Viking River Cruise Raffle: Paris and the Heart of Normandy
This year’s raffle is a bit different from the "Masterpiece & More" trips in the past. We are leaving England and venturing along the coast of France with Viking, voted the #1 river cruise line by Conde Nast. So, lie back in your luxurious stateroom and take in the scenery as you cruise the Seine on your way to Normandy and back to Paris.
You could win a "Viking River Cruise: Paris & the Heart of Normandy" Trip for 2 (including airfare)
Begin your adventure in the most romantic city in the world. Take a tour of the city including the Eiffel Tower and drive down the famed Champs-Élysées before continuing down the Seine, stopping at Giverny, Vernon and Rouen and reaching the beaches of Normandy.
Visit the World War II sites of Omaha Beach and the American Military Cemetery or opt to tour the town of Bayeaux and gaze on the monumental Bayeaux tapestry chronicling the Battle of Hastings.
As you head back toward Paris, stop in the small town of Les Andelys and visit Château Gaillard, build by Richard the Lionheart in 1196.
Continue on to Mantes-la-Jolie where Napoleon spent his final days in France and end your cruise back in the city of lights.
All of this and more can be yours if you are the winner of the 2020 VPM Viking River Cruise: Paris & The Heart of Normandy Raffle. The trip is August 13 – 20, 2020. Tickets are $100 each and are on sale January 1 through February 29. You may buy as many tickets as you like but you must be 21 years old and a resident of Virginia. Go to vpm.org/raffle and take a chance on a dream.
Day 1: Paris – Arrive in Paris and transfer to your ship. The rest of the day is free to explore.
Day 2: Paris – After breakfast go on a tour of the city. Return to the ship for dinner and start your cruise on the Seine.
Day 3: Giverny & Vernon – After breakfast join a local guide for a walking tour of Vernon. After lunch, take a short ride to Giverny and visit the house and gardens of Monet. Return to the ship for dinner.
Day 4: Rouen – Spend the morning leisurely cruising the Seine. Arrive in Rouen in the afternoon and wander through the center of Old Town. See the courthouse where Joan of Arc was tried and Market Square where she was martyred.
Day 5: Normandy Beaches – Begin a full day tour of the historic beaches of Normandy or take a tour of Bayeaux and admire the famous tapestry that chronicles the Battle of Hastings. Evening is free to relax on ship or stroll the streets of Rouen.
Day 6: Les Andelys – As you cruise back to Paris, stop in Les Andelys and see Château Gaillard, build by Richard the Lionheart in 1196. After lunch join a guided walking tour.
Day 7: Mantes-la-Jolie – Visit Château de Malmaison, where Napoleon spent his final days in France and served his seat of government from 1800-1802. Or, if you prefer, take a tour of Versailles, the pinnacle of French opulence.
Day 8: Paris – After breakfast head to the Paris airport for your flight home.