Day 1 – Paris (embark)
Arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2 – Vernon, Les Andelys
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Vernon walking discovery tour with organ concert, and hike to Château Gaillard
Take a guided walk through Vernon and attend an organ concert in a spectacular Gothic cathedral. You’ll also explore the well-preserved town of Les Andelys, where you can hike up to the ruins of Richard the Lionheart’s 12th century stronghold, Château Gaillard. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 3 – Rouen
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Rouen walking discovery tour with Rouen Cathedral choir recital and Christmas Market, and exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour
One of France’s best-preserved medieval cities, Rouen is an ideal setting for an old-world Christmas Market. On your walking discovery tour, you’ll see the historic quarter and bronze cross marking the spot where Joan of Arc was martyred. Delve into the festivities of the city’s marché de Nöel, sipping warm cider as you shop for handmade toys and crafts. Be sure to step inside Notre-Dame Cathedral to see the Christmas crèche and listen to choir music. If you wish, you can also take a Normandy-style “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour of the city, which includes a visit to a historic café for tarte tatin served with coffee or chocolat au lait.
Day 4 – Mantes la Jolie (Versailles)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Exclusive “Secret Versailles” palace tour
Enter the famous Hall of Mirrors and you’ll immediately see why Versailles set the standard for over-the-top opulence. Spend the day exploring the decadent world of Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI with your specialist guide. From the Grands Appartements to the Queen’s Bedchamber, this once-in-a-lifetime tour behind the palace’s secret doors is one you’ll never forget.
Note: A Holiday Gala Dinner will be served on this day on December 6 and 13 departures. The December 20 departure will feature a Christmas Dinner, while the December 27 departure will feature a New Year’s Dinner.
Day 5 – Paris
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour of the Île de la Cité and Latin Quarter, and Paris “Illuminations” tour
“Do as the Locals Do” with a walking tour of the Île de la Cité, the center of Paris and home to the Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral, with its famous gargoyles and impressive façade. Cross over the Seine to browse the Latin Quarter’s wonderful gourmet shops and savor delicious seasonal treats. This evening, see the city aglow for the holidays on a special “Illuminations” tour.
Day 6 – Paris
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Orsay Museum “Winter with the Impressionists” tour and Christmas Market, and exclusive reception at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
Venture inside the extraordinary Orsay Museum to see its famous collection of impressionist and postimpressionist masterpieces. Your expert guide will show you the impressionists’ winter landscapes and provide some fascinating insights—including a discussion about the unique challenges of painting snow. After exploring the city’s grand Christmas Market, you’ll have a rare opportunity to enter the lavishly decorated 17th-century Château de Vauxle-Vicomte for a cocktail reception hosted by the owner. In the evening, a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner awaits onboard your ship.
Day 7 – Paris
FEATURED EXCURSION: Walking discovery tour to the Paris Opera and department stores
Experience the opulent Opéra de Paris Garnier, a glorious venue adorned with red velvet, gold leaf and marble. Then make your way to two of the city’s most celebrated department stores, Le Printemps and Les Galeries Lafayette, ideal places to do some last-minute holiday shopping.
Day 8 – Paris (disembark), transfer to the airport
Disembark the ship and transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight home.