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 Château 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 or join a walking tour focused on the French resistance, and in Conflans, choose between a visit of Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s elegant Château 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! And as this is a cruise with a WWII theme, you’ll enjoy onboard lectures by our WWII expert.
Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSMDay 1 Paris (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 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; onboard lectureDay 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 or guided sightseeing focused on the French resistance; onboard lectureDay 6 Conflans: choice of excursions to visit Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de MalmaisonDay 7 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing or “Heart of Paris” walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral; in the afternoon included visit at Museum of the Order of the LiberationDay 8 Paris (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapésWelcome dinnerDaily Afternoon TeaDaily Night FareFarewell dinnerComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
NOTES: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.