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Tauck - Cruise Division: ms Sapphire

 

13-night Cruising the Seine Plus Versailles, Paris and London Southbound Cruise/Land Package


 

Living up to her name, ms Swiss Sapphire glitters along with the legendary lights of Paris in her new home on the waters of the River Seine. From her panoramic restaurant and public spaces, you'll enjoy gorgeous views along the storied waterway as she cruises to explore rural Etretat, Calvados country and the abbeys of Breuil-en-Auge, Normandy's beaches, Honfleur, Rouen and Monet's Giverny.

After undergoing a redesign and a name change for 2017, the ms Sapphire will accommodate no more than 98 guests within an innovative deck plan featuring 14 300-sq-ft Tauck Suites and 20 225-sq-ft cabins.

 

 

Itinerary

Destination

Arrival

Departure

Land Tour: London

9/30/2017

9/30/2017

London is undoubtedly one of the world's finest cities. In addition to numerous monuments from its more glorious past, London is equally well-known for its pageantry and tradition. London has something for everyone - wide boulevards buzzing with excitement far into the night, quiet squares and explorable alleyways. Visit this famous city's parks, museums, galleries, monuments, abbeys and churches, skyscrapers and ruins, Georgian squares. Take in such events as the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower, or the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, or even one of the many theatrical productions. Some of the most exclusive shops are found along Oxford, Bond and Regent Streets. An old favorite and one of the world's premier institutions is Harrods - offering everything from Chanel suits and sliced salmon to caviar and even pets.

Land Tour: London

10/1/2017

10/1/2017

London is undoubtedly one of the world's finest cities. In addition to numerous monuments from its more glorious past, London is equally well-known for its pageantry and tradition. London has something for everyone - wide boulevards buzzing with excitement far into the night, quiet squares and explorable alleyways. Visit this famous city's parks, museums, galleries, monuments, abbeys and churches, skyscrapers and ruins, Georgian squares. Take in such events as the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower, or the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, or even one of the many theatrical productions. Some of the most exclusive shops are found along Oxford, Bond and Regent Streets. An old favorite and one of the world's premier institutions is Harrods - offering everything from Chanel suits and sliced salmon to caviar and even pets.

Land Tour: London

10/2/2017

10/2/2017

London is undoubtedly one of the world's finest cities. In addition to numerous monuments from its more glorious past, London is equally well-known for its pageantry and tradition. London has something for everyone - wide boulevards buzzing with excitement far into the night, quiet squares and explorable alleyways. Visit this famous city's parks, museums, galleries, monuments, abbeys and churches, skyscrapers and ruins, Georgian squares. Take in such events as the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower, or the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, or even one of the many theatrical productions. Some of the most exclusive shops are found along Oxford, Bond and Regent Streets. An old favorite and one of the world's premier institutions is Harrods - offering everything from Chanel suits and sliced salmon to caviar and even pets.

Land Tour: Transfer to Ship

10/2/2017

10/2/2017

Depart to the cruise ship for embarkation on a trip of a lifetime!

Paris

10/2/2017

10/2/2017

Paris, world capital of art and culture, gathers some of the most famous museums and monuments in the world. Like all the world's great capitals, Paris lives at a fast pace, by day, by night and especially at rush hours. Bear in mind that museums and monuments are often less crowded during the week. Sights that should not be missed include: The Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay. Visit any of the many others according to your tastes and interests: the Musee Picasso, Musee Rodin, Musee Carnavalet, Musee Marmottan and the Arab Institute are just a few. Essential Paris monuments are the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe or the Grande Arche de la Defense.

Suggested Private Excursions

Paris, 8 hour full day tour

 

Paris

10/3/2017

10/3/2017

Paris, world capital of art and culture, gathers some of the most famous museums and monuments in the world. Like all the world's great capitals, Paris lives at a fast pace, by day, by night and especially at rush hours. Bear in mind that museums and monuments are often less crowded during the week. Sights that should not be missed include: The Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay. Visit any of the many others according to your tastes and interests: the Musee Picasso, Musee Rodin, Musee Carnavalet, Musee Marmottan and the Arab Institute are just a few. Essential Paris monuments are the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe or the Grande Arche de la Defense.

Suggested Private Excursions

Paris, 8 hour full day tour

 

Paris

10/4/2017

10/4/2017

Paris, world capital of art and culture, gathers some of the most famous museums and monuments in the world. Like all the world's great capitals, Paris lives at a fast pace, by day, by night and especially at rush hours. Bear in mind that museums and monuments are often less crowded during the week. Sights that should not be missed include: The Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay. Visit any of the many others according to your tastes and interests: the Musee Picasso, Musee Rodin, Musee Carnavalet, Musee Marmottan and the Arab Institute are just a few. Essential Paris monuments are the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe or the Grande Arche de la Defense.

Suggested Private Excursions

Paris, 8 hour full day tour

 

Conflans-Ste-Honorine

10/5/2017

10/5/2017

Conflans Ste Honorine is considered the boating capital of France. Just outside of Paris, Conflans is well worth a day trip. Conveniently located near the Seine river, cafés and restaurants will certainly bring you more pleasure and enjoyment than some crowded locations in the big city. Additionally, Conflans offers visitors beautiful canals, river boat rides, and very interesting museums.

