Posted March 5th, 2012, 06:55 AM
. I was thinking maybe trying to do one of the tours that offers a evening Siene cruise and the Eiffel tower maybe??
There is no need to do an expensive tour to do the boat ride. Ask your concierge for a schedule of the English speaking boat rides and simply purchase a ticket and get on. We like to go at dusk and watch the lights come on over the city. The ride shows Paris at its best.
<Did you find the lines for the Eifle Tower and The louvre extremly long?We will be there at the start of June> Yes, they can be and you are there in high season.
< Is this normal for the river cruise lines to provide such cursory tours? Or is this just Avalon?> Yes, this is the norm IME. This is why we generally do not participate as these tours are cursory overviews of the town/city in most cases. When the included tour includes entry fees to a site we are interested in (Abbey at Melk, Palace at Wurzburg) we will go along for that portion but these intro tours upon arrival into a port are not in depth. We research and explore on our own or hire an independent guide.
142 cruises since 1964, 14 on the river.
Our river cruising history:
Avalon Luminary B2B- Christmas Markets, 2009
Avalon Affinity - Christmas Markets 2010
Avalon Panorama - Danube New Years Cruise, 2011
AmaDante -Vineyards of the Rhine and Moselle 2012
AmaCerto - Budapest to Nuremburg, 2013
AmaBella - Tulip Time, 2014
AmaDagio - Provence, 2014
AmaReina - Holiday on the Rhine 2014
SS Catherine - Provence 2015
AmaSerena Christmas on the Rhine, 2015
Scenic Diamond, Bordeaux, April 2016
AmaVida, Douro, August. 2016
AmaSonata, Romantic Danube - Oct. 2016
Looking forward to:
Joie de Vivre, Paris and Normany - April 2017
Le Lyral, The Adriatic, September 2017
Amadeus Silver II - Magic of Advent, December 2017
Oceania Marina, South Pacific, March 2018
AmaKristina, Christmas Markets, December 2018