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Paris and the Normandy Region… new and improved!

Paris and the Normandy Region… new and improved!

We are so used to seeing products that are “new and improved”… we buy them and bring them home and no matter how hard we try we just can’t see what is “new and improved” with them.  Probably just the packaging we surmise.  If this has been the case with you in the past then you will be very pleased to hear that this post, “Paris and the Normandy Region… new and improved” is just that!  New and improved!

I am a European river cruise junkie!  I will proudly admit that.  I have taken 13 in the past 7 years and some of those are even repeats on popular itineraries (I do try to repeat itineraries at least on different river cruise lines).  I have found that no matter how many times I take the same European river cruise itinerary I find something new that I haven’t seen before and I don’t even have to try very hard to do that.

I have cruised twice to the Paris and Normandy region of France.  Once with Avalon Waterways and once with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises.  I am getting ready though to take this same itinerary a 3rd time!  Why?  Because it is new and improved!

With Uniworld launching their newest ship the SS Joie de Vivre in 2017 they are also adding in new inclusive products and new activities to do while in port.  The most exciting, I feel, on this itinerary is the opportunity to golf two of the most beautiful golf courses in the region.. included in the price of your cruise!

Truly there is something for everyone on this itinerary that touches on Paris the City of Lights… delves into the history of WWII on the beaches of Normandy, visits the scenic town of Honfleur where you will have the best seafood of your life and lets you meander through the gardens that inspired Monet… and golfing on the Alabaster Coast with beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Having a hard time getting someone to travel to Europe with you?  Show them this itinerary and they won’t be able to find at least one thing does not appeal to them!

Here is a little peak at the itinerary highlights.

Don't lose a ball here!

Don’t lose a ball here!

Golf d’Etretat & Mont-Saint-Aignan:  For the first time, guests have two opportunities to play golf during their river cruise journey.  Golf d’Etretat is a links course on Normandy’s Alabaster Coast.  As challenging as it is visually spectacular and one of France’s top-rated courses.  You can also play Mont-Saint-Aignan near the town of Rouen, ideal for beginners and veterans alike.


American Cemetery, Normandy France

D-Day Beaches or Bayeux Tapestry:  Visit either the American landing beaches, Omaha and Utah, or Juno beach, site of the Canadian troop landing. Another option is an excursion to see the 11th-century Bayeux tapestry depicting the Battle of Hastings. All groups will also visit the American Cemetery and Memorial honoring fallen U.S. soldiers.  I have done both of these items when I have visited the area and loved each one!

The Harbor of Honfleur, France


Rouen & Honfleur:  Explore the medieval streets of Rouen, where you’ll visit Notre-Dame Cathedral and see the cross marking the spot where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake centuries ago. Honfleur is an enchanting seaside town, captured on canvas by generations of artists who have fallen under the spell of its picturesque harbor and gracious homes.  And don’t forget those awesome mussels and snails!  Yum!

Exclusive Excursions:  Experience a number of shore excursions offered only by Uniworld, including a visit to Sainte-Mère-Église, the first French town to be liberated in WWII, a tale immortalized in the film The Longest Day; a “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour of the Latin Quarter in Paris; and a guided bike ride from Vernon to Monet’s glorious gardens at Giverny.
And do all of this while sailing on the S.S. Joie de Vivre – New for 2017:   This gorgeous 128-passenger Super Ship (S.S.) features fine furniture and antiques, original art and sumptuous décor inspired by 20th-century Parisian design. Public spaces include multiple dining options, an intimate wine bar and Le Club L’Esprit—an area dedicated to health and well-being with a day spa, fitness center and a pool that ingeniously transforms into a dance floor or outdoor movie venue.  I can’t wait to sail on her!

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