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29 August 2010 French Viking River Cruise

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.

Day 1 Paris

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)

Day 2 Paris

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)

Day 3 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)

Day 4 Rouen

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)

Day 5 Normandy Beaches

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)

Day 6 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)

Day 7 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)

Day 8 Paris

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 Class

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. 

Group Rates: 

Viking 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. 

Please note:  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.)   

Following your 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.  

Stateroom Description:  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.

All staterooms (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.   

Our amenities:  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.   

Pre-Extension:  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 2009

Who is going Cadet Company
Anselm, Don & Judy D-2
Armstrong, Charles & Bunny L-1
Battle, Brendan & Alice H-2
Brown, Ed & Rina D-1
Buckner, Dick & Trish I-2
Budge, Larry & Connie E-1
Burns, Charlie & Vera I-1
Butterworth, Larry & Judi E-1
Covington, Ben & Ruth F-1
Eiland, Mike & Chan H-1
Grisoni, John & Teri H-1
Habic, Frank & Joan G-1
Hansell, Charlie & Karen G-2
Harpold, Mike & Elaine G-2
Java, John & Donna I-1
Mathison, Jim & Lorna C-2
Purdy, John & Elaine F-1
Shroyer, Bruce & Pat H-2
Stokes, Jim & Dolores H-2
Struve, Jim & Lou C-1
Kirk, Howard & Joyce '66

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.













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