Family Fun Along The Seine – Paris to Normandy (8 Days)

Cruise Line: Tauck River Cruising
Ship: Ms Sapphire  |  2 Reviews
Paris, France to Paris, France
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DAY 1
Paris, France

Tour begins: 4:00 PM, ms Swiss Sapphire. A transfer is included from Charles de Gaulle International Airport, and Gare du Nord and Gare du Lyon train stations to the ship. Tonight, you'll meet your Tauck Director and your fellow family river cruisers at a welcome reception and dinner.

DAY 2
Paris, France

The historic city of Paris is at your feet today, literally! Two sightseeing choices today – get an overview of its famous landmark sites on a guided walking tour, viewing the Arc de Triomphe and gargoyled Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris (no inside visits on this walking tour). Or, if you wish, pedal along the Seine on a guided bicycle ride, passing by the Musée d'Orsay, the Tuileries Garden, and the towering Eiffel Tower. Everybody meets up for a visit to the Eiffel Tower and lunch. The rest of the day is free for you and your family to experience "Paree" as you please.

DAY 3
Paris, France

Until King Louis XIV moved his household outside of Paris to the Château de Versailles in the 1700s, Louvre was a royal palace. But now it's an amazing treasure-filled museum – one of the largest and most-visited art museums in the world – and the perfect place for today's guided visit and a fun scavenger hunt. Follow clues to works of art renowned the world over, including Leonardo da Vinci's enigmatic Mona Lisa, whose mysterious smile has captivated imaginations for centuries. Following your morning at Musée du Louvre you'll enjoy some free time in Paris, then embark ms Sapphire mid-afternoon and begin your cruise along the River Seine.

DAY 4
Vernon, France
Giverny, France
Vernon, France
Les Andelys, France

Traveling in France is a feast for the senses. In Paris you've already seen – and "hunted" for – some of the most famous art in the world at the Musée du Louvre. Today you'll hear a lot about the artist Claude Monet when you visit his pink house and painted gardens in Giverny. Dock in Les Andelys this afternoon for a choice of sightseeing – hike up to Château Gaillard and listen to stories about Richard the Lionheart, King of England, who built the fortified castle; or take a guided walking tour of the village of Les Andelys. Dinner is back onboard your riverboat as we head for Caudebec for a full day at Normandy's historic D-Day beaches.

DAY 5
Caudebec-en-caux, France
Omaha Beach Golf Club, Port-en-Bessin-Huppain, France
Saint-pierre-du-mont, France
Saint-laurent-sur-mer, France
Colleville Cemetery, France
Rots, France
Caudebec-en-caux, France

You'll feel history all around you today as you learn about the heroes of Normandy's Allied Invasion of June 6, 1944, during up-close exploration of D-Day beaches. Following lunch at the Omaha Beach Club, visit D-Day sites including Ponte du Hoc and Omaha Beach plus a poignant stop at the hallowed American Cemetery. The afternoon is spent exploring one of Europe's most unique museums, the D-Day Academy; here you'll have a hands-on opportunity to learn first-hand about World War II. You'll actually touch World War II artifacts, from weapons to wireless radios; put on a workable wireless headset as you climb aboard a Willys Jeep or Dodge Command car for a ride between the apple trees; and sample rations that the troops ate while serving here. Drive to Caudebec late afternoon and return to the riverboat to set sail for Rouen.

DAY 6
Rouen, France

Wake up in Rouen, the "museum city of a hundred spires", this morning and walk off your riverboat right into the heart of history. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rouen grew up along the Seine and was an important city for the Romans, Vikings, and Normans as far back as the 3rd century! It became the capital of Normandy in the 10th century and many buildings remain from its heyday in the Middle Ages. William the Conqueror used to hold court here, Richard the Lionheart left his heart here, and Joan of Arc was burned at the stake here. Explore the sites today on a guided tour that takes you to Rouen's Notre Dame Cathedral painted by Claude Monet more than 30 times, Joan of Arc Square and the church where she died, and you'll also embark on a photo scavenger hunt. After lunch onboard the riverboat, you have an opportunity if you wish to visit Panorama XXL to see a multi-media exhibit about Rouen's rich history.

DAY 7
Poissy, France
Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France
Poissy, France

Travel today to Louis XIV's ornate palace, the Château de Versailles, where you'll have a choice of a guided visit inside the palace or a guided bicycle ride. If you choose the palace visit, be sure to take a walk in the garden – it is just as impressive as the palace, covering 1,976 acres with some 200,000 trees, 50 fountains, and 210,000+ flowers. And if you choose to explore by bicycle, you'll also visit Marie Antoinette's farm, created in the style of a miniature Norman village. Bid a fond au revoir to the River Seine at a farewell reception and dinner onboard ship tonight.

DAY 8
Paris, France

Your France family vacation ends in Paris. Disembark this morning in Paris. Transfers are included from the riverboat to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, and Gare du Nord and Gare du Lyon train stations; allow a minimum of three hours for your flight check-in.

Family Fun Along The Seine – Paris to Normandy map

What's Included

Included

    • All gratuities to the Tauck Directors & Tauck Cruise Director, ship staff, drivers, and local guides / experts

    • All private Tauck shore excursions led by Tauck Directors – they are often accompanied by local experts and guides

    • “Insider” guided sightseeing highlighted by Tauck Exclusives

    • Exclusive Tauck experiences such as special dinners and cultural performances, held at special venues ashore

    • Cultural performances by local artists

    • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted

    • Hotel accommodations in Europe’s top cities – handpicked for their city center locations

    • Most meals, including dining opportunities at local restaurants and special venues

    • All-day soft drinks, wine and beer with lunch and dinner aboard the riverboat

    • Welcome & farewell cocktail parties, special evenings with local entertainment, cooking demonstrations and more

    • Port charges, all taxes, luggage handling and more

    • No hidden surcharges or costs

Not Included

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About Us

The art of personalized river cruising meets the heart of history aboard Tauck's signature river cruises. Tauck's uncommon access and exclusive cultural experiences ashore along European waterways – the Rhine, Danube, Main, Rhône and Moselle rivers – connects you with each place you visit... and ancient civilizations take on new meaning on our Egypt and China trips along the River Nile and the Yangtze River. River cruises – and river cruising – at their best...

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