Avalon Waterways Paris to Normandy's Landing Beaches River Cruise 2019
This fabulous river cruise combines time in France’s unparalleled capital of Paris with beautiful scenery along the Seine River and the picturesque and historical region of Normandy. Embark on your adventure in Paris and sail to Vernon, where you’ll choose between two exciting guided visits—Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as “Normandy’s Versailles.” You may choose to go on an excursion to the historic Normandy Landing beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery. In Rouen, best known as the home of Joan of Arc, you’ll go on a guided walk through the medieval quarter and visit the Gothic Rouen Cathedral—once the tallest building in the world. From Conflans, go on an excursion to the quaint and inspiring town of Auvers-Sur-Oise—associated with several famous artists, including Vincent van Gogh—or visit Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison. On this French river cruise, you’ll enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery along the Seine River, and stops in charming and historical parts of France, but your adventure would not be complete without some time in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! The “City of Light” has Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. A guided walk through the historic Île St. Louis with its narrow streets, and Île de la Cité where medieval Paris was founded, will be a delight.
Transfer to the airport or station for your journey to the UK. Bienvenue en France! Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Your day is free to explore the world’s most romantic city before starting your cruise on the Seine. Get acquainted with the City of Light today with some shopping, strolling, or with a croissant and cafe au lait to watch the world go by amid the Parisian cityscape.
Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.
Classic Excursion:Take a guided tour of Giverny, home and inspiration of the master impressionist painter Claude Monet. Walk the grounds and see Monet’s charming residence, and the flower and water gardens captured in his masterpieces, or, join a guided visit to Bizy Castle—called “Normandy’s Versailles” for its magnificent courtyard, water garden, and stables.
Take a guided walking tour of Les Andelys—one of France’s most picturesque spots on the Seine
Active Excursion: Join a guided hike up to the castle ruins of Château Gaillard—historic home of King Richard the Lionheart.
Discovery Excursion: While sailing, enjoy a traditional French luncheon of authentic French crêpes, followed by a Pastry Demonstration. This afternoon, enjoy a beautiful cruise to the picturesque town of Les Andelys.
This afternoon, you may choose a guided optional excursion to the old seaside town of Honfleur, or a guided optional excursion to see the white-chalk cliffs and arches of the oceanside town of Étretat.
Active Excursions: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Run in Normandy’s town of Caudebec.
Explore Boucles de la Seine Normande with a Guided Hike of Normandy’s vast regional nature park in a region rich in apple, plum, pear, and cherry orchards.
Classic Excursion: Take a guided trip along the Normandy Abbeys Route—where more than 100 medieval Benedictine and Augustine abbeys and churches were built along the Seine.
Classic Excursion: Join a guided tour of Normandy’s WWII Landing beaches, visit significant US sites, including Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery
Take a full-day guided tour of the British and Canadian commemorative sites, including the British cemetery, Pegasus Memorial, the seaside town of Arromanches, the Juno Beach Centre, and the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery
Join “A Taste of Normandy” guided tour for an in-depth look at this rich agricultural region. See the famous Bayeux Tapestry, visit the beautiful village of Beuvron en Auge and taste Calvados at a local distillery.
Spend free time this afternoon to explore Rouen’s city markets, shops, and bike paths. Enjoy onboard entertainment before setting sail this evening.
Clasic Excursion: Take a guided walking Tour of Rouen—home of the martyred Joan of Arc—and see the medieval quarter with its 16th-century Astronomical Clock, and Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Active Excursion: Join your Adventure Host for a Morning Walk.
Perhaps, join a guided optional excursion to the Palace of Versailles—home to a succession of French kings.
Classic Excursion: Join a guided visit to Auvers-sur-Oise, home and resting place of Vincent van Gogh or take a guided tour of the opulent Château de Malmaison—home of Napoléon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine.
Stroll through Paris on your own, or linger over wine in a literary cafe on the Left Bank.
Active Excursion: Take a morning walk with your Avalon Adventure Host to see Paris at first light.
Classic Excursion: Take a guided walking tour through the Heart of Paris to see the historic Île St. Louis, Île de la Cité, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, or, join a guided city tour, that shows you the iconic sites of Paris, such as the Louvre museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Opéra Garnier, and the famous Champs-Élysées.
Disembark and transfer to the airport or station for your journey to the UK.
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- Complimentary Private Door-to-Door Home Pick-Up Service†
- Return London Flights. Return Eurostar from St Pancras Rail Station plus a wide range of flights from UK regional airports are also available (A supplement may apply)
- 7 nights deluxe accommodation in a spacious stateroom
- All meals on board including full breakfast, buffet lunch and waiter service evening meal
- Wine and beer is included with lunch and dinner.
- Afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats; midnight snack, choice of premium teas and coffees & soft drinks throughout the day
- Excursions and sightseeing trips with local guides and a choice of optional tours; headsets provided on excursions
- Services of an experienced Cruise Director
- Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew
- Special on board and on shore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans and experts designed to enrich your cruise. On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music
- Captain's welcome and farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes; Welcome Dinner; Farewell Dinner
- All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes
- Complimentary Wifi (signal permitting)