Paris and Normandy
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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.
6 excursions and visits
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.
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.