Style : River cruise
Paris to Normandy with 3 Nights in Venice & 3 Nights in Rome tour
Giverny Normandy Paris to Normandy with 3 Nights in Venice & 3 Nights in Rome Trip

Paris to Normandy with 3 Nights in Venice & 3 Nights in Rome

Avalon Waterways
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Travel Style: Array Relaxed
Physical Level: Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. 1- Very easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
14 days
From: $ 5,658 $ 404 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle or walk with your Adventure Host; choice of guided walk or guided hike in Les Andelys ; onboard crêpe tasting and Pastry Demonstration
  • Choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route” or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of full-day excursions to Normandy landing beaches or 'A Taste of Normandy' excursion
  • Choice of guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral or bike tour
  • Choice of excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine's Château de Malmaison or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided sightseeing, or historic sights on 'Heart of Paris' walking tour or walk with your Adventure Host
  • Flight to Venice
  • Guided sightseeing, visit St. Mark's Square and Basilica, Doges' Palace and the Bridge of Sighs
  • Full day at leisure
  • Travel by high-speed train (first class) to Rome
  • Guided sightseeing, visit St. Peter's Square and Basilica, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Roman Forum (if your sightseeing falls on Wednesday or Sunday when the Vatican Museums are closed, your alternate tour will include inside visits of the Pantheon, Colosseum and Roman Forum)
  • Full day at leisure
  • This fabulous Seine River cruise begins and ends in Paris, followed by three nights each in Venice and Rome! Take in the beautiful scenery along the Seine River and the picturesque and historical region of Normandy


  • Your river cruise through France embarks in Paris and sails to Vernon, where you will choose between two exciting guided visits—Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as “Normandy’s Versailles

Short Description

This fabulous Seine River cruise begins and ends in Paris, followed by three nights each in Venice and Rome! Take in the beautiful scenery along the Seine River and the picturesque and historical region of Normandy.

Your river cruise through France embarks in Paris and sails to Vernon, where you will 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 Pointe du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery, or select “A Taste of Normandy” excursion. In Rouen, take a guided walk through the medieval quarter and visit the Gothic Rouen Cathedral. From Conflans, join in an excursion to the quaint and inspiring town of Auvers-Sur-Oise—inspiration of great artists, including Vincent van Gogh—or visit Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison. Return to the “City of Light” to discover the true heart of Paris on a guided walk through the sites of the city’s rich history, or take a tour to see the iconic landmarks of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more.

From Paris, board a flight to Venice, Italy to begin your Monograms® vacation with three nights each in Venice and Rome. In Venice, enjoy guided sightseeing and a free day to explore the canals, bridges, and wonderful sights on your own. Next, travel by high-speed train to Rome, where you’ll enjoy seeing the classic sights with a guided tour, and a day of free time to spend as you wish. Your Monograms Local Hosts® are on hand in both cities to provide assistance, guidance, and recommendations to vacation in Italy your way!

Style River cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions N/A
Start City PARIS
End City ROME Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning

Destinations

Italy France

Attractions & Cities Visited

Giverny Normandy Paris Rome Rouen Venice

Activities & Interests

Culture River cruise

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Itinerary

Day 1

PARIS, FRANCE (EMBARKATION) Welcome to France. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding

Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Your day is free to explore the world’s most romantic city before starting your cruise on the Seine. Get acquainted with the City of Light today with some shopping, strolling, or with a croissant and café au lait to watch the world go by amid the Parisian cityscape.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VERNON

(D)

Day 2

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

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

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

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 crêpes, followed by a Pastry Demonstration.

This afternoon, enjoy a beautiful cruise to the picturesque town of Les Andelys.

LES ANDELYS

Serenity on the Seine

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

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

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CAUDEBEC

(B,L,D)

Day 3

CAUDEBEC Ancient Abbeys Along the Seine

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

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.

