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Join our adventure on your guided tour of Britain to sample iconic and inspiringly beautiful locales in England and Scotland. You’ll see the classic landmarks in exciting London, including Big Ben, Venture out to see the mysterious Stonehenge, and the excavations of the Roman Baths. Your Britain guided vacation also takes you to Liverpool (home of the Beatles), and Edinburgh, Scotland You’ll visit York, England, as well as William Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, before concluding your England and Scotland vacation tour in London. Your Britain Sampler vacation segues to a wonderful French river cruise aboard your Avalon Suite Ship. You’ll board a Eurostar train from London to Paris to embark on your Seine River cruise from the “City of Lights” in Paris to the picturesque and historical region of Normandy.You’ll first sail to Vernon, where you’ll choose between two exciting guided visits—Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as “Normandy’s Versailles.” You may choose to go on an excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and 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 from Conflans, go on an excursion to the quaint and inspiring town of Auvers-Sur-Oise—the inspiration of famous artists, including Vincent van Gogh—or visit Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison.On this French river cruise, you’ll enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery along the Seine River through historical parts of France, as well as Paris, the “City of Lights.” Discover the true heart of Paris on a guided walk through the sites of Paris’ rich history, or take a tour showing you the iconic sites of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more.
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Day 1 London:Welcome to EnglandDay 2 London:Guided sightseeingDay 3 London–Stonehenge–Bath: Explore prehistoric Stonehenge, see the Roman relics in Bath, welcome dinnerDay 4 Bath–Ludlow–Llangollen–Liverpool:Sightseeing in Ludlow, transfer to LiverpoolDay 5 Liverpool–Grasmere–Gretna Green–Edinburgh:Stop in Wordsworth’s village, travel to EdinburghDay 6 Edinburgh:Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood PalaceDay 7 Edinburgh–Abbotsford–Jedburgh–York, England:Guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s house in Abbotsford, visit Jedburgh, walking tour in YorkDay 8 York–Stratford-Upon-Avon–London:Visit of Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-AvonDay 9 London–Paris (Embarkation): Transfer to Paris; onboard welcome receptionDay 10 Vernon–Les Andelys:Choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; choice of guided walk, or guided hike in Les AndelysDay 11 Caudebec:Choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”, or hike in the Natural Park; lecture on board Day 12 Caudebec:Choice of full day excursions to Normandy landing beaches, or “A Taste of Normandy” excursionDay 13 Rouen:Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral Day 14 Conflans:Choice of excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise, or Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de MalmaisonDay 15 Paris:Choice of guided sightseeing or “Heart of Paris” walking tour to see Paris’ historic sightsDay 16 Paris (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning