Day 1: UK to Paris
On arrival, transfer to your ship, Avalon Tapestry II. (D)
Day 2: Vernon - Les Andelys
This morning, choose between a guided visit of Claude Monet’s house and stunning gardens at Giverny or a visit to Bizy Castle. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Caudebec
Today, either join an excursion along the Route des Chaumières ‘Thatched Cottage Route’ or along the ‘Normandy Abbeys Route’, a short drive from Caudebec. The afternoon is at leisure. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Caudebec
Choose between an included excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches or a ‘Taste of Normandy’ tour for a more in-depth look at the region. Camembert cheese is a speciality, as is Calvados, a strong apple brandy that you’ll have the chance to taste at a local distillery. You’ll also visit the famous Bayeaux Tapestry. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Rouen
Join the guided walk through the medieval quarter with its halftimbered, glazed-tile houses and Gros Horloge, an intricate astronomical clock dating back to the 16th century. Visit the splendid Gothic cathedral and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Conflans.
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. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Paris.
On an included city sightseeing tour of Paris, see Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiff el Tower, a structural masterpiece of its age. (B,L,D).
Day 8: Paris - UK.
After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your return to the UK. (B)