Impressions from the Seine: Paris to Normandy Aboard ms Sapphire

Enjoy a riverboat cruise from Paris along the River Seine to the coast of Normandy and back, featuring art and daily life in Paris, small river towns, and a poignant visit to the beaches of Normandy.



Along the River Seine to the coast of Normandy and back features art and daily life in Paris, stops in historic, small villages and towns, and a memorable visit to the beaches of Normandy.

Unique experiences include a Tauck Exclusive evening at Chateau du Taillis, a palatial private residence in Normandy, where guests will enjoy a reception, dinner, music, and a tour of the chateau's small museum of World War II artifacts; and a private early-opening guided visit to the home and gardens of the painter Claude Monet at Giverny, where he painted many masterpieces, followed by free time to explore the nearby Impressionist Museum as you please; and in Paris, a choice of activities including a visit to Père Lachaise Cemetery, known for its ornate tombs and notable 'residents' linked to Parisian history, like Marcel Proust, Frederic Chopin, and Edith Piaf, and a choice of museum visit. Highlights include Versailles, for guided visit inside Louis XIV's magnificent palace and gardens at Chateau de Versailles; Rouen, where a walking tour includes visits to Cathedrale de Rouen and Joan of Arc Square with a local guide; the D-Day Beaches of Normandy, with guided visits to Pont du Hoc, Omaha Beach, and the American Cemetery along with lunch at the Omaha Beach Club; Les Andelys for a guided walking tour and a visit to Chateau Gaillard; and Tilly, for cider and Calvados tastings and a Normandy farm tour.



Along the River Seine to the coast of Normandy and back features art and daily life in Paris, stops in historic, small villages and towns, and a memorable visit to the beaches of Normandy.

Unique experiences include a Tauck Exclusive evening at Chateau du Taillis, a palatial private residence in Normandy, where guests will enjoy a reception, dinner, music, and a tour of the chateau's small museum of World War II artifacts; and a private early-opening guided visit to the home and gardens of the painter Claude Monet at Giverny, where he painted many masterpieces, followed by free time to explore the nearby Impressionist Museum as you please; and in Paris, a choice of activities including a visit to Père Lachaise Cemetery, known for its ornate tombs and notable 'residents' linked to Parisian history, like Marcel Proust, Frederic Chopin, and Edith Piaf, and a choice of museum visit. Highlights include Versailles, for guided visit inside Louis XIV's magnificent palace and gardens at Chateau de Versailles; Rouen, where a walking tour includes visits to Cathedrale de Rouen and Joan of Arc Square with a local guide; the D-Day Beaches of Normandy, with guided visits to Pont du Hoc, Omaha Beach, and the American Cemetery along with lunch at the Omaha Beach Club; Les Andelys for a guided walking tour and a visit to Chateau Gaillard; and Tilly, for cider and Calvados tastings and a Normandy farm tour.



Traveling Well Includes:
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Dinner at 16th-century Chateau du Taillis in Duclair
  • All gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $1,560
  • Choice of museum visits in Paris, choosing from the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, Rodin Museum or the Musee National de l'Orangerie (subject to opening times and days)
  • A locally guided walking tour of historic Rouen, including the Cathedral painted by Monet more than 30 times and Joan of Arc Square

  • Day 1 - Arrive Paris / Embark Ship

    Tour begins: 4:00 PM. A transfer is included from the Charles de Gaulle airport or the Charles de Gaulle, Gare du Lyon, or Gare du Nord train stations to Tauck's riverboat. Join us for the captain's briefing, followed by a welcome reception and a Tauck Exclusive - a private evening visit to Musee du Louvre! Tauck guests skip the lines - and the general public - on a private after-hours evening visit to the incomparable Musee du Louvre, a showcase of Impressionist paintings. The Louvre, housed in a former royal palace, astounds with an incomparable collection of old masters, sculptures and antiquities, including the beguilingMona Lisaand the winglessVenus de Milo.A wonderful start to a magnificent week in France!



    Lodging: ms Sapphire

    Meals: D

    Day 2 - Sightseeing in Paris

    Bonjour! Your first day in Paris begins with a choice of sightseeing - an orientation tour with a local guide that includes key landmark sites and a visit to Opera Garnier or a walking tour of the Latin Quarter and lovely St. Germain that includes a walk through Luxembourg Gardens. Dine at your leisure tonight as your riverboat charts a course for Poissy and a visit to Versailles. This afternoon you have a choice of free time to explore Paris as you please; a visit to Père Lachaise Cemetery, a mix between a tree-lined English park and a shrine with more than 70,000 burial plots (celebrities interred here include Maria Callas, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Frederic Chopin and Jim Morrison and more); or a return visit to Musee du Louvre. Return to the riverboat late afternoon; tonight, your riverboat charts a course for Poissy and a visit to Versailles.



