Tour the City of Lights-Paris, on this 4-day France canal cruise. Beginning and ending in Paris, explore the popular sights and travel the roads less traveled while sailing the Canal Saint Martin. Designed to treat you to historic, modern, and genuine Paris, this cruise includes several walking tours and travels by coach. Providing a panoramic view of this dazzling capital city, this cruise is sure to delight those seeking a grand introduction to Paris.
Day 1 : Paris Day 2 : Paris / Canal Saint Martin Day 3 : Canal Saint Martin / Paris Day 4 : Paris
Board the MS Raymonde in Paris at 6 PM and settle in to your cabin. Meet the ship's crew during a welcome cocktail, then enjoy dinner and a traditional Titi Parisen (Parisian Street Urchin) show on board. The ship stays moored overnight near the most iconic structure in France: the Eiffel Tower.
Begin your day with a breakfast buffet on board, then spend the morning cruising along the Seine and Canal Saint Martin, starting at Quai de Grenelle and finishing at the Bassin de la Villette. Travel up the Seine, cruising past the Trocadero gardens, Tuileries park, and Ile Saint Louis before joining Canal Saint Martin near Bastille. Pass through a tunnel and resurface near République as the canal opens out onto wide avenues lined with ancient trees. The Canal Saint Martin area has kept all the charm and romanticism from its former working-class-neighborhood days. The elegant footbridges, nine locks, and bustling quays bring back the atmosphere of the "Paris of Yesteryear," with a shabby-chic retro charm. Arrive at the Bassin de la Villette at the end of the morning, just in time for lunch on board.
After lunch, spend the afternoon on a guided tour of Paris. Visit the capital's major must-see sites, such as the Place de la République, the Grands Boulevards, the Opera, the Place de la Madeleine, Place Vendôme, and the Louvre. Walk through time and history as you discover the area around Palais Royale on a walking tour. Often used as shortcuts for pedestrians, every one of these walkways is like a village in the heart of the capital. While the galleries have retained all their historical charm, modern designers, such as Shiseido, JP Gauthier, Stella McCartney, and many others have also brought their own touch of luxury and extravagance. Return to the ship in time for dinner and remain in port overnight.
Cruise the Canal Saint Martin as you enjoy your breakfast, arriving at Trocadero in the middle of the morning. The Trocadero gardens were created for the 1937 World Exhibition and provide a wonderful vantage point for the best views of the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy free time in Paris to relax or explore as you wish, by visiting a museum, shopping, or strolling along the streets and avenues. Paris simply abounds with fine buildings, monuments, and museums. Return to the ship for lunch, then set off on a guided visit to help you discover the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district.
Travel by coach from Trocadero and take the 'Triumphal Way' route, passing by the Arc de Triomphe, down the Champs Elysées and around the Place de la Concorde before arriving in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. This district is one of the truly legendary places where history, architecture, art, and society best symbolize the soul of Paris. Work your way through a maze of streets and little squares to discover buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. Near the Seine, artists and writers give way to antique dealers and luxury boutiques. In the evening, return to the ship by coach and enjoy a gala dinner on board, followed by a "Paris by night" cruise to see the city lights from the water.
Day 4 Paris
Enjoy one last morning and breakfast on board before disembarking at 9 AM.
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12 spacious cabins with window and private en-suite facilities.
*All meals on board
*Drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee
*Drinks served at the bar (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list)
*All guided excursions
*Titi Parisien evening
*Paris by Night cruise
*All port fees
*Drinks on the wine list
*Champagne at the bar
*Drinks served during excursions or transfers
*Cancellation and baggage insurance
Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.