Paris to Normandy Cruise on-board Avalon Waterways

Combine time in France’s marvelous capital with discoveries of quaint towns along the Seine & in the picturesque Normandy region. Embark in Paris, sailing to Vernon, for a choice of guided visits to either Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or magnificent Bizy Castle. Continue to Les Andelys with its Château Gaillard, built by England’s King Richard the Lionheart in 1196, & enjoy guided sightseeing. Then, on to Caudebec, where you choose between an included excursion to the poignant Normandy landing beaches or a fascinating “Taste of Normandy.” Visit Joan of Arc’s historic Rouen, & Iin Conflans, choose between a visits of Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon & Josephine’s elegant Château de Malmaison before heading back to Paris. During your last day on the Seine, a Local Expert will show you some of the famous sights, such as the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, & more!
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Price:
R37 690
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DETAILS
Starting from
R37 690
Package ValiditySet departure date: 20 OCT 2018.  *** Book & pay a deposit by by 31 DEC 2018 &  SAVE R7380 per person - discount already included in the price ***
Duration7 nights
DestinationFrance
Starts inParis
Ends inParis

Description

- Return airport/port transfers
- 7 nights cruise accommodation in a deluxe stateroom on-board Avalon Waterways
- Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily
- Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine & canapés
- Welcome & Farewell dinner
- Afternoon tea daily
- Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch & dinner are included daily on-board
- Sightseeing as per the itinerary
- Port charges & gratuities


 

Day 1

Arrive in Paris, France (Embarkation)

Welcome to Paris, France's capital on the River Seine, the 'City of Light,' where romance fills the air. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel & meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. Before dinner, your ship glides smoothly out of Paris. (NOTE: Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30 pm. Guests must be on-board ship by 5 pm.) (D)

Day 2

Vernon-Les Andelys

This morning in Vernon, choose between a guided visit of Giverny & a visit to Bizy Castle. Claude Monet lived at GIVERNY for almost 43 years (1883-1926), & viewed his flower & water gardens as works of art - just like his paintings. See his collection of Japanese prints, his charming house, & his biggest sources of inspiration. Or, visit BIZY CASTLE, built in 1740 & nicknamed 'Normandy's Versailles.' It is known for its famous stables - inspired by those at Versailles - & its magnificent courtyard & water garden. This afternoon, your ship arrives in Les Andelys, situated on a bend of the Seine & 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 GRAND ANDELY. Imposing Chateau Gaillard, built by England's King Richard the Lionheart as a fortress in 1196, is seen above the town. Constructed in only a year, it is a masterpiece of medieval military architecture. (B,L,D)

Day 3

Caudebec

Today, join either a guided excursion along the Route des Chaumieres, 'THATCHED COTTAGE ROUTE,' to see some of Normandy's charming & traditional half-timbered houses with their long, sloping thatched roofs, often sporting blue wooden doors & window shutters, or along the 'NORMANDY ABBEYS ROUTE,' a short drive from Caudebec. More than 100 abbeys once covered this region, which has a microclimate particularly suited to the production of fruit such as apples, pears, plums, & cherries. The afternoon is free to explore on your own or to join an optional excursion to the pretty coastal town of Honfleur. (B,L,D)

Day 4

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, & 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, & grain. Camembert cheese is a specialty, as is CALVADOS, a strong apple brandy you'll have the chance to taste at a local distillery & for a touch of history, visit the famous BAYEUX TAPESTRY. (B,L,D)

Day 5

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, & 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, & 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 & the subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. (B,L,D)

Day 6

Conflans

After breakfast you may either join our included guided excursion to AUVERS-SUR-OISE, the quaint little town where Vincent Van Gogh lived & died, or to Napoleon & Josephine's CHATEAU 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 & curious garden in Europe, a model of good cultivation.' (B,L,D)

Day 7

Paris

Known as one of the world's most romantic & lively cities, Paris is a delight for all your senses. Your included CITY SIGHTSEEING shows you magnificent must-see sights, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, & the Eiffel Tower. Alternatively, you may wish to join a GUIDED WALK through historic Ile St. Louis with its narrow one-way streets & Ile de la Cite, the centre of Paris where the medieval city was founded & home to NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysees with its lavish cafes, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacre Coeur Basilica & bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. Paris is also well known for its colourful nightlife, & an optional outing to one of Paris' famous cabaret shows might make the perfect finale to your Seine cruise holiday. (B,L,D)

Day 8

Paris (Disembarkation)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. (B)