There are many ways to travel the world, but few compare to the unique, stylish and sophisticated experience of a river cruise. Sail along the world’s most legendary waterways onboard a stunning Avalon Waterway river cruise ship. Bringing you into the heart of the action, you’ll enjoy a leisurely atmosphere and intimate ambiance onboard a beautiful floating boutique hotel.
River cruising is perfect for travelers who are looking for new experiences: See sights that you won’t forget. Immerse yourself in new cultures. Meet new friends who share your passion for unique experiences and discover culinary delights.
Avalon, voted “Best River Cruise Line” by Cruise Critic, offers all-inclusive value, including free shore excursions, free Wi-Fi access and free select beverages with dinner such as wine and beer, and more. At every meal, you'll have the ability to choose from a multitude of dining experiences. All feature the highest-quality local ingredients, hand crafted by true culinary artisans. And all are included at no extra cost.
A part of the wonderful appeal of river cruises is that their vessels are typically intimate, with passengers numbering in the hundreds, not thousands, and Avalon is no exception. Enjoy panoramic windows throughout every ship, luxurious accommodations - the most spacious staterooms in Europe, and more personal and attentive service while onboard.
With an All-Inclusive Value plus Free Roundtrip Air from Toronto and Savings up to $1,400/couple, these amazing offers are not to be missed.
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1. All-Inclusive Value
Your river cruise provides exceptional value including Free shore excursions, complimentary beverages such as wine and beer with dinner, Free Wi-Fi access and much more. With an All-Inclusive Value plus Free Roundtrip Air from Toronto and Savings up to $1,400/couple, these amazing offers are not to be missed.
2. Limited Inventory
With smaller and more intimate ships, there are only a limited number of staterooms available. Book your river cruise today to take advantage of our exclusive rates and secure your spot on one of these fantastic journeys.
3. Award-winning Cruise Line
Avalon lets you discover Europe in a world-class way. With their contemporary design, this Swiss line has a passion for details and is continually praised for the beauty of their vessels and the quality of their service including a highly attentive English-speaking crew.
4. It’s River Cruising
River cruises sail to some of the world’s most breathtaking rivers. You’ll enjoy amazing sights along the way, from scenic vineyards and, historic castles to countless UNESCO World Heritage Sites! You can truly feel the culture of a country with this type of cruising: rivers are like the highways of Europe and can take you beyond just seeing the places you’ve read about.
5. We're your trusted friends
Cruise Connections Canada is your friend in the travel industry and our goal is to provide you with a worry-free vacation. We recognize your passion for travel and it is an honour to be trusted with planning something so important to you!
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8 days from Paris to Paris
FREE Roundtrip Air from Toronto and Montreal
FREE French Balcony Upgrade
FREE Shore Excursions and more...
Low Airfare from $99/person available from other Canadian gateways
Combine time in France’s marvelous capital with discoveries of quaint villages along the Seine and in the picturesque Normandy region. Embark in Paris, where your vacation begins with sightseeing of some of the famous sites, including the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. Then set sail and choose between a visit of Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s elegant Château de Malmaison. Next up: your choice of a guided visit of Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or magnificent Bizy Castle. On to Joan of Arc’s historic Rouen, where you choose between an included excursion to the poignant Normandy landing beaches or a fascinating “Taste of Normandy.” Continue to Les Andelys with the Château Gaillard, built by England’s King Richard the Lionheart in 1196, and enjoy free time to explore this medieval town on your own. Return to Paris, where you’ll disembark and conclude your exciting vacation!
Superb dining with all meals on board daily featuring full breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including a welcome reception, Captain’s reception and farewell dinner; quality wines from Europe’s most famous wine regions with every dinner; one sitting with open seating arrangements.
Day 0 - Fly FREE from Toronto or Montreal to Paris. From Paris airport, you will be transferred to the pier for your cruise embarkation.
Day 1 - Arrive in Paris, France (Embarkation)
Welcome to Paris, France’s capital on the River Seine, the “City of Light,” where romance fills the air. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (Dinner)
Day 2 - Paris
Paris’ famous sights are living history. Included city sightseeing shows you magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, Champs Elysées, and the Eiffel Tower, a structural miracle of its age. The city is well known for its colorful nightlife, including some of the world’s most famous cabaret shows. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 - Paris–Conflans
After breakfast, enjoy a relaxing morning on the Sky Deck as your ship slips its moorings and glides gently down the River Seine, passing through suburban Paris. This afternoon, dock at Conflans—and now the choice is yours: either join our guided excursion to Auvers-Sur-Oise, the quaint little town where Vincent Van Gogh lived and died, or Napoleon and Josephine’s Chateau de Malmaison just outside Paris. Requiring extensive renovations, this large country estate was purchased by Josephine Bonaparte in 1799 while Napoleon was fighting in Egypt. It was her aim to make it “the most beautiful and curious garden in Europe, a model of good cultivation.” (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 - Vernon
This morning, choose between a guided visit of Claude Monet’s house and stunning gardens at GIVERNY or a visit of Bizy Castle with its magnificent courtyard. There’s still time to stroll through this delightful city on your own before your ship departs for Rouen. Relax on board this afternoon or take in a pastry-making Demonstration. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 - Rouen
Rouen is the capital of Upper Normandy and an important commercial city, perhaps best known for its connection to Joan of Arc, who lived, was imprisoned, and burned at the stake in the marketplace of this town in 1431. Enjoy the guided walk through the medieval quarter with its half-timbered, glazed-tile houses, and the Gros Horloge, an intricate Astronomical Clock dating back to the 16th century. The splendid gothic Cathedral was once the tallest building in the world and the subject of a series of Claude Monet’s paintings. The afternoon is free for you to explore on your own, or you can join an optional excursion to the pretty coastal town of Honfleur or to the busy port city of Le Havre with its contemporary architecture. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 - Rouen
Make your choice today of an included excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches —with poignant sites such as Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery—or a “Taste of Normandy” for a more in-depth look at this picturesque, mainly agricultural region. The most important products are dairy, apples, and grain. Camembert cheese is a specialty, as is Calvados, a strong apple brandy. Thoroughbred horses are also reared here. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner )
Day 7 - Les Andelys
The most dramatic sight along the Seine is imposing Château Gaillard at Les Andelys. Built by England’s King Richard the Lionheart in 1196, the château is truly a masterpiece of medieval military architecture. Explore on your own and enjoy this last day in France in this delightful small town. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 - Paris (Disembarkation)
All good things must come to an end. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
You will be transferred from the cruise terminal to the airport for your FREE flight back to Toronto or Montreal. We hope you enjoyed your voyage. It will be time to say goodbye for now but we look forward to welcoming you back on your next cruise.