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Luxury

Best of France with Barcelona & Loire Valley

Barcelona to Paris
28 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EUFCBP28
  • 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.

Decadent French Fare

Savour glorious French cuisine 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 24 destinations
  • Expert cruise director
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in 15 locations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 70 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages on board cruise
  • Transfers, port charges and gratuities
  • Room service and laundry (select suites)

Map & Itinerary

Europe Map EUFCBP28 2020
Barcelona to Paris

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

Whimsical architecture, a quirky cultural scene and punchy Catalan cuisine. What’s not to love about Barcelona? You are transferred to your hotel where a relaxing evening is just the ticket after your journey across hemispheres.

Stay: Three Nights, Barcelona, Hotel El Palace

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Your discovery kicks off with a journey between the works of Antoni Gaudí. Wander around the Casa Batlló before it is open to the public.


After your Signature Experience, visit the Sagrada Família, then continue past city sights like the Barrio Gotico and Las Ramblas. Come evening, come together to share a welcome dinner.

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  • Dinner
View of Barcelona city with towering Sagrada Familia in the distance, Spain

Board the Montserrat Classic Express 1890. Click-clack through tunnels and up mountains to the peak of Montserrat, where the Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat awaits. Back in the city, the evening is free for you to explore as you please. Maybe try the local dining scene.

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Journey to southern France with a pit-stop in the medieval town of Perpignan. At Arles, your elegant vessel is waiting. Tonight’s welcome reception is the perfect way to get to know everyone, including your cruise director and crew.

Stay: Seven Nights, an Aria River Ship

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  • Breakfast
  • 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.


Choose your sightseeing today. Then tour Arles with a local or choose explore at your leisure.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
View of colourful street, France

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Statue of King Louis XIV with illuminations in the background, Bellecour Palace at-night, Lyon, France

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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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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  • 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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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Small Village at night with yachts moored in the water, France

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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  • 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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  • Lunch
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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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View of old building overlooking green hills and a river, France

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

Stay: Seven Nights, an Aria River Ship

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  • 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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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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  • Lunch
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View of a bridge over a river, France

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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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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.


Embark on a city exploration of Bordeaux as you indulge in a charcuterie and cheese tasting, or for the golf enthusiasts, you can play a round at a renowned course. Or maybe hop in an open-roofed Citroën 2CV vintage car and enjoy a guided discovery through Bordeaux.

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Historic ornate bridge across the river in Bordeaux, France

Transfer to the railway station to continue the fun. Board a high-speed train to Tours, and on arrival, enjoy free time for lunch before exploring medieval Tours with a local expert. Afterwards, head to Vouvray for another fabulous tasting at a local winery, before arriving at your Loire Valley château for a two-night stay.

Stay: Two Nights, Tours, Château de Beauvois

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

You will be treated to a special visit to Château de Champchevrier. Be met by the owners and enjoy an aperitif on the private terrace of the castle before embarking on a guided tour. You will then enjoy a private farewell dinner before returning to your hotel.


Today’s exploration takes you to some of the finest châteaux the Loire Valley has to offer. Call into Château de Chenonceau, where a tour takes you through its rooms adorned with a rich art collection. Next, it’s time to marvel at the finest French Renaissance architecture with a visit to Château de Chambord, the largest in the Loire Valley. Imagined by King Francis I of France, discover half a millennium of French history in one building. Later, enjoy your Signature Experience.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Indulge in a sumptuous lunch within the Pavillon Dufour at Ore Restaurant in Versailles, owned by renowned chef Alain Ducasse.


Today travel to Versailles. Here, you’ll discover the magnificent splendour behind Louis XIV’s stunning transformation of the Palace of Versailles. The palace dates back to the 17th century, and from the 19th century, transformed into a museum. Then it’s time for your Signature Experience.

Stay: Hôtel Le Louis Versailles Château

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  • Lunch
View of fountain with hedges in background, France

Be transferred to Paris airport.

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Travel & Accommodation

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Amazing Onboard Dining

Highlighting the exquisite local produce, there's always something new to savour in amazing onboard dining venues.

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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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