Paris & Normandy River Cruise

Avalon Waterways Cruises

Paris to Normandy 8 Day River Cruise from Paris to Paris

Combine time in France’s marvelous capital with discoveries of quaint towns along the Seine and in the picturesque Normandy region. Embark in Paris, sailing to Vernon, for a choice of guided visits to either Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or magnificent Bizy Castle. Continue to Les Andelys with its Château Gaillard, built by England’s King Richard the Lionheart in 1196, and enjoy guided sightseeing. Then, on to Caudebec, where you choose between an included excursion to the poignant Normandy landing beaches or a fascinating “Taste of Normandy.” Visit Joan of Arc’s historic Rouen, and in Conflans, choose between a visit of Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s elegant Château de Malmaison before heading back to Paris. During your last day on the Seine, a Local Expert will show you some of the famous sights, such as the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more!

Day-By-Day Itinerary

DAY 1 ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE (EMBARKATION) Welcome to Paris, France’s capital on the Seine River, the “City of Light,” where romance fills the air. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. Before dinner, your ship glides out of Paris. (Dinner)

DAY 2 - VERNON–LES ANDELYS - This morning in Vernon, choose between a guided visit of Giverny and a visit to Bizy Castle. Claude Monet lived at GIVERNY for almost 43 years (1883-1926), and viewed his flower and water gardens as works of art—just like his paintings. See his collection of Japanese prints, his charming house, and his biggest sources of inspiration. Or, visit BIZY CASTLE, built in 1740 and nicknamed “Normandy’s Versailles.” It is known for its famous stables—inspired by those at Versailles—and its magnificent courtyard and water garden. This afternoon, arrive in Les Andelys, situated on a bend of the Seine and one of the most beautiful places in France. Join a Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK of the town, visiting the PARISH CHURCH OF LE PETIT ANDELY. Imposing Château Gaillard, built by England’s King Richard the Lionheart as a fortress in 1196, is seen above the town. Constructed in only a year, it is a masterpiece of medieval military architecture. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3- CAUDEBEC - Today, join a guided excursion along the “NORMANDY VILLAGES ROUTE” to see some of Normandy’s charming half-timbered houses with their sloping thatched roofs, often sporting blue wooden doors and window shutters, or along the “NORMANDY ABBEYS ROUTE,” a short drive from Caudebec. More than 100 abbeys once covered this region, which has a microclimate suited to growing fruit such as apples, pears, plums, and cherries. The afternoon is free to explore on your own or to join an optional excursion to pretty coastal Honfleur. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4 - CAUDEBEC - Make your choice today between an included full-day excursion to the historic NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES—with poignant sites such as Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery—or a “TASTE OF NORMANDY” for an in-depth look at this picturesque, mainly agricultural region. The most important products are dairy, apples, and grain. Camembert cheese is a specialty, as is CALVADOS, a strong apple brandy you’ll have the chance to taste at a local distillery. And for a touch of history, visit the famous BAYEUX TAPESTRY. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5 - ROUEN - Rouen, capital of Upper Normandy, is an important commercial city perhaps best known for its connection to Joan of Arc, who lived, was imprisoned, and burned at the stake in the marketplace of this town in 1431. Enjoy the included GUIDED WALK through the medieval quarter with its half-timbered, glazed-tile houses, and take photos of the intricate Gros Horloge astronomical clock, dating back to the 16th century. Visit the gothic CATHEDRAL, which was once the tallest building in the world and the subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6 - CONFLANS - After breakfast you may either join our included guided excursion to AUVERS-SUR-OISE, the quaint little town where Vincent Van Gogh lived and died, or to Napoleon and Josephine’s CHÂTEAU DE MALMAISON just outside Paris. Requiring extensive renovations, this large country estate was purchased by Josephine Bonaparte in 1799 while Napoleon was fighting in Egypt. It was her aim to make it “the most beautiful and curious garden in Europe, a model of good cultivation.” (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 7 - PARIS - Known as one of the world’s most romantic and lively cities, Paris is a delight for all your senses. Your included CITY SIGHTSEEING shows you magnificent must-see sights, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. Alternatively, you may wish to join a GUIDED WALK through historic Île St. Louis with its narrow one-way streets and Île de la Cité, the center of Paris where the medieval city was founded and home to NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. Paris is also well known for its colorful nightlife, and an optional outing to one of Paris’ famous cabaret shows might make the perfect finale to your Seine cruise vacation. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 8 - PARIS (DISEMBARKATION) - Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Avalon Deluxe State room 172 sq ft. Comfort Collection Beds. Egyptian super-combed cotton linens. Soft & firm pillows. Choice of bed configuration. Bedside tables with reading lamps. L'Occitane bath products. Easy under-bed luggage storage. Alarm clock. Bathrobes & slippers. Complimentary bottled water. Individual climate control. Large mirror in bathroom. Full shower with glass door Vanity. Memory foam mattress toppers. European-style duvets. Extra blankets. Nightly turn-down service. Hairdryer. Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage. Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel. Direct-dial telephone. Well-stocked minibar. In-room safe. Elegant, contemporary design. Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass door with French Balcony Writing desk.
Avalon Suite - 258 sq. ft. - Comfort Collection Beds. Egyptian super-combed cotton linens. Soft & firm pillows. Choice of bed configuration. Bedside tables with reading lamps. L'Occitane bath products. Easy under-bed luggage storage. Alarm clock. Bathrobes & slippers. Complimentary bottled water. Individual climate control. Large mirror in bathroom. Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass door with French Balcony. Writing desk. Sofa. Memory foam mattress toppers. European-style duvets. Extra blankets. Nightly turn-down service. Hairdryer. Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage. Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel. Direct-dial telephone. Well-stocked minibar. In-room safe. Elegant, contemporary design. Marble countertops in bathroom. Full shower with glass door. Vanity. Coffee table

