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:
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
Day 2 PARIS
Cafés, Cathedrals, and Canvases—The City of Lights Truly Shines
Hop on a bike to explore Paris like a local. Coast along the banks of the Seine, and go where the Parisians, young and old, come out to play, OR:
Immerse yourself on our Food and Cultural Tour of Paris where you will find out why the French food and culinary tradition has been even added to the UNESCO heritage list, OR:
Join a Guided Sightseeing, which will show you magnificent must-see sights.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CONFLANS
Day 3 CONFLANS
Walk in the Footsteps of Van Gogh and Bonaparte
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
This Guided E-bike Tour will take you to the Château de Maisons-Lafitte where you will enjoy a special snack, OR:
Travel to the Chantilly Castle on your own where the experts of the Confrérie des Chevaliers Fouetteurs de crème Chantilly will show you how to prepare your own Chantilly cream, OR:
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:
Take a Guided tour of the opulent Château de Malmaison—home of Napoléon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VERNON
Day 4 VERNON
Monet’s Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crêpes du Jour
Enjoy a scenic Guide Bike Tour from Vernon to the picturesque Giverny, OR:
Enjoy and learn all about the Normandy cheese trail and traditional French pastries during this Guided Walking Tour, OR:
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.
While sailing, enjoy a traditional French luncheon of authentic French crêpes, followed by a Pastry Demonstration.
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, OR:
Visit one of 'most beautiful villages of France' situated in a beautiful forested setting in Normandy. Afterwards discover the legends of the haunted Abbey de Mortemere and the fountain of singles, OR:
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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUEN
Day 5 ROUEN
The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, and a Heroine for France
Spend a fun and active day kayaking. Join an expert guide and paddle your way through areas accessible only by water, OR:
Take a Guided Walking Tour of Rouen—home of the martyred Saint Joan of Arc—and see the medieval quarter with its 16th-century Astronomical Clock, and Notre-Dame Cathedral.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ROUEN
Day 6 CAUDEBEC. EXCURSION TO NORMANDY
Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions
Enjoy a relaxing bike ride along the river with your Adventure Host, OR:
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, OR:
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:
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.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LE HAVRE
Day 7 LE HAVRE
20th Century Architecture and White Cliffs of Normandy
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Explore the city as only a local would: by bicycle. Cycle up to the quartier Saint François, OR:
Travel to Fécamp to visit the Palais Benedectine where the world famous Benedectine liquor is made. Enjoy a short Self-Guided Tour followed by a cocktail workshop focused around the famous liquor, OR:
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.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LE HAVRE
Day 8 LE HAVRE (DISEMBARKATION)–PARIS
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
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.