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Paris and the Seine Valley to Normandy

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Overview

2 Included Excursions
  • Discover Europe’s most romantic city
  • Explore historic Rouen
  • Take an en route visit to Amiens

Take in the Seine’s varying landscapes cruising from the French capital, Paris, to reach scenic Normandy.
See scenic France at its finest on this relaxing river cruise. Highlights include a fascinating guided walking tour of Rouen, a visit to the breathtaking Normandy Coast, and a trip to poignant D-Day Landing beaches. In addition to taking in the views, while on board the A-Rosa Viva, you’ll also get to enjoy some great entertainment!

Your river cruise takes place on the A-Rosa Viva on board, you’ll find it so easy to relax, with the casual dress code, there’s no pressure to get dressed up to the nines, creating a truly relaxed atmosphere in which you’re sure to feel right at home!

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Itinerary

Day One - UK to France
Across to Calais then travel onwards to our hotel in France for dinner and an overnight stay. (D)

Day Two - Embark in Paris (Saint-Denis), cruise to Rouen 
Following an en route stop in Amiens, we join the MS A-ROSA Viva in Paris and commence sailing overnight to Rouen.  (B,D)

Day Three - Rouen 
Mid afternoon arrival at Rouen. We take an included guided walking tour of Rouen and stroll around the attractive streets lined with half-timbered houses, stage for the trail and execution of Joan of Arc. The beautiful Gothic cathedral is the subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet and the Gros Horloge, set in a Renaissance street arch, is one of the oldest working clocks in Europe. We moor overnight in Rouen.  (B,L,D)

Day Four - Rouen to Caudebec-en-Caux 
Relax on board this morning. After lunch our cruise continues to wind its way along the Seine to reach Caudebec-en-Caux, situated on a loop of the Seine river.  (B,L,D)

Day Five - Caudebec-en-Caux to Les Andelys 
This morning we enjoy an included excursion to the Normandy coast where we explore the historic D-Day Landing Beaches with a knowledgeable guide. Gain an insight into the battles of 1944 and the brave soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom today. Overnight sailing to Les Andelys. (B,L,D)

Day Six - Les Andelys to Vernon 
This morning we arrive at Les Andelys, nestled in a beautiful meander on the Seine and overlooked by Chateau Gaillard. Later this evening we continue our cruise to Vernon. (B,L,D)

Day Seven - Vernon to Paris (Saint-Denis)
This afternoon we reach Vernon with time to explore its gothic church, fine arts museum, 12th century castles and the famous old mill, which straddles two piers of an ancient bridge over the river. Consider joining an optional excursion to nearby Monet’s Garden. Later we continue our cruise back overnight towards Paris. (B,L,D)

Day Eight - Paris (Saint-Denis)
A day at leisure. Discover the French capital on our optional guided city tour and Montparnasse Tower excursion – the glamorous Champs Elysees lined with exclusive designer shops; the spectacular Eiffel Tower; the grandiose Arc de Triomphe; the Louvre Art Gallery with its controversial glass pyramid; the striking Notre Dame Cathedral on Ile de la Cite and Montmartre, with the white domes of Sacre Coeur. (B,L.D)

Day Nine - Paris (Saint-Denis) to UK 
This morning we disembark the MS A-ROSA VIVA and depart home. (B)

Extras included on this holiday

FREE drinks on board

FREE drinks on board including beer, fine wine, spirits, mineral bottled water, fruit juice, soft drinks, speciality coffee and teas.

MS A-ROSA VIVA

The A-ROSA VIVA provides a welcome escape from everyday life. She currently sails on the scenic waterways of the Seine. On board, you’ll find it so easy to relax, whether you’re simply lounging on the spacious sun deck, taking a dip in the whirlpool, challenging your fellow cruisers to a game of shuffleboard, a game of giant chess, or a round on the putting green.

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Cabins


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The Local Area

Included Excursions

Guided walking tour of Rouen

Today we visit the beautiful city of Rouen, capital of Normandy. The city has a rich history and we’ll see the main sites on a guided walking tour. The city’s most famous attraction is the Cathedral, a religious site has stood on this spot since the 4th Century and the incredible gothic building is beautiful both inside and out. It inspired a series of paintings by Monet, as well as containing a tomb within which lies the heart of Richard the Lionheart. We’ll also see ‘The Big Clock’, a 14th century astronomical clock, just around the corner from the cathedral. Finally we visit the Old Market, just across from the place where Joan of Arc was martyred; it is now marked by a wildflower garden.

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Normandy Coast and D-Day Landing Beaches

We will take a fascinating and enlightening tour of the major sites involved in D Day, one of the most important events of WWII. Guided by an expert on the role of Normandy in the Second World War, we’ll discover individual acts of heroism, how the battle on D Day played out and the effect it had on the wider war. Our tour begins at Pegasus Bridge over the Caen Canal, which was one of the major British objectives during D Day and one of the start points for the operation. We’ll continue from here, along the coast, visiting a number of the major flashpoints and sites that were part of the Normandy Landings.

 

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Optional Excursions

Evening Illuminated Paris Tour

Discover Paris in the evening, when the city becomes even more magical. Admire the Eiffel Tower as it’s lit with countless lights, and marvel at the brightly-lit shop fronts along the Champs Elysees as we explore the city in the evening. 

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Fontainebleau Chateau

One of the largest palaces in France, Fontainebleu was home to numerous monarchs throughout the years. This means it’s been expanded extensively over time, which only adds to its unique quality as it features many different architectural styles.

Parts of the original chateau date from the 12th century, while the most recent parts were worked on in the mid-19th century. There are more than 1,500 rooms at the palace, many of which are closed off to the public, but those that are open are sure to astound.

There are many apartments available to view, such as the two Marie Antoinette boudoirs, the Papal apartment, the guest apartments of the court of Napoleon III and more. There are also four museums at the palace, and a number of collection masterpieces, such as Napoleon’s throne, Marie Antoinette’s bed, and the Duke of Orleans’ commemorative wedding cabinet.

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Guided tour of Honfleur

We explore the picturesque port of Honfleur with a guided tour. Many artists have been attracted to Honfleur, known as one of the cradles of impressionism, and today there are numerous art galleries to browse around. A distinctive landmark is the 15th-century church of Sainte-Catherine which is made completely out of wood.

 

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Monet’s Garden

A real treat for art lovers today as we visit Monet’s former home at Giverny. Claude Monet created his huge water lilies series of paintings here, his intention was to make the viewer feel as though they were in his garden with him, you have the chance to see if he succeeded by comparing the paintings to the real thing! Monet lived at the house for over 40 years at the end of his life and created the gardens here with the sole purpose of painting them, so in some ways they are an extension of his work. While here we’ll have the chance to visit the Clos Normand, the flower garden in front of the house and the water gardens which contain the famous Japanese bridge, centerpiece of a number of Monet’s paintings. 

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Paris Guided City Tour And Montparnasse Tower

Enjoy an introduction to the French capital on our included guided city tour. Along the way you will see the many iconic sights, such as the glamorous Champs Elysees, lined with its exclusive designer boutiques; the spectacular Eiffel Tower that dominates the cityscape; the grandiose Arc de Triomphe that connects twelve wide avenues; Notre Dame Cathedral on Ile de la Cite, and Montmartre, dominated by the white domes of the Sacre Coeur. Our tour concludes at Montparnasse Tower, the tallest building in Paris, which stands out above the surrounding landscape and offers views of everything in a 25 mile radius on a clear day. We’ll take a trip to the 56th floor observation deck, where we’ll be able to take in breath-taking views over Paris.

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