From Paris’s glittering Eiffel Tower to the iconic beaches of Normandy to the medieval capital of Rouen, the serene Seine carries you through the countryside immortalized by so many great artists. Join us on the beautiful new ship the SS Joie de Vivre, launching in 2017!
The Joie de Vivre will reflect the French “joy of living” philosophy and the nation’s profound appreciation for food, wine, art and music. French inspired handcrafted furniture with rich fabrics, antiques, art, gilded and wrought-iron accents will mix with modern-day conveniences on board the new ship, which also will feature Uniworld’s farm-to-table cuisine and superb local wines.
Breathe in the fragrance of Monet’s garden in Giverny, stand at the port of Honfleur where Courbet and Boudin set up their easels, and walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise, the town where he spent his final months. Immerse yourself in a fascinating and inviting land, rich in legend, history and art.
Motor coach transportation is included from various pick up points to Chicago O’Hare airport for the overnight flight to Paris. Or depart from your home city and meet us in Paris!
Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Featured Excursions: Choice of Monet’s Giverny and hike to Château Gaillard or exclusive guided “Go Active” Nordic walking tour.
Visit Monet’s home in his beloved village of Giverny, where he lived and worked for more than 40 years. When Monet bought the property, most of it was an orchard; he transformed it over the years into the enchanted vision that he painted, essentially creating each work of art twice: once as a living garden and again as a painting. Stroll through the gardens and admire the familiar Japanese bridge and water garden that inspired him.
Step even further into the past with a hike to Château Gaillard. Your adventure takes you to the dramatic white-stone remains of the English king’s stronghold. You’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the river and surrounding countryside. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Featured Excursions: Full day Normandy Beaches with choice of D-Day Museum at Arromanches, Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery.
Normandy’s proximity to the sea has made it the site of many battles, including the famous D-Day Invasion by Allied forces during WWII. Before visiting the beaches of Normandy, you’ll go to Mulberry Harbor at Arromanches and explore the D-Day Museum. Or choose to visit Juno Beach where the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division landed, and take in the exhibits at the Canadian Center.
Or, after spending time in Arromanches, drive to Bayeux to see the famous 11th-century tapestry depicting the Battle of Hastings. Continue to the Allied landing sites at Omaha Beach before visiting a haunting reminder of the Allied forces’ hard fight for freedom—the American Cemetery. Located in Colleville-sur-Mer, near the section of coastline designated “Omaha Beach,” the cemetery and memorial honor American soldiers who lost their lives while fighting in Europe. Uniworld guests can participate in a special ceremony during their visit that involves a wreath laying, the American national anthem, and a moment of silence.
Featured Excursion: Rouen, founded in pre-Roman times and the Medieval capital of the region, has managed to preserve many notable buildings despite being invaded, conquered, and bombed countless times over the years. Your visit will take you to the stunning Gothic cathedrals, the haunting Medieval quarter and the Gros Horloge, a Renaissance clock tower. The walk ends at Vieux Marché, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake by the English in 1431.
FEATURED EXCURSION: Honfleur walking tour
After crossing the river delta via the majestic Normandy Bridge, travel through the Calvados countryside to Honfleur, a charming seaside town re-created in paintings by such artists as Monet, Courbet, and Eugene Boudin. Tour the former smugglers’ harbor of Vieux Bassin—the most frequently painted scene in Honfleur—whose streets reveal the rich history of the port, and St. Catherine’s Church, which was built by shipwrights.
FEATURED EXCURSION: “Vincent van Gogh’s Footsteps” walking tour of Auvers-sur-Oise.
Find yourself in Auvers-sur-Oise, following the footsteps of Impressionist master Vincent van Gogh. The ill-fated artist spent just the last two months of his life here, but in that time painted many of its buildings, including the Town Hall, the church, and the home of his doctor, Dr. Gachet. He’s buried beside his brother, Theo, who died a year later. Your guide will transport you to the 19th century and give you a true-to-life sense of the artist’s final days as you stand in the very place where Van Gogh set his easel. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Paris city tour or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Île de la Cité and Latin Quarter walking tour
Your panoramic city tour of Paris will show you the City of Light’s most famous sights, with a stop at beautiful Luxembourg Gardens. Or, take a more intimate look at Parisian daily life with a walking tour of the Île de la Cité, the historic center of Paris, which is home to the famous Cathedral of Notre Dame.
Disembark the ship and transfer to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight home. Upon arrival in Chicago, your motor coach will be waiting to return you to your original point of pick up. (Breakfast)
Air-Inclusive Transportation Package
- Group motorcoach transfer to and from Chicago O’Hare from select pick-up points
- Round trip flights from Chicago O’Hare to Paris
- Motorcoach transfers between the airport and ship when purchasing our air inclusive package
Host and Services
- Tour Managed by Rose Gray
- Excursions and tours as outlined in daily itinerary below
- State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
- Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
- Customized informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful packing and planning information
River Cruise Highlights
- 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the beautiful SS Joie de Vivre
- All gratuities to onboard staff, and to Uniworld onshore coach drivers and tour guides
- All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
- Unlimited complimentary fine wine, beer, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages onboard the ship*
- $100.00 per person shipboard credit
- Bottled water replenished daily in your stateroom; and 24-hour specialty coffee and tea station
- Free Internet and Wi-Fi
- Services of an Experienced Uniworld Cruise Director
- Luxuriously appointed riverview staterooms with hotel beds, hair dryer, safe and flat-screen TV with satellite for complimentary movie and entertainment options and L’Occitane bath and body products
Not Included: Meals, unless noted; medical services; airline imposed baggage fees; airport gratuities to baggage handlers, gratuities to motorcoach drivers, guides and shipboard staff; or any other items of a personal nature. A valid passport is required. Travel insurance protection is not included. Ask your travel consultant about our reasonable options.
Note: Itinerary is subject to change.
Air-Inclusive from Chicago O’Hare
SS Joie de Vivre
New ship in 2017! The S.S. Joie de Vivre’s Salon de Beaux-Arts lounge will showcase a collection of fine art and antiques curated from auction houses, such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s, as well as private collections. The Le Club l’Esprit comes complete with a cinema and a surrounding pool with a hydraulic floor, which can turn into a dance floor or outdoor cinema at night. Dining venues include Le Restaurant Pigalle and La Cave de Vins, a vinoteque for private dining and wine-pairing dinners. This ship holds a maximum of only 128 guests!
About Rose Gray
Rose Gray is the Manager of Business Development for Vacation Sales at Fox World Travel. She is also the host of the Fox World Travel Show heard on WTMJ on Saturday mornings from 9-10 a.m. Rose has a bachelor’s degree from Lakeland College and has completed the C T C program, a two-year management course offered by the Institute of Certified Travel Consultants. During her 30 years in the travel industry she has traveled as far north as Reykjavik, Iceland, as far south as Porto Montt, Chile, as far west as Vanuatu, and as far east as Singapore. And although she loves traveling the globe, her favorite vacation is Arizona in March for Brewers’ Spring Training. Rose is a blast to travel with and our clients LOVE traveling with her escorted tours and river cruises to new destinations, most recently Alaska, Hawaii, Europe, Vietnam and Cambodia . Will you be next to join Rose?
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Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.
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- From date of deposit to February 5, 2017: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
- February 6 to March 3, 2017: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
- March 4 to April 12, 2017: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
- April 13, 2017 to departure: No refund
Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.
A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.
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