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Paris and the Heart of Normandy River Cruise

What could be more magical than spending time in the City of Light? Perhaps Monet’s famous gardens at Giverny, and the unfolding beauty of Normandy, which are equally inspiring. Add a memorable visit to historic Rouen and the Normandy beaches – site of the allied D-Day landings, and this perfectly-crafted 8 day journey offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Viking pride river cruiser on Seine

DAY 1 PARIS

From Paris airport Viking takes you to your ship where you can settle in and enjoy free time in France’s lovely capital, or depending upon your arrival time, join our ‘Welcome Walk’ to get to know this beautiful city.

Included meal: dinner.

DAY 2 PARIS

Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, taking in the famous sights, including the Eiffel Tower, Orsay Museum and Latin Quarter. See the Cathedral of Notre Dame and drive along the Champs Elysees, past the Louvre and Opera House. Your afternoon is free to shop or further explore the city. Why not visit the artists’ district of Montmartre, or take an optional tour to the Louvre? A former royal residence, it is one of the world’s largest museums, housing an impressive art collection, including Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

Included excursion: panoramic city tour.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 3 GIVERNY AND VERNON

From Vernon, enjoy a short drive into the countryside to the town of Giverny, where Claude Monet lived for many years and where he created his famous gardens that were the inspiration for his masterpieces. Visit the artist’s home and stroll through the gardens with the instantly recognisable Japanese Bridge and water garden. After lunch, explore the charming town of Vernon with its Gothic church and half-timbered houses.

Included excursion: Monet Foundation excursion touring the home and gardens of Claude Monet.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 4 ROUEN

A morning sailing along the Seine past the beautiful scenery of Normandy takes you to the region’s historic capital of Rouen. Enjoy a walking tour through the old town centre where you see the Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral, so often painted by Monet, and the ornate 16th-century astronomical clock. See the 14th-century courthouse where Joan of Arc was sentenced to death and the nearby Market Square where she was martyred. Enjoy free time in lovely Rouen. Your ship remains docked overnight, so you are free to explore more if you wish.

Included excursion: walking tour through medieval city.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 5 NORMANDY BEACHES

Few sights are more moving than that of the beaches of Normandy and the American Military Cemetery, both of which feature on this full-day tour. Visit Omaha Beach and see Gold Beach and Juno Beach, as well as WWII landmarks, including the Arromanches Debarkment Museum. Enjoy dinner on board and relax, or take an evening stroll.

Included excursion: Normandy beaches excursion, including American Military Cemetery.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 6 LES ANDELYS

Spend a relaxing morning cruising to the small town of Les Andelys, where you can tour the impressive ruins of Château Gaillard, Richard the Lionheart’s 12th-century stronghold. The afternoon brings more scenic sailing through northern France to the pretty waterfront town of Conflans.

Included excursion: escorted walk to Chateau Gaillard.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 7 CONFLANS AND PARIS

Join a guided walk through the lovely town of Conflans, named for its position at the confluence of the Oise and Seine rivers. See the Market Square, Tower of Montjoie and the Church of Saint Maclou. Or take an optional tour to the magnifi cent Palace of Versailles, former home of Louis XIV. Arrive in Paris in the evening, with time to explore Paris at night.

Included excursion: guided city walk.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 8 PARIS

After breakfast, Viking takes you to Paris airport.

Included meal: breakfast.

Paris and the Heart of Normandy

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