Paris to Normandy by River, France
CURATED AQUATIC VOYAGES
AQUATIC VOYAGES - Paris to Normandy River Cruise
This is a ThirdHome featured river cruise journey (ideal for small groups of friends of families wishing to cruise together on-board a luxury boutique river ship). Cruise journey dates can be chosen from a set calendar and include a variety of specific excursions, dining and regional opportunities for this specific voyage. NO keys are required for this journey. Please refer to fees section in property details below.
Experience 7 nights/8 days on a river cruise journey steeped in wonder on-board a luxurious ship. Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Richard the Lionheart’s Chateau Gaillard, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches which as been the setting for many battles over the centuries including the D-Day invasion of WWII. Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a choice to tour two majestic palaces, Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, or Château de Malmaison, once home to Napoleon’s first empress, Josephine. See the best of Paris in one of three ways via the “Heart of Paris” cruise and city tour, an exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” tour or an exclusive guided “Go Active” bike tour. There are plenty of opportunities to take part in more active experiences, such as golfing at Rouen’s Mont-Saint-Aignan and at Sainte-Mère-Église in Étretat, perched on the cliff high above the sea, making playing golf here a memorable experience and visual feast. Discover why UNESCO declared French cuisine a “world intangible heritage” with an optional visit to the famous La Couronne restaurant, where Julia Child had her first French meal, and a Normandy apple orchard. These are only a few highlights you’ll enjoy on your culinary journey.
* VOYAGE DATES - please inquire about dates for this lovely river journey as various options are available for 2017 & 2018 *
Luxury All-Inclusive River Journey Amenities included:
* All transfers on arrival and departure days
* 7-night cruise in a luxury river-view stateroom on Uniworld’s newest Super Ship—the S.S. Joie de Vivre. Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
* All gratuities, both on-board and onshore
* Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
* All meals on-board: 7 breakfasts, 6 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
* Cultural Enrichment - 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
* State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
* Use of Bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
RIVER JOURNEY ITINERARY:
DAY 1 – PARIS
Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
DAY 2 – VERNON (GIVERNY), LES ANDELYS
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.
DAY 3 – ROUEN
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: Golfing excursions are open to a limited number of golfers.
DAY 4 – CAUDEBEC-EN-CAUX (HONFLEUR OR ETRETAT)
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: Golfing excursions are open to a limited number of golfers.
DAY 5 – ROUEN (NORMANDY BEACHES)
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)
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
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
Disembark the ship and transfer to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight home.
* OPTIONAL ADD-ON: PARIS PRE-CRUISE EXTENSION *
Two Nights Package includes:
2 nights at the Westin Paris Vendôme (or similar)
Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes, and porterage
Opera Garnier walking discovery tour
All ground transportation
TO INQUIRE FOR MORE DETAILS & BEGIN PLANNING YOUR PERSONAL JOURNEY - please contact:
Liz Bates - Director of Travel & Concierge Services
Single Family Home with 1 level
1 bedroom, 1 bath, 1 square feet
1 guest maximum
In lieu of the normal ThirdHome exchange fees, this personally tailored journey is a full-pay travel option and the monetary cost will be quoted to the member based on whatever accommodations are chosen, along with all other itinerary arrangements and inclusions the member requests to be a part of their customized itinerary. This journey does not require a specific number of keys.
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Liz, thanks for making all the wonderful arrangements for our France river cruise. Our trip was just dreamy! Thank you for making it so special for us!”
- Concierge Service