Paris to Normandy's Beaches River Cruise

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Paris to Normandy's Landing Beaches River Cruise

2014 is the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion and Battle of Normandy!

September 8-16, 2014
Guaranteed Departure with a Fox World Travel Tour Manager!

8 days from Paris to Paris Aboard the Avalon Creativity
Package Includes Airfare from Chicago O'Hare

Join Fox World Travel on a Select Group Vacation September 8-16, 2014. This spectacular river cruise through Northern France combines time in magical Paris, the city of light, with discoveries of quaint villages along the Seine and in the picturesque Normandy region. As you explore the poignant WWII landing beaches and the Seine, the second longest river in France, the scenery will not disappoint. Those who are interested in both the romance of Paris or the living history of Normandy will find this river cruise ideal, as will art, history & wine lovers. Experience Vincent Van Gogh's Auvers-sur-Oise, Claude Monet's stunning gardens at Giverny, historic Rouen, or taste the Calvados Brandy and camembert for which northern France is famous. This custom package includes airfare from Chicago O'Hare and more!  Plus, local experts are available to show you some of the famous sights like the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower and much more.

View Photos from a Past Group to Paris and Normandy's Landing Beaches!

Book Early for Best Staterooms and our Early Booking Discounts!


Paris to Normandy's Beaches Itinerary
Your day-by-day itinerary indicates all inside visits, special features, and guided sightseeing.  All included guided sightseeing is conducted by a Certified Local Guide. Choose the sightseeing pace that suits you: Leisurely, Traditional, or Essential (where available).
Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.


Personalize your onboard and onshore experiences by choosing from a variety of included or optional excursions, visits & activities. Visit AvalonWaterways.com/MyAvalon to customize your cruise experience.
A variety of meals and complimentary beverages are included with your cruising experience.  See our detailed highlights tab.
D-Day - June 6, 2014 will mark the 70th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings and the Liberation of Europe. 

About the Seine RiverParis and Normandy River Cruise

 THE SEINE RIVER is France’s second-longest river after the Loire.  It rises in the wine-making region of Burgundy, near the town of Dijon. A humble, slow-moving river, the Seine flows through Troyes and through the heart of the City of Light—Paris.  In the city, the northern side of the river is described as the Right Bank (Rive Droite) and the southern side as the Left Bank (Rive Gauche). It passes under 37 bridges in Paris, forming a picturesque backdrop for romantics and artists who have found inspiration along these waters for centuries. Leaving Paris, the Seine meanders in large loops through the province of Normandy and the city of Rouen, entering the English Channel in an estuary between Le Havre and Honfleur. Until locks were installed to artificially raise the water level of the Seine in the 1800s, the river consisted only of a shallow channel of continuous flow bordered by sandy banks. Today, special reservoirs help maintain a constant level for the river, keeping the depth around 26 feet as it flows through the heart of Paris. The water of the Seine is an important resource for central and western France. Electric power stations, thermal and nuclear, pull their cooling water from the river. Half the water used in the Paris region-and three quarters of the water used in the area between Rouen and Le Havre is drawn from the river.

Inclusions and Pricing

Featured Inclusions

  • Group motorcoach transfer to and from Chicago O’Hare from select pick-up points
  • Round trip flights from Chicago O’Hare to Paris 
  • Experienced Tour Manager from Fox World Travel to accompany the group - GUARANTEED!
  • Motorcoach transfers between the airport and ship when purchasing our air inclusive package
  • Deluxe 7-night Avalon river cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stunning Avalon Creativity
  • All meals onboard the ship with Chef-inspired regional recipes  to include:
  • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine
  • Four-course dinners with open seating
  • Night Fare served at 10:30 p.m.
  • Complimentary soft drinks with lunch 
  • Complimentary regional wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages during dinner
  • Shore excursions, fully hosted by English-speaking local experts with a choice of  Leisurely, Traditional or Essential sightseeing pace options
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Luxuriously appointed river view staterooms with hotel beds, hair dryer, safe and flat-screen TV with satellite for complimentary movie and entertainment options
  • Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and on-board tour director
  • Customized informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful packing and planning information
  • Travel insurance protection is included through Travel Guard. (Ask your travel consultant about our reasonable options to add trip cancellation coverage.)

Not included: Meals unless noted; medical services; airline imposed baggage fees; gratuities to motorcoach drivers, guides, and onboard ship staff; airport gratuities to baggage handlers, or any other items of a personal nature. A valid passport is required.


