This fabulous river cruise combines romantic Paris, beautiful scenery along the Seine River, and the picturesque and historic region of Normandy. Embark on your adventure in Paris and sail to Vernon, where you’ll choose between two exciting guided visits—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 witness 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 Cathedral. Alternatively you may visit the battlefields of Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel. From Conflans, join an excursion to the quaint town of Auvers-Sur-Oise—associated with several famous artists, including Vincent van Gogh. You may otherwise visit Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison.On this Seine river cruise, enjoy enlightening and inspirational lectures by an onboard expert traveling with you, and see the charming and historic sites along the Seine River. Your Seine river cruise returns to the “City of Lights” to see Paris’ famous sites, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum. Take a guided walk through the historic Île St. Louis with its narrow streets, and Île de la Cité where medieval Paris was founded, or take a tour focused on WWII and visit the museum of Les Invalides.Your Monograms package includes hotel reservations, guided sightseeing, daily breakfasts, and the services of a Monograms Local Host® available to assist you during your stay. During your guided sightseeing tour with a local expert, see the London sights you cannot go home without seeing—Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus, and more!
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Day 1 Paris (Embarkation):Onboard welcome receptionDay 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 boardDay 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 MalmaisonDay 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 InvalidesDay 8 Paris (Disembarkation)–London: Transfer to LondonDay 9 London:Guided sightseeingDay 10 London:Full day at leisure, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral (except on Sundays)Day 11 London:Your vacation ends this morning