21265
France

The Best of the Seine River From Normandy to Paris

Revel in vibrant culture, historic landmarks, picturesque villages and world-renowned vineyards along the Seine River as you explore the treasures of France by modern riverboat.
Rating (5)
Program No. 21265RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
3,899
Flights start at
825

At a Glance

Experience the life and the lands along France’s legendary Seine River, from the artistic and cultural treasures of Paris, to the history of Normandy. Embark on a riverboat voyage back to Paris, absorbing the natural beauty that surrounds the Seine and learning about its importance to the French Impressionists.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Extensive walking along unpaved lanes and cobblestone streets, averaging about two miles per day. Some stairs without railings. Standing for up to an hour at a time. Use of Paris Metro on some field trips.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • View the masterpieces of the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay and see Paris’ illuminated landmarks on an after-dark boat excursion.
  • Discover the splendor of Monet’s gardens including the famous water lily pond.
  • Explore the 7th-century Abbey of Saint Wandrille with one of the resident monks as your host.

General Notes

This program shares a chartered ship with other Road Scholar programs. Maximum of 120 participants on board, divided into smaller groups for activities. Current Events in Paris: Due to the fire at Notre Dame, the cathedral is closed to visitors. Road Scholar programs that visit île de la Cité will be able to see the outside of the cathedral, but we will not be able to go inside.
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Emmanuel Sarnin
Emmanuel Sarnin was born in the historical district of Le Marais, Paris and graduated with a degree in art and communication. He has lived in the U.S., the UK and Spain where he curated art exhibits. He returned to Paris in 2000 and since then has been working as a group leader and professional photographer, combining his passions for art, architecture, travel and meeting new people. He loves sharing anecdotes, discussing unique life experiences with visitors from diverse backgrounds and giving travel photography advice.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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