Here is an opportunity to visit one of the best destinations in Europe during the Christmas season at an amazing price:
Paris is a wonderful city to visit at any time of year but at Christmas, it's even more magical with the streets, squares and shop fronts lit up by thousands of twinkling lights. You must have surely witnessed or heard about the unparalleled beauty of France when it’s all sunny out there, but have you ever imagined how the country of arts and romance spreads its charm in the month of December? Well, the Christmas fervor is on and all the places in the country are lit with lights and happiness. From enchanting Christmas village at the foot of the Eiffel Tower to soul-stirring ice-skating rinks built under the stars, there’s a lot to see and experience in France in December. So, don’t think much and plan your next trip to France in the month of December and witness the culture of the country in its true colours.
This sailing will take place on one of the new Viking Seine Ships - boasting the same popular design element as Viking Longships, the Viking Seine ships feature customized hulls and engines specifically built to navigate the historic Seine River and for the first time take us right into the heart of Paris.
Remember with Viking your have included Toronto Round Trip Air (pricing available for other airports), Ground Transfers, All Meals Onboard, Wine/Beer with Lunch & Dinner, Wi-Fi and Tour in each Port of Call. With this departure you will receive Viking Cancel For Any Reason Protection.
Any questions please email me ASAP. Remember these boats are small with limited accommodation.
CHRISTMAS IN PARIS & HEART OF NORMANDY
9 December 2023 from $4099CDN
NorthStar Exclusive from $2999CDN including Toronto Air
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 of Auvers-sur-Oise, favoured by Van Gogh and other artists. Dinner is served on board. (B, L, D)
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. Your ship remains docked overnight. (B, L, D)
The Christmas market is the most important event to take place during Advent in Rouen. With the Christmas event called “Rouen givrée” (Frosted Rouen), the Normand city offers a number of cultural events: games, concerts, music and shows for children. The streets of the old town can be explored under magical street lighting while visitors and locals alike have fun at the ice-skating rink on Place de l’Hôtel de Ville or on the Ferris Wheel on Place du Vieux-Marché.
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)
All you need to know to visit Paris in December
December is a wonderful time to visit Paris. The weather is cold and crisp, but the city is in full swing, with busy cafes, beautiful lights & decorations on the streets, and an interesting cultural program for locals and visitors alike.
And of course, Paris at Christmas time also means great shopping opportunities and seasonal activities for all the family!
Paris in December has two main parts. While the beginning of December in Paris has a more local atmosphere, with Parisians doing the last Christmas shopping and visiting the recently inaugurated temporary exhibitions, the city becomes a favorite haunt of tourists.
Does it snow in Paris in December?
Snow in Paris in December is rare. It usually snows in January and February. However, there’s always a small chance of snow in Paris in December, so don’t lose hope!
Where to buy Christmas decorations in Paris?
It depends on the kind of Christmas decorations you are looking for. For fancy Christmas decorations, head to the Grands Boulevards, to department stores like Galeries Lafayette or Printemps. You can find traditional Christmas decorations and wooden things in the Parisian Christmas Markets.
Locals usually celebrate Christmas in Paris with family and friends, usually around a delicious meal composed of traditional French food and some delicacies. Of course, there’s also wine, champagne, and sweets. Religious people also go to their nearest church to attend the Christmas Mass.
Does Paris have Christmas Markets?
YES! The most popular Christmas Markets in Paris are the Eiffel Tower Christmas Market, the Trocadéro Christmas Market, and the Tuileries Christmas Market.