Paris and Normandy

Resort: Paris and Normandy
Operator: Titan Travel
Destination: Europe
Price From: £4599.00

Overview

Take a river cruise through the exquisite beauty and moving history of northern France. We wander around delightful Giverny, where Monet found his Impressionist inspiration. We absorb the rich history of Rouen, where Joan of Arc died. We go back nearly 1,000 years viewing the astonishing Bayeux tapestry, or explore our more recent, poignant past on the WWII Normandy beaches. We tour dazzling Versailles and mark our journeys end in the incomparable City of Light, Paris.

Whats Included

  • 7 nights cruise on S.S. Joie de Vivre
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with a leading airline from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • All meals on board, impeccably prepared using the freshest and finest local ingredients

6 excursions and visits

  • Choice of Château La Roche-Guyon or Let's Go hike on the Crests trail or Monets gardens at Giverny or Let's Go bike ride from Vernon to Giverny
  • Rouen walking tour, the Dukes of Normandys capital
  • Choice of Honfleur walking tour or Let's Go golfing in Étretat
  • Choice of Normandy Beaches: highlights of American sites or Normandy Beaches: highlights of British & Australian sites or Normandy Beaches: highlights of Canadian sites
  • Choice of Versailles Palace secret apartments or Versailles Gardens and Queens Hamlet
  • Choice of Paris city tour or Do as the Locals Do Île de la Cité and Latin Quarter or Let's Go Seine riverbanks bike ride or Heart of Paris Seine River cruise

Plus

  • The finest riverview cabins afloat, with included robes and slippers
  • Unlimited drinks on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee, tea and mineral water (excludes premium wine and premium spirits)
  • Captains welcome/farewell receptions and dinners
  • Award-winning service, with the highest staff to guest ratio in the industry
  • All gratuities on board and ashore
  • All entertainment plus signature lectures
  • Shore excursions in the company of English-speaking local expert guides
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions
  • Complimentary use of bicycles/Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Titans VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Uniworld cruise manager

Itinerary

Day 1 UK – Paris

Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Paris. Meet your Uniworld representative on arrival and transfer to the port to embark your ship.

Day 2 La Roche-Guyon – Vernon (Giverny)

Today is a celebration of northern Frances natural beauty, with an excursion to a splendid château and gardens situated in an equally grand setting, plus a chance to immerse yourself in the very landscapes that inspired Impressionist master Claude Monet. Visit the hilltop Château de La Roche-Guyon, surrounded by beautiful gardens and offering sweeping views over the Seine.
Later, you can visit the home and gardens of Claude Monet. Or take in the beautiful French countryside in a more invigorating way, with a guided bike ride from Vernon to Giverny. This evening, a special Captains welcome reception and dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 3 Rouen

Walk in the footsteps of greatness in Normandys medieval capital, a city with a historic quarter that remains amazingly intact. From the cathedral Monet painted dozens of times to the cross marking the spot where Joan of Arc was martyred, Rouen is a treasure trove for the culturally curious. The roll call of famous people who lived or died in Rouen is long and varied – Richard the Lionheart, Joan of Arc, Gustave Flaubert and Claude Monet are among them.

Day 4 Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur or tretat)

Caudebec-en-Caux, a lovely little town on the right bank of the Seine Estuary, is your base for one of two very different excursions. You could drive through the beautiful Calvados countryside to Honfleur, a delightful seaside harbour and city of painters, or head to the windy cliffs of Étretat for a game of golf.

Day 5 Rouen (Normandy Beaches)

There are moments when we travel that move us on an otherworldly level – experiences that stir a profound emotional connection. The Normandy beaches certainly have that effect. On your full-day outing, youll visit Normandys beaches, including Utah Beach and Ste-Mère-Église, with a choice to venture to the American, the British and Australian or the Canadian beaches. Afterwards, youll go to the American cemetery and partake in a private ceremony at the Omaha Beach Memorial – a sentimental remembrance of Operation Overlord.

Day 6 Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles)

How did Frances rulers live over the centuries? Step into the private rooms of the Palace of Versailles, the lavish palace built by the Sun King, to find out. A special Captains farewell reception and dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 7 Paris

Whether youre a first-time visitor to the City of Light or youve been here many times before, theres something for everyone today in Paris. Enjoy a panoramic overview of the city, join a local expert for a walk through two much-loved neighbourhoods, or pedal your way along the Left Bank, a fresh and fun way to take in the sights.

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