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2024 Season

Paris to Normandy 80th Anniversary of D-Day WWII Remembrance & History Cruise


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8 Day River Cruise Paris to Paris
This fabulous river cruise combines time in France’s unparalleled capital of Paris with beautiful scenery along the Seine River and the picturesque and historical region of Normandy.

Embark on your adventure in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! The “City of Light” has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. A guided walk through the historic Île St. Louis with its narrow streets, and Île de la Cité where medieval Paris was founded, will be a delight or take a tour focused on WWII and visit the museum of Les Invalides. Sail to Conflans, 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.” On 6th June join us for an onboard D-Day 80th Commemoration Ceremony. In Rouen, you’ll go on a guided walk through the medieval quarter, visit the gothic Cathedral and learn the important role played by this city during the French Resistance. Alternatively you will visit the battlefields in the area of Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel. You’ll sail through the picturesque and historic landscapes of Normandy, with the choice to visit the historic sites of the famed WWII landing beaches, and moving monuments to Allied forces, or you may explore the farming region for a “Taste of Normandy.” From Vernon, go on an excursion to the quaint and inspiring town of Auvers-Sur-Oise or visit Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison, before sailing back to Paris for disembarkation.

On this French river cruise, you’ll enjoy wine, cheese, history lectures by an expert travelling with you, beautiful scenery along the Seine River, and stops in charming and historical parts of France!

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Day 1 Paris (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Paris: Choice of guided sightseeing, or historic sights on “Heart of Paris” walking tour or walk with your Adventure Host or WWII theme tour with visit of the museum of Les Invalides

Day 3 Conflans: Choice of excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise, or Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de Malmaison or bike with your Adventure Host; onboard history lecture; onboard Commemoration Ceremony of the D-Day 80th Anniversary

Day 4 Les Andelys-Rouen: Choice of guided walk or guided hike in Les Andelys and guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral in Rouen or full day excursion to Vimy and Beaumont-Hamel

Day 5 Caudebec: Choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route” ” or visit the V-1 launch bomb site or bike with your Adventure Host; onboard D-Day lecture

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

Day 7 Vernon: Choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle or walk with your Adventure Host; onboard crêpe tasting and Pastry Demonstration

Day 8 Paris (Disembarkation): Your cruise ends this morning

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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