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Romantic Week In Paris

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What a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a visit to one of the most romantic cities in the world-Paris, France.

This week we are on an independent tour of Paris where you will have 1 day of organized sightseeing and 4 days of on your own time to enjoy Paris the way “you” want to.  So sit back, relax and enjoy an in-depth visit to Paris.

When we arrive in Paris, we are taken directly to our hotel to meet our local host who will give us maps, information about the attractions we want to see, and answer any questions we may have.  Don’t worry, the host is always around to give us a hand if we need it.

Our first full day in Paris includes a morning guided sightseeing tour to Notre Dame Cathedral, where Napoleon was crowned emperor in 1804.  We see the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, the Opera, and the Arc de Triomphe.  We take a drive by the Seine River and along the Champs-Elysees.  Take photos of the Eiffel Tower and top the day off with a visit to The Louvre-by the way, we get VIP access and skip the long lines.

The rest of the week is at leisure to immerse ourselves in this fascinating city.  Our local host has many recommendations for us.  You may want to visit the Normandy battlefields and the D-Day beaches; the Loire Valley; Monet’s Giverny and Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles.  Or you may want to people watch at a sidewalk cafe, shop along the Champs-Elysees.  Perhaps catch a cabaret show.  Whatever you choose, you have ample time to “do everything on your list.”

Give me a call if you want to know more about this exciting 7 day visit to Paris at 919.708.8217 or e-mail at cruiselikeavip@windstream.net

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Paris and The Heart of Normandy

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PARIS & THE HEART OF NORMANDY

Combine the magic of Paris with the beauty of France’s Norman countryside and voilà! Experience history firsthand at the Normandy beaches, site of the famous Allied invasion on D-Day in 1944. Delight in the Gothic architecture of Rouen, and see where Joan of Arc was tried and executed. Lose yourself in the exquisite gardens of Giverny, whose rich palette inspired Impressionist Claude Monet for many years. Walk the cobblestone streets of provincial Vernon and share the splendor of Paris, the world’s most romantic city, with your companion. This fascinating 8-day journey has something for everyone.  AIRFARE REDUCED ON THIS CRUISE.

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

DAY 1 | PARIS, FRANCE

Arrive in Paris, romance capital of the world. Transfer from the Charles de Gaulle 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)

Paris Louvre, France

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)

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Vernon Notre Dame, France

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)

Les Andelys Chateau Galliard, France

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)

Conflans Palace Versailles, France

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)

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Paris, France

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)

August, 2016 departures:  From $3556 per person cruise.  Airfare $695.
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Windmills, Vineyards, and Paris

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Experience France, Luxembourg, Germany, and Holland on this fantastic river cruise vacation. Your adventure starts with two overnights and guided sightseeing in Paris, the incomparable “City of Light.” Take the high-speed train from Paris to Metz, then travel to Remich, Luxembourg, to board your river vessel. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Trier, the oldest city in Germany, and Cologne, the capital of the Rhineland. Cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of river—and pass the legendary Lorelei rock. Visit a local wine cellar in Bernkastel, Reichsburg Castle in Cochem, and Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in the pretty wine village of Rüdesheim.  We will conclude our vacation with a visit of a windmill near the little fishing village of Volendam, and a canal cruise in Amsterdam, and time to explore on your own.

Itinerary:
Days 1-2 Paris: welcome to France; guided sightseeing on Day 2

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Day 3 Paris–Metz–Remich (Embarkation): travel by high-speed train from Paris to Metz; by motorcoach from Metz to Remich; onboard welcome reception
Day 4 Trier: choice of guided city sightseeing or “Roman Trier” sightseeing, see the Porta Nigra
Day 5 Bernkastel: guided walk, local marketplace; visit a wine cellar
Day 6 Cochem: guided walk, visit Reichsburg Castle

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Day 7 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; enjoy a special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge
Day 8Cologne: choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walk

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Day 9 Volendam–Amsterdam: visit a windmill in Volendam; canal cruise in Amsterdam

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Day 10 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

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Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
Attend a wine tasting, and savor a delectable dinner of regional specialties prepared by a local chef.

#River Cruises, #Holland, #Paris, #Germany

Added Bonus: 2 for 1 Cruise and Special Discounts on Airfare – Limited time only

 

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Wine Cruise of Burgundy and Provence

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Opportunities abound on this delightful vacation to learn about France and the French.  Our adventure begins with three overnights and guided sightseeing in Paris, the “City of Light.” Then we ride the TGV train to Dijon, where we continue on by motorcoach to fascinating Beaune for a Burgundy wine tasting or you may chose to visit Hotel-Dieu.  Next, we will board our ship in quaint Chalon-sur-Saone and set sail for lovely Tournus, Macon, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles.  Before we disembark our ship in Arles, we will sail through the peaceful Carmague area. Our journey ends with an overnight in the French Riviera, also known as the Cote d’Azur where will will have time to visit Monte Carlo and Monaco.  This cruise vacation has it all-historic sites, delightful towns, picturesque wine country, and so much more!!!!  Seeing is believing.