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

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CAUDEBEC

(B,L,D)

Day 4

CAUDEBEC. EXCURSION TO NORMANDY 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 Bény-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

(B,L,D)

Day 5

ROUEN The Cathedral of Our Lady and a Heroine for France

ACTIVE 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:

CLASSIC 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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CONFLANS

(B,L,D)

Day 6

CONFLANS The Footsteps of Van Gogh, Bonaparte, and Louis XIV

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

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 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

(B,L,D)

Day 7

PARIS Cafés, Cathedrals and Canvases in the city of Light

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

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

CLASSIC 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 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

(B,L,D)

Day 8

PARIS–VENICE, ITALY Say goodbye to the Avalon portion of your vacation after breakfast and fly to Venice. Your Local Host will be on hand to help you make the most of your time.

(B)

Day 9

VENICE Your Guided Sightseeing in Venice includes St. Mark’s Square, inside visits of the Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.

(B)

Day 10

VENICE Your Local Host has many suggestions for your day at leisure.

(B)

Day 11

VENICE–ROME Travel by high-speed train (first class) to Rome.

(B)

Day 12

ROME With your included Guided Sightseeing visit St. Peter’s Square, and go inside the Basilica, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum and Roman Forum (if your sightseeing falls on Wednesday or Sunday when the Vatican Museums are closed, your alternate tour will include inside visits of the Pantheon, Colosseum and Roman Forum).

(B)

Day 13

ROME A full day at leisure in Rome. Your Local Host will be on hand to help you make the most of your time.

(B)

Day 14

ROME Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)

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Paris to Normandy with 3 Nights in Venice & 3 Nights in Rome

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I will rate zero stars. Left voicemail with rep to reserve a cruise and she never called me back. I find customer service reps to be way below sub-par. Seems to me sales people don’t care about sales. I’m having this much trouble now what will cruise be like?
It probably only gets worse from there.
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Rhine River Cruise - Never Again

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Recently returned back from a river cruise on the Rhine. I give one star for the way the company reacted when we had a serious problem. They did nothing to help us just left us high and dry to sort ourselves out. We booked a package tour including flights that were apparently the only flights available on their 'deal'. The flights were with Lufthansa via Munich and not direct to Basel from Birmingham (UK), we did question this but were told if anything went wrong it would be up to Avalon to get us to the boat. How wrong that turned out to be. We were due to arrive in Basel at 1pm with plenty of time to catch the short transfer to the boat. Lufthansa cancelled our 12pm flight and could not get us on another flight until 6pm in the evening, too late to catch the boat before scheduled sailing time of 6pm. We called the boat cruse director and Avalon at all times to keep them informed of our late arrival, fully expecting them to step in and arrange alternative transport or hold the boat back a few hours so we could arrive. But no, we were told we would have to make our own way to the next berthing stop some 30-40km upriver. We had to frantically google how to get to the next stop and had to research bus/trains ourselves to transport ourselves to the next stop (remember this was booked as a package tour!). Then once we managed to get to the next town, we called the boat numerous times to confirm exact docking location but just got an answerphone! thank goodness for googling and websites that track boats, eventually managed to locate the berthing location ourselves. In the end we managed to reach the boat at 2.30am in the night, wheels literally fell off my suitcase having to pull over 3km to reach the boat. not a good start to a 7-day cruise and the reason for a one-star review. when we got onboard. room and staff were good. Tours OK, but a little rushed at times. Cruse director didn't seem to be too concerned at our ordeal! We missed the safety briefing the night before, but nobody said anything about it or made any attempt to give us a tour briefing the next morning. I would certainly think twice before booking with this company and in hindsight I would not accept their package flights.
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Totally ripped off my Avalon Taste of Egypt "cruise"

