Paris to Normandy

Combine time in France's marvellous capital with quaint towns along the Seine and in the picturesque Normandy region. Sail to Vernon for a choice of guided visits to either Claude Monet's stunning gardens at Giverny or the magnificent Bizy Castle; and continue to Les Andelys to visit the Château Gaillard. In Caudebec choose between an included excursion to the poignant Normandy landing beaches or a 'Taste of Normandy' tour. Visit Joan of Arc's historic Rouen, and in Conflans, choose between a visit to Van Gogh's Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine's elegant Château de Malmaison before heading back to Paris.

Itinerary

Multiple itineraries are available:

Day 1

Paris

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Travel to Paris where you will be met and transferred to your cruise ship for seven nights. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception.

Day 2

Vernon - Les Andelys

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Choice of excursion to Giverny or Bizy Castle; guided walk in Les Andelys; visit the Parish church of Le Petit Andely. This morning, choose between a guided visit of Claude Monet's house and stunning gardens at Giverny or a trp to Bizy Castle. Claude Monet lived at Giverny for almost 43 years. See his collection of Japanese prints, his charming house, and his biggest sources of inspiration including, the lily pond and Japanese Bridge. Alternatively, discover Bizy Castle, built in 1740 and nicknamed 'Normandy's Versailles'. It is known for its famous stable, magnificent courtyard and water garden. After lunch, your ship arrives in Les Andelys, perched on a bend of the Seine and one of the most beautiful places in France. Join a Local Guide for a walk of the town, including a visit to the Parish Church of Le Petit Andely. The imposing Château Gaillard overlooks the town. Built by Richard the Lionheart in 1196 fearing an attack from France's king, the château fortress was constructed in just one year and is truly a masterpiece of Middle Ages military architecture.

Day 3

Caudebec

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Excursion along the 'Normandy Abbeys' route. Today, join an excursion along the 'Normandy's Abbeys' route, a short drive from Caudebec. More than 100 abbeys once covered this region, that has a microclimate particularly suited to the production of fruit such as apples, pears, plums, and cherries. The afternoon is free to explore on your own or to join in an included excursion to the pretty coastal town of Honfleur.

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Reviews

"Cruising at its best!"

23/06/2017 - Jean & David

"the greeting on board by the captain and crew members was first class. The treatment..."

23/06/2017 - Mr Albert Hill

"Great service right through the holiday from making the booking to returning home could not..."

23/06/2017 - Mr Kenneth Fullwood

Great service right through the holiday from making the booking to returning home could not fault.

Well organized, great food & service, very good excursions with excellent guides all organized to the minute.

"Excellent service and organisation...."

19/06/2017 - Mr Danny Donovan

Excellent service and organisation.

Great value for money. Really enjoyed cruise.

"Everything was excellent..."

16/06/2017 - Trusted Customer

Everything was excellent

"Help with luggage at railway stations would have been appreciated. Staff on..."

16/06/2017 - Trusted Customer

Help with luggage at railway stations would have been appreciated. Staff on board were always very helpful and kind.

Organisation was slick, but the Versailles excursion would have been more enjoyable as a full day - not half a day. Would suggest feedback form more straightforward with more simple indvidual questions.

"Excellent service"

10/06/2017 - Mr Gareth Thomas

Our first European cruise and it set a very high standard! It was a new boat so we guess everything was going to be very clean and of a high standard but the service, crew and excursions were also excellent.

We had a good deal via secret escapes.

"A lovely week!"

31/05/2017 - Trusted Customer

Everything was included for a brilliant holiday from door to door. Boat was very comfortable and the food amazing.

"unbeatable"

31/05/2017 - Mr Christopher Lunn

it was the experience of a lifetime excellent service amazing food the only fault is it left us wanting more, and jean loup was brilliant.

the most beautiful places on earth.sailing whilst sat in the room watching everything go by was indescribable. we have fallen in love with Normandy.

"A1"

28/05/2017 - Trusted Customer

First time we have used Avalon and we would certainly recommend them and use them again. Everything was excellent.

Really value for money with everything included.

"The whole holiday was a fantastic experience."

28/05/2017 - Trusted Customer

Sally was extremely helpful as neither of us had been on a cruise before. From the minute we were picked by the car until we were dropped back home ran like clockwork. The Cruise Director, Tony Jenkins was excellent in every way. He was knowledgeable, helpful and efficient. We cannot think of anything to fault. It exceeded our expectations

Everything was excellent other than the trip to Honfleur, where the local guide instead of telling us the history on the coach, took us out into the pouring rain and talked to us as we were getting soaking wet.

"Marvellous way to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary "

28/05/2017 - Trusted Customer

Could not fault the service, the staff were amazing and the cruise director Valentin was amazing. Organised, intuitive and entertaining. Food excellent. Marvellous holiday.

Excellent itinerary and guides

"We look forward to cruising again with Avalon. "

27/05/2017 - Trusted Customer

Excellent service from booking staff to cruise staff. Good food, good trips with excellent guides.

"A relaxing cruise that delivered on every promise. Top class."

26/05/2017 - Mr Jeremy Smith

Perfect holiday, exactly as promised. Excellent staff, facilities, food, sightseeing etc . I'd go with Avalon again and recommend this river cruise to anyone.

Perfect top class holiday

"Perfect"

25/05/2017 - Mr Ian Dove

Great food,great friendly service,Top class trips out and entertainment on board.

Having booked early I was disappointed to see the Cruise advertised at a lot less money than we paid nearer the date

"Fantastic cruise on the Seine "

24/05/2017 - Trusted Customer

Excellent cruise on the Seine - lots of choice re included excursions and fantastic team onboard.

excellent cruise , exceeded our expectations and good choice of optional excursions as well. very good guides at each stop.

"Wonderful cruise A1"

23/05/2017 - Mr John Lewis

The ship and service were perfect

Ship and the service were wonderfur

"Excellent. We would recommend Avalon without hesitation"

15/05/2017 - Mr Jonathan Denman

The whole staff were so efficient and well organised. They looked after us very well.

I am not sure what you mean by purchases. If you mean the excursions they were varied, interesting and well organised. On the whole the guides were excellent . Some of them did tend to talk too much so one had information overload and occasionally they did not allow enough time for comfort breaks!

"Everything was good, again."

08/05/2017 - Trusted Customer

This was our second cruise with Avalon, everything was good but even though we are quite fit we found there was a lot of walking involved. We would like more actual vegetables rather than puree ones at dinner if at all possible.

"Avalon delivered a top quality service throughout the cruise"

05/05/2017 - Mr David Beatty

A quality service from collecting us from home to returning us home Yes I will and have recommended Avalon Waterways

Enjoyed Rhine, Danube, Rhone & Saone cruises more

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