9 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Paris to Paris 2022

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - Paris to Paris

Active & Discovery on the Seine (Northbound)

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Avalon Waterways
9 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Paris to Paris 2022

River Cruise Description

Begin your panoramic French river cruise on the Seine with a visit to Paris-"The City of Light." Discover the true heart of Paris on a guided walk through the sites of Paris' rich history, or explore the city by bike or enjoy a walking food tour. Cruise to Conflans and choose between an excursion to visit Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine's Château de Malmaison. As an alternative, you may want to join an e-bike tour to the Château de Maisons-Lafitte or learn how to prepare a Chantilly cream. In Vernon enjoy a food walking tour or experience the city by bike. Your river cruise on the Seine sails on to Les Andelys where you have plenty of choices, from a guided tour to a hike experience or a visit to Lyons-la-Forêt. Continue to Rouen for a walking tour of the village where Joan of Arc was martyred, as well as the Notre-Dame Cathedral, and Astronomical Clock. Alternatively, enjoy a guided kayak tour. You'll cruise to Caudebec and take an excursion to Normandy. Choose from a selection of excursions, including a tour of the WWII landing beaches at Normandy, with the memorials and monuments to the allied forces, or a "Taste of Normandy" tour to discover the farming traditions and culinary specialties of this area.

The last stop of your Seine River cruise is Le Havre, where you can choose between a city sightseeing, a bike tour or a visit to the Palais Bénédictine in Fécamp. Your French river cruise concludes with a transfer to Paris for an overnight stay to celebrate your Seine River experience.



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Avalon Choice

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

Classic
Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
Discovery
We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests — from cooking classes, to painting workshops — to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Active
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go — from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
  • Plus independent exploration options and use of Avalon's exclusive AvalonGO APP.

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 PARIS, FRANCE (EMBARKATION)

Welcome to France. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Your day is free to explore the world’s most romantic city before embarking on your cruise on the Seine. Get acquainted with the City of Lights today with some shopping, strolling, or with a croissant and café au lait to watch the world go by amid the Parisian cityscape.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PARIS
(D)

Day 2 PARIS

Cafés, Cathedrals, and Canvases—The City of Lights Truly Shines
Active
Hop on a bike to explore Paris like a local. Coast along the banks of the Seine, and go where the Parisians, young and old, come out to play, OR:
Discovery
Immerse yourself on our Food and Cultural Tour of Paris where you will find out why the French food and culinary tradition has been even added to the UNESCO heritage list, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Sightseeing, which will show you magnificent must-see sights.
This afternoon, you may want to choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available.
Alternatively, stroll through Paris on your own or linger over wine in a literary café on the Left Bank.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CONFLANS
(B,L,D)

Day 3 CONFLANS

Walk in the Footsteps of Van Gogh and Bonaparte
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Active
This Guided E-bike Tour will take you to the Château de Maisons-Lafitte where you will enjoy a special snack, OR:
Discovery
Travel to the Chantilly Castle on your own where the experts of the Confrérie des Chevaliers Fouetteurs de crème Chantilly will show you how to prepare your own Chantilly cream, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Tour of Auvers-sur-Oise, and walk in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh, who lived, worked, and is buried here. See the landscapes and village scenes captured in his paintings, OR:
Classic
Take a Guided tour of the opulent Château de Malmaison—home of Napoléon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine.
Enjoy an afternoon sailing to Vernon.
This evening, enjoy onboard live entertainment after dinner.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VERNON
(B,L,D)

Day 4 VERNON

Monet’s Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crêpes du Jour
Active
Enjoy a scenic Guide Bike Tour from Vernon to the picturesque Giverny, OR:
Discovery
Enjoy and learn all about the Normandy cheese trail and traditional French pastries during this Guided Walking Tour, OR:
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.
Discovery
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.
LES ANDELYS
Serenity on the Seine’s Most Beautiful Riverbends
Active
Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins of Château Gaillard—historic home of King Richard the Lionheart and a masterpiece of medieval military architecture, OR:
Discovery
Visit one of 'most beautiful villages of France' situated in a beautiful forested setting in Normandy. Afterwards discover the legends of the haunted Abbey de Mortemere and the fountain of singles, OR:
Classic
Take a Guided Walking Tour of Les Andelys—one of France’s most picturesque spots on the Seine. Visit the Saint Sauveur’s Church of Le Petit Andely.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUEN
(B,L,D)

Day 5 ROUEN

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, and a Heroine for France
Active
Spend a fun and active day kayaking. Join an expert guide and paddle your way through areas accessible only by water, OR:
Classic
Take a Guided Walking Tour of Rouen—home of the martyred Saint Joan of Arc—and see the medieval quarter with its 16th-century Astronomical Clock, and Notre-Dame Cathedral.
In the afternoon, you're free to explore the city on your own or to join one of our Optional Excursions.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ROUEN
(B,L,D)

Day 6 CAUDEBEC. EXCURSION TO NORMANDY

Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions
Active
Enjoy a relaxing bike ride along the river with your Adventure Host, OR:
Discovery
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 apple brandy at a local distillery, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Visit to the WWII landing beaches of Normandy. Take a full-day tour of significant U.S. sites, including Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery, OR:
Classic
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.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LE HAVRE
(B,L,D)

Day 7 LE HAVRE

20th Century Architecture and White Cliffs of Normandy
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Active
Explore the city as only a local would: by bicycle. Cycle up to the quartier Saint François, OR:
Discovery
Travel to Fécamp to visit the Palais Benedictine where the world famous Benedictine liquor is made. Enjoy a short Self-Guided Tour followed by a cocktail workshop focused around the famous liquor, OR:
Classic
Take a Guided Tour to Le Havre and discover the modern architecture of its city center, rebuilt by Auguste Perret and part of the World Heritage of Humanity.
This afternoon, you may want to choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LE HAVRE
(B,L,D)

Day 8 LE HAVRE (DISEMBARKATION)–PARIS

Au Revoir, River Seine. Bonjour, Paris!
Bid farewell to your ship’s crew and take a transfer to Paris. Take time to linger in a sidewalk café, shop for mementos, or take photographs of the city’s picturesque bridges.
(B)

Day 9 PARIS

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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