2018 : Paris & the Heart of Normandy - Paris to Paris

Enjoy Paris & Norman treasures

See Monet's paintings at Paris's Musee d'Orsay, then discover his inspiration at the artist's garden in Giverny. Trace the footsteps of Jeanne d'Arc in Rouen. Walk hallowed ground at the American Military Cemetery and World War II beaches of Normandy. Savor Normandy cuisine, and visit a working farm where these delicacies are produced. This 8-day cruise celebrates history, art, food, customs and all things Francais in the country's most dazzling urbane and pastoral settings.

All This Is Included

  • 8-day cruise visiting 1 country & 5 ports
  • Visit 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 7 included shore excursions with local guide & headset
  • Culture CurriculumĀ®: taste French cheeses; learn how to create your own tarte au citron; attend lectures on Jeanne d'Arc & French Impressionists; learn to say a few words en Francais; visit a local market
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • All onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception & Farewell Dinner
  • Multiple dining venues with open seating
  • Most al fresco dining on Europe's rivers
  • 24/7 specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Organic herb garden
  • River-view stateroom
  • Room steward & twice-daily housekeeping service
  • Evening turndown service
  • Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • 40" flat-screen LCD TV, with interactive programming
  • Complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Security safe
  • Hair dryer
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB port
  • Direct-dial satellite phone
  • Refrigerator
  • Bathrobes & slippers (upon request)
  • Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirrors
  • Glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium Freyja toiletries
  • Open-air walking track
  • 24/7 Guest Services for special requests
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Airport transfers on date of embarkation/disembarkation with Viking Air program

    Day 1 - Paris, France


    Arrive in Paris, romance capital of the world. Transfer from the airport in Paris to your ship.* After boarding, take free time to explore Paris, or join our "welcome walk" to stretch your legs and get oriented. (D)

    Note: The Paris port authority assigned Viking Rinda a docking location in Le Pecq, a western suburb of Paris. To help maximize your time in the city center, we are offering complimentary shuttles for Viking Rinda guests throughout your stay.

    Day 2 - Paris (Le Pecq), France


    After breakfast, embark on a tour of this dazzling city and take in its most remarkable sights, including the iconic Eiffel Tower. You'll also see the Ecole Militaire, Orsay Museum and Latin Quarter and the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral. Then we'll drive past the Louvre and Opera House and along the famed Champs-Elysees. Return aboard for dinner and start your cruise on the Seine this evening. (B, D)

    Day 3 - Giverny & Vernon, France


    Arrive in Vernon before breakfast; take a short ride into the town of Giverny, where Claude Monet resided from 1883 until his death in 1926. Visit the beautiful gardens and charming stone farmhouse where he lived and worked; see the water garden with the recognizable Japanese bridge, water lilies, wisteria and azaleas that inspired many of his masterpieces.?

    After lunch, spend some time with your Program Director in the provincial town of Vernon. Take a stroll to see the Maison du Temps Jadis (House of Past Times), Vernon's oldest house, and the 11th-century Church of Notre Dame. Dinner is served aboard. (B, L, D)

    Day 4 - Rouen, France


    Indulge in leisurely morning cruising along the Seine. You'll spend the afternoon in the medieval city of Rouen, preeminent capital of Normandy. Begin with a walking tour through the center of Old Town, where you see the spectacular Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral, often painted by Claude Monet, and the famous Gros Horloge, a 16th-century astronomical clock. As you walk among the half-timbered storybook buildings, You'll feel transported back through time; see the 14th-century courthouse where Joan of Arc was sentenced to death and the nearby Market Square where she was martyred.

    Take free time to discover more of Rouen or visit one of its museums of art or antiquities. Dine aboard or at a sidewalk cafe. Your ship remains docked overnight. (B, L, D)

    Day 5 - Normandy Beaches, France


    After breakfast, begin your full-day tour to the historic beaches of Normandy. Drive past Gold Beach, Courseulles sur Mer and Juno Beach on your way to visit such World War II landmarks as Omaha Beach, the American Military Cemetery and Arromanches Debarkment D-Day Museum. Alternatively, you may take a tour of Bayeaux, where you can admire the magnificent tapestry that chronicles the pre-Battle of Hastings events. Afterward, continue to Normandy's coast and enjoy some free time at Juno Beach after your visit to the museum; then visit the Pegasus Museum. Return to your ship for dinner and relax aboard, or take an evening stroll in Rouen. (B, L, D)

    Day 6 - Les Andelys, France


    Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise to the small town of Les Andelys, known for its imposing castle, Chateau Gaillard, built in 1196 by Richard the Lionheart. After lunch, join a guided walk to this fatally flawed masterpiece of Middle Ages architecture. Return aboard for scenic cruising and dinner. (B, L, D)

    Day 7 - Paris (Le Pecq), France


    After breakfast, disembark for a visit to Chateau de Malmaison, where Napoleon Bonaparte spent his final days in France. Along with the Tuileries, this elegant manor house, purchased by the emperor's wife Josephine in 1799, served as the seat of Napoleon's French government from 1800 to 1802. Or, join an optional tour to the luxurious Palace of Versailles, former home of Louis XIV. (B, L, D)

    Day 8 - Paris, France


    After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Paris airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your time in France's romantic capital with a 3-night Paris extension. (B)

  • Call (216) 901-8182 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13478269

    Cruise Line
    Viking River Cruises
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2017
    Duration
    8 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Viking Kadlin

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Paris  
    Day 2Paris (Le Pecq)  
    Day 3Vernon  
    Day 4Rouen  
    Day 5Normandy Beaches  
    Day 6Les Andelys  
    Day 7Paris (Le Pecq)  
    Day 8Paris  
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