Sail on the Seine and take in the French delights of Paris and Normandy on board Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s new ship S.S. Joie de Vivre, from £3,015pp*, cruise only. The eight-day cruise departs on 9 July 2017 round trip from Paris and visits Vernon, Les Andelys, Rouen, Caudebec, Rouen and Mantes-la-Jolie.
Uniworld’s newest Super Ship – S.S. Joie de Vivre – is designed to reflect the “joy of living” as it cruises the Seine River in northern France. This luxurious 128-passenger vessel is a showcase for handcrafted furniture, sumptuous fabrics, beautiful antiques, gilded accents and every modern convenience.
The Salon de Toulouse features a full-service bar and art and antiques curated from renowned auction houses and private collections. Enticing dining venues include Le Restaurant Pigalle, Bistro Saint-Germain and Café Flore. Intimately scaled so it can dock in the heart of Paris, S.S. Joie de Vivre features two Royal Suites, eight Junior Suites, and 54 staterooms, all with made-to-order Savoir of England beds and marble-lined bathrooms.
Your first port of call Vernon has many notable buildings including the Church of Notre Dame, the Archives Towers, Tourelles Castle and Bizy Castle. Enjoy a stroll along the city’s cobblestone paths lined with half-timbered houses. A room in the city museum is devoted to the works of Monet and Bonnard, who lived in the area. From here you can go to Giverny where the impressionist painter Claude Monet had a house and lived and worked there until his death. The house and its famous water gardens are open to the public.
Another highlight is Rouen. Although far from the sea, the city was France’s main seaport in the 16th century, but it was surpassed by Le Havre in the 19th century. It is a pleasure to sail up the Seine from the sea to Rouen, which is surrounded by varied, beautiful scenery punctuated by cliffs, forest, chateaux, abbeys and other points of interest.
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*Prices correct at time of publication.