This fabulous river cruise combines time in France’s unparalleled capital of Paris with beautiful scenery along the Seine River and the picturesque and historical region of Normandy.Embark on your adventure in Paris and sail to Vernon, where you’ll choose between two exciting guided vis-its—Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as “Normandy’s Versailles.” You may choose to go on an excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, and the D-Day 75th Commemoration Ceremony at Juno Beach. In Rouen, best known as the home of Joan of Arc, you’ll go on a guided walk through the medieval quarter and visit the gothic Rouen Ca-thedral—once the tallest building in the world and you will learn the important role played by this city during the French Resistance. Alternatively you will visit the battlefields in the area of Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel. From Conflans, go on an excursion to the quaint and inspiring town of Auvers-Sur-Oise—associated with several famous artists, including Vincent van Gogh—or visit Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison.On this French river cruise, you’ll enjoy wine, cheese, history lectures by an expert travelling with you, beau-tiful scenery along the Seine River, and stops in charming and historical parts of France, but your adventure would not be complete without some time in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! The “City of Light” has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. A guided walk through the historic Île St. Louis with its narrow streets, and Île de la Cité where medieval Paris was founded, will be a delight or take a tour focused on WWII and visit the museum of Les Invalides.After your river cruise, enjoy 3 nights in both Venice and Rome. You’ll fly from Paris to Venice, Italy, for a Monograms vacation package with guided sightseeing and a free day to explore the canals, bridges, and wonderful sights of Venice on your own. Next, travel by high-speed train to Rome. You’ll enjoy seeing the classic sights with a guided tour, and a day of free time to spend as you wish. Your spectacular river cruise through France’s picturesque destinations, historic Normandy, and “The City of Lights” is made even more memorable with 6 nights shared between Venice and Rome. Your European es-corted tour through France and Italy is all arranged for you to enjoy at its fullest!
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Day 1 Paris (Embarkation):Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Vernon—Les Andelys:Choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; onboard history lecture; choice of guided walk, or guided hike in Les Andelys
Day 3 Caudebec:Choice of full day excursion to Normandy landing beaches, including the Commemoration Ceremony of the D-Day 75th Anniversary, or “A Taste of Normandy” excursion
Day 4 Caudebec:Choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”, or hike in the Natural Park; lecture on board
Day 5 Rouen:Guided sightseeing related to the French Resistance, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral, or full day excursion to Vimy and Beaumont-Hamel
Day 6 Conflans:Choice of excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise, or Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de Malmaison
Day 7 Paris:Choice of guided sightseeing, or “Heart of Paris” walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral, or WWII theme tour with visit of the museum of Les Invalides
Day 8 Paris—Venice, Italy:Flight to Venice
Day 9 Venice:Guided sightseeing, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs
Day 10 Venice:Full day at leisure
Day 11 Venice—Rome:Travel by high-speed train (first class) to Rome.
Day 12 Rome:Guided sightseeing, visit St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Ro-man Forum
Day 13 Rome:Full day at leisure.
Day 14 Rome:Your vacation ends this morning.