Paris to Normandy With Britain Sampler (16 Days)

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Paris, France to London, United Kingdom
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Paris, France

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); Note: Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30 pm. Guests must be onboard ship by 5 pm.

Vernon, France
Giverny, France
Vernon, France
Les Andelys, France

This morning in Vernon, choose between a guided visit of Giverny and a visit to Château de Bizy. 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 Château de Bizy, 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. Alternatively, you may wish to join your guide on a hike up to the ruins of imposing Château Gaillard, built by England's King Richard the Lionheart as a fortress in 1196. Constructed in only a year, it is a masterpiece of medieval military architecture. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Caudebec-en-caux, France

Today, join a guided excursion 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 the pretty coastal town of Honfleur. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Caudebec-en-caux, France
Saint-pierre-du-mont, France
Saint-laurent-sur-mer, France
Colleville Cemetery, France
Caudebec-en-caux, France

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)

Rouen, France

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)

Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France
Auvers-sur-Oise, France
Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France

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)

Paris, France

Known as one of the world's most romantic and lively cities, Paris delights the senses. 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-Élysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré-Cœur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Paris, France
London, United Kingdom

This morning, disembark your Avalon ship in Paris and join the included transfer to the train station for your journey to London by Eurostar train. Upon arrival at St Pancras station a local host will greet you and you will be transferred to your London hotel. (Breakfast)

London, United Kingdom

After a hearty English breakfast, morning sightseeing with a local guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall's mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister's Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. The highlight is a visit to St. Paul's Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece built between 1675 and 1708. Free time in the afternoon for independent activities or to join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle or the Tower of London with its fabulous Crown Jewels. Later, how about an optional dinner, followed by a cruise on the Thames River? (Breakfast)

DAY 10
London, United Kingdom
Stonehenge, United Kingdom
Bath, United Kingdom

Meet your tour director and traveling companions, and depart at 8 am for a memorable day of sightseeing. First, try to unravel the mystery of prehistoric Stonehenge. Explore the visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire the magnificence of the monument up close. Cross Salisbury Plain and head for the elegant Georgian city of Bath, where you see the amazing excavations of the Roman Baths. You will also have time to explore the town further on your own. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 11
Bath, United Kingdom
Stow-on-the-Wold, England, United Kingdom
Stratford-upon-avon, United Kingdom
Llangollen, United Kingdom
Chester, United Kingdom

Savor vistas of the Cotswolds on your way via the medieval market town of Stow-on-the-Wold to Stratford-upon-Avon. Time here to visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and for pictures of Anne Hathaway's Cottage. The afternoon is dedicated to North Wales. Take a stroll in picturesque Llangollen, home of an annual international contest for poets and musicians. Spend the night at Chester, the historic county town on the Dee River. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 12
Chester, United Kingdom
Grasmere, United Kingdom
Gretna Green, Scotland, United Kingdom
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

This morning's walking tour includes the Roman remains, black-and-white half-timbered buildings, the cathedral, and the two-tiered shopping arcades called the "Rows". Focus now on the tranquil Lake District, recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Take a break in Wordsworth's beloved Grasmere, and try original Grasmere Gingerbread. Then, head north for the Scottish border. On the way through the history-steeped Lowland Hills, stop at Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. In Edinburgh, don't miss our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. (Breakfast)

DAY 13
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Morning city sightseeing with a local guide introduces you to the 200-year-old "New Town", and the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the "Old Town", drive up the narrow Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle to admire Scotland's Crown Jewels, then explore Holyrood Palace (when available). The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departure numbers 0730 through 0820, tickets are included for tonight's performance of the world-renowned Military Tattoo, a vast spectacle of massed Scottish pipe bands that takes place in an arena on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. (Breakfast)

DAY 14
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Abbotsford House, Melrose, Scotland, United Kingdom
Melrose, United Kingdom
Jedburgh, United Kingdom
York, United Kingdom

First on today's agenda is a guided tour of Sir Walter Scott's Abbotsford House. After the tour, enjoy a cup of tea and shortbread at Ochiltree's Dining. Melrose Abbey and the ruins at Jedburgh are pointed out on the way to the English border and Northumberland National Park. In York, England's most complete medieval city, stand in awe in front of the great structure of York Minster, then follow your tour director through a maze of quaint streets including the narrow Shambles. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 15
York, United Kingdom
Stamford, United Kingdom
Cambridge, United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom

Leave Yorkshire and its associations with James Herriot, and drive through the richest farmland in Britain. Pause in the market town of Stamford before arriving in the beautiful university city of Cambridge. Return to London around 3:30 pm. How about a night out on the town with newfound friends? (Breakfast)

DAY 16
London, United Kingdom

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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What's Included


  • The Avalon Tapestry II is a true haven on the river - two full decks of Panorama Suites with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities and services include free Wi-Fi access, Internet corner, a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, a hair salon, elevator, and a spacious Sky Deck with shade system, whirlpool, deck games, and the delightful Sky Bistro for al-fresco lunches of light grill fare.

Not Included

  • Airfare | Gratuities | Any items of a personal nature | Anything not specifically noted as included

About Us

When designing its new ships, Avalon Waterways started with the traveler instead of the ship. This is a river cruise company that invites innovation, imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space be its guide. The result? More space. Bigger views. More comfort … All thanks to one-of-a-kind Panorama SuitesSM on the industry’s only Suite Ships®. The Suite Ships of Avalon are revolutionizing the river cruise industry. For instance, on these signature vessels, Avalon brings an unprecedented level of thoughtfulness and attention to detail to every aspect of the Panorama Suites, providing travelers an oasis to escape to, not escape from. Even better? Avalon doesn’t offer travelers just a few Panorama Suites on each ship. Instead, 80 percent of the guest rooms on Suite Ships are Panorama Suite (they’re 30 percent larger than the average river cruise room). In designing its ships, Avalon has refused to see space as a barrier. That fact couldn’t be truer when looking at the company’s inspired indoor/outdoor space. For instance, Avalon’s Open-Air Balconies®, a completely new concept, make full use of the intended balcony experience – in any weather condition, in any season – without compromising room space. How? Giant wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows with a 7-foot opening. Avalon has considered every detail of the cruise experience. But perhaps it’s what the company hasn’t done that makes it so unique. It hasn’t filled ships to capacity with people. In fact, because the river cruise line made its rooms so spacious, there’s more room for less people. Simply put, Avalon Waterways is built differently

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