Vernon (Giverny)

10/5/2017

10/5/2017

At the gateway to Normandy, 75 km from Paris and 60 km from Rouen, the village of Giverny (pronounced Jee-va-nyee) is located on the right bank of the River Seine, at its confluence with one of the two branches of the River Epte lined with willows and poplars.
But Giverny rises to fame in 1883 when the painter Claude Monet discovered the village whilst looking out of the train window (the line has since closed down). Monet was enthusiastic about the spot. He found a large house to rent, "the Press House". By the end of April he had moved in with Alice Hoschedé, his lady-friend, his two sons and her six children. The house was a farmhouse with a vegetable garden and an orchard of over one hectare.
At the time there were about 300 inhabitants in Giverny, most of them farmers, and a few middle-class families.

The village consists of two streets on the hillside lined with low houses in a pink or green roughcast with slate roofs, their walls covered with wisteria and Virginia creeper. These streets are crossed by narrow lanes running down the hill. The Claude Monet Road runs straight to the village. The "Chemin du Roy" (Secondary Road 5) follows the banks of the River Epte. Claude Monet's house lies between the two roads.

Vernon (Giverny)

10/6/2017

10/6/2017

At the gateway to Normandy, 75 km from Paris and 60 km from Rouen, the village of Giverny (pronounced Jee-va-nyee) is located on the right bank of the River Seine, at its confluence with one of the two branches of the River Epte lined with willows and poplars.
But Giverny rises to fame in 1883 when the painter Claude Monet discovered the village whilst looking out of the train window (the line has since closed down). Monet was enthusiastic about the spot. He found a large house to rent, "the Press House". By the end of April he had moved in with Alice Hoschedé, his lady-friend, his two sons and her six children. The house was a farmhouse with a vegetable garden and an orchard of over one hectare.
At the time there were about 300 inhabitants in Giverny, most of them farmers, and a few middle-class families.

The village consists of two streets on the hillside lined with low houses in a pink or green roughcast with slate roofs, their walls covered with wisteria and Virginia creeper. These streets are crossed by narrow lanes running down the hill. The Claude Monet Road runs straight to the village. The "Chemin du Roy" (Secondary Road 5) follows the banks of the River Epte. Claude Monet's house lies between the two roads.

Rouen

10/7/2017

10/7/2017

Settled by the Celts, Rouen really flourished in the Middle Ages. In a natural amphitheater on the Seine, the capital of Normandy is important as a commercial and cultural center. Today the city is a blend of ancient and modern. Rouen is known as the City of a Hundred Spires; many of its important edifices are churches. The most magnificent one is the Cathedral of Notre Dame, a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture immortalized in Claude Monet's series "Cathedrales de Rouen." Surrounding the large square are picturesque half-timbered houses with steeply pointed roofs. The wealth of architectural treasures and the ambience of Rouen’s historic center will impress any visitor. Exploring the narrow, cobbled streets in the old quarter is a must. The giant clock above the archway spanning the Rue du Gros Horloge is a focal point and famous emblem. Rouen is connected to the sea by the Seine Valley. The city serves as a starting point for trips to Paris and to Norman castles and abbeys.

Suggested Private Excursions

Le Havre: D-Day Beaches - 8 hours

 

Paris/Normandy (Le Havre)

10/8/2017

10/8/2017

Le Havre is the gateway for optional tours to Paris, the "City of Light." See the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Champs Elysees. In Le Havre itself, visitors can explore at leisure and learn something of the French "art de vivre." Visit fish and vegetable markets, public parks, modern architecture, a long seaside promenade and a vast beach.

Honfleur

10/8/2017

10/8/2017

The peaceful setting of the picturesque port of Honfleur along the estuary of the Seine attracted many artists and writers over the years, including Impressionist Painters. Throughout its history, numerous maritime journeys were initiated from Honfleur. It's a place of great historic charm, notably around the Vieux Bassin, where lofty slate-and-timber fronted houses overlook the colorful yacht and fishing harbor, and sloping cobbled streets recall 16th century Honfleur. Not to be missed are the 15th century wooden church and the Impressionist paintings of the Musee Eugene Boudin. From here it is possible to visit Monet's Garden, Arromanches, the Normandy Landing Beaches and if there is time, Paris.

Normandy

10/9/2017

10/9/2017

Normandy is a land rich in history which is also perceived by the French as being endless miles of green countryside with abundant apple trees, cattle, creamy culinary specialities and fine cheese. For the Parisians, Normandy is the closest seashore to the city and attracts many artists and wealthy individuals who enjoy spending their week-ends in the elegant resort of Deauville.

