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Active & Discovery on the Seine (Southbound)

Cruise down the Seine on the 9-day adventure of a lifetime beginning and ending in Paris.

Tour, bike and hike your way through a variety of attractions, ranging from WWII’s famed landing beaches to Rouen’s medieval quarter.

Enjoy cruising aboard the Avalon Tapestry II, designed with the guest experience in mind through tasteful design, modern amenities and dedicated on-board staff.

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  • Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
  • Ship: Avalon Tapestry II
  • Duration: 8 Nights
  • Departure: May - Aug
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Active & Discovery on the Seine Cruise Itinerary

On a round trip from Paris to Paris – this itinerary conducts you down the Seine on a variety of Classic, Active and Discovery excursions. Enjoy bikes, hikes and a variety of tours to coveted tourist attractions.

Day 1


Welcome to France – enjoy a day free to explore the world’s most romantic city at your leisure.

Day 2

Paris / Le Havre (EMBARK)

Enjoy some free time in Paris before transferring to Le Havre to board your suite ship.

Day 3

Le Havre

Explore by bike, embark on a self-guided tour of Palais Benedictine or take a guided tour of Le Havre’s city centre.

Day 4

Caudebec (excursion to Normandy)

Today, either join the ‘Day in Normandy’ tour alongside a local guide or pay a visit to the WWII landing beaches.

Day 5


Take a guided walking tour of Rouen to explore its medieval quarter. The afternoon is yours to explore at your own pace.

Day 6

Les Andelys / Vernon

Join a guided hike to Chateau Gaillard, visit one of the ‘most beautiful villages of France’ and explore Abbey de Moremere or take a guided walking tour of Les Andelys.
While sailing to Vernon, enjoy a traditional French luncheon followed by a pastry demonstration.
After, join an expert guide kayaking, take a guided tour of Giverny or take a guided tour of Vernon.

Day 7


Enjoy a guided E-bike tour to the Château de Maisons Laffitte, make your own way to Chantilly Castle where you’ll be shown how to prepare your own Chantilly Cream, join a guided tour to Auvers-sur-Oise or take a guided tour of Château de Malmaison.
You may also join an optional excursion to the Palace of Versailles.

Day 8


Bike through Paris, embark on a food and cultural tour or enjoy guided sightseeing.
This afternoon, you may wish to continue on an optional guided excursion to Versailles.

Day 9


Your getaway ends after breakfast this morning.

Active & Discovery on the Seine Cruise Ships

Avalon Tapestry II

Climb aboard this floating hotel, designed with your comfort in mind. Featuring two full decks our signature Panorama Suites, which transform into open-air balconies and state-of-the-art equipment, you’ll be sure to have a restful experience when you travel with us.

361ft in Length
Complimentary Wi-fi
Covered Observation Lounge

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Continue exploring down the Seine

8 Nights
May Aug

Active & Discovery on the Seine (Southbound)

  • Paris
  • Paris / Le Havre (EMBARK)
  • Le Havre
  • Caudebec (excursion to Normandy)
  • Rouen
  • Les Andelys / Vernon
  • Conflans
  • Paris (DISEMBARK)
£2,745pp Est. Price per person
  • Avalon Tapestry II  

Active & Discovery on the Seine Cruise Review

“My room was spacious and filled with ample storage. Honestly better than expected in terms of variety when it comes to activities; there were lots of fun things to get stuck into.”

Anne Ward, Knutsford

Active & Discovery on the Seine FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Will I have access to Wi-Fi whilst on board?

Yes. Our Avalon Fleets all feature complimentary Wi-FI access in locations throughout the ship.

What is an Adventure Host?

Your Adventure Host is a member of Avalon Waterways’ dedicated on-board staff, whose role is guiding you through a variety of activities and excursions.

What types of excursions are available?

This itinerary offers a blend of Classic, Active and Discovery excursions. You’ll also be able to choose from optional activities, on-board lectures and enjoy free time to explore at your own pace.

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