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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. 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.
DAY 1 PARIS, FRANCE (EMBARKATION)
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.
DAY 2 VERNON
Start the day with a morning stretch with your Avalon Adventure host. 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.
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.
Take a guided walking tour of Les Andelys – one of France’s most picturesque spots on the Seine, OR Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins of Château Gaillard – historic home of King Richard the Lionheart.
DAY 3 CAUDEBEC
Join your Avalon Adventure host for a morning run in Normandy’s town of Caudebec. 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, OR 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.
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.
DAY 4 CAUDEBEC
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, OR 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 Center and the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, OR 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.
DAY 5 ROUEN
Join your Adventure host for a morning walk. 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. Spend free time this afternoon to explore Rouen’s city markets, shops and bike paths.
DAY 6 CONFLANS
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. Perhaps, join a guided optional excursion to the Palace of Versailles – home to a succession of French kings.
DAY 7 PARIS
Take a morning walk with your Avalon Adventure host to see Paris at first light. 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. Stroll through Paris on your own, or linger over wine in a literary cafe on the Left Bank.
DAY 8 PARIS (DISEMBARKATION)
Avalon Tapestry II
Launched in 2015, the Avalon Tapestry II accommodates 128 passengers and offers two full decks of Panorama Suites, each sized at an impressive 200 square feet and featuring wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform your stateroom into a unique open-air balcony. Onboard amenities include an alternative dining option in the Panorama Bistro, Wi-Fi access and complimentary computer use in public areas, a Fitness Centre, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don’t include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment’s notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote
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