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Visit beautiful Mont Saint Michel in France's Normandy region

Paris & Normandy

Paris Roundtrip - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard S.S. Joie de Vivre
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Normandy has been the setting for many battles over the centuries, including the D-Day invasion of WWII and the Normandy Beaches. You have a rare chance to visit several of its historic sites, including Omaha Beach. Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. There are plenty of opportunities to participate in more active experiences, such as golfing at Sainte-Mère-Église in Étretat, perched on the cliff high above the sea, making playing golf here a memorable experience and visual feast. This is a journey steeped in wonder for you to have a lifetime of memories. 
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Highlights
  • Explore the beautiful French countryside with sweeping views over the Seine
  • Wander through Normandy’s medieval capital, Rouen
  • Drive through the beautiful Calvados countryside to Honfleur
  • Enjoy a panoramic overview of Paris
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Day 1: Paris | Embark

Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, where a representative greets and transfers you to the ship.

Day 2: La Roche-Guyon | Vernon | Giverny

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today is a celebration of northern France’s 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.

Choice of Château La Roche-Guyon or "Let's Go" hike on the Crests trail or Monet’s gardens at Giverny or “Let's Go” bike ride from Vernon to Giverny.

This evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 3: Rouen

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Walk in the footsteps of greatness in Normandy’s 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.

Featured Excursion: Rouen walking tour, the Dukes of Normandy’s capital.

Day 4: Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur or Étretat)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 harbor and city of painters, or head to the windy cliffs of Étretat for a game of golf.

Choice of Honfleur walking tour or “Let's Go” golfing in Étretat.

Day 5: Rouen (Normandy Beaches)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There are moments when travel moves you on an otherworldly level—experiences that stir a profound emotional connection. The Normandy beaches certainly have that effect. On your full-day outing, you’ll visit Normandy’s beaches, including Utah Beach and Ste-Mère-Église, with a choice to venture to either the American, British, and Australian or Canadian beaches. After, you’ll go to the American cemetery and partake in a private ceremony at the Omaha Beach Memorial—a sentimental remembrance of Operation Overlord.

Choice of Normandy Beaches: highlights of American sites or Normandy Beaches: highlights of British & Australian sites or Normandy Beaches: highlights of Canadian sites.

Day 6: Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
How did France’s rulers live over the centuries? On today’s agenda, you can step into the private rooms of the Palace of Versailles, the lavish palace built by the Sun King, to find out the history of French rulers.

Choice of Versailles Palace secret apartments or “Versailles Gardens and Queens Hamlet”.

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 7: Paris

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Whether you’re a first-time visitor to the “City of Light” or you’ve been here many times before, there’s something for everyone today in Paris. Enjoy a panoramic overview of the city, join a local expert for a walk through two much-loved neighborhoods, or pedal your way along the Left Bank, a fresh and fun way to take in the sights.

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.

Day 8: Paris | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning you disembark the ship and depart for the airport for your flight home.

Ship/Hotel

S.S. Joie de Vivre

Relax aboard the S.S. Joie de Vivre
Fine dining aboard S.S. Joie de Vivre
S.S. Joie de Vivre Reception Area

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S.S. Joie de Vivre Classic Cabin
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Classic
Magnificent appointed riverview stateroom (162-180 sq ft - 15-17 sq m) located on the Jules Verne Deck. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cozy bathrobes and slippers.
S.S. Joie de Vivre French Balcony
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French Balcony
Sumptuous appointed riverview staterooms (194 sq ft - 18 sq m) located on the Balzac Deck with a French balcony. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cozy bathrobes and slippers.
S.S. Joie de Vivre Deluxe French Balcony
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Deluxe French Balcony
Luxuriant appointed riverview staterooms (194 sq ft - 18 sq m) located on the Victor Hugo Deck with a French balcony. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cozy bathrobes and slippers.
S.S. Joie de Vivre Suite
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Suite
Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (260 sq ft - 24 sq m) located on the Victor Hugo Deck with a French balcony. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water.
S.S. Joie de Vivre Grand Suite
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Grand Suite
Luxurious appointed riverview stateroom (410 sq ft - 38 sq m) located on the Victor Hugo Deck with a French balcony. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bot. The Grand Suite offers extra benefits, including a separate spacious living room, bathroom with a separate rain shower and tub, and secluded toilet and bidet area.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Bilingual English-speaking guide
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • All gratuities, shipboard and shoreside 
  • Bicycles & Hiking Sticks equipment if needed
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks, and mineral water
  • Guided “Do as the Locals Do” and “Let's Go” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Port Fees
  • Passport or Visa fees

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