Tauck has announced plans to introduce three new European river cruises next year; a new family river cruise along the Danube timed for the holiday season, a 10-day autumn journey along the Rhine highlighting Oktoberfest in Munich, and an eight-day exploration on the Seine highlighting Paris, Versailles and Normandy’s D-Day Beaches.
“Impressions from the Seine: Paris to Normandy” (from $4,590 per person, plus airfare) is the third of Tauck’s three new river cruises for 2019, and its third itinerary on the Seine intended for adult travellers. (A fourth Tauck itinerary along the Seine is designed for family groups, and is part of the company’s Tauck Bridges portfolio.)
Tauck’s other adult-oriented Seine offerings are 10 and 12-day itineraries, while the new cruise is shorter at just eight days, boosting its appeal among younger travellers who are still in the workforce and more likely to be constrained by limited holiday time. Along with more active shore excursion choices, an increase in healthy menu options, and the recent addition of onboard yoga-inspired stretching classes, the new, shorter Seine journey reflects the evolution of Tauck’s river cruise client base, which has become younger and more active over time.
The new Seine cruise begins with a full day in Paris, where guests will have a choice of museum visits (typically including the Louvre, Musee National de L’Orangerie, Musee d’Orsay or Rodin Museum; subject to operating schedules), followed by a free afternoon to explore independently. After a visit to Versailles the following day, guests sail aboard Tauck’s ms Sapphire to visit Rouen (with a Tauck-exclusive dinner at the nearby 16th-century Chateau du Taillis), the D-Day Beaches at Normandy, (including visits to Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach and the Normandy American Cemetery), Les Andelys, Vernon, and Giverny, where guests will enjoy a pre-opening visit to Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s home, gardens and studio.