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Luxury River Cruises in France

Combine an elegant Uniworld Luxury Boutique River Cruise with RWC France 2023

Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Richard the Lionheart’s Chateau Gaillard, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s bellowed home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches. This luxury river cruise Tour includes Match Tickets to South Africa v Ireland.

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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Johannesburg / Paris 16th September 2023

Flight

Day 2 – Paris – Embark – 17 September 2023

Arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport. You will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and        transferred to the ship.

 

Day 3 – La Roche – Guyon, Vernon, Giverny – 18 September 2023

Today is a celebration of northern France’s natural beauty, with an excursion to a splendid château and gardens situated in an equally grand setting, plus a chance to immerse yourself in the very landscapes hat inspired Impressionist master Claude Monet. Visit the hilltop Château de La Roche-   Guyon, surrounded by beautiful gardens and offering sweeping views over the Seine. Later, you can visit the home and gardens of Claude Monet. Or take in the beautiful French countryside in a more invigorating way, with a guided bike ride from Vernon to Giverny.

Choice of Château La Roche-Guyon or “Let’s Go” hike on the Crests trail or Monet’s garden at Giverny or “Let’s Go” bike ride from Vernon to Giverny.

This evening, a special Captains Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 4 – Rouen – 19 September 2023

Walk in the footsteps of greatness in Normandy’s medieval capital, a city with historic quarter that remains amazingly intact. From the cathedral Monet painted dozens of times to the cross marking the spot where Joan of Arc was martyred, Rouen is a treasure trove for the culturally curious. The roll call of famous people who lived or died in Rouen is long and varied – Richard the Lionheart, Joan of Arc, Gustave Flaubert and Claude Monet are among them.

Featured Excursion: Rouen Walking Tour, the Dukes of Normandy’s capital

Day 5 – Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur or Étretat) – 20 September 2023

Caudebec-en-Caux, a lovely little town on the right bank of the Seine Estuary, is your base for one           of two very different excursions. You could drive through the beautiful Calvados countryside to Honfleur, a delightful seaside harbor and city of painters, or head to the windy cliffs of Étretat for a game of golf.

Choice of “Let’s Go” golfing in Étretat or Honfleur walking tour

Day 6 – Rouen (Normandy Beaches) – 21 September 2023

There are moments when we ravel that move us on an otherworldly level – experiences that stir a profound emotional connection. The Normandy beaches certainly have that effect. On your full-day outing, you’ll visit Normandy’s beaches, including Utah Beach and Ste-Mère-Église, with a choice to venture to either American, British and Australian or Canadian beaches. After, you’ll go to the American cemetery and partake in a private ceremony at the Omaha Beach Memorial – a sentimental remembrance of Operation Overlord.

Choice of Normandy Beaches: highlights of British & Australian sites or Normandy Beaches: Highlights of Canadian sites or Normandy Beaches: highlights of American sites

Day 7 – Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles) – 22 September 2023

How did France’s rulers live over the centuries? Step into the private rooms of the Palace of            Versailles, the lavish palace built by the Sun King, to find out.

Choice of Versailles Palace secret apartments or “Versailles Gardens and Queens Hamlet”

A special Captains Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 8 – Paris – 23 September 2023

Rugby World Cup Match Day: South Africa vs Ireland at Saint Denis Stadium

Choice of Paris city tour or “Do as the Locals Do” Île de la Cité and Latin Quarter or “Let’s Go” Seine riverbanks bike ride.

Day 9 – Paris – Disembark 24 September 2023

               Disembark the ship. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg.

What's Included?
  • 7-night cruise in a river view stateroom on the alluring S.S. Joie de Vivre
  • Lavishly appointed river view staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, high thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options.
  • Complimentary Internet and Wi-Fi Access
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients.
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captains Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, speciality coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water.
  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts.
  • Guided “Let’s Go” and “Do as locals Do” programs.
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks.
  • Experiences:
    • 1 Country: France
    • 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
    • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • Gratuities on board personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour.
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment.
  • South Africa vs Ireland Ruby World Cup Match Ticket – Category 2
  • Return Stadium / Cruise transfers
  • Travel Insurance
  • Rugby World Cup Merchandise
    • Tour Liaison

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    Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Richard the Lionheart’s Chateau Gaillard, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s bellowed home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches. This luxury river cruise Tour includes Match Tickets to Quarter Final 2 and 4.

    Close all Accordians
    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Johannesburg / Paris 7 October 2023

    Flight

    Day 2 – Paris – Embark – 8 October 2023

    Arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport. You will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and        transferred to the ship.

