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Gems of the Seine, Paris & Normandy - 2021

Paris • 6-night river cruise with Honfleur, Normandy’s D-Day beaches, Rouen, Giverny • Paris, OR
Paris • 5-night river cruise with Les Andelys, Rouen, Normandy’s D-Day beaches, Giverny • Paris
  • DINE AT LA COURONNE, THE LEGENDARY ROUEN RESTAURANT WHERE JULIA CHILD WAS SAID TO HAVE HAD "THE BEST MEAL OF HER LIFE"
  • DISCOVER CHARMING HONFLEUR’S IMPRESSIONIST HISTORY AND DELECTABLE SEAFOOD DURING AN OYSTER TASTING
  • FOUR DAYS IN PARIS BOOKEND YOUR CRUISE, GIVING YOU PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR STAY IN THE CITY OF LIGHTS
  • HONOR D-DAY VETERANS DURING A SPECIAL VISIT TO THE NORMANDY BEACHES, INCLUDING A POIGNANT WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY AT THE AMERICAN CEMETERY
  • IMMERSE YOURSELF IN FRENCH CUISINE WITH A CALVADOS BRANDY AND CHEESE TASTING, A MACARON AND CHOCOLATE SAMPLING, AND A TALK BY A SOMMELIER
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Honfleur to Paris

Let France romance you with its culture, cuisine, and history on this dazzling new river cruise that showcases the absolute best of Paris and Normandy. You’ll fall in love with the City of Lights with a whopping four nights here — two nights each bookending your cruise — with plenty of leisure time to enjoy Paris as you wish. Spend 6 nights cruising aboard one of two classically-decorated river ships and discover Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny, Normandy’s dramatic D-Day Beaches, and Rouen’s gothic magic.

You’ll be spoiled along the way with culinary delights at every turn, including special lunches, a wine-paired dinner at the elegant La Ciel de Paris — a panoramic restaurant situated atop the Montparnasse Tower — and a wine tasting and talk with a local sommelier. Plus, oyster tastings, chocolate and macaron samplings, and a lesson in French drinking culture! In all, 28 included features and Cultural Connections will bring you inside French culture with lectures and a series of scintillating onboard performances and movie nights that contextualize the discoveries and destinations on your cruise. Don’t miss this marvelous journey down the Seine!

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Chantilly & the Champagne Region, France

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DAY 1:

Depart home and fly overnight to Paris, France (or depart earlier on an optional extension)

Depart home tonight bound for Paris. Or, leave earlier and enjoy our pre-trip extension in Chantilly & the Champagne Region.

DAY 2:

Welcome to Paris! Enjoy a Welcome Dinner in the City of Lights

Following your overnight flight, you'll arrive today in Paris. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, you’ll be met at the airport by a representative who will assist with your transfer to the hotel. Get settled in and, tonight, join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner in Paris!

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Discover the iconic landmarks of Paris

Is there anything better than waking up in Paris? Likely not, but today’s explorations will certainly rank high on your list! On a morning panoramic tour, you’ll discover the highlights of this vibrant cultural capital, including the iconic Eiffel Tower alongside its sprawling Champ de Mars and the UNESCO-listed Banks of the Seine. During your tour, you’ll have the opportunity to learn a few key words and phrases with a French language lesson.

Lunch is on your own, so you can dive right into the fabulous French cuisine at your fingertips. After, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to shop or stroll — there’s no shortage of beauty in this city, where a stunning monument awaits on almost every corner. But don’t worry about trying to accomplish it all — we’ll be back in Paris at the end of this journey!

Dinner is at your leisure tonight — if you’re looking for same-day recommendations, see your Cruise Director or Concierge. You might also check in with our Concierge ahead of time to secure your spot at one of Paris’ many esteemed restaurants.

Included Features:

  • Panoramic Paris tour

Cultural Connection:

  • French language lesson

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Discover Honfleur (and its oysters), then embark your river ship

This morning after breakfast, you’ll transfer to Honfleur and enjoy a guided walking tour of this picturesque town — birthplace of the early Impressionist painter Eugene Boudin and a favorite of Monet, Courbet, and other artists, who maintained studios near the harbor. Here, you’ll also be treated to a delightful tasting session of Normandy’s famous oysters. Lunch in Honfleur is on Vantage, and we’ll provide you euros to lunch in town with an afternoon at leisure to explore more of Honfleur. Later, you’ll embark ship and enjoy evening onboard entertainment — a fantastic ballroom duo!

Included Features:

  • Walking tour of Honfleur

Cultural Connections:

  • Oyster sampling in Honfleur
  • Onboard entertainment: Ballroom dancers

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 5:

Tour Normandy’s D-Day beaches, visit the American Cemetery, and enjoy your choice of tours 

Some of the most dramatic moments of the 20th century will be today’s focus, as we set out for a full-day tour of the beaches where Allied troops landed on D-Day — June 6, 1944. We’ll drive to the coastal village of Colleville-sur-Mer and the Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial, burial site of nearly 10,000 soldiers. Take part in a solemn ceremony — exclusive to your Vantage group — among the rows of white gravestones in remembrance of American lives lost. Then, it’s on to the coastal promontory of Pointe du Hoc, site of a German battery that was destroyed by U.S. Rangers who scaled the sea cliff in a daring attack. Finally, continue to Omaha Beach, where U.S. Army infantry prevailed in the face of fierce resistance. For lunch, enjoy le goûter, a traditional French snack time, in a local restaurant.

Afterwards, continue your explorations with your choice of tours. You may transfer to the town of Bayeux for an English-language audio tour of the remarkable Bayeux Tapestry, a 230-foot embroidered cloth depicting events leading up to the 1066 Norman conquest of England. Or, take an excursion to the thought-provoking Caen Peace Memorial — a site dedicated to lasting peace that has what many consider the best World War II museum in France.

