On our best Paris to Normandy river cruises, you’ll enjoy the art and architecture of Paris — plus see stunning châteaus, commemorate the turning point for WWII and stroll the gardens that inspired Monet.
Best For First Timers - Rendezvous on the Seine
Seeking your first “meet up” with Paris and the northern French countryside? Then the 10-day Rendezvous on the Seine is for you. This idyllic journey begins as you board the ms Sapphire for two nights docked in the City of Light. Highlights of your Paris sojourn include a Tauck Exclusive: a private, after-hours tour of the Musée du Louvre, as well as a guided visit of Château de Versailles. Prepare to be dazzled by the splendor of Louis XIV’s “country home!”
For the next seven nights, your cruise-only voyage meanders from Paris and back again. In Normandy, an expert local guide will lead you on a poignant visit to the D-Day beaches, where you’ll stop at Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery to pay tribute to fallen heroes. Other points of interest along the way include the medieval city of Rouen, a choice of seaside Étretat or the WWII memorial and museum at Caen, and colorful Honfleur, the fishing port that helped launch the Impressionistic style.
As your voyage continues, you’ll enjoy an excursion to the magnificent ruins of Jumiéges Abbey and a private dinner at Château du Taillis. You’ll visit another grand castle (Château Gaillard) before tasting the region’s tempting fruit in the form of cider and Calvados. Cap off your journey with the pièce de résistance: a Tauck Exclusive early access visit to Monet’s Gardens at Giverny. Picture it just as Monet painted it before your return to Paris.
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Best For Families - Family Fun Along the Seine: Paris to Normandy
Bike rides, treasure hunts and hands-on history? This is how you river cruise with the whole family! Explore the heart of France in the most engaging style on this 8-day storybook adventure. After settling into your stateroom aboard the ms Sapphire, spend your first full day touring the enchanting city of Paris via walking tour or a guided bike ride along the Seine. Meet up with your traveling companions at the Eiffel Tower followed by free time to see more of the city. Day 3 finds you on an art-inspired scavenger hunt that reveals the treasures of the Musée de Louvre before setting sail for Vernon.
Now that you’ve viewed masterpieces, visit a place that inspired a master: Monet’s Gardens at Giverny. Gain a fresh perspective on Impressionism as you see Monet’s pink house and colorful gardens early, before they open to the general public. The next chapter of your Seine odyssey takes you to the D-Day beaches of Normandy. Pay homage to fallen heroes at Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery, then put the 1944 Allied invasion into richer context by touching WWII artifacts at the unique D-Day Academy.
On your return to Paris, travel back to medieval times in Rouen, a city with a dramatic history that includes Joan of Arc’s burning at the stake. Your final excursion to Château de Versailles lets you step into the pages of a fairytale. Tour the ornate palace and fabulous gardens or take a guided bike ride that also stops at Marie Antoinette’s farm. Et voilá, unforgettable family vacation memories complete!
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Experienced Traveler - Cruising the Seine, Plus London & Paris
A tale of two classic cities bookmarks your cruise on the beautiful Seine River. Your 12-day journey begins with a 2-night stay in London’s swankiest of settings, The Savoy. Soak up the hotel’s old-world glamour before an unforgettable Tauck Exclusive: a welcome dinner and reception featuring a presentation by Celia Sandys, the granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill. Next, experience a full day of London sightseeing, including a special, private visit to the Churchill War Rooms, the underground “nerve center” where the man himself strategized WWII campaigns and the Allied route to victory.
Then, hop a high-speed train under the English Channel and into the light… the City of Light, that is, and your stateroom aboard the ms Sapphire. Your entrée to Paris starts with an orientation of the sights and then the choice is yours. Select the Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay or Les Invalides on your first full day in Paris. The next day, opt for a guided visit to the fabulous Château de Versailles or a walking tour of the iconic Montmartre district before your riverboat departs for Conflans-St-Honorine.
Legendary art continues to color your experience as you stop at Auvers-sur-Oise, where Vincent van Gogh spent his final days, and Monet’s Gardens in Giverny. As evening falls, you’ll be treated to a Tauck Exclusive reception and dinner with music at Château de Bizy, once home to Louis XV. After touring the medieval city of Rouen, you’ll head to the coast of Normandy for a poignant visit to the D-Day beaches and the American Cemetery that will clarify this pivotal moment in history.
Along the way, you’ll be treated to wine and culinary tastings, visits to enchanting châteaus and the chance to take romantic walks and bike rides through the French countryside. Your last temptation will be a tasting of local cider and Calvados (the region’s renowned apple brandy) at a farm in Tilly — a spirited ending to your Seine adventure!
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