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Parisian Royal Holiday

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard S.S. Joie de Vivre
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Northern France and its “City of Light” sparkle even more during the holidays. The enchanting animated window displays on Boulevard Haussmann and the gloriously lit trees lining the Champs-Élysées infuse the city with magic. The world of French royalty will unfold before your eyes with four exclusive châteaux visits. Château La Roche Guyon perched above the Seine is a fascinating place. Here you’ll discover 10 centuries of French history through your renowned hosts while enjoying a wine tasting.  Hidden behind trees that are several hundred years old lies Château de Bizy, nicknamed the “Versailles of Normandy.” Walk through the torch-lit gardens and past breathtaking sculptured gardens to the main reception room, where you’ll attend a private chamber music concert. This river cruise is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime festive royal journey for you.

 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Paris | Embark
Day 2 : Vernon
Day 3 : Rouen
Day 4 : Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles)
Days 5-7 : Paris
Day 8 : Paris | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Château de Bizy, an ideal setting for a concert of classical music in Vernon.
  • Wander through the streets of Rouen and the christmas market.
  • Explore the magnificently flamboyant Palace of Versailles with a guide.
  • Discover the City of Paris and Seine riverbank with an expert guide.

Ship

S.S. Joie de Vivre

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Eiffel Tower and the Seine River Explore Paris, the legendary city of light Touring on Seine river in Paris with sunset Panorama of Rouen at sunset Explore the legendary city of Paris Half-Timbered Houses at Rouen, Normandy, France
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Day 1 Paris | Embark

Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. You will be greeted by a representative and transferred to the ship.

Day 2 Vernon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today the Seine and your luxurious ship carry you to a château with close links to the history of French royalty, in a region that was once the borderland between French and English royal power. You will visit Château de Bizy, an ideal setting for a concert of classical music. For those seeking a more active approach to today's excursion, you may choose to travel to the château by bicycle.

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

Day 3 Rouen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you will visit the medieval capital of Normandy, Rouen has managed to preserve much of its historic core, despite being turned into a battlefield numerous times. See Rouen’s top sights as well as its splendid Christmas market, held on the square in front of the cathedral Monet painted dozens of times. Inside, you can listen to ethereal liturgical music enhanced by the cathedral’s wonderful acoustics. Another treat awaits at La Couronne—tea and cake at the restaurant where Julia Child had a life-changing first meal in France.

Day 4 Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Imagine that a private “secret” tour that takes you where others cannot go?The magnificently flamboyant Palace of Versailles was built during a time of absolute power, setting new standards for over-the-top excess with its elaborate gardens, grand state apartments and glittering Hall of Mirrors. You will have a great time in a secret tour to this palace.

Day 5-7 Paris

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
The shop windows of Paris are truly an art form, particularly during the holidays when they attract throngs of delighted onlookers. See these enchanting displays for yourself today on one of the city’s chicest streets. You'll also be taken inside the Paris Opera, described by its architect as a “Versailles for everyone.” Tonight, you will be treated to a Paris illuminations tour.

Join a local expert for a guided walk through two of the favorite neighborhoods in the “City of Light,” the Île de la Cité and Latin Quarter. Wander the streets with stones worn by countless notable artists, writers and philosophers, including Matisse and Picasso, Hemingway and Fitzgerald. The cultural, political, artistic and financial heart of France, Paris is entrancing, magical and exhilarating. Every view is postcard worthy, and for the next few days it is yours to enjoy.

After visiting Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Louis XIV was so green with envy that he gave his modest hunting lodge a total makeover. See the inspiration for Versailles on an excursion to this elaborately decorated winter wonderland.

Day 8 Paris | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Today you will disembark the ship and will be transferred to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight home.
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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.

Notes

Please Note: Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.

- All fares are per guest in US Dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted.
- Single Supplement applies for single accommodation. Solo occupancy pricing is dependent on cabin type, contact us for details.

Included in Cruise Fare:
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water
  • 6 days of excursions all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Taste of Christmas,” “Let's Go” and “Do as the Locals Do” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of Nordic walking sticks
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Visits to 1 country: France
  • Visits to 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Excluded from Cruise Fare:
  • Prices exclude additional port charges of $190 per person
  • Airfare, international or local
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • Travel protection plan
  • Extensions or land tours 
  • Losses or costs incurred as a result of medical services obtained while on tour
  • Any additional personal expenses
Note: The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided on board on the first day of your cruise.
 
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