Paris & Normandy

Eiffel Tower
9 Days from $2,999 per person
Travel back in time on a delightfully scenic journey steeped in history. From Paris’s glittering Eiffel Tower to the iconic beaches of Normandy to the medieval capital of Rouen, the serene Seine carries you through the countryside immortalized by so many great artists. 

Breathe in the fragrance of Monet’s garden in Giverny, stand at the port of Honfleur where Courbet and Boudin set up their easels, and walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise, the town where he spent his final months. Immerse yourself in a fascinating and inviting land, rich in legend, history and art. 

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

  2. Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.

  3. Monet often painted the little riverside town of Vernon, your port of call, so you are likely to recognize scenes the master rendered in oils on your way to his home in Giverny. You have a choice as to how you wish to journey to his home where he lived and worked for more than 40 years—via a short bus ride or by bike. Once there, you’ll discover how Monet immortalized his home and gardens in his paintings. Later, cruise along the peaceful Seine to Les Andelys, where you may wish to hike up to Château Gaillard, Richard the Lionheart’s 12th-century stronghold, offering inspiring views of the Seine. Cap the day off at the festive Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala dinner. Note: Giverny will be closed during the October 29 and November 5 cruise departure dates. Instead of Giverny, guests will visit the gardens of Versailles.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Welcome Reception & Gala Dinner
  4. Victor Hugo called Rouen the city with a hundred bell towers—and easily the most famous is the one rising above Notre Dame Cathedral, which you’ll visit. You will also see the Renaissance clock tower and the bronze cross marking the site where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. Your tour includes stops to sample some delicacies of Normandy, including white cider and Camembert. For a more active experience, you have a choice to go golfing at Rouen’s Mont-Saint- Aignan, just minutes from the city. This 18-hole course offers both veterans and beginners the chance to play in a beautiful setting surrounded by woods.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  5. Travel through bucolic Calvados countryside to Honfleur, an enchanting seaside town. You’ll soon discover why impressionist painters came to paint its inspiring scenery. For those who want to continue their French golf experience, you’ll want to go play at Golf d’Étretat, perched on the clifftops more than 150 ft. above the sea, making playing golf here both a memorable experience and visual feast.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  6. Normandy has been the setting for many battles over the centuries, including the D-Day invasion of WWII. You decide how you wish to experience it. For those wishing to visit the American airborne forces’ landing beaches, you’ll want to go to the historic Utah and Omaha beaches, along with Pointe du Hoc, one of the strategic strong points between the two beaches. You’ll also visit Sainte-Mère-Église, which became the first town in France to be liberated, and its airborne museum. If you prefer to go to the Canadian landing beaches, journey to Juno Beach, where the 3rd Canadian infantry division came ashore; you’ll see the exhibit at the Canadian Centre. And for those who wish to see an astonishing millennium-old textile listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register, you’ll wish to travel to Bayeux to view the famous 11th-century tapestry depicting the Battle of Hastings. All groups will meet later in the day at the American Cemetery and Memorial honoring US soldiers. While here, you are welcome to participate in a special remembrance ceremony that includes a wreath laying, the American national anthem and a moment of silence.

    meal(s):Breakfast & Dinner
  7. Dock in Mantes-la-Jolie, gateway to either an excursion to Versailles or Château de Malmaison. Versailles set the standard for opulence, not just in the 17th century but for the succeeding centuries as well. Tour the royal apartments, which still look much as they did when Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette fled in 1789. Marvel at the magnificent Hall of Mirrors and walk through some of the fountain-filled gardens. Château de Malmaison, once home to Napoleon’s first empress, Josephine, is filled with Empire-style furnishings, thanks to the keen eye of young Josephine. Here the empress entertained in elegance and created gardens that were world famous in her day. Cap your royal day off with the festive Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Farewell Reception & Gala Dinner
  8. Hemingway called Paris a moveable feast: Once you’ve experienced it, you will take it with you wherever you go. You have three choices for how you wish to experience the city. If you are experiencing Paris for the first time, you may wish to take a cruise along the Seine for an unforgettable look at the heart of Paris from the water and continue on a panoramic tour to see the City of Light’s most famous sights, with a stop at the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens. For those who wish to experience Paris as a true Parisian, join the “Do as the Locals Do” tour. Take the Métro to the Île de la Cité, the historic center of Paris, and the great cathedral of Notre Dame. An expert in the history and architecture of this magnificent cathedral is your guide as you explore both inside and out. After you’ve admired Notre Dame’s stained glass, flying buttresses and idiosyncratic gargoyles, cross the Archbishop’s Bridge to the Left Bank and the Latin Quarter. Wander through the narrow streets where for centuries artists, writers, philosophers and the Sorbonne’s students have lived and worked, argued politics, painted, sipped absinthe and lived the bohemian lifestyle for which the district is famous. And for those who prefer a more active exploration of the city, hop on a bicycle for a guided ride along the Seine.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  9. Disembark the ship and transfer to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight home.


