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Paris & the Heart of Normandy

Prepare for an exhilarating 8-day Viking River Cruise where the timeless charm of France meets the picturesque allure of the Seine.

Your voyage entails a mesmerising spectrum of experiences: from guided Paris tours that unravel the city’s secrets to an enchanting visit to Monet’s ethereal gardens in Giverny. Immerse yourself in the history of Rouen’s mediaeval quarter and stand in awe at the historic sites of Normandy’s D-Day Beaches. Venture to Château Gaillard for breathtaking panoramic views, and explore the resplendent Château de Versailles, all while gliding through the sparkling Parisian waters on a Seine River Cruise.

Your journey promises not just a trip but an extraordinary fusion of luxury, culture, and history—a voyage of a lifetime in the heart of France.

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  • Cruise Line: Viking River Cruises
  • Ship: Viking Radgrid + 2 more
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Sep - Nov & Mar - Nov
£2,545pp
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Paris & the Heart of Normandy Cruise Itinerary

Embark on a luxurious Seine river cruise where your journey unfolds with guided explorations of iconic Parisian landmarks and delectable culinary tours through many renowned districts. Dive into the world of Claude Monet with a visit to his home and vibrant gardens in Giverny; discover the mediaeval wonders of Rouen; explore the historic sites of the Normandy Beaches and marvel at the 12th-century fortress, Château Gaillard. Uncover history, culture and beauty at every turn of this incredible European river cruise.

Note: on the Day 3 excursion to Monet’s residence, an alternative visit to Auvers-sur-Oise will be provided as the Monet Foundation is unavailable before April 1 or after November 1.

Day 1

Paris

Arrive in Paris and transfer to your ship. Enjoy free time for exploration or join the optional “welcome walk.”

Day 2

Paris

Embark on a guided tour of Paris’s major attractions. Or, enjoy a culinary tour through a historic district with tastings. Visit Montmartre. Or, go on a full-day excursion covering iconic Paris landmarks, complete with a private Louvre Museum tour with notable art collections.

Day 3

La Roche-Guyon / Vernon

Visit Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny. Bicycle along the Seine to Monet’s grave and former home, with Norman delicacy tastings. Explore La Roche-Guyon castle, participate in a table-setting workshop, and visit the potager garden.

Day 4

Rouen

Explore Rouen’s mediaeval quarter with the Notre Dame Cathedral, Gros Horloge Astronomical Clock, and other outstanding sites. Visit a Norman farm for calvados and cheese tastings. Explore Honfleur’s picturesque old harbour, Church of St. Catherine, and art galleries.

Day 5

Normandy Beaches

Visit Bayeux to see the Battle of Hastings tapestry. Explore Normandy’s D-Day Beaches.

Day 6

Les Andelys

Explore Château Gaillard, a remarkable 12th-century fortress. Enjoy sweeping views of the Seine and the countryside.

Day 7

Le Pecq / Paris

Visit the historic château linked to Napoleon Bonaparte. Enjoy a day at the grand Château de Versailles, a UNESCO site. Conclude the day with an illuminated Seine River cruise through Paris.

Day 8

Paris

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight. Or, if you purchased a post-cruise extension, continue to enjoy your trip.

Paris & the Heart of Normandy 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.

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Visit the heart of France with Crui.se

7 Nights
Mar Nov

Paris & the Heart of Normandy

  • Paris
  • La Roche-Guyon / Vernon
  • Rouen
  • Normandy Beaches
  • Les Andelys
  • Le Pecq / Paris
£2,545pp Est. Price per person
  • Viking Radgrid + 2 more ships

Paris & the Heart of Normandy Cruise Review

“I can’t believe how incredible the Paris & the Heart of Normandy cruise was. Everything was an absolute joy from the guided tours to the culinary adventures and even a private tour of the Louvre Museum. My wife and I especially loved the Seine bicycle tour and visiting La Roche-Guyon castle. Rouen was also brilliant and I have to say that finally getting to visit the D-Day Beaches was also a huge honour and highlight for me as I’ve always wanted to see them. The ship was also lovely the crew were always kind and cheerful and our cabin was immaculate and comfortable, really just everything you could want from a cruise and more.”

Richard and Irene Shaw, Coventry, West Midlands

Paris & the Heart of Normandy FAQ

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

Do passengers need to be vaccinated?

For departures on or before October 31, 2023, Viking will continue to require that all guests be vaccinated against COVID-19. We advise you to carry your physical vaccine records at all times.

However, Viking will not require COVID-19 vaccination for voyages departing on or after November 1, 2023. For added protection, we recommend that guests stay up to date with all relevant vaccines, including COVID-19, in accordance with their healthcare provider.

Do I have to book excursions on this cruise?

Not at all! You get to spend your cruise however you want to, whether that be solely on the ship or out and about in the breathtaking landscapes of France.

How do I get from the airport to the cruise ship's departure location in Paris?

Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase. Alternatively, you can arrange transportation through taxis, private shuttles, or public transportation like trains or buses.

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