About This Cruise
Paris, La Roche Guyon, Giverny, Vernon, Rouen, Normandy Beaches; Les Andelys, Mantes-la-Jolie
- Seven nights in your river-view stateroom
- All meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception and Dinner and Captain's Farewell Dinner
- Complimentary Beverages - Wine, beer, and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
- Daily Shore Excursions - 6 included guided tours with headset
- Visit 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Culture Curriculum: Taste French cheeses, learn how to create your own tarte au citron; attend lectures on Jeanne d’Arc and French Impressionists; learn to say a few words en Français; visit a local market
- Port Charges included on all itineraries
- Air Taxes, Fees, Fuel Surcharges and Transfers included with airfare
- Free wi-fi, connection speed may vary
Special airfares may be available. Please inquire for details.
Day 1, Paris (le Pecq)
Arrive in Paris, romance capital of the world. Transfer from the airport in Paris to your ship.* After boarding, take free time to explore Paris, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented.(D)
Note: The Paris port authority assigned Viking a docking location in Le Pecq, a western suburb of Paris. To help maximize your time in the city center, we are offering complimentary shuttles for Viking guests throughout your stay.
Day 2, Paris
After breakfast, embark on a tour of this dazzling city and marvel at its most remarkable sights, including the iconic Eiffel Tower. Take in the École Militaire, Orsay Museum and Latin Quarter, and magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral. Then drive past the Louvre and Opera House and along the famed Champs-Élysées. Return on board for dinner and start your cruise on the Seine this evening. (B, L, D)
Day 3, La Roche Guyon & Giverny, France
Arrive in La Roche Guyon before breakfast. Take a stroll through the town’s narrow streets lined with picturesque houses with wood-paneled facades. After lunch, enjoy a short ride into the town of Giverny, where Claude Monet resided from 1883 until his death in 1926. Visit the beautiful gardens and charming stone farmhouse where he lived and worked; see the water garden with the recognizable Japanese bridge, water lilies, wisteria and azaleas that inspired many of his masterpieces. Dinner is served on board.
Day 4, Rouen, France
Indulge in leisurely morning cruising along the Seine. Spend the afternoon in the medieval city of Rouen, preeminent capital of Normandy. Begin with a walking tour through the center of Old Town, where you see the spectacular Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral, often painted by Claude Monet, and the famous Gros Horloge, a 16th-century astronomical clock. As you walk among the half-timbered storybook buildings, allow yourself to be transported back through time; see the 14th-century courthouse where Joan of Arc was sentenced to death and the nearby Market Square where she was martyred. Use your free time to discover more of Rouen or visit one of its museums of art or antiquities. Dine on board or at a sidewalk café. Your ship remains docked overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 5, Normandy Beaches
After breakfast, begin your full-day tour to the historic beaches of Normandy. Drive past Gold Beach, Courseulles sur Mer and Juno Beach on your way to visit such World War II landmarks as Omaha Beach, the American Military Cemetery and Arromanches Debarkment D-Day Museum. Alternatively, you may take a tour of Bayeaux, where you can admire the magnificent tapestry that chronicles the pre–Battle of Hastings events. Afterward, continue to Normandy’s coast and enjoy some free time at Juno Beach after your visit to the museum; then visit the Pegasus Museum. Return to your ship for dinner and relax on board, or take an evening stroll through Rouen. (B, L, D)
Day 6, Les Andelys
Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise to the small town of Les Andelys, known for its imposing castle, Château Gaillard, built in 1196 by Richard the Lionheart. After lunch, join a guided walk to this fatally flawed masterpiece of Middle Ages architecture before returning to your ship. (B, L, D)
Day 7, Paris & Mantes-la-Jolie, France
After breakfast, disembark for a walking tour of Mantes-la-Jolie. See the 19th-century Duhamel Pavilion and visit the stunning Collegiate Church of Our Lady of Mantes to view its magnificent interior. Or, join an optional tour to the luxurious Palace of Versailles, former home of Louis XIV. This evening, you can take in the illuminated sights of Paris during a panoramic tour. Your ship remains docked in Paris overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 8, Paris
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Paris airport for your return flight. (B)
Excursions for the Paris & the Heart of Normandy Cruise
All excursions are included. Please see Itinerary.
More days means more to discover - with packages you can add before or after your Viking journey. Wherever your journey takes you, we offer exciting ways to see even more of the region.
Become enchanted by the romance of France’s capital. Browse the art collections in the Louvre or stroll along the Champs-Élysées. Ascend the Eiffel Tower for a breathtaking view of the “City of Light.”
Post-Extension: Loire Valley
Enjoy three additional days in France exploring the châteaux of the Loire Valley with guided tours of the region’s most spectacular cities, estates and cathedrals, including Orléans and Chartres Cathedral, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Post-Extension: Oxford and Highclere Castle
Spend three days in the rolling hills of England’s countryside. Explore the historic University of Oxford, Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds. And enjoy an exclusive visit to Highclere Castle, known to audiences worldwide as the setting of the television series Downton Abbey.
Combine Your Cruise with an Untour!
The Paris & the Heart of Normandy Cruise links well with our Paris Untour
There may be a few gap days between cruise and Untour. Inquire for details.