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Paris & the Heart of Normandy

Itinerary, Prices and Dates


Round trip from Paris8 Days

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See Monet’s paintings at Paris’s Musée d’Orsay, then discover his inspiration at the artist’s garden in Giverny. Trace the footsteps of Jeanne d’Arc in Rouen. Walk hallowed ground at the American Military Cemetery and World War II beaches of Normandy. Savor Normandy cuisine, and visit a working farm where these delicacies are produced. This 8-day cruise celebrates history, art, food, customs and all things Français in the country’s most dazzling urbane and pastoral settings.

What's Included

  • 7 nights on board ship with a river-view cabin
  • 7 guided tours including 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • All meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Welcome cocktail reception & dinner and Captain's Farewell Dinner
  • Return scheduled economy class flights from London. Regional flight add-ons available.
  • Onboard enrichment programme
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard ship
  • All port charges, airport taxes and transfers from airport to ship

Day 1: Paris (Le Pecq)

Map of the Seine River
Map of the Seine River

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

Note: The Paris port authority assigned Viking Rinda a docking location in Le Pecq, a western suburb of Paris. To help maximize your time in the city center, we are offering complimentary shuttles for Viking Rinda guests throughout your stay.
Included Meals D

Day 2: Paris

After breakfast, embark on a tour of this dazzling city and take in its most remarkable sights, including the iconic Eiffel Tower. You’ll also see the École Militaire, Orsay Museum and Latin Quarter and the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral. Then we’ll drive past the Louvre and Opera House and along the famed Champs-Élysées. Return aboard for dinner and start your cruise on the Seine this evening.
Included Meals B D

Day 3: Giverny Luxury Motorcoach Transfer & Vernon

Arrive in Vernon before breakfast; take a short ride into the town of Giverny, where Claude Monet lived 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 its Japanese bridge, water lilies, wisteria and azaleas that inspired many of his masterpieces.*

After lunch, spend some time with your Program Director in the provincial town of Vernon. Take a stroll to see the Maison du Temps Jadis (House of Past Times), Vernon's oldest house, and the 11th-century Church of Notre Dame. Dinner is served aboard.

*Monet garden not available before April 1 or after November 1; a visit to the charming village of Auvers-sur-Oise, favored by van Gogh and other artists, will be substituted.
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: Rouen

Indulge in a leisurely morning cruising along the Seine. The afternoon is spent in the medieval city of Rouen, historic capital of Normandy. Begin with a walking tour through the old town center, where you see the spectacular Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral so often painted by Claude Monet and the famous Gros Horloge, a 16th-century astronomical clock. As you walk among the half-timbered buildings you feel yourself 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.

Take free time to discover more of Rouen or visit one of its museums of art or antiquities. Dine aboard, or visit a sidewalk café-your ship remains docked overnight.
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: 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. Afterward, 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 aboard, or take an evening stroll in Rouen.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Les Andelys

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. After lunch, join a guided walk to this fatally flawed masterpiece of Middle Ages architecture. Return aboard for scenic cruising and dinner.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Paris (Le Pecq)

After breakfast, disembark for a visit to Chateau 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. Or, join an optional tour to the luxurious Palace of Versailles, former home of Louis XIV.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Paris (Le Pecq)

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


  • Included Meals  Included Meals - B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner.

  • Tour or Transfer by Luxury Motorcoach  Transfer or Tour via Luxury Motorcoach

Viking Rolf



Introducing the Viking Longship

Overview

Designed by legendary naval architects Yran & Storbraaten, the team behind The Yachts of Seabourn, these new vessels offer state-of-the-art engineering, and utmost luxury. The Viking Longships provide guests with more ways to personalize their trip. Choose from a variety of stateroom classes, onboard entertainment options and ship locations from which you can enjoy sailing through the scenery, all the while enriching your time in some of Europe's most remarkable destinations.

Enjoy the indoor-outdoor Aquavit Terrace at the bow of the ship, or relax on the Sun Deck. These "green" ships, featuring energy-efficient hybrid engines, solar panels and an organic herb garden, were named to honor prominent members of the Norse pantheon. Each ship carries 190 guests in comfortable, understated elegance, with hotel-style beds and amenities like 26-inch flat-panel TVs and in-room refrigerators.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 95 comfortable outside staterooms (2 Explorer Suites, 7 Veranda Suites, 39 Veranda Staterooms, 22 French Balcony Staterooms, 25 Standard Staterooms)
  • Sun deck with 360-degree views and shaded sitting area; organic herb garden and solar panels; putting green, chess and walking track
  • Varied dining options including the Aquavit Terrace with a revolutionary indoor/outdoor viewing area at the bow of the ship and grills for al fresco dining
  • Observation lounge and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors, piano and dance floor
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the vessel
  • Library corner & onboard boutique
  • Elevator
  • Ecologically friendly hybrid engines producing less vibrations for a smoother ride
  • 40" flat-panel TV with infotainment system featuring movies on demand plus CNBC, CNN, ESPN, FOX, National Geographic and more
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.


Viking Longship - deck plan
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Innovative Luxury Staterooms

The revolutionary new Viking Longships bring together some amazing and innovative design features to both the staterooms and public areas. The patented corridor design allows for larger staterooms, most with either french or full balconies.

