This fabulous Paris 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.
This is an 11-day river cruise starting in Paris, with stops in Normandy and Mont St Michel, Loire Valley and excursions in 2018
Embark on your adventure in Paris and sail to Vernon where you can choose between two exciting guided visits—Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle or participate in a painting class.
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; or join a Taste of Normandy excursion; a guided tour of Le Havre, or along the Normandy Abbeys route; a chance to hike, or visit pretty little Honfleur.
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 cathedral, once the tallest building in the world.
From Conflans, an excursion takes you 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.
In Paris, one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities, we offer a choice of guided walks, a visit to the Louvre or to Montmartre, and an unforgettable panoramic view of the city from the Eiffel Tower.
Head north to one-of-a-kind Mont St. Michel, surrounded by water at high tide, and to the Loire Valley to visit the Château of Chenonceau and to admire its sumptuous gardens.
En route to Paris for one last night, stop in Chartres to visit the magnificent cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this French river cruise, you’ll enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery, and stops in charming and historical parts of France.
Avalon Tapestry II
The Tapestry II is a true haven on the river – two full decks of Panorama Suites with wall to wall panoramic windows that transform the living space into a unique open air Balcony.
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
- hair salon
- A spacious Sky Deck with shade system, whirlpool, deck games, and the delightful Sky Bistro for al-fresco lunches of light grill fare
- Bicycles available onboard for complimentary check-out
- Friendly, English-speaking crew and Cruise Director
- Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
- Nordic walking sticks available onboard for complimentary check-out
- Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
Daily Excursion Itinerary
You’ve always been able to forge your own path according to your distinct perspective of looking at the world.
Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind, offering expansive views and wider perspectives.
Choose the tour pace that suits you best, leisure, traditional or independent when available.
Paris onboard welcome reception
Welcome to Paris, France’s capital on the Seine River, the City of Light, where romance fills the air.
The first afternoon on board your river cruise vessel, meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. Take the opportunity to meet the Avalon executives, who will join this cruise to share this experience with our guests.
Choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle or painting class; guided walk in Les Andelys, visit the Parish Church of Le Petit Andely.
This morning in Vernon, choose between a guided visit of Giverny or a visit to the Bizy Castle.
Claude Monet lived at GIVERNY for almost 43 years and viewed his flower and water gardens as works of art—just like his paintings. See his collection of Japanese prints, charming house, and his biggest sources of inspiration.
Or, after a WALKING TOUR in Vernon, 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.
In the afternoon, join a Local Guide for a tour walk of the town, 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.
Make your choice today between an included full day excursion to the historic NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES with poignant sites, such as 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.
This morning, wake up in Le Havre and join a guided excursion along the NORMANDY ABBEYS ROUTE.
More than 100 abbeys once covered this region, which has a microclimate suited to growing fruit such as apples, pears, plums, and cherries. Alternatively, explore the city of Le Havre during guided tour and don’t miss the opportunity to take a picture in ETRETAT, one of the most suggestive panoramic views in the north of France.
The afternoon is at your disposal to experience hiking in the Regional Park La Boucle de La Seine or to visit the pretty coastal town of HONFLEUR.
Rouen, the 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 tour 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. The afternoon is free to explore on your own.
After breakfast, you may either join a 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.”
After lunch, visit the unique Palace of Versailles, and learn all about Louis XVI and his kingdom. Tonight, dress up for a gala dinner on board and delight in the special menu the chef has created just for you!
Days 7 & 8
Known as one of the world’s most romantic and lively cities, Paris delights the senses.
Choose from a choice of a guided tour through Paris’ history and habits.
In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps join one of our included excursions and visit the world-famous LOUVRE or MONTMARTRE with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and a bevy of artists on Place du Tertre.
The first evening ends your cruise with an unforgettable panoramic view of the “City of Light” from the Eiffel Tower. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
PARIS DISEMBARKATION) to MONT ST. MICHEL
Say Au Revoir to the crew of Avalon Tapestry II and enjoy the drive to Mont St. Michel. In this flat terrain, you can already spot this unique hill with its Abbey perched on the top, from afar, as it appears to grow right out of the sea.
A guided tour takes you inside the ABBEY and from here the views are spectacular. Then explore the narrow winding street with its many little shops and restaurants of this one of a kind islet, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
MONT. ST MICHEL–LOIRE VALLEY
Take your last picture of Mont St Michel with morning lights and relax on the transfer to the Loire Valley.
After lunch visits CHENONCEAU CASTLE, the favorite residence of Catherine de’ Medici, built in 1500. Check in at your hotel for tonight, Château du Breuil in Cheverny, and take the opportunity to sample the traditional cuisine at one of the cozy local restaurants.
On your way back to Paris, stop in Chartres and visit the CATHEDRAL, dreaming of the stories that you might have read in Ken Follett’s novels.
In the afternoon, arrive in Paris where you have free time to buy the last gifts that will always remind you of this fantastic trip to France.
Time to disinbark after breakfast.
Dates for this cruise includes June 23rd and July 3rd 2018.
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