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Paris & Normandy

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Eiffel Tower
Tour Style: Boutique River Cruises
8 Days from $2,799 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. Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

    meal(s):Dinner
  2. Visit the hilltop Chateau La Roche-Guyon, surrounded by beautiful gardens and offering sweeping views over the Seine. Later, you can visit the home and gardens of Impressionist master Claude Monet—the inspiration for many of his most beloved works. Or, take in the beautiful French countryside in a more invigorating way, with a guided bike ride from Vernon to Giverny.

    Featured Excursions:
    Château La Roche-Guyon
    Choice of Monet’s gardens at Giverny or Exclusive guided “Let's Go” bicycle ride to Giverny

    Note: Giverny will be closed during the March and November cruise departure dates.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Welcome Reception & Gala Dinner
  3. Walk in the footsteps of greatness in Normandy’s medieval capital, a city with a historic quarter that remains amazingly intact. From the cathedral Monet painted dozens of times to the cross marking to spot where Joan of Arc was martyred, Rouen is a treasure trove for the culturally curious.

    Featured Excursion:
    Rouen gourmet walking discovery tour

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  4. Caudebec, a lovely little town on a serene loop of the Seine, is your base for one of two very different excursions. You could drive through the beautiful Calvados countryside to Honfleur, a delightful seaside harbor and city of painters, or head to the windy cliffs of Étretat for a game of golf.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Honfleur walking discovery tour or Exclusive guided “Let's Go” golfing in Étretat

    Note: Golf excursion is open to a limited number of golfers.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  5. Immerse yourself in the tactics, desperate courage and horrendous human cost of the 1944 Allied invasion of France, the first step in the ultimately victorious land campaign against the Third Reich. It began here, on these Norman beaches, each of which was assigned a code name by the Allies as they planned their attack.

    Featured Excursions:
    Arromanches and the American Cemetery
    Choice of Utah and Omaha beaches and Sainte-Mère-Église or Juno Beach or Bayeux

    meal(s):Breakfast & Dinner
  6. How did France’s rulers live over the centuries? Step into the private rooms of either the Palace of Versailles, the lavish palace built by the Sun King, or Château de Malmaison, home to Napoleon Bonaparte’s Empress Josephine, to find out.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Palace of Versailles or Château de Malmaison

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Farewell Reception & Gala Dinner
  7. Whether you’re a first-time visitor to the “City of Light” or you’ve been here many times before, there’s something for everyone today in Paris. Enjoy a panoramic overview of the city, join a local expert for a walk through two much-loved neighborhoods, or pedal your way along the Left Bank, a fresh and fun way to take in the sights.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Paris city tour or Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Île de la Cité and Latin Quarter walking tour or Exclusive guided “Go Active” Left Bank bicycle ride

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  8. Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight home.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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  • 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

Taste

  • 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

Travel

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

Explore

  • 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

Experience

  • 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
  • Connoisseur Collection
  • Generations Program
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29 Jul 18 $3,999pp $4,099pp $4,899pp $5,099pp $5,499pp $7,399pp Request Quote
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5 Aug 18 $4,099pp $4,199pp $4,999pp $5,199pp $5,599pp $7,499pp Request Quote
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12 Aug 18 $4,099pp $4,199pp $4,999pp $5,199pp $5,599pp $7,499pp Request Quote
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19 Aug 18 $3,999pp $4,099pp $4,899pp $5,099pp $5,499pp $7,399pp Request Quote
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16 Sep 18 $4,299pp $4,399pp $5,199pp $5,399pp $5,799pp $7,699pp Request Quote
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23 Sep 18 $4,399pp $4,499pp $5,299pp $5,499pp $5,899pp $7,799pp Request Quote
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21 Oct 18 $3,999pp $4,099pp $4,899pp $5,099pp $5,499pp $7,399pp Request Quote
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  • Connoisseur Collection: This departure features additional epicurean highlights spotlighting France's finest culinary traditions.
  • Generations Program: This departure includes special programs, events and excursions designed specifically for young travelers.

Click here for more information about Uniworld’s unique Generations family program.

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. Single rooms are available at a supplement. 2018 port charges are an additional $140 per person. 

Must Pay in Full at time of booking to receive Early Payment Discount. 

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 cruise.

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.

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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.

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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

Suite

  • 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.

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Add An Optional Cruise Extension Package:

Paris

Included in your 3-day stay:

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

Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov Pricing: 
From $899 per person (single supplement $399)

July, Aug Pricing:
From $999 per person (single supplement $399)

May, June, Sept Pricing
From $1,099 per person (single supplement $499)

Additional fees may apply, please call for details. 
Note: This extension is for cruises that begin or end in Paris.

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