Enjoy the following Avalon Creativity Amenities:

  • Al fresco lunches on the Sky Bistro
  • Coffee self-serve beverage station
  • Room service available featuring Continental breakfast and beverages
  • In-room mini-bar
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi
  • A lounge serving premium spirits, Fitness center and Hair Salon
  • The Comfort Collection BedsSM and premium L'Occitane bath amenities
  • In-room safe
  • Staterooms on the Royal and Sapphire Decks have floor to ceiling sliding glass door with French balconies 
  • Bathrooms stocked with L’Occitane bath and body products and comfy robes and slippers
  • Complimentary maps and use of Nordic walking sticks


Pricing and Special Offers

Total River Cruise Package Pricing with Airfare from Chicago O'Hare

Avalon Deluxe Stateroom
Category E



* per person

Past Passengers:
$4848 per person
$4998* per person

$4798* per person

Past Passengers:
$4648 per person

Upgrade Opportunities

  • Category B Upgrade : Add $549.00 per person (French Balcony)
  • Category A Upgrade : Add $599.00 per person (French Balcony)
  • Category P Upgrade: Add $749.00 per person (French Balcony)

Single Pricing: $6740.00* per person in Category E

Add below amounts to upgrade

  • Category B Upgrade : Add $851.00 per person (French Balcony)
  • Category A Upgrade : Add $928.00 per person (French Balcony)
  • Category P Upgrade: Add $1161.00 per person (French Balcony)

*Above base pricing is per person based on occupancy in a category E cabin and subject to availability. Taxes of $643 are included and subject to change. Air is pending. Fox World Travel has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations. A minimum number of passengers are required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany this group. If the minimum is not met, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.

Triple accommodations are not available.

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Special Offers!

Early Booking Discount

Book and deposit prior to November 19, 2013 and get $200 off per person.

Journey’s Club Past Passenger Discount:

Past passengers of Avalon River Cruises, Globus, Monograms, and Cosmos Vacations receive an additional $150 off per person (combinable with above promotions  on single and double cabins!)

Initial Deposit:Paris

$400.00 per person. 

Final payment:

Due May 30, 2014

Required Travel Documents:

A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.


Comprehensive base travel protection insurance is included in your package. Fox World Travel offers reasonably priced options to add trip cancellation and interruption coverage. Details and rates can be obtained from your vacation travel specialist.

Flight Schedules: From Chicago O'Hare, operated by AirFrance

Airline/Flight Date Departure City Time Arrival City Time
AF 667 September 8 Chicago 5:10 pm Paris 8:20 am + 1 Day
 AF 490 September 16 Paris 1:30 pm Chicago 3:30 pm

*Flight schedules are subject to change. FWT has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations.

Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference.  Additional restrictions may apply. Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations.  A valid passport is required with a minimum validity of 6 months from date of return.

Cancellation Penalties:

Date of Booking to May 30, 2014: ................. Deposit amount $400.00 per person

May 31, 2014 to July 9, 2014: .......................  50% of trip cost + applicable airline fees

July 10, 2014 to August 8, 2014: ................... 75% of trip cost+ applicable airline fees

August 9, 0214 to departure: .......................  No refund

*Airline tickets are non-refundable once issued.


September 8: Depart Chicago

Depart from home from select pick up points and motorcoach to Chicago.  Depart Chicago O’Hare for Paris.


September 9: 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 an evening welcome reception. During dinner, your ship glides smoothly out of Paris. (Dinner)


September 10: Vernon

This morning during breakfast, arrive in Vernon. Later, choose between a guided visit of Giverny and a visit to Bizy Castle. Claude Monet lived at GIVERNY for almost 43 years (1883-1926), and viewed his flower and water gardens as works of art—just like his paintings. See his collection of Japanese prints, his charming house, and his biggest sources of inspiration. Or, visit BIZY CASTLE, built in 1740 and nicknamed “Normandy’s Versailles.” It is known for its famous stables—inspired by those at Versailles—and its magnificent courtyard and water garden. There’s time to discover delightful Vernon on your own this afternoon. Perhaps look in on the interesting Church of Notre-Dame, built between the 11th and 16th centuries, and see its restored 17th-century organ; stroll through the narrow, crooked streets flanked by many quaint medieval, half-timbered houses; or take pictures of the charming Customs House, located on the ancient bridge. Alternatively, you can join a PASTRY DEMONSTRATION on board, or simply relax. In the late afternoon your ship departs for Rouen. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


September 11: Rouen

Rouen, the capital of Upper Normandy, is 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 included GUIDED WALK through the medieval quarter with its half-timbered, glazed-tile houses, and take your pictures of the Gros Horloge, an intricate astronomical clock dating back to the 16th century. Visit the gothic CATHEDRAL, which was once the tallest building in the world and the subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet. The afternoon is free to explore on your own or to join an optional excursion to the pretty coastal town of Honfleur. Before dinner, join an ONBOARD LECTURE to learn more about this area, then enjoy a Normandy dinner featuring regional specialties. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


