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Exclusive French Barge Experience

23 Days  |  Departing Thursday 2nd April 2020 and returning Thursday 23rd April 2020

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Highlights

3 Night Stay on the French Riviera
Free time to explore Beautiful Nice at leisure
Nice City Tour
3 Night Stay in Aix-en-Provence
Full Day Gourmet Walking Tour of Aix-en-Provence
Wander the Markets in Aix-en-Provence
2 Night Stay in Avignon
Walking Tour of Avignon with a visit to the Palais des Papas
2 Night Stay in beautiful Beaune in the Burgundy region
Free time to explore the Saturday markets of Beaune
4 Night Stay in Paris
Fun 2VC City Tour of Paris including a picnic lunch
Free time to explore Paris at leisure
7 Day "Exclusive" Barge Cruise - Paris to Epernay - MS Raymonde
Delicous French Cuisine meals whilst onboard MS Raymonde
Onboard Drinks (except from Special Lists)
Ensuited Cabins with Shower in Bathroom
All Excursions whilst onboard
Bicycles Available whilst onboard
Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
Friends for Company!

 

Inclusions

Fully Escorted by an experienced Sisterhood Tour Hostess who is on hand to make your holiday a memorable one
Return Airfares including taxes ex Melbourne ** (other departure cities upon request)
All Sightseeing as per detailed itinerary
All Meals as per detailed itinerary
Transfers and 2nd Class Rail as per detailed itinerary
Quality Accommodation as per itinerary ++
7 Day MS Raymonde Barge Cruise - Outside Cabins with Ensuites (Shower) - Exclusive to Sisterhood Womens Travel
Willing to Share Option
Meet and Greet prior to departure (subject to minimum numbers attending)

** Airline may be Emirates, Qatar, Singapore Airlines or Etihad
++ Hotels are subject to change.  Any changes will be to the same standard


## Tipping is not included in this itinerary but is at your discretion.  EUR2.00 per person for each guided tour and EUR10.00 pp per day whilst onboard the MS Raymonde is appreciated.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Thursday 2 April 2020

Melbourne - Nice (Meals Inflight)

Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel.  Join your Sisterhood Hostess and fellow travellers at the Melbourne Airport for your flight to Nice.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the in flight hospitalilty, and entertainment, as we head towards the chic French Riviera.  

Day 2 - Friday 3 April 2020

Nice (B,D)

Ooh La La!  Welcome to Nice.  With its mix of real-city grit, old-world opulence, year-round sunshine, vibrant street life and stunning seaside location, no place in France compares with Nice.  Upon arrival we'll transfer to our accommodation with the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight - Splendid Hotel & Spa (or similar)

Day 3 - Saturday 4 April 2020

Explore Nice (B)

Today we'll enjoy a morning tour of Nice.  We'll meet our guide then spin along the Middle Corniche road to begin our 3-hour tour. Along the way, admire sweeping views over the French Riviera’s pretty coastline. Stroll along the popular Promenade des Anglais with your guide, and admire the striking architecture for which Nice is famous. Enjoy the gentle climb to the top of Castle Hill — passing lush gardens and small waterfalls — and enjoy further fine views from your high vantage point. During your tour, explore the attracting neighborhood of Cimiez — where Queen Victoria used to spend her winters. Discover stylish galleries along the Promenade des Arts, and take in sites of interest such as the Acropolis Center and the Modern Art Museum. Admire fine frescoes and intricate carvings on the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and stop in Place Garibaldi — the bustling public square in the heart of Nice’s historic Old Town. Explore traditional flower markets, welcoming cafés, and quaint boutiques, then return in comfort to your Nice hotel to conclude our tour. An afternoon free before regrouping for dinner to share the day's experiences.

