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Meals included: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
Paris awakens the senses and the Seine is its lifeline. Enjoy the historical significance of this magnificent river.
Travel to Paris and transfer to your A-ROSA ship for embarkation. Even if you've never been to Paris before, you'll feel like you recognise every corner of the city. Countless films, books, paintings, poems and songs have been set in the city of love. Yet there's always more to discover. The fashion capital of the world, a mecca of art and culture, an oasis for gourmets, a metropolis for media, political and economic power and education - Paris is all of this and more. Paris is a city whose beauty never fades.
You quickly lose track of time in Normandy's capital. But you're reminded of it again by the 600-year old "Big Clock". This is one of the world's oldest astronomical clocks and has just one hand. For the hours. Minutes and seconds just weren't so important back then. With this laid-back attitude in mind, the best way to while away the time here is by strolling towards the city centre past the medieval façades of the timbered-framed houses. Rouen goes by several names. Like "The Gothic City", for example, or "The City of 100 Bell Towers". Rouen Cathedral is partly responsible for both these names. Thanks to the work of Claude Monet, this Gothic wonder is world-famous. And there's something else the world associates with Rouen: it's where the ashes of a peasant's daughter were scattered into the Seine. This was an attempt to prevent a martyr cult from developing around the young woman who was burned at the stake here in 1431. The name of this woman was Joan of Arc.
Another day to discover beautiful Rouen.
The Château Gaillard is now just a mighty ruin. Nevertheless, it's easy to imagine Richard the Lionheart keeping watch here for the advance of the enemy - the French - through the Seine valley. The fortress, which almost blocks the river, was built in just two years between 1196 and 1198. It was the centre of the defence system. This included a network of trenches and a fortified island in the river with chains stretched across it. Wooden posts were erected in the water to prevent ships from crossing. Today, Les Andelys enjoys a peaceful, picturesque location amid rugged limestone rocks, green fields, the river island, the Hôpital Saint-Jacques and the Saint-Sauveur church tower. From the ship, you can go for wonderful walks through the small town's blossoming lanes towards the Gothic abbey church and, of course, the castle complex.
The Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame, La Madeleine, Opéra, Louvre, Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, Dôme des Invalides and Centre Pompidou are just some of the sights exemplifying this city's fame and grandeur. But in addition to these outstanding attractions, there are many other wonderful things to see. Enjoy some old Parisian charm in the tiny lanes of the artists' quarter, Montmartre, and the Jewish quarter, Marais. Or just drink a café au lait and people-watch in one of the city's magical bistros. Or, for a true taste of Parisian joie de vivre, soak up some sun in one of the magnificent parks or on the beach by the Seine. Historical Paris's surface area is 20 km2, but if you add the whole city, its suburbs and its satellite towns, you arrive at 1,800 km2. Twelve million people are probably very proud to call themselves Parisians. The Seine's curved path through Paris is 13 km long, and from the ship you'll get a good overview of some of the most important sights. There are around 160 museums, and in the Louvre alone, you'd have to walk 17 km to see everything. So it's best to trust the wise saying "Anyone who's been to Paris once comes back again". Enjoy the things you manage to see, and look forward to the things you postpone until your next visit.
After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your return to the UK, or extend your stay in Paris.
Sailing along the Rhine, A-ROSA VIVA can accommodate up to 202 guests in her 99 outside cabins, some with Juliette Balcony. Whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery, passengers will be able to make full use of the onboard spa, open bar, and sun deck, whether it be to enjoy a lively conversation around a drink, or working on their tan on the sun deck, or relaxing under expert hands in the spa.
These Outside Cabins with Juliette Balconies are located on Deck 2 and 3. They all include private facilities with showers, European queen-sized bed, individual temperature control, generous storage space, complimentary use of robes, slippers and WiFi, bottled water, and hairdryers. 220 voltage is onboard and converters/adaptors are recommended.
These Twin Bed Outside Cabins all include private facilities with showers, European queen-sized bed, individual temperature control, generous storage space, complimentary use of robes, slippers and WiFi, bottled water, and hairdryers. 220 voltage is onboard and converters/adaptors are recommended.
These cabins are Twin Bed Outside Cabins with an extra single bed. All include private facilities with showers, individual temperature control, generous storage space, complimentary use of robes, slippers and WiFi, bottled water, and hairdryers. 220 voltage is onboard and converters/adaptors are recommended.
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