This is a Wine Special Interest Cruise sailing on October 26, 2014.  On this cruise, a distinguished wine authority explains how grape varieties are cultivated, and teaches us what to look for in a good wine from each region we sail through.  We will mingle with others who share the same passion for wine and enjoy onboard wine tastings, wine and food paring dinners, and  visits to a local vineyard where we meet the winemaker.  Check out this amazing itinerary.

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Days 1-3 Paris: welcome to France; guided sightseeing on Day 2 and 3.

Day 4 Paris–Dijon–Beaune–Chalon-sur-Saône (Embarkation)–Tournus: TGV train from Paris to Dijon; choice of visit of the Hôtel-Dieu or Burgundy wine tasting in Beaune; onboard welcome reception

Day 5 Tournus–Mâcon: guided sightseeing of Tournus, visit the abbey of St. Philibertravenna

Day 6 Beaujolais Region–Lyon: guided sightseeing in Lyon, picture stop on Fourvière Hill; onboard lecture

Day 7 Lyon: day at leisureenhanced-buzz-25863-1308928054-8

Day 8 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Viviers: guided walk in Tournon; onboard chocolate tasting; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 9 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes

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Day 10 Camargue Region–Arles: sail through the Camargue region during breakfast; guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater

Day 11 Arles (Disembarkation)–Côte d’Azur: evening in Côte d’AzurCote_dAzur_West

Day 12-13 Côte d’Azur: your vacation ends on day 13 and we travel home with a heart and head full of memories.

Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

Learn “all about the French” at an onboard lecture, and attend a lively performance  of gypsy music.

#River Cruises, #Moulin Rouge, #Paris, #Burgundy Wine, #France, Beaune, Vineyards

BONUS:  Early booking discount.

 

Added Bonus:  Private vineyard visit and wine tasting compliments of Cruise Like A VIP

Call for details at 919.708.8217

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Wine Cruise of Burgundy and Provence

AS_2011_Rhone_038Wine Cruise of Burgundy and Provence

Opportunities abound on this delightful vacation to learn about France and the French.  Our adventure begins with three overnights and guided sightseeing in Paris, the “City of Light.” Then we ride the TGV train to Dijon, where we continue on by motorcoach to fascinating Beaune for a Burgundy wine tasting or you may chose to visit Hotel-Dieu.  Next, we will board our ship in quaint Chalon-sur-Saone and set sail for lovely Tournus, Macon, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles.  Before we disembark our ship in Arles, we will sail through the peaceful Carmague area. Our journey ends with an overnight in the French Riviera, also known as the Cote d’Azur where will will have time to visit Monte Carlo and Monaco.  This cruise vacation has it all-historic sites, delightful towns, picturesque wine country, and so much more!!!!  Seeing is believing.

This is a Wine Special Interest Cruise sailing on October 26, 2014.  On this cruise, a distinguished wine authority explains how grape varieties are cultivated, and teaches us what to look for in a good wine from each region we sail through.  We will mingle with others who share the same passion for wine and enjoy onboard wine tastings, wine and food paring dinners, and  visits to a local vineyard where we meet the winemaker.  Check out this amazing itinerary.

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Days 1-3 Paris: welcome to France; guided sightseeing on Day 2 and 3.

Day 4 Paris–Dijon–Beaune–Chalon-sur-Saône (Embarkation)–Tournus: TGV train from Paris to Dijon; choice of visit of the Hôtel-Dieu or Burgundy wine tasting in Beaune; onboard welcome reception

Day 5 Tournus–Mâcon: guided sightseeing of Tournus, visit the abbey of St. Philibertravenna

Day 6 Beaujolais Region–Lyon: guided sightseeing in Lyon, picture stop on Fourvière Hill; onboard lecture

Day 7 Lyon: day at leisureenhanced-buzz-25863-1308928054-8

Day 8 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Viviers: guided walk in Tournon; onboard chocolate tasting; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 9 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes

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Day 10 Camargue Region–Arles: sail through the Camargue region during breakfast; guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater

Day 11 Arles (Disembarkation)–Côte d’Azur: evening in Côte d’AzurCote_dAzur_West

Day 12-13 Côte d’Azur: your vacation ends on day 13 and we travel home with a heart and head full of memories.

Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

Learn “all about the French” at an onboard lecture, and attend a lively performance  of gypsy music.

#River Cruises, #Moulin Rouge, #Paris, #Burgundy Wine, #France

BONUS:  Early booking discount of $500.00 per couple

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Added Bonus:  Moulin Rouge theatre and dinner show in Paris compliments of Cruise Like A VIP

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