Paris & Heart of Normandy
October 23 - November 3, 2019
Trace the footsteps of Fance's heroine, Joan of Arc, in Rouen. Walk the hallowed ground at Normandy's American Military Cemetary and WWll beaches. Experience the bounty of Normandy cuisines, and visit a farm where these delicacies are produced. This 8-day cruise celebrates history, art, food, customs and all things Francais in thecountry's most elegant urbane and beautifully pastoral settings, as the Sein River meanders through Normandy's bucolic farmlands and meadows.
DAY 1 - DEPART USA
DAY 2 - ARRIVE PARIS, FRANCE - Arrive in Paris, romance capital of the world. Transfer from the airport to your ship. After boarding, enjoy some free time to explore Paris.
DAY 3 - PARIS, FRANCE - After breakfast, embark on a tour of this dazzling city and marvel at its most remarkable sights, including Eiffel Towwer, Orsay Museum, Latin Quarter, and magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral. Return on board for dinner and start your cruise on the Seine this evening.
DAY 4 - GIVERNY - VERNON - Arrive in Vernon before breakfast; take a short ride into the town of Giverny, where Claude Monet resided. Visit the beautiful gardens and charming stone farmhouse where he lived and worked. After lunch, spend some time with your local guide in the provincial town of Vernon. Dinner served on board.
DAY 5 - ROUEN - Indulge in leisurely morning cruising along the Seine. 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 and the famous Gros Horloge, a 16th-century astronomical clock. Use your free time to discover more of Rouen. Dine on board or at a sidewalk cafe.
DAY 6 - NORMANDY BEACHES - After breakfast, begin your full-day tour to the historic beaches of Normandy. Drive past Gold Beach, Courseulles sur Mer and Juno Beach on you way to visit such World War ll landmarks as Omaha Beach, the American Military Cemetery and Arromanches Debarkment D-Day Museum. Afterward, continue to Nomandy's coast and enjoy some free time at Juno Beach after your visit to the museum. Return to your ship for dinner.
DAY 7 - LES ANDELYS - Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise to the small town of Les Andelys, know for its imposing castle, Chateau Gaillard, built in 1196 by Richard the Lionheart. After lunch, join a guided walk to this fatally flawed masterpiece of Middle Ages architecture before returning to your ship.
DAY 8 - PARIS (LE PECQ) - After breakfast, disembark for a visit to Chateau de Malmaison, where Napolean Bonaparte spent his final days in France. Along with the Tuileries, this elegant manor house, purchased by the emperor's wife Josephine in 1799, served as the seat of Napoleon's French government from 1800 to 1802. Or, join an optional tour to the luxurious Palace of Versailles, former home of Louis XlV.
DAY 9 - PARIS - After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Paris airport for your return flight.
INCLUDED IN 8-DAY CRUISE:
8-day cruise with river-view stateroom
7 guided tours with audio headset
All meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
24 hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
Laundry service, telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer and free Wi-Fi
One complimentary shore excurson in every port
Visit 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site
Culture Curriculm with lectures and instructions
All port charges
Call for cruise fares and availablity
EXTEND YOUR CRUISE
Enjoy three additional days in France exploring the chateaux of the Loire Valley with guided tours of the region's
most spectacular cities, estates and cathedrals, including Oleans and Chartres Cathedral, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
ALL THIS IS INCLUDED:
3 nights accommodations
4 meals: 3 breakfasts & 1 dinner
6 guided tours with your Viking Tour Director
Gayle Baker's Valley Travel
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