Reflections on the Seine with 1 Night in Mont St. Michel for Photography Enthusiasts (Northbound)
10 days with Avalon Waterways Rating:
Day 1 PARIS, FRANCE (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to France. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Your day is free to explore the world’s most romantic city before embarking on 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.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PARIS (D)
Day 2 PARIS
Cafés, Cathedrals, and Canvases—The City of Lights Truly Shines
DISCOVERY Onboard introduction to photography with our expert.
CLASSIC 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:
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.
You may join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Palace of Versailles—home to a succession of French Kings, including Louis XIV.
EVENING CRUISE TO CONFLANS (B,L,D)
Day 3 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:
CLASSIC Take a Guided tour of the opulent Château de Malmaison—home of Napoléon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine.
Enjoy an afternoon sailing to Vernon. This evening, enjoy onboard live entertainment after dinner.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VERNON (B,L,D)
Day 4 VERNON
Monet’s Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crêpes du Jour
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—“Normandy’s Versailles”—with 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. Visit the Saint Sauveur’s Church of Le Petit Andely, OR:
ACTIVE Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins of Château Gaillard—historic home of King Richard the Lionheart and a masterpiece of medieval military architecture.
EVENING CRUISE TO ROUEN (B,L,D)
Day 5 ROUEN
The Cathedral of Notre-Dame and a Heroine for France
ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk.
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.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ROUEN (B,L,D)
Day 6 CAUDEBEC. EXCURSION TO NORMANDY
Heroic Bravery and French Farming Traditions
CLASSIC Join a Guided Visit to the WWII landing beaches of Normandy, 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 apple brandy at a local distillery.
Re-join your ship in Le Havre after your excursion.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LE HAVRE (B,L,D)
Day 7 LE HAVRE
20th Century Architecture and White Cliffs of Normandy
CLASSIC 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.
Participate to the Awards Ceremony to reward the most beautiful photo taken during the cruise. Don’t forget that you are the one choosing it!
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LE HAVRE (B,L,D)
Day 8 LE HAVRE (DISEMBARKATION) 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. (B,D)
Day 9 MONT ST. MICHEL—PARIS
Take a morning trip to Chartres and visit its Gothic cathedral. Enjoy free time for lunch in the city before setting out for a late afternoon arrival in Paris. (B)
Day 10 PARIS
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
All This Included
What better place than France to capture the light, landscapes, and legendary inspiration that has lured artists for centuries? Accomplished photographers or aspiring shutterbugs will love our cruise for photography enthusiasts. Cruise on the Seine River with seasoned photographers to snap the perfect shots in some of the world’s most beautiful backdrops. Enter a photo contest for fun and expert feedback on this special departure.
Begin your French river cruise in the “City of Light” with a tour of the heart of Paris—Île Saint-Louis and Notre-Dame Cathedral—or tour the city to see the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Opéra Garnier, and the Champs-Élysées. In Conflans, walk in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh and the Bonapartes with visits to the artist’s home in Auvers-sur-Oise or the Château de Malmaison of Napoléon and Josephine.
Sail to Vernon where Claude Monet found inspiration for his impressionist masterpieces at his home and gardens at Giverny. If preferred, visit Bizy Castle, “Normandy’s Versailles.” Visit picturesque Les Andelys for a guided city walk or visit the château of King Richard the Lionheart. Cruise to Rouen, site of Joan of Arc’s martyrdom, then to Caudebec for an excursion to historic Normandy. Choose a visit to the heroic WWII landing beaches of Normandy with American sites and monuments; a visit to British or Canadian memorials, or a day in the countryside for a “taste of Normandy.” Take a tour in La Havre, where the Seine River meets the English Channel, to conclude your cruise.
Continue your French vacation after your cruise with two nights in Mont St. Michel to see its magnificent medieval monastery perched on France’s renowned northwestern coastline. Visit Chartres and visit its Gothic cathedral, then spend a night in Paris! Enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide, and courtesy ship-to-hotel transfer.
Cruising: Cabin onboard Avalon Tapestry II
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Paris:
in single room from $327 to $435, in twin room from $193 to $247
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