8 Day Avalon River Cruise from Paris to Paris 2019


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8 Day Avalon River Cruise from Paris to Paris

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River Cruise Description

Welcome to Paris, France! Your fabulous 2019 8 day Avalon river cruise from Paris to Paris vacation includes time in France’s exceptional capital city of romantic Paris with picturesque scenic beauty along the beautiful Seine River and the sensational and historic Normandy region.

You’ll embark on your river cruise experience in romantic Paris and cruise to charming Vernon, where you’ll choose between two wonderful guided visits – You’ll have opportunity to tour world-renowned artist Claude Monet’s amazing gardens at quaint Giverny, or a tour of the impressive Bizy Castle, known as “Normandy’s Versailles.” Or, you might opt to join an excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, where many American soldiers fought and sacrificed their lives for our freedom during World War II, including world-renowned Omaha Beach, the impressive Point du Hoc monument, and the solemn visit to 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 stunning gothic Rouen Cathedral – once believed to be the tallest building in the world. From charming Conflans, you’ll enjoy joining an excursion to the fascinating and inspiring village of Auvers-Sur-Oise – best known for its world-famous artists, including world-renowned painter, Vincent van Gogh, or you might choose to tour Napoleon and Josephine’s majestic Malmaison.

On this fascinating roundtrip French river cruise, you’ll enjoy fine wines, wonderful cheeses, and breathtaking natural scenic beauty along the stunning Seine River, not to mention the stops in many charming towns and villages of historic parts of France. However, your Avalon river cruise vacation would not be complete without some time in romantic Paris – considered one of the world’s most romantic and bustling cities! Known as the “City of Light,” lively Paris also offers the elegant Notre Dame Cathedral, the iconic Eiffel Tower, and the world-renowned Louvre Museum with its magnificent glass pyramid contrasting with its ancient architecture. An expertly led guided stroll through the historic Île St. Louis featuring its ancient narrow streets, and historic Île de la Cité, the actual place where medieval Paris was founded, will let you feel the culture of the city. You’ll find it will be the perfect ending to your fabulous river cruise adventure. This 2019 8 day roundtrip Avalon river cruise from Paris will leave you in the beautiful city in France.

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River Cruise Itinerary

 

Day 1 Arrive in Paris, France (Embarkation)

Welcome to France and the capital “City of Light,” Paris, situated on the River Seine, where romance fills the air. This afternoon, board your river cruise ship and meet your crew at a casual evening welcome reception. Before dinner, your ship sails smoothly out of Paris. (Dinner) *NOTE: 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 beautiful Giverny and a visit to impressive Bizy Castle. World-renowned artist 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 amazing collection of Japanese prints, his quaint house, and his biggest sources of inspiration. Or, visit remarkable 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, your ship arrives in Les Andelys, situated on a bend of the Seine and considered one of the most beautiful places in France. Join a Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK of the town, visiting the elegant PARISH CHURCH OF LE GRAND ANDELY. Imposing Château Gaillard, built by England’s King Richard the Lionheart as a fortress in 1196, is seen high above the town. Constructed in only a year, it is a masterpiece of medieval military architecture. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Caudebec

Today, join either a guided excursion along the captivating Route des Chaumières, “THATCHED COTTAGE ROUTE,” to see some of Normandy’s charming and traditional half-timbered houses with their long, sloping thatched roofs, often featuring beautiful 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 particularly suited to the production of fresh fruit such as apples, pears, plums, and cherries. The afternoon is free for you to explore on your own or to join an exciting optional excursion to the dazzling coastal town of Honfleur. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Caudebec

Make your choice today between an included full-day excursion to the historic NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES – with heartrending 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 charming, mainly farming region. The most important products are dairy (milk & cheese), apples, and grain. Camembert cheese is a specialty, as is popular CALVADOS, a strong apple brandy you’ll have the chance to taste at a quaint local distillery. And for a touch of history, visit the famous BAYEUX TAPESTRY. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )

Day 5 Rouen

Enjoy a visit to Rouen, the capital of Upper Normandy. This charming town is an important commercial community, but is best known for its connection to Joan of Arc. She lived there, was imprisoned, and in 1431 was burned at the stake in the marketplace of this historic town. Enjoy the included GUIDED WALK through the medieval quarter with its half-timbered, glazed-tile houses, and make your photographs of the sophisticated Gros Horloge astronomical clock, dating back to the 16th century. Visit the elegant gothic CATHEDRAL, which was once the tallest building in the world and the subject of a series of paintings by world-renowned artist Claude Monet. The afternoon is free to explore more of the city on your own. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Conflans

After a wonderful breakfast you may either join our included guided excursion to AUVERS-SUR-OISE, the quaint little town where world-renowned artist Vincent Van Gogh lived and died, or to Napoleon and Josephine’s extravagant CHÂTEAU DE MALMAISON just outside the “City of Light.” Requiring extensive renovations, this large country estate was purchased by Napoleon’s wife, Josephine 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

Considered one of the world’s most romantic and bustling cities, Paris certainly delights all your senses. Your included CITY SIGHTSEEING features all the must-see attractions, such as elegant Notre Dame Cathedral, the awe-inspiring Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the historic Arc de Triomphe, and the stately Eiffel Tower. Or, you may wish to 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 grandiose NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL. In your free time, wander down the Champs-Elysées with its posh cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and cluster of artists on Place du Tertre. Paris is also well known for its colorful and vibrant 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)

While your wonderful river cruise vacation ends with a great breakfast this morning, take note of the amazing memories you will carry with you as you return home, not to mention the many colorful photographs you took during your cruise that will be pleasant reminders of your fabulous vacation. (Breakfast)

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