Overnight - Splendid Hotel & Spa (or similar)

Day 4 - Sunday 5 April 2020

Explore Nice (B)

Today we continue our discovery of Nice.  If you enjoy walking for the best views over Nice’s red-tiled rooftops, climb the winding staircases up to this wooded outcrop on the eastern edge of the old town. It’s been occupied since ancient times; archaeological digs have revealed Celtic and Roman remains, and the site was later occupied by a medieval castle that was razed by Louis XIV in 1706 (only the 16th-century Tour Bellanda remains). There are various entrances, including one beside the tower, or you can cheat and ride the free lift.  At the top you’ll find plenty of green space and a wealth of stunning views over the old town, the port and inland to the Provençal hills all the way to the Alps. The shady trees offer welcome respite on a blazing hot day, and there’s also an artificial waterfall built during the 18th century.  Plenty of fabulous photo opportunities.

Tonight we'll regroup for dinner to share the day's experiences.

Overnight - Splendid Hotel & Spa (or similar)

Optional - Day Trip to Monaco ex Nice

Day 5 - Monday 6 April 2020

Nice - Aix-en-Provence (B)

After breakfast this morning, we'll transfer to the Nice Train Station for our 2nd Class train journey to beautiful Aix-en Provence where upon arrival we'll transfer to our hotel and a free afternoon to start our exploring of this gorgeous French Provincial town.

Overnight - Grand Hotel Du Roi Rene (or similar)

Day 6 - Tuesday 7 April 2020

Aix-en-Provence (B)

Today we'll enjoy a gourmet walking tour in the historical center of Aix-en-Provence. Thanks to this guided tour, we will be able to discover this charming provencal town and also to please ourselves with the diversified scents and flavours of the local region. We'll let our senses be amazed by the colors and the smells of several local products, be tempted by some Calisson, the sweetest candy of all time created in Aix en Provence, appreciate a toast of green or black tapenade, taste a piece of cheese or a glass of wine from one of the local wine appellations. Everything is organized in order to allow us to discover what Provencal gastronomy truly means. We'll end the tour in the old town with a free afternoon to explore.

We'll regroup tonight for dinner to share our day's experience.

Overnight - Grand Hotel Du Roi Rene (or similar)

Day 7 - Wednesday 8 April 2020

Aix en Provence (B)

Today a free day to explore this beautiful city.  Bathed in the light of its special climate, Aix-en-Provence is a city of refined elegance on show in its constantly bustling streets and squares.

History here is the drama of everyday life a pleasurable shopping trip is combined with its noble heritage, a drink on a terrace with beautiful architecture and a stroll around town with baroque splendour. Every fountain holds a secret; each mansion house has a story to tell. The country houses are adorned by parks and gardens as they were over the centuries.

Aix-en-Provence is a haven for market lovers, so today will be a great time to explore either the "Brocantes" (less then one hundred year antiques) and antiques on the "place Verdun" at the foot of the steps of the "Palais de Justice" or "le grand marché" on the "place des Prêcheurs" next to the "Palais de Justice".  

Optional - Visit to Cezanne Workshop EUR6.50pp entry

Day 8 - Thursday 9 April 2020

Aix-en-Provence - Avignon (B)

Today, after breakfast we'll transfer to the train station for our 2nd Class rail journey to fortified city of Avignon.   Avignon stands high above the immense plains of the Rhône River and is the strategic point of the whole valley. The best way to experience Avignon is to take time wandering the ancient streets, the courtyards of the private mansions and the beautiful renovated facades.  Upon arrival we'll check in to our hotel and start our exploring.

We'll regroup tonight for dinner to share the day's events.

Overnight - Hotel Cloitre St Louis (or similar) 

 

Day 9 - Friday 10 April 2020

Avignon Sightseeing (B)

Today we'll explore the historical center of Avignon on a 3-hour walking tour with our English-speaking guide. Climbing up to the top of the fortified medieval city walls, discover Avignon stretching in all its beauty along the Rhône river. Discover the rich historical past of Avignon where the papacy established in the early 14C. Enjoy skip-the-line access and follow our guide inside the Pope's Palace, the largest Gothic-styled Palace in Europe. In this maze of galleries, chambers and chapels, imagine its luxurious furnishing and sumptuous decoration from the medieval period. Walking on the cobbled streets to the Place de l'Horloge, find out about the secret of the painted windows. See the Town Hall topped with its clock tower, and the theatre.  Our tour will end up with a glass of Côtes du Rhône wine served in a historical place close to the Pope's Palace.  An afternoon free to enjoy a little shopping or people watching along the rue Joseph Vernet.

