7 Night Cruise sailing from Paris roundtrip aboard A-Rosa Viva.
Parisians celebrate New Year on the Champs-Élysées, on Montmartre (the highest natural point in the city) and in the Trocadéro, the space in front of the Eiffel Tower. They ring in the new year with the words "…trois, deux, un, zéro … Bonne année!" and the sound of champagne corks popping. Needless to say, you’ll also have a fantastic view of the Seine from your A-ROSA. When the light and laser show behind the Eiffel Tower illuminates the night sky, the champagne sparkles in your glass, and everybody arm in arm, you’ll have no doubt that you’re celebrating New Year in one of the most beautiful places in the world. There’s a great deal to discover by the Seine on the days before and after the biggest party of the year. You can travel back to the Middle Ages, for example. In the narrow streets of Rouen, it feels as if time has stood still. As you follow in the footsteps of Joan of Arc, you’ll experience both history and art close up. The cathedral as a model for Claude Monet, for example. Just as picturesque are the abbeys and palaces you’ll see on the banks of the Seine towards Caudebec. The river leads you on to the beautiful village of Les Andelys, located below Richard the Lionheart’s imposing fortress. This wild and rugged castle looking down on the Seine could hardly be more different from Louis XIV’s legendary Palace of Versailles, which you can visit from Le Peqc. End the year on a note of grandeur before beginning what we hope will be a happy new year in the city of love.
Highlights of this cruise:
Paris is the capital city of France and every year millions of people come to Paris to marvel at its beauty, savour its exceptional cuisine and indulge in its world-famous shopping. Known as the 'City of Light', Paris benefitted from a huge re modelling program that started in 1852 which gave rise to its current layout, boulevardes, gardens and parks.
The most famous part of Paris is the Champs Elysees, a wide Boulevarde running from the Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde.
Paris has some of the best know landmarks in the world, apart from the Arc de Triomphe it boasts Notre Dame, The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and more. Its great gardens include the Tuileries and Luxembourg gardens.
Divided by the River Seine the City of Paris is relatively easy to enjoy on foot as many of the key landmarks are relatively close to each other. For the bolder tourist Paris now has the ‘Velib’ bike rental system which offers a very cheap and practical way to get around the city.
Rouen is the historical capital city of Normandy, in northwestern France on the River Seine, and currently the capital of the Haute-Normandie (Upper Normandy) région. It is situated on the River Seine, approximately 90 minutes drive north-west (135 km) from the centre of Paris.
Rouen was one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe which can be seen in the many monuments and buildings which have been preserved in its historical centre. Its architectural treasures include Gothic monuments like the Notre Dame Cathedral, St Ouen Abbey, Saint Maclou Church and the Palais de Justice or Renaissance style monuments like the Gros Horloge, Saint Maclou Ossuary and the Bourgtheroulde Mansion.
After the historical centre, there is ‘Sainte Catherine’ hill nearby, from where you can admire a magnificent view of the city and the meandering River Seine or walk along rue Eau de Robec where some watermills, testament to an important textile history when people were making a living out of the cloth manufacturing industry, which is now represented by the sheep symbol.
Vernon is a commune in the department of Eure in the Haute-Normandie region in northern France. It lies on the banks of the Seine River, about midway between Paris and Rouen. The city is well known for its production of engines by the SNECMA group.
Visitors to Vernon will enjoy viewing the medieval streets and half timbered houses. Other attractions include Archives Tower, the ruins of Phillipe Auguste Castle and Tourelles Castle, the City Museum and the Collegiate Church.
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