Uniworld River Cruises

Uniworld River Cruises | Paris & Normandy

Cruise in comfort and style through the dreamy countryside of Normandy and discover the endless charms that speak of the region’s storied history. See Richard the Lionheart’s Chateau Gaillard, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.

The Paris and Normandy cruise is beloved by history buffs who enjoy the rare opportunity to visit D-Day sites and Rouen where Joan of Arc was martyred – and everyone will love seeing the best of Paris with your choice of tour options. You can choose a bike tour, activities like golfing, an exclusive ‘Do as the Locals Do’ tour and more.


Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Richard the Lionheart’s Chateau Gaillard, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.

Normandy has been the setting for many battles over the centuries, including the D-Day invasion of WWII, and the Normandy Beaches mean different things to different people, so you’ll have a rare choice to visit several of its historic sites, including Omaha Beach.

Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

See the best of Paris in one of three ways via the “Heart of Paris” cruise and city tour, an exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” tour or an exclusive guided “Let's Go” bike tour. There are plenty of opportunities to take part in more active experiences, such as golfing at Sainte-Mère-Église in Étretat, perched on the cliff high above the sea, making playing golf here a memorable experience and visual feast.


History buffs will be fascinated by D-Day sites and Rouen where Joan of Arc was martyred.



  -  All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  -  7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  -  Captain's Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  -  Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners 
  -  Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water


  -  6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  -  Guided “Let's Go” and “Do as the Locals Do” programs
  -  State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  -  Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks


  -  7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the alluring S.S. Joie de Vivre
  -  Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England
  -  High thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets
  -  Free Internet and Wi-Fi access


  -  1 country: France
  -  3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  -  Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  -  All transfers on arrival and departure days
  -  Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour
  -  Captivating onboard local entertainment


  • Lavishly appointed river view stateroom (410 sq ft - 38 sq m) with a French balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water
  • The Grand Suite offers extra benefits, including a separate spacious living room, bathroom with a separate rain shower and tub, and secluded toilet and bidet area

S.S. Joie de Vivre brings the “joy of living” to the rivers of France. Step aboard your floating pied-à-terre in France, featuring handcrafted furniture and fine antiques, original artwork, and signature accents inspired by 20th-century Parisian design from the Golden Twenties to the free-spirited Sixties, all blending seamlessly with modern conveniences.


Book a stay on the Paris & Normandy

Combine a passion for the good life with art, culture, and brilliant landscapes and you have northern France. Ahh, Paris, considered by many to be the most romantic city in the world. Now experience the romance of "The City of Light" for yourself on this itinerary brimming with fantastic art, rich culture, beautiful European architecture and breathtaking scenery. Follow the winding Seine from Paris through Northern France to the beaches of Normandy, enjoying every highlight before returning to Paris itself for a perfect ending to this memorable sojourn.

Is there a more romantic city in the world than Paris? Stroll along the Seine as evening falls and the lights begin to glimmer on the water. Stop by a café in the Latin Quarter for an aperitif while an accordion plays in the background. Marvel at Notre Dame’s flying buttresses and leering gargoyles. Paris’s charm is without peer, and it is the perfect place to begin and end your Seine River journey.

Once onboard your ship, simply unpack and relax, letting the serene Seine carry you through the countryside. See the history of that invasion told in tapestry in Bayeux. Walk the beaches of Normandy where Allied forces landed during WWII, and take part in a host of celebrations commemorating that landing’s 70-year anniversary. See for yourself the landscapes immortalized by so many great artists. Breathe in the fragrance of Monet’s garden in Giverny as you cross the Japanese bridge he made famous. Stand on the beach of Honfleur where Courbet and Boudin set up their easels to paint fishing vessels sailing into port. And walk in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise, the town where he spent his final months. Immerse yourself in a fascinating and inviting land, rich in legend, history, and art.

Share the enchantment of this region with the special young ones in your life on select sailings during July with Uniworld’s Multigenerational Family-Friendly Program.

Who will enjoy this cruise
Students of history will be fascinated by the D-Day memorial sites and the square in Rouen where Joan of Arc was martyred. Artists will delight in Monet’s Giverny and Van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise. And all Francophiles will embrace the indelible, ineffable magic of Paris.


In 2014, join Uniworld as we commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day with exclusive excursions available in Normandy during this itinerary.


In 2014: All gratuities onboard and onshore; unlimited beverages onboard including an extensive selection of distinctive wines, craft and regional beers, spirits, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages; shore excursions with local experts as your guide; free Internet and Wi-Fi; and all arrival and departure day transfers.