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Avalon Waterways A Culinary Experience from Paris to Normandy (WPP-T2)

8 days from Paris to Paris 
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, as well as culinary treats and tastings. Enjoy an onboard crêpes lunch, a pastry demonstration, cheese and wine tasting and an exclusive onboard food and wine-pairing dinner hosted by our Master of Wine.

Embark on your adventure in Paris and 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.” From Caudebec, you may choose to go on a “Taste of Normandy” to visit a cheese farm and a Calvados distillery; alternatively, join an excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery. In Rouen, best known for being the home of Joan of Arc, you’ll go on a guided walk through the medieval quarter and visit the gothic Rouen Cathedral, once the tallest building in the world. From Conflans, go on an excursion 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! The City of Light has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. A guided walk through historic Île St. Louis with its narrow streets, and Île de la Cité, where medieval Paris was founded, will be a delight.

Ships: Tapestry II

Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Paris (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Vernon–Les Andelys: choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; guided walk in Les Andelys, visit the Parish Church of Le Petit Andely

Day 3 Caudebec: excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”

Day 4 Caudebec: choice of excursions to Normandy landing beaches or “A Taste of Normandy,” including visit and lunch at a local cheese farm

Day 5 Rouen: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral; onboard cheese and wine tasting

Day 6 Conflans: choice of excursions to visit Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de Malmaison; onboard food and wine pairing dinner

Day 7 Paris: “Heart of Paris” walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 8 Paris (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Special Interest Departures

08/11/2018 - A Culinary Experience from Paris to Normandy

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Itinerary (2018)

Day 1Arrive 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. Before dinner, your ship glides out of Paris. (D)

NOTE:
Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Day 2Vernon–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, 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. Enjoy an onboard CRÊPES LUNCH followed by a PASTRY DEMONSTRATION, during which you will be shown how to make a local specialty. 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. (B,L,D)
Day 3Caudebec.
 Today, join a guided excursion along the “NORMANDY ABBEYS ROUTE,” a short drive from Caudebec. More than 100 abbeys once covered this region, which has a microclimate suited to growing fruit such as apples, pears, plums, and 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 4Caudebec.
 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. This tour will include a guided visit with lunch at a local cheese farm, during which clients will taste, among other Norman specialties, also some AOP (appellation d’origine protégé) cheeses produced on the farm. And for a touch of history, visit the famous BAYEUX TAPESTRY. (B,L,D)
Day 5Rouen.
 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. A Master of Wine will join you on board and will introduce you to some of France’s wines and answer any questions you may have. This afternoon, you will be tempted with a TASTING of CHEESE and WINE. (B,L,D)
Day 6Conflans.
 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.” This evening, enjoy a special onboard FOOD AND WINE PAIRING DINNER hosted by our Master of Wine, who has specifically chosen the wines for this occasion. (B,L,D)
Day 7Paris.
 Known as one of the world’s most romantic and lively cities, Paris delights the senses. Join a GUIDED WALK through historic Île St. Louis with its narrow one-way streets and Île de la Cité, the center of Paris where the medieval city was founded and home to NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. (B,L,D)
Day 8Paris (Disembarkation).
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$168

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights per person in Paris:
in single room from $400 to $440, in twin room from $200 to $225

Prices shown above include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo / Deck / $199
B / Sapphire Deck / $1,149
A / Sapphire Deck / $1,199
P / Royal Deck / $1,299
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $1,999

Avalon 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.
  • Special Features and day of operation are subject to change.

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