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Paris & the Seine Valley to Normandy

 

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  • Overview

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    • 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. Read More

    Great for:

    • Great for - City
    • Great for - Culture
    • Great for - Food & Drink
    • Great for - History
    • Great for - Nature
    • Great for - Scenery
    • Great for - Shopping
    • Great for - Walking


    Nymph of Neva, Seine
    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!
  • Itinerary

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  • The Ship

    YOUR SHIP



    MS A-ROSA Viva

    • 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.
    • Passenger Capacity: 202

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  • Excursions & Extras

    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS


    Omaha Beach black and white
    Normandy Coast & 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.

    Rouen
    Rouen Guided Walking Tour

    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.

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    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.

    Honfleur
    Honfleur

    We explore the picturesque port of Honfleur. 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. As a still active fishing port, you will no doubt see fishermen coming to and fro in the harbour and this all adds the quaint feeling of the town.

    Paris by night
    Illuminated Paris

    We take a night time tour of Paris, a city that becomes even more magical after dark. From the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe to the Eiffel Tower the whole city glows with beautiful lights. Along the Seine the beautiful bridges that cross the river are lit to reveal all of their wonderful features and the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral stands out like a beacon. We’ll see some of these fantastic sights and get a real feel for this city on this wonderful tour.

    Monet's Garden
    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. 

    Sacre Coeur, Montmartre, Paris
    Paris Guided City Tour & 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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What's included

  • Return travel from the UK by Air to Paris returning
  • Seven nights all inclusive cruise
  • Services of a Shearings Cruise Manager
  • Two included excursions
  • One en route excursion to Amiens
  • FREE Home Connect Service
  • FREE drinks on board including beer, wine, selected spirits, cocktails, soft drinks, water and speciality coffee and teas
A-ROSA VIVA

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.

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