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Grand France

Cruise through France with Ross & Judy Brown

Our Mission At Brown Family Wine Group

Creating and Sharing Adventures in Wine

In keeping with this philosophy, we’re very excited to invite you on a special once in a lifetime trip.

As part of a new partnership with Cruising Wine Tours, Ross and Judy Brown would like to invite our members and friends to join them on an exciting voyage, sailing from Arles to Paris on a 15 day/14-night luxury river cruise from Sept 3rd to Sept 17th, 2024, aboard an Avalon Cruises Luxury Suite Ship.

The company responsible for operating the cruise is Avalon Cruises. They have created an extraordinary French river cruise holiday. Enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful views, and stop in some of the most iconic parts of France.

The promoter of this tour, Melbourne-based Cruising Wine Tours, has enormous experience in managing European wine experiences and have asked Ross and Judy to host two ‘by invitation only’ private wine-tastings over the duration of the 15-day cruise.

Wines selected from the regions that you’ll visit will be matched with similar varieties from our Brown family cellars. Ross and Judy will pitch our Patricia Shiraz and Chardonnay against the best of Chateauneuf-de-Pape and Burgundy, and lots more.

This is but the Tip of the Adventure

Spend time in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic cities! Discover the true heart of Paris on a guided walk through the sites of Paris’ rich history or take a tour showing you the iconic sites of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and more. Cruise along the beautiful Seine River, enjoying amazing views of the world’s most beautiful city.

Sail along the Seine River to the picturesque Normandy region. In Vernon, choose between two exciting, guided visits—Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as “Normandy’s Versailles.” Go on an excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery. In Rouen, go on a guided walk through the medieval quarter and visit the gothic Rouen Cathedral.

The colourful Provence countryside is featured in so many masterpieces by Vincent Van Gough. The wines of the Rhone Valley are world renowned. Further north are the lovely cities of Tournon and Lyon, the latter like a laid-back Paris. Lyon is recognised as the gastronomic centre of France, a high accolade indeed in a country which prides itself on delivering the world’s finest dining.

Ross and Judy hope that you can join them on this most exciting adventure.

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What's Included

Standard Avalon Cruise

Included in the standard Avalon Cruises ‘Grand France’ cruise:

  • Accommodation: Deluxe accommodation with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection Beds
  • Meals: Breakfast (14), Lunch (12) and Dinner (14)
  • Transport: State-of-the-art, luxurious river cruise vessels with modern services and amenities
  • Wine and sightseeing tours

Pricing starts at $11,817 per person (based on twin share). For further information about the cruise, visit Avalon Waterways.

What's Included

Exclusive to members and friends

In addition to the standard inclusions, Brown Brothers members and friends will enjoy²:

  • Two ‘by invitation only’ private wine-tastings hosted by Ross and Judy Brown
  • All bookings³ will receive a gift boxed 750ml bottle of Brown Brothers Patricia Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Extended Lees 2010, valued at $160

Unveiling the Voyage: A Pre-Trip Webinar with Ross & Judy Brown

In anticipation of this once-in-a-lifetime trip, this webinar unpacks some of the great wine regions and wineries we'll be discovering, as well as bookings logistics and an insight into your cruise itinerary. Hear from Ross Brown, Andrew Harris, Avalon Cruises, and our accredited tour operator David Hull. 

Sounds great, how do I book?

To be included in the Brown Brothers members & friend’s trip, you must book through our promoter’s appointed travel agent (see details below)¹.

David Hull – Travel Managers
: 0409 545 664

Please note that bookings made through another travel agency will not be included in the Brown Brother’s members & friend’s group and as such will not eligible to participate in the exclusive wine tastings hosted by Ross & Judy Brown nor receive the gift boxed 750ml bottle of Brown Brothers Patricia Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Extended Lees 2010. It is important to note that Brown Brothers is not responsible or liable for operating the cruise. Avalon Cruises are responsible for operating the cruise.

Given the overwhelming interest that has been received and the very limited spaces available on this trip, we recommend booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

Questions and Answers

Have another question you can't find the answer to? Please enquire with our Promoter's Travel Agent, David Hull for more.

¹ As pricing for this cruise will fluctuate with market demand, we recommend that guests check current pricing for this cruise online before booking to ensure that they are receiving the current market price.

² To qualify for the exclusive Brown Brother’s members and friends exclusive benefits, your booking must be made through our Promoter’s (Cruising Wine Tours) official accredited travel agent. Please note that Ross and Judy Brown’s attendance on the cruise is contingent upon a minimum of 20 persons booking as part of the Brown Brothers ‘Grande France’ cruise. If for some unforeseen reason Ross and Judy Brown are unable to be present on the cruise even though the minimum number of bookings is achieved, other suitably qualified Brown Family Wine Group representative(s) will attend in their place. In the unlikely event that either situation transpire, or indeed a guest’s personal circumstances change meaning they are no longer able to make the cruise, guests who purchased Avalon’s $95pp SafetyNet Protection will have the option of cancelling or changing their booking, subject to Avalon’s cancellation fees policy.

³ One gift boxed 750ml bottle of Brown Brothers Patricia Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Extended Lees 2010 will be provided per booking i.e. whether a booking be for a double cabin or a single cabin, one bottle will be shipped to the person making the booking by Brown Family Wine Group on behalf of the promoter.