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Length:  8 days from Paris to Paris

Overview

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. Continue to Les Andelys with its Château Gaillard, built by England’s King Richard the Lionheart in 1196, and enjoy guided sightseeing. Then, on to Caudebec, where you choose between an included excursion to the poignant Normandy landing beaches or a fascinating “Taste of Normandy.” Visit Joan of Arc’s historic Rouen, and 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, Eiffel Tower, and more!

Duration:  8 Days



Ships Serving this Tour:   Creativity    Tapestry II      

Start Date End Date
04 April, 2017 11 April, 2017
08 April, 2017 15 April, 2017
11 April, 2017 18 April, 2017
15 April, 2017 22 April, 2017
18 April, 2017 25 April, 2017
22 April, 2017 29 April, 2017
25 April, 2017 02 May, 2017
29 April, 2017 06 May, 2017
02 May, 2017 09 May, 2017
06 May, 2017 13 May, 2017
09 May, 2017 16 May, 2017
13 May, 2017 20 May, 2017
16 May, 2017 23 May, 2017
20 May, 2017 27 May, 2017
23 May, 2017 30 May, 2017
27 May, 2017 03 June, 2017
30 May, 2017 06 June, 2017
03 June, 2017 10 June, 2017
06 June, 2017 13 June, 2017
10 June, 2017 17 June, 2017
13 June, 2017 20 June, 2017
17 June, 2017 24 June, 2017
20 June, 2017 27 June, 2017
24 June, 2017 01 July, 2017
27 June, 2017 04 July, 2017
01 July, 2017 08 July, 2017
04 July, 2017 11 July, 2017
08 July, 2017 15 July, 2017
11 July, 2017 18 July, 2017
15 July, 2017 22 July, 2017
18 July, 2017 25 July, 2017
22 July, 2017 29 July, 2017
25 July, 2017 01 August, 2017
29 July, 2017 05 August, 2017
01 August, 2017 08 August, 2017
05 August, 2017 12 August, 2017
08 August, 2017 15 August, 2017
12 August, 2017 19 August, 2017
15 August, 2017 22 August, 2017
22 August, 2017 29 August, 2017
26 August, 2017 02 September, 2017
29 August, 2017 05 September, 2017
02 September, 2017 09 September, 2017
05 September, 2017 12 September, 2017
09 September, 2017 16 September, 2017
12 September, 2017 19 September, 2017
16 September, 2017 23 September, 2017
19 September, 2017 26 September, 2017
23 September, 2017 30 September, 2017
26 September, 2017 03 October, 2017
30 September, 2017 07 October, 2017
03 October, 2017 10 October, 2017
07 October, 2017 14 October, 2017
10 October, 2017 17 October, 2017
14 October, 2017 21 October, 2017
17 October, 2017 24 October, 2017
21 October, 2017 28 October, 2017
24 October, 2017 31 October, 2017
28 October, 2017 04 November, 2017





Day 1   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. Before dinner, your ship glides smoothly out of Paris. (D)

NOTE:
Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Day 2   Vernon–Les Andelys. This morning in Vernon, 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. This afternoon, your ship arrives in Les Andelys, situated on a bend of the Seine and one of the most beautiful places in France. Join a Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK of the town, visiting the PARISH CHURCH OF LE GRAND ANDELY. Imposing Château Gaillard, built by England’s King Richard the Lionheart as a fortress in 1196, is seen above the town. Constructed in only a year, it is a masterpiece of medieval military architecture. (B,L,D)

Day 3   Caudebec. Today, join either a guided excursion along the Route des Chaumières, “THATCHED COTTAGE ROUTE,” to see some of Normandy’s charming and traditional half-timbered houses with their long, sloping thatched roofs, often sporting blue wooden doors and window shutters, or along the “NORMANDY ABBEYS ROUTE,” a short drive from Caudebec. More than 100 abbeys once covered this region, which has a microclimate particularly suited to the production of fruit such as apples, pears, plums, and cherries. The afternoon is free to explore on your own or to join an optional excursion to the pretty coastal town of Honfleur. (B,L,D)

Day 4   Caudebec. Make your choice today between 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 an 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. (B,L,D )

Day 5   Rouen. Rouen, 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 photos of the intricate Gros Horloge astronomical clock, dating back to the 16th century. Visit the gothic CATHEDRAL, which was once the tallest building in the world and the subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. (B,L,D)

Day 6   Conflans. 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.” (B,L,D)

Day 7   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. Alternatively, you may wish to join a GUIDED WALK through historic Île St. Louis with its narrow one-way streets and Île de la Cité, the center of Paris where the medieval city was founded and home to NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL. 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 Paris’ famous cabaret shows might make the perfect finale to your Seine cruise vacation. (B,L,D)

Day 8   Paris (Disembarkation). Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)






Meals:  
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Farewell dinner
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
Note: Flights are NOT included with the Tour and unless otherwise stated above transfers are also NOT included.