Reflections on the Seine with 1 Night in Mont St. Michel for Photography Enthusiasts (Northbound)

10 Day River Cruise Paris to Paris

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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 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.
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.

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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
<p>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.</p>
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

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.

Onboard introduction to photography with our expert.


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.

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

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

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  • 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, visit 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.
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


Day 8 LE HAVRE (DISEMBARKATION) MONT ST. MICHEL

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  • Dinner

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.

Day 9 MONT ST. MICHEL—PARIS

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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.

Day 10 PARIS

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Notes

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

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