Paris and Normandy

An 8-Day Uniworld River Cruises tour starting from $3,549

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Tour Length: 8 Days
Countries Visited: France
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Tour Operator: Uniworld River Cruises
Tour Code: UNI-22-2017
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Combine a passion for the good life with art, culture, and brilliant landscapes and you have Northern France. 

Is there a more romantic city in the world than Paris? Stroll along the Seine as evening falls and the lights begin to glimmer on the water. Stop by a café in the Latin Quarter for an aperitif while an accordion plays in the background. Marvel at Notre Dame’s flying buttresses and magnificently grotesque gargoyles. Paris’s charm is without peer, and it is the perfect place to begin and end your Seine River journey.

Once onboard your ship, simply unpack and relax, letting the serene Seine carry you through the countryside. See for yourself the landscapes immortalized by so many great artists. Breathe in the fragrance of Monet’s garden in Giverny as you cross the Japanese bridge he made famous. Stand on the beach of Honfleur where Courbet and Boudin set up their easels to paint fishing vessels sailing into port. And walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise, the town where he spent his final months. Immerse yourself in a fascinating and inviting land, rich in legend, history, and art.

Who will enjoy this cruise
Students of history will be fascinated by the D-Day memorial sites and the square in Rouen where Joan of Arc was martyred. Artists will delight in Monet’s Giverny and Van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise. And all Francophiles will embrace the indelible, ineffable magic of Paris.

Multigenerational Family-Friendly Program
Share the allure of France with the special young people in your life on select summer sailings. These special cruises are not only fun and adventurous for families to enjoy, but they are also culturally and historically significant, and designed to spark creativity and life-long learning.

 

YOUR CRUISE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

TRAVEL
7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the alluring River Baroness
All transfers on arrival and departure days

TASTE
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water

EXPLORE
1 country
6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
Guided “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do,” and “Gentle Walking” programs
1 UNESCO World Heritage site
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

EXPERIENCE
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “The Seine River in Impressionist Paintings”
Exclusive Multigenerational Family-Friendly Program on select departures

 

Day 1 - Paris
Day 1: Paris

Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.

Day 2 - Vernon (Giverny), Les Andelys
Day 2: Vernon (Giverny), Les Andelys

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Monet’s Giverny OR exclusive guided “Go Active” bike ride to Giverny and hike to Château Gaillard


Monet often painted the little riverside town of Vernon, your port of call, so you are likely to recognize scenes the master rendered in oils on your way to his home in Giverny. You have a choice as to how you wish to journey to his home where he lived and worked for more than 40 years—via a short bus ride or by bike. Once there, you’ll discover how Monet immortalized his home and gardens in his paintings. Later, cruise along the peaceful Seine to Les Andelys, where you may wish to hike up to Château Gaillard, Richard the Lionheart’s 12th-century stronghold, offering inspiring views of the Seine. Cap the day off at the festive Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala dinner. Note: Giverny will be closed during the October 29 and November 5 cruise departure dates. Instead of Giverny, guests will visit the gardens of Versailles.

Day 3 - Rouen
Day 3: Rouen

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Rouen gourmet walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” golfing at Rouen’s Mont-Saint-Aignan


Victor Hugo called Rouen the city with a hundred bell towers—and easily the most famous is the one rising above Notre Dame Cathedral, which you’ll visit. You will also see the Renaissance clock tower and the bronze cross marking the site where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. Your tour includes stops to sample some delicacies of Normandy, including white cider and Camembert. For a more active experience, you have a choice to go golfing at Rouen’s Mont-Saint- Aignan, just minutes from the city. This 18-hole course offers both veterans and beginners the chance to play in a beautiful setting surrounded by woods.

Note: Golf excursions are open to a limited number of golfers.


Day 4 - Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur or Etretat)
Day 4: Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur or Etretat)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Honfleur walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” golfing in Étretat


Travel through bucolic Calvados countryside to Honfleur, an enchanting seaside town. You’ll soon discover why impressionist painters came to paint its inspiring scenery. For those who want to continue their French golf experience, you’ll want to go play at Golf d’Étretat, perched on the clifftops more than 150 ft. above the sea, making playing golf here both a memorable experience and visual feast.

