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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 typical of its neighbourhood. Stroll down the Champs Élysée 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 festive décor of the great department stores in the city where they were invented. Experience winter in the majestic countryside too, with a visit to Rouen, where you can experience a ‘Taste of Christmas’, Normandy style. Sample the seasonal delights with a visit to an historic café for tarte tatin and then peruse the artisan ceramics on display at the Rouen marché de Noël, which takes place directly in front the famous cathedral. Medieval cobblestoned squares, the Sun King’s Versailles, sacred music sung in a legendary cathedral - it all adds up to a special gift that’s just for you. And those sailing over the New Year period will be in for an extra special treat with a wonderful New Year’s Eve celebration. Welcome in the New Year in Parisian style with the backdrop of the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower brightening up the sky.
Begin with Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service® to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport for your scheduled British Airways or another leading airline flight to Paris. Meet your Uniworld representative on arrival and transfer to the port to embark the River Baroness.
Included Excursion: Exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Versailles Palace
The Palace of Versailles was the official residence of France’s kings and queens from 1682 until the revolution. As you enter the Hall of Mirrors, you’ll immediately understand why Versailles established the universal standard of palatial opulence. It will take a full day to explore the decadent world of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI with your specialist guide. From the Grands Appartements to the Queen’s Bedchamber, you will be taken on an exclusive tour of this fabled palace - one that gives you a peek behind secret doors. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
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Included Excursion: Rouen walking tour with Rouen Cathedral choir recital and Christmas Market and Exclusive ‘Taste of Christmas’, Normandy style tour
Rouen is one of France’s best-preserved cities and the ideal setting for a Christmas Market. Admire the Medieval quarter with its half-timbered houses and Renaissance clock tower. Walk to Vieux Marché to see the bronze cross that marks the spot where Joan of Arc was executed. The scent of mulled cider fills the air, as you shop for traditional crafts. Step inside the church to see the Christmas crèche and hear a recital. You may also wish to join a special ‘Taste of Christmas, Normandy style’ outing with a visit to a historic café for tarte tatin served with coffee or chocolat au lait.
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Included Excursion: Les Andelys village stroll and walking tour of Vernon
Take an invigorating hike up to the ruins of Château Gaillard, built by Richard the Lionheart, for a wonderful view of the winding Seine in her winter splendour. The castle was completed in a little more than a year by 3,000 workers and it survived for centuries and its enchanting ruins are fascinating. Back on the ship, you’ll enjoy the traditional winter treat of galettes - thin buckwheat crepes – and Normandy’s famous cider. Later in the day, guides will lead you through Vernon, whose 15th century core has survived the centuries largely unchanged. Admirers of Monet’s work will recognise the late-Romanesque church from several of his paintings.
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Included Excursion: ‘Vincent van Gogh’s Footsteps’ walking tour of Auvers-sur-Oise
Vincent van Gogh spent the last two months of his life in Auvers-sur-Oise. While strolling through the village, you will pass the inn where he stayed, the Town Hall, and the church - all buildings that inspired him and were immortalised on canvas. You’ll also see the restored home of Dr. Gachet, who tended to the artist. As you follow in Van Gogh’s footsteps, your guide will paint a captivating portrait of the life and work of this troubled Impressionist master.
Please note: A Holiday Gala Dinner will be served on the December 6 and 13 departures. For the December 20 departure, a Christmas Dinner will be served. For the December 27 departure, a New Year’s Dinner will be served.
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Included Excursions: Exclusive ‘Do as the Locals Do’ walking tour of the Île de la Cité and Latin Quarter and ‘Heart of Paris’ Seine cruise with Christmas Markets
Explore the Île de la Cité, which is not just the centre of Paris but of France (all distances are calculated from the isle). The island is home to the Cathedral of Notre Dame, with its grimacing gargoyles and impressive façade. The cathedral is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and, though damaged during the French Revolution, it managed to survive both world wars unscathed. Cross the Seine to enter the Latin Quarter and, as Parisians do at this time of the year, visit the gourmet shops to savour the season’s fleeting treats. Then climb aboard a boat for a look at the heart of Paris from the Seine. Later, visit some of the city’s delightful Christmas Markets, which take place directly across the river from the Eiffel Tower. Go ahead and shop with gusto. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
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Included Excursions: Walking tour to the Paris Opera and department stores with Christmas Markets and Exclusive ‘Paris Winter Illuminations’ tour
Begin at the Place de l’Opéra, where you’ll go inside the famed Palais Garnier. Then visit two of the city’s most celebrated department stores, Le Printemps and Les Galeries Lafayette which are lavishly decorated during the holidays. Spend the afternoon at leisure in the city, and take advantage of a shuttle that will run between the ship and the Christmas Markets. Following dinner, take a scenic drive past ‘Paris Illumine Paris’ (‘Paris Lights up Paris’), the sparkling festive display created by the city’s most talented lighting designers.
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Disembark the ship and transfer to Paris Airport for your British Airways or another leading airline flight home. Arrive at London Heathrow or Gatwick where our staff will greet you and our transport will transfer you to your own front door.
Please note: Christmas Markets are generally open from the beginning of Advent until 3 January
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