September 12: Rouen

Make your choice today of an included full-day 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 an 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 you’ll have the chance to taste at a local distillery. And for a touch of history, visit the famous BAYEUX TAPESTRY. Tonight, head for Les Andelys. (B,L,D )


September 13: Les Andelys

This morning your ship arrives in Les Andelys, situated on a bend of the Seine and one of the most beautiful places in France. The choice is yours: join a Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK, visiting the PARISH CHURCH OF LE GRAND ANDELYS or imposing CHÂTEAU GAILLARD. England’s King Richard the Lionheart feared an attack by France’s king, so he built the chateau as a fortress in 1196. Constructed in only a year, it is a masterpiece of medieval military architecture. Then, depart for Conflans. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


September 14: Conflans–Paris

After breakfast you may either join our included guided excursion to AUVERS-SUR-OISE, the quaint little town where Vincent Van Gogh lived and died, or to Napoleon and Josephine’s CHÂTEAU 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.” This evening, arrive in Paris. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)



September 15: Paris

Known as one of the world’s most romantic and lively cities, Paris is a delight for all your senses. Your included CITY SIGHTSEEING shows you magnificent must-see sights, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. Paris is also well known for its colorful nightlife, and an optional outing to one of the world’s most famous cabaret shows, the Moulin Rouge, might make the perfect finale to your Seine cruise vacation. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)



September 16: Paris (Disembarkation)

Today you depart via motorcoach to the airport for your flight home.  Upon return to Chicago you are transferred by motorcoach home. (Breakfast)   


Avalon Waterways

Award-winning Avalon Waterways offers travelers the youngest, most innovative fleet of ships in Europe, China, Southeast Asia, Egypt and the Galápagos. By design, Avalon cruisers are privy to all-inclusive access to a destination, including guided sightseeing in every port, VIP entry into key destinations and unparalleled cultural immersion and storytelling thanks to highly skilled Cruise and Tour Directors. In addition to countless trade accolades, Avalon Waterways has garnered some of the industry's most prestigious honors; Avalon was among the top 5 river cruise lines in Travel + Leisure’s 2011 World’s Best Awards and CondÄ— Nast Traveler’s 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards. Avalon Waterways is part of the Globus family of brands.

About Avalon's Creativity

Enjoy unmatched service, sumptuous cuisine, panoramic views, first-class amenities, and spacious staterooms as you cruise through France on the Avalon Creativity. Carrying a maximum of just 140 passengers, the Creativity offers staterooms that are a full 15% larger than the industry standard - with floor-to-ceiling windows on two decks - so you'll be comfortable, relaxed, and fully engaged with the passing French countryside as you cruise between Paris and Rouen. From a fitness center and hair salon to Wi-Fi access and a complimentary premium beverage station, the Creativity was built with an impressive collection of remarkable amenities to enhance your journey. The whirlpool on the Sky Deck allows for a refreshing dip after a day of sightseeing, and the Internet corner allows you to stay in touch with friends and family back home.

Included Amenities

  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
  • Sky Deck with shade awnings
  • Non-smoking interior
  • Elegant, contemporary design throughout
  • Headsets for all guided shore excursions in Europe
  • Sightseeing with a Certified Local Guide
  • Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
  • Room service available featuring Continental breakfast and beverages
  • Fitness Center
  • Lounges and upscale bar serving premium spirits
  • Relax and enjoy onboard movie nights
  • Avalon Choice cruising experience
  • Choice of excursions - Leisurely, Traditional or Essential Sightseeing options
  • Culture & Cruise onboard experiences with local chefs, entertainers, artisans and experts
  • Guest Services is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
  • Sky Deck Game Area
  • Well-stocked library
  • Sky Deck with shade system & premium lounge chairs
  • Sky Deck Whirlpool
  • Elevator
  • Outside Viewing Deck
  • English-speaking crew
  • Cruise Director
  • Revolutionary engineering
  • Internet Corner
  • Hair salon (manicures available)
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees
  • Alternate dining experience with regional specialties and lighter fare in the Panorama Bistro
  • Behind-the-scenes ship tour
  • Complimentary maps and use of Nordic walking sticks
  • Expanded "on-demand" in-room entertainment
  • Panorama Bistro
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi Access

About Fox World Travel

Fox World Travel is the largest vacation travel agency in Wisconsin, with 11 travel agency locations throughout the state and over 50 years experience planning individual, group and corporate travel. Fox has earned "Top Producer" awards with virtually every major vendor and our team of travel agents each average over 10 years of experience with our company and about 20 years experience overall. This recognition and expertise, along with the flexibility to book your vacation travel online, sets Fox World Travel apart from many travel companies. You can be confident you are receiving the highest quality products and services from top industry suppliers when you book your travel with Fox World Travel.

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