2018 : Paris to Normandy with Britian Sampler (XGE1) - Tapestry II
16 Day River Cruise from Paris to London
This vacation offers a fabulous river cruise with time in France's unparalleled capital of Paris, beautiful scenery along the Seine River, and stops in the most fascinating parts of Normandy coupled with a comprehensive land tour of Britain.
Embark on your adventure in Paris and sail to Vernon, where you'll choose between a guided visit to Claude Monet's stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as "Normandy's Versailles." 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. 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 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 visit Napoleon and Josephine's Malmaison. Before you disembark your cruise ship, spend 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 the historic Ile St. Louis with its narrow streets, and Ile de la Cite, where medieval Paris was founded, will be a delight.
Next, travel by Eurostar for your land tour of Britain which offers you the best of this great land. you'll see all of the fascinating sights from London to Edinburgh and back to London. Guided sightseeing in London includes the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. History buffs will be delighted in seeing mysterious, prehistoric Stonehenge (just imagine how these stones got there!) and the Roman Baths in Bath, constructed around 70 AD and one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world. Also, Edinburgh offers the fascinating Edinburgh Castle, which houses Scotland's crown jewels. Literary fans will enjoy visiting Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and exploring the colleges attended by many famous writers in Cambridge.
From the historical sights to the beautiful scenery to the special experiences, this river cruise of Normandy and land tour of Britain has a little something for everyone!
You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've used our 89 years to design a cruise experience that's just a bit different. Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. Panoramic windows throughout the ship Elegant, contemporary design & decor Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch & dinner Avalon Choice® cruising experience Included sightseeing with headsets by Certified Local Guides Complimentary Nordic walking sticks Complimentary bicycles available for time on shore Local FavoritesSM - onboard cultural & artisan experiences Sky Deck shade system & premium lounge chairs Well-stocked library with books, cards, and games Comfort Collection BedsSM Egyptian super-combed cotton linens Bathrobes & slippers Premium L'Occitane bath products & hairdryer Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels Individual climate control Complimentary bottled water daily Club Lounge with 24-hour, self-serve beverage station Premium coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate & teas Cookies & fresh fruit available throughout the day And, much more
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"
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 Chateau de Malmaison
Day 7 Paris: "Heart of Paris" walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral
Day 8 Paris, France (Disembarkation)-London, England: transfer to train station for your journey to London by Eurostar Train
Day 9 London: guided sightseeing
Day 10 London-Stonehenge-Bath: explore prehistoric Stonehenge, see the Roman relics in Bath, welcome dinner
Day 11 Bath-Stow on the Wold-Stratford upon Avon-Llangollen-Chester: take a stroll in this Cotswold village, take pictures of Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Stratford upon Avon, visit Shakespeare's birthplace
Day 12 Chester-Grasmere-Gretna Green, Scotland-Edinburgh: a walking tour in Chester, stop in Wordsworth's village, try original Grasmere gingerbread
Day 13 Edinburgh: guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace
Day 14 Edinburgh-Abbotsford-Jedburgh-York, England: guided tour of Sir Walter Scott's house in Abbotsford, then enjoy a cup of tea and shortbread at Orchiltree's Dining, in Jedburgh take pictures of the abbey ruins, walking tour in York
Day 15 York-Stamford-Cambridge-London: explore the university city of Cambridge
Day 16 London: your vacation ends this morning
Meals Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes Welcome dinner Farewell dinner Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items Early and Late Riser breakfast Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations Alternative light lunch or (weather permitting) grill fare at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room Alternative dinner of petite portions or regional specialties with wines, in the Panorama Bistro Daily Afternoon Tea Daily Night Fare Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
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.
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. Before dinner, your ship glides out of Paris. (Dinner)
Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
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. 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 Chateau 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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." (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Known as one of the world's most romantic and lively cities, Paris delights the senses. Join a GUIDED WALK through historic Ile St. Louis with its narrow one-way streets and Ile de la Cite, the center of Paris where the medieval city was founded and 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 and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Paris (Disembarkation}-London, England
This morning, disembark your Avalon ship and transfer to the train station for your journey to London by Eurostar train. Arrive in the afternoon to join the Globus part of your vacation. (Breakfast)
Guided morning sightseeing includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall's mounted horseguards, Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace. (Breakfast)
Explore prehistoric Stonehenge and see the amazing excavations of the Roman Baths. Welcome dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Bath-Stow-on-the-Wold-Stratford-upon-Avon-Llangollen, Wales-Chester, England
Travel through the Cotswolds to Stratford-upon-Avon for a visit of Shakespeare's birthplace and to take pictures of Anne Hathaway's Cottage. Via pretty Llangollen, reach Chester, the historic county town. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Chester-Grasmere-Gretna Green, Scotland-Edinburgh
A Chester walking tour is followed by a stop in Wordsworth's Grasmere. Then, head for Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. (Breakfast)
Guided morning sightseeing introduces you to the "Old Town," the 200-year old "New Town," Holyrood Palace, and Edinburgh Castle, which houses Scotland's Crown Jewels. (Breakfast)
Visit Sir Walter Scott's Abbotsford House and Jedburgh to medieval York, where you enjoy a walking tour. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Visit Stamford and the university city of Cambridge before returning to London. (Breakfast)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
|Offer valid through 9/30/2017|
Prices based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
$508, $404 (Departures April 7 & 14 and October 27)
Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Paris:
in single room $400-$440, in twin $200-$225
Extra nights per person in London:
in single room $264-$396, in twin $149-$221
Supplement to upgrade to standard premier on Eurostar train Paris-London: $185
Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
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
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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