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Paris & the heart of Normandy tour

Paris & the heart of Normandy

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
8 days
From: $ 1,999 $ 250 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy 8-day cruising with river
  • Opportunity to visit 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore Pairs
  • Enjoy the tour to the historic beaches of Normandy
  • Visit magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral.

Short Description

Enjoy Paris & Norman treasures

See Monet’s paintings at Paris’s Musée d’Orsay, then discover his inspiration at the artist’s garden in Giverny. Trace the footsteps of Jeanne d’Arc in Rouen. Walk hallowed ground at the American Military Cemetery and World War II beaches of Normandy. Savor Normandy cuisine, and visit a working farm where these delicacies are produced. This 8-day cruise celebrates history, art, food, customs and all things Français in the country’s most dazzling urbane and pastoral settings.

These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Trip Type River Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Paris
End City Paris

Trip Includes

  • 8-day cruise with river-view stateroom
  • 6 guided tours with audio headset
  • All meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch
  • Visit 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Culture Curriculum: Taste French cheeses, learn how to create your own tarte au citron; attend lectures on Jeanne d’Arc & French Impressionists; learn to say a few words en Français; visit a local market
  • All port charges
  • Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary

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Itinerary

Day 1: Paris, France

Meals : D
Accommodation : Paris Louvre, 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.

Day 2: Paris, France

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation :  UNESCO Vernon Notre Dame, 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.

Day 3: Giverny & Vernon, France

Meals : B, L, D

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.

Day 4: Rouen, France

Meals : B, L, D

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.

Day 5: Normandy Beaches, France

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Les Andelys Chateau Galliard, 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.

Day 6: Les Andelys & Conflans, France

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Conflans Palace Versailles, 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.

Day 7: Conflans & Paris, France

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : UNESCO, 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."

Day 8: Paris, France

Meals : B

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.

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Along with a lot of other passengers, I was amazed at how uninhabited and quiet vast stretches of Russia are en route from Moscow to St. Petersburg. My wife and I enjoyed the big cities on either end of the trip, but the peaceful areas, the huge lakes and little villages, are what we'll remember the most. As always, Viking was a great way to see the rivers (and lakes, in this case). We've been on several Viking cruises but this may have been the most memorable.
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Ship Name

Viking Longship Rinda

Ship Description

Sailing our most popular itineraries, our award-winning Viking Longships® showcase innovative engineering, streamlined design and understated elegance for the most comfortable river cruise experience available.

  • 95 comfortable outside staterooms (2 Explorer Suites, 7 Veranda Suites, 39 Veranda Staterooms, 22 French Balcony Staterooms, 25 Standard Staterooms)
  • All suites feature two rooms with a veranda off the living room and a French balcony in the bedroom
  • Sun deck with 360-degree views and shaded sitting area; organic herb garden and solar panels; putting green, and walking track
  • Aquavit Terrace with a revolutionary indoor/outdoor viewing area at the bow of the ship and grills for al fresco dining
  • The Lounge and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views
  • Library corner and onboard boutique
  • Elevator from Middle to Upper Deck only; no elevator access for categories F and E
  • Free shipwide wireless Internet service
  • Laundry service
  • Ecologically friendly hybrid engines producing less vibrations for a smoother ride
  • 40" flat-panel Sony TV with infotainment system featuring movies on demand plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic and more

Deck & Cabin Plans

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Cancellation Policy:

For any cruise/land booking, whether under deposit, partially paid, or paid in full and air-inclusive packages paid in full, the following travel agent or guest-requested situations are considered cancellations and penalties will apply as noted below: changes to departure date; substitutions of itinerary; substitution of another person for original booked guest(s); or changing to a promotional fare. All cancellations must be in writing. For all air-inclusive packages cancelled after issuance of an airline ticket, the air portion of the refund, if any, will be processed only after the return of airline ticket to Viking. The following cancellation charges will be assessed for all written cancellations received prior to departure up to the scheduled time of departure.

Cancellation received | Following charges will apply: (Broken out by days before departure) 121 days or more is $100 per person | 120-90 days is 15% of full fare | 89-60 days is 35% of full fare | 59-30 days is 50% of full fare | 29-0 days is 100% of full fare.

Full Fare is defined as the full cost of any cruise, land or air component purchased from Viking.

Trip ID#:

ParHeaVik

Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches & 7 Dinners

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