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Paris & D-Day 80th Anniversary

Enjoy a unique perspective on World War II in England and France on this historic and cultural Seine River Cruise. Follow a unique journey of remembrance honouring those who set Europe free eighty years ago.

Explore two of the world’s finest capital cities, London and Paris, aboard a Viking River Cruise complete with tours that include strategic sites, famous landmarks and points of interest. Visit the D-Day beaches and discover museums and the Commonwealth Cemetery.

Sail the iconic Seine River on a luxury Viking Longship offering spacious, stylish accommodation and award-winning gourmet cuisine. Designed to maximise natural light and river views, chic Scandi-design interiors offer a tranquil and restful haven.

  • Cruise Line: Viking River Cruises
  • Ship: Viking Radgrid, Viking Fjorgyn
  • Duration: 11 Nights
  • Departure: Apr – Nov 2024
£6,040pp
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Paris & D-Day 80th Anniversary Cruise Itinerary

Discover real 20th-century history on this 11-night cruise which visits famous locations and strategic sites in France and England pivotal during the Second World War. Intersperse history with culture, beautiful river vistas and sumptuous cuisine aboard an iconic Viking Longship. Elegant suites and staterooms maximise the scenery with panoramic views from the restaurant, Aquavit Terrace, and a glorious Sun Deck.

Day 1

London, England

Arrive in London and check into your luxury hotel. After the fall of France during World War II, Hitler turned his attention to London, but this remarkable city never succumbed despite extensive bombing due to the RAF’s success in the Battle of Britain.

Day 2

London, England

Discover the story of ‘The Blitz,’ a campaign by the Germans in which London underwent 57 consecutive nights of bombing. Visit the Golden Lion, a Tudor pub that doubled as an officers’ mess, and then travel to Portsmouth and the D-Day Museum.

Day 3

London, England

Visit the Churchill War Rooms Museum, where Churchill planned the D-Day campaign. Then, take a driving tour of the historic sights of the capital before lunching in the iconic Covent Garden. Afterwards, continue to the Imperial War Museum.

Day 4

London, England

Visit the former location of the World War II codebreakers, Bletchley Park, after a scenic drive to Buckinghamshire and discover where the brilliant mathematician Alan Turing led a team that cracked the Enigma Code. See the different huts and learn their story.

Day 5

Paris, France

Leave London and head to Paris, one of the world’s most iconic capital cities renowned for its culture and cuisine. See the sights and visit the Champs-Élysées, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre, France’s national museum and an art gallery.

Day 6

Paris, France

Discover the romance of the ‘City of Light’ with an expert local guide or enjoy a guided walk through the medieval gastronomic quarter, with a chance to sample some classic sweet and savoury French treats and relax in a pavement café.

Day 7

Vernon & Rouen, France

Discover charming Vernon, with pretty half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets, and a fascinating history due in no small part to its location halfway between Paris and Rouen. Enjoy scenic sailing to Rouen, Normandy’s historic and picturesque capital.

Day 8

Rouen, France

Take a guided tour of the medieval centre of Normandy and visit the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, a popular subject for the artist, Claude Monet, and the 14th-century Abbey. There is also a visit to Omaha Beach and the D-Day Museum.

Day 9

Rouen, France

Enjoy another walking tour of Rouen or learn more about the D-Day Landings with a visit to the Pegasus Memorial Museum. Stop at Juno Beach before heading to Arromanches with the remains of the Mulberry Harbour and the Commonwealth Cemetery.

Day 10

Les Andelys, France

Les Andelys, a pretty medieval town, is famous for the most scenic castle ruin in the Seine Valley. Explore this fantastic Norman fortress, the Château Gaillard, built in 1196. There is also a visit to the enchanting estate of artist Claude Monet.

Day 11

Paris (Le Pecq), France

Visit Napoleon’s historic Château de Malmaison or discover the art treasures of the Louvre, followed by an evening meal in a local brasserie. Guests can also enjoy a leisurely night cruise and see the illuminated sights and famous bridges of the Seine.

Day 12

Paris (Le Pecq), France

After breakfast, disembark your ship, bid farewell to Europe’s most romantic city, and start your journey back to the UK.

Day 1

Paris (Le Pecq), France

Arrive in Paris and check into your luxury hotel.

