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Luxury

Best of France

Arles to Bordeaux
22 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EUFC22
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Trip Highlights

Savour fine French cuisine

Dine at Michelin-starred chef Paul Bocuse's L'Abbaye de Collonges restaurant in Lyon

Dine at Palais Bénédictine

Attend a Bénédictine cocktail show and dinner during a private visit to historic Palais Bénédictine in Fécamp.

Château de Ferrand

Sample world-class wines and enjoy a private dinner at World Heritage-listed Château de Ferrand in Saint-Émilion.

Your Vacation Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to 21 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice inclusions in 14 locations
  • Finest dining - a total of 61 meals
  • Complimentary beverages served on board*
  • Expert APT Cruise Director
  • Room service and complimentary laundry for select suites

Map & Itinerary

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Arles to Bordeaux

Designed Exclusively for APT guests
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Give your holiday a personal touch with a choice of included sightseeing or dining options

Be transferred to your first luxury river ship in Arles for your spectacular cruise along the Rhône River.

Stay: Seven Nights, an Aria River Ship

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  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Tour Les Baux-de-Provence then visit an olive mill, see a myriad of birdlife as you hike through Camargue National Reserve or visit a 'savon de Marseille' soap factory.


Before touring Arles, or exploring at your leisure, you’ll head out of the city on your preferred activity.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit the Pont du Gard for a tour and tasting of local produce and wine, followed by a lively cocktail reception, where you will be entertained by local musicians.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Tour Avignon with a visit to the Palace of the Popes, or play a round of golf.


The stunning city of Avignon is yours to explore with a choice of experiences.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Delight in a visit to a truffle farm. Alternatively, visit Garde-Adhémar and a family-owned nougat factory, or enjoy a French lesson on board your ship.


With your ship docked in Viviers for the day, embark on your preferred activity.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Hike up to Eden Park Garden, take a ride the Ardèche Steam Train, or enjoy an onboard chocolate demonstration.


Glide into Tournon, where a selection of experiences await. Afterwards, continue to Vienne.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Later this evening, indulge in a gourmet dinner at L’Abbaye de Collonges.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

In the Beaujolais region, perhaps visit a local farm for a tour and tasting or join in a bike ride. Otherwise, visit Oingt and a local winery.


The beauty of the Beaujolais region is revealed on today’s excursions.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Today, perhaps choose to tour Lyon then visit a silk workshop. Otherwise, tempt your taste buds with a culinary tour.


Explore Lyon with a wonderful selection of activities for you to choose from.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark your ship and journey by high-speed train to Paris. On arrival, enjoy a glorious city tour followed by lunch. Later, transfer to your river ship.

Stay: Seven Nights, an Aria River Ship

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight, enjoy a fabulous extravaganza at the Lido de Paris. Be entertained by the wonderful Bluebell Girls and Lido Boys as they take you on a glittering journey filled with incredible set designs and dynamic dancing.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Today, set out on a culinary walking tour, be guided through Versailles, or visit charming Montmartre.


Get to know Paris the way you prefer with a choice of activities. A special experience has been arranged for you tonight.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Travel to Giverny and visit Claude Monet’s house and gardens, or embark on a bike ride from Vernon to Monet's house.


Dock in Vernon, and select from two experiences. Back on board, enjoy a Gala Dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Later, enjoy an after-hours visit to Palais Bénédictine. On arrival, wander the intriguing museum and distillery, followed by a Bénédictine cocktail show, where your bartender will put on a dazzling display. Afterwards, sit down to dinner in the Abbots Hall.


Dock in Le Havre, where you will disembark your ship to discover Honfleur, Normandy's most charming port town.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

Perhaps join a full day World War II excursion to Normandy. Or travel to the stunning Pays de Caux region and visit a traditional cider farm for a tour and tasting, or relax on board and delight in a calvados and cheese tasting.


Arrive in the village of Caudebec-en-Caux and set out on your chosen experience.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Visit the site of the Battle of the Somme today. Otherwise join a walking tour through Rouen and see Notre Dame Cathedral and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred. Alternatively, enjoy a round of golf.


With your ship docked in the lovely town of Rouen today, disembark and select from three experiences.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps visit the ruins of Château Gaillard for views of the Seine River, before walking back down to your river ship. You may wish to take a leisurely excursion to Château de la Roche-Guyon, a superb 14th-century medieval masterpiece. Otherwise, unleash the artist within you as you partake in an onboard impressionist painting class.


Once again, the day unfolds on your own terms thanks to a selection of activities on offer.

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  • Dinner

Disembark your ship in Paris and travel by train to Bordeaux. Here, step aboard your luxurious ship for the second half of your journey.

Stay: Seven Nights, an Aria River Ship

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps tour Château de Cazeneuve, once the home of King Henry IV of France. Alternatively, visit Château de la Brède, then travel to Sauternes to try the region’s famous dessert wine, or remain on board your luxury river ship and delight in a cheese tasting.


Your first stop in the Bordeaux region is Cadillac. Step ashore and embark on your chosen experience. Later on board your ship, enjoy a wonderful Gala Welcome Dinner.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

During a visit to a local cooperage, see how wooden wine barrels are produced. Afterwards, visit Château Giscours, a remarkable 19th-century Grand Cru Classé estate in the famous Margaux region. Here, delight in a tour and wine tasting.


Enjoy the scenery of Aquitaine's vineyards. Disembark your ship and journey through the famous Médoc wine region.

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  • Lunch
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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps travel to Cognac for a tour and a tasting at a French cognac house, sail to the town of Bourg and take a walking tour, or enjoy a bike ride from Blaye to Bourg.


Discover the town of Blaye and take a walk around the 17th-century citadel, as well as its underground passages. Later, select your preferred activity.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This evening, savour a fine wine tasting followed by a private dinner at the regal Château de Ferrand. The château dates back to the 17th-century, while the current owners, the Bich family, were founders of the famous Bic company. It is now managed by a Bich family member who has since married into the Chandon-Moët family.


In Saint-Émilion, head to the underground Monolithic Church, then enjoy some free time to explore. Tonight, an unforgettable experience awaits.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps tour Bergerac, visit a local caviar estate or browse the local market and sample some fresh produce along the way.


From Libourne, set out on your chosen activity. Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner as you cruise to Bordeaux this evening.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Take in Bordeaux's unique blend of 18th-century and contemporary architecture and uncover the secrets behind its buildings. Alternatively, embark on a culinary exploration of Bordeaux with a charcuterie and cheese tasting, or play a round of golf at a renowned course.


Get to know Bordeaux on your selected experience today.

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  • Dinner

After breakfast, farewell your crew and disembark your ship, before being transferred to the airport.

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Travel & Accommodation

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Amazing Onboard Dining

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No matter which suite you choose, each offers a balance of luxury and intimacy. Plus, you'll always enjoy river views

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