June 6, 2014 will be the 70th anniversary of DDay. That same month, the W&L Traveller will visit the landing beaches of Normandy and, at the American cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach, pay tribute to those who helped assure the Allied victory in World War II. The visit will be the climax of a lovely roundtrip cruise on the Seine River from Paris to Normandy aboard the newest and most comfortable river vessel on the Seine, the Avalon Creativity.
Following two nights in Paris, we’ll glide on the Seine northwest for the first of our calls. In Conflans, we can choose between a tour of Van Gogh’s home in Auvers- sur-oise or Napoleon and Joséphine’s Château de Malmaison. In Vernon we can choose between a visit to Monet’s gardens at Giverny or Bizy Castle. We’ll enjoy the option of a full day in the magnificent Gothic city of Rouen, home to Jean d’Arc, or a daylong excursion to picturesque Honfleur. In Normandy, we’ll have a choice between visits to the landing beaches and American cemetery or a tour of farms producing the cider, Camembert, and Calvados for which Normandy is justly renowned. Finally, after viewing the dramatic sight of Richard the Lionheart’s legendary fortification Château Gaillard, we’ll explore the 13th-century town of Les Andelys. The excursion choices listed in this itinerary are all included. In addition to guided tours each day we’ll enjoy an informative on-board program of talks on French history and politics.
One of the most pleasant features of the tour is our home on the Seine. The Avalon Creativity is a beautiful boat, offering elegant dining with complimentary local wines. Most staterooms have floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors for fresh air and lovely views of the passing countryside. An experienced crew is dedicated to providing the best in passenger service. An optional extension for a more intensive tour of Normandy is available. Vive la France!