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About Our Destination

Currency
The official currency of France is the Euro. For updated exchange rates, go to click here.
Languages
French
Climate
The climate will range between 55°F-75°F.
Itinerary
  • Tuesday, August 6 — Paris, France
  • Wednesday, August 7 — Paris
  • Thursday, August 8 — Conflans
  • Friday, August 9 — Vernon / Les Andelys
  • Saturday, August 10 — Rouen / Normandy
  • Sunday, August 11 — Rouen
  • Monday, August 12 — Le Havre
  • Tuesday, August 13 — Le Havre — Paris
  • Wednesday, August 14 — Paris
Please note: Itinerary subject to change.
Activity level
These trips do require a level of mobility, as most of the tours are walking tours (walking on cobblestone streets, some stairs). Though portable wheelchairs and scooters can be brought on board, they cannot be driven to your cabins or other parts of the ship. All light-weight, collapsible scooters and wheelchairs must be carried on and off the ship by an able-bodied traveling companion, and they must be stored in your cabins. The “gangways” for getting on and off the ships are not “drivable” for a scooter or wheelchair. The height of the space under your bed is 12.2". They may only be used on tours, and that can be difficult because of the cobblestone streets, stairwells and need to lift them up on curbs. If you do have limited mobility, you are required to travel with someone who can assist you. Olivia will provide a “Gentle Walkers” group on included tours whenever possible to accommodate those who need a little more time to get from place to place. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Before Your Trip

What's included?
  • Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights on board the beautifully designed Tapestry II (Built 2015)
  • Accommodations for 1-night at a 4-star hotel in Paris at the end of the trip, August 13-14
  • All meals while on board the ship, beginning with dinner on August 6 and ending with breakfast on August 13
  • Breakfast while at Paris hotel the morning of August 14
  • Wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board the ship
  • Coffee, tea, and juices during all meals
  • Bottled water replenished in ship cabins daily
  • Wi-Fi in public areas of ship
  • Olivia entertainment and programming
  • Included sightseeing tours in each port
  • Headsets for guided tours provided
  • Welcome cocktail reception
  • Gratuities to all tour guides and bus drivers (covered in NDAs)
  • Gratuities to ships staff (covered in NDAs)
  • Olivia Staff assistance throughout
  • Transfer to included Paris hotel from ship in Le Havre
What’s not included?
  • Transfer from the Paris airport to the ship
  • Transfer from the Paris hotel to the Paris airport
  • Optional tours
  • Meals other than breakfast while at hotel in Paris
  • Alcoholic beverages, additional bottled water, and soft drinks (except where indicated)
  • Tips to bellman and housekeeping staff at Paris Hotel
  • Phone/Fax/Internet (wireless is additional at hotel, but included on board)
  • Salon services
Travel documentation and identification
Passport
You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Visa
U.S. citizens DO NOT need to get a visa ahead of time.
Vaccinations
Please check with your local Public Health Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements for all countries on your itinerary. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s website at: www.cdc.gov. Just click on “Traveler’s Health” and then "Vaccinations".
Cancellation policy
Unexpected events can cause you to cancel your vacation. Because we are committed to this charter, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined in our Olivia Terms & Conditions.


2019 PARIS TO NORMANDY RIVERBOAT
START DATE END DATE CANCEL PENALTY
TRIP DATE 8/6/2019    
Cancellation Fee 270 days or more prior to trip date   11/9/2018 $500 per person
Cancellation Fee 210-269 days prior to trip date 11/10/2018 1/8/2019 25% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 150-209 days prior to trip date 1/9/2019 3/9/2019 50% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 120-149 days prior to trip date 3/10/2019 4/8/2019 75% of trip cost

Cancellation Fee 0-119 days prior to trip date
(NON-REFUNDABLE)

4/9/2019   100% of trip cost

Travel insurance
Olivia recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to protect yourself and your trip investment from the unexpected. Now more than ever, it’s extremely important to think about the unexpected. It is important to purchase the travel protection within 15 days of your initial trip deposit date to be eligible for certain coverages. Consider travel protection for trip cancellation/trip interruption, emergency medical and emergency evacuation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more.
Please refer to the Policy/Description of Coverage for a summary of the terms, conditions, exclusions and limitations of the applicable Protection Plan.
For a travel insurance quote, more information, or to purchase a protection plan, please call Olivia at 800-631-6277 and select option 1 for a travel consultant.
Olivia’s preferred travel agency

