Combine time in France's marvelous capital with discoveries of quaint towns along the Seine and in the picturesque Normandy region. Embark in Paris, sailing to Vernon, for a choice of guided visits to either Claude Monet's stunning gardens at Giverny or magnificent Bizy Castle. Continue to Les Andelys with its Chateau Gaillard, built by England's King Richard the Lionheart in 1196, and enjoy guided sightseeing. Then, on to Caudebec, where you choose between an included excursion to the poignant Normandy landing beaches or a fascinating "Taste of Normandy." Visit Joan of Arc's historic Rouen, and in Conflans, choose between a visit of Vincent van Gogh's Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine's elegant Chateau de Malmaison before heading back to Paris. During your last day on the Seine, a Local Expert will show you some of the famous sights, such as the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more!
You see life differently. While others chase what's popular, you follow your own path. At Avalon, we share your unique point of view. That's why we've used our 85-plus years to design a cruise experience that's just a bit different. Here are some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. Panoramic windows throughoutElegant, contemporary designRemarkable serviceProfessional Cruise DirectorFriendly, English-speaking crewNon-smoking interiorComplimentary Wi-Fi throughout the shipFitness Center with state-of-the-art equipmentUpscale bar serving premium spiritsIncluded sightseeing with headsets by Certified Local GuidesComplimentary Nordic walking sticksComplimentary bicycles available for time on shoreSky Deck shade system & premium lounge chairsHair SalonWell-stocked library with books, cards, and gamesComfort Collection BedsSMEgyptian super-combed cotton linensEuropean-style duvetsNightly turn-down serviceBathrobes & slippersPremium L'Occitane bath products & hairdryerLarge bathroom featuring shower with glass doorFlatscreen satellite TV with free movie channelsSpacious 3-door closets for ample storageWell-stocked minibarIn-room safeIndividual climate controlComplimentary bottled water dailyCaptain's welcome & farewell receptionsBreakfast, lunch & dinner on board dailyDaily full breakfast buffet with hot/cold menu itemsComplimentary sparkling wine at breakfastComplimentary juices at breakfastMade-to-order egg station at breakfastDaily early- and late-riser breakfastsDaily lunch buffet with pasta and carving stationsGrilled lunch alternative at the Sky Bistro (weather permitting)Light lunch alternative in the Panorama BistroFour-course a la carte dinners with open seatingNightly choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, desserts or cheeseRegional wine, beer & soft drinks at all onboard lunches and dinnersDaily regional, Western & Avalon FreshSM vegetarian/healthy cuisineAlternative dinner of petite portions and wine in the Panorama BistroClub Lounge with 24-hour, self-serve beverage stationPremium coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate & teasCookies & fresh fruit available throughout the dayDaily Afternoon Tea with tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwichesDaily Night Fare served at 10:30 pmAnd, much more
Highlights & Sightseeing
Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
Day 1 Paris (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Vernon-Les Andelys: choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; guided walk in Les Andelys, visit the Parish Church of Le Petit Andely
Day 3 Caudebec: choice of excursion along either the "Normandy Villages Route" or the "Normandy Abbeys Route"
Day 4 Caudebec: choice of excursions to Normandy landing beaches or "A Taste of Normandy"
Day 5 Rouen: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral
Day 6 Conflans: choice of excursions to visit Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine's Chateau de Malmaison
Day 7 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing or "Heart of Paris" walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral
Day 8 Paris (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
Join a Fascinating Crepe Demonstration & Tasting.
MealsCaptain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapesWelcome dinnerDaily Afternoon TeaDaily Night FareFarewell dinnerComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
NOTES:Departure April 25 is offered as an exclusive Culinary Cruise, including special lectures and tastings at no additional cost. Enter a food-lover's paradise in northern France. At a special dinner, a local chef will dazzle you with regional specialties and food preparation tips. If you participate in our "Taste of Normandy" excursion, there'll be cider and wine tastings, a visit to a distillery, and you'll even come away with easy-to-make recipes. Bon Appetit!Departure July 11 is offered as an exclusive WWII History Cruise, including special lectures and features at no additional cost. Take a cruise through history! These fascinating cruises give you an even richer experience as you learn the stories behind Europe's famous sites.Departure August 8 is offered as an exclusive Art & Impressionist Cruise, including special lectures and features at no additional cost. Experience scenic northern France with a focus on art as you explore Paris' Musee d'Orsay, Chateau d'Auvers in Auvers-sur-Oise, and Rouen's cathedral, and attend onboard art lectures by a local art expert. Departure April 29 is an exclusive cruise with Canadian Entertainer Jann Arden. Cruise through France in the company of award-winning Canadian entertainer, Jann Arden! This special departure sails along the Seine from Paris to the scenic and historic Normandy coast, where you will spend the day with Jann while learning about Canada's involvement on the battlefields of Europe. You will also enjoy a seperate photo op with Jann, a CD signing session, and a private concert on board. In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
Day 1 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. (Dinner)
Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Day 2 Vernon-Les Andelys
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. This afternoon, arrive in Les Andelys, situated on a bend of the Seine and one of the most beautiful places in France. Join a Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK of the town, visiting the PARISH CHURCH OF LE PETIT ANDELY. Imposing Chateau Gaillard, built by England's King Richard the Lionheart as a fortress in 1196, is seen above the town. Constructed in only a year, it is a masterpiece of medieval military architecture. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Caudebec
Today, join a guided excursion along the "NORMANDY VILLAGES ROUTE" to see some of Normandy's charming half-timbered houses with their sloping thatched roofs, often sporting blue wooden doors and window shutters, or 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 pretty coastal Honfleur. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Caudebec
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Rouen
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. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Conflans
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 CHATEAU 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." (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Paris
Known as one of the world's most romantic and lively cities, Paris is a delight for all your senses. Your included CITY SIGHTSEEING shows you magnificent must-see sights, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. Alternatively, you may wish to join a GUIDED WALK through historic Ile St. Louis with its narrow one-way streets and Ile de la Cite, the center of Paris where the medieval city was founded and home to NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysees with its lavish cafes, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacre Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. Paris is also well known for its colorful nightlife, and an optional outing to one of Paris' famous cabaret shows might make the perfect finale to your Seine cruise vacation. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Paris (Disembarkation)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)