Family Fun Along The Seine: Paris To Normandy - 8 Days

Family Fun Along The Seine: Paris To Normandy

Paris France – Paris France

Time of year – June and July

Your cruise begins in Paris with either a guided walking tour or a guided bicycle ride along the Seine, and an art-filled scavenger hunt in Musée du Louvre. In artist Claude Monet’s Giverny go inside his house and discover the inspiration for his garden paintings. Hike up to Château Gaillard of Richard the Lionheart fame in Les Andelys or take a walk in a village steeped in history and country charm. All generations of your family share poignant memories exploring the beaches of Normandy, touring the American Cemetery and visiting the D-Day Academy where a hands-on visit takes you back to the year 1944 and the D-Day Invasion. In Rouen you’ll see historic sites immortalized by Joan of Arc, and take a 3-D tour of the city’s Roman period. Your family goes inside Louis XIV’s gilded palace Château de Versailles to see how the royals lived, then take a walk through the gardens or abicycle tour including Marie Antoinette’s farm.

ONLY WITH TAUCK

  • A scavenger hunt in the Louvre Museum
  • Poignant insights at Normandy’s D-Day beaches & hands-on discoveries at the D- Day Academy

Cruise prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All riverboat, motor coach transportation, port charges, land excursions, admissions, entertainment, special dinners, beverages while on the riverboat (including unlimited soft drinks, regional wine, beer and premium spirits), sightseeing, porterage, and the services of the Tauck Directors, the Tauck Cruise Director, ship staff, and local guides and drivers are included. Transportation from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport or Paris-Orly Airport or Gare du Nord, Charles de Gaulle, or Gare de Lyon Train Stations, to the Riverboat is included, provided you have furnished us with accurate flight arrival information at least three weeks prior to the start of your tour. Transportation from the riverboat to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport or Paris-Orly Airport or Gare du Nord, Charles de Gaulle, or Gare de Lyon Train Stations is also included when you disembark the riverboat. Transportation to and from airports and train stations may be shared with other Tauck guests. If you are staying at a hotel other than the Tauck- designated hotel before or after your tour, contact Tauck regarding your various transfer options.

We pledge to make every effort to operate all tours as advertised. We reserve the right to alter or curtail the itinerary, or substitute sightseeing, hotels, and/or conveyances as deemed necessary. Any savings realized by these changes will be refunded to you. Any resultant added expense will be covered by us. Although not expected, prices on this website may be modified due to unexpected significant external factors not forecast at the time of publication.

Age Recommendations – Children 8 years of age or older at the time of travel are welcome on this Tauck journey. Based upon our experience with family travelers, we have a minimum recommended age for each journey to encourage comfort and enjoyment for all of our guests. All children must be accompanied on activities by a parent or guardian. At least one guest in the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older in order to make a reservation.

Rates and schedules are not guaranteed until booked and will vary based on departure date.

Day 1
Arrive Paris and embark ms Sapphire

Tour begins: 4:00 PM, ms 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.

MEALS – Dinner

Day 2
A day in Paris

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.

MEALS – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3
Louvre scavenger hunt & cruise the River Seine

Until King Louis XIV moved his household outside of Paris to the Château de Versailles in the 1700s, Musée du 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.

MEALS – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4
Monet's Giverny & Les Andelys

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.

MEALS – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5
WWII and Normandy

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. Visit D-Day sites including Pont du Hoc and Omaha Beach plus a poignant stop at the hallowed American Cemetery. Following lunch, 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.

MEALS – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6
Time traveling in Rouen

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 – 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.

MEALS – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7
Château de Versailles... visit or guided bicycle ride

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.

MEALS – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8
Journey home

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.

MEALS – Breakfast

What's Included

  • All gratuities to Tauck Director, guides & drivers
  • Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $1,387!
  • Exploring Paris on a bicycle tour or a walking tour
  • A visit inside Monet’s house and painted gardens at Giverny
  • A choice of experiences in the spired town of Rouen, where the spirit of Joan of Arc lives on
  • An inside tour of Château de Versailles
  • Guided walk through the palace gardens or exploration of the gardens and Marie Antoinette farm by bicycle
  • 19 meals, airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted, all gratuities to Tauck Director, guides & drivers, service charges, admission fees, taxes & porterage

NIGHTS 1 – 7

ms Sapphire

One of the 361-foot (110-meter) riverboats in Tauck’s Destination Fleet, this newly redesigned riverboat debuts in 2017 with a new deck plan optimized for the utmost in spaciousness – with 70% of her cabins measuring 225 square feet or larger – and accommodating no more than 98 guests, while similar-sized riverboats average about 160. Guest amenities inside her 14 lush 300- square-foot Tauck Suites include brocade upholstery, roomy walk-in closets with built-in drawers, spacious bathrooms with separate showers, and two French balconies with floor-to-ceiling windows that open to idyllic riverscapes. She also sports twenty roomy 225-square-foot cabins, four 183-square-foot cabins and one 182 square-foot cabin, similarly furnished. Eight 150-square- foot cabins are cozy and comfortable, and are similar in décor and style to our larger suites. 85% have floor-to-ceiling windows with real French balconies that open on to a balcony in the fresh air; all have in-room movies, minibar, adjustable heating and cooling, private bathroom and shower with pampering toiletries. In addition to our main dining room, The Compass Rose, the ship also features Arthur’s, a second dining venue offering casual fare.

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