Luxury River Cruise & Tour

Downton Abbey, Paris & Normandy

Downton Abbey, Paris & Normandy.from $6,899.00pp

Various Dates | 3 Night Tour | 7 Night River Cruise | Air Credit | Meals

Dock in the heart of Paris, admiring views of the iconic Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty’s smaller French twin from your ship. Experience history firsthand at the Normandy beaches and delight in Rouen’s Gothic architecture. Explore Giverny and Claude Monet’s charming house and gardens, the setting inspiring many of his renowned masterpieces. This 8-day voyage celebrates art, history, food and customs in France’s most alluring urbane and pastoral settings. In addition to your voyage on the Seine River, you will spend three days amid the rolling hills of England’s countryside on our Oxford & Highclere extension, taking you to the historic University of Oxford, Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds. Finally, enjoy an exclusive Privileged Access® visit to Highclere Castle, the set of the acclaimed television series and feature film Downton Abbey and the upcoming sequel, Downton Abbey: A New Era.

 

Inclusions

3 nights in Oxford & Highclere Castle includes:

Your cruise includes:

*Book by 31 May 2022 for up to $1000 savings and $1000 Free Air credit per couple

Itinerary

Day 1 - Oxford

Fly to London and take a ride to the historic town of Oxford, about an hour away. Check in to your centrally located hotel and relax this evening. Your Viking Tour Director is available to help you plan your time in Oxford so you can make the most of your visit.

Day 2 - Oxford & Blenheim Palace

Enjoy a walking tour of the colleges of the oldest university in the English-speaking world—Oxford University. One of the world’s most prestigious establishments, it has educated Nobel Prize winners, monarchs and world leaders, authors, and actors. Afterwards, visit Blenheim Palace, the seat of the Dukes of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, for a tour of its grand State Rooms. On your return to Oxford, drive through the enchanting stone villages of the Cotswolds. (Breakfast)

Day 3 - Highclere Castle

After a morning at your leisure, journey through the rolling Hampshire countryside to Highclere Castle, the “real Downton Abbey.” Built-in the Victorian Gothic style by Sir Charles Barry, who also built the Houses of Parliament, this is the country seat of the distinguished Earls of Carnarvon, renowned for their influence abroad as well as in Britain. You will be welcomed with a cup of tea before being given a tour of the castle’s public rooms. (Breakfast)

Day 4 - Paris

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and drive to St. Pancras International Station in London. Pass by some of London’s iconic sights, such as Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and “Big Ben,” along the way. Board the high-speed Eurostar train, which will take you to Paris in less than three hours to begin your itinerary. (Breakfast)

Map of'Paris and the Heart of Normandy' itinerary

Day 5 — Paris, France

Transfer to your ship, docked in the heart of the city, just a short stroll from the Eiffel Tower.* After boarding, take free time to explore Paris, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented. (Dinner)

* Ground transfers are included with Air purchase.

Day 6 — Paris, France

After breakfast, embark on a tour of this dazzling city and marvel at its most remarkable sights, including the iconic Eiffel Tower. Take in the École Militaire (Military Museum), Orsay Museum and Latin Quarter, and resilient Notre Dame Cathedral. Then drive past the Louvre and Opera House and along the famed Champs-Élysées. This afternoon, you may join an optional tour to explore Montmartre Hill and the Sacré-Coeur or sample the delights of French cuisine during a food tour. Return on board for dinner and start your cruise on the Seine this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 — La Roche-Guyon & Vernon, France

Arrive in La Roche-Guyon before breakfast and enjoy a morning to explore. The village is officially classified as one of France’s most beautiful; you will see why as you stroll through the town’s narrow streets lined with picturesque houses with wood-panelled facades. After lunch, join an included tour to the town of Giverny, where Claude Monet resided from 1883 until his death in 1926. Visit the beautiful gardens and charming stone farmhouse where he lived and worked; see the water garden with the recognisable Japanese bridge, water lilies, wisteria and azaleas that inspired many of his masterpieces.† Dinner is served on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

† Monet gardens not available before April 1 or after November 1; a visit to the village of Auvers-sur-Oise, favored by van Gogh and other artists, will be substituted.

Day 8 — Rouen, France

Indulge in leisurely morning cruising along the Seine. Spend the afternoon in the medieval city of Rouen, the preeminent capital of Normandy. Begin with a walking tour through the centre of Old Town, where you see the spectacular Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral, often painted by Claude Monet, and the famous Gros Horloge, a 16th-century astronomical clock. As you walk among the half-timbered storybook buildings, allow yourself to be transported back through time; see the 14th-century courthouse where Joan of Arc was sentenced to death and the nearby Market Square where she was martyred.

Use your free time to discover more of Rouen or visit one of its museums of art or antiquities. Dine on board or at a sidewalk café. Your ship remains docked overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 — Normandy Beaches

After breakfast, begin your full-day tour to the historic beaches of Normandy. Drive past Gold Beach, Courseulles sur Mer and Juno Beach on your way to visit such World War II landmarks as Omaha Beach, the American Military Cemetery and Arromanches Debarkment D-Day Museum. Alternatively, you may take a tour of Bayeaux, where you can admire the magnificent tapestry that chronicles the pre–Battle of Hastings events. Afterwards, continue to Normandy’s coast and enjoy some free time at Juno Beach after your visit to the museum; then visit the Pegasus Museum. Return to your ship for dinner and relax onboard, or take an evening stroll through Rouen. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 — Les Andelys, France

Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise to the small town of Les Andelys, known for its imposing castle, Château Gaillard, built-in 1196 by Richard the Lionheart. Disembark and join a guided walk to this fatally flawed masterpiece of Middle Ages architecture before returning to your ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 — Le Pecq & Paris, France

After breakfast, disembark for a visit to Château de Malmaison, where Napoleon Bonaparte spent his final days in France. Along with the Tuileries, this elegant manor house, purchased by the emperor’s wife Josephine in 1799, served as the seat of Napoleon’s French government from 1800 to 1802. This afternoon, join an optional tour to the luxurious Palace of Versailles, the former home of Louis XIV. This evening, you can take in the illuminated sights of Paris during a panoramic drive. Your ship remains docked in Paris overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 — Paris, France

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your time in France’s romantic capital with a 3-night Paris extension. (Breakfast)

* Ground transfers are included with Air purchase.

* One shore excursion included per port; all others available at an extra charge.

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