Avalon Waterways

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Paris To Normandy

(Tour Code: WPP)


Paris to Paris



5, 12 19 26 May 2018
2, 9, 16, 23, 30 June 2018
7, 14, 21,28 July 2018
4, 11, 18, 25 August 2018
1, 8 ,15, 22, 29 September 2018
6, 13, 20, 27 October 2018


Combine time in France’s marvelous capital with discoveries of quaint towns along the Seine and in the picturesque Normandy region. Embark in Paris, sailing to Vernon, for a choice of guided visits to either Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or magnificent Bizy Castle. Continue to Les Andelys with its Château Gaillard, built by England’s King Richard the Lionheart in 1196, and enjoy guided sightseeing. Then, on to Caudebec, where you choose between an included excursion to the poignant Normandy landing beaches or a fascinating “Taste of Normandy.” Visit Joan of Arc’s historic Rouen, and in Conflans, choose between a visit of Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s elegant Château de Malmaison before heading back to Paris. And since this cruise has a culinary theme, there’s an onboard pastry demo and a Master of Wine will join you on the ship to host a cheese and wine tasting as well as a special food and wine pairing dinner. During your last day on the Seine, a Local Expert will show you some of the famous sights, such as the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more!
    Deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom (Category E) with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection Beds.
    Onboard welcome reception.
    Choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; guided walk in Les Andelys, visit the Parish Church of Le Petit Andely.
    Choice of excursion along either the 'Normandy Villages Route' or the 'Normandy Abbeys Route'; choice of excursions to Normandy landing beaches or 'A Taste of Normandy'.
    Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral.
    Choice of excursions to visit Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine's Chateau de Malmaison.
    Choice of guided sightseeing or 'Heart of Paris' walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral.
    Your day-by-day itinerary indicates in UPPERCASE all inside visits, special features, and guided sightseeing. All included guided sightseeing is conducted by a Certified Local Guide. Choose the sightseeing pace that suits you
    Leisurely, Traditional, or Independent (where available).
    Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.


are indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D)
Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes
Welcome dinner
Daily Afternoon Tea
Daily Night Fare
Farewell dinner
Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast
wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel.


Tour Program

Day 1 : Arrive in Paris, France (Embarkation).
Welcome to Paris, France's capital on the Seine River, the "City of Light", Where romance fills the air. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. Before dinner, your ship glides out of Paris. (NOTE: Flight into Paris must arrive by 2:30 pm. Guests must be on board the ship by 5 pm.) (D)
Day 2 : Vernon - Les Andelys

This mornign in Vernon, choose between a guided visit of Giverny and a visit to Bizy Castle. Claude Monet lived at Giverny for almost 43 years (1883 - 1926), and viewws his flower and water gardens as works of art - just like his paintings. See his collection of Japanese prints his charming house, and his biggest sources of inspiration. Or visit BIZA CASTLE, built in 1740 and nicknamed "Normandy's Versailles" it is known for its famous stables - inspired by those ar Versailles - and its magnificent courtyard and water garden. This afternoon, arrive in Les Andelys, situated on the bend of the Seine and one of the most beautiful places in France. Join a Local Guide for a guided walk of the town, visiting the PARISH CHURCH OF LE PETIT ANDELY. Imposing Chateau Gaillard, build by England's King Richard the Lionheart as a fortress in 1196, is seen above the town. Constructed in only a year, it is a masterpiece of medieval militery architecture. (B/L/D)

Day 3 : Caudebec
Today, join a guided excursion along the "Normandy Village Route" to see some Normady's charming half-timbered houses with their sloping thatchecd roofs, often sporting blue wooden doors and window shutters, or along the "Normandy Abbeys Route" a short drive from Caudebec. More than 100 Abbeys once covered this region, which has a microclimate suited to growing fruit such as apples, pears, plums and cherries. The afternoon is free to explore on your own or to join an optional excursion to pretty coastal Honfleur. (B/L/D)
Day 4 : Caudebec
Make your choice today between an included full-day excursion to the historic NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES-with poignant sites such as Juno Beach, Pegasus Museum, and the Commonwealth Cemeteries – or a “TASTE OF NORMANDY” for an in-depth look at this picturesque, mainly agricultural region. The most important products are dairy, apples, and grain. Camembert cheese is a specialty, as is CALVADOS, a strong apple brandy you’ll have the chance to taste at a local distillery. And for a touch of history, visit the famous BAYEUX TAPESTRY. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : Rouen
Rouen, capital of Upper Normandy, is an important commercial city perhaps best known for its connection to Joan of Arc, who lived, was imprisoned, and burned at the stake in the marketplace of this town in 1431. Enjoy the included GUIDED WALK through the medieval quarter with its halftimbered, glazed-tile houses, and take photos of the intricate Gros Horloge astronomical clock, dating back to the 16th century. Visit the gothic CATHEDRAL, which was once the tallest building in the world and the subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : Conflans
After breakfast you may either join our included guided excursion to AUVERS-SUR-OISE, the quaint little town where Vincent Van Gogh lived and died, or to Napoleon and Josephine’s CHATEAU DE MALMAISON just   outside Paris. Requiring extensive renovations, this large country estate      was purchased by Josephine Bonaparte in 1799 while Napoleon was     fighting in Egypt. It was her aim to make it “the most beautiful and curious      garden in Europe, a model of good cultivation.” (B,L,D)
Day 7 : Paris
Known as one of the world’s most romantic and lively cities, Paris is a delight for all your senses. Your included CITY SIGHTSEEING shows you magnificent must-see sights, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. Alternatively, you may wish to join a GUIDED WALK through historic Ile St. Louis with its narrow one-way streets and Ile de la Cite, the centre of Paris where the medieval city was founded and home to NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysees with its lavish cafes, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacre Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. Paris is also well known for its colourful nightlife, and an optional outing to one of Paris’ famous cabaret shows might make the perfect finale to your Seine cruise holiday. (B,L,D)
Day 8 : Paris (Disembarkation)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.