This fabulous river cruise combines time in France’s unparalleled capital of Paris with beautiful scenery along the Seine River and the picturesque and moving historical region of Normandy.
SPECIAL PRICES ARE NOW AVAILABLE for this unique JULY 7-14 2018 version of Avalon's Paris to Normandy cruise that focuses on WWII History where you will be joined on board by an expert who will share his knowledge and expertise at subject lectures.
Prices now start at less than $4000 per person for this journey of a lifetime.
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AVALON'S REGULAR PARIS TO NORMANDY RIVER CRUISES DO ALSO INCLUDE THE NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES AND CANADA'S JUNO BEACH CENTRE; FOR OTHER 2018 OR 2019 DATES AS WELL AS PRICES FOR ANY DATE OR SAILING, CONTACT US.
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.”
An excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, includes Canada's Juno Beach Centre, Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery. (Top photo Credit: Juno Beach Centre)
In Rouen, best known as the home of Joan of Arc, choose a guided walk focusing on the French resistance, or a more traditional guided tour that visits gothic Rouen Cathedral. 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 to 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 historic Île St. Louis with its narrow streets, and Île de la Cité, where medieval Paris was founded, will be a delight. Alternatively, you may prefer to visit Les Invalides dedicated to the liberation of the city.
Highlights & Sightseeing
Day 1 Paris (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Vernon–Les Andelys: choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; onboard lecture; guided walk in Les Andelys, visit the parish church of Le Petit Andely
Day 3 Caudebec: excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”
Day 4 Caudebec: choice of excursions to Normandy landing beaches including CANADA'S JUNO BEACH CENTRE or “A Taste of Normandy”
Day 5 Rouen: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral or guided sightseeing focused on the French resistance; onboard lecture
Day 6 Conflans: choice of excursions to visit Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de Malmaison
Day 7 Paris: “Heart of Paris” walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral; in the afternoon visit Les Invalides
Day 8 Paris (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
- Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
- Welcome dinner
- Farewell dinner
- Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
- Early and Late Riser breakfast
- Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
- Alternative light lunch or (weather permitting) grill fare at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck
- Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room
- Alternative dinner of petite portions or regional specialties with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
- Daily Afternoon Tea
- Daily Night Fare
- Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
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. A WWII expert will join you for the duration of the cruise. NOTE:Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
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This morning 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 viewed 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 BIZY CASTLE, built in 1740 and nicknamed “Normandy’s Versailles.” It is known for its famous stables—inspired by those at Versailles—and its magnificent courtyard and water garden. Later, while your ship is sailing to Les Andelys, situated on a bend of the Seine and one of the most beautiful places in France, enjoy the ONBOARD LECTURE by our expert. In the afternoon join a Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK of Les Andelys, visiting the PARISH CHURCH OF LE PETIT ANDELY. Alternatively, you may wish to join your guide on a hike up to the ruins of imposing Château Gaillard, built by England’s King Richard the Lionheart as a fortress in 1196. Constructed in only a year, it is a masterpiece of medieval military architecture.
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Today, join a guided excursion 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 the pretty coastal town of Honfleur.
(B, L, D)
Make your choice today between an included full-day excursion to the historic NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES—with poignant sites such as CANADA'S JUNO BEACH CENTRE, Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery—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.
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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 half-timbered, 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 or join the included WALKING TOUR focused on the French resistance, the daily life of the Rouennais during the occupation and the sites that were heavily bombed The afternoon is free to explore on your own after which, upon departure for Conflans, you are sure to be interested in our ONBOARD LECTURE.
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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 CHÂTEAU 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.”
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Known as one of the world’s most romantic and lively cities, Paris delights the senses. Join a GUIDED WALK through historic Île St. Louis with its narrow one-way streets and Île de la Cité, the center of Paris where the medieval city was founded and home to NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. Or you can join the visit of LES INVALIDES dedicated to the liberation of the city: Museum of the Order of the Liberation.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
The Avalon Tapestry II is a true haven on the river - two full decks of Panorama SuitesSM with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air BalconySM. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities and services include complimentary computer use in public areas and free Wi-Fi access, a Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment, a hair salon, elevator, and a spacious Sky Deck with shade system, whirlpool, deck games, and the delightful Sky Bistro for al-fresco lunches of light grill fare.