Paris to Normandy with Journeys Club Celebration 2019

8 Day River Cruise from Paris to Paris

2019 Information

This fabulous river cruise combines time in France’s unparalleled capital of Paris with beautiful scenery along the Seine River and the picturesque and historical region of Normandy. Current Journeys Club members and new Avalon Waterways cruisers are welcome to travel on this special departure and take advantage of the added extras we’ve included just for this sailing! Enjoy complimentary pre-paid gratuities, a value of $128. And, to make it a true celebration, we’ll host a gala food and wine pairing dinner led on board by a Master of Wine on board. We hope you’ll join us to celebrate you, our loyal travelers!

Embark on your adventure in Paris and sail to Vernon where you can choose between two guided visits—to Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny, or the remarkable Bizy Castle; or participate in a painting class. 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, or join a “Taste of Normandy” excursion; a guided tour of Le Havre, or along the “Normandy Abbeys” route; a chance to hike, or visit pretty little Honfleur. 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 gothic cathedral, once the tallest building in the world. From Conflans, an excursion takes you to the quaint and inspiring town of Auvers-Sur-Oise, associated with several famous artists, including Vincent Van Gogh or to visit Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison.

On this French river cruise, you’ll enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery along the Seine River, and stops in charming and historical parts of France, but your adventure would not be complete without some time in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! In the “City of Light” we offer a choice of guided walks, a visit to the Louvre or to Montmartre, and an unforgettable panoramic view of the city from the Eiffel Tower.


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Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Paris (Embarkation):Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Vernon–Les Andelys:Choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle or painting class; guided walk in Les Andelys, visit the Parish Church of Le Petit Andely
Day 3 Caudebec:Choice of excursions to Normandy landing beaches or “A Taste of Normandy”
Day 4 Le Havre:Choice of excursions along the “Normandy Abbeys Route” or Le Havre and Etretat; choice of hiking routes or Honfleur
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 Malmaison; visit the Palace of Versailles; gala dinner onboard
Day 7 Paris:Choice of Paris walk experiences; choice of included excursions; ascend the Eiffel Tower
Day 8 Paris (Disembarkation):Your vacation ends this morning

Day-By-Day Itinerary

(B) = Breakfast   (L) = Lunch   (D) = Dinner

Day 1

(D)

Arrive in Paris, France (Embarkation)

Welcome to Paris, France’s capital on the Seine River, the “City of Light,” where romance fills the air. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. Take the opportunity to meet the Avalon executives, who will join this cruise to share this experience with our guests. Before dinner, your ship glides out of Paris.

NOTE:
Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Day 2

(B, L, D)

Vernon–Les Andelys

This morning in Vernon, choose between a guided visit of Giverny and a visit to Bizy Castle. 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 collection of Japanese prints, his charming house, and his biggest sources of inspiration. Or, after a WALKING TOUR in Vernon, visit 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. Alternatively, you may want to attend a PAINTING CLASS and learn how to become an artist and how to find the inspiration to paint a real masterpiece. This afternoon, arrive in Les Andelys, situated on a bend of the Seine and one of the most beautiful places in France. Join a Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK of the town, visiting the PARISH CHURCH OF LE PETIT ANDELY. Alternatively, you may wish to join your guide on a hike up to the ruins of imposing Château Gaillard, built by England’s King Richard the Lionheart as a fortress in 1196. Constructed in only a year, it is a masterpiece of medieval military architecture.

Day 3

(B, L, D)

Caudebec

Make your choice today between an included full-day excursion to the historic NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES—with poignant 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 picturesque, mainly agricultural region. The most important products are dairy, apples, and grain. Camembert cheese is a specialty, as is CALVADOS, a strong apple brandy you’ll have the chance to taste at a local distillery. And for a touch of history, visit the famous BAYEUX TAPESTRY.

Day 4

(B, L, D)

Le Havre

This morning, wake up in Le Havre and join a guided excursion along the “NORMANDY ABBEYS ROUTE." More than 100 abbeys once covered this region, which has a microclimate suited to growing fruit such as apples, pears, plums, and cherries. Alternatively, explore the city of Le Havre during GUIDED SIGHTSEEING and don’t miss the opportunity to take a picture in ETRETAT, one of the most suggestive panoramic views in the north of France. The afternoon is at your disposal to experience HIKING TOURS in the Regional Park La Boucle de La Seine or to visit the pretty coastal town of HONFLEUR.

Day 5

(B, L, D)

Rouen

Rouen, capital of Upper Normandy, is an important commercial city perhaps best known for its connection to Joan of Arc, who lived, was imprisoned, and burned at the stake in the marketplace of this town in 1431. Enjoy the included GUIDED WALK through the medieval quarter with its half-timbered, glazed-tile houses, and take photos of the intricate Gros Horloge astronomical clock, dating back to the 16th century. Visit the gothic CATHEDRAL, which was once the tallest building in the world and the subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet. The afternoon is free to explore on your own.

Day 6

(B, L, D)

Conflans

After breakfast, you may either join our included guided excursion to AUVERS-SUR-OISE, the quaint little town where Vincent Van Gogh lived and died, or to Napoleon and Josephine’s CHÂTEAU DE MALMAISON just outside Paris. Requiring extensive renovations, this large country estate was purchased by Josephine Bonaparte 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.” After lunch, visit the unique PALACE OF VERSAILLES, and learn all about Louis XVI and his kingdom. Tonight, dress up for a gala dinner on board and delight in the special menu the chef has created just for you!

Day 7

(B, L, D)

Paris

Known as one of the world’s most romantic and lively cities, Paris delights the senses. Choose from a choice of GUIDED WALKS through Paris’ history and habits. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps join one of our included excursions and visit the world-famous LOUVRE or MONTMARTRE with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. This evening end your cruise with an unforgettable panoramic view of the “City of Light” from the EIFFEL TOWER.

Day 8

(B)

Paris (Disembarkation)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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.

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 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyAvalon site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


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Celebration Packages

Celebrating a birthday or anniversary while you're cruising? Add an Avalon Celebration Package to your vacation. You can make your special day even more memorable with special touches ranging from flowers to a private cocktail reception.

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