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All Staterooms & Suites Feature

  • Hotel-style beds 79 inches x 63 inches (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Private bathroom with shower and l'Occitaine en Provence bath products
  • Telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Bathrobe and slippers available upon request
  • Individual climate control
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Voltage: 220V and 110V in stateroom
  • Sony 40-inch flat-panel TV with premium entertainment package including: CNBC, CNN, Fox News, ESPN, National Geographic, MGM Movies, Sky Cinema, videos on demand and "View From the Bridge"

Explorer Suite (Cat ES)

Viking Longship - Explorer Suite  Viking Longship - Explorer Suite Plan

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 445 sq. ft.
  • Private wraparound balcony off the spacious living room offers 270-degree views
  • Living room with Sofa & Chairs with floor to ceiling french doors to the balcony
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, known as a French balcony, in the bedroom
  • Large bathroom with double sinks, shower, heated mirror and floor

Veranda Suite (Cat. AA)

Viking Longship - Veranda Suite  Viking Longship - Veranda Suite Plan

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 275 sq. ft.
  • Full size outside balcony off the spacious living room
  • Living room with Sofa & Chairs with floor to ceiling french doors to the balcony
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, known as a French balcony, in the bedroom
  • Large private bathroom with shower

Veranda Stateroom (Cat. A & B)

Viking Longship - Veranda Stateroom  Viking Longship - Veranda Stateroom Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 205 sq. ft.
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open to a full size outside balcony

French Balcony Stateroom (Cat. C & D)

Viking Longship - French Balcony Stateroom  Viking Longship - French Balcony Stateroom Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 135 sq. ft.
  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to a French balcony

Stateroom (Cat. E & F)

Viking Longship - Standard Stateroom  Viking Longship - Standard Stateroom Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 150 sq. ft.
  • Half height picture window

Fine dining

Gourmet Dining onboard a Viking Vessel

Viking chefs create a variety of tasty offerings for you, with freshly prepared seasonal local vegetables, European specialties adapted to satisfy the tastes of passengers, and homemade soups prepared daily.

For breakfast, choose from our selections of pastries, cereals, breakfast meats, egg dishes, fresh fruit and selected cheeses. At lunch, select from the soup and sandwich bar, or a choice of entrées and dessert. And for dinner, you are treated to a five-course gourmet menu with regional specialties.

You can also select from carefully chosen regional wines to perfectly complement your meal. And wherever you sail, you will find enhancements reflecting your itinerary-it is all part of experiencing the local culture.

Al fresco dining

Imagine waking as the mist rolls off the river, stopping in the lounge for a frothy cappuccino, and heading out to the Aquavit Terrace to silently cruise through the early morning light. That is one definition of a Viking happy hour.

Another one is in the more traditional sense: unwinding in the late afternoon with a pint of beer or glass of wine, chatting with friends and enjoying a delicious light bite. With the Aquavit Terrace equipped with grills and plentiful seating, each of these al fresco happy hours will be yours to indulge in.


Cultural Highlights

To complement your onshore excursions, take part in Viking's Cultural Highlights-immersive learning and enhancement activities both on board and ashore:

  • Hands-on demonstrations in cuckoo clock-making, wooden shoe-carving or glassblowing
  • Classes in cooking specialties like apple strudel and Alsatian flammkuchen
  • Traditional performances of folk music and dance, or waltzes by Strauss
  • Tastings of local cheeses, coffees, liqueurs and other delicacies

These in-depth experiences are included as an essential part of discovering more about the places through which you cruise, and each activity is planned specifically to illuminate each itinerary.

Please see cruise itinerary for specific activities available on each cruise

Culture Curriculum

Sometimes you want to dig a little deeper. We offer a series of onboard multimedia lectures to shed light on the history and culture of the places you visit. Learn about:

  • Dutch Masters or French impressionists
  • Castles along the Rhine Valley
  • The formation of the European Union
  • The life and works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Wine and cuisine of southern France
  • Key words and phrases in the local language wherever you are traveling

Viking Staff


The Viking standard

We have high standards for the English-speaking crews on board our ships. We personally recruit all of our staff members, from your stateroom steward and waiters, to hotel managers and Program Directors.

Proprietary training programs are implemented by our Swiss management team to ensure we always provide the level of service you would find in a fine hotel. The Viking team brings you a level of expertise other companies cannot match.

We manage everything

Best of all, there is no need to do research or make arrangements in advance. We take care of all the details; transportation, reservations, entry fees and more. You return home enriched with wonderful memories.

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Single Occupancy Supplements: Cat F: 50%, Cat E to ES: 100%

Prices are per person based on two sharing and are subject to availability at time of booking. Operators reserve the right to amend published prices prior to a confirmed booking being made.

Please call for latest prices and availability or Request a Callback ...


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3 nights B&B from £549pp

Why not extend your stay with 3 day stay in Paris at the start or end of your cruise to further explore what this wonderful city has to offer.

Includes three nights at the Le Méridien Etoile Hotel (or similar), daily breakfasts, a walking tour and hotel/ship transfers, along with the services of a Viking host.

Please call 0800 471 4754 for further information and assistance.

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