Paris is extra-special at Christmas with its festive markets across the river from the Eiffel Tower, exquisite decorations (particularly at Galeries Lafayette) and nighttime Christmas lights. Uniworld’s eight-day Parisian Winter Holiday starts with an exclusive included tour of the Palace of Versailles, where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette lived in palatial opulence. The richly-decorated rooms are not unlike sumptuous River Baroness, with gorgeous furnishings in bold colours with gilt-framed mirrors and designer decor. The hotel-quality beds and bathrooms in each uniquely decorated suite are superb, and there is also free wifi. Most drinks are included and there’s a Gala Dinner after visiting Versailles. During the included excursion to Rouen to see the Christmas markets and cathedral the guide takes you to eat tarte tatin at one of the cafés. Then there are the traditional galettes – buckwheat crêpes – served with Normandy cider after a hike up to the romantic ruins of Richard the Lionheart’s castle in Les Andelys. Heading back to Paris you can also visit van Gogh’s last home at Auvers-sur-Oise.
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