You have seen this cruise several times this year because this is one of my favorites. The airfare for this cruise is so affordable, I wanted my readers to take advantage of some of the lowest airfare to Europe I have seen.
Imagine, seeing the Eiffel Tower, Cathedral of Notre Dame, walk along the Champs Elysees, and perhaps an optional visit to the magnificent Palace of Versailles. Then, visit the beautiful gardens of Giverny where Claude Monet lived and painted many of his masterpieces. The highlight of this trip will be the visit to the Normandy Beaches, the museum and the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer where you will see row upon row of identical white crosses and Stars of David to commemorate the American dead. President Roosevelt’s two sons are buried side by side here. If you have family members buried at Normandy, you are provided a map with their location in the cemetery. This will be one of the most emotional and heartfelt places you will ever visit.
Give me a call to take advantage of this great airfare to Paris, I have planned either March 25 or March 27 departures for our river cruise. 919.708.8217
DAY 1 | PARIS, FRANCE
Arrive in Paris, romance capital of the world. Transfer from the airport in Paris to your ship.* After boarding, take free time to explore Paris, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented. (D)
DAY 2 | PARIS, FRANCE
Wake up to a full day in Paris. After breakfast, embark on a half-day tour of this dazzling city and take in its most remarkable sights, including the iconic Eiffel Tower. You’ll also see the École Militaire, Orsay Museum and Latin Quarter and the magnificent Cathedral of Notre Dame. Then we’ll drive past the Louvre and Opera House and along the famed Champs-Élysées. Return aboard for lunch. This afternoon you’re free to take in the Louvre, shop the fashionable boutiques, visit the artists’ district of Montmartre or enjoy a cruise along the Seine. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Dinner is served aboard your ship. (B, L, D)
DAY 3 | GIVERNY & VERNON, FRANCE
Arrive in Vernon before breakfast; take a short ride into the town of Giverny, where Claude Monet resided from 1883 until his death in 1926. Visit the beautiful gardens and charming stone farmhouse where he lived and worked; see the water garden with the recognizable Japanese bridge, water lilies, wisteria and azaleas that inspired many of his masterpieces.†
After lunch, spend some time with your Program Director in the provincial town of Vernon. Take a stroll to see the Maison du Temps Jadis (House of Past Times), Vernon’s oldest house, and the 11th-century Church of Notre Dame. Dinner is served aboard. (B, L, D)
† Monet garden not available before April 1 or after November 1; a visit to the village of Auvers-sur-Oise, favored by van Gogh and other artists, will be substituted.
DAY 4 | ROUEN, FRANCE
Indulge in leisurely morning cruising along the Seine. You’ll spend the afternoon in the medieval city of Rouen, preeminent capital of Normandy. Begin with a walking tour through the center of Old Town, where you see the spectacular Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral, often painted by Claude Monet, and the famous Gros Horloge, a 16th-century astronomical clock. As you walk among the half-timbered storybook buildings, you’ll feel transported back through time; see the 14th-century courthouse where Joan of Arc was sentenced to death and the nearby Market Square where she was martyred.
Take free time to discover more of Rouen or visit one of its museums of art or antiquities. Dine aboard or at a sidewalk café. Your ship remains docked overnight. (B, L, D)
DAY 5 | NORMANDY BEACHES, FRANCE
After breakfast, begin your full-day tour to the historic beaches of Normandy. Drive past Gold Beach, Courseulles sur Mer and Juno Beach on your way to visit such World War II landmarks as Omaha Beach, the American Military Cemetery and Arromanches Debarkment D-Day Museum. Have dinner and relax aboard your ship or take an evening stroll. (B, L, D)
DAY 6 | LES ANDELYS & CONFLANS, FRANCE
Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise to the small town of Les Andelys, known for its imposing castle, Château Gaillard, built in 1196 by Richard the Lionheart. After lunch, join a guided walk to this fatally flawed masterpiece of Middle Ages architecture. Return aboard for scenic cruising and dinner. Late in the evening we dock in Conflans, a riverside town whose unique culture reflects its status as a local hub for barge transportation along the Seine and its tributaries. (B, L, D)
DAY 7 | CONFLANS & PARIS, FRANCE
After breakfast, set out on a walking tour through the charming neighborhoods of Conflans. Or, join an optional tour to the luxurious Palace of Versailles, former home of Louis XIV. Lunch aboard your ship as you sail back to Paris this afternoon. Dine aboard and then enjoy some free time in the “City of Light.” (B, L, D)
DAY 8 | PARIS, FRANCE
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Paris airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your time in France’s romantic capital with a 3-night Paris extension. (B)
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The following meals are included: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner
* Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises