Paris & the Heart of Normandy

October 5 – 12, 2018

 

On the River with the DACC

Join Billie and Herb Ingraham and Jean and Rich Knouse from the DACC for 8 days on the journey of a lifetime . . .

One price includes the following . . .

  • bus transfers to and from the airport
  • round-trip airfare and all taxes and transfers
  • 8 day cruise with a river-view from your stateroom on the upper deck of the Longship Kadlin
  • 7 guided tours with audio headsets
  • Scenic cruising through France’s Normandy region
  • 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • culture curriculum includes French cheese tasting, folkloric performances, a lecture on France:  Joan of Arc and the Painter’s Muse and many more
  • Wine/beer/soft drinks with lunch & dinner on board
  • Onboard Meals— regional specialties and American classics are served

Inclusive fee of $4,250 per person (double occupancy).  Bus trip to the Philadelphia airport.  Air fare, cabin, meals, and select admittances.   See the DACC front desk for a detailed brochure. 


 

Seine River

DAY 1:   Arrive in Paris, romance capital of the world.  Transfer from the airport in Paris to the Longship Kadllin.  After boarding, take free time to explore Paris, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented.

DAY 2:   After breakfast, embark on a tour of this dazzling city and take in its most remarkable sights. Return aboard for dinner and in the evening, start your cruise on the Seine River. (B, D)

DAY 3:   Arrive in Vernon before breakfast; take a short ride into 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, the Japanese bridge, water lilies, wisteria and azalea that inspired many of his masterpieces. (B, L, D)

DAY 4:  Indulge in leisurely morning cruising along the Seine.  In the afternoon, we will visit the medieval city of Rouen.  We’ll begin with a walking tour through the center of Old Town, where you will see the spectacular Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral and the famous Gros Orloge, a 16th century astronomical clock.  On our tour is the 14th-century courthouse where Joan of Arc was sentenced to death and the nearby Market Square where she was martyred.

There will be free time to discover more of Rouen or visit one of its museums of art or antiquities.  Dine aboard or at a sidewalk café.  The ship will remain docked overnight.  (B, L, D)

DAY 5:  After breakfast, begin your full-day tour to the historic beaches of Normandy.  We will drive past Gold Beach, Courseulles sur Mer and Juno Beach on your way to visit such WW II landmarks as Omaha Beach, the American Military Cemetery and the D-Day Museum.  If you prefer, you may take a tour of Bayeaux, where you can admire the magnificent tapestry that chronicles the Battle of Hastings.  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 our ship for dinner and to relax aboard or take an evening stroll in Rouen.  (B, L, D)

DAY 6:  Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise to the small town of Les Andelys, know for its imposing castle, Chateau Gaillard, built in 1196 by Richard the Lionheart.  After lunch, join a guided walk to this fatally flawed masterpiece of Middle Ages archictecture before returning to your ship.  (B, L, D)

DAY 7:  After breakfast, disembark for a visit to Chateau de Malmaison, where Napoleon Bonaparte spent his final days in France.  Along with the Tuileries, the elegant manor house, purchased by Empress Josephine in 1799, served as the seat of government during 1800 to 1802.  There is an optional tour to the luxurious Palace of Versailles,* former home of Louis XIV.  (B, L, D)

DAY 8:  After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Paris airport for your return flight.  (B)


 

Interested in learning more?

For additional information, please call the DACC at 570-275-3001 and ask for Elizabeth Ingraham. “Billie” is our long-distance travel guide and she will be able to assist you with any questions you might have.

 

The DACC has reserved 10 staterooms on the Longship Kadlin.  As of June 1, 2017, four of them have been purchased.  If you are interested in this wonderful tour, a deposit of $500 per person to Viking and $200 to the DACC and, if you wish, trip insurance (optional) of $419 per person is due immediately.  The balance is due in full by April 30, 2018 and may be paid in smaller amounts over the next 10 months.