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Paris is a touchstone city that has been immortalized in movies, literature and even songs. This city wouldn't be what it is without the beautiful Seine River that runs through it. Take a chance to explore Paris and the cities and towns that line the Seine River on an Avalon Waterways river cruise in 2014.

Avalon has designed Seine River itineraries that allow guests to spend extra time in the city of light, ensuring they get a full share of the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysées. Outside of this amazing city are stops in cities beloved by impressionists, like Giverny, where Monet spent his later life, painting the water lilies in his Japanese garden. In Conflans, Avalon offers a trip to Auvers-sur-Oise, where Van Gogh lived and died.

In Rouen you will go further into the history and significance of France. It is here where Joan of Arc, the teenager who led French soldiers in battle against the English during the Hundred Years' War, died. This is also the home of Gustave Flaubert, author of Madame Bovary. You can explore his life and work at his birthplace, which is now a museum.

For more recent history, Avalon Waterways also includes an optional visit to the beaches of Normandy to learn about World War II. It was on the beaches of Normandy that American forces had one of their most important battles on June 6, 1944, D-Day.

Of course, as you learn about all this in-depth and incredible history you will have the chance to reflect each night as you cruise to the next stop. While onboard, you will be treated to delicious meals that incorporate some of the local flavors and regional wines. Don't push this amazing cruise itinerary off for another year. Call your Cruise Web consultant to book an Avalon Waterways Seine River cruise today.


Paris to Normandy's Landing Beaches
8 Days from Paris to Paris

    8 Days from Paris to Paris
  • Cruise Overview: Combine time in France's marvelous capital with discoveries of quaint villages along the Seine and in the picturesque Normandy region. Embark in Paris, where your vacation begins with sightseeing of some of the famous sites, including the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. Then set sail and choose between a visit of Vincent van Gogh's Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine's elegant Château de Malmaison. Next up: your choice of a guided visit of Claude Monet's stunning gardens at Giverny or magnificent Bizy Castle. On to Joan of Arc's historic Rouen, where you choose between an included excursion to the poignant Normandy landing beaches or a fascinating "Taste of Normandy." Continue to Les Andelys with the Château Gaillard, built by England's King Richard the Lionheart in 1196, and enjoy free time to explore this medieval town on your own. Return to Paris, where you'll disembark and conclude your exciting vacation!

    Highlights & Sightseeing

    CRUISE: Deluxe 7-night cruise from Paris to Paris in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds.

    BASEL: Welcome reception

    PARIS: Welcome reception; guided sightseeing

    CONFLANS: Choice of guided excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise or Château de Malmaison

    VERNON: Choice of guided excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle

    ROUEN: Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the Cathedral; choice of excursions to Normandy landing beaches or "A Taste of Normandy"

    LES ANDELYS: Orientation, see Château Gaillard

    Meals Superb dining with all meals on board daily featuring full breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including a welcome reception, Captain's reception and farewell dinner; quality wines from Europe's most famous wine regions with every dinner; one sitting with open seating arrangements

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Grand France River Cruises
16 Days from Paris to Côte d'Azur

    16 Days from Paris to Côte d'Azur
  • Cruise Overview: This splendid vacation showcases France's exciting scenery, history, and culture as you sail along its beautiful rivers. Embark in Paris and head northwest along the Seine River into the picturesque Normandy region. Dock at Conflans and choose between a guided excursion to Vincent van Gogh's Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine's elegant Château de Malmaison. Next up: your choice of a guided visit of Claude Monet's stunning gardens at Giverny or remarkable Bizy Castle. On to Joan of Arc's historic Rouen, where you choose between an included excursion to the poignant Normandy landing beaches or a fascinating "Taste of Normandy." Continue to Les Andelys - home of Château Gaillard, built by England's King Richard the Lionheart in 1196 - and enjoy free time to explore this medieval town on your own. Return to Paris, where you'll disembark and travel south to fascinating Beaune for a wine tasting. In Chalon-sur-Saône, board your second cruise ship and sail on to medieval Tournus, Mâcon, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l'Hermitage, Viviers, Avignon, and Arles as well as France's gastronomic capital of Lyon, where you have time to explore this fascinating city. Your vacation ends with an overnight in the stunning Côte d'Azur on the French Riviera.

    Highlights & Sightseeing

    CRUISE: Deluxe 14-night cruise from Paris to Paris and Chalon-sur-Saône to Port St. Louis in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds.

    PARIS: Welcome reception; guided sightseeing

    CONFLANS: Choice of guided excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise or ChÂteau de Malmaison

    VERNON: Choice of guided excursion to Giverny or Bizy Castle

    ROUEN: Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the Cathedral; choice of excursion to Normandy landing beaches or "A Taste of Normandy"

    LES ANDELYS: Orientation, see ChÂteau Gaillard

    BEAUNE: Orientation walk, see the Hôtel-Dieu; Burgundy wine tasting

    CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE: Welcome reception

    TOURNUS: Guided sightseeing, visit the Abbey of St. Philibert

    LYON: Guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourviere Hill

    TOURNON: Orientation walk

    VIVIERS: Guided walk, visit Old Town and the cathedral

    AVIGNON: Guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes

    ARLES: Guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheater Meals Full buffet breakfast in Côte d'Azur; superb dining with all meals on board daily featuring full breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including a welcome reception, Captain's reception and farewell dinner; quality wines from Europe's most famous wine regions with every dinner; one sitting with open seating arrangements.

    Hotels: CÔTE D'AZUR Fairmont Monte Carlo (D)
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