Suggested Private Excursions

Le Havre - Shore Excursion Etretat / Fecamp - 8 hours

Le Havre - Shore Excursion Flower Coast - 8 hours

Le Havre - Shore Excursion Normandy Landing Beaches - 8 hours

 

Les Andelys

10/10/2017

10/10/2017

The twin communities of Grand-Andely and Petit-Andely form a commercial center, with a distillery, metalworks, glassworks, and silk and leather industries. On the border between Normandy proper and the Norman Vexin, it was of considerable strategic importance in the Middle Ages

Paris

10/11/2017

10/11/2017

Paris, world capital of art and culture, gathers some of the most famous museums and monuments in the world. Like all the world's great capitals, Paris lives at a fast pace, by day, by night and especially at rush hours. Bear in mind that museums and monuments are often less crowded during the week. Sights that should not be missed include: The Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay. Visit any of the many others according to your tastes and interests: the Musee Picasso, Musee Rodin, Musee Carnavalet, Musee Marmottan and the Arab Institute are just a few. Essential Paris monuments are the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe or the Grande Arche de la Defense.

Suggested Private Excursions

Paris, 8 hour full day tour

 

Land Tour: Paris

10/11/2017

10/11/2017

Paris, world capital of art and culture, gathers some of the most famous museums and monuments in the world. Like all the world's great capitals, Paris lives at a fast pace, by day, by night and especially at rush hours. Bear in mind that museums and monuments are often less crowded during the week. Sights that should not be missed include: The Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay. Visit any of the many others according to your tastes and interests: the Musee Picasso, Musee Rodin, Musee Carnavalet, Musee Marmottan and the Arab Institute are just a few. Essential Paris monuments are the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe or the Grande Arche de la Defense.

Suggested Private Excursions

Paris, 8 hour full day tour

 

Land Tour: Paris

10/12/2017

10/12/2017

Paris, world capital of art and culture, gathers some of the most famous museums and monuments in the world. Like all the world's great capitals, Paris lives at a fast pace, by day, by night and especially at rush hours. Bear in mind that museums and monuments are often less crowded during the week. Sights that should not be missed include: The Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay. Visit any of the many others according to your tastes and interests: the Musee Picasso, Musee Rodin, Musee Carnavalet, Musee Marmottan and the Arab Institute are just a few. Essential Paris monuments are the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe or the Grande Arche de la Defense.

Suggested Private Excursions

Paris, 8 hour full day tour

 

Land Tour: Paris

10/13/2017

10/13/2017

Paris, world capital of art and culture, gathers some of the most famous museums and monuments in the world. Like all the world's great capitals, Paris lives at a fast pace, by day, by night and especially at rush hours. Bear in mind that museums and monuments are often less crowded during the week. Sights that should not be missed include: The Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay. Visit any of the many others according to your tastes and interests: the Musee Picasso, Musee Rodin, Musee Carnavalet, Musee Marmottan and the Arab Institute are just a few. Essential Paris monuments are the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe or the Grande Arche de la Defense.

Suggested Private Excursions

Paris, 8 hour full day tour

 

Itinerary subject to change without notice. Please confirm itinerary at time of booking.

Rates are capacity controlled, subject to availability and change without notice.

 

 

Stateroom Description & Pricing Info

River View

Cruise Only Price

 

2 - River View Cabin

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1 - River View Cabin

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French Balcony

Cruise Only Price

 

4 - French Balcony Cabin

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6 - French Balcony Cabin

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5 - French Balcony Cabin

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3 - French Balcony Cabin

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Suite

Cruise Only Price

 

7 - Tauck Suite

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*** WAITLIST: Availability in this category is to be advised. Please contact us to request a quote.

 

 

Departure Date: 9/30/2017
Number of Nights: 13
Cruise Inclusions:
  • 2-nights accommodation in London at The Savoy, one of the world's most prestigious hotels
  • 2-nights accommodation in Versailles at the Trianon Palace Versailles
  • 9-night River Cruise
  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
  • All private Tauck shore excursions - $4,588 Value!
  • Tauck Exclusive: Presentation by Celia Sandys, grandaughter of Sir Winston Churchill
  • Tauck Exclusive: Private tasting tour at a goat farm in Étretat that makes cheese and chocolate or a guided visit to seaside Honfleur, home of the Impressionist movement
  • Tauck Exclusive: Private visit to the Absinthe Museum in Auvers-sur-Oise
  • Tauck Exclusive: Private dinner (with music) at a château in Rouen
  • Visit to artist Claude Monet's house and gardens in Giverny
  • Guided visit to seaside Honfleur, home of the Impressionist movement
  • Guided sightseeing at Chateau Gaillard, the fortress ruins in Les Andelys
  • Visit to an abbey for a private calvados tasting in Breuil-en-Auge
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 33 meals; beer and wine with lunch or dinner on the riverboat;  service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges
Available Addons: Optional roundtrip airfare from your city
Pre or post cruise hotel stay
Remarks:

Land / cruise price per person, based on double occupancy, includes cruise fare, most meals, port charges, shore excursions, applicable fuel surcharges, and gratuities to Tauck Directors, Tauck Cruise Director, ship staff, local guides & drivers, and on all included meals.

Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice. Further, museums and attractions may be subject to closure due to state, local or religious holidays. This cruise includes a fair amount of walking.

All fares are quoted in US Dollars.



 

 

 

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