Reflections on the Seine for Photography Enthusiasts (Northbound) 2020

9 day River Cruise Paris to Paris

Cruise WPHP

From 

£2,898  pp

Cruise only

Departing 05 May 2020

From 

£3,246  pp

Cruise with flights & transfers

From London Luton

Overview

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 Seine River 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 final home of Auvers-sur-Oise of the opulent Château de Malmaison of Napoléon and Josephine. You’ll next 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.”. Cruise to 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. Take your choice of visiting the heroic WWII landing beaches of Normandy with American sites and monuments; visit British, or Canadian memorials, or a more pastoral day with a “taste of Normandy” in the French countryside. Take a tour in La Havre, where the Seine River meets the English Channel, then bid adieu to your Suite Ship’s® crew to conclude your cruise with a transfer back to Paris for some time at leisure. What better setting to capture stunning images of la belle France!

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 Seine River 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 final home of Auvers-sur-Oise of the opulent Château de Malmaison of Napoléon and Josephine. You’ll next 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.”. Cruise to 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. Take your choice of visiting the heroic WWII landing beaches of Normandy with American sites and monuments; visit British, or Canadian memorials, or a more pastoral day with a “taste of Normandy” in the French countryside. Take a tour in La Havre, where the Seine River meets the English Channel, then bid adieu to your Suite Ship’s® crew to conclude your cruise with a transfer back to Paris for some time at leisure. What better setting to capture stunning images of la belle France!

Itinerary

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are three types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Active

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

Classic

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Active

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

Day 1 PARIS, FRANCE (EMBARKATION)

  • Meals included:
  • Dinner

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

Day 2 PARIS

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cafés, Cathedrals, and Canvases—The City of Lights Truly Shines

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Take a Guided Walking Tour through the Heart of Paris to see the historic Île St. Louis, Île de la Cité, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, OR:

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

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

Day 3 CONFLANS

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Walk in the Footsteps of Van Gogh and Bonaparte

Active

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Go for an early Morning Jog with your Avalon Adventure Host.

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

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

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

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

Day 4 VERNON

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Monet’s Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crêpes du Jour

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

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

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Join a Guided Visit to Bizy Castle—“Normandy’s Versailles”—with its magnificent courtyard, water garden, and stables.

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

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.

LES ANDELYS

Serenity on the Seine’s Most Beautiful Riverbends

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

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

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

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

Day 5 ROUEN

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame and a Heroine for France

Active

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk.

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

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

Day 6 CAUDEBEC. EXCURSION TO NORMANDY

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Heroic Bravery and French Farming Traditions

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Join a Guided Visit to the WWII landing beaches of Normandy. Take a full-day tour of significant U.S. sites, including Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery, OR:

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

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

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

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

Day 7 LE HAVRE

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

20th Century Architecture and White Cliffs of Normandy

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LE HAVRE

Day 8 LE HAVRE (DISEMBARKATION) PARIS

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Au Revoir, River Seine. Bonjour, Paris!

Bid farewell to your ship’s crew and take a transfer to Paris. Take time to linger in a sidewalk café, shop for mementos, or take photographs of the city’s picturesque bridges.

Day 9 PARIS

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Questions? Our travel specialists can help with any queries, quotes or special requirements.  Request a callback or email us.

What's included

Cruise only

From £2,898 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Cruise Only holiday option.

  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • All port taxes
  • Onboard meals including à la carte dinners
  • Sightseeing with expert local guides
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Complimentary wi-fi onboard

Cruise with flights & transfers

From £3,246 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes private home pick-up to your chosen airport, return flights, and overseas transfers to your ship.

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • Headset
  • All airport and port taxes
  • Onboard meals including à la carte dinners
  • Sightseeing with expert local guides
  • Complimentary bicycles
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Complimentary wi-fi onboard

Ship details

Avalon Tapestry II

Launched in 2015, the Avalon Tapestry II accommodates 128 passengers and offers two full decks of Panorama Suites, each sized at an impressive 200 square feet and featuring wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform your stateroom into a unique open-air balcony. Onboard amenities include an alternative dining option in the Panorama Bistro, Wi-Fi access and complimentary computer use in public areas, a Fitness Centre, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro.

Deluxe Stateroom (D,E)
172 sq.ft., Indigo Deck
Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Forward - floorplan
Picture of Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Forward (172sq ft)
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium memory foam mattress toppers with special construction for increased air flow and ventilation
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, blankets & European-style duvets
  • Choice of soft or firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration - two twins or one queen
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium bath products
  • Spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels & built in alarm clock
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies)
Panorama Suite (A,B,P)
200 sq.ft, Sapphire and Royal Decks
Panorama Suite - Sapphire Deck Aft - floorplan
Picture of Panorama Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows - Sapphire Deck Aft (200sq ft)
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window measuring 11ft — 50% wider than the industry standard
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window opens to create a large Open-Air Balcony®
  • Open-Air Balcony with spacious seating area
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium memory foam mattress toppers with special construction for increased air flow and ventilation
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, blankets & European-style duvets
  • Choice of soft or firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration - two twins or one queen
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium bath products
  • Spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels & built in alarm clock
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies)
Royal Suite (S)
300 sq.ft., Royal Deck
Royal Suite - Royal Deck - floorplan
Picture of Royal Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows - Royal Deck (300sq ft)
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window measuring 11ft — 50% wider than the industry standard
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window opens to create a large Open-Air Balcony®
  • Open-Air Balcony with spacious seating area
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium memory foam mattress toppers with special construction for increased air flow and ventilation
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, blankets & European-style duvets
  • Choice of soft or firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration - two twins or one queen or one king
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium bath products
  • Spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels & built in alarm clock
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies)
Deck Plans
Avalon Tapestry II deck plan

Deck plan key

  • Sky Lounge
  • Navigation Bridge
  • Sky Bistro
  • Whirlpool
  • Premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  • Deck Game area
  • Observation Lounge
  • Panorama Bistro
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Bar
  • Reception/Guest sevices
  • Lift
  • Atrium
  • Club Lounge
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Fitness centre

Stateroom categories

  • Category D
  • Indigo Deck Aft
  • Category E
  • Indigo Deck Forward
  • Category B
  • Sapphire Deck Aft
  • Category A
  • Sapphire Deck Forward
  • Category P
  • Royal Deck
  • Royal Suite
  • Royal Deck