We are pleased to announce Olivia’s new partnership with Conlin Travel.
Conlin Travel is one of the “Top 50” Travel Agencies in the country ranked alongside some of the globe’s largest agencies. In business for almost 60 years, Conlin Travel’s core belief is aligned with Olivia in delivering that personal concierge service to each and every traveler, every time. A full-service, LGBTQ-friendly agency with staff located across the country, Conlin Travel looks forward to assisting you with your air travel and hotel reservations for stays outside of Olivia’s pre- and post-trip packages. For air and hotel bookings, a small fee will be applied to your overall cost.
For assistance in making a reservation, please call Conlin Travel: 888-278-1698 (Monday–Friday: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm ET)
If you already have a reservation with Conlin and need emergency after-hours service, please call 800-823-1189.
Joining the Olivia.com and Facebook trip groups
If you'd like to chat with people who are going on the trip, sign up for the official Olivia trip group, Olivia's Paris to Normandy Riverboat Official Trip Group on our connect page. You can also join Olivia’s Paris to Normandy Riverboat 2019 Group on Facebook.
Special occasions
If you have any celebrations and birthdays during the trip that you have not already advised your travel consultant about, please let us know of this information as soon as possible, but no less than 90 days prior to the trip.
Olivia Honeymoons and Celebrations
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Olivia Travel Gear Store

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Travel and arrival

Air travel
Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly into and out of Paris International Airport (CDG). We encourage all passengers to extend their trip with our pre- trip vacation stretchers to enjoy all Paris has to offer, as well as to avoid the stress of unexpected delays.
Suggested arrival/departure times
Arrival: August 6, 2019
You should arrive in Paris (CDG) no later than 2:30 pm on August 6. Please note that you should be on board the ship by 5 pm. If you arrive in the morning hours, you can come to the ship early, store your luggage and use the lounge as a resting and hospitality area until your room is ready at embarkation. Or you may choose to explore Paris until embarkation begins. No programs are planned today. We encourage you to consider arriving into Paris 1 or 2 days early to explore the city on our pre-trip extenders. (Please refer to the itinerary tab for details.)
Pre-trip extension: August 5-6 or August 4-6, 2019
We are offering a 1-night and 2-night pre-trip extension in Paris. Please visit our stretchers tab for details. Hotel rooms may not be available for check-in until 3 pm.
Departure: August 14, 2019
After your one night in Paris for the included land program of your trip, your flights can depart Paris airport at any time on August 14. Transfer to the airport will be on your own. The hotel concierge can assist you with your taxi.
Airfare discounts
Save up to 15% on your airfare through our partner airlines. Please visit our airfare discount page for the most up-to-date information.
Luggage allowances
While there is no luggage limit on the cruise itself, the included bus transfer from Le Havre to Paris limits luggage to one piece per person, plus a carry-on. Airlines also often restrict (or charge) for excess baggage. Because each airline is different, and the regulations change over time, please check with your airline for baggage allowances.
Transfers and meeting up with Olivia
Getting to the ship
Information on ship locations will be in your final travel documents.
Port addresses
The exact docking location is not determined until closer in, and will be included in your final documents approximately 4 weeks prior to the trip.
Check-in
Embarkation and check-in will be available in the afternoon. For early arriving flights, you can board the ship, drop off your luggage and enjoy the public spaces. You can also venture out on your own to enjoy Paris. Suites and staterooms will be available to access after 4 pm.

