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Paris to Normandy WWII Remembrance & History Cruise

Embark on a breathtaking river cruise down the Seine River with Avalon Waterways and discover the charming region of Normandy round trip from Paris. Choose from Avalon's Classic, Active, or Discovery excursions to uncover chateaus, castles, wine cellars, and culinary marvels.

Paris to Normandy WWII Remembrance & History Cruise

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Compared to $5,827 CAD per person - save $1,300 CAD per couple
DEPARTURE DATE: June 3, 2025
Countries Visited: France
Departure Port:Paris, France

OVERVIEW

This fabulous river cruise begins and ends in Paris, with a spectacular cruise to Normandy. You’ll sail from Paris to Vernon with your choice of two included excursions—a guided visit to master impressionist Claude Monet’s home and gardens at Giverny, or a guided tour of the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as “Normandy’s Versailles.” 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.”

In Rouen, site of Saint Joan of Arc’s martyrdom, take a guided walk through the medieval quarter and visit the Gothic Rouen Cathedral—once the tallest building in the world. You might choose a full-day excursion to the Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel areas, where the Canadian Forces prevailed over German forces in WWI. From Conflans, join in an excursion to the quaint and inspiring town of Auvers-Sur-Oise—inspired setting for several famous artists, including Vincent van Gogh—or visit Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison. Your Seine River cruise returns to Paris with more time to explore the romantic city. Discover the true heart of Paris on a guided walk through the sites of Paris’ rich history, or take a tour to see its iconic landmarks, including the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more.

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
June 3, 2025from $5,177 CAD - COMPARED TO $5,827 CADPer Person

What's Included

  • 7 night river cruise round trip from Paris
  • Regional wine and beer with lunch and dinner
  • Onboard enrichment activities
  • Onshore excursions with Local Guides
  • Special onboard entertainment
  • FlexDiningSM options to give you the freedom to choose when and where you dine on board
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary computer use in public areas of the ship
  • Complimentary bottled water available daily
  • 24-hour self-serve beverage station offering complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, and a selection of teas; cookies available throughout the day
  • Taxes and port charges

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Tue Jun 3PARIS, FRANCE
2Wed Jun 4VERNON - LES ANDELYS
3Thu Jun 5CAUDEBEC
4Fri Jun 6CAUDEBEC. EXCURSION TO NORMANDY
5Sat Jun 7ROUEN
6Sun Jun 8CONFLANS
7Mon Jun 9PARIS, FRANCE
8Tue Jun 10PARIS (DISEMBARKATION)–BORDEAUX (EMBARKATION)

Day 1 – Paris (Embarkation)

Onboard welcome reception

Day 2 – Vernon–Les Andelys

Monet’s Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crêpes du Jour

Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

ACTIVE EXCURSION
Explore Vernon’s Chateau des Tourelles by foot with your Adventure Host, OR:

CLASSIC EXCURSION
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 EXCURSION
Join a Guided Visit to Bizy Castle—called “Normandy’s Versailles” for its magnificent courtyard, water garden, and stables.

DISCOVERY EXCURSION
While sailing, enjoy a traditional French luncheon of authentic French crêpes followed by an onboard history presentation.
This afternoon, enjoy a beautiful cruise to the picturesque town of Les Andelys.

LES ANDELYS
Serenity on the Seine

ACTIVE EXCURSION
Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins of Château Gaillard—historic home of King Richard the Lionheart, OR:

CLASSIC EXCURSION
Take a Guided Walking Tour of Les Andelys—one of France’s most picturesque spots on the Seine.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CAUDEBEC

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 3 – Caudebec

Ancient Abbeys Along the Seine

ACTIVE EXCURSION
Enjoy a relaxing bike ride along the river with your Adventure Host, OR:

DISCOVERY EXCURSION
Join a guided excursion to a V-1 flying bomb launch site, OR:

CLASSIC EXCURSION
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.

This afternoon, you may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the old seaside town of Honfleur.

DISCOVERY EXCURSION
Onboard lecture about WWII hosted by your history expert.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CAUDEBEC

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 4 – Caudebec

Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions

CLASSIC EXCURSION
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 EXCURSION
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 Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, OR:

CLASSIC EXCURSION
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

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 5 – Rouen

The Cathedral of Our Lady and a Heroine for France

ACTIVE EXCURSION
Take a Guided Bike Tour to discover and explore the most famous monuments and the lesser known hidden gems of Rouen on two wheels, OR:

DISCOVERY EXCURSION
Join a Guide Tour to visit Dieppe, where Operation Jubilee (Dieppe Raid) took place during

WWII, OR:

DISCOVERY EXCURSION
Take a full day excursion in the areas of Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel, where the Canadian Forces fought and prevailed over German forces during WWI, OR:

CLASSIC EXCURSION
Take a Guided Walking Tour of Rouen—site of Saint Joan of Arc’s martyrdom—and see the medieval quarter with its 16th-century Astronomical Clock, and Notre-Dame Cathedral.

DISCOVERY EXCURSION
Onboard history lecture hosted by your history expert.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CONFLANS

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 6 – Conflans

The Footsteps of Van Gogh, Bonaparte, and Louis XIV

ACTIVE EXCURSION
Enjoy a relaxing bike ride along the Seine with your Adventure Host, OR:

CLASSIC EXCURSION
Join a Guided Visit to Auvers-sur-Oise, home and resting place of Vincent van Gogh, OR:

CLASSIC EXCURSION
Take a Guided tour of the opulent Château de Malmaison*—home of Napoléon 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

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 7 – Paris

Cafés, Cathedrals and Canvases in the city of Light

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

ACTIVE EXCURSION
Experience the Seine river by foot with your Adventure Host, OR:

DISCOVERY EXCURSION
Take a WWII tour of Paris which will include a visit to the museum of Les Invalides, dedicated to the Ordre de la Libération which was created in 1940 by General Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French Forces, OR:

CLASSIC EXCURSION
Discover the ancient heart of Paris on a captivating Guided Walk featuring the Palais-Royal, Louvre pyramid, ancient sites on Île de la Cité, the Left Bank, bustling Latin Quarter, and more, OR:

CLASSIC EXCURSION
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, Opéra Garnier, and the famous Champs-Élysées.
Stroll through Paris on your own or linger over wine in a literary café on the Left Bank.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PARIS

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 8 – Paris (Disembarkation)–Bordeaux (Embarkation)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

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