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In Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
Alumni & Friends Travel Program Presents a very special trip….

Paris to Normandy’s Landing Beaches

This trip is currently Sold-Out but Waitlist is Available. 
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A Spectacular River Cruise with Avalon Waterways
May 12 - 20, 2014
Price from $3301* per person INCLUDING 8-Night River Cruise,
Roundtrip airport transfers, Excursions
in each port, All taxes and so much more!!!!



Paris to Normandy


We have been able to secure a limited number of staterooms for PASSHE Alumni & Friends for this special trip in 2014. What better time to visit this beautiful and poignant part of France than 2014 - the year that marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion.  In any year, this itinerary is one of the most popular river cruises in Europe and in 2014, it will be even more so.  This ship is almost sold-out.  Very limited space remains.  Book today so you won’t be disappointed!!

Paris to Normandy’s Landing Beaches

Combine time in France’s marvelous capital with discoveries of quaint towns along the Seine and in the picturesque Normandy region. Embark in Paris, sailing to Vernon, for a choice of guided visits to either 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 guided sightseeing or a visit to the château. In Conflans choose between a visit of Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s elegant Château de Malmaison before heading back to Paris. During your last day on the Seine, a Local Expert will show you some of the famous sights, such as the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower and much more.

Itinerary
Monday, May 12, 2014
- Depart USA
Depart this evening...... Fly overnight from your home city to the City of Lights - Paris.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 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. (D)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
- 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 plenty of 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. (B,L,D)

Thursday, May 15, 2014
- 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 splendid gothic CATHEDRAL, which 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 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 specialties of the region. (B,L,D)

Friday, May 16, 2014
- 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 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 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).



Saturday, May 17, 2014 - Les Andelys - Conflans
In the morning your ship arrives in Les Andelys. One of the most beautiful places in France, Les Andelys sits on a bend of the Seine. The choice is yours: join a Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK, visiting the PARISH CHURCH OF LE GRAND ANDELYS or the imposing CHÂTEAU GAILLARD. England’s King Richard the Lionheart feared an attack by France’s king, so he built the château as a fortress in 1196. Constructed in only a year, it is truly a masterpiece of medieval military architecture. Then, depart for Conflans. (B,L,D)

Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 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. (B,L,D)

Monday, May 19, 2014 - 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. (B,L,D)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - Paris (Disembarkation)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.


(B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)

Vacation Highlights
Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds
Day 1  Paris (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
Day 2  Vernon: choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; onboard pastry demonstration
Day 3  Rouen: guided walk, see the Gros Horloge astronomical clock and visit the cathedral; onboard lecture
Day 4  Rouen: choice of excursions to Normandy landing beaches or “A Taste of Normandy”
Day 5  Les Andelys: guided walk, visit the Parish Church of Le Grand Andelys or visit Château Gaillard
Day 6  Conflans–Paris: choice of excursions to visit Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de Malmaison
Day 7  Paris: guided sightseeing
Day 8  Paris (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise. Learn from a local expert about D-Day at an onboard lecture on Normandy, and join a pastry or chocolate tasting.

view from lounge

Pricing

$3,301* per person, based on double occupancy and a Category E cabin. Category upgrade pricing is as follows:
Category B - $549 per person additional
Category A - $599 per person additional
• Category P - $749 per person additional
Suite - $1299 per person additional

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Price includes: 8-night river cruise; roundtrip airport transfers in Paris; shore excursions in each port with VIP access to “must-see” sites ; all meals on board ship; Sparkling wines with breakfast, regional beers and wines at every onboard dinner, and unlimited lattes and premium coffees; free Wi-Fi access and so much more.


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Ship Information
The following information is based on the Avalon ‘Creativity’. This is the ship being used in 2013 for this itinerary. A different ship may be used in 2014 as new ships are brought into Avalon’s fleet. Avalon has Europe’s youngest fleet so all their ships have the most expansive views, innovative technologies, and inspired designs.

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.


Staterooms

Avalon Deluxe Stateroom (Cat. E) - 172 sq. ft.
Two windows (Window are up high as these cabins are partially below the water line); Full shower with glass door; Writing desk; Vanity; Bed; Sink; Toilet

Avalon Deluxe Stateroom (Cat. A, B, P) - 172 sq. ft.
Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door with French Balcony; Full shower with glass door; Writing desk; Vanity; Bed; Sink;Toilet

Avalon Suite - 258 sq. ft.
Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door with French Balcony
Full shower with glass door; Writing desk; Vanity; Bed; Sink; Toilet; Sofa; Coffee table

Suite Amenities
Comfort Collection Beds; Deluxe beds with memory foam mattress toppers; Egyptian super-combed cotton linens European-style duvets; Choice of soft or firm pillows; Extra blankets; Choice of bed configuration; Nightly turn-down service; Bedside tables with reading lamps; Hair dryer; L'Occitane bath amenities; Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage; Easy under-bed luggage storage; Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels; Alarm clock; Direct-dial telephone; Bathrobes & slippers; Well-stocked minibar; Complimentary bottled water; In-room safe; Individual climate control; Elegant, contemporary design throughout; Large mirror in bathroom; Marble countertops in bathroom

Ship Amenities
• Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
• Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs
• Sky Deck with shade awnings
• Sky Deck Whirlpool
• Wi-Fi access
• Non-smoking interior
• Elevator
• Elegant, contemporary design throughout
• Outside Viewing Deck
• Headsets for all guided shore excursions in Europe
• English-speaking crew
• Sightseeing with a Certified Local Guide
• Cruise Director
• Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
• Revolutionary engineering
• Room service available featuring Continental breakfast and beverages
• Internet Corner
• Fitness Center

• Hair salon (manicures available)
• Lounges and upscale bar serving premium spirits
• Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees
• Relax and enjoy onboard movie nights
• Alternate dining experience with local specialties and lighter fare in the Panorama Bistro
• Avalon Choice cruising experience
• Behind-the-scenes ship tour
• Choice of excursions - Leisurely, Traditional or Essential Sightseeing options
• Complimentary maps and use of Nordic walking sticks
• Culture & Cruise onboard experiences with local chefs, entertainers, artisans and experts
• Expanded "on-demand" in-room entertainment
• Guest Services is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
• Panorama Bistro
• Sky Deck Game Area
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