Hear is chance to visit the Canadian war sites in Normandy during Remembrance Day week 2022.
$250 per person will hold your cabin on this sailing.
For a limited time you will receive Vikings Risk Free Cancellation Coverage. Please email your Northstar Travel Associate for more details or if you have any questions about this trip.
PARIS & HEART OF NORMANDY
7 November 2022 from $5449CDN
Early booking price from $3879CDN including Toronto Air
Explore Normandy’s beaches, site of the Allied landings of D-Day. Pass Gold Beach and the seaside village of Arromanches, where you can see remains of the ingenious Mulberry Harbor. Then stop at Juno Beach, heavily assaulted by Canadian troops. After time at the museum here, a fascinating overview of Canadian life before, during and after the war, you can pay respects at the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian cemetery. Later, visit the Pegasus Museum, with time to ponder the Pegasus Bridge taken by the British so as to prevent a German counterattack. Then, drive to the British cemetery at Ranville, the first village to be liberated by the British.
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)
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 (Military Museum), Orsay Museum and Latin Quarter, and resilient Notre Dame Cathedral. Then drive past the Louvre and Opera House and along the famed Champs-Élysées. This afternoon, you may join an optional tour to explore one of the world’s most celebrated collections of art at the Louvre. Return on board for dinner and start your cruise on the Seine this evening. (B, L, D)
La Roche Guyon & Vernon, France
Arrive in La Roche Guyon before breakfast and enjoy a morning at your leisure to explore. The village is officially classified as one of France’s most beautiful; you will see why as you stroll through the town’s narrow streets lined with picturesque houses with wood-paneled facades. After lunch, join an included tour to 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. (B, L, D)
† Monet gardens not available before April 1 or after November 1; a visit to the village of Auvers-sur-Oise, favored by van Gogh and other artists, will be substitute
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)
After breakfast, begin your full-day tour to the historic beaches of Normandy. 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)
Les Andelys, France
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. Disembark and join a guided walk to this fatally flawed masterpiece of Middle Ages architecture before returning to your ship. (B, L, D)
Le Pecq & Paris, France
After breakfast, disembark for a visit to Château de Malmaison, where Napoleon Bonaparte spent his final days in France. Along with the Tuileries, this elegant manor house, purchased by the emperor’s wife Josephine in 1799, served as the seat of Napoleon’s French government from 1800 to 1802. This afternoon, 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 drive and Seine River cruise. Your ship remains docked in Paris overnight. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your time in France’s romantic capital with a 3-night Paris extension. (B)* Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.