The “City of Light” glows with extra magic during the holidays. Every town in France boasts a marché de Noël in December, but Paris—naturally—boasts many, each one emblematic of its neighborhood. Stroll down the Champs Élysées for your Christmas shopping this year, or visit one of the boutiques on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Walk through the Tuileries Gardens and marvel at the spectacular holiday décor of the great department stores in the city where they were invented.
Parisian Royal Holiday
8 DAYS FROM PARIS TO PARIS
Northern France and its “City of Light” sparkle even more during the holidays. The grand Christmas tree at Notre Dame, enchanting animated window displays on Boulevard Haussmann and the gloriously lit trees lining the Champs-Élysées infuse the city with magic.
Combine the festivities of the holidays in Paris and surrounding towns with the world of royalty, and you’ll be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime festive royal journey.
The world of French royalty will unfold before your eyes with four exclusive châteaux visits. Château La Roche Guyon perched above the Seine is a fascinating place. Here you’ll discover 10 centuries of French history through your renowned hosts while enjoying a wine tasting.
Hidden behind trees that are several hundred years old lies Château de Bizy, nicknamed the “Versailles of Normandy.” Walk through the torch-lit gardens and past breathtaking sculptured gardens to the main reception room, where you’ll attend a private chamber music concert.
While at Château de Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century French art, you’ll be taken on a private guided tour of the Hall of Mirrors, Queen and King’s chambers and Marie Antoinette’s Le Petit Trianon.
And in Paris, you’ll be treated to a rare experience with a private cocktail reception hosted by the owners of the luxurious 17th-century Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. You’ll also get a “Taste of Christmas” in the medieval city of Rouen and indulge in delicious holiday treats at La Couronne, the restaurant made famous by Julia Child.
And for those sailing over New Year’s, ring in 2018 against the stunning backdrop of the twinkling Parisian skyline.
Who will enjoy this cruise? Romantics will relish the chance to see Paris adorned in holiday splendor, and history buffs and followers of royalty will delight in four exclusive châteaux visits.
Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.
La Roche-Guyon, Vernon
Your journey begins in regal fashion today with visits to two châteaux. At Château La Roche-Guyon, you may venture inside for a peek at the sumptuous rooms where French kings were once entertained (and royal hijinks no doubt ensured).
Or climb to the top of the fortress tower for marvelous views of the gardens, village and valley below. Spend the evening at another beautiful château, an ideal setting for a concert of classical music.
Kings, dukes, duchesses, cardinals, counts—France’s nobility created splendid palaces and intriguing castles. Today the Seine and your luxurious ship carry you to châteaux with close links to the history of French royalty, in a region that was once the borderland between French and English royal power.
Normandy’s medieval capital has a historic quarter that remains amazingly intact.
See Rouen’s top sights as well as its splendid Christmas market, held on the square in front of the cathedral Monet painted dozens of times.
Inside, you can listen to ethereal liturgical music enhanced by the cathedral’s wonderful acoustics. Another treat awaits at La Couronne—tea and cake at the restaurant where Julia Child had a life-changing first meal in France.
The medieval capital of Normandy, Rouen has managed to preserve much of its historic core, despite being turned into a battlefield numerous times.
The magnificently flamboyant Palace of Versailles, was built during a time of absolute power. Setting new standards for over the top excess with its elaborate gardens, grand state apartments and glittering Hall of Mirrors.
All this plus an exclusive “secret” tour that takes you were others cannot go? Priceless.
Join a local expert for a guided walk through two of our favorite neighborhoods in the “City of Light,”. The Île de la Cité and Latin Quarter.
Admire the Gothic grandeur and grimacing gargoyles of Notre Dame.
There are streets with stones worn by countless notable artists, writers and philosophers, including Matisse and Picasso, Hemingway and Fitzgerald.
The cultural, political, artistic and financial heart of France, Paris is entrancing, magical and exhilarating. Every view is postcard worthy, and for the next few days it is yours to enjoy.
See the inspiration for Versailles on an excursion to this elaborately decorated winter wonderland. The owner will host an exclusive reception for Uniworld guests. Tonight, we’ll treat you to a Paris illuminations tour.
The shop windows are truly an art form, particularly during the holidays when they attract throngs of delighted onlookers.
See these enchanting displays for yourself today on one of the city’s chicest streets. We’ll also take you inside the Paris Opera, described by its architect as a “Versailles for everyone.”
For something completely different, take a guided bike ride along the Left Bank.
Disembark the ship.
Transferred to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight home.
Christams Market Cruises
|Days / Departure / Arrival||
8 Days / Paris to Paris
S.S. Joie de Vivre
Classic (Category 4-5), Deluxe French Balcony (Categorie 1), French Balcony (Category 2-3), Grand (Royal) Suite, Suite