Parisian Royal Markets - 7-night Boutique French River Cruise
$3,009 pp^
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Parisian Royal Markets - 7-night Boutique French River Cruise

A celebration of French festivities and royalty Northern France and its “City of Light” sparkle even more during the holidays. The grand Christmas tree at Notre Dame, enchanting animated window displays on Boulevard Haussmann and the gloriously lit trees lining the Champs-Élysées infuse the city with magic. Combine the festivities of the holidays in Paris and surrounding towns with the world of royalty, and you’ll be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime festive royal journey. The world of French royalty will unfold before your eyes with four exclusive châteaux visits. Château La Roche Guyon perched above the Seine is a fascinating place. Here you’ll discover 10 centuries of French history through your renowned hosts while enjoying a wine tasting. Hidden behind trees that are several hundred years old lies Château de Bizy, nicknamed the “Versailles of Normandy.” Walk through the torch-lit gardens and past breathtaking sculptured gardens to the main reception room, where you’ll attend a private chamber music concert. While at Château de Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century French art, you’ll be taken on a private guided tour of the Hall of Mirrors, Queen and King’s chambers and Marie Antoinette’s Le Petit Trianon. And in Paris, you’ll be treated to a rare experience with a private cocktail reception hosted by the owners of the luxurious 17th-century Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. You’ll also get a “Taste of Christmas” in the medieval city of Rouen and indulge in delicious holiday treats at La Couronne, the restaurant made famous by Julia Child. And for those sailing over New Year’s, ring in 2018 against the stunning backdrop of the twinkling Parisian skyline. Who will enjoy this cruise Romantics will relish the chance to see Paris adorned in holiday splendour, and history buffs and followers of royalty will delight in four exclusive châteaux visits.

7 nights
7 Nights

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Cruise Line: Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Date: 6th December 2018


vard Haussmann

Step inside one of the city’s most lavish institutions, the Opéra de Paris Garnier, also known as Palais Garnier. And indeed it is a palace, a palace dedicated to the performing arts. Work on this extravagant opera house began in 1865 and continued for 15 trouble-filled years, which included the discovery of an underground lake beneath the construction site. (It’s still there, incidentally—connected to an enormous cistern where carp swim and rescue divers train.) Despite the many difficulties, the result is dazzling: With chandeliers hanging from the mosaic ceiling, red-velvet wall coverings and draperies, gold leaf, cherubs and marble friezes, it is a glorious tribute to Second Empire sumptuousness. It is named, fittingly, for the man who designed this “Versailles for everyone,” Charles Garnier, an unknown architect who won a competition to build a new opera house. Your next stops are equally colorful. Le Printemps and Les Galeries Lafayette, two splendid department stores on Boulevard Haussmann, not far from the opera house, celebrate the season with spectacular window displays. Often created by top fashion designers, the displays—charming, over-the-top, whimsical and amazing—attract large, appreciative crowds. Drift from window to window, admiring them, and then spend some time shopping in the area.

Exclusive guided “Let's Go” Left Bank bicycle ride

The Seine’s quays may be protected by UNESCO for their cultural importance and significance in the development of Paris, but they are also the scene of a host of fun outdoor activities: games for kids and grown-ups, a climbing wall, a running track, yoga classes—and an inviting bike path. Join a local guide to pedal along the Left Bank, crossing the bridges that link historic Île de la Cite and Île Saint-Louis and getting a close look at the heart of the city’s origins. Bike to the Esplanade des Invalides (Napoleon’s tomb is one of the monuments here) and along the Quay d’Orsay to the Champs de Mars, one of Paris’s largest green spaces . . . which just happens to have one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower in the city. It’s a fun way to take part in the life of the city while also getting some exercise.

Generations Excursion: Hunt for treasures at the Louvre

You’ll need a camera for today’s adventure, which starts under the Louvre Museum’s glass pyramid. There you’ll join up with a team and receive your map of the museum (it’s huge) highlighted with a list of treasures—artworks that fit the theme of beauty and the beast—to find. You’re going to have just two hours to locate as many as possible and snap photos of your team in front of the designated beauty or beast. The clues can be sneaky, so you’ll need skill, strategy, teamwork and maybe a little luck to win. Ready, set, go!

This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

This evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner will be prepared for you.

DAY 8: Paris (Disembark)

Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight home.

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Your deal includes:

  • 7 Nights accommodation staying onboard the new SS Joie de Vivre in a Category 5 Cabin.
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners including Captain's Welcome Gala and Farewell Dinners Holiday Gala Dinner.
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water.
  • 6 Days excursions, fully hosted by English-speaking local guides.
  • An experienced Cruise Manager and attentive, all English-speaking staff.
  • Guided "Taste of Christmas", "Go Active", "Do as the Locals Do" and "Gentle Walking" programs.
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions.
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment.
  • Cultural enrichment including Signature Lecture.
  • Scheduled airport transfers on arrival and departure days.
  • All gratuities for all onboard and onshore services.
  • Bonus Uniworld's Best Ever Offer Save up to 30%

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