The Normandy region of France is most notable for its significant role in WWII, impressionist art and the sumptuous tapestry of fresh produce found in the area. If you haven’t seen this part of the world yet, or if you think you have, let us show you a different side to Northern France and all its delights with so many gems nestled along the Seine River.
Any good France trip starts with time in the beautiful City of Lights, and it is here where the 9-day Active & Discovery on the Seine river cruise begins its adventure. In true Avalon style, you have the choice between some amazing tried & tested ways to experience Paris. For the active inclined, why not cycle your way along the banks of the Seine like a local? Make a pit stop at a boulangerie and pick up a fresh baguette or pain au chocolat. If we have your attention now after the mention of French bakeries, then maybe the Food and Cultural tour of Paris is more your flavour!
Just 27 kilometres outside of Paris lies Auvers-sur-Oise, a commune most famous for Vincent van Gogh and where he spent his final years. Follow in his footsteps as you encounter the many landscapes and village scenes he captured in his paintings. If you’re after something different, take the trip to Château de Chantilly and learn how to make your very own Chantilly cream, said to be twice as sweet as whipped cream!
Vernon & Giverny
Take your pick from a diverse list of things to see and do in neighbouring Vernon & Giverny. Jump on two wheels and take in the glorious views from quaint Vernon to picturesque Giverny. Art lovers rejoice with a guided tour of Monet’s home and gardens where he painted his many masterpieces. Feel awe-struck admiring the very lily pond and Japanese bridge that inspired his finest work. For those that like to holiday through their stomach (don’t we all?), join an insightful walking tour as you learn about, and sample, Normandy cheese and traditional French pastries.
Set against the banks of the Seine, Rouen is a bustling town rich in medieval history, French culture and many quaint shops and cafés. Step back in time as you stroll the cobblestoned streets and squares of the Old Town and admire the timber framed buildings. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral where martyred Saint Joan of Arc was trialled then just moments away the incredible Astronomical Clock, a fine example of the Renaissance era and one of the oldest working clocks in Europe. Or choose to see Rouen from a different viewpoint and spend the day on a fun kayaking trip through areas accessible only by water!
No matter how you choose to see these amazing destinations; one thing is for sure and that is you will have expert guidance and rich cultural experiences throughout your journey with Avalon. Experience all this and more on our Active & Discovery on the Seine river cruise!