    Day 3 – La Roche – Guyon, Vernon, Giverny – 9 October 2023

    Today is a celebration of northern France’s natural beauty, with an excursion to a splendid château and gardens situated in an equally grand setting, plus a chance to immerse yourself in the very landscapes hat inspired Impressionist master Claude Monet. Visit the hilltop Château de La Roche-Guyon, surrounded by beautiful gardens and offering sweeping views over the Seine. Later, you can visit the home and gardens of Claude Monet. Or take in the beautiful French countryside in a more invigorating way, with a guided bike ride from Vernon to Giverny.

    Choice of Château La Roche-Guyon or “Let’s Go” hike on the Crests trail or Monet’s garden at Giverny or “Let’s Go” bike ride from Vernon to Giverny. This evening, a special Captains Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

    Day 4 – Rouen – 10 October 2023

    Walk in the footsteps of greatness in Normandy’s medieval capital, a city with historic quarter that remains amazingly intact. From the cathedral Monet painted dozens of times to the cross marking the spot where Joan of Arc was martyred, Rouen is a treasure trove for the culturally curious. The roll call of famous people who lived or died in Rouen is long and varied – Richard the Lionheart, Joan of Arc, Gustave Flaubert and Claude Monet are among them.

     Featured Excursion: Rouen Walking Tour, the Dukes of Normandy’s capital

    Day 5 – Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur or Étretat) – 11 October 2023

    Caudebec-en-Caux, a lovely little town on the right bank of the Seine Estuary, is your base for one           of two very different excursions. You could drive through the beautiful Calvados countryside to Honfleur, a delightful seaside harbor and city of painters, or head to the windy cliffs of Étretat for a game of golf.

    Choice of “Let’s Go” golfing in Étretat or Honfleur walking tour

    Day 6 – Rouen (Normandy Beaches) – 12 October 2023

    There are moments when we ravel that move us on an otherworldly level – experiences that stir a profound emotional connection. The Normandy beaches certainly have that effect. On your full-day outing, you’ll visit Normandy’s beaches, including Utah Beach and Ste-Mère-Église, with a choice to venture to either American, British and Australian or Canadian beaches. After, you’ll go to the American cemetery and partake in a private ceremony at the Omaha Beach Memorial – a sentimental remembrance of Operation Overlord.

    Choice of Normandy Beaches: highlights of British & Australian sites or Normandy Beaches: Highlights of Canadian sites or Normandy Beaches: highlights of American sites

    Day 7 – Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles) – 13 October 2023

    How did France’s rulers live over the centuries? Step into the private rooms of the Palace of Versailles, the lavish palace built by the Sun King, to find out.

    Choice of Versailles Palace secret apartments or “Versailles Gardens and Queens Hamlet”

    A special Captains Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

    Day 8 – Paris – 14 October 2023

    You will be transferred to Saint Denis for the Rugby World Cup Match Day: Quarter Final 2 at Saint Denis Stadium.        

    Day 9 – Paris –15 October 2023

    Disembark the ship today, you will be transferred to your 5 Star Hotel in Paris where you will spend the next two nights. Day at leisure, exploring Paris.

    You will be transferred to Saint Denis for the Rugby World Cup 2023, Quarter Final 4.

    Overnight: 5 Star Hotel

    Day 10 – Paris – 16 October 2023

    Day at leisure, exploring Paris

    Overnight: 5 Star Hotel

    Day 11 – Paris – 17 October 2023 – Departure

    Enjoy your last day at leisure, a late check out has been arranged. You will be transferred to Charles de Gaulle International Airport for your return flight.

    What's Included?
    • 7-night cruise in a river view stateroom on the alluring S.S. Joie de Vivre
    • Lavishly appointed river view staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, high thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options.
    • Complimentary Internet and Wi-Fi Access
    • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients.
    • 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
    • Captains Welcome and Farewell Receptions
    • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
    • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, speciality coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water.
    • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts.
    • Guided “Let’s Go” and “Do as locals Do” programs.
    • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
    • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks.
    • Experiences:
      • 1 Country: France
      • 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
      • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
      • All transfers on arrival and departure days
      • Gratuities on board personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour.
      • Captivating onboard local entertainment.
    • 2 Nights’ accommodation at a Paris 5 Star hotel on a bed and breakfast basis, including a late check out on day of departure.
    • Quarter Final 2 and Quarter Final 4 Ruby World Cup Match Ticket’s – Category 2
      • Return Stadium / Hotel transfers
    • Return Airport transfers
    • Travel Insurance
    • Rugby World Cup Merchandise
    • Tour Liaison
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