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The SS Joie de Vivre in front of the Eiffel Tower

The Seine: Paris & Normandy

8-day rail and river cruise from £3,515 pp

Special offer: Tailor-made rail and river cruise holiday

Summary

Short description

Combine Parisian icons with the French rural idyll in all-inclusive luxury

Highlights

  • Make stops at the Palace of Versailles and Richard the Lionheart’s chateau
  • Enjoy the quieter charms of fishing villages and medieval towns
  • Visit the D-Day landing beaches
  • Bring each stop to life with a wealth of included tours
  • Indulge with open bars and all-inclusive gourmet dining

In Brief

  • 1 Night Paris
  • 1 Night Vernon
  • 1 Night Rouen
  • 1 Night Caudebec-en-Caux
  • 1 Night Rouen
  • 1 Night Mantes-la-Jolie
  • 1 Night Paris

About

Recommended for:
Rail journey | River cruise

Sailing the Seine through the idyllic Normandy countryside, this luxury cruise brings you between charming medieval towns, the icons of Paris and a chateau once home to Richard the Lionheart. And, you’ll get to the heart of each stop with choice of included excursions; there’s everything from tours of pretty fishing villages and the Palace of Versailles to riverside bike rides, cheese tastings and rounds of clifftop golf. Each day, you’ll return to the butler-served luxury of your all-inclusive river ship, enjoying gourmet dining and open-bar indulgences. It's all wrapped in Eurostar trips and private station transfers.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
London to Paris

Boarding the Eurostar in London, you’ll quickly sweep on to Paris. On arrival, you’ll be met by a private driver who’ll see you directly to the luxurious SS Joie de Vivre. This intimate river ship is able to dock right in the heart of the city, affording you the chance to stroll along the banks of the Seine before embarking. Once on board, you’ll be welcomed by 20th-century Parisian opulence, exemplified by fine art, antiques and butler-served cabins host to dark-wood furnishings and marble bathrooms. In turn, the open bars and all-inclusive dining add further indulgence, from tapas supper clubs to four-course farm-to-table delicacies. There’s also the likes of the onboard spa, yoga and fitness centre.

Stay: Joie de Vivre (Deluxe)

Meals: D

Day 2
Vernon (Giverny)

Your first port of call is Vernon, a pretty riverside town and a favourite subject of one Claude Monet. And, via a pretty bicycle ride or road transfer, you’ll visit his beloved home in Giverny for an included tour of its stunning gardens, instantly recognisable from the artist’s masterpieces. You’ll then return to the ship, where you’ll be treated to a captain’s welcome reception and gala dinner.

Stay: Joie de Vivre (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 3
Rouen

The next stop, Rouen, is termed – rather appropriately – the ‘City with a Hundred Bell Towers’. But, its most impressive is the one that rises above the Notre Dame Cathedral – a true Gothic masterpiece. Your expert-led guided tour will also bring you to the Renaissance clock tower and bronze cross where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake before offering you the chance to taste your way through such local gastronomic delicacies as Camembert and white cider in the local shops.

Stay: Joie de Vivre (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur or Etretat)

Mooring at Caudebec-en-Caux, a charming riverside village watched over by a dramatic 16th-century church, you’ll have a choice of excursions. Perhaps head out through the idyllic Calvados countryside to Honfleur; an impressionists’ favourite, colourfully historic houses jostle for space on its fishing-boat-lined seafront. Your guided walking tour here will bring you along cobbled streets lined with welcoming cafés to showcase the town’s historic sights. Otherwise, continue your golfing experience at Golf d’Étretat – a spectacular course perched on clifftops that rise nearly 50m above the sea.

Stay: Joie de Vivre (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Rouen (Normandy Beaches or Bayeux)

Returning to Rouen, today will see you uncover the region’s fascinating WWII past. Along the way, your expert guides will bring to life visits to the landing beaches, bunkers at Pointe du Hoc and airborne museum of Sainte-Mère-Église – the first town in France to be liberated. There’s also the option of a trip to Bayeux to view the famous 11th-century tapestry that depicts the Battle of Hastings – a true UNESCO-listed treasure. Whichever you choose, you’ll end the day with a remembrance ceremony at a Normandy landing cemetery.

Stay: Joie de Vivre (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Mantas-la-Jolie (Versailles)

Continuing back towards Paris, you’ll dock in Mantes-la-Jolie, its riverside weeping willows watched over by a beautiful church that dates back to the 13th century. It’s also gateway to Versailles and its world-famous palace. An architectural marvel, its royal apartments are immaculately preserved, just as grand as when Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette fled in 1789. The Hall of Mirrors and the fountain-dotted gardens are particular highlights. Alternatively, your guided touring will bring you to Château de Malmaison – the home of Napoleon’s first empress, Josephine. Filled with Empire furnishings and ringed by grand gardens, it’s a truly royal step back in time.

Stay: Joie de Vivre (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Paris

Ending with a last night in Paris, you’ll have the choice of a trio of excursions. If it’s your first time visiting, perhaps get your bearings with cruise or bike ride along the Seine. But, for some more detail, join the ‘Do as the Locals Do’ tour. You’ll wander the narrow streets of the Latin Quarter to learn how, for centuries, artists, writers and the Sorbonne’s students have formed something of a bohemian enclave, where pictures are painted, politics argued and absinthe sipped. You’ll also enjoy an insider’s tour of the Notre Dame Cathedral, led by an architectural expert.

Stay: Joie de Vivre (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Depart for the UK

Disembarking the ship, you’ll be met by a private driver who’ll see you back to Gare du Nord for your Eurostar trip back to London.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Prices

Accommodation rating: Deluxe

8-day rail and river cruise on board S.S. Joie de Vivre (Uniworld) from £3,515

Departure: 5 August 2018

Outside Cabin (5): £3,515
Outside Cabin (4): £3,615
Balcony Cabin (3): £4,215
Balcony Cabin (2): £4,415
Balcony Cabin (1): £4,715

Tailor-made rail and river cruise holiday

Includes:

  • Return Eurostar train travel between London and Paris in Standard Premier class
  • Transfers to and from Gare du Nord and the ship
  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided "Go Active," "Do as the Locals Do" and "Gentle Walking" programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • £100 pp onboard credit
  • In-suite gift of wine and chocolates or chocolates and flowers with our compliments

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