    Lodging: ms Sapphire

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 3 - Chateau de Versailles

    The epicenter of French royal power until 1789, King Louis XIV's Chateau de Versailles epitomized the royal lifestyles in Old World Europe. Standing on the grounds of a once humble hunting lodge, the palace at Versailles was built to impress, inside and out. 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.



    Lodging: ms Sapphire

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 4 - Memories of Rouen

    Your riverboat docks in Rouen today, the historic capital of Normandy. A medieval city of history amidst half-timbered houses and storied squares, Rouen has been immortalized in paint and prose. One of its most immortalized residents is Joan of Arc who lost her fight and life here. On your guided visit with a local guide, hear tales of her triumphs and trials, walking in places where she lived and died. You may recognize the Cathedral Notre Dame de Rouen the moment you see it; Monet painted it more than thirty times to capture the ever-changing play of light on it during different times of the day. Even the city's astronomic clock gracing a Renaissance arch has acquired renowned acclaim for its timely efficiency since 1527. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the sights as you wish before returning to the riverboat for an afternoon at leisure. This evening join us for a Tauck Exclusive gala reception and dinner with music at the 16th-century Chateau du Taillis in Duclair, a true Renaissance treasure.



    Lodging: ms Sapphire

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 5 - D-Day Beaches, then and now

    2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy in World II. Today's poignant visit to the beaches of Normandy is led by a local guide knowledgeable about the day's events, the heroics and the losses of this historic Allied operation of June 6, 1944, as well as its Allied liberation of Western Europe. See Pointe du Hoc where US Army Rangers scaled the 100-foot-high, crater-riddled cliffs and seized the German artillery pieces to keep them from firing on the American troops landing at Omaha and Utah beaches. Visit Omaha Beach, one of the five landing areas of the Normandy Invasion of World War II, today dotted with the remains of German bunkers. Pause at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel, the final resting place for more than 9,300 troops who lost their lives in World War II. After lunch, meet your riverboat back in Caudebec-en-Caux. Dine at your leisure tonight.



    Lodging: ms Sapphire

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 6 - Les Andelys, cider and Calvados

    Look up as your riverboat pulls into Les Andelys this morning to see the ruins of Chateau Gaillard reigning atop its hillside perch. Built by Richard the Lionheart, King of England in 1197, it was considered the mightiest castle of its time. Exactly how did an English king lay claim to this important strategic stronghold in France? At the time, Richard I of England was the feudal duke of Normandy and he wanted to keep it that way. He constructed the fortress with the help of more than 6,000 workers in just one year in an attempt to keep the King of France from invading Normandy. Richard carefully chose the site for his fortress, building it where the Seine takes a sharp curve at Les Andelys. Take a walking tour of the town and the castle ruins above before a drive into the countryside where apples are king. A tasting and visit to a local farm shares the bounty of the land in the form of freshly pressed cider and aged brandy with pate and confiture, preserved fruit. Cruise to Vernon after lunch onboard ship, arriving in time for an orientation walk of the town before dinner. Tonight, get ready to kick it up a few notches when dancers come aboard to perform the Parisian Can-Can!



    Lodging: ms Sapphire

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 7 - Monet's house and gardens in Giverny

    A Tauck Exclusive early opening visit to Monet's house and gardens in Giverny gives you the rare privilege of experiencing the beauty of his home in the changing light of the day as Monet did every morning. Go inside his pink house, left exactly as it was when the artist and his family lived here, and stroll through painted gardens you may have seen in Paris on your museum visit. Flowers, planted according to their colors, are left to grow freely in the gardens and lilies bloom all summer long in the water garden where you will see the famous Japanese bridge covered with wisterias, along with smaller bridges, weeping willows and a bamboo wood. You will have time to visit Giverny's Impressionist Museum at your leisure. Back aboard ship, join in a painting class led by a local artist as he shares insights, tips and techniques about the Impressionist works you have seen during the cruise, in preparation for creating your own impressive work of art. Join us onboard your ship this evening for a farewell reception and dinner as we bid adieu to our new friends.



    Lodging: ms Sapphire

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 8 - Journey home

    Tour ends: Paris. Disembark ship by 9:00 AM. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Tauck's riverboat to Charles de Gaulle airport or the Charles de Gaulle, Gare du Lyon, or Gare du Nord train stations for your journey home. Allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in at the airport.



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    Meals: B

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    Cruise Line
    Tauck River Cruising
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2020
    Duration
    8 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms Sapphire

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Paris  
    Day 2Paris  
    Day 3Versailles  
    Day 4Rouen  
    Day 5Omaha Beach  
    Day 6Les Andelys  
    Day 7Giverny  
    Day 8Paris  
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    * Land / cruise price per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy, includes cruise fare, most meals, port charges, shore excursions, applicable fuel surcharges, and gratuities to Tauck Directors, Tauck Cruise Director, ship staff, local guides & drivers, and on all included meals.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice. Further, museums and attractions may be subject to closure due to state, local or religious holidays.
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