Paris to Normandy WWII Remembrance & History with 3 Nights Venice & 3 Nights Rome
This fabulous Seine 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 French 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.
After your river cruise, enjoy 3 nights in both Venice and Rome. You’ll fly from Paris to Venice, Italy, for a Monograms Italy 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 for guided sightseeing and a free day to explore or relax in Rome on your own.
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 AndelysDay 3 Caudebec: choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”, or hike in the Natural Park; lecture on boardDay 4 Caudebec: choice of full day excursion to Normandy landing beaches, or “A Taste of Normandy” excursionDay 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—Venice, Italy: flight to VeniceDay 9 Venice: guided sightseeingDay 10 Venice: full day at leisureDay 11 Venice–Rome: travel by high-speed train to Rome.Day 12 Rome: guided sightseeingDay 13 Rome: full day at leisure.Day 14 Rome: your vacation ends this morning.
In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.