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VIKING AND TRAVELLER TOURS - FRANCE'S FINEST

15 Days Paris – Avignon|Departing 22 September 2020 

Standard Stateroom from $10,895pp | French Balcony from $12,995pp | Veranda from $14,395pp

Book by 31 March 2020 and Fly Free to France*


French Connections 

We're pleased to announce our third Traveller Tours Viking cruise – a special 15 day journey showcasing the very best of France.

Not only will Tony Wright, one of the most experienced and admired reporters at The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, be joining readers for part of the tour but also Stephen Brady, a former Australian ambassador to France, and his partner Peter Stephens, an authority on French culture and language.

Pay your respects at the Australian memorials in the Somme Battlefields, walk in Joan of Arc’s footsteps at Rouen, luxuriate in Paris’ sophistication, savour the tastes of Lyon and toast the wines of the Beaujolais and Provence vineyards.

Art, cuisine, style, joie de vivre — if you love everything Français, this is for you. Our latest Traveller Tour is exciting enough in its own right but with the addition of our three outstanding guest hosts and with an array of exclusive experiences, this unique and insightful trip is set to be an unforgettable one.

We look forward to welcoming you on board for this unique, expert-led and insights-rich French journey.


Exclusive inclusions

  • On-board discussions and Q&A sessions with experts Stephen and Peter
  • Full-day tour to the Somme Battlefields visiting important Australian sites including the National Australian Memorial and the Sir John Monash Centre accompanied by expert Tony Wright
  • Half-day tour to the Palace of Versailles
  • Visit the unique Atelier des Lumières, a digital museum of fine art
  • Private dinner on shore at a local Lyonnaise Bouchon restaurant
  • Le Grand Prébois vineyard visit, tour and tasting

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 — Paris (Le Pecq), France

Arrive in Paris, romance capital of the world. Transfer from the airport in Paris to your ship. After boarding, take free time to explore Paris, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented before meeting with your fellow Traveller Tours companions on board this evening. (D)

Traveller Tours extra: Informal meet and greet with your fellow Traveller Tours travellers, your guide and experts Stephen and Peter.

Day 2 — Paris (Le Pecq), France

After breakfast, disembark and travel to the awe-inspiring palace and gardens of Château de Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon enjoy a visit to Château de Malmaison, where Napoleon Bonaparte spent his final days in France. (B, L, D)

Traveller Tours extra: Morning tour to the Palace of Versailles accompanied by Stephen and Peter.

Day 3 — Vernon, France

This morning take a leisurely walking tour through inviting, provincial Vernon. After lunch, take a short ride into the town of Giverny, where Claude Monet resided until his death in 1926. Visit the beautiful gardens and charming stone farmhouse where he lived and worked; see the water garden with the recognizable Japanese bridge and water lilies that inspired many of his masterpieces. (B, L, D)

Day 4 — Rouen, France

During a morning cruise along the Seine, meet with your fellow Traveller Tours group and expert Stephen as he discusses France under Macron, including time for Q&A. Spend the afternoon in the medieval city of Rouen, preeminent capital of Normandy on a walking tour with free time to discover more of Rouen or visit one of its museums of art or antiquities. (B, L, D)

Traveller Tours extra: Exclusive talk by expert Stephen Brady on France under Macron: the political landscape and France’s world view.

Day 5 — Rouen – Somme Battlefields

After breakfast, meet your Traveller Tours expert Tony Wright, who will travel with you to the Somme Battlefields in North Eastern France. On the journey Tony will provide an illuminating talk on the importance of this region to Australian troops and their involvement on the Western Front during World War I. Visit the Australian National Memorial including the Sir John Monash Centre in Villiers-Brettoneux. (B, L, D)

Traveller Tours extra: Exclusive full day tour to the Somme Battlefields region hosted by Tony Wright - Australian National Memorial and the Victoria School in Villers-Brettonneux including lunch.

Day 6 — Les Andelys, France

Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise to the small town of Les Andelys. While sailing meet with your fellow Traveller Tours companions and expert Stephen Brady where he reminisces on his experiences as Australian Ambassador for France. After lunch, join a guided walk to Les Andelys’ fatally flawed masterpiece of Middle Ages architecture, Château Gaillard, built in 1196 by Richard the Lionheart. (B, L, D)

Traveller Tours extra: Exclusive talk by expert Stephen Brady, Australia to France: an ambassador's reflections

Day 7 — Mantes-la-Jolie, France

After breakfast, embark on a tour of this dazzling city and marvel at its most remarkable sights, including the iconic Eiffel Tower, D’Orsay Museum, Louvre and Opera House and drive along the famed Champs-Élysées. This afternoon visit Paris’ first digital museum of fine art, Atelier des Lumières, where you’ll be treated to an amazing multi-sensory experience. (B, L, D)

Traveller Tours extra: Visit Atelier des Lumières, digital museum of fine art.

Day 8 — Paris (Le Pecq), France

After breakfast, disembark and enjoy a leisurely train ride from Paris through the countryside of east central France to Lyon to board your second ship (Viking Heimdal), where a Welcome Dinner is served. (B, D)

Day 9 — Lyon, France

After breakfast, embark on a half-day tour the city of Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a guided visit to the Basilica of Notre Dame and a walking tour through the cobblestone streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Town). Tonight indulge in an exclusive dining experience on shore at a local Lyonnaise Bouchon restaurant with your fellow Traveller Tours travellers and experts, Stephen and Peter. (B, L, D)

Traveller Tours extra: Private dinner on shore at a local Lyonnaise Bouchon restaurant accompanied by Stephen and Peter.