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From the very start Avalon's Taste of Egypt and Jordan tour was off. They started by giving us instructions to bring rain gear and nothing for the boiling weather in Egypt (clearly a cut and paste from their Europen cruises) The guides were either disinterested or going on about lenghty historical details of every Ramses form number 1 to 22. No talk of life in Egypt. or camels, or oases..things a tourist would care about.
The river cruise portion(supposedly 4 days) was moored for 1.5 days. Then it Collided with another ship, then travelled at night so zero views. The ship (Farah) had no internet for passengers for most of the 4 days yet the ship itself did. (I know , they coded me in eventually if I promised to tell no one).
Meals were okay but crowded and adorned with cheap wine and service that didn't know anything about the food or wine.
Avalon never stepped in, or corrected , or apologized for any of this.
Instead they missed no chance to tell us how much to tip for the non-service and the non-delivery of service.
We were made to catch planes at 2 in the morning. We frequently didn't stop for meals for up to 13 hours (I'm not kidding. Many of us were in our 70's and one was 80) but we never missed those stops where they give the tourists a 5 minute demonstration followed by the "opportunity" to by from the shop.We were sheep delivered to be shorn while our guide got his free meal or baksheesh.
I could go on for an hour. They finally sent me a survey after the trip to rate their EUROPEAN cruise. Another cut and paste.
They were at least 50% more expensive than the next that was similar.
To sum up, I will NEVER recommend Avalon for a cruise. In fact, I will go out of my way to warn people of this slipshod junky organization
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Outstanding - I recently wrote a review about the booking service with Avalon which was outstanding and now I have the pleasure of reviewing the holiday.
Just returned from Danube Dreams on the Avalon Passion. From start to finish it was perfect. After arriving at Munich airport we were greeted by our Avalon driver who escorted us to the minibus and then to the Boat. Once aboard the staff had laid on a beautiful lunch while we waited for our suites. We explored our new surroundings and were not disappointed.The staff and crew made you feel so special, the cruise director was helpful funny and seemed to never sleep ! He was always available keeping everyone up to date with everything. The bar staff were so funny and joined the guests dancing and sang one night ! They were lovely to chat to. Housekeeping always said good morning and wished us a nice day. The food was outstanding it was far more than I’d expected beautifully presented. Buffet breakfast, buffet lunch or lite lunch, afternoon tea then dinner served and wines and beer regional to the country with lunch and dinner. Happy hour every day so cocktails worked out £5 bargain. Coffee machine was lovely just help yourself cappuccino latte expresso etc.Always served with nuts and snacks. Every day trips were included and excellent, we did the optional classical concert in Vienna which was fantastic. We had two opera singers who were very entertaining and two dancers. Most people dressed casual smart.
The sliding doors in the suite was lovely. The room was immaculate and cleaned and tidied twice a day.
We had entertainment casual twice which was enough as the trips start at 9am so you do get quite worn out but in a good way. I’d love to go again and would now always go with Avalon it felt as if you were on holiday with friends and family.
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Custmer service before trip is lacking.

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Booked a 2023 Rhine river cruise at end of 2021. Can not get anyone to assist in issues from free air fair to pretravel days in Amsterdam. Have called several times only to be hung up on. Orginal agent is no longer with Avalon. Was told that the down payment included travel insurance and only $500 of orginal deposit can be refunded if cancelled. Wondering if I need to just cancell this trip and book with another company with better client service.
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I’m reviewing the booking procedure- totally customer care amazing!
Avalon have been fantastic helping us book a Danube river cruise - we receive regular email updates and the App they provide is so helpful listing all the trips selected your flights a day by day guide to all destinations. Any queries answered in person with hours we cannot speak highly enough of the service so far -and information provided. Will review again after the trip
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Optional Activities

WPP|Paris to Normandy
WPP1|With 3 Nights in London
WPP2|With 3 Nights in Venice & 3 Nights in Rome
XGE5|With Britain Sampler

Local Flights

Participation in this tour requires a purchase of additional local flights.

Accommodations



Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel

Enjoying an unbeatable location next to the iconic Eiffel Tower, this 456-room sleek, modern hotel offers free Wi-Fi internet access throughout and has a California-inspired Brasserie with open kitchen and stylish wine bar. Other amenities include a large gym on the 9th floor with panoramic rooftop vistas.


Paris
France
18,Avenue De Suffren

Palazzo San Lorenzo

This delightful boutique hotel is located directly along one of Venice's most characteristic canals in the heart of the historical city center. Murano-glass chandeliers, velvety finished wall surfaces with an antique look, and parquet flooring and luxurious fabric-covered walls all combine to create a special environment. Complimentary high-speed wireless internet access is available throughout the property and there is also a small breakfast room.


Venice
Italy
Fondamenta de l'Osmarin, 4981/B

Starhotels Metropole

This elegant 236 room modern boutique style hotel is perfectly placed. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property and there is also a fitness room. Tempting international dishes and Roman specialties can be savored in the intimate restaurant and for a refreshing break there is a stylish bar offering all day drinks, cakes, and light bites.


Roma
Italy
Via Principe Amedeo 3

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