Combine time in France’s marvelous capital with discoveries of quaint towns along the Seine and in the picturesque Normandy region. Embark your Avalon cruise ship 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 for a guided walk and visit to the parish church of Le Grand Andely. Then, on to Caudebec, where you can really customize your visit. Choose first between an included excursion to the poignant Normandy landing beaches or join a fascinating Taste of Normandy tour. Also choose between an excursion along either the Thatched Cottages Route or the Normandy Abbeys Route. 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 Château de Malmaison before heading back to Paris for a visit of Notre Dame Cathedral with its splendid Rose Window. During your last day on the Seine, join the included guided city sightseeing tour or you may opt for the Heart of Paris walking tour. Trade your “Bonjours” for “Cheerios” as an included high-speed train transfer whisks you to London for your exciting Monograms extension. Your Monograms package includes hotel reservations, guided sightseeing, daily breakfast, a destination guide to familiarize you with the city, and—best of all—the services of a Monograms Local Host® to welcome you and lend a helping hand throughout your vacation. This “friend in the city” can answer your questions, offer suggestions, and help make your vacation what you want it to be. During your half-day sightseeing tour with a local expert, see the sights you cannot go home without seeing—like Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. You’ll enjoy VIP access to St. Paul’s Cathedral, the wedding site for Lady Diana and Prince Charles, and will witness the Changing of the Guard (if held)…you’ll be the envy of your friends! You’ll also have plenty of free time to maybe join the blood-curdling London Dungeon tour, take in a West End theater show, indulge in Afternoon Tea at one of the city’s grand hotels, and sample a pint in a real British pub. Day trips are available out of the city to mysterious Stonehenge, Bath to see the Roman ruins, or Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. Monograms offers over 40 exciting activities and excursions, so you have loads of options.
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 Grand AndelyDay 3 Caudebec: choice of excursion along either the “Thatched Cottages 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 Château de MalmaisonDay 7 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing or “Heart of Paris” walk, visit Notre Dame CathedralLondon: 3 nights hotel accommodation with buffet breakfast; Monograms Local Host Service & Destination Guide with city map; sightseeing with a Local Guide, inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE; high-speed Eurostar train from Paris to London (standard class*) with porterage for one suitcase; transfers to/from train stations.
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 vesselBuffet breakfast daily in London
NOTES:Departure March 22 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 Appétit!Departure July 12 is offered as an exclusive Art & Impressionist Cruise, including special lectures and features at no additional cost. Experience scenic northern France as you explore one of Paris’ art museums, the gardens of Giverny, Château d’Auvers in Auvers-sur-Oise, and Rouen’s cathedral, and attend onboard art lectures from a local art expert!In the event that the high-speed train is not available due to strikes or technical reasons, the route will be operated by motorcoaches.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.