Note: Golf excursions are open to a limited number of golfers.


Day 5 - Rouen (Normandy Beaches)
Day 5: Rouen (Normandy Beaches)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Utah and Omaha beaches, Sainte-Mère-Église OR Juno Beach OR Bayeux, and Arromanches and the American Cemetery


Normandy has been the setting for many battles over the centuries, including the D-Day invasion of WWII. You decide how you wish to experience it. For those wishing to visit the American airborne forces’ landing beaches, you’ll want to go to the historic Utah and Omaha beaches, along with Pointe du Hoc, one of the strategic strong points between the two beaches. You’ll also visit Sainte-Mère-Église, which became the first town in France to be liberated, and its airborne museum. If you prefer to go to the Canadian landing beaches, journey to Juno Beach, where the 3rd Canadian infantry division came ashore; you’ll see the exhibit at the Canadian Centre. And for those who wish to see an astonishing millennium-old textile listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register, you’ll wish to travel to Bayeux to view the famous 11th-century tapestry depicting the Battle of Hastings. All groups will meet later in the day at the American Cemetery and Memorial honoring US soldiers. While here, you are welcome to participate in a special remembrance ceremony that includes a wreath laying, the American national anthem and a moment of silence.

Day 6 - Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles)
Day 6: Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Palace of Versailles OR Château de Malmaison


Dock in Mantes-la-Jolie, gateway to either an excursion to Versailles or Château de Malmaison. Versailles set the standard for opulence, not just in the 17th century but for the succeeding centuries as well. Tour the royal apartments, which still look much as they did when Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette fled in 1789. Marvel at the magnificent Hall of Mirrors and walk through some of the fountain-filled gardens. Château de Malmaison, once home to Napoleon’s first empress, Josephine, is filled with Empire-style furnishings, thanks to the keen eye of young Josephine. Here the empress entertained in elegance and created gardens that were world famous in her day. Cap your royal day off with the festive Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 7 - Paris
Day 7: Paris

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of “Heart of Paris” cruise and city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Île de la Cité and Latin Quarter walking tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” Seine riverbank bike ride


Hemingway called Paris a moveable feast: Once you’ve experienced it, you will take it with you wherever you go. You have three choices for how you wish to experience the city. If you are experiencing Paris for the first time, you may wish to take a cruise along the Seine for an unforgettable look at the heart of Paris from the water and continue on a panoramic tour to see the City of Light’s most famous sights, with a stop at the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens. For those who wish to experience Paris as a true Parisian, join the “Do as the Locals Do” tour. Take the Métro to the Île de la Cité, the historic center of Paris, and the great cathedral of Notre Dame. An expert in the history and architecture of this magnificent cathedral is your guide as you explore both inside and out. After you’ve admired Notre Dame’s stained glass, flying buttresses and idiosyncratic gargoyles, cross the Archbishop’s Bridge to the Left Bank and the Latin Quarter. Wander through the narrow streets where for centuries artists, writers, philosophers and the Sorbonne’s students have lived and worked, argued politics, painted, sipped absinthe and lived the bohemian lifestyle for which the district is famous. And for those who prefer a more active exploration of the city, hop on a bicycle for a guided ride along the Seine.

Day 8 - Paris (disembark), transfer to the airport
Day 8: Paris (disembark), transfer to the airport

Disembark the ship and transfer to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight home.

 
         
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Documents
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

YOUR CRUISE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

TRAVEL
7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the alluring River Baroness
All transfers on arrival and departure days

TASTE
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water

EXPLORE
1 country
6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
Guided “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do,” and “Gentle Walking” programs
1 UNESCO World Heritage site
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

EXPERIENCE
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “The Seine River in Impressionist Paintings”
Exclusive Multigenerational Family-Friendly Program on select departures

 

Port Charges: $0.00

Base category: Category 3

 
 

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