Included Features:
  • Full-day excursion to Normandy’s D-Day beaches
  • Full-day Normandy tour with Bayeux Tapestry or Caen Peace Memorial

Cultural Connections:

  • Participate in a solemn D-Day ceremony
  • Le goûter snack experience
  • Evening onboard entertainment

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 6:

Embark on a “Taste of Normandy” tour, then dine at a restaurant beloved by Julia Child

Building on your experiences yesterday, hear a lecture on World War II this morning and enjoy an early lunch onboard. This afternoon, set off on a “Taste of Normandy” tour to the Fécamp Benedictine monastery. Here, you’ll see how the famous Benedictine liqueur, with its traditional blend of 27 spices and herbs, is produced. A scenic drive will next bring us to Étretat, an iconic site on France’s Normandy coastline.

Tonight, you’ll enjoy a true cruise highlight when we dine at La Couronne, the oldest auberge (inn) in France and site of the meal that inspired Child’s culinary adventures. It’s here where Child had what she called “the most exciting meal of her life.” See what she means tonight, then head back to the ship for evening entertainment from a local crooner.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day Taste of Normandy tour

Cultural Connections:

  • Benedictine tasting
  • Dinner at La Couronne
  • Onboard entertainment

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 7:

Discover ancient Rouen with your choice of tours

After breakfast on board, you’ll have your choice of tours in Rouen, a city with a charming medieval quarter that has witnessed countless historical dramas, including the fiery death of St. Joan of Arc.

Your first option is a guided walking tour (with an option for a more active walking tour) that includes a visit to Rouen’s unforgettable Gothic cathedral, which boasts the highest spire in France. Once the subject of Monet’s famous series that depicted the ornate façade at different seasons and times of day, today the cathedral is vying to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or, choose to experience more of France’s amazing culinary heritage at a fun cooking class in a local school.

Later, enjoy a sampling Calvados apple brandy and local cheeses onboard. Tonight, attend our movie night featuring The Longest Day, a 1962 war epic depicting the events of D-Day.

Included Feature:

  • Your choice of tours: Guided walking tour of Rouen (with an option for a more active tour) or a cooking lesson in a local school

Cultural Connections:

  • Calvados and cheese tasting
  • Onboard movie night: The Longest Day

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 8:

Venture into Monet’s life in Vernon and Giverny

You’ve seen the city life, but this morning’s walking tour will introduce you to French provincialism at its finest in Giverny. Today’s guided tour leads you to Monet’s house and gardens, and you’ll also admire Giverny’s centuries-old, half-timbered homes, and the imposing Gothic cathedral — a centerpiece of local life that Monet painted six times.

Spend the afternoon at leisure — or, tap into your inner Monet during a painting lesson and an engaging lecture on Impressionism and its figureheads. After dinner, relax with another onboard movie night featuring Midnight in Paris, a spirited Woody Allen fantasy flick transporting its protagonist back in time to interact with some of the city’s most notable artists.

Included Feature:
  • Guided tour of Giverny with visit to Monet’s house and gardens

Cultural Connections:

  • Onboard painting lesson with a local artist
  • Lecture on Impressionism
  • Onboard movie night: Midnight in Paris

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 9:

Taste your way through France with confections, lectures, and wine tastings

While your ship cruises to Paris this morning, we invite you to deepen your understanding of Parisian food culture with a day of gourmet surprises. First, attend an introduction to French cuisine and drinking culture, followed by a macaron and chocolate sampling. After lunch, a local sommelier joins us on board for a special afternoon lecture on France’s wine regions with an included wine tasting. After dinner, more fun awaits with a flamboyant cancan performance!

Cultural Connections:

  • Introduction to French cuisine and drinking culture
  • Macaron and chocolate sampling
  • Talk by a local sommelier with wine tasting
  • Onboard entertainment: Cancan performance

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 10:

Disembark ship and savor a special lunch on the Seine

This morning you’ll disembark your ship back in Paris! Enjoy a special lunch along the banks of the Seine on a sightseeing boat. This afternoon, check into your hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Dinner is on your own in Paris tonight!

Included Features:

  • Scenic Seine sailing with special lunch

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 11:

Explore Paris as you like it

Say oui to Paris once more, as we wake up with a full day to enjoy the city. You’ll find that there’s a Paris for everyone, whether you’re into haute couture shopping, poking around in flea markets, exploring the Latin Quarter, visiting museums, seeking out artistic treasures, or visiting some of the world’s most recognizable monuments — from the elegant ironwork of the Eiffel Tower to the “inside-out” architecture of the Centre Pompidou. And, of course, the food — whether it’s a pastry and a coffee in a street side café or asking your Concierge to reserve a table at a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Enjoy local vintages tonight at a wine-paired Farewell Dinner at the elegant La Ciel de Paris, the highest panoramic restaurant in Paris, situated atop the Montparnasse Tower.

Cultural Connection:
  • Wine-paired Farewell Dinner at the elegant La Ciel de Paris

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 12:

Fly home, or head to Versailles for an optional post-trip extension

Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or, begin your optional post-trip extension in Versailles!

Included meals:

Breakfast

Post-Trip Extension

Versailles, France

FROM: $999 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $333 PER DAY

Important Notice: The above day-by-day itinerary is preliminary and subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert. In addition, should there be an extreme change in water levels, Vantage will do everything possible to provide either the included excursion or an alternate excursion at Vantage’s discretion.

Please Note: Port times & itineraries are subject to change. Fluctuating water levels may affect itinerary.

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