Rendezvous on the Seine - 10 Days

Rendezvous on the Seine

Paris France – Paris France

Impressions of France… rendered on canvas on an after-hours private visit to Musée du Louvre, quickly captured by street artists in Montmartre, gilded into a golden palace at Versailles, indulged during a château dinner, distilled into apple brandy and cider, carved into a clifftop castle, and floating in a Water Garden… linger long after you return home. Follow the Seine to coastal Normandy on a 10-day journey that’s sure to impress. Discover the art of Paris for two nights before a 7-night cruise to Rouen, Honfleur and Giverny, immortalized by Impressionist artists. Visit D-Day beaches, sample Calvados where it is made, dine at a private château and more before returning to Paris via riverboat.

ONLY WITH TAUCK

  • Private after-hours evening visit to Musée du Louvre
  • Private Tauck dinner at a Normandy château with musical entertainment

Cruise prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All riverboat accommodations, 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, hotel and 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.

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.

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. A transfer is included upon your arrival from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport or the Gare de Lyon, Charles de Gaulle or Gare du Nord train stations to your riverboat on the Seine. Settle into your cabin and make yourself at home, then join us for cocktails, canapés, dinner and entertainment aboard ship. Bienvenue!

MEALS – Dinner

Day 2
Private evening visit to Musée du Louvre and other Parisian landmarks

Join us for an orientation tour of landmark sites; the remainder of the day is free for you to experience Paris as you wish. Your Tauck Director can offer suggestions for sightseeing, people watching, art viewing, garden strolling and, of course, wining and dining. This evening, join us for a Tauck Exclusive – a private evening visit to Musée du Louvre! Tauck guests skip the lines – and the general public – on a private after-hours evening visit to the incomparable Musée du Louvre, a showcase of Impressionist paintings. The Louvre, housed in a former royal palace, astounds with an incomparable collection of some of the world’s greatest art masterpieces – old masters, sculptures and antiquities, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo.

MEALS – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXCURSION CHOICES – The Islands of Paris Walking Tour

Day 3
Château de Versailles

Château de Versailles is unequaled in its display of regal splendor and privilege. Louis XIV (the Sun King) built this “country home” to escape the confines of the Louvre and Paris in 1682, and made it large enough to house all of his courtiers and servants – it was eventually expanded to include 2,300 rooms; he also built the town of Versailles while he was at it. Prepare to be dazzled when your guide takes you inside the palatial estate to see opulently decorated rooms in the King’s Apartments, including the superb Hall of Mirrors where the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, ending the First World War. If you wish, enjoy some free time or join your Tauck Director for a tour of the chateau’s gardens. The gardens are a monumental counterpart to the palace in design and décor, a showcase of magnificent bronze statues, patterned flower beds, lakes, fountains and architectural gems, from a marble colonnade to two smaller palaces. Meet your riverboat and sail for Rouen, which is home to Joan of Arc memorial sites.

MEALS – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4
Historic monuments in Rouen

Enjoy informative insights about the history and sights you’ll see today as we spend the morning cruising to Rouen. Victor Hugo called Rouen “the city of a hundred spires,” and while the ravages of war destroyed many of the steepled buildings he was referring to, those that still stand today are rich with historical associations. A guided city tour this afternoon shows you the Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame, immortalized in close to 30 paintings by Impressionist artist Claude Monet, and the Place du Vieux Marche, site of Joan of Arc’s untimely death when she was burnt at the stake. Normandy is lush with fertile landscapes that make its agricultural endeavors flourish and prosper. World-renowned Camembert cheese is produced here along with meat, poultry and fruit products – local specialties that offer an authentic taste of the region. Enjoy the Chef’s signature dinner in the Compass Rose as your riverboat continues to Le Havre tonight.

MEALS – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5
Étretat or Caen and seaside Honfleur

From Le Havre on the English Channel coast, choose your first sightseeing activity; a visit to Caen and the Caen Memorial, or a guided visit to Étretat – a village steeped in history and cultural treasures where agriculture and dairy products are mainstays and farms dot the countryside. Explore the beach resort town on a guided tour; sheer cliffs cut in a perfect arch protrude into the sea. Following your morning visits it’s on to Honfleur for an orientation tour with time at leisure. The first Impressionist artists, including Claude Monet and Charles-François Daubigny, developed their painting style in Honfleur, one of the most charming fishing ports in Normandy. See a parade of Renaissance architecture and half-timbered houses along its cobbled streets as you discover for yourself why this colorful town was so beloved by artists. Back aboard ship, an interesting lecture about D-Day, one of the most somber dates in history, shares insights on the immortalized sites you will see tomorrow.

MEALS – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXCURSION CHOICES – Mémorial de Caen & Bayeux

Day 6
Guided visit to the Normandy beaches

For more than 70 years, the D-Day beaches along the Côte de Nacre have stood as poignant reminders of the historic Allied operation of June 6, 1944, when a massive armada of troops, with more than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft, converged on the heavily fortified coastline to fight Nazi Germany. The wartime code names for the beaches along this 50-mile stretch still exist – Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, Sword – paying proud tribute to the heroism of the thousands of soldiers who lost their lives here. Our expert local guide shares insights during stops at Omaha Beach, bordered at each end by large rocky cliffs, and the American Cemetery, located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach, eternal resting place for some 9,300 American World War II soldiers. Return to the riverboat to continue your cruise; enjoy evening cocktails before dining onboard as you wish.