During your trip

Avalon's ms Tapestry II Ship
The beautifully designed Suite-ship, the Tapestry II (built 2015) features wall-to-wall panoramic windows in all Suites. The staterooms (which have high windows, just above the waterline) and suites are well-appointed and are amongst the largest on the river. Some of the features and amenities you’ll enjoy on board:
  • Entirely non-smoking interiors
  • Lounge
  • Beautiful bar
  • Library
  • Sun deck
  • Air conditioning and laundry service
  • Fitness center
  • Panoramic windows throughout the ship
  • Elegant, contemporary design throughout
  • Included shore excursions with local guide (tips to guides included)
  • Headsets for shore excursions
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Space to relax and unwind
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos, and lattes
  • Coffee self-serve beverage station
  • A lounge serving premium spirits (extra charge)
  • Maintain your routine in the fitness center
  • Comfort Collection Beds
  • Premium L'Occitane bath amenities
  • Daily early- and late-riser breakfast
  • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine, with complimentary juices and made-to-order egg station
  • Complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Al fresco lunches on the Sky Bistro
  • Chef-inspired regional recipes
  • Four-course dinners with open seating
  • Complimentary regional wines at dinner
  • Free soft drinks or beer with dinner
  • Night snack served at 10:30 pm
  • Remarkable service throughout the cruise
  • English-speaking crew
  • Non-smoking interior
Cabin amenities
172 sq. ft. Staterooms, 200 sq. ft. Panorama Suites, and 300 sq. ft. Royal Suites are some of the largest on the river
  • All Panorama and Royal Suites have wall-to-wall panoramic windows
  • In-room safe
  • Large bathrooms—showers w/ glass doors
  • Flat-screen satellite TV with movie channels
  • Spacious 3-door closets for ample storage
  • Comfort Collection
  • Non-allergenic duvets & pillows
    • Deluxe beds with premium memory foam mattress toppers
    • Egyptian cotton sheets
    • Choice of firm or soft pillows
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hairdryer
  • Well-stocked mini-bar (billed on consumption)
Dining
The fine dining on board offers European cuisine. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, and dinner is sit-down menu service. You can even have a champagne breakfast every morning!
Special mobility and dietary needs
If you have special medical or dietary needs, please advise us at the time of booking. Complex food allergies and/or needs must be submitted to the cruise line 30 days prior to the cruise. Guests with diabetic, lean/light, low cholesterol, low sodium, vegetarian, kosher, gluten-free, lactose-free can be accommodated. Please contact Olivia Guest Services at guestservices@olivia.com if you have not notified us of your dietary needs.
Electricity
Cabins are equipped with standard U.S. 110 and European 220-volt outlets.
Gratuities
Gratuities are provided for your Avalon Cruise Director, cabin steward, dining room steward, bus person, maître d’, reception, bar staff and other-behind-the-scenes crew members and are included in the cost of the cruise.
Tipping is now included for the local guides. Should you receive exceptional service and wish to tip more, this is completely up to your discretion.
Phone
Each cabin has a phone to call cabin-to-cabin and international/local calls. There is an additional fee to use this phone for international or local calls; cost is available on board.
Internet
Complimentary Wi-Fi is included on board in public spaces for use on your personal laptops and iPads. There is an onboard Internet center with two desktop computers for guest use. Faxes can be sent from the Reception Desk for a charge.
Laundry services
Laundry and pressing service is available. Dry-cleaning or self-service laundry facilities are not available on board. Check on board for pricing.
Medical services
The ship is minutes away from hospitals when we are docked and close to local towns along the river. The ship does not have an onboard doctor.
Salon services
There is an onboard beauty salon. Hair appointments and manicures are available for an additional fee. Massage services and pedicures are not available, but we can make recommendations in some of the ports we visit for these services.
Money: Paying for things on board
The currency used on board is €Euros. All purchases made on the ship will be charged to your onboard account, which you create when you first check in. Cash, Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. Please check with the front office on the ship for further details.
Smoking policy
The Tapestry II has entirely non-smoking interiors. Smoking is not permitted in your cabins or on French-style balconies. A smoking area will be designated on an outdoor deck.
Solo travelers
We will have a solos program on board, led by a solos coordinator who will ensure you have a great time. You can start to meet other solos and travelers online in the Olivia’s Paris to Normandy Riverboat Group.
Entertainment and programming
We will bring two Olivia entertainers to perform on several evenings, as well as utilize some of the local entertainment along the way.
Narration about the Seine will be given as we sail down the historical areas and go through the many locks, and there will be special talks about the history of the areas we visit.
River cruising is about port destinations. Don’t expect the same ship-activity packed schedule you might find on a big ship! A typical day is a walking tour of a new city, lunch on board, and another walking tour, free time or optional tour to explore. Perhaps you’ll enjoy a fun and informative lecture on the history of the area or take that well-deserved nap. It’s your vacation! In the evenings, we are delighted with local entertainment or one of our two Olivia entertainers. After the shows, enjoy our river-ship version of “Club O” with our talented staff taking turns being a “Guest DJ” to provide dancing music in the main lounge. Or you may choose to get to bed early for your next full day!
Excursions
A walking and/or city tour is included in each of the ports visited. Optional tours are available to book on board that range from approximately €39 to €79. These tours do not conflict with the included tours.
We will designate a group on each included tour whenever possible as a “gentle walkers” group. This is for those who need a little extra time walking, perhaps have scooters, canes and even for photographers who like to stop and take more photos. For those with mobility issues, we suggest purchasing a cane that can also fold out to be a seat so you can rest while the group stops to listen to the guide.

After Your Trip

Disembarkation
We will be disembarking the ship in Le Havre between 8 am and 10 am on August 13 for our bus ride to Paris.
Transfers to the airport
Private taxis can be arranged at the hotel. Pre-arranged private taxis will run approximately 40-70 €Euros.
Vacation stretchers
We will be offering a 1-night and 2-night pre-trip extension in Paris August 5-6 or August 4-6, 2019. Information on these will be available approximately 11 months in advance of the trip. Please refer to the Vacation Stretcher page for more information.

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