  • All Meals All Meals
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Professional Cruise Management Professional Cruise Management
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • All Gratuities All Gratuities
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Six-Star Ships Six-Star Ships


  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water


  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the magical S.S. Joie de Vivre
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days


  • 1 country
  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks


  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “Changing History: Operation Overlord”
  • Exclusive Connoisseur Collection and Generations Family Program on select summer departures
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
1 Apr 17 9 Apr 17 $3149$2999pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$2,999 pp
8 Apr 17 16 Apr 17 $3349$3199pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$3,199 pp
15 Apr 17 23 Apr 17 $3649$3499pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$3,499 pp
22 Apr 17 30 Apr 17 $4049$3899pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$3,899 pp
29 Apr 17 7 May 17 $4449$4299pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,299 pp
6 May 17 14 May 17 $4449$4299pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,299 pp
13 May 17 21 May 17 $4449$4299pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,299 pp
20 May 17 28 May 17 $4449$4299pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,299 pp
27 May 17 4 Jun 17 $4449$4299pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,299 pp
3 Jun 17 11 Jun 17 $4349$4199pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,199 pp
10 Jun 17 18 Jun 17 $4349$4199pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,199 pp
plus-sign 17 Jun 17 25 Jun 17 $4349$4199pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,199 pp
check-mark 24 Jun 17 2 Jul 17 $4349$4199pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,199 pp
check-mark 1 Jul 17 9 Jul 17 $4349$4199pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,199 pp
check-mark 8 Jul 17 16 Jul 17 $4349$4199pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,199 pp
plus-sign 15 Jul 17 23 Jul 17 $4349$4199pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,199 pp
plus-sign 22 Jul 17 30 Jul 17 $4349$4199pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,199 pp
29 Jul 17 6 Aug 17 $4349$4199pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,199 pp
plus-sign 5 Aug 17 13 Aug 17 $4349$4199pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,199 pp
plus-sign 12 Aug 17 20 Aug 17 $4349$4199pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,199 pp
19 Aug 17 27 Aug 17 $4449$4299pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,299 pp
26 Aug 17 3 Sep 17 $4449$4299pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,299 pp
2 Sep 17 10 Sep 17 $4649$4499pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,499 pp
9 Sep 17 17 Sep 17 $4649$4499pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,499 pp
16 Sep 17 24 Sep 17 $4649$4499pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,499 pp
23 Sep 17 1 Oct 17 $4549$4399pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,399 pp
21 Oct 17 29 Oct 17 $4349$4199pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,199 pp
28 Oct 17 5 Nov 17 $3549$3399pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$3,399 pp
4 Nov 17 12 Nov 17 $3449$3299pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$3,299 pp

+Connoissuer Collection on these departures

Generations Family Program on these departures

NOTE: Flights must arrive between 5am and 5pm and depart between 6am and 6pm. Airport arrival and departure transfers are included on arrival and departure days only.

Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

Price shown is per person based on two people sharing a twin bedded Stateroom and cruise in category 5 Cabin. Single rooms are available at a supplement.  Cabin upgrades available at a supplement. Port Charges included.

Early Booking and Pay in Full Discounts vary based on Stateroom category.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Frequent Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the vacation.

Special Discounts and Promotions: At times we offer discounted departures. These discounts are valid for new bookings only and are not combinable with any other discounts other than our Frequent Traveler Discount and $100 AARP Member Discount. Other restrictions may apply, please call for details.

Cancellation Penalties: 90-60 days prior to departure: 35%; 59-30 days prior to departure: 50%; 29-1 days prior to departure: 80%; Day of departure: 100%.

Length: 410 ft / Width: 37.5 ft / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 128 / Staff: 52

Royal Suites: 2 (410 sq ft) / Suites: 8 (260 sq ft) / Staterooms: 54 (162-194 sq ft) / Rivers: Seine River

Uniworld’s newest Super Ship—S.S. Joie de Vivre—is designed to reflect the “joy of living” as it cruises the Seine River in northern France. This luxurious 128-passenger vessel is a showcase for handcrafted furniture, sumptuous fabrics, beautiful antiques, gilded accents and every modern convenience. The Salon de Toulouse features a full-service bar and art and antiques curated from renowned auction houses and private collections. Enticing dining venues include Le Restaurant Pigalle, Bistro Saint-Germain and Café Flore. Intimately scaled so it can dock in the heart of Paris, the Joie de Vivre features two Royal Suites, eight Junior Suites, and 54 staterooms, all with made-to-order Savoir of England beds and marble-lined bathrooms.

Click HERE to view a PDF of ship facts.

Features & Amenities

S.S. Joie de Vivre features lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and uniquely designed suites. All accommodations have custom-made-to-order Savoir of England beds with handcrafted headboards, high-thread-count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, a menu of pillow options, and marble-lined bathrooms. Guests staying in suites also enjoy enhanced amenities and services, including professional butlers.

This meticulously designed ship features enticing public areas and luxurious amenities, including a beautiful lounge filled with art and antiques, multiple dining venues and bars, a well-equipped fitness center and enclosed heated swimming pool, Serenity River Spa, and a Deck de Montmartre with a life-sized checkerboard and comfortable seating, ideal for relaxing and savoring in the ever-changing views.

Le Club l'Esprit

Salon de Beaux-Arts


  • U.S. citizens traveling to France must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering France.

  • The currency in France is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive in France, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in France. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


Saturday, June 11, 2016
Paris and Normandy River Cruise
Service rating : The service was fantastic. Everyone was so friendly and helpful.
Product : What a group of true professionals. Having to deal with the challenges of Mother Nature in the form of the flood of the century, they met the needs and wants of all the passengers. These folks were unbelievable, especially the tour manager Florence.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Paris and Normandy River Cruise
Service rating : Exceeded my expectations.
Product : Wonderful. Pierre-Yves was wonderful with the kids.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Paris and Normandy River Cruise
Excellent food, service and excursions...all geared to the abilities of the travelers.

Add An Optional Cruise Extension Package:


Included in your 3-day stay:

  • 2 nights at the Westin Paris Vendome (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes, and porterage
  • Opera Garnier walking discover tour
  • English-speaking expert
  • All transfers

From $1,099 per person (single supplement $679)
Note: This extension is for cruises that begin or end in Paris.

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