Day 2

Paris (Le Pecq), France

Visit Napoleon’s historic Château de Malmaison or discover the art treasures of the Louvre, followed by an evening meal in a local brasserie. Guests can also enjoy a leisurely night cruise and see the illuminated sights and famous bridges of the Seine.

Day 3

Les Andelys, France

Les Andelys, a pretty medieval town, is famous for the most scenic castle ruin in the Seine Valley. Explore this fantastic Norman fortress, the Château Gaillard, built in 1196. There is also a visit to the enchanting estate of artist Claude Monet.

Day 4

Rouen, France

Enjoy another walking tour of Rouen or learn more about the D-Day Landings with a visit to the Pegasus Memorial Museum. Stop at Juno Beach before heading to Arromanches with the remains of the Mulberry Harbour and the Commonwealth Cemetery.

Day 5

Rouen, France

Take a guided tour of the medieval centre of Normandy and visit the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, a popular subject for the artist, Claude Monet, and the 14th-century Abbey. There is also a visit to Omaha Beach and the D-Day Museum.

Day 6

Vernon & Rouen, France

Discover charming Vernon, with pretty half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets, and a fascinating history due in no small part to its location halfway between Paris and Rouen. Enjoy scenic sailing to Rouen, Normandy’s historic and picturesque capital.

Day 7

Paris, France

Discover the romance of the ‘City of Light’ with an expert local guide or enjoy a guided walk through the medieval gastronomic quarter, with a chance to sample some classic sweet and savoury French treats and relax in a pavement café.

Day 8

Paris, France

Leave London and head to Paris, one of the world’s most iconic capital cities renowned for its culture and cuisine. See the sights and visit the Champs-Élysées, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre, France’s national museum and an art gallery.

Day 9

London, England

Visit the former location of the World War II codebreakers, Bletchley Park, after a scenic drive to Buckinghamshire and discover where the brilliant mathematician Alan Turing led a team that cracked the Enigma Code. See the different huts and learn their story.

Day 10

London, England

Visit the Churchill War Rooms Museum, where Churchill planned the D-Day campaign. Then, take a driving tour of the historic sights of the capital before lunching in the iconic Covent Garden. Afterwards, continue to the Imperial War Museum.

Day 11

London, England

Discover the story of ‘The Blitz,’ a campaign by the Germans in which London underwent 57 consecutive nights of bombing. Visit the Golden Lion, a Tudor pub that doubled as an officers’ mess, and then travel to Portsmouth and the D-Day Museum.

Day 12

London, England

After breakfast, disembark your ship, bid farewell and start your journey back to the UK.

Paris & D-Day 80th Anniversary Cruise Ships

Viking Radgrid

Purpose-built to navigate the Seine River, Viking Radgrid oozes French style and sophistication, the perfect partner for some waterside time in the heart of Paris. Enjoy spacious and elegant accommodation alongside fine, gourmet cuisine.

Aquavit Terrace & Lounge
Library & Gift Shop
Ecologically Friendly Engines

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Honour the Fight for Freedom in France and England During World War II with Crui.se

11 Nights
Apr – Nov 2024

Paris & D-Day 80th Anniversary

  • London
  • Paris
  • Vernon & Rouen
  • Rouen
  • Les Andelys
  • Le Pecq / Paris
£6,040pp Est. Price per person
  • Viking Radgrid, Viking Fjorgyn  

Paris & D-Day 80th Anniversary FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Can I find out information about my Viking Longship?

You can take a virtual 360-degree tour of your Viking Longship on our website, which includes the staterooms and all the public spaces. There are also detailed deck plans and layouts for each Viking vessel in the Ships section online.

Is there internet access on board the ship, plus do you have computers for guests?

Viking is proud to provide free Wi-Fi on all our sailings. We use a cellular or satellite terminal, which offers the best service for cruising; however, on occasion, terrain and weather may interrupt the signal so that speeds can vary, but this is usually temporary. You are welcome to bring your own laptop or tablet or use one of our guest computers.

What is the minimum age to travel with Viking River Cruises?

All our guests must be 18 years old on or before the day their cruise starts. We do not accept teenagers or children on Viking cruises; the ship facilities are unsuitable for younger passengers.

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