The Seine Experience


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    U by Uniworld is a new take on experiential travel, with cruises designed for those with a passion for exploring and a taste for authentic adventures. Travel should be relaxing, exhilarating, convenient and tailored to your interests — all at the same time, and on a U by Uniworld river cruise, that’s exactly what you’ll experience.

    French do life the way life was meant to be done.

    This will be a week of historic sites, including Notre Dame and the Champs Elysées, late nights offering plenty of time to see a show at the Moulin Rouge, and food so delicious you may be tempted to stay forever.

    Itinerary

    DAY 1 – Paris
    Join your U Host for a “Midnight in Paris” stroll. Step ashore from the ship and wander along the banks of the Seine at one of the most magical times of day. Pose for selfies beneath the glittering Eiffel Tower. From there, the rest of the night is yours.

    DAY 2 – Conflans Ste. Honorine
    For sheer over-the-top opulence, nothing compares to the palace of Versailles and its extraordinary gardens, which truly must be seen in person to fully appreciate. Prepare to be amazed!

    U Time optional excursion – Van Gogh
    Follow in Vincent van Gogh’s footsteps in the quaint village of Auvers-sur-Oise, where the artist spent the final months of his life in the late 1800s.

    DAY 3 – Rouen
    Discover Rouen’s medieval charms on a walking tour and food shopping spree at the local market, accompanied by the ship’s chef. The market’s fish, butter and cream are the best in the region, and as Julia Child once said, “With enough butter, anything is good.”

    Night Out – Rouen Cathedral:  Monet was so besotted with the Rouen Cathedral that he painted it dozens of times. We can only imagine what he’d think of tonight’s included Sound & Light Show, featuring historic images projected onto the cathedral’s exterior. (*Available on select dates, June-September)

    U Time optional excursion – Normandy Beaches
    Travel back in time to June 6, 1944, when the Allied forces launched their D-Day invasion of Normandy. You’ll visit historic beaches and stop at the American Cemetery for a special memorial ceremony. Later, get an up-close gander at the centuries-old (and incredibly long) Bayeux Tapestry.

    U Time optional excursion – Old City Bar Crawl
    Join a local expert for a curated look at the city’s lively nightlife scene, stopping for drinks at memorable bars in Rouen’s atmospheric historic quarter.

    DAY 4 – Caudebec En Caux/Honfleur
    Just getting to the seaside village of Honfleur can be an exhilarating and scenic experience. Your U Host will show you around the famously picturesque Old Port, a former haven for pirates and a locale beloved by generations of artists.

    U Time optional excursion – A Norman Day
    Enjoy an intimate look at Normandy’s famous apple orchards on a visit to a cider farm, complete with a home-style lunch. From there, head to Deauville Beach, a resort town with a wide sandy beach, 1920s-style boardwalk, chic boutiques and elegant homes.

    U Time optional excursion – Cliffs Of Étretat
    The windswept cliffs of Étretat, part of France’s famous Alabaster Coast, offer dramatic views that will literally take your breath away. Spend some time today walking the footpath atop the cliffs and along the beautiful beach below.

    DAY 5 – Vernon/La Roche Guyon
    Immerse yourself in one of the most scenic corners of Normandy on an easy five-mile bike ride along the Seine with your U Host, pedalling from Vernon to the artists’ hamlet of Giverny.

    U Time optional excursion – Kayak The Seine
    Leave the real world far behind as you kayak along the beautiful and tranquil Seine River with an expert guide.

    U Time optional excursion – Monets Gardens
    Impressionist master Claude Monet lived in Giverny for 40 years, and his iconic ponds and lush flower gardens inspired some of his best-known work.

    U Time optional excursion – Paragliding
    Get your adrenaline junkie fix and a spectacular birds-eye view of France’s majestic landscapes with tandem paragliding in the Vexin Natural Park.

    DAY 6 – Paris
    Immerse yourself in Parisian life on an easy bike ride along the Seine with your U Cruise Host. Or explore the city’s top sights at your own pace with an all-day Batobus pass that lets you hop on and off when and where you please.

    U Time optional excursion – Lady Marmalade
    Experience dinner and a show at the world-famous Moulin Rouge, immortalised in paintings by Toulouse-Lautrec and synonymous with high-spirited music and can-can dancers. If you love feathers and sequins, this is an evening you’ll never forget.

    U Time optional excursion – Parisian Cuisine
    The City of Light is also a city for serious foodies. Your expert guide will take you to some of the best specialty food shops in trendy Saint-Germain, where you can taste delicious artisan breads, cheeses, wine, chocolate and more. Bon appetit!

    U Time optional excursion – Street Art Walk
    Embark on a unique walking tour of Belleville with Street Art Tours, a colourful introduction to graffiti and street art in this socially and ethnically diverse Parisian neighbourhood.

    DAY 7 – Paris
    Join your U Host for an easy bike ride along the Seine, a great way to immerse yourself in Parisian life. Or see the city’s top sights with an all-day Batobus pass that lets you hop on and off along the river, whenever and wherever you wish.

    U Time optional excursion – Parisian Rooftops
    The rooftops of Paris have been a muse for countless artists and writers. Enjoy spectacular birds-eye views of the city on this one-of-a-kind tour.

    U Time optional excursion – The Louvre
    The Louvre is one of the world’s largest and most famous museums, as well as one of the most overwhelming. Avoid option paralysis with a guided highlights tour.

    U Time optional excursion – Versailles Fountains
    The Gardens of Versailles become even more spectacular at night, when the fountains come to life with dazzling lights and pyrotechnics synchronised with classical music. Magnifique!

    DAY 8 – Paris
    Disembark and head off to your next adventure.

    Inclusions

    • 9 excursions
    • Local celebrity DJ Party
    • Welcome party
    • 15 U Time optional excursions
    • 2 dedicated U Hosts
    • 7 breakfasts – 1 lunch – 6 dinners
    • Onboard French mixology class

    UBU 2018