Paris & Normandy 7 Day River Cruise - Begin your journey in magical Paris, the “City of Light,” where you will embark your luxurious river cruise ship. Visit the village of Giverny, where Monet lived and worked for 43 years, and Honfleur, a charming French harbor town immortalized by generations of artists. Stroll through Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy, then take an unforgettable excursion to the famous Normandy beaches of WWII. Visit Les Andelys, home of Château Gaillard before concluding your trip back in Paris.

On AmaWaterway cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Limited Edition tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.

PARIS TO PARIS

DAY 1 Paris EMBARKATION Welcome Dinner

DAY 2 Vernon & Giverny - Excursion to Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny OR Château de Bizy tour

DAY 3 Vernon:Scenic cruising

Caudebec-en-Caux: Honfleur excursion or Routes des Abbayes tour

DAY 4 Caudebec-en-Caux: Full day excursion to Normandy Beaches or Pays D’Auge excursion

DAY 5 Rouen

Walking tour or Rouen bike tour

DAY 6 Les Andelys -Scenic cruising

Château Gaillard tour or Les Andelys bike tour or Château Gaillard hike

DAY 7 Conflans

Château Malmaison excursion or Artists’ Walk tour of Auvers-sur-Oise

DAY 8 Paris DISEMBARKATION

Cat. A+ Stateroom with French Balcony located on the Violin Deck 225 sq ft.
In-room temperature control. Deluxe hotel-style bedding with Egyptian linen, down pillows and duvet. Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet shower heads. Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone. Flat-screen TV that also works as a compute.r Entertainment on Demand system providing complimentary TV, movies and music library. Complimentary internet and Wi-Fi. Complimentary bottled water replenished daily. Desk and chair
Cat. A Stateroom on Deck. 170 sq. feet. Stateroom Features - In-room temperature control. Deluxe hotel-style bedding with Egyptian linen, down pillows and duvet. Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet shower heads. Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone. Flat-screen TV that also works as a compute.r Entertainment on Demand system providing complimentary TV, movies and music library. Complimentary internet and Wi-Fi. Complimentary bottled water replenished daily. Desk and chair

Suite 255 sq. ft.

In-room temperature contro. Deluxe hotel-style bedding with Egyptian linen, down pillows and duvet. Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet shower heads. Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone. Flat-screen TV that also works as a computer. Entertainment on Demand system providing complimentary TV, movies and music library. Complimentary internet and Wi-Fi. Complimentary bottled water replenished daily. Desk and chair
Award Winning Dining - Savor exquisite cuisine at a variety of dining venues, like the Main Restaurant and The Chef's Table. You can also order delicious tapas between meals in the Main Lounge.

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