We are UK residents and live about 30 miles from London. We wanted a 7-day cruise with not too far to travel, so went for 7-days Paris to Normandy & return to Paris. Used Avalon last year on the Rhine and it was great. We travelled by air then, not our favourite these days but it was good from Heathrow to Zurich and return. This year we opted for Eurostar as our only previous experience, a short break to Lille, was good. This time it was a disaster, we missed our train by 2 minutes, as the security/passport control queue was massive. (Sat. morning).
This cost us an extra £190 to get on a train 4 hours later, in separate seats, that was the only option. Return journey was terrible, we were dropped off at a side entrance and had a massively long walk to get to the Eurostar Terminal. The economy seats were tired and uncomfortable. At the end of the journey we had a massive walk to find our pick-up driver and then another huge walk to the car park. So our advice is unless you are young and fit, avoid Eurostar. The Avalon River Cruise part was very good, service, food accommodation etc. first class. Avalon include tips as well for UK customers and offer beer, wine & soft drinks at lunch and dinner included.
Clean, roomy with full wall size opening windows, 2- seater settee, table and armchair. Full size dressing table with chair. Plenty of storage and hangers. Good size bathroom with excellent shower and toiletries. Fresh towels daily if not more often. French balcony is ridiculous as the balcony part is non-existent, just some railings to prevent accidents.
City tour included as are most excursions. Free time location of around 40 minutes in Luxembourg Gardens, was disappointing as there is nothing there of interest.View All 112 City Tour Reviews
Excellent guides, real places of interest apart from Calvados production establishment.View All undefined undefined Reviews