Day 10 — Lyon, France

After breakfast, take a scenic drive through the rolling hills of Beaujolais. See the legendary Moulin-à-Vent, the windmill that gives its name to one of the most prestigious wines of the region, learn about the art of winemaking in a small museum and enjoy a tasting in one of Beaujolais’s famous cellars. Return to your ship for lunch and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. (B, L, D)

Day 11 — Vienne, France

This morning join a walking tour of Vienne, a beautiful town with an ancient Roman past, including visits to the Temple of Augustus and Livia, the Roman amphitheatre and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Maurice. In the afternoon, enjoy the rolling vine-clad banks of the river as you sail through its wide meanders to Tournon. (B, L, D)

Day 12 — Tournon, France

Board the Train de l’Ardèche this morning for a locomotive ride through the deep gorges of the Ardèche plateau, cut by the Doux River. Return to your ship and enjoy lunch on board as we cruise to Viviers, an engaging little town in a mountainous setting. This afternoon meet with your Traveller Tours group for an exclusive talk and Q&A session with expert Francophile Peter Stephens on French food and wine. (B, L, D)

Traveller Tours extra: Exclusive talk by expert Peter Stephens on food and wine in French culture.

Day 13 — Arles, France

Disembark after breakfast and take a walking tour of Arles with its diverse architectural highlights. Experience the city’s vibrant colours and striking quality of light that have inspired artists. Return on board for lunch followed by an afternoon on your own to explore or shop for handcrafted gifts. (B, L, D)

Day 14 — Avignon, France

This morning travel to local vineyard Le Grand Prébois where you’ll enjoy a tour around the winery and barrel room before indulging in a tasting or two of the winery’s most famed wines. This afternoon embark on a guided walk of Avignon, nicknamed “City of Popes”. Stroll through the historic centre, stop at the picturesque Pont d’Avignon and walk the Place de l’Horloge. Visit the renowned Palace of the Popes for a guided tour through this rambling maze of Gothic architecture that served as papal residence, fortress, church and palace. (B, L, D)

Traveller Tours extra: Exclusive Le Grand Prébois vineyard visit, tour and tasting.

Day 15 — Avignon, France

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Marseille airport for your return flight or extend your journey in Paris or the French Riviera. (B)


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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes the Traveller Tours cruise different?

You will be travelling as part of a small-group on a Viking river cruise and will operate to a bespoke itinerary offering you bonus exclusive experiences, adding an extra layer to the regular itinerary giving you deeper insights into the region you are travelling.

What’s included in the cruise price?

All of the regular Viking inclusions plus additional activities exclusive to the Traveller Tours group. See above for full list of these extra experiences and events.

Are airfares included?

Return economy airfares are included on an airline of Viking’s choosing. Upgrades to Premium and Business Class are available on selected stateroom categories, please ask us for more information.

Are transfers to the ship included?

Transfers between the airport and ship are included when airfares are booked with Viking. To redeem transfers, guests must arrive on the day of the ship’s embarkation and disembarkation.

When are final payments due?

$2,000 non-refundable deposit is required per person. Full payment is due 121 days prior.

Do I need to book my own excursions?

You do not need to book any of the “Traveller Tours extra” excursions, these have already been booked and arranged for you. Anything outside of these you will need to book as usual using My Viking Journey. Note: Your Traveller Tours extras will not appear on My Viking Journey, but you will automatically be added to them at time of booking.

How do I find out what time the additional shore excursions and Traveller Tours activities are on?

Further information will be provided closer to departure so you have the details at hand in order to book in any additional shore excursions

Will there be a group leader?

Along with local guides in each port onshore, you will also have a group guide who will travel on board with you and attend all Traveller Tours experiences and events. Your expert hosts will also join the group on selected excursions and on board events.

How do I meet/identify my fellow Traveller Tours members?

You will meet your fellow Traveller Tours travelers on the evening of Day 1 at an informal meet and greet along with experts and group guide. You’ll also receive Traveller Tours name badges that you can choose to wear so you may be identified by other members of the group.

How many people will be on my trip?

The maximum size of this Traveller Tours group will be 36.

When will I receive my tour documentation?

You’ll receive all cruise documentation approximately three weeks prior to departure. This will include a separate Traveller Tours booklet with your bespoke itinerary and information on your experts and the destinations you’ll be visiting. This will arrive with all regular documentation and will also be provided in digital format to you.

Are there pre- and post-cruise extension packages available?

A 3-night Paris pre-cruise extension is available and a 3-night French Riviera post-cruise extension is available.

Is there a solo supplement?

The solo supplement on this departure is 100%

Who do I contact for assistance with my booking?

Contact Viking on 138 747 or email traveller.tours@vikingcruises.com



Terms & Conditions

*Prices are per person, in Australian dollars, based on double occupancy, subject to availability and correct at time of printing. Prices based on the listed departure only in a Standard Stateroom (F), French Balcony (D) and Veranda (B). Flights are ex major cities in Australia on Viking’s choice of airline and subject to availability. A non-refundable deposit of $2,000 per person is due within 3 days of booking. Must book by 31 December 2019 unless sold out prior. For full booking conditions go to https://www.vikingcruises.com.au/terms-conditions/index.html