Book a 2018 holiday before 14 August and our home pick-up service is doubled to 100 miles.
Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
Cruise from Paris to Normandy on this captivating journey that brings the history along the Seine River to life: stand on the WWII landing beaches, visit Joan of Arc’s hometown, and peek inside Napoleon's charming country estate.
Travel to Paris where you will be met and transferred to your cruise ship for seven nights. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception.
Included today: Choice of excursion to Giverny or Bizy Castle; guided walk in Les Andelys; visit the Parish church of Le Petit Andely. This morning, choose between a guided visit of Claude Monet's house and stunning gardens at Giverny or a visit to Bizy Castle. Claude Monet lived at Giverny for almost 43 years. See his collection of Japanese prints, his charming house, and his biggest sources of inspiration including the lily pond and Japanese Bridge. Alternatively, visit Bizy Castle, built in 1740 and nicknamed 'Normandy's Versailles'. It is known for its famous stable, magnificent courtyard and water garden. After lunch, your ship arrives in Les Andelys, perched on a bend of the Seine and one of the most beautiful places in France. Join a Local Guide for a walk of the town, including a visit to the Parish Church of Le Petit Andely. The imposing Château Gaillard overlooks the town. Built by Richard the Lionheart in 1196 fearing an attack from France's king, the château fortress was constructed in just one year and is truly a masterpiece of Middle Ages military architecture.
Included today: Choice of excursion along either the 'Thatched Cottages' route or the 'Normandy Abbeys' route. Today, either join an excursion along the Route des Chaumières 'Thatched Cottage Route' to see some of Normandy's charming and traditional half-timbered houses, with their long sloping thatched roofs, often sporting blue wooden doors and window shutters; or along the 'Normandy's Abbeys' route, a short drive from Caudebec. More than 100 abbeys once covered this region, that has a microclimate particularly suited to the production of fruit such as apples, pears, plums, and cherries. The afternoon is free to explore on your own or to join in an included excursion to the pretty coastal town of Honfleur.
Included today: Choice of excursion to Normandy Landing Beaches or A Taste of Normandy tour. Today, choose between an included excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, visiting some of the most poignant sights of World War II such as Juno Beach, Pegasus Museum, and the British and Canadian Cemeteries, or a 'Taste of Normandy' tour for a more in-depth look at this picturesque, mainly agricultural region. The most important produce include dairy, apples and grain. Camembert cheese is a speciality, as is Calvados, a strong apple brandy that you'll have the chance to taste at a local distillery.
Included today: Guided sightseeing, see Astronomical Clock. Rouen, the capital of Upper Normandy, is an important commercial city perhaps best known for its connection to Joan of Arc, who lived, was imprisoned and was later burned at the stake in the marketplace of this town in 1431. Join the guided walk through the medieval quarter with its half-timbered, glazed-tile houses and Gros Horloge, an intricate Astronomical Clock dating back to the 16th century. Included, there is an option to visit Musee Beaux Art - if not you will have free time. Visit the splendid Gothic cathedral, once the tallest building in the world and subject of a series of Claude Monet's paintings. The afternoon is free to explore on your own.
Included today: Choice of excursion to either Auvers-sur-Oise or Napolean and Josephine's Château de Malmaison. After breakfast, why not join either our guided excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise, the quaint little town where Vincent Van Gogh lived and died, or visit 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'.
Included today: Guided sightseeing or 'Heart of Paris' walk. During your included city sightseeing tour of Paris, see the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its contrasting modern glass pyramid and striking Renaissance architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower, a structural masterpiece of its age. Alternatively you may wish to join a guided walk through historic Ile St Louis and Ile de la Cité. In your free time, perhaps stroll the Champs-Elysées, visit the world-famous Louvre or head to Montmartre to enjoy its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on the Place du Tertre. The city is well known for its colourful nightlife and an optional outing to one of Paris' famous cabarets might make the perfect finale to your cruise holiday.
Disembark and transfer to the airport or station for your journey to the UK.
Another extraordinary, brand new Suite Ship in the Avalon fleet, Avalon Tapestry II launched in 2015. Avalon Tapestry II offers two full decks of unrivalled Panorama Suites, each sized at an impressive 200 square feet and featuring wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform your stateroom into a unique Open-Air Balcony. On board amenities include state-of-the-art technology, contemporary furnishings, free Wi-Fi access, a spacious Sky Deck with shade system and whirlpool, and a chic Sky Bistro for al-fresco lunches.
These suites feature a 6-person sitting area, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, double sinks, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, marble countertops in bathroom, nightly turn-down service, soft and firm pillows, vanity, well-stocked minibar, alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, coffee table, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, easy under-bed luggage storage, elegant, contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, make-up mirror, memory foam mattress toppers, a sofa, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, wall-to-wall panoramic window with Open-Air Balcony®, and a writing desk.
These suites feature a 6-person sitting area, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, easy under-bed luggage storage, elegant, a contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, make-up mirror, memory foam mattress toppers, sofa, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, wall-to-wall panoramic window with Open-Air Balcony®, writing desk, alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, coffee table, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, marble countertops in bathroom, nightly turn-down service, soft and firm pillows, vanity and a well-stocked minibar.
These staterooms feature an alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, easy under-bed luggage storage, an elegant, contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, memory foam mattress toppers, soft and firm pillows, two windows, well-stocked minibar, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, nightly turn-down service, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, vanity and a writing desk.
Beautiful boat - Avalon Creativity, very comfortable and well appointed. Good food and wine, very friendly and helpful crew, very relaxing. Bistro dinner - tasting menu - 11 courses, is new this year and was great fun! Excursions (included) all well planned and the local guides used were, without exception, very knowledgeable and friendly, it was also very good that we were never in groups of more than about 15 so even if 60 people wanted to go on an excursion, extra guides were arranged so we weren't in one huge group. The excursions were a good mix of history, culture and sightseeing. I thought the 'extra', optional excursions were overpriced though - for example, Versailles - you wanted 59 euros each. Since disembarkation on the last day was 9am and my flight wasn't till 8.15pm I took myself to Versailles - bus there and back plus entry to gardens - no queues - 13 euros. (That excursion was actually cancelled - Versailles is shut on Mondays so a Tuesday to Tuesday tour can't do Versailles anyway) Even better if - Could Creativity do Wednesday - Wednesday (not Tuesday - Tuesday) or point out in the brochure that many museums are shut on Mondays, our 'free time in Paris' was a little limited - Musee d'orsay - shut - Versailles - shut - Catacombs - shut, Louvre - open - but since other places were shut the queues were even longer than usual! Fortunately it was good weather and i like sitting in cafes watching the world go by. I know many Paris museums shut on Mondays - but most people don't and i think this ought to be pointed out when booking so people can choose the Sat - Sat or Tue - Tue holiday (especially if they have come a long way - there were many people from Australia, new Zealand and the USA aboard and I know at least one lady from the US was devastated not to get to Versailles)
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