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Three enchanting French river cruises in a 28-day holiday, with airfares, from A$8999

July 10, 2014 Cruise Deals No Comments Email Email

‘Vive la France 2015!’ is a wonderful fly-triple-cruise-and-stay holiday from Worldwide Cruise Centres (worldwidecruisecentres.com.au), built around three river cruises through superb French countryside in springtime and ending with two nights in Nice on the French Riviera.

Two nights hotel accommodation in central Paris, another two nights in Bordeaux and a night in Lyon are included, as well as the two nights in Nice. ‘Vive la France 2015!’ lasts 28 days and costs from A$8999 twin share per person, including return flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Paris and back from Nice. The holiday departs Australia on 7 April 2015. It’s valid for sale till 31 August 2014.

The three cruises included are:

  • A four-night Paris to the Normandy Coast cruise along the Seine River (round-trip from Paris) aboard CroisiEurope’s Botticelli;
  • A six-night CroisiEurope Garrone River, Gironde Estuary and Dordogne River Cruise aboard Cyrano de Bergerac (round trip from Bordeaux);
  • A seven-night Lyon River cruise from the Saone to the Rhone (round trip from Lyon) aboard CroisiEurope’s Camargueunnamed (27)

After jetting from Australia to Paris, board CroisiEurope’s Botticelli for a four night cruise. Settle into your cabin and sip a welcome cocktail as you admire Paris by night, gliding silently past the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Palais, the Orangerie, the Louvre and Notre-Dame cathedral in Ile de la Cité.

CroisiEurope, the Strasbourg-based French river cruise line, delivers exceptional value. Cruises are on a full-board basis, so all meals are included – three meals a day.

Even better, unlimited wine, beer, fruit juice and mineral water are covered in the cruise price on each of the three river cruises in this holiday, as are tea or coffee after each meal. Whether the drinks are served by CroisiEurope during on-board meals in the restaurant, or consumed in the lounge bar (excluding Champagne and wines on the exclusive wine list), they are covered in the price.

‘Vive la France 2015!’ also includes two nights accommodation, complete with daily breakfasts, at the Quartier Latin Hotel in the heart of Paris, close to Notre Dame, Jardin des Plantes, Sorbonne University, Latin Quarter and Saint Germain des Pres. It includes another two nights at the Mercure Bordeaux Centre Gare St Jean Hotel in Bordeaux; a night’s stay at the Novotel Lyon Nord Porte de Lyon hotel in Lyon, and a final two nights at the Goldstar Resort hotel in Nice. Daily breakfasts are included at all those hotels.

Plus three great French train trips, travelling in First Class all the way.

The train journeys are:

  • A one-way train journey from Paris Montparnasse to Bordeaux St Jean stations (a scenic trip taking about three and a half hours);
  • One-way train trip Bordeaux St Jean to Lyon station.
  • A one-way train trip from Lyon Part Dieu to Nice NiceVille station.

Welcome cocktails and Gala Dinner are included on each of the three cruises. Cuisine aboard is superb – CroisiEurope is staffed by French chefs. Paul Bocuse, the celebrated three-star Michelin chef, sets the menus. Passengers enjoy a range of classic French wines, bought direct from the wineries, accompanying meals.

The great rivers on this holiday flow through some of France’s most scenic regions. Verdant countryside, medieval villages and ancient castles – all wait to be explored.

Just a few highlights of ‘Vive la France 2015!’:

  • See Saint-Emilion, with a guided visit to the underground monuments of this historic village;
  • Wander Pauillac, where houses belonging to old nobility line the quaysides; view the châteaux Lafite-Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild;
  • Take in panoramic views over the Gironde Estuary from the citadel and fortress in Blaye;
  • Explore sublime Bordeaux, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site;
  • See Avignon, medieval City of the Popes;
  • Enjoy two nights in stylish Nice in a hotel near the Old Town, the ideal base for discovering the French Riviera.

CroisiEurope, Europe’s longest-established river-cruise company, is a family-owned and operated business that attracts an educated, middle-income, chic clientele. Staff aboard work for a family who know them by name. They are delighted to help and to go that little bit further.

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