Reflections on the Seine with 1 Night Mont St. Michel – Southbound 2019

10 Day River Cruise Paris to Paris

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Start your vacation with a night in Paris—“The City of Lights,” and enjoy an evening in what is called the most romantic city in the world.

You’ll transfer to Mont St. Michel for a guided tour of the magnificent abbey, one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Next morning take a transfer to Le Havre, with stops at Utah Beach and St. Mère Eglise, to board your Avalon Suite Ship®. Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the city, part of the World Heritage Sites. Continue to Rouen for a walking tour of the village, see Notre-Dame Cathedral, and Astronomical Clock. From here, you may wish to take an excursion to Normandy beaches, with the memorials and monuments for the allied forces, or 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 this picturesque village, and nearby castle ruins. Continue your 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 to visit Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de Malmaison.

Your river cruise along the Seine returns to Paris, where you’ll 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. You’ll long reflect on this this remarkable cruise on the Seine, and the remembrances of history, heroes, and artists brought to life.


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Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Paris:Welcome to FranceDay 2 Paris–Mont St. Michel:Guided tour in Mont St. MichelDay 3 Mont St. Michel–Le Havre (Embarkation): Transfer to Le Havre, stop at Utah Beach and St. Mère Eglise; onboard welcome reception Day 4 Le Havre:Guided tourDay 5 Caudebec. Excursions to Normandy:Choice of full day excursions to Normandy landing beaches, or “A Taste of Normandy” excursion Day 6 Rouen:Guided tour, see the Astronomical Clock and visit to the cathedral; time at leisureDay 7 Les Andelys–Vernon:Guided tour in Les Andelys; choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle Day 8 Conflans: Choice of excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise, or excursion to Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de Malmaison Day 9 Paris:Choice of guided sightseeing or “Heart of Paris” walking tour to see Paris’ historic sightsDay 10 Paris (Disembarkation):Vacation ends this morning

Day-By-Day Itinerary

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

Day 1

PARIS, FRANCE

Bienvenue en France!

Your day is free to explore the world’s most romantic city. 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.

Day 2

(B, D)

PARIS—MONT ST. MICHEL

Transfer to Mont St. Michel. Take a guided tour to discover Mont St. Michel and its abbey, one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Day 3

(B, D)

MONT ST.MICHEL—LE HAVRE (EMBARKATION)

Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Transfer to Le Havre with stop at Utah Beach and St. Mère Eglise.

Tonight, enjoy dinner on board and explore your Suite Ship®.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LE HAVRE

Day 4

(B, L, D)

LE HAVRE

20th Century Architecture and White Cliffs of Normandy

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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.


EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUEN

Day 5

(B, L, D)

CAUDEBECROUEN. EXCURSION TO NORMANDY

Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions

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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:
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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:
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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 while sailing to Rouen.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ROUEN

Day 6

(B, L, D)

ROUEN

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, and a Heroine for France

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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.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ROUEN

Day 7

(B, L, D)

LES ANDELYS

Serenity on the Seine’s Most Beautiful Riverbends

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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.

During lunchtime, enjoy a beautiful cruise to Vernon

VERNON

Monet’s Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crêpes du Jour

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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:
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Join a Guided Visit to Bizy Castle—“Normandy’s Versailles”—with its magnificent courtyard, water garden, and stables.
EVENING CRUISE TO CONFLANS

Day 8

(B, L, D)

CONFLANS

Walk 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:
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Take a Guided tour of the opulent Château de Malmaison—home of Napoléon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine.

This afternoon, cruise to Paris.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PARIS

Day 9

(B)

PARIS

Cafés, Cathedrals, and Canvases—The City of Lights Truly Shines

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Discover the ancient heart of Paris on a captivating Guided Walk featuring the Palais-Royal, Louvre pyramid, ancient sites on Île de la Cité, the Left Bank, bustling Latin Quarter, and more, OR:
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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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PARIS

Day 10

(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 is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

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 Optional Excursions

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When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

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