This fabulous river cruise includes in Paris and London, with beautiful views along the Seine River and the historical region of Normandy. See the sites of heroic battles of World War II, hear fascinating presentations by a history expert on board your ship, and see the site of the V-1 bomber launch. Visit memorial sites of US, British, and Canadian soldiers in Normandy, the Museum of Les Invalides in Paris, and First World War battle sites and memorials of Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel. Stand on the beaches of Normandy where the allies fought to liberate Europe and the world.
In Vernon, choose Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as “Normandy’s Versailles.” You may choose to go on an excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery. In Rouen, site of Saint Joan of Arc’s martyrdom, you’ll go on a guided walk through the medieval quarter and visit the gothic Rouen Cathedral—once the tallest building in the world. From Conflans, go on an excursion to the quaint and inspiring town of Auvers-Sur-Oise—associated with several famous artists, including Vincent Van Gogh—or visit Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison.
On this enchanting river cruise, enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery along the Seine River, and stops in charming and historical parts of France, but your adventure is not complete without some time in two of the most popular cities in the world—Paris and London! Discover the true heart of Paris on a guided walk through the sites of Paris’ rich history, or take a tour showing you the iconic landmarks, including the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, and Eiffel Tower. Take a high-speed train to London for three exciting nights as part of your Monograms holiday package. Included are hotel reservations, guided sightseeing, daily breakfasts, and the services of a Monograms Local Host to assist you in London. Guided sightseeing with a local expert includes Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and Piccadilly Circus.