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PARIS TO NORMANDY - CATEGORY E (WWII THEMED 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 and you will learn the important role played by this city during the French Resistance. Alternatively you will visit the battlefields in the area of Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel. 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, history lectures by an expert travelling with you, 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 or take a tour focused on WWII and visit the museum of Les Invalides.

Inclusions

7 breakfasts
7 lunches
7 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
8
Price From
AUD $4,844
Start Location
Paris, France
End Location
Paris, France
Age Range
Avg. 40+
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
28 May 201904 Jun 2019On RequestAUD $4,844
04 Jun 201911 Jun 2019On RequestAUD $4,844
11 Jun 201918 Jun 2019On RequestAUD $4,844
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: PARIS, FRANCE (EMBARKATION).
Bienvenue en France! Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5pm. 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 Lights today with some shopping, strolling, or with a croissant and cafe au lait to watch the world go by amid the Parisian cityscape. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VERNON (D)
Day 2: VERNON.
Monet's Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crepes du Jour. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. CLASSIC - 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: CLASSIC - Join a Guided Visit to Bizy Castle-called "Normandy's Versailles" for its magnificent courtyard, water garden, and stables. DISCOVERY - While sailing, enjoy a traditional French luncheon of authentic French crepes, followed by an onboard history lecture. This afternoon, enjoy a beautiful cruise to the picturesque town of Les Andelys. LES ANDELYS: Serenity on the Seine's Most Beautiful Riverbends. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Walking Tour of Les Andelys-one of France's most picturesque spots on the Seine, OR: ACTIVE - Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins of Chateau Gaillard-historic home of King Richard the Lionheart. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CAUDEBEC (B,L,D)
Day 3: CAUDEBEC.
Churches, Cherry Orchards, and White Cliffs of Normandy. ACTIVE - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Jog in Normandy's town of Caudebec. CLASSIC - 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: ACTIVE - 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. DISCOVERY - Onboard lecture about WWII hosted by your history expert. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CAUDEBEC (B,L,D)
Day 4: CAUDEBEC. NORMANDY EXCURSIONS.
Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour of Normandy's WWII landing beaches, visit significant U.S. sites, including Omaha Beach. Attend the Commemoration Ceremony for the D-Day 75th anniversary at Juno Beach OR: CLASSIC - 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. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. EVENING CRUISE TO ROUEN (B,L,D)
Day 5: ROUEN.
The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, and a Heroine for France. ACTIVE - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Walking Tour of Rouen, city that played an important role during the French Resistance. You will see the medieval quarter with its 16th-century Astronomical Clock, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, OR: DISCOVERY - Take a full day excursion in the areas of Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel, where the Canadian Forces fought and won the German Army during WWI. Spend free time this afternoon to explore Rouen's city markets, shops, and bike paths. Enjoy onboard entertainment before setting sail this evening. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CONFLANS (B,L,D)
Day 6: CONFLANS.
In the Footsteps of Van Gogh, Bonaparte, and Louis XIV. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Visit to Auvers-sur-Oise, home and resting place of Vincent van Gogh, OR: CLASSIC - Take a Guided tour of the opulent Chateau de Malmaison-home of Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine. Perhaps, join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Palace of Versailles-home to a succession of French kings. EVENING CRUISE TO PARIS (B,L,D)
Day 7: PARIS.
Cafes, Cathedrals, & Canvases-The City of Lights Truly Shines. ACTIVE - Take a Morning Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host to see Paris at first light. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Walking Tour through the Heart of Paris to see the historic Ile St. Louis, Ile de la Cite, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, OR: CLASSIC - 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, Opera Garnier, and the famous Champs-Elysees, OR: DISCOVERY - Take a WWII tour of Paris which will include a visit to the museum of Les Invalides, dedicated to the Ordre de la Liberation which was created in 1940 by General Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French Forces. Stroll through Paris on your own, or linger over wine in a literary cafe on the Left Bank. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PARIS (B,L,D)
Day 8: PARIS (DISEMBARKATION).
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)