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8 Days | Paris & the Beaches of Normandy


Day 1 | Paris, France. Embark. Transfer from your hotel to the ship. (BB, D)

Day 2 | Vernon (Giverny). Les Andelys. Les Andelys was of considerable strategic importance during the Middle Ages, prompting King Richard the Lionheart to build a fortified castle to protect the Duchy of Normandy from the French King Philip II in the 12th century. Your adventure takes you on a hike to the English king’s stronghold to admire the remains of the impressive Château Gaillard. Visit Monet’s home in his beloved village of Giverny, where he lived for 43 years. Stroll through the gardens, where you will see the familiar Japanese bridge and water garden that so inspired this master’s work. In the afternoon, take in the enchanting beauty of the Seine’s lovely countryside. (BB, L, Captain’s Welcome Gala)

Note: Giverny will be closed during the March 16, March 23, and October 26 cruise departure dates. Instead of Giverny, guests will visit Versailles Palace.

Day 3 | Rouen. Normandy Beaches. Normandy’s proximity to the sea has made it the site of many battles, including the famous D-Day Invasion by Allied forces during WWII. Before visiting the beaches of Normandy, you’ll be taken to Mulberry Harbor at Arromanches. Spend time understanding the logistics of the Allied forces invasion when you visit the D-Day Museum, or drive to Bayeux, where you can appreciate the Medieval depiction of the Battle of Hastings on a tapestry from the 11th century. You’ll stop at the Allied landing sites at Omaha Beach before visiting a haunting reminder of the Allied forces’ hard fight for freedom — the American Cemetery at Colleville sur Mer. (BB, D)

Day 4 | Rouen. Your visit to Rouen will take you to the stunning Gothic cathedral; the haunting Medieval quarter; and the Gros Horloge, a Renaissance clock tower that arches overhead. The walk ends at Vieux Marche, where Joan of Arc was punished for her defiance. Later, set sail for the white cliffs of Caudebec-en-Caux. (BB, L, D)

Day 5 | Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur). After crossing the majestic Normandy Bridge spanning the river delta, travel overland to Honfleur, a charming French harbor town recreated in numerous paintings by such artists as Monet. You’ll be taken on a tour from the former smugglers’ harbor of Vieux Bassin —the most frequently painted scene in Honfleur — through the pedestrian streets to St. Catherine’s Church. (BB, L, D)

Day 6 | Mantes-la-Jolie (Auvers-sur-Oise or Conflans-Ste-Honore). Featured Excursions: Take a trip to Van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise, or discover the charm of the barge port of Conflans Ste. Honorine. The choice is yours!

A. Van Gogh's Auvers sur Oise. Van Gogh spent the last two months of his life in Auvers-sur-Oise; he lived here to be closer to his beloved brother, Theo, who lived a short distance away in Paris. During this short time, he painted 70 pictures of the town and its surroundings. You will follow in his footsteps as you walk along the village streets and pause before the town hall, the church, and the houses that he immortalized. The home and garden of Dr. Gachet, who tended the Post-Impressionist master, is now a museum and has been restored to look as it did when Van Gogh painted it. You’ll visit the cemetery where both Vincent and Theo are buried side-by-side.
B. Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. Take a walking tour through the charming barge port and quaint neighborhoods of Conflans Ste. Honorine. (BB, L, Captain’s Farewell Dinner)

Day 7 | Paris. Climb Montmartre’s picturesque little hill, which is surrounded by a labyrinth of extraordinary tiny streets and crowned by the Sacré Coeur. Take in the gorgeous views from this perch above the rooftops of Paris. Many fabulous figures have made this village their home, and you will understand why as this area of Paris provides the perfect setting to inspire. Or choose to take an intimate look at Parisian daily life with a “Heart of Paris”walking tour of the Île de la Cité, the epicenter of Paris and home to the famous Cathedral of Notre Dame. (BB, L, D)

Note: The Paris city tour is offered for cruise-only passengers.

Day 8 | Depart Paris. Disembark the ship and transfer to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight home. (CB/BB)

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the itinerary schedule you receive with your final documents.

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