- Avalon Waterways
8 Night Reflections on the Seine
June 25, 2019
Avalon Waterways Tapestry II
Start your vacation in France with a night in Paris—“The City of Lights,” before transferring to Le Havre to board your Avalon Suite Ship® for a Seine River cruise. Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of this city, part of the World Heritage Sites. 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. From here, you’ll take an excursion to Normandy for a selection of excursions to choose from. You may wish to tour the beaches at Normandy, with the memorials and monuments for the allied forces, or take a “Taste of Normandy” tour to discover the farming traditions and culinary specialties of this area.
Sail on to Les Andelys for guided tours of its picturesque village, and nearby castle ruins. Continue your picturesque river cruise through France to visit the home of master artist Claude Monet at the gardens of Giverny, or visit magnificent Bizy Castle. Next, cruise to Conflans—home of Van Gogh and Bonaparte, to see both provincial inspirations for the artist’s paintings, and grand opulence of the emperor’s home.
Your river cruise along the Seine returns to Paris. See the sights in the heart of the city, including a visit to Notre-Dame Cathedral, or take a tour showing you the iconic sites of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more.
You’ll long reflect on this remarkable river cruise on the Seine, and the remembrances of history, heroes, and artists brought to life.
What we are Including
- Savings of $600 per person
- 1-night stay in Paris
- 7-night river cruise
- Onboard welcome reception, complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch & dinner onboard
- Guided sightseeing conducted by certified local guides
- Taxes & more
- PLUS a CruisePlus Exclusive up to $150 US per person onboard credit
Day 1 PARIS, FRANCE (EMBARKATION)Bienvenue en 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 PARISCafés, Cathedrals, and Canvases—The City of Lights Truly Shines CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour through the Heart of Paris to see the historic Île St. Louis, Île de la Cité, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, OR: CLASSIC Join a Guided City Tour, that shows you the iconic sites of Paris, such as the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Opéra Garnier, and the famous Champs-Élysées. Stroll through Paris on your own, or linger over wine in a literary café on the Left Bank. You may join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Palace of Versailles—home to a succession of French Kings, including Louis XIV. Meet your ship in Courbevoie after your tour of the palace. EVENING CRUISE TO CONFLANS (B,L,D)
Day 3 CONFLANSWalk in the Footsteps of Van Gogh and Bonaparte ACTIVE Go for an early Morning Jog with your Avalon Adventure Host. 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 Chteau 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 VERNONMonet’s Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crêpes du Jour 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, OR: CLASSIC Join a Guided Visit to Bizy Castle—“Normandy’s Versailles”—with its magnificent courtyard, water garden, and stables. 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 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, OR: ACTIVE Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins of Chteau Gaillard—historic home of King Richard the Lionheart and a masterpiece of medieval military architecture. EVENING CRUISE TO ROUEN (B,L,D)
Day 5 ROUEN. EXCURSION TO NORMANDYHeroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions 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, OR: CLASSIC 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. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ROUEN (B,L,D)
Day 6 ROUENThe Cathedral of Notre-Dame and a Heroine for France 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, OR: ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LE HAVRE (B,L,D)
Day 7 LE HAVRE20th Century Architecture and White Cliffs of Normandy 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 choose a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the old seaside town of Honfleur. With its 16th- to 18th-century townhouses, half-timber houses, and cobbled streets, Honfleur inspired the works of master artists Monet and Boudin. Alternatively, you might take a Guided Optional Excursion to see the white-chalk cliffs and arches of the oceanside town of Étretat—an attraction for classic artists, writers, and filmmakers. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LE HAVRE (B,L,D)
Day 8 LE HAVRE (DISEMBARKATION)–PARISAu 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 PARISYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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Take the time to discover more about Avalon Waterways and what makes them one of the premier river cruise operators in the world. We guarantee you won’t regret it.
What can you expect with your Avalon Waterways adventure?
Here’s just a small sampling of what an Avalon river cruise might provide on your journey:
- Open-Air Balconies in suites that offer unprecedented views with wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows that open to the world
- Suites that are 30% larger than the average stateroom
- Undefinable yet ever present luxury
- Exquisite dining that features local ingredients prepared by world class master chefs
- A variety of dining options that includes special events tailored to your itinerary, a la carte meals and multiple venues aboard the ship
- Incredible itineraries to exciting and exotic locales that will leave you virtually speechless yearning to return for more