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.
Make it a Joyeux Noël on a festive journey infused with splendor and romance.
For fashionistas and Francophiles, romantic spirits and patrons of the arts, an opportunity to see Paris decked out in all its holiday finery is not to be missed. The “City of Light” sparkles more than ever during the Christmas season. Imagine doing your holiday shopping along the glamorous Champs Élysées or splurging on something fabulous in a posh boutique. Stroll through the crisp winter air in the Tuileries Gardens and marvel at the spectacular décor of the city’s grand department stores. Wind your way along the Seine deep into the French countryside, stopping to indulge in a slice of tarte tatin at a historic café—part of a Normandy-style “Taste of Christmas” walking tour. Peruse handmade toys and crafts at local marchés de Noël, enjoy sacred music in a legendary cathedral, and take an exclusive guided tour of Versailles, exploring “secret” chambers within the magnificent palace of the Sun King. It all adds up to an extra special holiday tailor-made for you. Guests sailing over New Year’s are in another a once-in-a-lifetime treat—a chance to ring in 2018 in Paris.
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
Guided "Taste of Christmas," "Do as the Locals Do" and "Gentle Walking" programs
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
Use of Nordic walking sticks
7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the alluring S.S. Joie de Vivre
Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
1 country: France
2 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
All transfers on arrival and departure days
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “The Mona Lisa and 10 Legendary Paris Works of Art”
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.