2019 : Britain Sampler with Paris to Normandy (XGE5) - Tapestry II

16 Day River Cruise London to Paris

Join our adventure on your guided tour of Britain to sample iconic and inspiringly beautiful locales in England and Scotland. You'll see the classic landmarks in exciting London, including Big Ben, Venture out to see the mysterious Stonehenge, and the excavations of the Roman Baths. Your Britain guided vacation also takes you to Liverpool (home of the Beatles), and Edinburgh, Scotland You'll 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 to a wonderful French river cruise 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 Lights" in Paris to the picturesque and historical region of Normandy.

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 home of Joan of Arc, you'll go on a guided walk through the medieval quarter, and from Conflans, go on 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, you'll enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery along the Seine River through historical parts of France, as well as Paris, the "City of Lights." You'll see Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum, as well as other romantic sites in the heart of Paris.

Cruise at-a-Glance

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 and Holyrood Palace
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
Day 11 Caudebec: Choice of excursion along the "Normandy Abbeys Route", or hike in the Natural Park; lecture on board
Day 12 Caudebec: Choice of full day excursions to Normandy landing beaches, or "A Taste of Normandy" excursion
Day 13 Rouen: Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral
Day 14 Conflans: Choice of excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise, or Napoleon and Josephine's Chateau de Malmaison
Day 15 Paris: Choice of guided sightseeing, or "Heart of Paris" walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral
Day 16 Paris (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    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. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise: Classic Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites. Discovery We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore. Active Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

    Day 1

    LONDON, ENGLAND

    Welcome to London. Start the Globus part of your vacation.

    Day 2

    (B)

    LONDON, ENGLAND

    Guided morning sightseeing includes all the famous landmarks: see the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall's mounted horseguards, Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace, and visit St. Paul's Cathedral.

    Day 3

    (B, D)

    LONDON-STONEHENGE-BATH

    Explore prehistoric Stonehenge and see the amazing excavations of the Roman Baths. Welcome dinner at your hotel.

    Day 4

    (B)

    BATH-LUDLOW-LLANGOLLEN, WALES-LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND

    Travel to the medieval market town of Ludlow and via pretty Llangollen on the river Dee, reach Liverpool, the maritime city.

    Day 5

    (B)

    LIVERPOOL-GRASMERE-GRETNA GREEN, SCOTLAND-EDINBURGH

    Stop in Wordsworth's Grasmere, and then head for Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples.

    Day 6

    (B)

    EDINBURGH

    Guided morning sightseeing introduces you to the "Old Town," the 200-year old "New Town," Holyrood Palace, and Edinburgh Castle, which houses Scotland's Crown Jewels.

    Day 7

    (B)

    EDINBURGH-ABBOTSFORD-JEDBURGH-YORK, ENGLAND

    Guided morning sightseeing introduces you to the "Old Town," the 200-year old "New Town," Holyrood Palace, and Edinburgh Castle, which houses Scotland's Crown Jewels.

    Day 8

    (B)

    YORK-STRATFORD-UPON-AVON-LONDON

    Head further south to Stratford-upon-Avon for a visit of Shakespeare's birthplace and to take pictures of Anne Hathaway's Cottage. Then, return to London.

    Day 9

    (B, D)

    LONDON-PARIS,FRANCE (EMBARKATION)

    Transfer to Paris to board your Avalon Suite Ship®.

    This evening, enjoy dinner on board.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VERNON

    Day 10

    (B, L, D)

    VERNON

    Monet's Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crapes du Jour

    Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.
    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, OR:
    Classic Join a Guided Visit to Bizy Castle-called "Normandy's Versailles" for its magnificent courtyard, water garden, and stables.
    Discovery While sailing, enjoy a traditional French luncheon of authentic French crapes, followed by a Pastry Demonstration.
    This afternoon, enjoy a beautiful cruise to the picturesque town of Les Andelys.

