2021 Season

Britain Sampler with Paris to Normandy


cruise: XGE5 16 Day River Cruise London to Paris
Join us for an adventure on this guided tour of Britain to sample iconic and inspiringly beautiful locales in England and Scotland. See the classic landmarks in exciting London, including Big Ben, and take an excursion to see the mysterious Stonehenge and the excavations of the Roman Baths. Your Globus guided vacation in Britain also takes you to Liverpool (home of the Beatles) and Edinburgh, Scotland. Visit York, England, as well as William Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, before concluding your England and Scotland vacation tour in London.

Your Britain Sampler vacation segues into a wonderful French river cruise from Paris to Normandy aboard your Avalon Suite Ship®. You’ll board a Eurostar train from London to Paris to embark on your Seine River cruise from the “City of Light.” You’ll first sail to Vernon, where you’ll choose between two exciting guided visits—Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as “Normandy’s Versailles.” You may choose to go on an excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery. In Rouen, best known as the site of Joan of Arc’s persecution, you’ll go on a guided walk through the medieval quarter. From Conflans, join an excursion to the quaint and inspiring town of Auvers-Sur-Oise—the inspiration of famous artists, including Vincent van Gogh—or visit Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison.

On this French river cruise, enjoy wine, cheese, and beautiful scenery along the Seine River. Discover the true heart of Paris on a guided walk through the sites of Paris’ rich history, or take a tour showing you the iconic sites of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more.
You get the best of both worlds on an Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise with a Globus Europe guided tour. Select Globus 2021 Europe tours are limited to an average of just 24 guests per tour. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus European tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery Globus European tour is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

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Day 1 London: Welcome to England

Day 2 London: Guided sightseeing
Day 3 London–Stonehenge–Bath: Explore prehistoric Stonehenge, see the Roman relics in Bath, welcome dinner

Day 4 Bath–Ludlow–Llangollen–Liverpool: Sightseeing in Ludlow, transfer to Liverpool

Day 5 Liverpool–Grasmere–Gretna Green–Edinburgh: Stop in Wordsworth's village, travel to Edinburgh

Day 6 Edinburgh: Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle

Day 7 Edinburgh–Abbotsford–Jedburgh–York, England: Guided tour of Sir Walter Scott's house in Abbotsford, visit Jedburgh, walking tour in York

Day 8 York–Stratford-upon-Avon–London: Visit of Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

Day 9 London–Paris (Embarkation): Transfer to Paris; onboard welcome reception

Day 10 Vernon–Les Andelys: Choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; choice of guided walk, or guided hike in Les Andelys; crêpes tasting on board

Day 11 Caudebec: Excursion along the Normandy Abbeys Route

Day 12 Caudebec: Choice of full day excursion to Normandy landing beaches, or A Taste of Normandy excursion

Day 13 Rouen: Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral or bike tour

Day 14 Conflans: Choice of excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise, or Napoleon and Josephine's Château de Malmaison

Day 15 Paris: Choice of guided sightseeing or Heart of Paris walking tour to see Paris' historic sights

Day 16 Paris (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning
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Avalon Choice

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. Plus, we offer independent exploration options and the use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP on most of our cruises. 

Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience.

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  • 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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