We'll regroup tonight for dinner to share the day's events.

Overnight - Hotel Cloitre St Louis (or similar) 
 

Day 10 - Saturday 11 April 2020

Avignon - Beaune (B)

This morning after breakfast, we'll transfer to the railway station for our 2nd class rail journey to the gorgeous french village Beaune in the Burgundy region also know as the unofficial capital of Cote d'Or.  Upon arrival we'll transfer to our hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure to explore.  For market lovers we're in luck!  Not one, but two markets operate on Saturdays in Beaune. The market in Place de la Halle, located in the town centre beside the famous Hospices, has over 100 vendors supplying the townspeople and visitors alike with fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and pretty well any culinary staple imaginable. A short walk away in Place Carnot is the antique market filled with old books, glassware, vases, clothing and more.

An afternoon free with dinner at leisure tonight.

Overnight - Hotel Henry II (or similar)

Day 11 - Sunday 12 April 2020

Free Day in Beaune (B)

Today we have a free day in Beaune to continue our discovery of this quaint french village.  A short walk from our hotel is the must see Beaune Hospices also known as Hotel-Dieu de Beaune to locals.  A 15th century alsmshouse used as a hospital for the poor people of the region recovering from the Hundred Years’ War. It was actually used as a fully functioning hospital until the late 1970s; it now houses a museum.  The building itself is now regarded as one of the finest architectural gems in France; it was designed by the Flemish architect Jacques Wiscrère, which explains the striking resemblances to architecture typically found in the Flanders region of Belgium. The hospices’ façade is an exceptional example of Northern Renaissance architecture and features an abundance of panel painting, long half-timber galleries and, of course, the signature gabled roof and its multi-colored and geometric tiles. There are also plenty of ironworks, carvings, and tapestries inside the hospices’ walls.  Entry is EUR7.50 per person and well worth a visit.  

If you are a wine lover and do not want to pass up the opportunity to visit and taste some of the local Burgundy wines and cheese a visit to Alain Hess Food & Wine Store.  It is a fantastic cheese and wine shop, probably the best in the entire city. The array of cheeses -- all lovingly displayed in a large glass case -- is enough to make any cheese lover salivate and instantly reach for his wallet. The wine shop downstairs is also impressive.

Tonight we'll regroup for dinner to share the day's experiences.

Overnight - Hotel Henry II (or similar)
 

Day 12 - Monday 13 April 2020

Beaune - Paris (B)

Today, we'll transfer to the train station for our 2nd Class rail journey into Paris!  Sit back relax and enjoy the scenery as we head towards the City of Love!  Upon arrival we'll be transferred to our hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure to begin our exploring!

Tonight we'll regroup for dinner to share the day's experiences.

Overnight - Prince de Conti (or similar)

Day 13 - Tuesday 14 April 2020

Paris Sightseeing (B,L)

Today we'll enjoy a unique sightseeing tour of Paris.  We'll travel by 2CV vehicles all over the city stopping at all the major highlights taking photos from our sun roofs (when stopped of course!).  Included in this day is a gorgeous traditional French picnic at the famous Champs de Mars park at the Eiffel Tower.  An afternoon free to enjoy all that Paris offers.

Tonight we'll regroup for dinner to share the day's experiences.

Overnight - Prince de Conti (or similar)

Day 14 - Wednesday 15 April 2020

Paris Sightseeing (B)

Today is a day for you to explore whatever Arrondissament takes your fancy.  Montrematre, the Marais District, Champs Elysse or Eiffel Tower.  Grab yourself a metro card and Paris is at your fingertips.  Paris is a treasure trove of Museums so if you are a lover of art and history take your pick! From the famous Louvre to the Musee D'orsay or the Orangerie the choice is yours and your Sisterhood hostess can easily arrange any sightseeing for you.  If you love all things Coco Chanel you can enjoy a guided audio tour where you can wander between each point of interest at leisure.  Too many choices!

Tonight we'll regroup for dinner and to share the day's experiences.

