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Paris & Normandy

Cruise through Paris via Normandy’s countryside on the S.S Joie de Vivre on a classic journey starting and ending in Paris. Immerse yourself in culture at Monet’s Gardens, Moulin Rouge, Rouen Cathedral and many other historical landmarks.

Enjoy a jam-packed 8-day journey through Paris and Normandy. Have a chance to visit some of the most popular tourist attractions or fill your days with exciting and new activities like golfing and hiking through beautiful scenery.

Whatever experience you’re looking for, the team at Uniworld have you covered during your glamorous adventure through history.

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  • Cruise Line: Uniworld
  • Ship: S.S Joie de Vivre
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Aug - Nov
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Paris & Normandy Cruise Itinerary

Enjoy your journey originating from and ending in Paris through Normandy’s exquisite countryside on this 8-day river cruise. Whether you seek to enjoy a slice of culture on the Rouen walking tour, or enjoy yourself golfing in Étretat, there’s something planned for everyone.

The itineraries presented are subject to modification, Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.

(Pre- cruise OPTIONAL EXTENSION) – Paris 

Spend two nights at the Hôtel du Louvre to get the classic Paris experience. Included Opera Garnier Discovery Walk.

Day 1

Paris (EMBARK)

Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred onto the S.S Joie de Vivre.

Day 2

La Roche-Guyon, Vernon, Giverny

Pay a visit to Monet’s Gardens at Giverny or the Château de La Roche-Guyon to immerse yourself in culture or if you want to get more hands on – choose between the Let’s Go: Hike on the Crests Trail and the Let’s Go: Bike Ride from Vernon to Giverny. Meanwhile a Captain’s Welcome Reception and dinner will be prepared aboard ship.

Day 3


Take in the sights on the Rouen Walking Tour, the Dukes of Normandy’s Capital, try a new dish at Camembert Cheese Farm, have some fun on featured excursion Nights Out: Private Concert at the Rouen Cathedral or go classic with a trip to (masterpiece collection) Mont Saint Michel – Wonder of the Western World.

Day 4

Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur or Étretat)

Enjoy the sights on the Honfleur Walking Tour or the Retro Sidecar Tour of the “Côte Fleurie”, otherwise immerse yourself in culture at St. Wandrille – Silent Monks & Monastic Beer or simply have some with Let’s Go: Golfing in Étretat.

Day 5

Rouen (Normandy Beaches)

Choose to tour one of three historic beaches: Highlights of Canadian Sites, Highlights of American Sites, Highlights of British & Commonwealth Sites

Day 6

Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles)

Explore Versailles Palace Secret Apartments or opt for a tour including the Gardens as well.
Meanwhile a Captain’s Farewell Reception and dinner will be prepared aboard ship.

Day 7


Make the most out of your day in Paris on one of our tours; Let’s Go: Seine Riverbanks Bike Ride, Paris City Tour, Paris Walking Tour of the Latin Quarter or arrange to visit one of the locations on our masterpiece collection; Moulin Rouge, Musée du Louvre, Retro Sidecar Montmartre Discovery, Retro Sidecar Illuminations Tour.

Day 8


Disembark the S.S Joie de Vivre and commence your journey home.

About The S.S Joie de Vivre

S.S. Joie de Vivre translates to “joy of living” and this floating hotel certainly lives up to this title. Inspired by 20th century Parisian design from the Golden Twenties and free-spirited 60 sixties, this ship is made up of hand-crafted furniture and antiques that blend seamlessly with modern-day conveniences.

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For whenever you’re feeling peckish, ‘Le Restaurant Pigalle’ is located on deck Balzac and awaits your visit. Enjoy quality meals served by our chefs throughout the day but don't forget to try some local cuisine whilst you’re off touring.

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Stateroom options include: Grand suite (410 sq ft), Suite (260 sq ft), Deluxe French Balcony (194 sq ft), French Balcony (194 sq ft), Classic (162-180 sq ft) All rooms include a stately marble bathroom, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV, plush towels, towel warmer, backlit magnifying mirror, bathrobes and slippers.  Depending on your choice of room, other amenities may also be available.

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Health & Fitness

If relaxing is just not your style, the Victor Hugo deck holds both a wonderfully modern fitness centre and swimming pool for whenever you feel like blowing off some steam.

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Deck Plan

With an elevator located towards the front-middle, the S.S Joie De Vivre boasts 3 accommodation decks. In order of ascension; Jules Verne, Balzac and Victor Hugo.  The Balzac deck hosts the reception area and guest restaurant while the Victor Hugo deck holds a bar, salon, fitness centre, and swimming pool.

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Paris & Normandy

Enjoy a jam-packed 8-day journey through Paris and Normandy with Uniworld – taking bookings for 2023/2024

  • Aug - Nov
  • 7 Nights

Paris & Normandy Cruise Review

“Our fifth Uniworld cruise. As always, the staff was wonderful with no exceptions. The food and beverages were excellent. The excursions were excellent. The local guides were good to excellent. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a river cruise through Paris.”

Brenda Hathaway, Bury

Paris & Normandy FAQ

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

Where will I be dining during the cruise?

The S.S Joie De Vivre boasts a wonderful restaurant, ‘Le Restaurant Pigalle’ on deck Balzac! However, you may also choose to eat off-ship; this is arranged for you on some of our tours, but if you’re choosing to go solo, you can take your pick of any of the local restaurants.

When does the optional extension take place?

The extension takes place before your river cruise commences. You’d spend two nights at a hotel in Paris before boarding the S.S Joie De Vivre.

What clothes should I pack for the Paris & Normandy cruise?

You can pack whatever you like! Sunglasses are obviously a holiday must-have, but other than that we suggest you pack a mix of clothing for different weather conditions; whilst Paris most likely won’t be freezing, we wouldn’t discourage you from a jumper or two despite the predicted humidity.

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