    LES ANDELYS

    Serenity on the Seine's Most Beautiful Riverbends

    Classic Take a Guided Walking Tour of Les Andelys-one of France's most picturesque spots on the Seine, OR:
    Active Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins of Chateau Gaillard-historic home of King Richard the Lionheart.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CAUDEBEC

    Day 11

    (B, L, D)

    CAUDEBEC

    Churches, Cherry Orchards, and White Cliffs of Normandy
    Active Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Run in Normandy's town of Caudebec.
    Classic Take a Guided Trip along the Normandy Abbeys Route-where more than 100 medieval Benedictine and Augustine abbeys and churches were built along the Seine, OR:
    Active Explore Boucles de la Seine Normande with a Guided Hike of Normandy's vast regional nature park in a region rich in apple, plum, pear, and cherry orchards.
    This afternoon, you may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the old seaside town of Honfleur, or a Guided Optional Excursion to see the white-chalk cliffs and arches of the oceanside town of Etretat.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CAUDEBEC

    Day 12

    (B, L, D)

    CAUDEBEC. NORMANDY EXCURSIONS

    Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions
    Classic Join a Guided Tour of Normandy's WWII landing beaches, visit 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 Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, OR:
    Classic Join "A Taste of Normandy" Guided Tour for an in-depth look at this rich agricultural region. See the famous Bayeux Tapestry, visit the beautiful village of Beuvron en Auge and taste Calvados at a local distillery.
    Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

    EVENING CRUISE TO ROUEN

    Day 13

    (B, L, D)

    ROUEN

    The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, and a Heroine for France
    Active Join your Adventure Host for a Morning Walk.
    Classic Take a Guided Walking Tour of Rouen-home of the martyred Joan of Arc-and see the medieval quarter with its 16th-century Astronomical Clock, and Notre-Dame Cathedral.
    Spend free time this afternoon to explore Rouen's city markets, shops, and bike paths. Enjoy onboard entertainment before setting sail this evening.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CONFLANS

    Day 14

    (B, L, D)

    CONFLANS

    In the Footsteps of Van Gogh, Bonaparte, and Louis XIV
    Classic Join a Guided Visit to Auvers-sur-Oise,home and resting place of Vincent van Gogh, OR:
    Classic Take a Guided tour of the opulent Chateau de Malmaison-home of Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine.
    Perhaps, join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Palace of Versailles-home to a succession of French kings.

    EVENING CRUISE TO PARIS

    Day 15

    (B, L, D)

    PARIS

    Cafes, Cathedrals, and Canvases-The City of Lights Truly Shines
    Active Take a Morning Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host to see Paris at first light.
    Classic Take a Guided Walking Tour through the Heart of Paris to see the historic Ile St. Louis, Ile de la Cite, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, OR:
    Classic Join a Guided City Tour, that shows you the iconic sites of Paris, such as the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Opera Garnier, and the famous Champs-Elysees.
    Stroll through Paris on your own, or linger over wine in a literary cafe on the Left Bank.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PARIS

    Day 16

    (B)

    PARIS (DISEMBARKATION)

    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    Notes

  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
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    Cruise Line
    Avalon Waterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2018
    Duration
    16 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Tapestry II

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1London  
    Day 2London  
    Day 3Bath  
    Day 4Liverpool  
    Day 5Edinburgh  
    Day 6Edinburgh  
    Day 7York  
    Day 8London  
    Day 9Paris  
    Day 10Les Andelys  
    Day 11Caudebec  
    Day 12Caudebec  
    Day 13Rouen  
    Day 14Conflans  
    Day 15Paris  
    Day 16Paris  
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    Port charges:
    $182

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in London:
    in single room from $191 to $281, in twin room from $109 to $152

    Extra nights per person in Paris:
    in single room from $315 to $433, in twin room from $187 to $246

    All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

    Category / Decks / Price
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    B / Sapphire Deck / $1149
    A / Sapphire Deck / $1199
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    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2199

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