Discover the secrets of the River Seine on this new-for-2019 eight-day all-inclusive riverboat cruise from Paris to the coast of Normandy and back, featuring an inside look at the places, pastimes and pleasures of life in France.
• Tauck Exclusive Dinner at 16th-Century Chateau du Taillis in Duclair
• Choice of museum visits in Paris
• Guided visit to Versailles
• Early opening visit to Giverny.
River cruise itinerary
Day 1 UK to Paris, France Depart the UK on your flight to Paris and transfer to your Tauck riverboat.
Day 2 Paris Discover the art of joie de vivre in Paris on a choice of museum visits that may include the Musée du Louvre, the Musée National de L’Orangerie, or the Musee d’Orsay, showcasing the work of some of the greatest French artists in the world. Enjoy time at leisure to enjoy as you wish or join a trip to Pere Lachaise Cemetery, where famous figures are eternally honored.
Day 3 Versailles Step off the boat into the heart of history on a guided tour inside Louis XIV’s magnificent palace and gardens at Château de Versailles, just outside of Paris. Your visit here today includes a look inside the most famous of its 700 rooms, the gilded Hall of Mirrors and the king’s over the top royal apartments, and a tour of the gardens, one of the biggest in the world. Spend the remainder of the day enjoying the amenities of your riverboat along with picturesque scenery as you cruise along the Seine to Rouen.
Day 4 Rouen Join a local guide for a walking tour of the historic capital city of Normandy in Rouen that visits the Cathédrale de Rouen, painted by the Impressionist artist Monet more than 30 times, and Joan of Arc Square, immortalized by ‘The Maid of Orléans’ who lost her fight and life here. Enjoy time to explore the sights as you wish. This evening join a Tauck Exclusive gala reception and dinner with music at the 16th-Century Château du Taillis in Duclair, a true Renaissance treasure.
Day 5 Normandy Take a memorable excursion to the D-Day Beaches of Normandy, marking the 75th Anniversary in 2019, with guided visits to Pont du Hoc, Omaha Beach, and the American Cemetery, along with lunch.
Day 6 Les Andelys Explore the strategically located medieval town and mighty castle ruins of Château Gaillard at Les Andelys, venturing off the beaten path to taste locally grown, freshly pressed cider and aged brandy Calvados at a country farm. Cruise to Vernon after lunch for an orientation walk through town, followed by a Parisian can-can show.
Day 7 Giverny Enjoy a private early opening guided visit to the home and gardens of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet at Giverny, where he painted many masterpieces still treasured today. Stroll through his painted gardens and see where he lived and worked without crowds or lines, then join in a painting class back aboard ship.
Day 8 Paris Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Is this for you?
This cruise is ideal if you only have one week to travel and want to discover the art of life along the Seine on expert-led guided excursions that share insights – and ensure access not available on your own – from aboard a riverboat luxuriously designed for hospitality and camaraderie at an all-inclusive price with no hidden fees.
Enjoy a host of on-board comforts and amenities with unlimited complimentary beverages aboard the ship, a choice of dining venues, spacious staterooms and a piano lounge and bar that welcome conversation and camaraderie as you cruise from one picturesque port to the next. Gather your own impressions of life along the Seine on Tauck’s signature shore excursions, all included in the cost. A choice of cabins aboard the riverboat range from 14 square metres to 28 square metres with private bathrooms.
Good to know
Tauck reserves the right to alter the itinerary or make sightseeing and port substitutions as necessary due to flooding, closures and other unexpected disruptions.
What to expect
Culturally enriched sightseeing, regionally inspired on-board entertainment, and private experiences exclusive to Tauck with all day-to-day excursions handled for you and included in the cost.
Departing 28 October 2019. Alternative Europe itineraries are available with Tauck, call or speak to a Personal Travel Expert for details.
Included in price
• All meals and unlimited drinks
• Services of three Tauck Directors and a Tauck Cruise Director
• All gratuities, private shore excursions, admission fees, airport and train transfers upon arrival
• Departure taxes, porterage and fuel surcharges.