third-largest city in France and offers visitors a wealth of enticing experiences. The city boasts France's oldest ancient ruins, medieval quarters, and fine Renaissance houses, earning it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Lyon is also home to some of France’s most celebrated restaurants.
Photo Credit: Galerie Lyon France - Tristan Deschamps
With its turreted houses and narrow alleyways, the medieval city of Collonges looks as if it were pulled straight out of a fairytale. A walk through the city reveals a dramatic contrast between the red sandstone brick facades, green pastures and purple wisteria plants that line the streets. Built on a gentle incline in the midst of walnut groves, its easy to see why Collonges is considered one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Due to its location along the Rhone River, Vienne became an important port city to the Roman Empire. Today, visitors will find an impressive collection of Roman monuments throughout the city, including the Temple of Augustus (one of the best preserved Roman temples in the world), and the Roman Theater. The city also boasts a beautiful medieval heritage that you can discover by strolling through its old, narrow streets.
As your ships approaches Tournon, you'll be greeting by terraced vineyards and striking vistas. Upon arrival to its city center, you will immediately notice the imposing castle standing guard over the city below. Take time to stroll in the historic city center, offering a pedestrian street with plenty of small shops, or to discover the Garden of Eden. If time permits, continue your day across the bridge and visit Torunon’s neighboring city Tain l'Hermitage.
Located in the heart of France’s Provence region, Avignon is perhaps best known for its legendary lavender fields. But there’s more to this city than its aroma. Strategically situated high above the Rhone River, the city is encircled by medieval ramparts, and its old town is a maze of cobbled streets, lantern-lit passageways and architectural treasures.
Inspired by it’s architectural diversity and vibrant colors, Vincent van Gogh spent 15 months in Arles, from 1888 to 1889. While there, he descended into madness and finished more than 200 paintings. With your free time, you can visit some of the sites in Arles that were immortalized by van Gogh on canvas, including Place du Forum, where he depicted beautiful landscapes and local café life, and the Langlois Bridge above.