Need expert advice? Give us a call.

 (561) 655-2234 

Phyllis Horodner-West Palm Beach,FL

France River Cruise

Cruising the Seine on Avalon's Tapestry II
Cruising the Seine on Avalon's Tapestry II

To complete my certification as an Avalon River Specialist, I chose the Paris to Normandy cruise.  With a few extra days in Paris, it was the most relaxing and perfect way to see the beautiful towns along the Seine up to the Normandy beaches.


Here are a few highlights:


Vernon- a visit to Giverny, site of Claude Monet's home and gardens. It was an early start to the day, but worth it. We had the gardens to ourselves, a zen-like experience! One could just image Monet sketching his water lilies, surrounded by acres of beautiful flowers.


Conflans - We did a walking tour of Auvers-sur-Oise, Vincent Van Gogh's final home. We strolled the streets where he walked and saw the subjects of his famous paintings: the wheat fields, the local church, village women, etc. The art historian guide was great!


Caudebec - We devoted a full day to visit the landing beaches at Normandy, WWII museum and American cemetery.  To give everyone a unique perspective on this important event in our history, Avalon provided an expert speaker the night before.  It was a very moving experience for all. To see the beautiful shoreline, still dotted with equipment left behind, was amazing. We even crawled inside the enclosures where the German gunners  had taken position. This was followed by a memorial service at the cemetery, ending with the playing of Taps.  A lovely lunch was served at a local restaurant.


Paris -We awoke to a crisp, cool morning in Paris. But we didn't have to stand in line to enjoy our inside tour of Notre Dame. After an informative description of the edifices outdoors, we walked straight in for our tour (skip the line!)  Later, we rode to the highest point in Paris, Montemartre. Formerly an artist's colony and home of the Sacre Coeur Basilica,  we had plenty of time to enjoy the view and peruse the shops.  We enjoyed all of Paris' beautiful architecture alit at night on a special evening tour.


Avalon offers many other river cruise and one of my favorites is The Blue Danube Discovery. From Budapest to Prague, you visit many delights along the way.   Vienna, Wauchau Valley and Melk are just a few.


Avalon is complimented by two sister companies, Monograms and Globus. Monograms feature hosted city stays and Globus offers fully escorted first class motorcoach tours. 


 

My Reviews

12 of 21 people found this review helpful
Great trip, great travel agent!
Phyllis couldn't have been a batter agent for us. We needed to plan our trip rather quickly with a lot of difficult details and she was quick, thorough, and patient during the entire process. And the trip was fantastic! Hotel and excursions were PERFECT!
By  Sgetlan  from  Centerport, NY
Traveled to  Maui Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Phyllis Horodner responded:
Thank you, Sue! I was so happy to hear that you loved the hotel, restaurants that were recommended and the tours you did. I appreciate your taking the time to mail the brochures to me, as well. Phyllis

Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO
11 of 19 people found this review helpful
TOTAL PROFESSIONALS
I have known Phyllis and the Eileene's Travel team for over 20 years. I have traveled the globe multiple times and have always used Phyllis and Eileene's to book my travel.

Phyllis has great knowledge of the best air fares available....and and great knowledge of many of the finer hotels in various countries.

There have been a few times where airlines have cancelled flights or have had 'reroutes'....
Phyllis ansswers emails no matter what time zone you are in...and has the ability to make things work out.
Recently....during a major storm here in Florida, my flights were cancelled....with no notice to me by the airline.
Phyllis jumped into action and got us home the same day....and pushed the airline to accommodate us.
She is a jewel in the crown that makes her and Eileenes's my go to travel agency.
By  Jonnypilot  from  Boca Raton
Traveled to  Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Phyllis Horodner responded:
Jon, Thank you so much for your excellent recommendation. I enjoy working with you, as well:-) You always take the time to give me useful feedback on the hotels and restaurants you've been to. I look forward to helping you again and again. Phyllis

Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO
10 of 19 people found this review helpful
Great Service + Great Advice = Great Trip!
I just returned from my trip to the D.R. It was an amazing experience thanks to my Travel Agent Phyllis! I booked it on a last minute, spur of the moment next day trip but I was undecided on exactly where I should go to meet my expectations. Phyllis took her time with me, displaying extreme patience as she gathered the necessary information in order for her to assist me in making the right choice. After comparing several options and weighing the pros and cons, we made a decision and now after returning home I can say it was the absolute right decision! I'm already looking forward to booking my next trip with Eileen Travel and working with Phyllis ensures that I will have another exceptional experience. Thanks again Phyllis for your successful effort in making my trip a memorable one. Keep up the great work!
By  Terry G.  from  West Palm Beach, FL
Traveled to  Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO
9 of 17 people found this review helpful
Should be the travel agent for the elite!
I am 67 years old. The first time I used a travel agent was 45 years ago. Until finding Phyllis Horodner, I was loyal to no one and cared less. Since finding Phyllis I could not imagine using anybody BUT.
She is savvy, bright, and professional. She listens and cares about what you want or need. She works quickly and goes above and beyond the norm. I consider myself extraordinarily lucky that I found her.
By  Leasie  from  Kingston
Traveled to  Bend ~ Oregon ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Phyllis Horodner responded:
Leasie, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! I'm really touched by your kind words. Looking forward to helping you with your next trip. Sincerely, Phyllis

Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO
8 of 15 people found this review helpful
Italy 2017 Trip
Phyllis was super professional, gave us options and basically knew exactly our taste!
By  Maria Ross  from  Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Traveled to  Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Phyllis Horodner responded:
Maria, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I appreciate it! Phyllis Eileens Travel

Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO
Go to my main profile

Destination Expert:

  • Europe

Travel Specialist:

  • River Cruises
  • Escorted Tours

Top Travel Partners:

  • Avalon Waterways
  • Viking River Cruises
  • Rail Europe

Certifications/Awards:

  • Princess Expert
  • Monograms Booking Agent
  • Avalon Waterways River Cruise Specialist
  • Globus Tour Expert
  • Marriott Specialist

Connect with Me:

Industry Affiliations:

© Travel Leaders Group