29 August 2010 French Viking
Paris & the Heart of Normandy
Combine the magic of Paris with the beauty of
France’s Norman countryside and voilà! Experience history
firsthand at the Normandy beaches, site of the famous Allied invasion on
D-Day in 1944. Delight in the Gothic architecture of Rouen, and see where
Joan of Arc was tried and executed. Lose yourself in the exquisite gardens
of Giverny, whose rich palette inspired Impressionist Claude Monet for
many years. Walk the cobblestone streets of provincial Vernon and share
the splendor of Paris, the world’s most romantic city, with your
companion. This fascinating 8-day journey has something for everyone.
Arrive in Paris, romance capital of the world. We meet you at the
Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris and transfer you to your ship.*
After boarding, take free time to explore Paris—or join our “welcome
walk” to stretch your legs and start getting oriented. (D)
Wake up to a full day in Paris. After breakfast, embark on a
half-day tour of this beautiful city and take in its most remarkable
sights, including the iconic Eiffel Tower. Continue past the École
Militaire, Orsay Museum and Latin Quarter. See the Cathedral of Notre
Dame, then drive past the Louvre and Opera House and along the famous
Champs Elysées. Return aboard for lunch. Afternoon is free to visit
the Louvre, shop the many boutiques, visit the artists’ district of
Montmartre or enjoy a cruise along the Seine. As always, your Program
Director can help you plan your free time. Dinner is served aboard.
(B, L, D)
Giverny & Vernon
This morning, 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, we spend some time 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. (B, L, D)
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. Finally, we visit 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. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, begin your full-day tour to the historic beaches
of Normandy. See World War II landmarks such as Pointe du Hoc
monument, Omaha Beach, the American Military Cemetery and Arromanches
Debarkment Museum. On the way back to the ship, pass Gold Beach,
Courseulles sur Mer and Juno Beach. Have dinner and relax on board or
take an evening stroll; we lift anchor late tonight. (B, L, D)
Les Andelys & Conflans
Arrive this morning in the small town of Les Andelys, known for its
imposing castle, Château Gaillard, built in 1196 by Richard Lionheart.
Join a guided walk to this fatally flawed masterpiece of Middle Ages
architecture. Return to your ship for lunch and afternoon cruising.
This evening we dock in Conflans, a riverside town whose unique
culture reflects its status as a local hub for barge transportation
along the Seine and its tributaries. (B, L, D)
Conflans & Paris
After breakfast, take a walking tour through the charming
neighborhoods of Conflans and visit its museum. Or, join an optional
tour to the luxurious Palace of Versailles, former home of Louis XIV.
Lunch aboard as you sail back to Paris this afternoon. Dine aboard and
then enjoy some free time in the City of Light. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, disembark and we will take you to the Paris
airport for your return flight. (B)
The following meals are included:
B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner
Cruise Details Arranged for
The Viking River Cruise is coming along nicely with 20 classmates
and 13 friends of Classmates signed up. Connie Budge is working with
travel agent, Lois Bradfield (see Bio below). She will continue to be your
contact before and during the cruise. Lois will also provide extensive
information and assistance for all your travel needs.
Just to give you
a brief intro for Lois Bradfield: she has been in the travel industry for over
25 years, and has lived in Europe and the Middle East for nearly twenty years.
She and her husband, retired AF pilot, were in Riyadh, KSA with Judi and Larry
Butterworth ‘61’. Lois specializes in individual and group
international tours...everything from river cruising to Africa safari to Asia to FIT's to ocean cruising.
River Cruises is offering us such a 'deal'. For example, the brochure
rate for the Paris to Normandy with a 29 August,2010 departure date is
$5999.00 Per Person.
Fares are per
person, based on dbl occupancy and include port charges. The all inclusive
pricing includes Daily Shore Excursions (7 included guided tours), Port charges,
All Meals (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners). Included with Airfare are:
air taxes, fees, fuel surcharges and transfers.
There is a
Single Supplement costing should anyone need that information.
We know several of you were on the Viking Danube cruise last year and for past
Viking River Cruisers, there is an additional $200.00 per person
discount! Please let Lois know if you are eligible for this.
Terms of Payment:
In order to make a reservation, a $500.00 per person deposit must be made and
can be paid by credit card. (There is a $100 pp cancellation fee up until 121
days prior to departure.)
initial deposit, a cabin/stateroom assignment will be made. For the second/ final
payment Viking will also accept individual passenger credit cards. I strongly
recommend travel insurance. A good web site to go on to compare different
travel insurance policies is:
. If you are members of USAA, they now offer travel insurance and Lois will be
happy to e-mail you that brochure.
All of the Viking staterooms (categories A-D are Deluxe staterooms) are the same
size--154 sq ft. Categories C and D are on the main deck and have a large
picture window. Category B, on the Middle deck, is 1/2 deck higher and all
staterooms on the Middle Deck have a large picture window that opens. Category
A is on the Upper deck and is one half deck higher and is separate from the
public areas and all staterooms in this category (A) have a large picture window
that opens. Please note you will need a converter.
(76 total in number) are outside with river views. Deluxe staterooms have hotel
style beds with optional twin-bed configuration. Private bathroom and shower,
TV, telephone, safe and hairdryer, individual climate control. You also have a
sundeck with shaded sitting area affording a 360 degree view. The restaurant
has panoramic views and there is also a walk-around open air promenade deck.
there is also an observation lounge and bar with panoramic windows along with a
library and on-board boutique. There is free ship wide wireless Internet
and the voltage is 220V.
Since we have booked more than 16 staterooms, there is Free wine with
dinner ( two glasses per) and also a welcome bottle of wine, along with a fruit
plate in each stateroom along with a 30 minute cocktail party for the group.
Paris...3 night pre-extension in Paris at $699 per person. Includes hotel
accommodations on a bed and breakfast basis along with a walking tour of Paris'
Ile de la Cite. Optional tours are available.
Who is Going as of 4 Nov
|Who is going
|Anselm, Don & Judy
|Armstrong, Charles & Bunny
|Battle, Brendan & Alice
|Brown, Ed & Rina
|Buckner, Dick & Trish
|Budge, Larry & Connie
|Burns, Charlie & Vera
|Butterworth, Larry & Judi
|Covington, Ben & Ruth
|Eiland, Mike & Chan
|Grisoni, John & Teri
|Habic, Frank & Joan
|Hansell, Charlie & Karen
|Harpold, Mike & Elaine
|Java, John & Donna
|Mathison, Jim & Lorna
|Purdy, John & Elaine
|Shroyer, Bruce & Pat
|Stokes, Jim & Dolores
|Struve, Jim & Lou
|Kirk, Howard & Joyce
Viking River Cruises "Special Needs" Policy
Pertaining to Use of Wheelchairs and Mobility
Because there might be a need for some Cruising
Classmates to require "special need" considerations with regards to the use of a
wheelchair and/or electric scooter, the Viking River Cruises Policy covering
this is available
by clicking here.