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Avalon Waterways Active & Discovery on the Seine with 1 Night in Saint-Malo & 1 Night in Mont St. Michel (Southbound) (WHPQ)

11 Day River Cruise Paris to Paris 
Start your vacation with a night in Paris—“The City of Light,” and enjoy an evening in what is called the most romantic city in the world. On your way transfer to Saint-Malo, stop for a visit to the 12th-century Notre-Dame de Chartres. Next day, enjoy a walking tour of Saint-Malo. Next day stop in Nielles for a tasting of local products, before travelling to Mont St. Michel. Discover its magnificent abbey, one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Next morning take a transfer to Le Havre, to board your Avalon Suite Ship®. Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Le Havre, a World Heritage Sites. From Caudebec, you may wish to take an excursion to the Normandy beaches and memorials and monuments to the Allied Forces. Alternatively, you may take a “Taste of Normandy” excursion to discover the farming traditions and culinary specialties of this area. Continue to Rouen for a walking tour of the village where Joan of Arc was martyred, as well as the Notre-Dame Cathedral, and Astronomical Clock. Sail on to Les Andelys for guided tours of this picturesque village, and nearby castle ruins. Continue your river cruise through France to visit the home of master artist Claude Monet at the gardens of Giverny or visit magnificent Bizy Castle. Next, cruise to Conflans to visit Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de Malmaison.

Your river cruise on the Seine returns to Paris, where you’ll discover the true heart of Paris on a guided walk through its historic sites, or take a tour to see the famous landmarks, including the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more. You’ll long reflect on this this remarkable Seine River cruise, with panoramic views and the remembrances of history, heroes, and artists brought to life.

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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Paris: Welcome to France

Day 2 Paris–Saint-Malo: Transfer to Saint-Malo; guided sightseeing

Day 3 Saint-Malo–Mont St. Michel: Coach transfer or bike to Nielles with local products tasting; transfer to Mont St. Michel, guided sightseeing

Day 4 Mont St. Michel-Le Havre (Embarkation): Transfer to Le Havre; onboard welcome reception

Day 5 Le Havre: Choice of Le Havre sightseeing, or visit to the Palais Bénédictine in Fécamp or guided bike tour

Day 6 Caudebec. Excursions to Normandy: Choice of full day excursions to Normandy landing beaches, or “A Taste of Normandy” excursion

Day 7 Rouen: Choice of guided tour, see the Astronomical Clock and visit to the cathedral; time at leisure

Day 8 Les Andelys-Vernon: In Les Andelys choice of guided tour, or hike to Château Gaillard or excursion to Lyons-la-Forêt; onboard crêpes tasting and pastry demonstration; in Vernon choice of excursions to Giverny, or food walking tour, or guided canoe tour

Day 9 Conflans: Choice of excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise, or excursion to Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de Malmaison, or demonstration of crem Chantilly in the Château Chantilly, or guided Maisons-Laffite e-biking tour

Day 10 Paris: Choice of guided sightseeing or food tour or guided bike tour in the park

Day 11 Paris (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

Itinerary (2024)

 Bienvenue en France!

Your day is free to explore the world’s most romantic city. 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.
 Transfer to Saint-Malo.

CLASSIC Enjoy a Walking Tour of the walled city of Saint Malo famous for his long history of piracy.

 Between Piracy and Granite Walls

ACTIVE Enjoy a Bike Ride to coastal village of Nielles, OR:

DISCOVERY Stop in Nielles for a delicious taste of local products.

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour to discover Mont St. Michel and its abbey, one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

 Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

CLASSIC On the way to Le Havre, stop in Utah beach and visit the Airborne museum.

Tonight, enjoy dinner on board and explore your Suite Ship®.


 20th Century Architecture and White Cliffs of Normandy

Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

ACTIVE Explore the city as only a local would: by bicycle. Cycle up to the quartier Saint François, OR:

DISCOVERY Travel to Fecamp 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:

CLASSIC 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 want to choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available


 Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions

DISCOVERY Join “A Taste of Normandy” Guided Tour for an in-depth look at this rich agricultural region. Visit the beautiful village of Beuvron en Auge and taste Calvados apple brandy at a local distillery, OR:

CLASSIC 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 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.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship while sailing to Rouen.


 The Cathedral of Our Lady, and a Heroine for France

CLASSIC 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, OR:

In the afternoon, you're free to explore the city on your own or to join one of our Optional Excursions.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.


 Serenity on the Seine

ACTIVE 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:

DISCOVERY 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, OR:

CLASSIC 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.

DISCOVERY While sailing, enjoy a traditional French luncheon of authentic French crêpes, followed by a Pastry Demonstration.


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

ACTIVE Spend a fun and active day canoeing. Join an expert guide and paddle your way through areas accessible only by water, OR:

DISCOVERY Enjoy and learn all about the Normandy cheese trail and traditional French pastries during this Guided Walking Tour, OR:

CLASSIC 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.


 The Footsteps of Van Gogh and Bonaparte

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

ACTIVE This Guided E-bike Tour will take you to the Château de Maisons-Lafitte where you will enjoy a special snack, OR:

DISCOVERY 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:

CLASSIC 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 Take a Guided tour of the opulent Château de Malmaison—home of Napoléon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine.

You may join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Palace of Versailles—home to a succession of French kings.

This afternoon, cruise to Paris and in the evening enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.


 Cafés, Cathedrals and Canvases in the city of Lights Truly Shines

ACTIVE Hop on a bike to explore Paris like a local on this enjoyable guided tour through Bois de Boulogne! OR:

DISCOVERY Immerse yourself on our Food and Cultural Tour of Paris where you will find out why the French food and culinary tration has been even added to the UNESCO heritage list, OR:

CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing which will show you magnificent must-see sights.

This afternoon, you may want to choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available.

Alternatively, stroll through Paris on your own or linger over wine in a literary café on the Left Bank.


 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.


Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Avalon 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.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

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