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Luxury

Best of France

Arles to Bordeaux
22 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EUFC22
  • Luxury River Cruise
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Château de Ferrand

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

Savour fine French cuisine

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

Dine at Palais Bénédictine

After the museum and distillery closes, slip inside for a private wander before dinner in the Abbots Hall.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 22 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in 15 locations
  • Luxury Dining - a total of 61 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert cruise director
  • Room service and laundry (select suites)
  • Transfers, port charges and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

UK & Europe EUFC22 Map 2020
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

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 or spot bird life as you walk through Camargue National Reserve.


Tour Arles with a local or choose explore at your leisure.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Explore the streets and sights of Avignon, including a visit to the Palace of the Popes, or play a round of golf. Alternatively, visit the Pont du Gard and discover this ancient Roman aqueduct.


Decide how to spend your day in Avignon thanks to our Freedom of Choice experiences.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Visit a truffle farm. Alternatively, discover a family-owned nougat factory, or stay on board and take a French lesson.


Arrive in Viviers and set off on your preferred activity.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Take a ride on the Ardèche Steam Train, visit Maison M. Chapoutier for a wine tasting, or enjoy a guided bike ride to the Valrhona Chocolate Factory.


From Tournon, there are a number of activities on offer. Later, cruise to Vienne.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Later this evening, indulge in French cuisine at L’Abbaye de Collonges.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps visit a snail farm for a tasting, then discover the village of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne. Or explore the village of Oingt, then sample Beaujolais wines.


Explore the Beaujolais region on your chosen activity.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Tour Lyon then visit a silk workshop, visit Lyon’s famous fresh food market, or get active with a guided bike ride.


Get to know Lyon thanks to a selection of activities.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Journey by high-speed train to Paris. On arrival, tour the city’s icons, followed by lunch. Later, transfer to your second river ship.

Stay: Seven Nights, an Aria River Ship

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Get your fill of French food on a walking tour, soak up Montmartre and visit the stunning Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Alternatively, the Palace of Versailles may be too tempting.


Three activities are on offer today. Which will you choose?

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Arrive in Vernon and see one of Monet’s greatest inspirations, the water lilies at his house and gardens in Giverny. Or take the scenic route, pedalling from the river all the way to Monet’s house.


Discover the landscapes of the Seine thanks to days selection of activities.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Later, after the Palais Bénédictine closes its doors to the public, slip inside for a private wander through the museum and distillery, before dinner in the Abbots Hall.


Arrive in Le Havre and step ashore to experience Honfleur, a lovely little port town.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

Stay and explore Caudebec-en-Caux, or head out on a World War II excursion to the beaches of Normandy. You might like to taste the fruits of the Pays de Caux region with a visit to a unique cider farm, or linger on board for a calvados and cheese tasting.


The old fishing village of Caudebec-en-Caux greets you with colourful buildings dotted along its harbour.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Look back on World War I at the Somme Battlefields. Otherwise stay in the city and see the Notre Dame Cathedral and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred.


From Rouen, set out on one of two experiences.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

From Les Andelys, travel to the top of Chateau-Gaillard, offering stunning views, then walk back down to your ship. Otherwise, visit Château de la Roche-Guyon, or unleash your inner artist and take an onboard impressionist painting class.


Join the activity that interests you today.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark in Paris and travel to Bordeaux by train and get set for the final adventure.

Stay: Seven Nights, an Aria River Ship

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This evening, we have arranged a fine wine tasting followed by a private dinner at the regal Château de Ferrand.


Enjoy a morning cruise. In Saint-Émilion, head to the underground Monolithic Church, then enjoy some free time to explore the town.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

From Libourne, perhaps visit a local caviar estate or browse the local market and sample some fresh produce along the way.


Return to your ship following the morning’s activity for a relaxing cruise to Blaye.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps sail to the town of Bourg for a walking discovery, or get active and enjoy a bike ride from Blaye to Bourg.


Discover Blaye and take a stroll around the 17th-century citadel, as well as its underground passages.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

During a visit to a local cooperage, see how wooden wine barrels are made. Afterwards, visit Château Giscours for a tour and tasting at this Grand Cru Classé estate.


The vineyards of Aquitaine are on display as you cruise into Pauillac. Disembark your ship and journey through the Médoc wine region.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Visit Château de Cazeneuve, or discover Château de la Brède, then travel to Sauternes to try the region’s famous dessert wine. You can also choose to remain on board and delight in a scrumptious cheese tasting.


How will you spend your day? It’s up to you thanks to our Freedom of Choice inclusions.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Take in Bordeaux’s unique blend of 18th-century and contemporary architecture. Or embark on a culinary exploration as you indulge in a charcuterie and cheese tasting. Golf lovers can play a round at a championship course.


When it comes to experiencing the city of Bordeaux, the choice is entirely yours. Enjoy the captain’s farewell dinner.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Be transferred to the airport.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

External view of Aria river ship cruising.

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