MEALS – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7
Jumièges Abbey & Château du Taillis evening

After a morning at leisure and lunch aboard the riverboat, drive along country roads past churches and châteaux in various states of repair to visit Jumièges Abbey, once one of the great Benedictine abbeys of France. First built in 654, this wealthy limestone abbey grew to house 700 monks and 1,500 lay brothers in its first 50 years. Destruction came in waves when it was attacked by Viking raiders between 841 and 940, rebuilt in the 11th century, then razed again in a succession of French wars. Today it reigns unrivaled in a parklike setting that evokes memories of its former grandeur, giving measure to what Victor Hugo called “the most beautiful ruin in France.” Tonight, you’ll have the opportunity to experience “the good life” in Normandy when you enjoy a gala evening including a private reception, dinner and music at the picturesque Château du Taillis.

MEALS – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8
Château Gaillard, Calvados & cider

Château Gaillard is the crowning centerpiece of Les Andelys. Built in 1197 by the King of England, Richard the Lionheart, during a power play with the reigning King of France Phillip II, Château Gaillard was lauded as the strongest castle of its time. What remains today evokes images of how this medieval castle looked and operated at its height of power, with the riverside views affording you the same vantage point coveted by its royal inhabitants. Pommes, apples in English, play an important part in the history of Normandy, with apple orchards taking root in Roman times. While the first cider was said to have been distilled in 1553, before that the Norman apple was used in poultices, ointments and cosmetics (hence the term “pommade”). With over two thousand varieties of apples, Normandy is naturally proud of its cider and of its Calvados – apple brandy, for which this region is also famous. Visit a local farm for a taste of both en route back to your riverboat. Cruise to Vernon for a late afternoon arrival.

MEALS – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9
Claude Monet’s home & gardens at Giverny

Giverny invites discovery today on a Tauck Exclusive early-opening visit that shows you painter Claude Monet’s home as he lived it and painted it. His pink stucco house gives the impression that his family of 10 still lives there; its rooms showcase his private furnishings and his collection of Japanese prints adorn walls throughout. Outside, you’ll find easels displaying works-in progress in his garden studios, including replicas of the immense water lily paintings that hang in Paris at the Musée l’Orangerie, and the gardens that inspired them. You will have time to walk pathways bordered with nasturtiums, hollyhocks, hybrid lilies or snapdragons, depending on the season’s blooms, and go through the tunnel that leads to the Water Garden and the oft-painted Japanese Bridge. Meet your riverboat in Conflans-Saint-Honorine after lunch in a local restaurant, and head back to Paris; join us tonight at the Captain’s farewell reception and dinner.

MEALS – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10
Journey ends

Tour ends: Paris. Fly home anytime; a transfer from your riverboat to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Gare de Lyon Station, Charles de Gaulle Station and Gare du Nord. Allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in. For additional hotel nights in Paris, ask at booking.

MEALS – Breakfast

What's Included

  • Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $2,677
  • A choice of excursions in Paris to Montmartre or Château de Versailles
  • Visit to Impressionist artist Claude Monet’s house and gardens at Giverny
  • Visit to the D-Day Beaches and American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach
  • Visit to Château Gaillard and apple cider and Calvados tastings
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship now include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks
  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
  • Airport and train station transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 26 meals, service charges, taxes, porterage & applicable fuel surcharge

PARIS, FRANCE

The Westin Paris – Vendôme

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Situated in the heart of Paris near the Tuileries Gardens and the Eiffel Tower, The Westin Paris – Vendôme offers an ideal, idyllic retreat – an oasis of tranquility right in the center of one of the world’s most exciting cities. Newly decorated, stylishly appointed guest rooms represent a perfect balance between traditional Parisian and contemporary design elements, reflecting the highest quality of handmade craftsmanship in every detail from the furnishings to the floral arrangements. Each guest room features The Heavenly Bed®, air conditioning, television with satellite channels, in-room movies, voicemail, safe, minibar, hair dryer, bathrobes, slippers and deluxe bath amenities. Other hotel features include the WestinWORKOUT Gym, a world-class spa, business center, available in-room spa services, fine dining in the elegant Le First restaurant, outdoor dining at La Terrasse, and the warm, inviting Tuileries Bar.

Tauck Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

NIGHTS 1 – 9

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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AMENITIES

Alternate dining venue, Arthur’s, offering classic favorites at lunch and dinner and lighter breakfasts in the morning

Al fresco dining on Sun Deck, weather permitting

American breakfast room service available in Category 7 Tauck Suites

Complimentary snacks served 10:00 AM –

midnight
Onboard putting green

Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks

Onboard entertainment includes enrichment lectures, piano music nightly, in-room movies, culinary demos, local entertainment and “themed” fun

110-volt and 220-volt outlets included in every cabin for small electronics; minibar stocked with complimentary water and soft drinks

Complimentary Internet & Email available

Fitness center; massages available; putting green on Sun Deck; Jacuzzi on Sun Deck – available 24 hours

Bicycles available aboard for use ashore Laundry service available

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