PARIS TO NORMANDY
MAY 24 - JUNE 2, 2020
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. 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! The “City of Light” has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture.
DAY 0 - DEPART BURLINGTON VT
Depart Burlington VT
DAY 1 - PARIS, FRANCE
Your day is free to explore the world’s most romantic city before starting 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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VERNON
DAY 2 - VERNON
THIS MORNING: Monet’s Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crêpes du Jour. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.
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—called “Normandy’s Versailles” for 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. 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, OR:
ACTIVE Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins of Château Gaillard—historic home of King Richard the Lionheart.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT: Cruise to Caudebec
DAY 3 - CAUDEBEC
Churches, Cherry Orchards, and White Cliffs of Normandy
ACTIVE: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Jog in Normandy’s town of Caudebec.
CLASSIC: Take a Guided Trip along the Normandy Abbeys Route—where more than 100 medieval Benedictine and Augustine abbeys and churches were built along the Seine, OR:
ACTIVE: Explore Boucles de la Seine Normande with a Guided Hike of Normandy’s vast regional nature park in a region rich in apple, plum, pear, and cherry orchards.
THIS AFTERNOON: You may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the old seaside town of Honfleur. Later enjoy live entertainment on board.
OVERNIGHT: Docking in Caudebec
DAY 4 - CAUDEBEC. EXCURSION TO NORMANDY
Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions
CLASSIC: Join a Guided Tour of Normandy’s WWII landing beaches, visit 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 at a local distillery.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.
EVENING: Cruise to Rouen
DAY 5 - ROUEN
The Cathedral of Notre-Dame and a Heroine for France
CLASSIC: Take a Guided Walking Tour of Rouen—site of Saint Joan of Arc’s martyrdom—and see the medieval quarter with its 16th-century Astronomical Clock, and Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Enjoy onboard entertainment before setting sail this evening.
EVENING: Overnight cruise to Conflans
DAY 6 - CONFLANS
In the Footsteps of Van Gogh, Bonaparte, and Louis XIV
CLASSIC: Join a Guided Visit to Auvers-sur-Oise,home and resting place of Vincent van Gogh, OR:
CLASSIC: Take a Guided tour of the opulent Château de Malmaison—home of Napoléon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine. Perhaps, join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Palace of Versailles—home to a succession of French kings.
EVENING: Cruise to Paris
DAY 7 - PARIS
Cafés, Cathedrals, and Canvases—The City of Lights Truly Shines
ACTIVE: Take a Morning Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host to see Paris at first light.
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.
OVERNIGHT: Docking in Paris
DAY 8 - PARIS (Disembarkation)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning, followed by transfer to the Paris airport for flights home.