When you sail the Seine River, which of these activities will you remember most?
A) Explore Rouen where Joan of Arc took her last breath.
B) Visit the WWII Landing Beaches of Normandy
C) Be part of a masterpiece when visiting Monet’s Giverny Gardens.
D) In Paris, walk along the Seine River to admire such architectural wonders as the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe.
E) Follow the footsteps of Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise
Beautiful architecture and a storied past famous as the city where Joan of Arc was trialed. Don't miss its Notre Dame Cathedral and many fine museums.
Landing Beaches of Normandy
Tuesday, 6 June 1944. Normandy’s beaches have long been the site of both monumental beauty and great importance. There are moments when we travel that move us on an otherworldly level and stir a profound emotional connection. Visiting the Normandy Beaches certainly have that effect. The National WWII Museum's exhibitions explore the history of the D-Day invasion of Normandy and the D-Day invasions in the Pacific. Allied code names for the beaches along the 50- mile stretch of Normandy coast targeted for landing were Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. History comes alive on this moving and memorable excursion.
Monet’s Giverny Gardens
Claude Monet was an impressionist master and interpreter of the world around him. Although he passed away in the 1920's, his spirit lives on in his beautiful paintings, as well as his adored gardens. Imagine yourself stepping into a Monet masterpiece as you explore his gardens at Giverny in Northern France. Discover a magical world of lily-adorned ponds, majestic weeping willows, artistic bridges and the perfectly preserved pastel-pink home and studio where Claude Monet spent many years refining and changing his style, and the wonderful gardens he laid out. A perfect stop for both art and garden lovers.
Whether you’re a first-time visitor to the “City of Light” or you’ve been here many times before, Paris’s most iconic structure—the Eiffel Tower—will surely take your breath away each time. The Palace of Versailles — Enjoy a day at the former home of French kings: the awe-inspiring Château de Versailles. The palace and its sprawling gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, began as a small hunting lodge. Over the years, it was enlarged by each of its three resident kings—most famously Louis XIV, the “Sun King.”
Or perhaps venture to the opulent Champs-Elysées to indulge in picturesque cafés and luxury shopping, stop at Paris' Alexandre III Bridge, or immerse yourself at the world-famous Louvre museum.
Just 30 kilometers from Paris, this peaceful and charming village has attracted painters, mainly impressionists: the most famous is Vincent van Gogh, but Charles-François Daubigny, Paul Cézanne and Camille Pissarro also came to draw inspiration from it. Stroll in the gardens of the Château d’Auvers, admire the legendary église d’Auvers the famous church Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, immortalized by Vincent van Gogh in the year of his death, and visit van Gogh's final resting place. A unforgettable day for art lovers.
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