THE 75th anniversary of D-Day has reinvigorated Australia’s passion for exploring the full cultural contributions of France, with some of the country’s richest offerings, including cuisine and history, highlighted in travel itineraries across the next 18 months.

New for 2020 is a suite of culinary tours from Avalon Waterways, inviting travellers to enjoy the land’s haute cuisine. Three distinct new trips launch in the new year: the Burgundy and Provence itinerary, Grand France trip and the Rhine and Rhone Revealed cruise, which also ventures into Germany.

Also new is Avalon’s Reflection on the Seine for Photography Enthusiasts, led by Brenda Tharp, author of Extraordinary Everyday Photography. The voyage leads aspiring shutterbugs on a tour of the Seine’s iconic riverside landscapes and monuments while they learn from a seasoned photographer. Travellers will sail through Paris, Le Havre, Giverny, Rouen, Auvers-sur-Oise, Chateau de Malmaison, and the World War II landing beaches in Normandy.

River cruising through the country has come even further into vogue, with visitors coming from across the globe to experience World War I and II history at sites such as Normandy, making for memorable voyages to the significant landmarks on offer up and down the rivers of Western Europe. Avalon will debut two new cruises, Tulip Time in Holland & Belgium, and Grand Tulip Time, both inspired by the history of the world wars.

With multiple different itineraries launching across a host of different interests and passions, France holds captivation for every kind of traveller, and the 2019-20 season is the perfect time to discover the culture and history the country has to offer.

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