Day 1 – Johannesburg / Paris 7 October 2023
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.