Overnight - Prince de Conti (or similar)

 

Day 15 - Thursday 16 April 2020

Paris - Embark on Barge (B,D)

Another day in the City of Love to enjoy.  Mid afternoon we'll transfer to our beautiful French Barge MS Raymonde with time to settle in before a welcome cocktail and dinner.  From Epernay to Paris, we'll cruise on the majestic Marne canal lined with cities full of character. We'll discover charming and timeless Paris and its famous monuments, but also Reims, the City of Art and History, home to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Notre-Dame Cathedral. We'll be treated to Hautvillers and its beautiful surrounding vineyards along the way.

Overnight - MS Raymonde

Day 16 - Friday 17 April 2020

Paris - Lagny-Sur-Marne (B,L,D)

This morning we'll have another chance to recap the major sites of the capital: the Place de la République, the main boulevards, the Opera, the Place de la Madeleine, Place Vendôme and the Louvre. We'll enjoy a walk along the prettiest covered arcades in Paris, allowing us to travel back through time and history around the Palais Royal. We'll return on board and start cruising towards Lagny-sur-Marne.

Overnight - MS Raymonde

Day 17 - Saturday 18 April 2020

Lagny-Sur-Marne - Meaus - Saint-Jean-Les-Deux-Jumeaux (B,L,D)

This morning will be spent cruising to Meaux. This afternoon, we'll enjoy a tour of this charming town, from the Cathedral to the Bishops' Palace, passing the Gallo-Roman ramparts and the magnificent Bossuet Garden, traditionally believed to be an early work of Le Nôtre. We'll discover and taste the Brie de Meaux cheese, hailed as "the King of Cheeses”. During this visit, the ship continues cruising to Saint-Jean-LesDeux-Jumeaux where we will return on board.

Overnight - MS Raymonde

Day 18 - Sunday 19 April 2020

Saint-Jean-Les-Deux-Jumeaux - Chateau Thierry (B,L,D)

This morning will be spent cruising, passing Champigny and Drachy, through the heart of the Seine-et Marne countryside and its Champagne vines. In the afternoon, we'll arrive in Château Thierry and set off for an excursion with a falconry show. We'll get the chance to discover an art that has been classified as Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Afterwards, we'll return on board.

Overnight - MS Raymonde

Day 19 - Monday 20 April 2020

Chateau Thierry - Dormans (B,L,D)

We'll start sailing towards Dormans. This afternoon, join us on an excursion along the famous Champagne route. We'll start off with a guided tour of the village of Hautvillers. This picturesque village is located in the Montagne de Reims Regional Natural Park and is best explored on foot. We'll continue our visit to a prominent champagne house, with a tasting.

Overnight - MS Raymonde

Day 20 - Tuesday 21 April 2020

Dormans - Epernay (B,L,D)

This morning will be spent sailing towards Epernay. This afternoon, we'll set off by coach for our excursion to Reims, known as the "City of Coronations”. We'll take part in a guided tour of the historic center as well as a guided visit of the cathedral, which receives about one million visitors annually. We'll return on board. Tonight is our gala dinner and evening.

Overnight - MS Raymonde

Day 21 - Wednesday 22 April 2020

Epernay - Paris (B)

This morning after breakfast, we'll farewell our MS Raymonde "Home" and transfer back to Paris by coach.  We'll transfer to the Airport to check in to our Paris hotel for our last night in the City of Love.  A treat to end our stay in Paris. The beautiful 5 Star Hotel Regina Louvre - combining a subtle blend of traditional French elegance and contemporary comfort, every room in the hotel has been lovingly restored to its 19th century splendour.

Run by the fourth generation of the same Parisian family, Hotel Regina is both chic and unique.

Overnight - Hotel Regina Louvre

Day 22 - Thursday 23 April 2020

Paris - Home (B)

To say Au Revoir to Paris and begin our flight home with a transfer to the airport.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight entertainment of our airlines as we head towards home.

Day 23 - Friday 24 April 2020

Welcome Home

Welcome Home Sisters!  We hope you've enjoyed your latest Sisterhood Adventure and we look forward to welcoming you back.

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